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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Camera on the fritz

It's time to post yet again,
and lots of fun things to share...however,
camera is not up to snuff, so will post
some previous photos, and hope I get the
problem resolved before my next posting:

First up, a friend for Alan Dart's
snowman pattern, Mr. Melty

a felted pointsetta from Nicky Epstein's patterns:

and 2 lovely cat photos:

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

My entry for the Holiday Kal-Cal

Yarn Thing and friends started yet another awesome Kal-Cal
and this time I actually made it into
the sign up. Finally just finished crocheted
and felted bag and was able to post it.

actually working now on a new bag,
next one will be a winter theme.
Hmmm...I think I see a pattern
developing here...anyway, this is my entry:

It's appliqued with wool, some which I had to dye to get the right colors, and hand sewn...

and what's on my needles,
as usual the list is long
and varies considerably
from project to project...but one thing
I am having lots of fun with is the following:

Stay tuned, whole lot of fun things in the works.

Friday, November 2, 2007

Rhinebeck the final chapter for 2007-the goods

RHINEBECK Part II....the goods, or some of them. Yes, unfortunately this is just a snapshot as there was even more not photo'd but gives you an idea.

Wild West Plum Colored Yarn

Actual bison, buffalo yarn so soft...
hoping to knit some gloves

Zephyr pink shawl weight yarn

some of the assorted
roving I picked up

Country Classics Dye-a brand
I haven't tried yet...hmm..

and finally since we couldn't
bring home any live animals,
I brought this guy home,
made of natural fibers

and did I Mention JCA Reynolds had their once only a year, we will open the warehouse to customers I really did not need to go....but I did......
I so need to go on a yarn diet...I have no self control when it comes to buying yarn these days.. oh well...must knit faster........................don't look for anymore today...............I am off knitting really really fast................