Monday, December 31, 2007

The Birth of an Aran Coat




No turning back now..I have ordered the rest of the yarn I will need.
I charted this coat using Knit Visualizer...my chart is on this blog somewhere and if it isn't I will get it on here...but I have already changed it since last posted. Here are some of the pictures...the cable on the back I have ripped out and will redesign...just didnt like it the way I had charted it. The front at the moment looks like the back except the front has my 5 steek stitches where I will "GULP" CUT TO OPEN FOR THE COAT FRONT!

Up date on WIP"S

The trial run of the Spanish Peacock Shawl, below was going along so well I have abandoned it and started the Red one in Icelandic Lace Wt





These are just pictures of projects I am working on and how far they are as of today...the Revised Rib Warmer is farther along, I have now started the second half.
I am quite proud of the no hole wrap on the rib warmer....

Friday, December 28, 2007

Another Sweater to Drool over





My Charted version...I tried to keep it as original as possible...but I wonder if the design was charted to produce a drap or if the fabric produces the drap???
I charted for Jumper Weight...8wX11h spi. So the chart looks off, but should be ok once knitted up at that SPI. Of course if you are knitting for a larger size I think adding rows and column to teh various stripes, might be a good idea to give the design more weight in a larger area.

The Beginning of an Aran Coat...gulp

And this is it...my chart for my Aran Coat...102 stitches + 5 for steeks. The outlined cable is the sides and the one line down the back is the center.
I am using Sheepsdown from Schoolhouse Press www.schoolhousepress.com
My gauge is 2.5 SPI on a 10 Needle. The coat should be around a size 36-38. Meg did hers at 106 + 4 for steeks and when I tired it on...it was a little loose so I am hoping this will make it just a bit smaller.
I do have some changes I will be making to the pattern...u will have to keep tuning in to see what I do with it.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Another Quest...Schiaparelli's Bowknot Sweater Chart


Well, Ravelry Pals have me looking into yet another pattern. I am interested mostly because the pattern of interest is in The Armenian Knitting book by Schoolhouse Press. It is Schiaparelli's Bowknot sweater.
I played with charting it, didn't spend much time at it yet, but will look into doing a better job and finishing off the back and the sleeves. I think there is a KAL in the air...so many things to knit so little time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

My Next Lace Project... The Spanish Peacock Shawl

This is my next lace Project...it is the Spanish Peacock from Meg Swansen's A Gathering of Lace. I will be doing it in Icelandic lace weight...Dark Red! (This picture was copied out of A Gathering of Lace written by Meg Swansen. You may purchase this book at www.Schoolhousepress.com)

Monday, December 10, 2007

Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swansen Pattern Locations

http://docs.google.com/View?docid=dd4kq44g_2q3qgpbgx
I hope to figure out how to load the Google document I have, to post all the locations for SHP patterns and their locations.
Well. I can't figure out how to get
the mountain (data base...)to come here so you will have to go to the mountain instead.

HOW FAST CAN U KNIT A CHRISTMAS STOCKING

Ok here it is in all it's glory. I have to close up the heel and toe and I am thnking of doing an I-cord around the top, between the white cuff and the red and white corragated ribbing above the ornaments. I wasn't able to do the instructions Meg gave due to the difference in size. I did the best I could with the gauge I was working with.
Sue will be coming to our house for Christmas, so decided to make her a Stocking...I designed it and started knitting yesterady Dec. 9th. I didn't swatch just guessed...I GUESSED WRONG. The sock is just a wee bit big...a cat could crawl in there...I was more concerened with getting patterns to fit in an area...I used 80 stitches. The top is done in double moss stitch and looks fluffly like fur and I did a Yo across the top and turned the hem so now it has those nice peaks. I will work the rest of the sock down and do it in red and green with a red and white striped heel and toe. The red and white above and below the name is done in 2 color corrigated ribbing...was a nice touch of texture...along with the top being done in double moss.
I think I want to play more with texture and color.

I also think I may have discovered a different way to do 3 needle bind off...so much easier, although I always loved 3 needle bind off...gives a nce finish and no sewing involved! A knitters delight. The name is done in Armenina knitting since there were such long carries. My color knittng is getting so much better...no more puckering.
The colors are more Victorian...dark forest geen, christmas red and then cream...wish I had a more darker red...


Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Christmas Stocking Design for Meg's KAL and WIP's


YOU CAN CLICK ON THE PICTURE AND IT WILL COME IN LARGE SO U CAN SEE THE DETAIL BETTER.
The charted trees, hearts, snow flakes and deer are from books,
the patterns are my design...made up to fit the area.
This is the chart I made for my Christmas stocking for the Knit A Long with Meg Swansen...I am very happy with it. The white line above my name is for an after thought pocket...gulp...never did one before.

Cropped sweater I made for my sister while we were in Brazil for 3 weeks in Jan of 2007. She has the same colors socks and I felted her some clogs. You ca't see it but this has a low scoop neck. The Socks...I bought this yarn summer of 2007 to make socks for Sue for her birthday in Nov...it is now Dec and I am knitting like crazy to get them done for her for Christmas...
HOPEFULLY THIS YEAR!
Didn't get much knitting done today...matter of fact didn't do any but I did work on my design for the Christmas stocking...I am quite happy with it...I'll be even happier if it knits out ok.
Here are SOME of my WIP's
and going to be WIP"S.
I also have the yarn for my Spanish Peacock shawl in RED. This is the shawl Meg Swansen made for her daughter for her wedding The Gathering of Lace...it is beautiful.
I have gotten the yarn for swatching my Aran coat and for my KNIT, PURL Armenian sweater...the one Joyce made in the book Armenian Knitting.
I AM USING THE SAME COLORS...Joyce used...
how could I not...
Blue is my birthstone color.
I tend to lean towards the saphires and reds.
http://www.schoolhousepress.com/
Oh yeah... I also have the yarn to start my revised...longer Rib warmer...in white. However, I think I am addicted to this pattern and with the new colors Schoolhouse Press has added...WELL NEED I SAY MORE!
My leggings are coming alone nicely...I love the yarn Saqulli or something like that..DK in dark blue...it is so soft. I will be making Ron a swearter in this...so nice and cuddly... Of course SHP yarn again.
Well, I spent all day yesterday on the computer so today I have to knit. I came on at about 6 AM and was on it when DH came home early at 3 PM...caught...dang!!! Can u say..
HOW FAST CAN U PICK UP THE HOUSE!!!

RAVELRY
Seems to have me hooked...if nothing else just looking at what others are doing.
OMG

OT this is so funny I had to add it.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Test post for my first video...Wrapping

So, this is my first attempt at showcasing my homemade knitting demos...I wanted to do a video of how you do a "wrap" in knitting for a fellow knitter.
This is my very first Web Cam video performance and I will need to tweak it for better quality, both in visibility and understanding. However, I wanted to see how it would show up on my Blog, but will work on doing much better quality demos after the holidays when more time will permit...as Christmas knitting "marathoning" is well underway right now. I hope to add videos on:
A) 2 circs with both 1 item (sock, sleeve) and 2 items (2socks, 2 sleeves) I also want to do the B) Magic Loop method and their cast-ons.
C) Crocheted Provisional Cast-On (I have fallen in love with this method and will show how I do it.)

Gee..I get to combine 3 of my loves: teaching, knitting and computers...how cool is that!!!

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Kniting like crazy

Some of the projects I have started to work on....in my head...is the Shawl, Meg made her daughter for her wedding, the Spanish Peacock in The Gathering of Lace in the Gallery...However, mine will be in a deep red...icelandic lace
I also ordered the yarn to do a swatch for the Knit-Purl sweater in the new Armenian Knitting book by Meg and Joyce.
Me in THE ARAN COAT I have watched the DVD at least 5 times and last week I ordered some of the sheepsdown to do my swatch...I will work on finishing touches to the design of my pattern this week.
Me in the sweater that EZ made and showcased in Meg's book The Gathering of Lace! Ok, so I look a bit weird...my sweater is all bunched up under the sweater



Well, as usual I have decided at the last min. I do want to knit for some of my friends for Christmas presents. So this weekend I KNIT and then I KNIT SOME MORE!
A few months back I purchased some cotton Peaches and Cream and made a dish cloth...well I love it but it seemed small so I made another one but bigger...NOT better...I threw out the big one and made my self some more small ones. These little things are mighty big on cleaning up...bigger just gets in the way.
So, now everyone I know is getting a set of dish cloths and a bottle of matching dish soap...the color matches the dishcloth...can you say Anal!! I like things that match...there are days my underwear matches my blouse/Sweater!!!...I am color coordiated!! Ok maybe not color
coordinated just anal.

