Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

Where could I wear this?

November 3, 2007


This dress is extraordinary! Where could you wear this? Truthfully, this is an example of great skill. When I found this blog, The Rainey Sisters, I was stunned and amazed by their talent. They are both incredible knitters. Visit their blog when you get a chance and see the other finished projects.


Knitting update

August 27, 2007

geraniums.jpgI tried and tried to make a gauge for my dollar and a half cardigan. It didn’t work out. It never turned out the same way twice, I couldn’t find any needles to get gauge. I finally wrote to the magazine to ask for help, no answer. I’m sure they’re busy.

Since the name of the pattern is unique, I googled it. And found that this sweater pattern is one of the awful ones. Many mistakes, and the people who did finish it were geniuses. I saw pictures of it made up and am in awe of those knitters. I read stories written by expert knitters and saw (rather than read) their pages of corrections and pictures to explain what was going on. I decided I didn’t need to turmoil or the frustration in my life.

So, I spent a few days looking for another pattern that would work with the yarn I bought. I finally landed on this one. bonsai_tunic134.jpg

I’ve got about 4″ done and it’s turning out great. Pictures soon. Also coming soon, pictures of neat thread boxes, and embroidery lessons. But today, I’m working on my classes, and knitting and enjoying another day off.

I also received some very fun fabric in the mail, that I’m going to play with. Pictures of that too are coming.

More later!

Yarn Arrived

August 17, 2007

geraniums.jpgfor the sweater I planned to make. I really hate making gauges. But I know I’d hate it more if I made an entire sweater and THEN found out it didn’t fit. So, I am making a gauge for this sweater.

The yarn is gorgeous, I love the way it knits up. However, I’m not crazy about the sweater pattern. The first gauge on size 5 needles is too small. And I knew somewhere in it I made a mistake. So, out come the size 6 needles and I realize that I can not do this lace pattern. It doesn’t like me. It never turns out the same way twice. It makes me doubt my knitting ability. Perhaps I should take it down a level or two. Or Three. Maybe I should stick with knitting dishcloth’s.

I thought about finding a new pattern to use the yarn and am not sure. Maybe I’ll ask about the original sweater pattern on their blog. Couldn’t hurt right?

I also have this thing about gauges. I never know how to use them. If it’s too small, does that mean I need larger needles or a different yarn? And why does the gauge have to be 4″ long? Can’t I count the rows in a 1″ swatch? Don’t even get me started on number of stitches in 4″. By the time you’re counting the 6th st and you look back to the beginning of where you started counting… well, which stitch did you start with anyway? Depending on how you look at it, it could start here or there. I’ve concluded I’m gauge-phobic. Maybe there’s a support group for wierdo’s like me?

New Sweater

August 5, 2007

geraniums.jpgI’m starting a new sweater, as soon as the pattern and yarn get here. Normally, I just make what I have to make from the Yarn Stash. An overflowing Rubbermaid tote. It has a lid, I just can’t get it on. I have other yarn too, in drawers and other drawers.

But this time, I’m making the sweater from the beginning with what I know is enough yarn and the proper size needles. I ordered the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. I subscribe to this magazine but my subscription started with the Summer issue.  When I looked at the projects which had been featured in the Spring 2007 issue, I loved so many of them, I had to order it.  First project –


This is called the ‘dollar and a half sweater’. Not sure why, but it’s gorgeous! I’ll be making it in –


since the yarn called for in the directions is very hard to find, it’s a new yarn, which I’ll buy when it becomes widely available and make another one!

Socks #1 – finished!

May 13, 2007

Traveling gives me a lot of knitting time. Driving to and from airports, flying time, sitting around visiting…all give me a lot of time to knit. Did you realize you can knit on airplanes? It seems that’s one of the first things they would have banned, not shampoo.

