Thursday, October 26, 2006

Monthly Knitted Dishcloth - Completed

I must not have paid attention as it looks like I miscounted on this pattern:
Monthly Dishcloth KAL - completed

Here it is from an angle. My first knitting pattern of this type!
Monthly Dishcloth KAL - completed

I'm okay with the mistakes...maybe I'll actually use this dishcloth!

It's very hard to knit when the skies are so blue but I am working on the knitted Gnome and crocheted Pirate.
Non Knitting Weather

My last issue of Simply Knitting magazine was missing the Rowan insert. Having never seen a Rowan issue before I promptly emailed Simply Knitting to request another be sent. Today it showed up along with another magazine and calendar. EXCELLENT customer service! As for the Rowan insert, it is very nice and I may need to become a member of their club. Thank you Simply Knitting!

Friday, October 20, 2006

UPS Delivers!

Nothing brightens my day more than a visit from the UPS man! Order

Some Simply Soft Quick yarn in berry blue for a backpack, 3 balls of cotton yarn for this month's mystery dishcloth pattern, and my very first NEW WOOL WINDER! And yes, I've already wound up 3 balls of is very addictive.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Apple Hat - Completed

Apple Hat

Pattern: Family Circle Easy Knitting
Yarn: Red Heart (red, green, brown)

Very cute but not as soft as I had hoped. The pattern is from an article about Tyne Daly in Family Circle Easy Knitting. Procrastination made the project last too long. Would I knit this again? Yes but maybe a strawberry or pumpkin pattern next time.

Need a good laugh? I love the Knitty Fall Suprise. My mom had those same pink curlers and would mix them with smaller blue curlers. I remember being horrified that one day I too would need to wear those big pink curlers!

Friday, October 13, 2006

One Skein Wonder - Completed

I've had orange in every picture posted this month until now...I have completed the OSW and it fits! Now if I could only take a better picture of it.

One Skein Wonder - Completed

Pattern: OSW by Glampyre Knits
Yarn: TLC Amore in Lake Blue

Changes: I did not use smaller needles for the cuff and ribbing because I was nervous that it would be too tight.
Next time: I'll use a yarn that shows off the stitches. I do like this yarn but not for this pattern.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Knifty Knitter Pumpkin - completed

When you wrap some orange and green Caron Perfect Match yarn
Caron Yarn= Orange and Green

around one of the Knifty Knitter small blue looms

you end up with a cute little pumpkin!
Knifty Knitter Pumpkin

The pattern can be found at Provocraft's Website. It is more of a guideline than a pattern. My leaf was turning out too wide so I just wrapped until I thought it was the right size. As you can see, my stem turned out a bit tooooo long!

Monday, October 09, 2006

October 2006 Monthly Dishcloth KAL - kitty completed

October Mystery Dishcloth KAL - completed

Yarn: 100% Cotton in Orange
Thoughts: Great pattern! I couldn't tell what it was until the last few rows!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Sophie Bag - Completed

I started my first felt project, Sophie, more than a year ago. I finally finished the knitting and weaving in of the ends in August. Last weekend, I tossed it in the washing machine and tah dah!

Sophie Felted Bag - Completed

Pattern: Magknits Sophie Bag
Yarn: 100% Highlands Wool from
Stripe Pattern: Nothing more than changing colors when I tired of the one I was knitting.

Here is the pre-felt photo to show just how much it did shrink. Count and compare the slats in the door.

I love my tiny Sophie!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Fiber Trend Clogs - Completed

Fiber Trends Clogs - completed

Pattern: Fiber Trends AC-33x Felt Clogs
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino (100% Wool) 2 skeins Paprika and 2 skeins Black (both with leftovers)

I really enjoyed this project! The clogs work up quickly. I was intimated by the pattern but it was not difficult if I took it row by row. I did make some errors. When I changed colors, I misunderstood and picked up a stitch from the previous color(row) on one slipper. When it came to W&T (wrap and turns) I had no problems but I didn't know you should knit the stitch and wrap together on the next row. Maybe it doesn't matter when you felt as I have no holey areas on my clogs. Now here is the big boo boo...
  • just because other people need to leave their clogs in the washing machine for a very long time does not mean you need to do the same.
  • just because a similar felted Patons example at Michael's shows the stitches, doesn't mean your clog will have the same problem.
  • just because it says to use a small bit of soap doesn't mean you need to use a lot and then waste a lot of time trying to get the soap rinsed out.
  • just because you want to felt your Sophie bag doesn't mean you should leave your clogs in there to felt more than they need.

    My prefelted clogs went from this:
    Fiber Trends Clogs - prefelted

    to a post felt clog that looks like this:
    Fiber Trends Clogs - post felt

    That's right, they are too small. I left them in the wash to rinse some more of the soap out while my Sophie bag was finishing up its felt. The water was not very hot and I was sure they wouldn't shrink anymore....wrongo! I've stretched them quite a bit and I'm sure they'll fit someone when they dry.

    On a positive note, I love the Halloweenish colors and I have enough paprika left over to make a small felted pumpkin for the holidays.