Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Remember this from the other day... I thought this was a watermelon.. well... it's not... it's some kind of squash .. I thought maybe spaghetti squash .. but when I looked up spaghetti squash online it was yellow not green.. and then I couldn't find any squash that resemble it at all.. are there any squash experts out there that could identify this squash??..

This is my attempt at a Christmas wreath.. it's a little unbalanced.. but not too bad.. kind of like me.. hehehe.... and yes I'm working on my highlands zip sweater.. I completed the back and I am casting on the front.. go go little fingers knit ahoy...!!!

Monday, November 26, 2007

sneak a peek @_@

A real fast post before work... I made some progress on the sweater I'm making and almost completed the back yesterday. The pattern is from knitscene magazine and it's the man's Highlands Zip.. I had hoped to complete this in a weeks time.. hahaha .. wishful thinking.. maybe if I could knit while I was sleeping.. 0.0... Getting back to the Debbie Mumm.. Amanda had a hard time with it.. but I'll give it a try.. and as Nicole said .. browns are hard to find and for some reason guys like brown.. and the brown is rather nice.. well off to work for me.. (^_^)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

This weekend was so crazy with everyone running around and camping out the big shopping deals... me?... I was on the other side of the register checking out customers.. and I have to say.. people were pretty nice.. there are always a few of course (the few unhappy customers were the ones that didn't take time to read the coupons and had higher expectations on the discount they were getting) but on the whole everyone just looked like they were having a fun time running from store to store buying up all the goodies. I had a few coupons myself and ran to Joanns after work to pick up this yarn I've had my eye one for awhile. It's similar to noro although it doesn't have as many color changes... It's more monochromatic and is it's an acryilic wool blend. (It's half the price too)I have a few projects in mind already.. I can't wait to start one.

This was a good buy also.. so I couldn't pass it up especially with my minuscule yarn budget. It's a felted purse kit.. with 4 balls of wool yarn and everything u need to make it including both crochet hook and needles.. and the thread !!!.. I don't think I'm going to make the purse though.. I just liked the yarn and for $7.97 I had to buy it or kick myself all the way home.

Two-tone shrug #2 is finished and I started the next project on my list of holiday knitting already... I also squeezed in some dish cloths for my Mom's good friend.. I like the zig-zag pattern that the cone yarn is making.. compared to the kind of stripy pattern of the ball yarn.. Well I'm off to do some visiting and will show you my next project sometime soon.. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.. (^_^)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

YaRn BoY

Someone just loves yarn..besides me... meet "Yarn boy".. hehe.. mmmm yarn is tasty too!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

is it a wEED.......

What could that big weed be on the side of my house.. I've been looking at it everyday for a few months when I walk the dog.. humm..

OMG...what is that!!...It seems that all those watermelon seeds we spit into bushes grew.. and now the "weed" looking plant that is enormous .. is full just full of beautiful watermelons at all different stages of growth..The plant has taken over and wrapped itself around all the surrounding bushes and tree. yummm..

Here is the two-tone shrug that I finished a week or so ago.. I'm pleased with how it came out.. it looked really small when it was finished but it has a lot of stretch and actually fit it's comfy too...I like it so much I'm making another one in King Tut 100% cotton. I bought the yarn on sale a while back at AC Moore.. had I known that it knit up so silky and soft I would have stocked up.

Another buddy bag in the works.. I'm going to make the little beary one this time..I cheated again and did the bag on the knitting machine. I timed it and it took an hour and 10 minutes to complete the bag and i-cord. I just have to sew them together and knit the little bear and sail boat. I love these bags.. did I tell you that??!!

Friday, November 16, 2007

I completed my ducky buddy bag.. the beak and wings of the ducky are crochet and the pool pocket ( I hope it looks like water) was made with a tunisian crochet wave stitch...I haven't done tunisian crochet in years and I never really liked it.. but that little pocket was fun to make.. I'll have to look into some more tunisian crochet projects for the future... anyway I'm pleased with how the bag turned out...this bag is for a little girl..(Abby likes duckys) I was thinking of a little frog for a little boy too.. these bags are so fun to make.. the basic pattern is from annypurls.

More little people socks.. these will be my carry-a-round projects for awhile. They fit very nice and will keep little toes warm this's been chilly in the evenings here.

