Monday, January 29, 2007
A while back, I had bought two balls of this fuzzy novelty yarn, not really knowing what I'd do with it. It's been sitting in my storage tub, so I finally pulled it out and decided to just make a simple garter knit scarf, letting the fuzziness of the yarn be the attraction for the scarf. I'm glad that I didn't do anything more complicated. The yarn wasn't really that fun to work with. It was scratchy and hard to see the stitches. (When I finished, I forgot about leaving enough yarn for binding off so I had to go back and undo a row - that was horrible because I couldn't get a good feel for where the stitches were.)
But even though my hands feel scratched up now, the scarf has a mostly soft feel to it and looks neat. Since I had only two balls, it's a bit shorter than I would have liked, but we could just market it as a child's scarf or something if necessary.
This picture shows the color better than the one below.
And this picture shows the fuzziness a bit better.
Yarn: Bernat Boa Nouveau; color: Parrot? (#81305); 100% polyester
Needles: Size 9 straight
Pattern: Garter stitch
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
So here's the first mitten as I was in progress on it.
And here is the first mitten - finished but before felting. It's definitely much bigger than my hand!
And here is the first mitten after felting. Quite a nice fit on my hand.
I had to wait a little while before working on the second mitten as I did not have enough yarn and had to order another ball. When it arrived, it took me only a couple of days to finish the second mitten. I did have a minor bobble around the thumb - when I picked the stitches back up for it, I got turned around (kinda like I did on the stocking), but I was able to get back on the right track quickly. But that's what the "ring" around the thumb is. I decided not to worry about it since they would be felted and it should disappear (it did). So here's the felted mitten beside the unfelted one (that gives you an idea of the difference in the size).
And now here is both mittens felted and finished and dry. The second one felted a little differently and is slightly more narrow than the first, but it still fits my hand (though it's a bit snug).
And finally, I tried taking a picture of me wearing them. I used my chin to push the button on the camera, so that's one reason why my hands are bent at a weird angle. But the picture came out well enough so you can see what they look like on my hands.
Here's the "technical" info:
Bernat Felted Knit Mittens
Yarn: KP Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland Wool) – Lake Ice Heather
Needles: Size 8 double pointed
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Well, that didn't work out so well. It looks neat, but it's not the right size. The blocks are supposed to be 7" x 9". Since I was using two strands of yarn, I didn't get a good feel for how many stitches I needed to cast on. So it turned out to be longer than I had planned (I meant that size to be the 7" side). When I measured it before, it was 10" but just now measuring it, it's actually 9" - wow!
That would be well and good except for one thing. I ran out of yarn before I could finish. So it's only 5" on the other side. *sigh* I'll go ahead and send it in case there are any other oddly sized blocks and it actually could get used. Here's the picture (a zig-zag design):
So I tried again. This time I went ahead with the one-color yarn. I used the yarn from Mary's scarf (I still had two balls). I used the same pattern and got the measurements much better (although I did block it to get even more exact). But it's not perfect. It's a little less than 9" on one side and a little more less than 7" on the other. *sigh*
I might try another block with another pattern, but I'm going to go ahead and send these two off tomorrow.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Yarn: KP ShineWorsted (60% Pima Cotton/40% Modal) – Blush
Needles: Size 8
I wanted to make a scarf for my friend Emily, but she's allergic to wool. She also lives in Texas so doesn't need anything too heavy. So I decided to try this cotton yarn. I like the way it came out, but the yarn was sometimes a bit annoying to work with (it slid out of my fingers too easily and sometimes fuzz came off all over my hands)
Here's the scarf, wrapped around my neck (mirror shot)
And here's a close-up view of the scarf:
I did have one bit that didn't turn out so wonderfully. I've been really tight while binding off, so I made it a point to bind off loosely this time. It looks like I was a bit too loose as the ends now don't match. One is tight and square and the other points out at the corners (that's the loose bind off). I'm sure I could block the scarf and make it all line up, but I like the scrunched in look that it has right now so don't want to lose that. I guess I'll just send it to Em and let her decide what she wants to do with it.
Saturday, January 6, 2007
I used the same pink that I had used for my sister's and niece's clogs since I had two whole balls of yarn left (this project is knitted with two strands and the "one skein" used in the book had a lot more yardage than one of these, so I did end up using almost all of two balls of this yarn, but that's perfectly okay with me).
Here are the specs:
Pattern: One-Skein Felted Purse from One-Skein Wonders
Yarn: KnitPicks Wool of the Andes (100% Peruvian Highland Wool) in Tulip
Needles: Size 11 circular (24"); changed to straight needles for handle
Time taken: 2 days
So here is the purse, finished but before felting. (Yes the handle is supposed to be twisted - it gives it a little more thickness when felted.)
And here's the purse after felting.
It's just a small purse, but I think it's incredibly cute! I've quite fallen in love with it and I think I'm going to have to make a couple more of these. I can use the blue that I have left from my clogs to make one for me. Jarrett asked if I'd make one for his grandmother, so I think I'll do that in the snickerdoodle. Then I have the green left over from Mary's scarf, but with that I think I'll do something a bit different and pair the green with the skein of daffodil that I have (since it's knitted with two strands) and do a two-color effect. And I should have some of the purple left as well. And if I practice with needle felting, I could add some designs to it (like an initial or something of that sort). There are so many possibilities with this one project! One thing I especially like about this purse is that the bottom is knitted flat and then I picked up stitches around the edges and knitted the sides in the round. What does that mean? No seaming!
The purse is drying now (I straighted up the handle from what it's shown like in this picture, so it should dry a lot better), so it should be ready in a couple of days. The book suggests adding a snap closure to it, so I'm going to go look at Hobby Lobby to see what kinds of accessories they have and perhaps pick something up. But the purse is small enough that it might not need any type of closure.