Sunday, May 3, 2015

The first Saturday in May - The Kentucky Derby and Knitting

If there are any other horse lovers out there you were probably watching the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby with me yesterday afternoon.  

It got me to thinking about my own horse riding days and a trip that we took to Kentucky 20 years ago when we were lucky enough to stop at Churchill Downs and wander around the track - I stood on the track!! the stable area and the museum.  It wasn't a race day so it was very quiet compared to the 170,000 people there yesterday!  I pulled out my pictures from that day and boy have times changed.  This was back in the days when cameras had film in them and I took a grand total of 6 pictures!! I'm sure if I had been there yesterday I would have easily taken 100 or more!

While I was watching the coverage of the race I knit on my Swedish shawl and here is my progress to date. Up to 52" long, almost half way there.


Here are two pictures I took at Churchill Downs race track

the race track - did I mention that I stood on the track!

the stands

and here is American Pharoah crossing the finish line yesterday.  Will this be the year for a triple crown winner?  We'll find out if there is a chance if he wins the Preakness Stakes in 2 weeks.

Monday, April 27, 2015

My Swedish Shawl Progress

One little stop at Chapters book store to look around found me coming home with a new knitting project!



I picked up the latest issue of The Knitter and found this pamphlet included with the magazine.  It's the first in a new series on knitting around the world, a Swedish Shawl.  I instantly fell in love with it, bought the magazine and started planning my shawl on the drive home.


The different way of wearing this shawl is what intrigued me from the start and then when I saw that the pattern for the Skansen Shawl and article was written by Donna Druchunas there wasn't any question that this was coming home with me.  I'm always fascinated with the research that Donna does on the history of knitting around the world so there was no way I could just leave it on the shelf!



At home I went through my stash to find some yarn.   I found enough of one of my favourite go to yarns, Patons Classic Wool and then (hope you don't mind Donna :)  I modified the pattern a little by just sticking to one garter stitch pattern and the broomstick lace pattern and repeating my three colours. This is going to be a great stash busting project for me and a bit of a marathon knit as it has to be long enough to wrap around the body then cross over the shoulders.  Almost everyday I knit a pattern repeat or two and slowly but surely my first set of three balls is almost finished and the next three are set to go!



Now my only problem is going to be finding creative ways to show you the same shawl over and over as it gets longer. 







Saturday, April 18, 2015

A little wurm experimenting

If you follow me on Twitter and Facebook as well as reading the blog, I'm sure you were feeling all the love I had for my Wurm hat with all the updates I was sharing as I was knitting. If you missed the  Wurm blog post you can find it here along with the link to the pattern.  If something is so fun to knit and wear why stop at just one?

I wanted to see how it knit up in sock yarn.  I used the same size needles, cast on 90 sts, worked k1, p1 ribbing for an inch or so then increased up to 100 sts and continued on with the pattern. The resulting hat used up a full 50 gram ball of sock yarn and it fits a 2yr old perfectly!  The 2yr old was having way too much fun playing outside to stand still for a photo shoot so pictures on my dining room table will have to do!


back view, I like how the top finishes


side view, that was all the yarn left over
Needles - 3mm for ribbing, 3.5mm for hat body
Yarn - Patons Kroy I think the colour is Lilac Jacquard
Mods - Knit 8 1/2 pattern repeats then decreased

To tell the truth I was aiming for another adult sized hat and I had intended on casting on 100 sts and increasing to 110 sts.  Ooops! I'm not sure if I was starting this too late at night or if I was talking and counting at the same time! Anyways that's the beauty of knitting hats.  Whatever size you end up with it will fit someone!

So, you know what this means right?  Yes, I'm sure you guessed. I'll just have to try again :)


Monday, April 13, 2015

Stripes of course

If you have been reading for the last while, you'll know that I've had this obsession to reduce the amount of dishcloth cotton I have in my stash.  You might also remember this picture from a few weeks ago when I was organizing a basket of finished shawls, scarves etc. and I found this yarn in the bottom of the basket.


 If you look closely at the picture above, right in the middle, what do you see?



Yup, more dishcloth cotton!!  You know that saying one step forward, two steps back.  That's how I'm feeling.  I'm starting to think these balls multiply on their own lol!  So, how do you go about knitting up four part balls? 

A variety of stripe patterns was my choice and I was able to use every inch of all four balls.


After giving away all the other dishcloths I've knit, I decided to keep one for myself and promptly put it to use :)



Sunday, April 5, 2015

Easter Weekend

It has been a great Easter here with some family time, some quiet time and of course some knitting time.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Finished Easter Knit

I finished the Easter dishcloth/spa cloth last night.  I think it turned out wonderfully!


 Once I fixed a little mistake.  I don't think there is a mistake in the pattern.  I'm sure it was just me not paying attention, lol!  But it was an easy fix and I'm really happy with the finished result.

The link to the pattern is on a previous post that you can find here.  I hope everyone is enjoying their Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A cute, fun Easter project

I started a small Easter knitting project; a cute spa cloth.  The original pattern (it's free) was released as a mystery kal by the designer Kris Knits.  If you want to knit along with me the link to the all the pattern clues can be found here.

mine in progress

finished project by Tezsocks
Cute isn't it?