Sunday, December 30, 2007

Too many photos to post

so many photos so little space...
first off a really incredibly awesome
new knitting accessary bag...and this was
the smaller size too, there was a larger
one with even more pockets, very light
weight, can be carried or
worn on the great...

Can you believe all those pockets...really great!

Next up is what is currently on
my needles now, actually 2 projects...
the first one is Alan Dart's newest
toy figure from Simply Knitting
Magazine February 2008 issue,
which I just got. The Cupid pattern.
At this point don't have the yarn,
so only finished cupid's bow, so cute...

My next WIP is also a Valentine's project...
my new heart scarf using Brown Sheep Lamb's
Pride Bulky, so should be warm in red.
minor lace work, but much less boring
than a straight stockinette.

Finally, a finished project,
actually a late Christmas gift...
Fuzzy Feet, for my oldest son...
He's a Brown's fan of course.
and they actually fit too.

And a really cool christmas present
I received is Kristin Knits...
oh what to make first...such a really great book,
loaded with great patterns...

Saturday, December 29, 2007

no pics, just a brief check-in

Hello, it's been a week, and what's on my needles or in my case, what is the latest cast-off.
Well....finally finished my last knitted christmas gift...perhaps I am still in time for christmas somewhere out there in the world. it is felting as I write, so I may need to dash off to washer, as I don't want it to overfelt...what a disaster, then it might be a 2008 gift instead, as I reknit it. also have bought with my xmas money the absolutely most neatest knitting gadget ever, also have started the latest Alan Dart pattern from the February 2007 Simply Knitting mag. and finally just started making a brand new item for the next holiday...thank you Ravelry for the please tune into Sunday-tomorrow pictures pending of all of these.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

"...Twas the Night Before Christmas When All Through The House Not a Creature Was Stirring Not Even A Mouse...."

However, actually the mouse was kind of... sort of
stirring, or at least you could clearly hear
the click click of knitting needles...and what...
you mean you yourself aren't right now still frantically
finishing up
last minute knitting gifts for family and
friends right this minute as you are reading this blog....
well mouse and I are at it. maybe it's just me,
but I've never frogged my knitting so much
as I have these last two weeks, am I alone on this one...?

Knitting Notes: this particular mouse pattern is by
Alan Dart from Woman's Weekly Magazine sold only in Great Britain,
October 06 issue. He and his fellow mouse friends
are an addition to the Dickinson Mice that are available
as a brochure, which can be found more easily. Background
is the florist shop, shown in earlier blogs, now decorated
for Christmas, and yes as it has snowed for real in my neck
of the woods...then of course, it has also snowed at my florist
shop as well, I did leave them a very tiny (to scale) shovel,
which I hope the miniature people take a hint, as it is piling up.
as for what's on my needles, since it's xmas gifts,
I can't post them here,
silly... as people would not be surprised...
and as for what's on the mouse's needles, he claims
it is something for me, however, not sure if that will ever fit...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

A Little Knitty for my Kitty

Finally made a cat gift my cats really enjoy...
it's a knitted throne, have not finished
back part yet...base is worsted weight wool,
royal purple, sides are purple chenille...
top is a lovely, very soft fuzzy white yarn,
that they really enjoy, and used a cushion
which is much lovelier on the inside than
stuffing, so no lumps. cats really love it,
and seem to take turns..
Piper, a very large boy, doesn't quite fit,
but still seems to like it...

And Tic Toc my other cat, a smaller feline,
has just completely adopted the new cat throne...
still needs its back piece done, but the cats
don't really care, and seem to like it just as it is.
They think it's an improvement over cat hats...but I am
not so sure.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

...And the stockings were hung by the chimney with care...

As for what's on my needles
am still frogging that other project...
and wondering is there a prize or anything
for the most pull-outs in a single project...
somehow this is one of those things
I just don't need to know...
so last count I am somewhere at about 5 or 6 pull-outs,
but as not really keeping close track,
it's only approximate...maybe it will be ready
for my next posting...I have however made a
really nice gift for the cats...and they do love it...
have photos, coming soon......

Happy Shopping One and All.............

Friday, December 7, 2007

frogging lots this whole week...sigh....

