Showing posts with label completed knitting projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label completed knitting projects. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Nineteen Hundred House Dish Cloth

I love knitting small cloths-- dish cloths, wash cloths, face cloths, scrubby cloths, whatever. I knit them all the time and I'm starting to wonder if I have some sort of weird hoarding issue with them. There is a stack of knit cloths on my dresser, each one a different color, none of them matching, and I can't bear to use them or part with them.

This pattern is called Nineteen Hundred House Dish Cloth and it is sooo addictive. Wouldn't several of these in different colors make a cute housewarming gift?  If you could bear to part with them, that is. This yellow one is in the stack on my dresser.

I'm finally working on something other than a small cloth. This pink project will eventually be an apron dress for Lily. The yarn is 100% cotton, so it kinda feels like I'm knitting a wash cloth ...

Happy New Year!!! Wishing you peace and blessings and joy in 2013.

Stacy xoxo

Friday, April 20, 2012

Red Matinee Jacket

The Matinee Jacket  I knit for my niece Lily is washed, blocked, and seamed. I just need to find one more matching yellow button and she will be good to go for a Disney movie opening or perhaps an afternoon performance of a Broadway show. 

It was a relatively quick, easy knit, with just a few issues that were due to my inexperience with sweaters. Note to self: When casting on and binding off, leave looooong strands of yarn to use for sewing the seams. I didn't do this and ended up having to weave in about a zillion ends, which is one of my least favorite things about knitting.

Speaking of Lily, here is a photo of her taken earlier today. She is eleven months old now and getting so big. I'm looking forward to her first birthday next month so I can give her the basket full of gifts I've been collecting for the occasion.

I know I've been gone for a while. Not sure what happened, just needed a break I guess. I do plan on participating in Knit and Crochet Blog Week next week and would love it if you did, too.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Knit Mitts

Last Saturday I woke up with an unexpected yearning to go yarn shop hopping. I guess my resolve not to buy more yarn until I made a substantial dent in my stash had run its course and it was time to resume shopping.

On weekends I move slowly, so there was only time to visit two of my local yarn shops. One of my purchases was a skein of gorgeous cotton variegated yarn called Pima Fresca from the Queensland Collection. I love the teal blue with the shades of brown, but I have to admit it looks better wound in a ball than it does knit up. I was hoping it would stripe nicely, but it was not to be.

The mitt pattern is an improvisation that only took a few hours to knit on size 9 needles. They are a bit loose and uneven, but the cotton feels warm and comforting, especially on my achy wrists. I didn't realize how chilly my hands get in my apartment at night until I put these babies on.

Speaking of babies, some day I will knit a pair for these little hands.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Crossover Jacket

Ta da! I knit my first baby crossover jacket last week. The pattern is from the wonderful book, Vintage Knits for Modern Babies , a gift from a thoughtful friend. I added the pink crochet edging on the sleeves and went with matching pink buttons.

The jacket fits my four-month-old niece Lily perfectly.

Who, by the way, has started smiling and laughing.

My heart is melting.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Faux Fair Isle Baby Hat

This is my second attempt at knitting a hat in the round and it turned out quite well. Instead of struggling with my arch enemy, DPNs, I used my lovely Harmony circular needles and only switched to the [stupid] DPNs when I absolutely had to.

Inspired by this KnitPicks video, Learn to Speed Knit!, I used the continental style and completed it faster than I would have using my standard slowpokey style. The tension is even, too, which is nice for a change.

I love the Fair Isle effect of the Snuggly Baby Crofter yarn and look forward to knitting more projects with it.

This hat pattern is based on another KnitPicks video, How to Knit a Hat. I'm just getting into knitting videos and have been surprised at how helpful they are.

Hope you are enjoying the change of seasons. It's beautiful here in Northern California with the first touch of autumn in the air.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Summer Knitting Projects

It seems like I did lots of knitting over the summer, but when I looked through my bag of finished projects, there wasn't all that much. (But I actually have a bag of finished projects, so that is something!)

Just today I finished knitting this jumper for my niece Lily. Like most of my projects, it looks better photographed than in real life. But it does feel good to have seen it through to the end, even if the tension is uneven and there are holes where I switched colors. The pattern is Little Girl's Jumper or Sundress. Lily will have to wait until she is one year old to wear it.

By the way, here is Lily. She is three months old now and so beautiful.

I taught myself new stitches this summer, and this one worked out well for a kitchen towel. It's a little scary, but I can't remember which stitch this is and where I got it from. Yikes.

These are cotton swatches knit in new-to-me stitches from my Vogue Stitchionary. I'll probably give them to my sister to use as baby wash cloths.

