Wednesday, June 30, 2010

New Project



This is the new project that I am working on. It is a lap blanket knit from the center out.

Each section is knit using a different technique. There are slip stitches, knitting the row below, cables, modular knitting and embellishments. It is lots of fun! This is my design and the colours that I am using.

I have my knitting packed and we are heading to the cottage. Happy knitting, talk to you next week!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Finished!


Yay! Another top down seamless sweater finished and it fits great!!

This sweater was knit out of cotton on a 4mm needle. It took 600m of yarn which was 7 1/2 50g balls. I knit the sleeves all in lace and added some shaping to the sleeves and the waist on this version and only added lace for the last 6 rows on the body of the sweater. One pattern but so many ways to knit it!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Goodies


I am so lucky to have such wonderful knitting friends.

Last week, a lady that I had helped learn to knit gave me this amazing picture. Thanks Grace, I love it!

The buttons and shawl pin are new as well. The buttons on the left are going in my stash of buttons for future use. They are made from coconut shells. The buttons on the right are going to be used on the vest that I am going to knit in panels from side to side out of the bulky white wool from Columbia. I just had to have the shawl pin. You can never have too many right?

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Version Two



This is what I have knit so far on the newest top down, seamless sweater. I am using my same basic pattern that I used to knit the blue sweater but this time I gave the sweater lace sleeves and the body is going to have some shaping to it.

As of this afternoon, both sleeves are finished and the neck line is finished. The body stitches have been picked up and I have been knitting round and round and round. It is almost time to slip half of the stitches onto a piece of waste yarn to try it on and decide where the shaping should start.

Monday, June 14, 2010

A Successful Knit In Public Day



We had such a fun day for our 3rd annual Knit in Public Day held at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting Store in Aylmer. Despite the weather forecast for rain, we had a very hot and sunny day.

We had a great turn out of knitters who enjoyed a day of knitting. One lady joined us who did not know how to knit. We soon changed that! By the time she left she had the basics down pat and had won the yarn that was one of the give aways!

One of our knitting guild members is also a spinner. She brought her wheel with her for the day. Between the knitting and the spinning we attracted a lot of attention from the people passing by.

It was a great day!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sleeve Cast Off

How important is the the method of casting off stitches on a top down sleeve with a lace edging?

Apparently very important. I originally cast off both of the sleeves in the usual manner by knitting two sts and lifting the first st over the second and off the needle. This is how it ended up looking - rolled which was not what I wanted.















After the sweater was all finished I went back to the sleeve and pulled out the cast off row and picked up the stitches one stitch at a time. This time I cast off in the lace pattern. This is how it ended up looking - flat which was what I wanted.














Here is the beginning of the new sweater.















p.s. Don't worry socks, I haven't forgotten you.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Sexy Socks


Last night's knitting class was a lot of fun. It has been a few years ago now since I began offering lessons at Carrie's Quilting and Knitting store. In the beginning I generally had 1 or maybe 2 students and our lovely sock model shown in this picture was one of the very first students I taught. Last night there was 11 knitters! How our group has grown! I am so lucky to have such wonderful students.

Last month's class was toe up socks using magic loop. Here are some of their socks. Great job as always ladies!

By the way, I reknit one sleeve last night. What a difference it made. Pictures soon I promise.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

International Sock Swap



The sock swap has officially started! I received my email with the name of knitter that I am knitting a pair of socks for a couple of days ago.

Yesterday I found the sock yarn that I am going to use for her socks. It is superwash merino, cashmere and nylon and it feels wonderful! It is aptly called Grape and has beautiful shades of purples with a touch of lavender/pink. I am planning on a pair of lace socks and I can't wait to see how it knits up.

These socks don't have to be ready to mail to their new home until August so there is plenty of time to knit them. That gives me lots of time to finish my sweater, green socks and an afghan. I love having so many projects to choose from!