Monday, July 4, 2011

Wacky sox

Deborah Norville Serenity Sock Weight in Amethyst purple

Cast on 66 stitches using size 2 needles

*work in 2x2 rib for a while,
work in lace pattern for 8 rows,
Work one row of garter stitches
5 rows of stockinette
one row of garter stitch*
repeat for as many repeats as you like

Work heel in eye of partridge pattern

Switch to size 3 needles
Foot is worked in 8 rows of lace, 8 rows of ribbing

Lace pattern is 6 stitch repeat
*K2tog, knit 2, YO, knit 2*, repeat to end of row
Knit one row*

Repeat those two rows 4 times

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Girlie Blanket for Gramma Marilee

Yarn: Bernat Baby Boucle
CO 66 stitches, work in garter stitches for 12 rows.

Row 13: Knit 6 stitches, (YO, K2tog) til -6 stitches, knit 6
Row 14: Knit row
Repeat lines 13 and 14 two more times

Knit 6 stitches, (YO, K2tog) three times, work to -12 stitches, (YO, K2tog) three times. knit 6 stitches
Next row, knit
Repeat til blanket measures -6 inches

Knit rows 13 and 14 three times

Knit 12 rows

Jesse and Mini hats

When I heard that Jesse was about to become a father, I knew I wanted to do something. I had yarn left over from when I frogged Ryan's Ralphie Hat and made it shorter, so I started a baby beanie in the yarn (which was self striping because the yarn was tied together when I frogged it). The colors actually reminded me of Jesse, so it was cool. When I finished, I scraped around and found leftover balls of the same color and made one for Jesse.

CO stitches (mini) and stitches (Jesse)

Work in 2 x 2 rib.

Work for 5 inches/ 7 inches, bind off

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Dragon witch scarf

I joined the Dragonwitch club that sends bi-monthly patterns and handspun yarn. It is from the Knitwitch website. When the first order arrived, it was a lovely light grey sockweight yarn along with a string of dark grey glass beads and a pattern for an interesting looking scarf.

When I began the pattern, I had a really hard time figuring out what it was supposed to be. When I finally got the trellis idea down, I liked it so much I made a baby blanket and plan to make a scarf using the pattern vertically rather than horizontally.

The second part of the scarf I simply didn't like. I ripped it out and made up my own pattern which incorporated the beads. When I ran out of beads, I stopped. The result is lovely, and headed directly to the gift basket.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Charlene's Purple Socks

Hmmm, so I am a little behind. The "Charlene's purple socks" were scheduled as an August birthday present for guess who? The first one I sent to her to check for size, too short. So I ripped it out and now 5 months later... ta-da

The first one, the one I ripped out, didn't have such bad pooling. I don't mind the pooling but there it is. Guess we will have to live with it.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bad me

So I decided that I wanted to make the xmas heart scarf in time to wear it for Valentine's Day, even though it isn't on the to do list or the ever-growing in progress list. Bad me.

I started it and and it took a day and a half to do the first heart. I was beginning to not only feel like a bad list person, but a bad knitter. Then the next day I just charged through two hearts. I figured out that when it isn't working, I just need to stop and work on another project.

Anyway, I started the scarf on Sunday night and finished it on Wednesday night. Being snowed in helps.

Yarn: Red Heart Soft worsted
Needles: Size 9 circulars

Sunday, January 30, 2011

And yet another bubble hat - for Marian

Same thing as Nathania's bubble hat, only in Homespun Sierra, to match the shawl that she made on the magical wonder loom.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Kathleen's Checkerboard blanket

Actually I don't know whose blanket it really is. Ryan's boss's wife asked him if I could make a baby blanket for her for a gift. Did it. I like it better unblocked.

