Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Hippie Pants

Pattern: Itchy Fingers Longies Pattern
Yarn: Recovered yarn from a crochet project, wool.

The yarn for this project was originally crocheted into longies. A friend who didn't want them anymore gave them to me and I recovered the yarn and knit these! I started this project back in October and got as far as the gusset, but then had to stop because I wanted to knit both legs at the same time to conserve yarn and didn't have an extra needle. McKay got me a new circular for Christmas and so now they are done!

The cuff of the legs, starting from the top of the blue were knit like this:

Knit 1 row
Purl 1 row
Knit 2 rows
Purl 2 rows
Knit 3 rows
Purl 3 rows
Knit 4 rows
Purl 4 rows
Knit 5 rows
Bind off.



I kept the old drawstring, so I didn't have to knit it! The pattern had good directions and the size is custom made to fit Isaac.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Isaac's Cat

Yarn: Pakucho
Pattern: Cat in Natural Knits for Babies and Moms


Isaac is in love with cats, so I made him a cat for Christmas.  He loves it.

Shawl

Did I ever post Margaret's shawl as an FO? I don't remember. It sat in my knitting basket for a month because I hadn't found time to block it. I had to block it before Christmas, though, so I did! And it's awesome.

Yarn: Berroco Sox in Lilikoi
Pattern: Little House Shawl

Before blocking:


During blocking:

Post-blocking:

In use (along with Isaac's sweater vest):

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pineapple

Back to the random number generator, and this came up in my queue!


Pattern: Knit Pineapple
Yarn: Acrylic from stash.


Another toy for the play kitchen!

Lacy

You know how only old ladies knit? Grandmas? Well, today, I present you with...

Granny Panties!


Well, they are as far away from granny panties as you can get (except for edible, I suppose)

Pattern: Lacy Thong
Yarn: Some stash yarn I can't remember what it was


I've considered using a red ribbon so they are more super-hero-like. Maybe I will.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Isaac's Sweater

Pattern: Keene Toddler Vest
Yarn: Some acrylic in my stash, I think Red Heart Soft.

The yarn isn't the best, but I need kids' stuff to be washable and it is. I made the size for "2 years," SO MANY ENDS TO WEAVE IN. But it's worth it.

I'm done with my Christmas knitting! Woohoo! I have other projects that are in my "if I finish them, they can be Christmas gifts" list, but all of my required Christmas knitting is done! Hooray!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

My stocking!

I did it! It's purple.

Now to work on the sweater vest for Isaac. I don't know if I'll finish it before tomorrow because we are very busy today, but I will put some time in on it.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Slump

This is not a good time of year to get into a knitting slump. I have not been knitting. I don't know why. I just haven't. I was at the DMV for over an hour yesterday because their computers were offline statewide and did no knitting. What is wrong with me? I ended up rescheduling my appointment so next week, I'll get to try again.

Thanksgiving is in 2 days. I wanted to have my stocking done before Thanksgiving and I'm currently turning the heel! The foot and heel are much faster because the colorwork is simpler and I really think this will go very quickly from here on out. Hooray! I really can't have any more kids because I do NOT want to knit those darn snowflakes again.

I finished the knitting on Margaret's shawl; it needs to be blocked. Then I need to do Isaac's present. I think I want to set the very high goal of finishing the knitting on my stocking and his sweater vest by the end of Thanksgiving. Maybe too high of a goal? Perhaps. But I want to get really serious about designing and patterns won't get written up if I don't knit them up first. Once the Christmas knitting is out of the way, I want to work on a mitten pattern.

I'm on Pinterest, if you want to follow me. I have a board for pretty knitted things. It's inspiring to see what other people knit. I was looking around on Ravelry thinking to myself, "I could make that. I could make that." Why don't I do all that? No idea. I think I will do all that. After all, it's just some string.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Little Turtle

Pattern: Tiny Turtle
Yarn: Some acrylic I had lying around


I worked the pattern in the round instead of flat like directed. This made the feet a little fiddly, but it's better than having to seam!



So the baby shower gifts are finished!


Little update: Now to work on my stocking (ARG- I'm in the section that takes FOREVER). I've been taking Margaret's gift as my travelling knitting when McKay stays home with the kids while I go out in the evening. So that's getting along. Isaac's gift has only gained a row or two.

