Monday, February 27, 2006

hat hat hat

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I felt like posting a pic of the hat I made last night. So, there... here I am!


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That's me! I finally got my payment for the free pattern that is posted on the pt yarn site. 6 balls, count them 6 balls, of opal yarn all for me! wee!

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

basic beginning beaded barrette (BBBB)

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this is the basic, beginner, beaded barrette!

Open up your blank barrette. Take apart the little bar that's there.

Join with a slip stitch & sc as many times as possible across the whole barrette, without making it too full. If it's too full, the barrette won't close.

Ch 3 (for first dc), and then slip up a bead, ch 1 bead stitch, dc into same space.

*2 dc in next sc, (1 dc, ch 1 bead stitch, 1 dc in next sc), and repeat across.


ebay, blogger spam, knitting & reading

Anybody else get weird ebay emails this morning? Claiming that you bid on something, & didn't pay for it? I haven't bought anything on ebay in ages, though I do still go on the site & browse yarn. I haven't even bid on anything so I KNOW it wasn't us. And then I noticed that we got two, identical emails, to the same email address (I have multiple accounts) but that one looks like I was bcc'ed the email to the account. And they were 2 hours apart. Weird.

In other, knit related news, I finally "learned" to knit & read at the same time. My favorite way to knit is by listening to audiobooks, and that works great, but lately I've been having a hard time finding audiobooks I could really get in to. Interlibrary loan is great, but still limiting. I'm currently rereading the Crystal Singer series; the copy I have from the library is all three volumes in one large, oversized paperback book. It's working great. I'm not reading as fast as I would without knitting and not knitting as fast as I would without reading, but, it's nice being able to do both. I'm just working on a very basic knit top for myself out of recycled cotton/ramie yarns, it's striped so I do have to stop & look at my work for a second here & there, but for the most part it's working out grand.

In other, non topic news, my blog was recently marked as "spam". I had to do that stupid word verification thing on every post I tried to do yesterday. Pain in the butt, but even more so since I often use the imageshack "post to blog" feature, and since I'm on dialup,anything that saves me time is wonderful! That in itself wouldn't be so bad, but a, I was trying to post patterns yesterday, and 2) no matter how many times I tried that word verification thing, it kept saying I wasn't typing the right word!! It took a long, long time & I finally gave up & didn't finish all I wanted to do. I was happy to see that I've gone back to usual.

The only thing I could think of was my repeated etsy posts - I admit, that taking things out of context would have made it seem like I was spamming. and, I guess I was, but I was also excited. I'm actually pleased that blogger has such a feature! Because anything to help eliminate spam is a good thing, even if it is my own blog being affected.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

granny square coasters

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I hook & cotton yarn

Ch 5, join with a slip stitch.

*3 dc in lp, 2 ch*; Repeat * to * 4 times ; slip stitch to first dc.

*(3dc, 2ch, 3 dc) = corner in next sp, 1 ch*; Repeat * to * 4 times ; join with slip st.

Ch 1, sc in every dc around, working 3 sc in every corner.

end off.

scrubbie pattern 2

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Nylon yarn & hook you like

Ch 4, 17 dc in 3rd chain from hook.

End off. Make a second to match but do not end off second one.

Ch 4 (counts as first dc plus ch 1), and through both thicknesses, dc, ch 1 around.

end off. You are done!

vesy easy small scrubbie pattern

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Small scrubbie pattern

Use small size hook, gauge does not matter

Make two:

Ch 4, make 17 dc in 3rd chain from hook = 18 dc.

2 sc in every dc around. End off on first piece, on second one do not end off. You will join the two small pieces together, holding wrong sides together.

Ch 1, sc through both thicknesses, ch 3, **sc in next stitch through both scrubbies, ch 3, and repeat around scrubbie.

Voila! that's it!

scrubbie photo

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This is what I did last night!

I made 7 little scrubbies.

another basic dishcloth pattern

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another basic dishcloth pattern

first 5 rounds equals 4"

Need 100% cotton

Ch 2, 6 sc in 2nd chain from hook. Work in continuous rounds, mark beg with a stitch marker & continue.

