Archive for January, 2009

Fair Isle Technique

Posted in Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2009 by sweetnightmare

My daughter has been having late night parties in her crib, lol. I haven’t slept much these past three nights so I didn’t do much knitting. I do plan to start a new knitting project. I have four crochet projects I need to finish, three of which have been on the back burner and one that I just started.

I decided to try some color knitting but didn’t want to commit to something really big just in case it turned out to be a total disaster. So I thought that I would take a stab at some Fair Isle knitting, with no project in mind I just made a little swatch. I used Lion Brand Pound of Love in Antique White and Pastel Green and size 6 needles. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to attach color without beginning the row with the contrast color, so I made my first stripes which was a nice little extra and I found that to be very easy. I used this skull and crossbones chart (it’s free) by Toonknits.

Well- It’s not to bad for my first try. I found it hard to keep my yarn tension so there are some holes in places. The image is off center, I don’t know how I miscounted but I did. With some more practice I think I’ll be doing just fine.

Oh- look what I got for my birthday from my best friend 🙂 I don’t know what I will make with it yet. Welp- that’s all for now.

Soy Escuchando: The Streets – Stay Positive

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It’s for the Little One’s

Posted in Free Patterns (from other sites), Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2009 by sweetnightmare

I decided to post early this week. I have been so far practicing a lot this week. Well first off check out this beautiful yarn I bought.

Hand dyed yarn purchased from eBay

Hand dyed yarn purchased from eBay

I got it on eBay (I have a link to the seller in my side bar under “Spinning the Web”. I was browsing eBay and fell in love with this hand dyed wool yarn. I won the auction at $6.15 for 250 grams. I don’t know what I will use it for yet, it will be saved for something really special though.

For those of you who don’t know, I crochet hats and booties in memory of my daughter Alana who was born too soon and passed away. That is why I taught myself to crochet, and now to knit. You can visit my website that talks a little more about what I do at Precious Awakening (a pregnancy and infant loss website). I donate them to the hospital where she was born. I decided that my first project with DPN’s should be a hat for this purpose. I picked up a set of DPN’s from Walmart which only cost me $2.36. I used Lion Brand’s Pound of Love in Pastel Green.

Cast on DPNs

Cast on DPNs


I watched a quite a few videos on YouTube before attempting to do it myself. It’s a micro-preemie sized hat (for a baby weighing less than 1 pound), it measures 2.25″ with the brim folded up (3″ unfolded). It turned out okay considering it was my first time but I think I can do better. I found myself knitting very tightly which made making this very hard. It took forever!
Micro-preemie hat

Micro-preemie hat


The pattern I used can be found here and here is the link to it on Ravelry. I’ll be making this hat again, but I think that I will wait until I am a bit of a faster knitter. It literally took me almost an entire day to complete!

Anyway that is enough for now. I will write again later on. Today is my birthday.

Soy escuchando: Emery – Walls

The Useful Practical Practice Washcloth

Posted in Free Patterns, Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 26, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So for the past three nights my little three month daughter has switched her sleeping schedule from nights to days. Where does that leave me? With nothing to do but play with her and knit while I feed her. Spread through out these hours I began making my first washcloth for practice. I have been strictly practicing continental knitting. I have seen a lot of washcloth/dishcloth patterns for beginners. Picky person that I am didn’t really want to do any of the ones I have seen and I think that I am past the point of garter stitch projects. I thought to myself, I should just wing it and practice the basics. What I came up with is a great practice project for beginners like myself 🙂

The great thing about it is that it’s okay to to make mistakes on this because the point is that it’s a practice project and practical because once you are done you have yourself a neat little washcloth that you can be proud of. If you can make a mistake you can go back and fix it or leave it and learn from it. Anyway, I don’t know if that made any sense but it does to me in head lol just having trouble putting it into words. I’ve decided to write out a pattern for it. Below is a picture of the details. I made mistakes here and there but not many. There were bound to be mistakes since like I said, it I made it while I was feeding my baby in the middle of the night. But the pattern is written the way I meant it to be. This is the first time I have written a pattern so bear with me, I wrote it after I made it. I have not tested it. This pattern practices garter stitch, stockinette, and ribbing.

The Useful Practical Practice Washcloth

Yarn: 1 skein
Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream

or any other 100% Cotton Worsted weight yarn.
Colorway: I used Violet Veil OmbreNeedles: 10″ Size 8

Make your slip knot and co 36 using the Double Cast On method.

k 4 rows
p
k
p
k
p
k
p
*p2 k2 – repeat to end of the row
k2 p2 – repeat to end of the row
repeat from * for 4 more rows
p
k
p
k
p
k
p

*p2 k2 p2 k4 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2 k4 p2 k2 p2 k2
k2 p2 k2 p4 k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p2 k2 p4 k2 p2 k2 p2
repeat from * for 4 more rows
(Note: Notice the k4 and p4 in these two rows. I did that purpose since I was making it up as I went along and I was experimenting with the ribbing. Alternately if you want it equal on both sides you can just do P2, K2 for six rows)
p
k
p
k
p
k
k 4 rows
Bind off.
Weave in ends.. I used an overcast stitch… but didn’t do too much of a good job it was only my second time doing it.