What did you make this summer?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Simply Knitting

When I started this blog almost two years ago, I had a vision, albeit a blurry one, of what it would be about. I wanted to design original knitting patterns, share them on Ravelry and improve my skills by knitting larger and more complex items.

I did end up designing a few things. Nothing terribly complicated, just some easy scarves, bags, booties and fingerless gloves. My mesh bamboo scarf is the most viewed page on my blog, and with the arrival of cold weather the gloves are getting a little bit of attention. It's gratifying when someone knits one of my patterns and posts the project on Ravelry.

But it's been a while since I designed a pattern. And I've not attempted to knit anything too big or complicated since I started this blog other than a lace shawl (which turned out to be rather small and easy). At this point in time, I'm knitting garter stitch scarves.

Garter stitch scarves. The kind that are your very first knitting project, the kind that are supposed to get monotonous after you've made one for each member of your family. I've read enough knitting books to understand that garter stitch scarves are kindergarten knitting; they are the finger painting of the fiber world.

But the truth is, I like how they look and enjoy knitting them. I don't have to remember to use my row counter or glance at a pattern every few minutes. It's like being transported back to a simpler time before you knew about tricky techniques like a Turkish cast-on or three-needle bind off, when you had no idea how to use circular needles and didn't care, when terms like K2TOG and YO made your eyes glaze over. In those days, knitting with acrylic yarn was perfectly acceptable and the smallest needle size in your collection was maybe a US 6 (but you never used it).

So here I am, finger painting scarves while forgetting how to do a proper wrap and turn. Simply knitting. While I do plan to return to the world of purl stitches, yarn overs and short rows, for now the basic act of creating something with two sticks and some pretty string is enough.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

After the rain

On Sunday it rained all day, bringing an unexpected benefit. When I stepped outside Monday morning I was greeted with this lovely scene-- the sun hitting the damp creek bank, causing swirly mist to rise. It was a nice way to start the week.

The wet weather made for a perfect afternoon of knitting. I finished this Modern Cabled Baby Bib (Ravelry pattern) knit in a cable and seed stitch combination. The yarn is Jil Eaton Cotton Tail that I found at my local yarn shop. It is a deeper shade of green than I was able to capture in the photo. I liked the yarn so much I want to knit a few more bibs in different colors.

On a different subject, it was interesting reading about your experiences with bats. So many of you have had bats in your backyard and in your home that it really surprised me. As the weather is growing colder here the bats are getting more and more active in the evening. I can enjoy their presence since they aren't roosting in my attic or patio umbrella!

I hope you are enjoying your week. It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The Accidental Christmas Stocking

Thank you everyone for your warm wishes and congratulations on my sister's little one. I stopped by her place yesterday and saw the picture from the ultrasound ... oh my gosh! I think it is safe to say it is the cutest 9-week old baby I have ever seen :o)

I spent Friday night and Saturday morning knitting what turned out to be the biggest newborn baby bootie ever. I can't figure out why it turned out so huge-- I did a gauge swatch, something I almost never do. So now I'm thinking with a little bit of embellishing it can be a Christmas stocking for the baby.

My knitting mojo comes and goes. Do you ever get the urge to knit something new and exciting but just can't get started? That's what has been happening to me. I look and look and look at Ravelry and through my knitting books, hoping something will grab me, but nothing does. I did manage to finish the Yarn Harlot's one row scarf shown above. It's a little short, so I'm trying to decide whether to go ahead and bind off or order one more skein online.

came to visit today and we walked to downtown Willow Glen for lunch and a little shopping. I bought this crochet coin purse I've been wanting for a while. It's not as cute as Thimbleanna's blue beaded purse, but I had to have it.

We had lots of excitement around here this weekend ... in addition to the gynormous baby bootie and a visit from Dogwood, my new bed was delivered! Or maybe I should say Charlie and Apollo's new bed was delivered. Last night I found myself scrunched up on the edge of the bed because the cats were taking up the middle. I think tonight we are going to have to have a talk ...

Happy Halloween!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Booties Galore

Finally. Someone I know is pregnant! I get to knit for an actual baby, not just for the love of tiny little things. I used Frog Tree Pima Silk for the seed stitch booties, and oh my, it is wonderful to work with. I'm not exactly sure what it is about cotton/silk blend yarn that makes me so happy ... maybe it's the softness, the way it glides smoothly over the needle, or the slight sheen. Or maybe all three.

Matching caps are in the queue.

Yesterday I went to San Francisco with my family and needed an easy knitting project for the drive there, so I started another ripple scarf using the same pattern as the Apple Tree scarf. You might remember this Fairytale yarn from when it arrived last spring. This pattern gets pretty tedious after a while, but I really like how it looks with the variegated yarn.