Yarn: Red Heart Soft
Color: Navy
Needles: Size 9 circulars
Size: 18" x18"
CO 66 stitches
K 6, P6 across
Knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches for 8 rows

P6, K6 across
Knit the knit stitches, purl the purl stitches for 8 rows

Bind off, edging is two rows of single crochet

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Colwick Cowl

Since Brett never asks for anything knitted, when he does, I need to do it. He told me he wanted a cowl in navy or brown, so I found a variety of free patterns and submitted for his approval. He picked Colwick and Cornflower from Ravelry. So I started with Colwick. Went to Dodge to get brown or navy yarn and came home with oatmeal and forest green. It took a day to do the cowl, and I only needed the second skein for the last 1 inch. So the cowl is one inch shorter.

CO 80 stitches
work 2 inches of 2x2 rib then stockinette
work until 10" from beginning
work 2 inches of 2x2 rib. bind off

Sorry about the old lady shot. Only model available *shrug*

Saturday, January 15, 2011


As odd as it seems, I really like home-knit dishclothes. They are a quick and dirty project; they are really comfortable to use; and you can color coordinate! I keep making them and giving them away to people who probably don't use them, but I do use them. So now I am making them for me. Will post pictures randomly

Friday, January 14, 2011

Ralphie's Hat

While we were watching "The Christmas Story" this year, Ryan said "You know what I want? I want a hat like Ralphie's only with a really long tail. Down to my butt." If you remember, when Ralphie takes his Red Ryder Rifle out to start shooting, he is wearing a grey, blue and red long tail hat. Well that was my assignment.

I found a pattern for a child's hat with long tail on Ravelry so proceeded to make some adjustments. Finished it and it wasn't tight enough to hold all that weight on his head. So I frogged the whole thing and made more adjustments . Had Ryan try it on and he didn't like the ribbing so I frogged the first three color bands and made more adjustments. Maybe I should make Mr Picky do it.

Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease Worsted
Needles: size 8 circular and dpn

I used this pattern of colors
15 rows of blue
15 rows of red
30 rows of grey

CO 80 stitches, work in 2x2 rib for 2 inches then start stockinette.

When work measures 5 inches, K8, K2tog around
work 30 rows, K7, K2tog
work 30 rows, K6, K2tog
work 30 rows, K5, K2tog
work 30 rows, K5, K2tog
work 30 rows, K4, K2tog
work 30 rows, K4, K2tog
work 30 rows, K3, K2tog
work 30 rows, K3, K2tog
then I ran out of grey yarn so
work 10 rows, K2, K2tog
work 10 rows, K1, K2tog
work 10 rows, K2tog
tie off and add pompom is desired

It really does reach his butt. You could make it shorter by decreasing the number of rows between decreases.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cindy's Hat and Cowl

Cindy and Lonnie have been good friends to me for a long time. Lonnie is the instigator, as he was a fan of Mom's from the time he moved back to Oklahoma. She helped him relearn how to be a farmer and a friend. He has passed this connection on to me.

Cindy is shy; she rarely appears in public and when she does, she doesn't really chat it up. But she is part of the partnership and supports Lonnie in all his craziness. Sooooo ... here is her gift, to be bestowed when she returns from the grandkids in Virginia.

Yeah, the hat is the same as Nathania's bubble hat, but I love it so much I will probably make at least 5 more of them!

The cowl uses essentially the same pattern but CO 72 and work 5 rows of knit, 5 rows of purl. It is too big to be snuggy, but fits really nicely on the size 9 needles. I would probably do 65 stitches next time just for the snugness.

Homespun, color: Corinthian

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Nathania's Cover-up

When she started the fundraiser for the Lymphoma Society, Nathania promised her students that if she raised $5000 she would dye her hair purple, and if she raised $7500, she would shave her head in front of the entire school. Success!
Knowing that her bean would get cold, she requested hats to cover the bean, so here is my contribution.

The lovely Katina, postmistress extraordinaire, models for me.

Lion Brand Homespun
Color: Barrington (purple mix)
Needle: 6 circular, 9 circular and 8 dpns

CO 65 stitches on smaller needles
Pattern: purl 7 rows, knit 3 rows
Repeat pattern 2 more times
Work an extra pattern (10 rows) for some slouch