2 sc in each sc around

2 sc in first sc, 1 sc in next, rep around

2 sc in first, 1 sc in next 2 sc, rep around

2 sc in first, 1 sc in next 3 sc, rep around

Join round.
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Ch 3 (counts as first double crochet now & next round), 1 dc in next 3 sc, ch (counts as increase), do NOT skip sc but in the next sc, dc in next 3 sc, *ch 1, work 3 dc, and repeat around from *.

Next round: ch 3, dc in next 3 dc, ch 1, ** dc in next 4 dc, ch 1, rep around from **.

Final round: work sc in every stitch around.

basic dishcloth (large) crochet Pattern

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This makes a very large dishcloth but is easily adjusted to size desired.

Measures just under 14" square

Used I hook to get gauge of:

7 sts to 2 inches

100% cotton yarn

Ch 50, sc in 2nd ch from hook & in every chain across = 49 sc.

Ch 1, turn.

In back loops only in this & every row, sc in every sc across, ch 1, turn.

Repeat for desired size.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

new on esty

shop esty

Don't worry, once the new obsession stops a little bit, I won't keep hogging my blog advertising. I promise! at least it's a little bit of eye candy too, right?

stuff update

We are going shopping for a new hard drive today. We're sick of this beast!
Not much else to report. I've been basically thinking, dreaming, and obsessing over etsy! I have so many ideas & plans & now I need to get cracking.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

small woolen shawl

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crocheted by moi, & will be up for sale at etsy, if I can ever get into the site.

Jon's garfield

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that he bought this morning.

etsy store...

To my etsy store this am, & I'll be adding vintage patterns this afternoon.

Sorry, I don't remember how to do the LJ cut, so I'll only add one photo...

My store is:

Please stop by & say hi!

BTW, hubby made this pin & the other pin I'm selling! So that makes it extra special fun.

In other news, off to a flea market at a church this morning, my favorite kind. You never know what you are going to find & it's usually for an extra special price! I made a small, cute little shawl last night out of some vintage wool I dyed, I'll take photos after it's dry.I washed it last night, hoping it would soften up a bit.

Friday, February 17, 2006

knitting olympic socks

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These are the finished knitting olympic socks!

I took the plunge

& I joined & opened my own etsy store!

to my relatives

Hi, to any of the relatives who may be stopping by!
**hugs** I love you all!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

recycled yo cable socks

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These socks were made from a recycled 100% wool sweater & the yarn dyed by me to create stripes. The pattern is a simple yo cable from the book Sensational Knitted socks.

Both socks are finished, though this is obviously the work in progress sock. Unfortunately, they are a tad small & realy not as high a sock as I like, but c'est la vie. It's another FO, and this pair was finished Thursday before the Olympics started, so I met my goal.

knitting olympic sock progress photo

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Here are the socks after some Saturday knitting. The socks are done, but I've yet to photograph them.

knitting olympic socks

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This was Sat's work in progress photo. Take a lot of both mismatched socks in the other post!

wool cotton socks

I don't remember if I posted this photo yet or not. It's a wool cotton sock blend & they are pretty short socks, about 4" long. Stitched on size 1 needles. Considering they are cotton wool socks, they are actually surprisingly warm & very comfy to wear. I was not a fan of sockotta socks, though I like them more now after a year's worth of wash & wear, but these I loved from the second I put them on my feet. Unfortunately, the label's long gone, but I think they were Lana Grossa. The only ball of that brand I've ever even seen, I think they were a sock of the month kit with the pattern long lost to me.
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fair isle socks

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Made with size 1 needles, Knit Picks solid sock yarn, and yarn I dyed myself to create stripes. Fair isle pattern from Anna's Simple Socks book. I love her Turkish patterns!

mosaic socks

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via the 6 socks pattern. I misjudged how much of the variagated yarn I had left, so that's why there is a long, weird 2 color ribbing. It's totally different & that's why I like it! Knitted on size 2 needles for the foot & ribbing & the mosaic pattern in size 3's, out of sport weight wool yarns.

scrap socks

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another pair of scrap socks. The exciting thing is/was this was the first pair of socks I knitted on size 0 needles. I absolutely loved the difference in fabric & will be making more socks on size 0's, however, I'll be limiting those socks to Opal where I want the patterning to really pop. Just not worth my time otherwise.

