Monday, January 25, 2010
When I went to the craft store to purchase the yarn on Saturday, a woman asked my opinion regarding the color of a scarf she was making for her son. I told her how I had made the one I was wearing and the projects I was buying my yarn for. We had a nice little chat. She put the yarn that I suggested in her basket, and we both went our separate ways.
Today I revised a list of knitting projects that will keep me busy throughout the rest of this year. I look forward to posting them here and sharing them.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I used Red Heart red and green yarn and the pink straight loom to make it, and it took me about 3-4 hours after trial and error. Next time I think I will make the "rose" part bigger.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
It was neat to see him sitting there with me, loom knitting, and chatting with the other fellas about sports. He was also thinking about other projects to do before he even finished his first one! Knitting is contagious, and it's easy and fun for everyone.
Trial # 1: My daughter and I went to the store and I let her pick out the yarn. Mistake. She picked it for the color (blue) and not the kind of yarn it was, but I bought it anyway and tried it out. I decided to add white to it for contrast. Both are Red Heart brand. I planned to add a zipper to the front. I used the Knifty Knitter Yellow straight loom to make this panel:
I figured this was going to be my "Wow" piece, so I made it with as many kinds of stitches that I knew: flat panels for the bottom and alternating ribbed stitches for the blue. Though I liked the results, it didn’t quite fit her, and it was terribly thick. I had knitted it two over four and it was not flexible at all (not to mention it took forever to knit). When I put it against her to check the size, I knew I would be better off starting over, so I unraveled it all and started again.
Trial # 2: I decided to use the green round loom to make the sweater this time, using the same yarn. I made quick progress, leaving the front part open to add the zipper. I knitted as far as where the arms should be in just one day! But when I got to that part, it was a puzzlement. How do I cut the yarn and continue three separate sections on the loom? I entertained the idea of using three separate balls of yarn and knitting each, but that soon became a wearisome idea. I decided to quit for the day, and try it on my daughter for size. What I hadn’t counted on was that the knitted panel would not be the same size as the loom once I knitted it off; it would be tighter. I had tested it beforehand, pulling the loom up over her body and it fit. But it didn’t fit her. I unraveled it and started again. All this unraveling didn’t bother me too much, since it was all an experiment. But this next time I decided to try a different, thicker, softer yarn.
Trial #3: I bought Lion Brand Hometown USA Charlotte Blue and Los Angeles Tan yarn and used them to knit the sweater on the round yellow loom. I had taken all the necessary measurements, so I had high hopes for success this time. As I knitted it I could see it would be just about an inch or two too small, so I decided to knit some extra panels to accommodate for that. And I figured out a good way to knit the arm holes. I measured where the arm should be from the front of the sweater, and took the yarn off that peg. I tied a bit of white yarn through the loop so it wouldn’t unravel. Then I knitted what would be the front right hand side of the sweater, counting the rows until I had knitted what I needed. I continued in this way for the other two sections until all the sections were done. Then I just knit across the whole loom again until I was finished with the top. Voila! Arm holes! And best of all, IT FIT HER! This is the inside of the sweater:
Trial # 4: I knit the arms separately on the pink straight loom. Unfortunately the blue and tan yarn together were so tight that I would up breaking one of the pegs! After I was able to get the broken piece out of the loom and replace the peg, I continued. I made sure to decrease at intervals by two pegs to account for the shape of the sleeve.
Trial #5: I had already purchased a zipper for the sweater. But during the process I had decided that the zipper was not the way I wanted to go anymore; I wanted her to have buttons. So we went to the store and I let her pick out buttons, guiding her as to which ones would probably work best. Now: how to attach them? And since I didn’t put button holes, now what? I decided to make “latches” instead. Using the LA tan yarn, the round blue loom, and using a drawstring cast on, I knit about 8 rows, pulled the drawstring and bound off. Then I braided some yarn that was big enough for the button to go through, but it would be snug. Then I sewed the two pieces together and sewed them onto the sweater. Almost done!
Trial #6: Since I haven’t learned how to decrease on the round loom yet, I knew the shoulder area was going to be a problem. So I decided to knit a collar to compensate for that. I knit the collar on the yellow round loom and attached it to the top, and that helped it. Then I sewed part of the shoulder on an angle so it would cover her shoulders better. I still have a little bit left to do, and I still have to finish cutting all the loose yarn, but for all purposes, the sweater is DONE! Yay!
But once I got to the center of the scarf, I used an alternated ribbed stitch, just to add interest. It's hard to see it in the picture.
She loved it!
For the first one, I inserted the wreath inside the bulb and then knit the ends together once it was inside.
But this was a little bit too tricky to repeat over and over, so for the next ones I just knit them together first, decorated them, and then inserted them inside the bulbs. I don't have a picture of the very first one because these bulbs are hard to photograph, and the picture I took really didn't come out that well.
This one has a small rose on it that I had lying around from some Valentine's project. I didn't make it.
Some of my coworkers saw me knitting and creating these bulbs, and even though they saw how I got them in there, they still marveled at them when they were completed. The people who received them as gifts were amazed and excited by them as well.
But below is my favorite one: the Christmas tree!
I made a poinsettia a while back, so I just used the same technique that I had learned to make the poinsettia leaves to make the Christmas tree. I already had some miniature Christmas presents among the Christmas decorations at home, so I just used them and glued them and the tree inside the bulb. The tree only took about an hour to make, including decorating both sides. I tied the red ribbons myself! No small feat. But voila! What results! I would still have it if someone hadn’t bought it! Not that I’m mad about THAT! And they loved it. The person's wife said it was too good to hang on the tree, that it was heirloom quality. What a compliment!
Here's the back of it:
It didn't take long to make at all! Just about 2-3 hours (once you make an assemble all the parts). I take my time knitting anyway. I used Bernat Baby Coordinates Natural White for the yarn. I didn't have any gold rings for the halo, so I just used a sparkly gold pipe cleaner instead. I think that sets it off nicely.
I took this picture before I sewed it onto the front of the stocking. It looked great, and made that Christmassy jingle bell sound once it was done! In all, the stocking took me about 4 hours to complete. Creating the heel was the challenging part. I was originally going to use white for the trim at the top but didn't have any; just the green. I think I like it with the green better anyway. It turns out that a friend had watched me knit the stocking and had felt the same way about it: it looked nice; but once I added the bells, that made it SING. He liked it so much that he bought it from me!