Monday, November 27, 2006

A quilt

So it's been a while.
McKay and I went shopping last weekend for yarn for a scarf I'm going to make him. Unfortunately, we have things in the way first. I have a test this week and finals in 3 weeks. It probably won't be until Christmas break that I get to work on it. Also, if anyone's seen this post, here're the pictures for the quilt plans.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Weekends

They are the only time that I can get some knitting done. School ate my life. But besides that, I've officially started the scraps legwarmers! I'll be able to wear skirts longer throughout the fall and winter! I'm also (slowly) working on McKay's socks. I've also been going through my stash and deciding what to do with it. Personally, I'm not a fan of the stash. I like feeling, "Ok. That' s over. Next Project." It gives me a sense of accomplishment when I finish using my stash. Unfortunately, I have a large project holding up my stash right now. I started it last winter, and I will finish it, but I'm having some issues with the pattern. I'll work it out, it's just I won't be able to see the bottom of my basket for a while. Alas!

Thursday, September 28, 2006

out of necessity

So here we are, newly weds. We don't own anything but 2 crock pots, 5 toasters, and a studio apartment. And our kitchen was RIDICULOUS. We didn't own any washcloths for wiping down the table or counters. So, I came up with a solution: I could knit them!

Ok. The pics aren't up yet, but I'll post the pattern and add the pics later. I used a 100% cotton that I bought a spool of at the thrift store for $2. I don't know the specifics and such, but I do know it was your basic 4 ply worsted weight cotton. It reminded me of Peaches n Cream.

So the pattern. Actually, this was kind of the first pattern I ever knitted when I was first learning. I don't have that pattern, as I lost it, but I made something up that is pretty darn close. It took me about 30-60 minutes to do it (the knitting, not the making up of the pattern). Here it goes:

US Size 7 needles.
100% cotton worsted weight
4.25 sts per inch, 8.25 rows per inch in garter stitch

CO 4
Row 1: K1, YO, K to end
Repeat this row until there are 40 stitches on your needle.
Decreasing:
First decreasing row: K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to end.
Repeat this until there are 4 stitches on your needle.
Bind off.

It's really simple. It was great to learn on this instead of your basic garter stitch scarf. It's slightly more "fancy."

Finally!

Ok! Sorry about the extreme lateness, but here are the pics for the slippers and the scarf.

I know I have to cut off that little end on the non-wearing one. I put it in that position because my roommate from the summer said it looked like a duck head. She's probably right. Anyway, the pattern for these is here. I didn't embellish them yet. I might, instead of the red in the pattern, use a white ribbon and make the edge nice, if I do, I'll post that picture, but it'll be a while.







The scarf was made of leftover yarn from when I made my mom a moebius scarf. I used this pattern. The picture looks really greenish, but it's really more of a blue. I liked the unique design of the scarf. And it was quick and fun to make.


Right now, I've got two projects in the works. I'm making the TechGuy socks for McKay with the apple logo on the side. They'll be black with a white apple on them. I'm also working on some legwarmers. I couldn't find a pattern I liked, so I'm making them up. If they look good, I'll post them and my pattern when they're finished. I bought the yarn from Community Thrift. There was a bag fun of yarn for $5 and all of the colors were very fallish and worked well together, so I decided that they'd make good legwarmers, and maybe a scarf if there's left over. We'll see. I'm still working on the sweater vest, but it's on the back burner. These socks and legwarmers are first.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

On Hold

I just got married and school starts next week. Everything is on hold right now. Sorry about that.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Bridal Shower

Best Bridal Shower gift ever:
Gift Certificate to Heindselmann's!

This wedding thing is coming up fast. I apologize for not posting more often, but this has to be the summer of my nightmares. It's just so darn busy and I haven't been to a yarn store in forever.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Promises

I've been promising you all those pictures for a while now. You'll get them tonight. Honest.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Weekend

I really don't have a weekend this weekend like I wanted to.
Next week, I'll be away in Park City. I'm going to see if I can't search out a yarn store there. I have two projects that are minutes away from finishing: one needs a couple of seems and the other needs the ends to be weaved in. I'll see if I can't post those tonight or tomorrow.
I'm planning on starting a new project next week in Park City, but I don't know if I'll really have time. Actually, I will have time, but I won't have time to post because I won't have the Internet.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Fleece for spinning

And then one day, it happens.

I found someone who is willing to give me free llama and sheep fleece for spinning. It's a little bit of a drive (Heber City), and I don't know how to spin my own yarn- let alone know if it's even feasible for me to look into.

But it's on my mind.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Feedback

My mom and sister liked their gifts. I finished a scarf I did with some scraps and I need to sew up my last slipper. I'll post the pictures tonight. I don't like having scraps sitting around, so I'm going to have to find something to do with the blue left over from my mom's socks. I'm thinking of doing a small moebius strip. I always liked those. I need to do a Klein hat one of these days.

