Friday, December 31, 2010

Twinkling Diamonds Cowl




The Twinkling Diamonds Cowl pattern was inspired by the yarn Dewdrops due to the twinkle of the sequins. It reminded me of the line in the nursery rhyme "like a diamond in the sky....."

Size: 8 1/2" x 26 1/2"

Yarn:
Loops and Threads - Dewdrops color topaz - 3 balls

Supplies:
US Size 9/Metric 5.5mm
crochet hook to weave in ends
needle and thread

Notions:
Three buttons
Three snaps

Pattern Note:
Smaller than specified needles are used to create a densely woven fabric

Glossary:
K - knit
YO - yarn over
K2 - knit 2 together

S2K - slip 2 stitches knit wise, knit together

SK2PO - slip 1 stitch knit wise, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over

Diamond Pattern:
See Chart Below






Diamond Cowl

Cast on 31 stitches and follow chart for 9 repeats.

Knit for 10 rows.


Bind off loosely on right side.

Finishing:
Weave in loose ends with crochet hook and block. Sew three decorative buttons near cast on edge at points on diamonds. Sew snaps underneath buttons for attachment.



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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Knitting Resolutions for 2011

I have never been one who is much for New Year's Resolutions, but thinking about trying it this year with a different twist. Instead of the typical losing weight, I am going to focus my goals around knitting. I know, I know, you are thinking, what kind of resolutions could you have surrounding a hobby? Well, think of it more from the perspective of setting goals for the year to accomplish new and exciting things. So, here it goes (not in any particular order):

  1. Develop and post some more of my own designs
  2. Learn entrelac
  3. Charity knitting
  4. Finish some of my UFOs
  5. Make a blanket/afghan
  6. Use up some of my stash yarn
  7. Try knitting with beads
  8. Knit more while waiting (take along)
  9. Knit gifts for Christmas
  10. Knit a pair of socks

Monday, December 27, 2010

Counting By Twos Does Not End in an Odd Number

I love to knit, everyone knows that. Beyond the fact of making something, it is very soothing and relaxing. The rhythmic motions are very calming. Think about K2 P2 ribbing for example. You knit two stitches and then you purl two stitches over and over. You always know what is coming next. You can look at the knitting and tell what stitch you just worked and what should be coming next. That is why it is crazy that I can be working merrily along on the Sheila vest for 51 rows when I come to the sudden realization that I am ending the row on P1.....how can this be?

When I started the pattern, I cast on 178 stitches. The last time I checked, that was an even number. Hmmmm. So, on row 52, I decide to count all the stitches. I get to the first marker, 50 stitches, good, good. I get to the second marker, 128 stitches, good, good. I get to the second to the last stitch, 176. Not good. Not good at all. So, I solve the dilemma by increasing in the last stitch.

Moral of the story, pay attention to your knitting, more often than not it can tell you when you have miscounted.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

It has been a busy couple of days at the Paul house and consequently, not a lot of productive knitting has occurred lately. I kind of (ok, I did) wait until the last minute on some Christmas shopping. Then I had to spend hours on Christmas Eve wrapping. Not so fun. I will learn from this (I hope). I did do some work on some swatching as I have been doing some designing in my mind for a new pattern, but, have not come up with the total idea yet, so that is forthcoming.

So far, we had Christmas at my mom's on Christmas Eve and Christmas at my dad's today. Tomorrow we head to the middle of the state for Christmas with my in-laws. The kids are really liking this. Here are some shots of the holidays.

Legos, Legos and more Legos!

Recognize the scarf?

Its skis!!!!

Nope, these are not a product of KP, but are still cute


I got a little bit of knitting in this morning before we left for my dad's on the Sheila vest. It is red, how appropriate given the season! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!






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Monday, December 20, 2010

The Curl is Complete

Ok, that scarf took a lot longer than it should have, but all in all, is quite cute. I could see how you could enhance it with beading quite easily, but I am not feeling that interested in pursuing this option. Onto new horizons. I have located a new pattern by the Berroco Design Team called Sheila. A sheila is an Aussie term for a girl (or so wikipedia tells me), so is it the girl vest?

I went to my LYS Saturday as planned, boy was it packed (yes I know it was 7 days before Christmas) and fell in love love love with Teva Durham's Loop D Loop Moss. It is 85% Extra Fine Merino Wool and 15% Nylon. It is so-o-o-o-o soft it is incredible. Can't wait to start work on this newest project.

Friday, December 17, 2010

4 Rows Down, 800 Stitches to Go!

Okay, I am apparently easily lulled into a sense of well being. Take the Curly Q Scarf, for example. The pattern has 5 rows. Just 5 little rows. So I think to myself, how the heck long can that take?? Apparently F-O-R-E-V-E-R.........in case you have not guessed yet, I am not done with the scarf. To make matters worse, it is going to take 3 balls of yarn and I only rolled 2. I took some photos to show where I am at. All I can say is thank goodness I never had to crochet a table cloth, I am not certain I could make it to the end. Oh well. Tomorrow is another day.