RAVELRY
Ok, finally got my invite...didn't think I would be impressed or care but figured I better go see what all the chatter was about....OMG...each time I go in there I find more things to do and get excited about...it is like going to KNITTING CAMP! And the great part is all the campers are there already. I am still setting up my pages...was excited that some people picked my ASJ and Aspen sweater as their favorites... I love the book part...putting in all my books and seeing them so neat on the shelves and the fact that all I had to do was type in a title and click on a picture and all the information is then loaded onto my page and I can download into a database and now I have a great database of all my books, which I can put on my PDA and keep with me...so I don't buy anymore seconds!
Speaking of databases I will post the database I did with all of EZ's and Meg's books with pattern locations. I am waiting for Michelle to check it out and make sure I have it all right.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The Norwegian Sweater at Knitting camp Sept 2007

videoThis is Meg Swansen working on the sleeves for my Norwegian Sweater. This was at the Septemeber 2007 mini camp.

This is Meg doing applied I-cord, on my sweater, using Joyce William's new method which addresses the blip...and hides it. I am using this method on my rib warmer now...using unspun Icelandic....so far so good...I keep waiting for the yarn to pull apart!

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Pam in the Mananita I knit her for her Birthday in Oct. I hope she will wear it a lot. I used Shetland Lace wt yarn...of course from SHP. I am turning into such a yarn snob...lol My next post will add a few more videos from camp...I will not post all my videos...you will have to go to camp if you want to see everything. LOL
Various views of the doilies I made for Judy's Birthday.






Doily I made for Liz for her birthday...the oj is to show size.


























Doily I made for a friend in Brazil...this is Bianca





















This is my rib warmer...

made with unspun Icelandic wool from











ASJ colors are dark rasberry, light rasberry,

light sage, dark sage.


*These were my after camp, air plane knitting
project.

















These lace ones are done...

this was a lesson in what not to use

for lace knitting I use

mohair...never again!










*Red lace sweater from pg 63 Spring Knitters Mag. it's blue in Knitters.





*Felted Clogs for Son's.
*Bob's Socks for his birthday...I did the EZ arch, then added ribbing before doing toe.











*Ronnie's Socks for Birthday
*PI done in DMC #70 crochet thread. Did this for friend. Kathy with the PI



























*Aspen Sweater for Lisa's Birthday



*Felted purse for Marlene's Birthday.





*Red sweater for Christmas 2006













Friday, November 9, 2007

What happens in Camp, Doesn't stay in Camp

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This is for Lesley...you are right, what happens in Marshfield, doesn't always stay in Marshfield.

We had entertainment....The Magnificent, The Great Magician, MS Lesley!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Cheap Fixes




Adding Rubber Worm bag for the use as a circ needle keeper.


Different size cooler type bags are great for small knitting projects and take a long bags. They are very cheap, have some "shaping" so they hold their shape and wont crush in...and are washable and have great straps...I can put around my waist or over my shoulder.

Music stand with clothes pin bag
attached for dodads. This is great for patterns and books.















Rubbermaid plastic jar from grocery store.
They come in 2 sizes...this is the small one.
Great for skiens and center pull or balls of yarn.

3 ring zippered binder..I got this at Staples,
it is great because it not only zips up but has
a shoulder strap and a handle. Great for taking
to knitting camp! holds pencil cases full of circs!














These are the nylon, zippered pencil cases...
Walmart. I have all my permenant circs in here...my KnitPicks
Options and Harmony's are in another Knit Picks case.
Printing out large labels with needle size makes
finding the right needle fast.
















Mini Hair clips (comein many sizes)....gotten anywhere...
I got these in the grocery store.
These are great for holding
unsewn items together while sewing up or just to
see how the project is fitting together.
















This pen you can get in any fabric store, including
Walmart...it disapears when dampend. So a little
moisture and the mark is gone. I mark my
charts as I use them and my written patterns.
When I am done just wipe clean...pattern is ready
for the next time I use this pattern or I can keep
my notes and marks...for reference.