Also on my list of things to do: Go to Heindselman's and ask the ladies about opinions for my sweater vest. Buy some yarn for a side project. And get started on cross stitching a couple of stockings for McKay and I for Christmas. He still hasn't told me what he wants. I want to use this pattern and cross stitch my stocking with it. I think it'd be cool if he let me do a fractal design for his, too. Then, as we start a family, each person could have a fractal stocking! It'd be art, and not overly cutesy.

Monday, July 03, 2006

scraps

I didn't really follow my "at bat, on deck, in the hole" plan this past week. I found my leftover yarn from other projects and have been using it up. I just can't stand space being taken up by something that isn't being used. I'm an un-stash knitter. It's rare, but I like feeling like I've completed a skein and my money wasn't wasted.
I'll post pictures of the post-scrap devourment this week.

Monday, June 26, 2006

Excursions

Although I've been knitting for 8 years, I'm a fairly inexperienced knitter. Last week, I made my leap into the world of knitting:

I've KIPed. Well, I don't know if I can actually say that I've never knitted in public ever. When I first started knitting in the seventh grade, I spent a good portion of my time at the science fair knitting, waiting for the judges to come around and judge my project: DNA extraction from fruits and vegetables. I could only knit washcloths, but Erin and I sat there: she with her crochet and I with my knitting. It felt good to knit with someone there and I didn't mind the strange stares from the other kids. Actually, come to think of it, I haven't really knit with someone else in a long time. I need to do that.

Anyway, back to the other day's KIP. I was on campus in the sun, getting a tan and working on my white slippers (which I am almost done, by the way: I just need to seam up the second one) A couple of hours into the KIP, a girl came down and sat next to me reading. She sparked up a conversation and was awed about my slipper-making ability, she having only done scarves and shawls. She said she had a large pile of those at home she needed to get rid of. I suggested gifts, but she said no and that she'd rather sell them.

Now there's a thought. Selling the things you knit. I have thought about it, but I never thought I could get much for selling them- well, not anything worth my time or a business. Cost of materials and time can put a pair of socks well over a hundred dollars. It's not really an efficient business. How would you price a pair of socks anyway?

Friday, June 23, 2006

Socks!

Finished product? Here they are!














Here's the pattern!









And a scarf I made for my sister and pattern.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Done!

I finished my mom's socks! I just need to take a picture and then send them off to her. I should also send the scarf I made for my sister last winter. I just need to get ahold of a digital camera. McKay has one, so probably pictures tomorrow or the day after!

Also, because the socks are done, I've moved the at bat, on deck, and in the holes up. The new In the Hole is Magknits' Techguy socks for McKay. These might have to be in the hole for a while, though, because I can't start them until after we're married because of The Curse.

Also, rumor has it that there's a yarn store on Center Street; I'll have to look into that one.

And finally, I need to make something up for Natalie, my German pen-pal. I thought it would be nice to send her something I made, but I'm in America and German styles are beyond me.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Oh where, oh where

It seems that Provo doesn't have a yarn store. You'd think it would, being a city filled with young women trying to look domestic, but I haven't been able to find one. There was a nice little yarn store back home where there were random little turns and more yarn than I imagined. I wish I was there.
I prefer to yarn shop in person, and not online. I don't know-maybe I'm old fashioned about that. I know it's not because I'm nervous about buying things on the Internet-anybody who knows an algorithm or two knows how safe the encoding is. I just like to see the yarn in person, that's all.
Actually, if I must end up in Provo longer than I anticipate (the duration of my schooling), I may considering opening up a yarn shop. I'm sure there would be a great demand and customer base once it gets started. I just wouldn't know where to start, where to get the money to do it, or which yarns I'd vend. No clue. But at any rate, Provo needs a yarn store. I'd even settle for one in Orem.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The sidebar

Here is just an explanation of my side bar:
I will have 3 projects listed: the one I am currently working on and the next two that I plan to do and their links (if I found the pattern online).
Today's Up at Bat is a pattern for socks. It's the first sock pattern I've ever done and I've found it very easy to follow. The socks are blue and are for my mom. When I have them finished (in the next few days), I'll post a picture.
Today's On Deck is a pattern for little slippers. I plan on that pattern or this pattern for slippers that I can wear in the temple in August. Of course, mine will be in white.
And then In the Hole we have a pattern called Layers. I'm modifying it for a simple sweater vest without the sleaves or collar. Really, I just liked the stripe pattern.

Another Knitting Blog

Well, here we are!
There are a few ground rules that I live by with my knitting and this blog:
  1. Patterns should be free. If I ever mention a pattern that I am working on, I will either type up my pattern or give you a link.
  2. I knit for one of three purposes: (1) for practical use, (2) for gifts for other people, (3) for nerd points.
  3. I will sometimes mention other projects, not knitting related, that I find interesting. Usually, if I find something interesting, someone else (may they be Internet-literate) will find it interesting, too.
Sounds good, eh?