Sunday, September 28, 2008
Mmmm what more could a girl want really? Grand Final day, beer is in the glass, glass is possibly prophetic of things to come and there is much more lace knitting on the needles than there was before a train trip to Melbourne and someone else driving home.
Sadly the game didn't quite go to plan as far as the boys around here would like with Geelong coming second. They seem to have taken it okay though. Well as okay as you can when your team loses 2 games all season and one of those is the last one!
How did my day go? Well...
Yep it would seem that the glass was indeed able to tell the future.....
On the knitting front there has been some FOs and some WIPs. This is Rivolo, a delightful little lace scarf that I am knitting up in Live 2 Knit Judy (Moss colourway), a gorgeous 4ply cotton that is sadly discontinued. If you can get any of this DO IT! It is by far the best cotton I have ver worked with. The pattern is beautifully written and, as do most scarves, seems to chug along after a brief period of inactivity.
I have also been making some big sister presents for a little friend who is about to get a little baby in the family.
They still need ribbons and flowers but they are essentially done. I have decided that a nice cream grosgrain ribbon might be the go on these rather than i-cord mainly due to laziness on my behalf. They are both Seamless Kimono Jumpers, one in a size 2 (yes I am slowly resizing that pattern too) and one in dolly size! The dolly sized one is a complete guess and about half of a normal baby sized job. Both are knit in hand-dyed NZ 8ply from Susanne's House of Wool. It was a huge 200g cake of yarn! I still have enough left over to length the larger jumper for next year. I love the Susanne's yarns are always so generous of yardage and reasonably priced.
Well that is about all that has happened in these parts. The house needs to be cleaned (although I confess that Jason is working hard on that whilst I type) and I might head to the local market for a bit.
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Materials and Notions.
100g 8 ply yarn
4 stitch markers
4mm 80cm circular
Gauge: 22sts / 10cm
Size: 0-3 months chest 41cm
pm – place marker
kfb – knit front and back
slm – slip marker
yo – yarn over
CO 40 stitches using the circular needle.
Row 1: kfb, pm, kfb, k8 , kfb, pm, kfb, k16 , kfb, pm, kfb, k8 , kfb, pm, kfb
You have now created the right front, right sleeve, back, left sleeve and left front between the markers.
Row 2: sl1, knit across
Row 3: kfb, kfb, slm, kfb, k10, kfb, slm, kfb, k20 , kfb, slm, kfb, k10 , kfb, slm, kfb, kfb
Row 4: sl1, knit across
Row 5: kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to last stitch, kfb.
Row 6: sl1, knit across.
Row 7: sl1, k3, kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, , kfb, knit to stitch before next marker, kfb, slm, kfb, knit to fifth last stitch, kfb, k4.
Row 8: sl1, k3, p to four stitches before end of row, k4
Continue repeating rows 7 and 8 until there are 46 stitches between the2nd and 3rd markers (across the back). At this stage there should be 28 stitches on both front panels.
Creating the Sleeves....
Row 1: sl1, k2tog, yo, k to first marker, place the sleeve stitches onto waste yarn knit back stitches, place the other sleeve stitches onto waste yarn, knit to last stitch.
Row 2: sl1, k3, p to four stitches before end of row, k4
If you are making this for a girl, and you are particular about such things, you will need to work the k2togs and the yo’s at the end of row 1 and the ends of rows 13 and 14 in the next section..
Row 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11: knit all stitches
Row 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12: k4, purl to four stitches before end of row, k4
Row 13: sl1, k2tog, yo, k to end
Row 14: sl1, k3, p to four stitches before end of row, k4
During this section I find it useful to mark the garter stitch edgings with additional markers so I remember to knit them on the even rows.
Work these 14 rows (or part thereof) until body measures 20.5 cm from the centre back.
Work 6 rows of garter stitch and bind off.
Evenly space the sleeve stitches on 3 DPNs or 2 circulars (whichever is your preference).
With the right side facing, locate the centre bottom of the sleeve opening. Pick up two stitches from the left of the opening and continue knitting the round, picking up two additional stitches onto needle 3
Knit until sleeve measures 14.5 cm from underarm.
Work 6 rows of garter stitch and bind off.
Weave in ends. Sew on buttons.
This pattern is available in sizes up to 6 years for Au$5. To purchase click the button below.
This pattern is provided free for your own personal use. You may knit it for yourself, as a gift, a swap or for charity. This pattern is not intended for commercial use. Any intended commercial use requires permission in writing.
Friday, September 19, 2008
And importantly, for a few hours I got to be a super hero (and an evil fairy, and a pirate, and a wedding guest, and a playing card).
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
I call them Seedy Socks because they remind me of strawberries with their little seeds dotted throughout. I like the subtle texture that doesn't detract from the lovely Artyarns Merino. There is every possibility that I will get around to writing this pattern up as I do really like them.
It will have to wait until the school holidays though (roll on school holidays) and be done around marking the SACs that my angels are currently writing.
Friday, September 12, 2008
So without further ado - Down the Garden Path!
Take a wander down the garden path on a gorgeous summer’s day. Lift every leaf and look under every rock because you never know what you might find underneath. The garden is full of surprises this time of the year and so are these socks. Follow the bumpy, cobblestone path down your leg to see the surprise visitor underneath!
In the cool shade lurks a snail, happy and content out of the bright summer’s sun.
These shorter-than-normal socks are perfect for cooler days and breezy summer evenings. Choose from the three suggested yarns shown in the three sock shots! If you want them longer simply increase the number of pattern repeats.
These fit an average woman’s foot.
Araucania [75% Wool, 25% Polyamide; 376 yd/344 m per 100g skein]; color: Ranco; 1 skein
OR Jolly Jumbuck Achilles [100% Wool; 490yd/448m per 100g skein]; color: Chokolat; 1 skein OR Fleece Artist Merino Sock 2/6 [100% Merino Wool 382 yd/349m per 115g skein]; color: Earth; 1 skein 1 set(s) US #2/2.75mm double-point needles OR 4 ply sock yarn 350ish metres.
1 set of 2.75 mm dpns.
30 sts/40 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
Down the Garden Path is available for download for US$4.00. Just click the button to purchase now!
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I need to grab some buttons (I am thinking wooden toggles) and then I am done. That may not stop me from wearing it tomorrow though!
I am glad that I decided to have a go at this. It may not be a super job but it is pretty good and I am pleased enough with it. See I can seam it would seem!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
I have sewn in one sleeve and frankly it sucks. I will need to undo it and do it again (or get Mum to do it for me). It just seems that seams are beyond me. They never look neat and tidy like other people's seams. Of course I know that getting Mum to do it will not improve my seaming skills the slightest, but it is so nice that I really don't want to screw it up completely.
Yes okay, I will pull out the sleeve and try again - probably not till after the weekend (performances to do) - but I shall try. As they say, if at first you don't succeed, try again and THEN get your Mum to do it!