Sunday, August 31, 2008
I am still working on the Everyday Cardigan and have finished the back of it, and now have started on the right front. It looks kinda the same as my previous pics, so I won't post a new pic on that yet!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Here's another shot of the tote. Maybe I can post some pics of my previous projects while I am working on my sweater. Back to work, so not as much time to knit these days... This tote was made with a pattern that I modified a bit, changing the handles to one instead of two. It was knit double-stranded (holding two yarns at once) with the tangerine color and the Noro wool throughout. I didn't felt it completely because I wanted the size to remain more on the medium side.
FELTING: What is it? Basically, it is taking wool and with heat and agitation, the fibers cling together to form a smooth surface so the stitching is no longer or almost no longer visible. The wool tote was placed into a pillow case and put it in the washer with hot water and agitated for several minutes, then I kept checking it and repeating the process until it was the size I wanted. You must watch it and be careful when you are spinning the excess water out that it doesn't spin too long or get creases set into it. Some books say not to spin it at all. I did a little.Then it is set on a plastic "mold" aka: tupperware and/or hung to dry. Shown placing the purse in the washer:
My very first felted purse with stripes of Lamb's Pride wool and novelty yarn. Made with a pattern I got at knitting group that required learning to "pick up stitches" and making an I-Cord. I ended up selling this at a fair. Here is the purse as it is drying on top of a tupperware to shape the bottom as it dries. For a larger tote, you may need to use a larger box or item to dry it on. It takes several days to dry. Here are several other totes:
The large green one is a great knitting bag! It gets lots of compliments wherever I take it! It has a stablizing piece of cardboard in the bottom to keep the shape and help it hold things better. It's made from a kiwi colored wool, double-stranded with Noro Kureyon wool.
This one is a "Bubble" tote and had decreasing to make the bubble shape. It is softer and used a silky Noro wool along with another blue wool. My Mom also made this identical tote and we worked on them together one year at the ocean. Handles are more delicate. Not too much weight goes in this one. So there you have it! Your first lesson in felting!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
On to the closing ceremonies and doing a few more inches. It is pouring rain here by the way. Not exactly August weather!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I have just received my "invitation" and have joined Ravelry the group of knitters/crocheters/etc. and am learning now how to set up the whole thing. It will take me some learning. Wow, there is a ton of info and groups on that site! I am only beginning to get into it. If you go on, I am NeenerKnits. But you've seen it all here on the blog!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Here I am shown trying on the cardigan before doing any blocking on seams or adding buttons. In 94 degree weather! Whew! What a day to be finishing a wool sweater! HOT! We have NO Air Conditioning here! It is pretty small on me in the middle which I knew it would be. I could possibly block it out or not worry about it and just not button it! I am holding it together here! HA!
Sewing in the sleeves was probably one of the hardest parts to get right. I had to pin them in first and be so careful. Also tricky was picking up the front stitches to do the button hole band. But the sleeve length turned out perfect! I learned alot of new skills on this sweater for sure! When you are working with piecing a striped sweater, it is a challenge to match the stripes. I tried to whenever possible to make it look the same on both sides. Sometimes it was impossible, and that's just the nature of this wool. I will go shopping for some cute buttons to go on it. Even if I never button them!
Twilleys of Stamford -Pattern from Freedom Spirit Book 455 (Pattern book and wool found at Knitty Purls in Langley, WA)
Wool in 506 "Air" colorway -7 skeins
Needles used: Sizes 5 and 7, circular
Longer version, size 36 bust. True fit was to be size 38, but I could have gone up one more size to allow for true fit due to close ribbing and style.
And now I will show you the jewelry I got to go with it a long time ago that has the blue, the khaki green in it -well you can kinda see- and the earrings match!
Friday, August 15, 2008
The movie was a blast from the past and even though certain cast members couldn't sing, it was still fun to go. Great to go with a group. Especially if you grew up in the era of "Abba"...
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
And now I am finding the next part a challenge also: the seaming up of the sides and setting in the sleeves, though I have two excellent books to help me out on the different options. "Knitting for Dummies" and another book I found called, "The Knitting Answer Book". I tried to start pinning tonight but am too tired to continue...so it will wait!
Monday, August 11, 2008
I can finally see the "light at the end of the sweater" as far as getting closer to being finished. It will be funny (NOT) if it doesn't fit me! If it doesn't fit, I can get it wet and block it out maybe a bit. Or lose 30 pounds...hmm...
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Since no campfires were allowed due to burn bans, we made S'Mores on the grill!
Our campsite is right by the creek and it sounds so peaceful all day and night...
One day we decided to go Geocaching near by. This is a GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) device. You look up coordinates for the "hidden cache" and find it. Usually!Here's Michelle searching for the cache...I cannot tell you where it was -it's a secret!Aha! She found it! It is inside this container! Inside are a bunch of things other geo-cachers have left behind. You can leave a trinket inside. The weirdest thing had to be the DVD movie or maybe the metal tea steeper, or the Keebler elf, and the coolest thing was the European coin! You sign the "log" that you've been there...
Monday, August 4, 2008
This helps you see how it all comes together. I seamed the shoulders.Next step, I am picking up stitches (making new stitches where there are none basically) all along the front and neck edges and this will be the start of the ribbing needed. Though I am not sure how to pick them all up in one continuous line as the pattern reads. I will run out of cable on my circular. Unless I hold on to them with a metal stitch holder instead...hmm...the pattern didn't say I needed a humongously long cabled needle...Must be time to think about this and stop! Or go buy a really really long cabled needle!