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Monday, December 14th, 2009

The new Winter Knitty is up!!

www.Knitty.com Winter Patterns

Washcloth for Baby

Sunday, August 30th, 2009

Looked what I whipped up yesterday when I should have been working on the shawl! I felt the need for a little break, and I found this free pattern for a washcloth/dishcloth. I have a co-worker that is expecting a baby boy in the Fall, and I’m looking for something to make. I had this yarn in my stash (Lion Brand Cotton Ease), so I grabbed some size 6 needles and went at it. This was super easy and quick. I want to make another one, reversing the blue and sage colors to get a different effect. This version of the pattern requires a crocheted border, but it’s optional. The overall size is 9.5″ x 6.5″ and is the smaller of the two that the pattern offers. A pile of these would make a great baby shower gift!

Washcloth/Dishcloth

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

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Kennedy Funeral

Today I watched the funeral of Sen. Ted Kennedy and was quite moved. He was a man that gave so much for the cause of others, lived with such a purpose that all of us should adopt, and left a huge legacy for his heirs to be proud of. May God bless, strengthen and immobilize his family members he left behind to continue in his footsteps.

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I received my winning book, “Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary” from Nik! Thank you, again, I love this book. It is a great source of history, techniques and interviews from the greatest designers in the industry. It will remain on my desk in my knitting room, because I just can’t see it sitting on a shelf!

Vogue Knitting 25th Anniversary

Progress on the ‘Meandering Vines’ shawl is going well. I have completed the fifth repeat out of seven for the first half, as this shawl is made in two pieces, and then grafted together. The pattern repeat is now memorized and flowing with more ease than in the beginning! I did go out and buy a longer (29-inch) cable needle to hold the stitches better, and have not had any ‘pop’ off the needles since.

For the new knitters looking at this photo, I know the shawl appears wrinkly and the stitches indistinct…… this is because it has not yet been soaked and pinned down to dry (wet-blocked). In the previous post, I stretched it out before snapping the photo to show the stitch detail a little better. But stay tuned…..the beauty of this shawl is still yet to be revealed!

Meandering Vines shawl

‘Meandering Vines Shawl’ WIP

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

I’ve begun my next project: the Meandering Vines Shawl by Susanna IC. The pattern is free, but can only be found on Ravelry, the free members only knitting website. (So, go ahead and join! The pattern link can be found here.) This will be a gift for my niece that will soon be married. When my daughter got married, I made her a shawl and thought it would be a wonderful tradition to make each of my nieces a shawl as a wedding gift as well. Now mind you, I’m not the best lace knitter, but I love a challenge, and I thought this would give me the chance to hone those skills. Well, that was then, and this is now!

I started this project five days ago and have already ripped out 50% of it due to a mistake! Ugh! So within the first 24 – row repeat, I have already learned the value of a ‘lifeline’ row, hence the now – present black yarn running through row 24. For my new knitters (last weekend I held a ‘learn to knit party’), if I have to rip out rows to reach a mistake, at least I know the pattern up to row 24 is correct, and the stitches are being held by the ‘lifeline’ yarn. If need be, those 100 stitches can be safely transferred onto a needle, once I’m finished with the ripping! At the end of the next 24 – row repeat, I can either add an additional ‘lifeline’ and have two of them or rip out the previous one and keep the newest one. This technique is demonstrated with a video at knittinghelp.com under “Fixing Mistakes: Using a Lifeline” and illustrated at this website.

The yarn, ‘Lino Chic’ by Elann.com, is 70% linen/30% viscose and it is VERY thin, almost like dental floss! So, I’m doubling the yarn and using a size 9 needle to give it an airy, more open look once it’s blocked. The yarn is very nice, but tricky, as it wants to ‘bounce’ off of the needles if you take your eyes off of it even for a minute! The cable on this set is 24″, so I probably could use at least a 32″ to eliminate this problem. While I love the results so far, this project had a very rocky start, and now it seems that I’m on a roll. Those of you who are expert lace knitters, keep your fingers crossed for me.

Meandering Vines

Meandering Vines

Knitty.com Summer 2009

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The new Knitty.com Summer 2009 is up! For those of you who don’t know, this is a website that features FREE patterns. Check them out here.

Vote on Drops Designs for Spring/Summer 2009

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

I hope everyone is finishing up on their Christmas preparations. I have finished my shopping and the only thing left to do is perhaps the most enjoyable – – baking! This weekend I plan to bake coffee cake loaves for holiday gifts. Soon, I hope to post a photo of my daughter modeling the V.Secret knock-off dress….

Drops Design #ee234

It’s time to vote on the new patterns to be available on Spring/Summer 2009 Drops Designs. Remember, you can only vote for 10 patterns. Have fun!

Knitty Fall ’08

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Hey everyone, the new Knitty Fall ’08 is up. There are many sock patterns available for sock lovers, but these three caught my eye. I love the sweater ‘Twist & Shout’ because the cables are beautiful and the construction of the front is unique. The scarf is so delicate and would make a nice gift for the holidays. The baby blanket is VERY unique and reminds me of a blanket pattern I bought called “Curve of Pursuit” which also has geometric lines. (Click on each photo for pattern link)

'Twist & Shout' : Knitty Fall'08 'Waves of Grain' : Knitty Fall'08

'Opart BEAUTY' : Knitty Fall'08

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  • Judy in Central Texas
    I've been knitting & crocheting many years, and it is great to see the rise in popularity. Basically,the loves of my life include: knitting, crocheting, being with my family and giving thanks to God for how He's blessed my life, but not necessarily in that order!
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