Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Stashalong's KAL within a KAL

Stashalong's KAL within a KAL
My Project for June

The Rules:
1. Choose one WIP from your current pile OR if you are feeling particularly industrious it could be a new Screaming Stash Project that you believe you can finish in a month.

My project for June will be to finish the Irish Cables Bag. I am 50% done so I am sure I will be able to finish it. I have just been lazy to get it finished. I thought I was running out of yarn but I found more in my stash.

2. Post a before pic on June 1.

Bottle Cap Necklace

DD has been making bottle cap necklaces. She found the idea in a craft book & had to scrounge for bottle caps from our friends.

Here is how they look an a chain

Seven of the Twelve she made

Close Up of the Dragonfly & Water symbol

Friday, May 25, 2007

My Summer Challenge

Since I cannot find any Summer Knitting Challenges out there in blogland, like The Amazing Lace-Summer 2006, I have decided I should challenge myself to finish the OddBall Sampler Afghan. This project has been languishing on needles in my closet for maybe 2 years. Time to finish it!!
Here's the plan!
May 2-4 Weekend to Labour Day Weekend
Finish the OddBall Sampler Afghan

I joined

for encouragement
I need encouragement!!

42 squares to knit - small, portable projects - perfect for summertime.

I actually have finished 6 squares
1: Flower Beds

2: Ohio Star

8: Celtic Braid

9: Twining Trees

24: Hugs & Kisses

31: Victorian Patchwork

Only 36 to go!!

I really don't have any worries about finishing the squares - it's the sewing up that may get me.

I am participating in Stashalong, Knit from your Stash 2007 & 2007 Summer Stash Out, so it's stashdiving for me.

Actually this will be quite easy as this project was always a stash project. Time to use up all those odds balls that have been hanging around for a while.

My Reward for finishing the project by Labour Weekend
2 (Two) guilt-free stash enhancement days - No expiry date!!

Friday, May 11, 2007

Ella Hat

This is the finished Ella Hat from the book 'Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs' by Cathy Carron.

The yarn for this hat is Patons Shetland Chunky Dark Navy.

I really love the way the hat turned out, especially since this was my first attempt at Entrelac. Oh & of course there had to be 2 printing errors in the pattern since this was my first attempt. Did manage to figure it out.
This hat is for ME!!

Knitting Meme

I lifted this from Too Hot Too Knit: Never
I was suprised with how much of these I have done. I added a few others at the bottom.

Mark with bold the things you have knit at least once,
with italics the ones you plan to do sometime, and leave the rest.

Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with camel yarn
Mittens: Cuff-up
Mittens: Tip-down
Knitting with silk
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn - all the time
Slip stitch patterns
Knitting with banana fiber yarn
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Knitting with bamboo yarn
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Knitting with soy yarn
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street) - sounds interesting
Continental knitting
Designing knitted garments
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book
Teaching a child to knit
American/English knitting (as opposed to continental)
Knitting to make money
Button holes
Knitting with alpaca
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting
Dyeing with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting for a living
Knitting with cotton
Knitting smocking
Dyeing yarn
Steeks - ?maybe
Knitting art
Knitting two socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars simultaneously
Knitting with wool
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Swatching - should do more of this
Long Tail CO
Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Knitting with cashmere
Knitting with synthetic yarn
Writing a pattern
Knitting with linen
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO
Freeform knitting
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair
Hair accessories
Knitting in public

Illusion/Shadow Knitting
Double Knitting

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Valery Hat

This is the finished Valery Hat from the book 'Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs' by Cathy Carron.

The yarn for this hat is Patons Shetland Chunky Dark Navy.

This one is for DD#2 as well. She will have the best dressed head in school!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Refashioning Week

Last week was a refashioning week. Both DD's have nightshirts that they do not wear. They love the material but do not like nightshirts, so I did some refashioning. I changed them into PJ Pants.

This is what the nightshirts looked like to start with

After I had finished, this is the results.
Both DD's are thrilled with their new PJ Pants.

With the nightshirt below, there was definitely not enough material to make PJ Pants so I made a pillowcase for DD#2 as this nightshirt was hers. She is thrilled.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Modified Kringle Hat

This is the finished modified Kringle Hat from the book 'Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs' by Cathy Carron.

This is the last hat made from the Bernat Softee Chunky 'Too Purple' The top is a double strand of yellow worsted weight yarn.

Hopefully DD#2 will not lose these hats.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Cal Hat

This is a 'Cal' Hat from the book 'Hip Knit Hats: 40 Fabulous Designs' by Cathy Carron.

The yarn is Bernat Softee Chunky "Too Purple" & Bernat Eyelash "Cool"

Another hat for DD#2. This hat is very similar to the Crunchy Granola Hippie Hat