The name of this sock is – Madder Ribbed Sock, page 24 in Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush.


and the closeup – (click on the thumbnail to see the full size)


I’ve started the next pair. I’ll keep you posted! 🙂 Karen

Knitting Socks

April 21, 2007

I’m starting to get pretty adept at this. My fingers are used to hold 4 needles instead of the normal 2. Well, I guess in knitting nothing is normal – it all depends on what you’re making!

One time I read about a lady who loved to bake bread. She found a wonderful bread cookbook and vowed to make every recipe in it within the next year. I thought that was a wonderful idea, to really conquer the book! So, I’ve decided to make every sock in this book –


I’m working on the first one now


using my gorgeous 100% hand dyed wool from Sophies Toes

Granted, I’m only a few inches into the first half of the first sock, but I’ll get there. I’m not so silly to believe I’ll get these done in a year, but I have a goal. I’ll keep you posted.


Finally! A pair of socks!

December 30, 2006

After much trial and tribulation, and no concept of the freakin’ kitchener stitch to close the end of the toes, I finished a pair of socks.


this is the Class Sock from Sensational Knitted Socks by Charlene Schurch (and also published by my own publisher, Martingale and Company!) So, it seems these socks may fit Jack, so I’m going to send them to Washington and see if it’s so.

I feel a great sense of accomplishment in completing ONE pair of socks!!!! And both appear to be usable. Amazing! I think I have a good start to the journey, so I’m going to try another pair, of course! But first… a pair of mittens! Last week I received my new box from Kaleidoscope Yarns – I have WAY too much fun at that site – and there is the mitten pattern and lots and lots of new wool!



Until I get the rest of my software installed on this computer, this is the best I can do with pictures. Can’t even rotate the picture 90 degrees! Anyway, isn’t this some cool wool? All of it, 100% wool, Cascade Yarns  220. The colors are incredible and it’s so soft, lovely to work with. Ok, Mittens, here I come!


Last night I felted my slippers

December 29, 2006


You can tell right away they don’t match. The left one looks great, just the way it’s supposed to look. It fits my foot perfectly.

The right one doesn’t fit my foot at all, it’s about 3″ too long and should be about 1″ wider. I think my trouble began with the double sole. After the first slipper, I thought, there must be an easier way to do this! And on the second slipper, I used my easier way (on the double sole only). But the more I think about it, I think my ‘easier way’ is done on the slipper that turned out correctly.

check this out, I turned the slippers on their side –


The left one has a lovely double sole, right where it’s supposed to be. The right one has this huge ‘growth’ on it that just kind of flaps around….


I think I have enough yarn left over to make another slipper. I’ll have to, cause this won’t work! So, back to Mike’s slippers!


The Real Sock

December 12, 2006

I know myself fairly well. I’m not going to wear blue and green striped socks. Yeah, the yarn was fun to work with, and how they ever came up with it is beyond me. But I have precious little time to knit… I need to spend that time on something real and with potential wearability or giftability.



I’ve had some wonderful alpaca/wool in my stash for a few years. Wouldn’t it make perfect, warm socks? Yes it does! I finished my first sock. 🙂

The toe is less than perfect, I couldn’t get the grafting done correctly. Perhaps because I had 12 stitches on 1 needle and 7 stitches on the other needle. But, at that point, I wasn’t going to rip it all out. It was great practice, and I’m going to start another.

And that yarn break after the cuff… what do I do with that? Still wondering.

It was SO much fun! Quick. I had a finished product in a matter of hours, not weeks. The sock yarn out there is gorgeous. This is NOT my last sock. Nope, I think an addiction has begun.

I have ordered some more wool to make a pair of felted slipper clogs. Can’t wait for it arrive… glad this week is warm, so my tootsies aren’t cold.

Happy Knitting! karen

Knitting Socks

December 4, 2006

I finally started knitting socks! I’ve never done them before, and the 3 needle thing is still a bit awkward, but I’m getting the hang of it. This is the easy part, I know… the heel is still coming! but  the sock yarn is fun – it’s making its making its own pattern, I just watch it happen.