These were made with most of a skein of Regia, leftover Knit Picks solid yarn in that beautiful browny-orange color, and some other odd leftover yarns from stash.

scrap afghan

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Just a small pieced together scrap afghan I also finished recently. I haven't been doing well in keeping track! This was made out of various sized granny squares with the solid sections filled it as I went.

scrap afghan

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This is a scrap afghan I finished a while ago. It's based upon a scrap quilt design that I converted over to crochet. I wasn't really happy with how I put the strips together, that needs to be thought about lots more.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

knitting olympics

Well, my socks are done. I greatly over estimated the time it would take me to knit them. I spent several hours trying to figure out my next project & I decided to knit myself a little boatneck in-the-round top for myself out of some recycled cotton/ramie yarns.

Monday, February 13, 2006



Michelle Kwan

Am I the only one sick of hearing about her? I don't care that she dropped out of the Olympics. She shouldn't have gone in the first place!

KO update

Never got online at all yesterday to update!

Socks are FLYING! I spent most of Sunday working on the heels, trying different types & frogging. I finally went to my usual heel flap & gusset, but because I used more stitches on my leg than on my foot, I didn't have much of a gusset which worked well for patterning purposes. After about 3" of knitting, I increased another 8 stitches. I never realized how fat my legs were until I started knitting these thick thick ever so warm socks!

Saturday, February 11, 2006

KO update

I have lots & lots of pictures to update with, but, the camera &/or the computer is being a pill & I can't upload any photos today.

Well, I got a late start due to major dental trauma, but, I started last night & my fingers are flying! After a week of debating back & forth & back & forth, I finally decided to change my mind only slightly. I honestly felt that stripey toe up knee high socks weren't going to be much of a challenge, so I decided to do toe up, fair isle knee high socks instead, or at least, as far as my yarn will go. I think I have enough, because all of a sudden it dawned on me that my box of tapestry yarn should be just about the same gauge as the other yarn I'm using, and still 100% wool! woo hoo! I'm doing it in shades of blue & purple, with a few odd shades thrown in for constrast, and as always, they are dramatically mismatched, my favorite socks! They are coming along very, very fast, and I am so in love! I'm using a fair isle pattern from the book "Sensational Knitted Socks" - I wanted a fair isle pattern easy to memorize, something that looked a little more complicated than it was in reality, and something that would look good with the lots & lots of colors I was planning on using. So the final decision was the last fair isle pattern in the fair isle section. I am making them toe up, on double points, both socks at the same time on different sets of points, and 5 needles a piece, all of my favorite/usual way of knitting socks.

To be different, I am planning on making an hourglass/short row heel. I don't normally do this! I think I've made *one* pair of socks, ever, with that type of heel. Because these are toe up, and fair isle, I need a heel with no gusset. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the heel will be big enough. I hope. I pray. I wish. *crosses fingers*

In other knit-related news, DH & I took off for an indoor yard sale this morning, the first of the year. We were both anxious to be off & had a later-than-we-wanted start, so when I left with knitting, I had the KO sock with 4 needles & didn't grab the 5th working stitch. So I was knitting with just the 4 needles & not very happy about it. Jon & I kept cracking jokes about how "wouldn't it be funny if I found needles the right size at the yard sale?" and wouldn't you know it, I found, not only dpn, but the exact size i was using, in the middle of somebody else's wool sock, complete with a finished, matching pair! I'll be doing the burn test in a bit to verify it's wool. I will definitely be frogging these socks, however, as nice as they are, they aren't exactly my size & the kitchener stitch is atrocious. Not that I can kitchener well, but even I can do a better job than that, and that's why I knit toe up socks! I also picked up a cone of Shetland wool yarn & a mystery skein of wool (I think, I have to do the burn test for that, too). Debated about picking up a neat basket filled with acrylic; I didn't really want the acrylic as I have 100's of pounds of it already stored at my parents house (yard sale yarn! yeah) but I loved the basket. I didn't want to be one of those people dumping things out on the floor, so I passed over everything & just bought the socks with the needles, the cone yarn, and the one skein of mystery feels-like-wool & looks-like wool. I picked up a few things for my parents for Christmas & Jon picked up a bit of Barbie-plastic canvas patterns, and that was it.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

