Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Yarn, Yarn Everywhere!

Again, I have to try the 'more difficult' things! Somehow doing something simple isn't much of a challenge! When I went to my first meetup with the 'Intown Knitters' and shared with them that I was making my scarf with 5 yarns they all gasped! That surprised me--their gasp. One lady asked, "So you're carrying around 5 balls of yarn?" I quickly said no and explained that my yarns were already spun together. But it made me think, "so what's so difficult about carrying around 5 balls of yarn?"

Well, I'm not carrying around 5 balls, but I am carrying around 3. I figured three would be enough to start with! And, to my surprise, it's quite, I'm already bored with this project! It's a simple pattern, one my cousin, Emilie, shared with me. So between all the other FUN projects, I'll work on this one! It will be a blanket when it's finished!

It's a diagonal blanket pattern. I've started at one corner of the blanket with 5 stitches, increasing each row until I get to about 210 stitches, then I'll start decreasing until I'm back at 5 stitches. See, it's simple.

Knitting In the Round

So here are the beginning of my first hat using circular needles....I will be "working in some color" with this one as well! :)
I made it around five times without twisting it, so hopefully I'm good (meaning: hopefully I won't twist it OR, better yet, perhaps it's impossible to twist it now)!

Working in Some Color!

I started a hat for Kari to match her scarf on the 22nd. I decided to play around with some color since Megan (Atlanta Intown Knitters Member) told me it was "simple." And she was right!!! I tried my own pattern (I'm composing now!!) as I worked in a bit of color. I completed the hat in the wee hours--1 am--of the 24th (today)! I guess I'll have to make this a complete set by knitting some mittens--something else I've never done!!

We'll see...I've already started on another hat using circular needles so I can "knit-in-the-round" for Melvin (the baby) as well as a blanket using three seperate balls of yarn (much easier than I thought). Jaya asked me when I was going to make her a matching hat. So I'll be doing on for her as well.

Something I realized when doing this first hat (for Kari)--the hat pattern sizes don't take into account hair styles other than "hanging down straight" so I must make adjustments for "thick hair in braids" and "thick hair with barrettes." :)

Friday, January 19, 2007

My "Happy New Year" Scarf

In November '06 I started on a scarf for myself. I used some yarn that I purchased from an ebay store about a year and a half ago (or more). Isn't it lovely? It's 4 strands spun together: white, black, tan and gold. This was my first 'pattern' scarf that I've made. I used a pattern I found in Knitting for Dummies called Faggot Lace and created this scarf with it!
I finally completed it, adding fringe, the first Thursday of the year! Thus the reason for it's name! :) Because of the colors, it goes with everything! The yarn is so soft and warm--just in time for the dips in temps we're experiencing now!
I've just started on another 'longer' project with some fabulous yarn I purchase from the same ebay store. This is 4 strands spun together: 2 strands of black, a 2 strand of white & black spun together, and another 2 strand of silver and white spun together! (Actually 7 strands but some were spun together before being spun with the other colors...if you understand?) It's very nice! Since this project is for one of my favorite cousins, I won't share what it will be just yet!
For those of you who are interested, the ebay store is called The Spin Zone (Ebay ID: mhspinzone). I need to work out something with them since I love their yarn and I'm sharing it with you....we'll see! :)

Kari's Scarf

After completing Jaya's scarf, I got things together to make a scarf for Kari. I used a simple knit one row/purl one row pattern! I knitted it in just under two hours!!! I started on Wednesday while I waited during Jaya's ballet class and completed it during a brief naptime on Thursday! The yarn matches her new coat from Grandmother perfectly!

Kari prefers Jaya's scarf and Jaya prefers Kari's....of course!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Scarf for Jaya

I decided to make Jaya another scarf....since she LOVES the one I made for myself. I used LARGE needles so I could complete it quickly! I was able to knit it in 2.5 hours! Now she has a scarf (sort of) like mine! but a lot sooner!

(My pictures are too large to you must wait until I can reformat them to view her scarf! Please bear with me! thx!)


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