As far as designing, I was afraid that if I started designing, I wouldn't get any ideas, but this past weekend, a mitten idea came to me. I checked Ravelry to see if there were any similar mittens, but I couldn't find any like the ones I want to design. So that'll be fun once I get some more of the Christmas knitting finished. Look for that soon!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fish!

Pattern: Frida the Fish
Yarn: some scrap acrylic on hand



Like I said last week, I have a double baby shower to go to this weekend. Here's the first gift! I knit it in the round instead of flat like the directions said.

On to working on the second gift!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Entrelac Mitt Pattern

Remember these mitts from earlier this year? I said I'd write up the pattern. Unfortunately, in our move, I lost my knitting notebook with all my pattern notes! Then, this past Monday, we found two boxes that we hadn't opened yet, and ta-da! My pattern book! Along with some of Margaret's knitted toys that I thought we had lost. It was quite the relief.

And the past few days I have spent time re-knitting the mitts into a red version and test-knitting the pattern. And by popular demand, I am actually going to sell it instead of using the Creative Commons license. That was a big jump for me as I really do believe in free patterns, but every time I wear something I knit or someone sees me knitting, I'm told to sell it. So here we go! On Ravelry, you can now download the pattern for $3 USD. Check it out!

This also means I have a new FO:
Pattern: Deena's Mitts
Yarn: Katia Flama in Red

We really need a new camera. The old one is making every picture extremely dark. We tried resetting it to factory settings, but it's still doing it. I had to photoshop a little bit. The first picture is from my phone. Sorry about that!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

WIP Wednesday

Here are my works in progress:

Clockwise, starting at the top left.
The blue mass is a pair of longies for Isaac since it is getting cold. I can't work on it until I have some new size 6 dpns, so it's on hold, which makes me sad because his little legs are cold!
The project with a purple skein and white tangled mass is my Christmas stocking. I work on it at home when everyone is awake.
The next purple mass is Margaret's Christmas present. I can only work on it when she's not around, so I knit it after she goes to bed.
The dark green project is the beginning of Isaac's Christmas present. I only work on it when he's napping in the afternoons.
The last rainbow project is something for Talents of Sisters. That is my out-and-about knitting.

I just found out a couple of days ago that there is a double baby shower next week. Need to find projects for that as well.

Keep on knitting!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Sushi!

Pattern:  Sushi (rav link)
Yarn: Red Heart and other acrylic on hand


I didn't knit the pickled ginger or wasabi because I know the kids will lose them. These will be for the play kitchen.

I have a lot of knitting that's on hold: some pants for Isaac because I need to buy more needles, my stocking because I lost one of the dpns, Margaret's Christmas present, and Isaac's Christmas present. Because I can't work on the kids' gifts when they are awake, I need to have a small project to work on when they're around. That's why I made these sushi. I may make a few more small projects during the holidays for the same reason.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Grr Argh.

Pattern: Grr Argh Monster
Yarn: Red Heart Soft from the stash


This is the monster/zombie from Mutant Enemy. 
Grr. Argh.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Red Scarf

Pattern : Pipp's Openwork Eyelet Scarf (Rav link)
Yarn: Dream in Color DK in Poppy (FB link)

The red is really vibrant. I love it.

This scarf is for a lady in our ward. Her favorite color is red, so she gets a red scarf!


I think blocking does this scarf wonders. It's magic!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

FO: McKay's stocking

Pattern: Falling Snow Stocking
Yarn: Encore Worsted

My goal was to finish this before the end of October so I could work on mine and finish it before Thanksgiving. I finished this stocking right on time on Halloween!

My gauge is a lot looser than when I made the kids' stockings last year. McKay's is like 4 inches bigger than Margaret's. Eek. Oh well? Maybe I'll get around to making new stockings in a few years... or not.

More Halloween Craftiness

We carved a pumpkin! This was for FHE the week before Halloween and by the time Saturday came, it was gross and moldy, so we had to compost it before it actually got to be used.

It's a generic jack-o-lantern because that's what Margaret requested.

