Wednesday, April 01, 2015

APRIL POST


I can't believe its April already and I haven't post for a month.  I finally took some pictures of a couple of things I've made.  I know its hard to see but all the hats and head bands are "blingie" but either I can't take a good picture or I don't have a very good camera or both.


I'm also crocheting flowers but so far I haven't done a great job.  I never put them on if I'm not please with them but the ones people put on Youtube are so nice.


I found some white Lion Brand Wool Ease just like the black and added a pom pom to both hats.


I probably should have crocheted a different color flower but as soon as I can find a button to sew on the middle of it I think it will set it off nicely.


In the evening I've been knitting socks.  I haven't done that in quite a while and found out I've missed knitting them.  They actually knit up quickly.


It's funny how you can start the second sock with the same yarn and end up with a different looking sock only the same color.  I love that effect!


My cousin asked me to weave her a scarf for her son who can not wear any animal fiber.  I got some silk from Tweenway and asked them to dye it gray in the weight I wanted.  I know its only twill but I love it and have enough yarn left to knit a scarf.


I'm selling my spinning wheel chair.  It's complete and I'm asking $300 for it.  I've posted it on a Facebook group I belong to.  I tried Graig's List once and never and I mean never again.  I had so much trouble with a scammer.  Sure did teach me a lesson!

HAPPY EASTER

Friday, March 06, 2015

ADDI HEAD BANDS


Not to much activity around here.  I did manage to get some head bands knit on my new Addi.  That thing is so quick.  It takes me longer to crochet the two sides together than it does to knit them up.

Simple.  I go five rounds with a waste yarn, 40 with regular yarn and another five rounds of waste.  DO NOT CUT the end of your yarn.  You'll need that to crochet the sides together.  Once off the knitter I put wrong sides together and carefully slip stitch with a size H crochet hook the two sides together.  Tie the two ends and weave then in between the layers of knitted fabric.  My crochet flowers are simple too.  Chain six with the same crochet hook, slip stitch to join into a circle.  Chain another six in the circle repeating 8 times for the large flower and five for the small.  I attach a button to the middle of the two flowers and attach to the head band.  I also have made a couple of cowls or neck warmers using the same method only knitting the whole skein of yarn.

Hopefully it will be warming up this weekend.  Imagine spring is just right around the corner.  Thank goodness!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ADDI KINGSIZE EXPRESS


I purchased a Addi Kingsize Express Knitter.  Did I need it?  No but I've wanted one for a long time.  So I figured why not I've worked hard all my life and if I want a little something that makes me happy why not?  This hat is worked with two layers.  One assorted colors one a solid orange.   The top is sort of a top knot.


This hat is also two layers, which I like the best. You can do a single layer if you wish but this has a neater finish and much warmer.  I top this one with a  little pom pom.  I think at some point I need to go shopping and get a pom pom maker.


This is something I did off the top of my head.  I was watching one of Margaret's  YouTube videos on fingerless mitts.  This is the first time I saw how you could use waste yarn to start and finish your project and do a single crochet to finish it off and then did another single crochet to attach the two layers.  She was using a smaller knitting machine and her mitts were wonderful.  Ok, so I take her idea (thanks Margaret) and applied it to knitted head bands.  I think the results are really nice.


Another thing I had to re-learn was crocheting.  I haven't crocheted in years.  Again using YouTube I found several crocheted flower "how too".  I did a couple of guy head bands, one gray and one denim blue but didn't think they would like flowers.

Now if it would finally warm up so we could be outside.  For the first time I'm getting "cabin fever".

Saturday, January 31, 2015

MONTHY POST


I received my first Mystery Batt in the mail a couple of days ago.  Beautiful and so easy to spin.


I spun and plied it.  I can't decide if I like it but I do have a small skein of yarn to add to a project.


I finally finished my shawl.  I got the pattern from Susan B Anderson, Yowza Weigh It Shawl.


So, so easy.  You weigh your yarn and knit inceasing along as you after you've used half of the yarn you start the ruffle and then bid off. 


I've been knitting tams.  Ok, so I just have one done so far but I like it now I've got to go and buy more yarn.


Back of hat.  I do like it.

I have to tell you about a blog I've discovered this week.  Sheepishy Sharing.  The reason I found it I received my Addi Express Knitting machine.  I've been wanted to get one but finally decided what the heck and got one.  I've finished a few hats. Works quick and very easy with great results.  I'll share photos soon. Sheepishy Sharing is also listed on the side of my blog under the blogs I read.  Great You Tube video and many crochet one too.

Thursday, January 01, 2015

HAYWARD SHAWL


It's about time I post.  I can't believe its been almost a month.  Busy with Christmas and all the errands associated  with this time of the year.  I finally finished my Hayward Shawl   And I love it!!  It was designed by Susan B Anderson.  She's a wonderful knitter and has great podcasts too.  In fact if you look up an image of the shawl on Google there are much better photos of it.


Back.  So much fun to knit and not very hard.  It had a couple of different sections and has long as you paid attention to what you were knitting it was fun and went very fast.

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE.  MY BEST WISHES FOR A WONDERFUL 2015!!!

Thursday, December 04, 2014

THIS AND THAT



I've been reading (second time through the books) and watching the Outlander's and came across this afghan on Amazon.  It's so soft and just the right size to cuddle under and read a good book.




From what I understand the company that weaves these Scottish blankets has been in business for hundreds of years.   





I knit a pair of cable fingerless mitts.  Lets face it I did wear a pair to church last Saturday evening and my fingers were so darn cold.  I like mittens a whole lot better.






   This a copy of a fur cowl Claire wore.  I didn't have any mink so I had to use some fake fur.



I spinning some of the bling I got at the New York Sheep And Wool.  I think I'll knit up into a hat/


Bill finally got his deer head back a couple of weeks ago.  He shot it on a hunting trip to Ohio last fall.  Turned out very nice or so he says.  This is not in the living room.  Ya!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

MORE KNITTING


I think I may have posted this before but just in case you're new to my blog I thought I would tell everyone about the idea I came up with years ago.  I bought an old wooden iron board with the idea of displaying an old iron and maybe some vintage clothing on it.  Well that never happened but I found out my drum card fit perfect on it.  Clamped onto the back with plenty of room in the from to draw out any fiber you may have.


I think I mention all the great people I meet at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival one of the many is Laura and her husband John.  She bought some yarn from me and came back with these three packages of sliny acrylic to blend when carding my roving.  I can't wait to try it!  Thanks Laura.


I just got my Hudson Bay sock yarn from Jo Dee at Fishknits Custom Dyed Yarns.  I found the idea from one of my favorite knitters and bloggers, Susan B. Anderson.  Of course now you know I'm going to have to actually knit a pair of socks something I didn't do in a long time.  Oh, well there's a long winter ahead.


I finished my second capelet.  This one of the patterns from the Outlander Series.  I found this pattern at NyanPson  Another one of my favorite bloggers.

I sold two of my looms I had listed on Facebook's Pa Fiber Artists and Farmers.  I'm so happy!!!!  They were not being used and it freed up some more space for other things.  I know for they went to a happy home to.