This is the beginning of my second two-ton shrug from fitted knits. I'm using King Tut 100% cotton yarn. I like the way it's knitting up... soft.. stretchy.. smooth.. shinny.. hehe

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

How to have a HeNrY of your own.. (^_^)

Henry's body-Lion brand wool-ease , Natural, Blue Heather (scraps of any worsted yarn)
Red Heart super saver light blue.
Henry's hat- caron simply soft.. MC- red, CC- white
Needles size US 6 and US 7
size 6 DPNs
yarn needle
2 buttons for eyes, one for the nose, 3 buttons for the front of his shirt.
2 smaller pipe cleaners.
sewing needle and thread
Poly-fill beads

The body of the snowman is knit in garter stitch and the hat is knit in the round

The basic ball pattern is from the lion brand free pattern listing.. under knitting. It's called the Christmas Ornament Catnip Pet Toy. To view this pattern you will need to set up a screen name and password ... but all is free. I followed this pattern to knit each of the balls using size 6 needles and wool-ease . I knit the bottom ball with red heart super saver and size 7 needles.
Sew up the side of the ball leaving a hole at the top for filling.
*Before closing up each ball I cut a small piece of nylon panthose , pushed this into the opening of each ball and filled with poly-fill beads. Use a needles and sewing thread to close up the nylon stocking. Push the rest of the stocking into the ball and finish sewing it up.* I filled the balls so that the expanded a little.

Next using a yarn needle and some yarn I sewed all three balls together starting at the bottom.. going up through the center of each ball and then back down to the bottom again making sure that they are secure and not wobbly.

Sew on buttons for eyes and nose.. buttons for his body. ( these can also be glued on)

With a pipe cleaner pick up 2 stitches on the side of the body where u want his arm to be. Pull the pipe cleaner so that the stitches are at the center. Pinch the 2 ends together and twist them so they are smoothly twisted until there is about 1/2" left open for his fingers. Repeat for the other arm.

Henry's Hat.
With red MC(or the color of your choice)and size 6 DPNs cast on 36 stitchs and place and equal amount on 3 needles. PM(place marker)
Work K2, P2 ribbing for 4 rows.
Change to CC(white) knit 4 rows.
Change to MC,
knit 1 row,
Next row-* Knit 4, k 2tog, * rep around (30sts)
Knit 2 rows,
Change to CC-*Knit 3, k 2tog* around.(24sts)
knit 1 row.
Next row-*Knit 2, k 2 tog* around.(18sts)
knit 1 row.
Change to MC-* Knit 2, k 2 tog* around.(12sts)
Knit 1 row.
*Knit 1, Knit 2 tog* around(6sts)
Next row-* Knit 2 tog* around(3sts)
Last row.. knit 1, knit 2tog pass 1st stitch over the k2tog. 1 st remains end and weave in ends.

YOur very own HeNrY..!!
Happy Holidays!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

it's HenRy!!

Meet Henry the snowman.. he's all ready for the winter season with his little red and white cap.. he started out as some knit hacky sack toys.. that just didn't do it for me.. so I decided to sew them together.. and then they needed some eyes and a nose and some buttons an of course a little hat..oops some pipe cleaner arms too... and then.. he was Henry..

This is supposed to be a ducky in a pond... hum.. can u see it.. !!!.. my water kind of looks like an above group pool liner.. maybe it needs some pool side grass.. I used a tunisian wave pattern for the water.. the directions were a bit vague as far as how many chains per wave so I had to wing it... and I haven't done this type of crochet for many years.. but.. I found that is fun to do and very fast.. and would like to make more projects using tunisian stitches for maybe some borders and stuff.. fun fun..
I've casted on another two-tone shrug from fitted knits... this one in cotton.. more on that later.. busy busy busy.. so busy...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

2 quickies!!

I've been working on annypurls birdy buddy bag for the past few day.. how fun to knit and surprisingly cute.. cuter in person than I thought it was in the picture.(isn't it always like that) Working 2 part time jobs gives me odd moments to squeeze in some knitting so I cheated on the bag and used the knitting machine. This shortened the amount of knitting time on this project.. I think it only took me a little over an hour to knit the bag... the i-cord, puppet and embellishments took quite a bit longer than that. I'm just about to make another bag in pink and I'm going to change the birdy a bit to look like a ducky..

These little socks knit up really fast. This pattern is from the lionbrand web site. I hope to make a few more for little feet..I used the yarn they called for which is wool-ease. (^_^)

The swatches that I was working on in the previous post were for Cherie amour.. from Knitty fall 2007.. and the beige cotton is for another two-tone shrug from fitted knits by Stefanie Japel.
(That crazy pumpkin picture was circulating the internet a couple of years ago.. and of course I saved it..(^_^))

Sunday, November 04, 2007

jUst a PeEk

Finished my two-tone shrug yesterday and hit it with a little steam.(don't mind the raggy towel.. it just for blocking).. I'll take some better pictures tomorrow. I'm please with how it turn out. I have another to make.. this time in cotton

I started a couple of swatchs and so far they are right on gauge.. thats a first.. I also finished on baby sock and started the second.. I'll take pictures when I'm finished.. but it's off the work now.. (^_^)