We are having an uncommonly cool summer (hopefully I didn't just jinx it), which might be why I am getting enthusiastic about knitting again after a short break.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Apple Tree scarf, more bird crafts, Twilight fun

I'm getting close to finishing the Apple Tree scarf-- finally! It has taken an unbelievably long time to knit and I'm not sure why. It's only a four row repeat on size six needles. But I'm happy with how it looks. Soon it will be packed up and mailed to Jen over at Miss Punkie Pie for a little swap we are doing.

I'm working on this tiny book-- not sure what to call it, a collage or mixed media book? I created the cover and have the words ready to go, just need to figure out how I want to decorate the pages.

In the middle of making my bird book, I came across this sewing machine trading card from the olden days and had to stop what I was doing and make a note card.

I'm still reading Pride & Prejudice spin-offs and sequels. Every couple weeks I take a stack of books to the used book store and trade them in for new ones. This evening I finished Jane Austen in Boca and got such a kick out of it. Imagine Pride & Prejudice set in a retirement community in Boca Raton, Florida. It was smart and funny.

Thank you to Cory at Pink Dogwood Blossom and Suz at Begin Again for the Kreativ Blogger Award. I appreciate it! Some day I will get around to sharing ten interesting things about myself. Lately I haven't been feeling terribly interesting.

My sister Hilary and I went to see Eclipse on opening night last week. I liked it, but thought New Moon was better. If you are a knitter and a Twilight fan, check out this funny, funny post. It will give you a good laugh, especially if you enjoy knitting with Malabrigo.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Hearts & Flowers

My life has been so busy this last week that I've only had the time and energy to create simple little things. (Not that I ever create large complex things, but you know what I mean.) I must say I adore this knit heart. It sits on my coffee table and serves as a coaster/place mat/doily.

After seeing what the Hana Ami Flower Loom can do over at The Purl Bee, I had to get one. The Michael's near me had them in stock, but when I got to the counter I discovered my 40% off coupon wasn't good until the following Sunday. Aaargh. I had to wait three whole days, and every morning when I woke up my first thought was "I'm just going to go and buy it." But somehow I held out and finally bought it yesterday, and I did feel a bit warm and fuzzy about saving eight bucks. I've only had a couple hours to play with it and look forward to learning about all of the different possibilities.

The rest of this week is looking busy with lots going on at work, so I'm going to take a break until Saturday. I hope you will join me then for the Mad Tea Party.

Have a great week!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Knitting Challenge: Color

The situation: An enormous stash of yarn and general boredom with knitting.

The challenge: To knit with a color that I don't particularly like, a color that makes me uncomfortable.

The purpose: To renew my enthusiasm and breath fresh life in to my knitting practice by trying something different.

The added benefit: Using up yarn in my stash that might otherwise languish for years.

The choices: An array of yarn in colors that I normally wouldn't touch, purchased long ago for reasons now forgotten.

The selection: Blue Sky Alpaca Dyed Organic Cotton in bright red. (Note: my issue is with the color, not with this brand of soft and lovely yarn.)

The outcome: A diagonal dish cloth that, to my surprise, I enjoyed knitting very much.

The unexpected benefit: So much enjoyment knitting the first one that I created a second, smaller cloth in white with a red crocheted border.

The next challenge: Knitting an item from a new pattern that I have never tried before.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

A little knitting and lots of reading

My knitting has slowed down considerably since the weather warmed up. One item on the needles is this Apple Tree Scarf (link to Ravelry). It is knit in a chevron pattern, and I've been thinking about frogging it because the sides curl too much, in spite of the selvage stitches. But I'm going to think about it some more before I do anything drastic.

Still working on my Multnomah shawl (another Ravelry link). I'm up to 200 stitches and almost ready to start working on the lace section. It's an enjoyable pattern. This is the best I could do for a photo because it's all scrunched up on circular needles. I wish you could see how pretty the colors actually are.

I'm having a great time reading Pride & Prejudice sequels and adaptations. There are SO many out there, and they range from extremely dull to extremely raunchy. One of my favorites so far is Suspense & Sensibility by Carrie Bebris. It is the second in a series of Regency mystery novels featuring the Darcy's, and this one in particular also has characters from Sense & Sensibility. (It also has a supernatural element, so if that is not your bag you might not like the first couple of books in the series.) I picked up three more in the series at the library this evening and can't wait to read them this weekend.