simple, easy crocheted wristwarmer

Any size hook you like.

Crochet a chain 2" long, plus one chain.
Turn, sc in every chain across. Ch 1, turn.
Sc in blo in every sc across, ch 1, turn.
Repeat, working in blo, as many rows across as needed for the ribbing of your cuff.
When finished, slip stitch together, ch 1, and sc across ends of every row. Join, ch 1,
and increase at the beginning of the next 3-5 rounds. Work until the mitt/wristwarmer is just under the beginning of your thumb.
Sc in next 4 sc, ch 2, skip all the sc & work 4 sc in the last 4 sc of that round, join.

End off.

"Hand" part
Join with a slip stitch in any stitch, sc around, when you get to the stitch before the ch 2 work a dec sc in that stitch & the first ch 2 space; dec in 2nd ch 2 space & in the next space, finish around.

Try on - how does it fit? A little big, decrease in one more stitch. A little snug? Eliminate the decreases.

Work for a few more rows, end off, weave in ends, enjoy!

Mine used less than one skein of worstened weight wool

Monday, February 06, 2006

Crocheters funnies

by Cindy Long

Do those crochet terms and abbreviations have you stumped? Read on...  

Pattern: A set of written instructions that may or may not result in creating the object in the picture. Most patterns include a list of supplies, but this is for your amusement only. After all, Amazonian Rhesus yarn in smoky turquoise does not exist, and cannot be obtained. Patterns also have fun-to-do math problems, such as 1 dc in next 7 dc (34 dc made)…?!

Yo: Yarn Over, meaning you need to wrap your yarn over your hook. Of course, this assumes the yarn doesn’t split, fray or tangle. If this happens, yo then stands for, “Yell Outrageously.”

Dtrtrc: Double-treble-treble-crochet. This is a stitch where you yo four zillion times, insert hook in stitch and pull through the next two loops, repeating until all loops are off the hook, or until the end of time, whichever comes first.

Reverse sc: This stitch is the lefty’s revenge on all of us righties—for once we have to work backwards, too!

Catalog: A dangerous device that hypnotizes crocheters. It lulls them into a catatonic state, causing them to spend the family’s grocery money on patterns and yarn. It may also be an evil plot to cause the downfall of the American economy.

Hook: A device permanently attached to a crocheter’s hand. It is also connected to her blood supply, and if for some reason it becomes dislodged from her hand, she breaks into a sweat and starts to feel faint. If the hook cannot be immediately replaced, the only valid substitute is a catalog (see above).

Yarn: The only reason sheep farms still exist! It’s also what crocheters buy when they have money; if there’s any cash left over, they buy food and clothes.

Doily: This seemingly innocent item looks like a table protector, but if someone actually tries to put a wet glass or an ashtray on it, the creator will instantly turn into a snarling Doberman. Use doilies at your own peril.

Cat: A non-mechanical device used for unraveling afghans, unwinding skeins and keeping one’s lap warm. A cat requires daily maintenance in the form of light stroking.

Dog: Another non-mechanical device that is used for chasing down balls of yarn and putting tooth-mark engravings in wooden hooks. It’s a high-maintenance item that does not store easily.

Baby: A valid excuse to crochet something.

Housework: An ancient rite that was performed by some B.C. women (Before Crochet). Historians believe it may have had something to do with a device called a “vacuum cleaner,” which was kept in closets now occupied by yarn.