Pat's Knitting and Quilting
October 30 , 2007
At Dave's request, I made a pair of fingerless gloves WITH flaps....oh so practical! He has finger access if needed and the warmth of wooly mittens with an easy to use flap.
Check out the identical twins - I had to do some spit splicing, but it was worth it for the perfectly lined up colors. Do you think I took enough pictures? (she said facetiously)
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If I ever make glittens again, (I do not like making all those fingers, so this may be my one and only pair!) I will use this excellent picture tutorial on how to turn ANY pair of mittens into glittens! Kathy is a glitten expert who has knit 27 pair of these - much fancier than mine - look at the gorgeous gauntlet colorwork mittens at the bottom of the tutorial post!)
After these last 2 pair of manly mitts, I decided to make my last a girly pair for me....Here is a sneak preview of my new Kyla fingerless mittens (sidebar link to free PDF) - beautifully designed by Monika!
I had hoped this yarn would behave differently - I imagined subtle striping NOT big splotches !
October 26, 2007
Talk about instant gratification! This little wall quilt took 1 day to make (quilting is so much faster than knitting!) I had already made one of these several years ago, but donated it to a mini quilt auction. My younger boys are still really into halloween and wanted more decorations - so yesterday I made this for our door.
All I need are thumbs on my flap mittens and toes on my socks - but somehow I cast on for a hat instead of finishing them. Knitting Karma caught up with me quickly... I knit 3 inches of 1 x 1 ribbing last night during the game and frogged it all this morning at 6:30 am ... WAY to big !!!
In the meantime, I wound this deep, dark, raven colored STR into cakes...
October 22 , 2007
Pattern: Aran Watch Cap from my favorite hat book - Hats On by Charlene Schurch.
This is a VERY simple set of patterns - a 6 row repeat that is easily memorized, with the cable turn happening on the same row as the purl ridge. The cast on is called "Yarn-Over Tubular Cast-On" which makes a great stretchy edging. After getting through the long 1x1 ribbing section, the rest just flies!
Hats are so much fun - Which one is next?
October 16 , 2007
Somehow the dark blue picture in the book never caught my eye - even though I am Danish, I skipped right over these socks again and again. But this month the Sockdown Challenge is a Nancy Bush or cable pattern,KOTR along is Friday Harbor (which I had already made), and Fall Cable KAL is underway, so I looked closely at the Denmark Socks and realized how pretty they were with the special little touch of the ribbing nupps and the beautiful cable pattern. In sport weight yarn on 3mm needles, they went quite fast...
I start back to work today (RN - fairly flexible contract work - but still!) Hopefully, my knitting/quilting/blogging won't suffer too much!!
October 12 , 2007
to get rid of a WIP ...
That feeling, JUST before you start pulling the stitches off the needle - you know the feeling - YIKES! then part way through when you start really questioning if you should have done it (that's when I stopped to take the picture), followed by the final feeling of freedom when it's over and there are 2 beautiful new balls of yarn. Frogging is quite an emotional process!
Slowly, but surely....
There are 5 patterns in this sock - front/instep, back of leg, gusset, sole, and heel flap - I have renewed energy for it now that I've turned the heel!
October 9 , 2007
I couldn't wait....Mystery sock clue 4 never came. I am tired of the colorwork socks and really wanted to start a pair of 1 color simple cable socks!
Denmark Socks designed by Nancy Bush from Knitting on the Road in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sport "Old Rose" on a 3mm 40" circular needle. Look at the cute little nupps at the bottom of the ribbing - she adds such nice little extra special touches to her sock patterns!
Only 1 more inch of 1 X 1 ribbing and I will be to the fun part of my Aran Watch Cap.
I was just ready to post this when the mailman came - I quickly took some pictures so you could see the loot that arrived today!
October 3, 2007
I'm just fluttering between projects and getting absolutely nothing noticeable done. I KNOW I am moving along, but you wouldn't notice it in progress pictures! So in celebration of my flitting about, I decided to finish an aptly named project that I started last spring. 2 lace panels of the the Chasing Butterflies Scarf have been staring at me for months - all they needed was grafting at the neck and blocking....TAH DAH!!
See the butterflies?
Other decisions made...I will make Denmark socks (Nancy Bush - KOTR) for October Sockdown and Fall Cable KAL, but am still waiting for clue 4 on the Mystery Socks before I get going on these. I also just started (another fun new cast on) the Aran Watch Cap (Charlene Schurch - Hats On).
and I'm putting the red quilt top together...