Tomorrow I might have a chance to get down to the LYS and do a little browsing  shopping   indulging keeping the local economy going. I have my eye on several sweater patterns in my queue on Ravelry. Wish me luck.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

To Seduce a Hook

I claim I am not just a purl girl and today's post is proof positive. I was interested determined to use the Berroco Seduce yarn I purchased a few months ago. Something just hit me today. So, I used a new and improved strategy to roll the hanks into a ball. Yes, the hank is hanging from the handle of my kitchen cabinet, and yes that mess below is my stash of cook books. It was amazing how much easier rolling the yarn went and I was a much happier camper than the last go around. My apologies Berroco, I guess I was just being stupid and lazy previously. I promise next time to use my head and roll appropriately.
I found an adorable pattern for a ruffled scarf on Ravelry the other day; for those of you that know me well, you are WELL AWARE that I do not wear ruffles. Don't like them. Never have. But these are different and much like the yarn seduced me, the pattern did as well. AND I really, really like these ruffles. AND I am almost done, that just might be the best part. Instant satisfaction feels really good some days.






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Sunday, December 12, 2010

See Ya Later Gaiter

Since I still had some Red Heart camouflage yarn left from my brother's hat, I asked him if he would like a gaiter to match to which he gave a resounding yes via text. So, in between other projects, I worked on this gaiter for him. It is a K2 P2 rib worked in the round with reverse stockinette at the top. Since my brother was not available, my husband got the opportunity had to model it for my photos. Doesn't he look thrilled? My son saw it and asked if it was his (no) so I think that I will be making another one real soon.

We got a winter snow storm over the weekend (not a huge surprise for us) but the surprising part is that inland got a lot more snow that we did this time! My in laws in Midland area got 10-12 inches of new snow. In Holland it is very windy but not much accumulation, which I am fairly happy to see. The morning may be a different story. I know the kids are hoping for a snow day tomorrow. I am betting that my work will go on regardless.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Carols

Today was my son's second piano recital and I always feel sort of sentimental seeing my child up there in front of the crowd playing his songs. While they were not perfect, in my heart, they sound more beautiful because of the hesitations. A H-U-G-E thanks to his teacher Mrs. Rink who has the patience of a saint and shares the gift of music with many.

Today I got the opportunity to work on some more Christmas ornaments. I made more of the mittens I made previously but this time I actually used a Christmas-y yarn (if you can call it that), Vanna's Glamour, a fine weight acrylic with a metallic thread. I purchased white, bronze, red and cream (winter white). I just realized by looking at the label that this yarn is a Lion Brand, who knew? Obviously not the purchaser! Well, take a look and see if you feel more in the Christmas spirit!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Fools Gold Scarf

The Fools Gold Scarf pattern was inspired by the yarn Mirror FX due to its beautiful sparkle in the light.

Size: 4" x 70"

Sizing Note: This pattern could easily be adapted to be a wider scarf or even a stole or wrap. The pattern is a multiple of 3 stitches with a minimum of 6 stitches.

Yarn:
Bernat Satin Sport Black 1 ball (color A)
Berroco Mirror FX  2 balls (color B)

Supplies:
US Size 9/Metric 5.5mm
crochet hook to weave in ends

Glossary:
K - knit
Sl 1 - slip one as if to knit
PSSO - pass slip stitch over
YO - yarn over

Mesh Pattern:
Row 1 - K2, YO (Sl 1, K2, PSSO the 2 knit stitches) repeat to last stitch, K1
Row 2 - Purl all stitches
Row 3 - K1 (Sl 1, K2, PSSO the 2 knit stitches, YO) repeat to last 2 stitches, K2
Row 4 - Purl all stitches

Repeat these 4 rows for desired length

Fools Gold Scarf

Cast on 18 stitches with color A and color B and continue in mesh pattern for 15".
Drop color B and continue in mesh pattern in color A for additional 40" (scarf is now 55")
Pick up color B and continue in mesh pattern with color A and color B for 15" (scarf is now 70")
Finish with row 3
Bind off in purl

Finishing:
Weave in loose ends with crochet hook and block.


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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Knitting for Hunting

My brother is a big hunter, by big, I mean he bow hunts, gun hunts, muzzle loads etc etc etc. Anyway, when I saw him at Thanksgiving, I told him that I wanted to make him something. He smiled and said he wanted a hat. Well, I had a pattern for that, I told him, what color? Blaze orange or camouflage. Hmmmmm, where the heck do you get camo or blaze orange yarn???? I go to my new knitters group on Ravelry and post the question. The recommendation comes back that Michael's has a camo thru Bernat. Another recommendation was Red Heart camo. I thanked them and my son and I headed off to Michael's. He was in charge of finding blaze orange (of which I was not holding out much hope) and I was in charge of finding camo. We walked up and down the aisles for a few minutes....mind you our Michael's is not that big. Surprisingly, Dan comes back and tells me he has found the blaze! He hands me a skein of coral colored yarn. So, I nicely explain the difference between coral and blaze orange (and wonder if my son might be color blind).Finally I locate the camo from Red Heart. It has a strange feel to it that I am immediately turned off by, but where else am I going to get camo yarn? Online I guess, but sometimes I am all about instant gratification. After a few hours of knitting, I have a camo cap for my brother that I hope he enjoys.