Enjoy 🙂 I hope it’s useful to some.

Soy Escuchando – The Cure – 10:15 Saturday Night

Knitty Weekend

Posted in Knits, Patterns with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So this past weekend was a weekend dedicated to knitting practice. My practice piece looks like a nice little hot mess but that’s is because I wanted to experiment with a lot of different things, so to give a little understand to what I’ve done here, I labeled the practice fabric which in the end resembles a almost a tie, I thought that was funny how that happened.

Anyway, I used my trusty practice yarn (Red Heart Super Saver yarn in Candy print). Let me explain a little of this piece of fabric. I started off with two knit rows, and then continued by switching to the Eastern European style of developing the stockinette stitch (this is all in the bottom left hand corner). From there I switched over to the continenital style of knitting. I wanted to give stockinette stitch in this style a try again. I have been having trouble trying to figure how

to do it (you can see where my stitches are twisted), so I finally
figured out how to do a continenital purl so I practiced a few rows of
of it. It looks very messy because I was experiementing with it with
knits in some parts, and a few times got it mixed up with Eastern
European style.

Though my practice piece is a total mess, my efforts are not in vain! I finally took a stab at a small simple pattern.. presenting (insert drumroll here).. “My 2 Cents Cozy”, mini change purses. This was a pattern I picked out from my Knit Knack kit by Kris Percival. For whatever reason I was much slower at creating the fabric to make these. I guess because I was just being overly careful not to screw them up. Not too shabby for my first projects 🙂 I feel bold!.. but I am going to stick to a few more simple projects. I still gotta do the ever popular project- a knitted scarf lol.

Soy Escuchando: My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade –  Blood (hidden track)

Knitting Experimentations

Posted in Knits with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by sweetnightmare

So I’ve been trying to teach myself to knit. Not that I am abandoning my first love, Crochet. I just think that some things look good done in Crochet and some things would look good Knitted. I always kinda feel like I am missing out by not knowing how to knit.

Last month I was really determined to do it. I got myself just about every straight needle to a size 15.. I just can’t ever find size 4 for whatever reason. Every time I go to my LYS, or try to order online they are always out. Okay- I lie- sometimes they have it but only in plastic. I hate plastic needles, except for Boye’s Balene II. I found 14″ size 10.5 on sale for under $3 and I couldn’t resist, especially since these (I read) have been discontinued by the manufacturer.  They have ‘Perfection Points’ which I love. They are so much easier to knit with. I plan to get more when they are on sale again in 10″ sizes.

Anyway, I have been practicing the Knit stitch which always looked like a horrid mess because my yarn control was  truly lacking. Two days ago I was finally able to knit a whole square in the Garter stitch that came out great. The stitches were way too tight but at least I did it. Yesterday and Today I have been trying my hardest to get a square of stockinette stitch but most of my efforts have been in vain. Finally I resorted to YouTube to find a video that shows how to purl in continential style. I couldn’t find one that I could see clearly enough or a video where they were going slow enough for me to see exactly what they were doing. I stumbled upon this video (embeded below) that shows a demonstration of the Eastern European Purl Stitch.

I found this method a lot easier but still a little confused. So this square that I have been working on is a total mess of experimentation (pictured below). I am getting there though. By the end of the week I hope to have gotten it down. I read a comment that the video poster left stating that in order to make the stockinette stitch I’ll also need to learn the Eastern European knit stitch. So I guess we will see how it goes. I don’t know what style I will commit myself to.

Soy Escuchando: Led Zeppelin – Dazed and Confused

O’ God, The Aftermath

Posted in Crochet with tags , , , , , , , on January 10, 2009 by sweetnightmare

The Christmas season is over (oh so quickly). I managed to make four gifts. I semi-finished my Mod. Strong Bad for my friend. I still needed to add on his legs but he loved it so much he didn’t let me finish. In order to make Strong Bad atomically correct I had to add extra row to each part of the body, making Strong Bad kinda big which is great! I loved the out come 🙂

My other projects were two wristbands, one for my niece and one for my nephew. I followed a free pattern I found on Ravelry for my nieces and I freestyled a simple black wrist warmer for my nephew that I embriodered his nickname on (see my other projects on Ravelry for the one I made for my niece titled Strawberries and Cream Pirate Wench Wrist warmer). I also made one wire crochet bracelet for my best friend. It was made also following a free pattern. It was my first try at crochet jewelry. I made it with 28 gauge silver wire, swarvoski crystals, and freshwater pearls with a heart toggle sterling silver clasp. She really liked it. I made it in hopes it would match her New Year’s dress that she described to me.

Made for my best friend wire crochet bracelet

Made for my best friend wire crochet bracelet

I had to give it a few tries, which was truly hell on my fingers (and crochet hook!). It turned out nicely though.

Soy Escuchando: Killer Cars – Radiohead