Had such a fun time making this. it is a lot like making paper. Can't wait to see how it looks "sculpted" into a hat!
This is the front and the image below is the back.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
This blue hat with red and white stripes is for my husband's office manager. She's a really sweet gal. I also made the hatpin.
The blue is a nice blue "New Denim" by Patons Classic Wool.
The red is actually called "Currant" and is a nice salmonish-red, also by Patons Classic Wool.
Hope she likes...
Thank you for looking!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Finally the last present finished! Yippee!!!!
Hat and mittens were knitted first and then felted. The bulky yarn white swirl was added after felting.
Chose not to put the swirl on the mittens because I didn’t want to over-due a good thing.
Everything in moderation, after all!
Bon Appetit and thank you for looking!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Happy Holidays all!
The number of shopping days are quickly running out!!!! Yikes!
Finished this for my Mother-in-law. She's really going through a hard time with my father-in-law in the hospital.
I am hoping as she takes her long trips to visit him, this hat will put a little skip in her strut.
Thank you so much for your interest and for looking!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Finished and ready to wrap for Christmas!
Both mittens, hat and the hat's flower are hand knit and felted.
Hat and flowers are stiffened so they have a better chance holding shape in damp weather (although I wouldn't wear the hat in a down-pour).
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Days before Thanksgiving, my uncle died. We are all gathering on Cape Cod to say good-bye. It's going to be cold, so I made this hat to keep my head warm.
Hat first knitted with Patons Classic Wool and then felted into shape using regular bowls plates and a flower pot!
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Another Christmas present finished!
Only 4 more hats and 2 pairs of mittens. Boy am I cutting this close. Driving to the Cape on Saturday for a funeral so I will probably get a lot of knitting done in the car.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
And then there are days like ToDaY; it seems every stitch is a screw-up, yarn keeps tangling and the needles are pulling at the stitches and messing up stitches consistency. ! Aaarg, patience is not my virtue today!!!!!
Here are the mittens finished. Turned out well for a thought-up pattern,
Friday, December 3, 2010
I really wasn't completely happy with the other mitten, so I ripped out past the thumb and started again. I am happier with the mitten but wish I had done the pattern in reverse on the top half; adds more contrast. Oh well, next one, because it's not bad enough to rip out again.
Making these one at a time. Those who know me know I avoid knitting this way, at all costs but it is difficult knitting two at a time with two colors because they get all tangled. Just hope they are the exact same, when done because it's annoying when one mitten is bigger than the other! :/
Hoping this works out well! Have made a couple colorwork sweaters, but not a peasant thumbed mitten (or any other kind of mitten, for that matter!).
Not really following a pattern, just going with instincts. It is my first time working a peasant thumb. Reversed-engineered a couple of pictures I saw on the internet and think I can do it, but we'll see if my pattern flows as well as the other patterns I saw!
Knitting the mitten with wool yarn, larger than a typical mitten and will shrink it down afterward. That will tighten the stitches and really make the mittens warm. Not sure If I am going to felt them... guess I'll decide that as the other mitten is knitted and they head to the water!
Thank you for looking!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Got Hazel a new toy. She immediately knew it was for her and was thrilled. Raced around and shook it so much so, pooped herself out! She'll be at it again, in no time... doing her best to get the squeaker out, chew off the nose and remove an ear or two!!!! :D
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Made these for my daughter, she loves green. Although the photo doesn't show the colors well, put together they make camouflage.
Hand knit, felted and double-cuffed for a better, more cozy fit at the wrists and lots of warmth on the fingers.
Found the idea in a book called "Knit One Felt Two". Although I don't always follow her patterns exactly (in this case I did), I do find the book to be so inspirational. So those of you needing some ideas, I recommend the book (if you don't already have it).
Thank you for visiting!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
First time felting onto something felted!
This side is a flower I created "freehand". The other side (below) is the backside and the flower and leaf were created using a cookie cutter.
I like this side the best and overall I really enjoyed doing this!
No better way to dry a new felted piece than by fireside!
I needed a bag that would carry everything, iNcLuDiNg my knitting!
Before felting, this knitted bag measured 16in tall x 17in wide. After felting it measures 9in tall x 13in wide.
Used size US 9 circular needles and worsted weight wool yarn. 132 stitches and 6 stitch pattern and decrease.
Hope you like!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
I made this for my daughter who LOVES pocketbooks and handbags.
First it was hand knit with Patons Classic Wool and then felted.
Wish I had measured the original size. The finished size is 8in Tall and 10in across the top. Doesn't seem too much small than before felting.
Turned out well and she's pleased!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I am such an airhead!!! I could have sworn I had email notification selected to let me know whenever I received a comment but never received an email.
Just today I was poking around this blog's settings and found a tab for comments and BOOM!!!! There were all these wonderful comments! I am certainly behind on replying but I will try to address each one.