I carved turnips for Halloween night. We got these from our CSA box, so they are smaller than the ones we did year ago. Because of their size, I couldn't put a face on any except the one on the far left here. But they held up tea lights and glowed spookily for trick or treaters. And because I couldn't stand wasting local organic turnip insides, I froze what I scooped out for a soup this winter.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another hat for the Occupiers

Pattern: The Boy Hat
Yarn: Encore Worsted

Another one for Occupy Oakland. This picture was taken right before I went to my knitting group and I took Isaac with me, thinking that if things weren't violent, I'd run it by the Occupiers last night. But you know how that went down, so we didn't go. When the encampment gets back up, I'll head out then. Or I can give the hats to Occupy Berkeley or Occupy SF.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Occupy Hat

Pattern: Occupy
Yarn: Encore Worsted

If you count the knit stitches in the rows, there are in order 15, 3, 3, 21, 16, 25, the letters corresponding to the letters O, C, C, U, P, Y. Can you see it?

I knit this to donate to Occupy Oakland. They were raided last night, but are currently marching at the Oakland library, so I'll run it by there later with another hat I finished yesterday (pics to come). I think one of the greatest good things that have come out of Occupy Oakland is that many of the homeless were fed and given shelter. These hats will keep them warm when the weather turns chilly. The nights are in the 50s already.

Decorating for Halloween

We've been crafting for Halloween!

Lanterns. I got the idea and instructions from Rhythm of the Home. I decided to put the lanterns on Christmas lights so they light up!



Pipe cleaner spiders hanging in the front window.

A paper plate skeleton. McKay made this with the kids and the feet and hands are traced from Margaret. Check out the masking tape holding it up!

Not pictured: we carved our jack-o-lantern last night and Sunday I'm going to carve some turnips to hang up by our front door.

Two Fish

Pattern: Bubbles
Yarn: Some cotton in my stash.

I made these fish for a birthday present gift for one of Margaret's friends. I also made the bath crayons. It was a whole bath set!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

WIPs

I'm a day late to WIP Wednesday, but here are my Works in Progress

A scarf for a lady at church. Red is her favorite color. I bought the yarn last week from A Verb for Keeping Warm when I went with my friend Jess.

McKay's stocking. It's the same pattern as the kids' stockings, but with green as that's his favorite color. Mine will be next. Also, I knit it inside out so that the yarn carries aren't too tight.

Pants for Isaac. It's getting cold and he has a lot of shorts, but not many pants. The yarn is Kool-aid dyed that I got from a friend. It's secondhand yarn: she gave me the yarn crocheted up into pants and I took it out to make knitted pants. This project is on hold because I need new needles.

Also, I have to knit a quick dishcloth before a birthday party tomorrow.

I'm also planning on getting more serious about designing. I went to go write up the pattern for the entrelac wrist warmers from earlier this year, but I cannot find my knitting notebook! I searched everywhere. I think this is a sign that I need to throw out half of what we own. Maybe I'll do that this weekend.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FO: Nemo Mittens

Pattern: Nemo Mittens
Yarn: Red Heart




So yeah. The mittens feel awful as they are acrylic, but Margaret loves them anyway and if they get dirty I can wash them. Way too many ends to weave in. Too much work for not a great product (yarn's fault, not the pattern).

FO: Lace Shrug

Pattern: Lacy Little Shrug
Yarn: Encore Worsted


In my mad rush to assemble outfits for our Christmas photos, I was worried that it would be chilly and we would all need some warm knits. Margaret didn't have one, so I knit this up last weekend. In the end, it was a little too tight and Margaret didn't like it (anyone want a little shrug? it'll probably fit a 2 year old) and it was warm enough that it wasn't needed anyway.

FO: Soaker


Pattern: Vanilla
Yarn: Paton's Classic Wool


 I wanted to make a soaker to use up some wool scraps. The colors are very autumnal. It's a little big on Isaac (I did the large with worsted yarn), but he'll grow into it. It needs room for a cloth diaper, of course!


The pattern is written out logically, but it took me a while to figure out the designer's logic, if that makes sense. Initially, I casted on for the wrong size and had to rip it out.


Additionally, I've started some longies because the rainy season is going to start up in a month or so. Look for those. I need to get some new needles for those, so they are on hold at the moment.