It's Friday, and as I am too busy
merrily pulling out my knitting over and over,
I have not seemed to have accomplished much or
finished anything this week,
or at least it's not cast off the needles
so to speak...
Please check in again on Saturday
when I hope to have some photos to post.
meanwhile two quickies...a fast candycane pin and...

a holiday watch band, all beads no knitting or crochet...sorry

Friday, November 30, 2007

Lost in christmas card making land....

oh where oh where has that crazy knitter gone...
well it's that time of year again...
and well I always buy my cards and then I thought
why don't I try making them this year....
well there's a reason people buy cards...
although I think they are quite gorgeous,
they take absolutely forever, and
there go all my knitting projects
right out the proverbial window...
christmas gift knitting and all...
so normally I would have had lots to post tonight, but
all I have to show is a lot of pretty cards,
so here goes... and yes, a few cards don't take that long
but I am handpainting and adding snow and stuff,
and the inside with photo of children
is as decorated as the outside and
oh have to make about 80...well we'll
see how that goes..........

as for what's on the needles,
I am once again writing yet another
new pattern and here's a hint,
it is straight from a recent
Anthropologie catalogue. so far
so good, and for anyone that thinks
I've annoyed my cats far too much...
I am making them an unbelievably
extravagent gift...something
Crazy Aunt Purl would just purr about...
or at least all her cats...

as for finished projects...
I did the one skein of yarn
experiment, and thanks to Ravelry once again,
I had one skein of Noro Kereyon,
which I always say and spell wrong,
but the Noro people understand
what I mean...anyway made my first
Calimetry and love is so warm
on cold days and I love the colors...
it won't be my last one, and it did not
take a whole ball of Noro, wondering
if you could get 2 of them out of one skein...
but anyway highly recommend this pattern,
it is from

Friday, November 23, 2007

Santa Hat for Your Kitty

The Photos:

Pattern for Kitty Santa Hat

Santa Hat Pattern For Your Kitty by Sheepish 1

Used: size 8 needles

Scraps of worsted weight red yarn, most probably Patons wool

White boucle type yarn, guessing it was from Caron, simply soft boucle

Using white boucle type yarn

Cast on 27 stitches.

Row 1. Knit

Row 2. Purl

Row 3-8.Change to red yarn, and knit stockinette stitch, starting with a knit row for 6 rows, ending with a purl row.

Row 9. Decrease Row #1. *K2, K2tog.,K1* Repeat from * to * until last 2 stitches, K2.

Row 10—12. Stockinette stitch 3 rows, starting and ending with a purl row.

Row 13. Decrease Row #2. *K1, K2tog.,K1* Repeat from * to * until last 2 stitches, K2tog.

Row 14-18. Stockinette stitch 5 rows, starting and ending with a purl row.

Row 19. Decrease Row #3. *K1, K2tog.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch, K1.

Row 20-22. Stockinette stitch 3 rows, starting and ending with a purl row.

Row 23. *K1, K2tog.* Repeat from * to * until last stitch, K2. (should be 8 stitches)

Row 24-26. Stockinette stitch 3 rows, starting and ending with a purl row.

Row 27. *K2tog.* across row (should be 4 stitches)

Row 28. Purl

Row 29. *K2tog.* across row (should be 2 stitches)

Attach white boucle yarn. K2tog. (1 stitch).

Knit in front of, back of, and then front of same one stitch on needle. Cut yarn leaving long tail. Draw through remaining stitches on knitting needle with a wide-eyed sewing needle and pull up tight and secure. Sew up side seam.

Please note this is my first ever online pattern, and is not yet second time tested…if any errors, please feel free to email me any questions…comments also welcome…and would love to see any post photos, particularly of hat on your cats.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving to all !

Our furnace recently died.
so started knitting slippers,
and all manner of comfy warm things.
Furnace is all set now,
but the slippers were fun.
the pink and purple slippers are thanks to RAVELRY....
first spotted there
the fuzzy feet pattern actually from Knitty

Mine are made from scraps alone, leftovers of
Lopi, actually ran right out of the purple
completely at the end. so this is a great
scrap project. only had a partial skein
of each color, hence why I striped them.

same slipper not yet felted...amazing how huge it is

the next slipper I made was from Nicky Epstein's new book
Never Felt Better.

I made this one exactly as they called for
in the pattern using Patons Wool yarn,
which I actually also had in my stash already.
did not get the custom fit I was after,
but liked them overall, would improvise
pattern next time around on this one.

My cat actually tried them on,
but not only were they too large,
but he felt they just didn't match.
smart cat!

His favorite, as you can see are the fuzzy feet,
looks like he's letting you know
exactly what he thinks. the little add on
embellishment is felt cutout and buttons.