Thank you again. I appreciate them all.
Both my dear Uncle and my father-in-law are in very bad health. My fear is neither will make it for Christmas. So, to make these days as cozy as I could, I made these for them. I sent these slippers out immediately, fearing waiting until Christmas will be too late.
This slipper was the 4th attempt at a slipper pattern and is the 1st to have made it all the way to the felting stage. (I tossed the ones prior to these...)
Unfortunately, during the felting it shrunk too much to send to my uncle or my father-in-law, so it headed to CT with my daughter to her Nature's Classroom camping trip (for the week).
Have seen others made like mine (pointy and all) from the same book (Knit One Felt Two), and theirs are very similar. I understand the pattern and see where it goes a bit funky, so I think I can make the next pair a bit more normal looking.
This pair is like the first pair but I really watched the shrinking and stopped felting the slippers in time and they are still large enough to fit my father-in-law.
I designed this pair and the first pair posted by using intuition and seem a little more normal looking and fitting.
The wool yarn is a very bulky yarn and size 10 needles and knit the items super huge before felting. Needles were straight and circular needles (depending on which slipper....)
Thank you for looking.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Just finished this hat. Very simple and definitely a quick knit, despite the details in the leaves.
Used 4 ply worsted cotton yarn with size and 9 circular needles. Hat based on eight leaves at the bottom, knit with 72 stitches, and decreased at the top.
So flapper-ish and fun. Will be nice and toasty during the winter!
Sunday, November 7, 2010
My grandmother used to make these and taught me years ago. After wearing this hat and being asked by knitters how to make the rose, I thought it easier to tell everyone, all at once!
I made my sample large. The roses are so pretty and delicate looking with smaller supplies. You can use any size needle and any type (circular, DPNs, straight....). You can also use any type of yarn. Just remember the larger the needle and the heavier the yarn the bigger the rose and leaves.
CO 8 sts
Row 1 Knit front, back and front of each stitch on needle. 24 sts.
Row 2 BO using purl stitch
Piece will naturally curl. There you have your rose!
CO 3 sts
Row 1: K1 YO K1 YO K1 (5 stitches)
Row 2: purl
Row 3: K2 YO K1 YO K2 (7 stitches)
Row 4: purl
Row 5: K3 YO K1 YO K3 (9 stitches)
Row 6: purl
Row 7: K4 YO K1 YO K4 (11 stitches)
Row 8: purl
Row 9: sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog (9 stitches)
Row 10: purl
Row 11: sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog (7 stitches)
Row 12: purl
Row 13: sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog (5 stitches)
Row 14: purl
Row 15: sl 1, K1, psso, knit to last 2 sts, K2 tog (3 stitches)
Row 16: sl 1, P2 tog, psso (1 stitch)
Secure last stitch and weave in back to secure.
There you have your leaf!
Make another leaf like the first or make larger or smaller by increasing the number of YO rows (and the peso rows) or by decreasing the number of YO/psso rows.
Stack the three pieces together by pulling the tails; pull tails of rose through the bottom of one leaf, then with the tail of the first leaf pull through the bottom of the second leaf. Pinch the base of the rose and leaves, take the rose tail and sew through all to secure.
If you want to make a stem, CO 3 stitches and work as and I-cord. When stem is the length you want, begin pattern on Row 1.
Voila! A rose with leaves.
Please feel free to share pattern, make and sell the flowers but PlEaSe DO NOT SELL this pattern. THIS PATTERN IS NOT FOR SALE!!!!!
Saturday, November 6, 2010
What a fun yarn! As it is knitted, it creates this pattern all by itself. I knitted both at the same time, on circular needles. I wanted the socks to be asymmetrical and didn't try to start the yarn in the same place of it's pattern. The yarns pattern's repeat was so close, the asymmetry was a bit successful but I wish the contrast was a bit more exaggerated.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Was looking for ideas for hats to keep my daughter warm during her Nature's Classroom trip, coming up soon. Found this cute pattern on Ravelry.com. Great site for knitters!!! I believe this pattern was free (not sure because I could figure it out without downloading one).
Originally, it was designed to be a baby hat, but since hats are pretty standard, I did it for an older child/adult. Incorporating the green color is the same as any other pattern. The decreases happen within the green pattern.
Yarns are from my stash box. They aren't as dark as they appear on the screen, I can't adjust colors without my img software, which I don't have reloaded on my new computer, yet. SOON! :)
Knitted on size 9 circular needles, right up to the end of the knotted cord!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Hubby has had LOTS of sweaters knitted for him by me but never a pair of socks. After I finished a pair of socks for each of my daughters, I made these for him and he loves them!
I have posted another "As It Came Together" style thread, so you can see the progress...
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