On Monday I got out and hiked in the hills near my home. It felt so good! I had to move very slowly because I'm not used to walking uphill anymore, but it was easier than expected. There were a few quail out and about, along with lots of little brown birds that I couldn't identify. I thought I heard an owl hooting in a small valley, but it might have been kids playing around and I was too tired to go up an incline to check it out. This deer greeted me at the end of the hike. I'm hoping to go back this weekend if it isn't too hot.

What are your weekend plans? I would love to know.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Knitty gift

Did you have a nice Mother's Day? I hope so. My family came over for a potluck brunch and we had lots and lots of delicious food. I'm not much of a cook, but most of the deviled eggs that I made disappeared, so they must have been okay. I tried a new recipe with horseradish that I wasn't too sure about.

Tomorrow is my friend Cathy's birthday, so tonight I wrapped up two hand knit wash cloths and a bar of good-smelling soap for her. (I'm pretty sure she won't read this tonight and see her surprise.)

That White Tea soap from Cost Plus smells SO good I bought some for me, too.

I am ready for a juicy new knitting project and finally decided on the Multnomah shawl from Hello Knitty with my Misti Alpaca yarn that I adore. It's a fun knit.

For those of you in the states, do you watch American Idol? This is the second season I am hooked on it. Now that we're down to four it's pretty exciting. I've been rooting for Crystal, but I'm okay with Lee or Casey winning.

Well, off to watch Idol and work on my shawl. Talk to you again soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Well, it's done.

I finished my Forest Canopy Shawl last night and it's blocking on my futon right now. Hurray!

It's smaller than I thought it would be and I had a little trouble with the bind-off, but other than that things went smoothly. I figured it would take me at least two or three months to complete this project, so it was exciting to finish it in four weeks. A big thank you to Kate at Lazy Kate Creates for initiating the Adventures in Lace knit-along. It motivated me to learn to knit lace and I'm completely smitten.

I feel like my blog has been pretty low energy lately and I know I haven't been posting as much as I used to. I've been debating whether to talk about why that is and decided to just be honest about it. It's tempting to only write about happy sunshiney things, but doesn't feel very real. Since mid-January I've been consumed with problems with a disruptive neighbor and it's been hellish. Things came to a head last weekend when the police got involved, and the problem neighbor will be moving out next week. I'm looking forward to getting my life back and feeling happy again instead of beaten and broken down. The stress of the situation had begun to permeate every area of my life. I learned some painful lessons, especially about not allowing myself to be bullied.

On that cheerful note, I'm going to turn off the computer and turn my attention to American Idol. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter my giveaway-- I'll pick a winner Thursday morning.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

So far so good

Well, it's been a week and I've managed to keep my new year resolutions goals. It might be a record for me.

The stack of wash cloths is growing and I'm still enjoying knitting them.

This is the last wash cloth I completed. It's a fun pattern from the 2010 page-a-day knitting calendar my mom got me for the holidays. I made a mistake near the bottom. Can you see it? I'm kinda proud of myself for just leaving it-- it took a fair amount of restraint not to frog it.

I'm currently working on this dish cloth, also from the knitting calendar. I've never run across this pattern before and while I do like it, for some reason the cloth has a diagonal shape. It doesn't look like that in the picture, but that's okay, it'll work. Plus I love an interesting stitch in plain white yarn.

Pile of scrumptious cotton yarn waiting in the wings.

I've been getting out more, too, birdwatching and just enjoying nature. Isn't the sky a gorgeous shade of blue in this photo? Another one of my goals for the year is to learn to take better pictures, so I've been playing around with the camera settings. I'm not sure if that blue is the result of that.

I'm so in love with trees, especially the old gnarly ones.

I like the blurry reflection of the buildings on the surface of the lake. Normally I don't take pictures of buildings because ... well, ptooey. But this one turned out kind of neat.

This is my secret spot where I like to just sit. (You can't see it, but there is a wooden bench.) The stream burbles and gurgles and birds flit in the branches above. As I was sitting here last weekend I saw an odd movement in the corner of my eye that turned out to be a Downy woodpecker. It was exciting because I rarely see those.

I went birdwatching in a new place last weekend, too. There are tons of good birdwatching spots in my area that I haven't checked out because I tend to go to the same places over and over. It was a chilly, foggy day and I saw some interesting raptors and water birds.

The setting was so peaceful, but it's right next to the Model Airplane Sky Park, so the air was buzzing with tiny remote control airplanes. It didn't take long to tune them out and enjoy the scenery.

Tomorrow I am taking my first sock class! That is one of my goals this year, to learn how to knit socks. I'm a bit nervous but looking forward to it and hoping to meet some new knitty friends.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend and staying warm. I'm off to run some errands and then settle in for movies and knitting.