Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Wind rows Shawlette

Mitzi bought a shawlette kit at the fiber festival in Lexington.  She finished it this week and brought it as show and tell at knitting this week.  I am thinking about using the pattern idea for a shawlette with some linen yarn that I have on hand.  It is BEAUTIFUL yarn.  I think that I bought it with the idea of using it for another cowl like the linen cowl that I made from yarn bought in Vermont a few years ago.  The main color is a vivid blue and the secondary color is white.  I just don't want to loose the idea.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ties for the fellows in your life

Interweave Knits sent a link to their blog today that featured gifts for dad....including some great ties.

1. Bias-Knit Tie by Shirley Paden
Is your dad more of a regular tie than a bow tie kind of fellow? Knit him the fun, striped Bias-Knit Tie from Interweave Knits Winter 2005! Adjust the width and colors to suit his style.

I own this I have the pattern on hand.  Their was also a bow tie in the post:

With needles appropriate for your yarn, CO 16 sts. Next row *K1, sl 1 pwise wyf, bring yarn to back between needles; rep from * to end. Rep last row until piece measures 4 ½” (11 cm) from CO. Set-up Row: Note: The yarn is not worked in this row. *Sl 1 st onto first double-pointed needle (dpn), sl next st onto 2nd dpn and hold in back; rep from * to end—8 sts on each needle. Break yarn, leaving a 10” (25.5 cm) tail. With tail threaded on a tapestry needle, graft sts using Kitchener st. Pinch center of piece and wrap with a long piece of yarn to gather. Weave in ends.

To view the post for oneself:

Friday, June 2, 2017

Firefly pattern with Lang Silkmerino yarn

I finished my mustard yellow scarf today from the Firefly scarf pattern in Lang Silkmerino yarn.  I like it a lot!  I am not going to block it.  I like the curly fringe.  And I have started another one in Marshall University Green to wear to the football games this fall.

I used less than three balls.  The balls contain 164 yards each.  And I knit on size 8 needles.  The yarn is considered a worsted weight yarn.

I loved this yarn so much and like the colors that are available so much that I looked to see if I might like to order more.  It seems to be offered most places on the internet for $13 to $18 per ball.  I only paid $7 per ball for this yarn when I bought it from Love Knitting last November.  I'll wait until I see a bargain in the future to purchase more....certainly don't need to add to my stash for full price!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


Webs talked me into trying a sock yarn that is very pretty with a particularly good sale.

I am knitting it on size 4 bamboo circular knitting needles.  And I am using the pattern Reyna that I downloaded for free on Ravelry.  So far it has been  a very fun pattern.

The color seems to be #1564   Frische Fische

Monday, May 15, 2017

Blanket for Mia

When I finished the mermaid tail for Kya, I celebrated the fact that Mia said she didn't want a mermaid tail.  It was a good project, but I was very excited to not make another.  So I made Mia a blankie.....and already the blankie has ended up in shreds.  So I have promised Mia another blanket hand knit by Nana.  I am knitting it on size 10 Needles and am using yarn that I bought on sale at AC Moore.

But it is honestly turning out very pretty.  I am pleased.  However, I don't love big needles and I find that I can only knit on it for a short time every day and then I switch to something on smaller needles that is more pleasant knitting.

So below is the blanket that I made for Mia last time that matched the mermaid tail.  I don't know it it was much loved or poorly knitted....but for sure it needed to be replaced.

And here is the new blanket that I finished on Mother's day for Mia

I also brought the girls the blanket that I made for their mom many years ago.  The blanket below was knitted to match a bedspread that was on Katie's bed.  I can't remember for sure if I knitted it for her for her room at #5 Partridge court.  But I suspect that the bedspread was new in our house that I live in now.  So I made the blanket c. 1991 if that is the case.  So here is the photo of Katie's blanket:

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

knitting group

Our knitting group was unusually small today....too many of us were struggling with injuries and health problems and health problems of spouses and out of town.  But it was a good day.  Betsy was making socks out of Berroco sock yarn that are particularly lovely.  She bought the yarn on sale, and I am about 99% sure that I bought the same yarn when it was on sale.  So her project was of great interest to me.  The yarn is self striping and has a bit of a fair isle look to it as the socks are made up.

The yarn is Berroco Sox.  Somehow my photo of the front of the label did not turn out.  But this is the right color.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Arm holes and sweater types

Lisa from the blogs at Interweave sent out a particularly interesting blog review this morning.  Unfortunately, I have a list a mile long of things that I want to get done before I go to bed tonight and don't have time to really read the one on types of arm holes in relation to types of bodies.  So I want to copy the URL here to read later: