I was so encouraged my my recent success at following a pattern that I decided to revisit a pattern that had previously eluded me and I'm proud to show you the project, the Double Eyelet Heart Dishcloth:
Again, I can't say that I didn't make any mistakes, but I didn't leave any behind and I only had to unravel 3 rows.
My mom once told me about seeing a very fine lace shawl, so lightweight that the sales lady was able to draw it through one of her rings. Has anyone made something like this? Do you know of any good patterns? I was thinking it would make a nice birthday gift.
My fabulous boyfriend woke up at 3am last week & bid on some tortoise shell needles for me. They arrived today & I love them so much. I love the texture, look & feel of them. The sleeve I was knitting needed slightly larger needles & I instantly transferred to the new needles. He got 37 of them, yeah an odd #. Whatever,They are the best! Have any of you tried these needles? They came from Australia.
Saturday I accompanied a friend to the Estes Park Wool Market, an annual event in Estes Park, Colorado. She mostly went to pet the animals, but I was excited to see what yarn they would have on offer. (With apologies to those of you who raise them, I think sheep are disgusting, goats slightly more tolerable and alpacas adorable, though I still don't want to touch them.)
At a stall operated by Interlacements of Colorado Springs my friend spotted a knitted-up sample of the Squirrel Monkey Sweater:
Knitting is freaking HARD! I mean, yeah, I just started learning but it's driving me nuts! I wish I didn't suck so bad at it...
No, I'm not selling anything. I am, however, a compulsive shopper where knitting is concerned (and shoes, and clothes, and cds . . . ). I came across a couple of new things that I thought might be of interest, if you didn't already know about them.
I was looking for dog sweater pattern books on Amazon.com and ran into "Men Who Knit & The Dogs Who Love Them : 30 Great-Looking Designs for Man & His Best Friend" by Annie Modesitt and Drew Emborsky (Hardcover - Jan 28, 2007). No, it's not yet available, but it looks like something you might want to keep an eye out for if you have dogs for whom you like to knit. I have 3 schnauzers, so I'm anxious to see what this book has to offer.
I moved house last August and I had not unpacked my knitting machine until last week and I needed a quick and easy sweater to wear at work. The usually mild winters here in this part of Oz have been a bit too cool for me this year. It is fishermans rib, done in genuine acrylic (ugh). I would use wool but it has to be washed frequently as I work in a DIY store 3 days a week. Note the difference in the dye lots on the front and right sleeve but what would one expect for $2 a 100 gram ball?? It took just over an hpur to knit the whole thing but about 6 hours to do the neck and sew up!!
Here is the first of the Fibonnaci socks in all its glory.
Now that the Sampler Sweater is completed, along with a couple of smaller W.I.P.s that needed to be finished up, I decided I needed another new project to work on. Something I could use up some stash for since my stash is reaching a sizeable amount.
I picked up a number of old pattern books at the guild auction this year. I love the chiche-factor of many old pattern books. Yet if you look past the bad hair/bad colors/ bad yarn selections there are some great looking patterns.
This pattern book is from 1975 and this sweater in particular really caught my eye. It is a twisted stockinette stitch done on a chunky weight yarn, and I knew I had some chunky weight in the stash from last year's auction purchase.
The pattern did not have a size bg enough for me, so I knit up a swatch and went to Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns. I decided to go with a vest rather than a sweater and I changed te rib from a 2/2 ribbing to a 2/1 ribbing, as well as knitting it in the round rather than flat.
Attached are pictures of the pattern book, the yarn, swatch and W.I.P. I've made a good deal of progress on it since taking the pictures. It is twice as long as shown in the picture.
I feel that I've been doing too much freestyling lately; knitting "by the seat of my pants", so to speak. While the results have been good, I know that I can't learn new techniques by watching Knitty Gritty alone, I have to follow a pattern. Unfortunately, every time I try to follow one, my project turns into a horrible mess.
I decided to sit down, turn the artsy-fartsy right-brain off and follow a pattern; this time a chart. So I chose one of the thousands of free charts from the internet and hunkered down, determined to make this one come out right.