Thursday, July 04, 2013

Star Hats

I've knit a whole lot of stuff since last I blogged.  I've even a completed some.  Here are the ones I've photographed.  These are hats for Camp Happy Times. (Good video.)  Camp Happy Times brings kids ages 5 to 21 years old together.  The kids all have, or have had, cancer.  One special memory is camp hats.  There is a new theme for the hats every summer.  This year's theme is Stars.  All the hats are made (sewn, knit, crocheted) by volunteers.  Each camper can choose 2 caps, one themed and one unthemed.  Here are the ones I'm sending along.  It's not too late.  They can accept hats up to July 15, 2013.   

Camp Happy Times Campaign
Halos of Hope
P.O. Box 1998
Arlington Heights, IL 60006-1998

 Hat one:  Comet Crossing the Moon Hat: 2 strands superwash fingering weight held together.  Dale Baby Ull and Lanett.  Crewel work, various washable yarns.  Size large.
Hat two:  Stripes and Stars Hat:  Regia Crazy Colors 6-ply superwash, Glittery fabric glue star at peak, polar fleece stars appliqued with gold Sulky machine embroidery thread.  I think it's mylar.  Size medium.
Hat three:  Sun Hat:  Picture does not do this justice--couldn't capture how it glows.  Various fingering yarns and unplied worsteds, held double, all superwash wool.  Size small-medium.
 Hat four: This is OPK (Other People's Knitting).  This is Terri Minkin's unthemed contribution.  Washable acrylic.  Sizes small to large.  Super stretchy and soft.

Saturday, June 15, 2013


I finally published the drop stitch scarf/shawl pattern that I've been designing off and on for at least a couple of years.  It turned out really well, even better than I had hoped, actually.  It's fun to knit, it's not complicated, it can use just about any yarn or needle, it makes a nice scarf or a nice stole.  It can be sophisticated or rustic, blocked or free-form. 

It's a good summer project.

Here is a link to the Ravelry pattern page:  Parquet




You can use bigger yarn and needles and make a shawl.
DiVe Autumno--unblocked

Proud Mumma, that's me.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Young Yarnie

My friends' daugher Layla at 19 months showing some yarn love.  I hope it lasts. 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cross Your Fingers

The Problem

The Solution?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Sock Rehemming

One of the first real pairs of socks I ever made was a pair out of Collinette Jitterbug.  The yarn cost $21.00, which was a huge amount of money for sock yarn then.  It still is, but it is commonplace to pay that much and more nowadays for premium and hand-dyed yarn.  So I've had these socks from whenever that was.  I'd guess 2005 or 2006.  Even though they are 100% wool, they've worn like iron.  I used to put them in the dryer, but for a couple of years now, I haven't purposely put any of my handknits in the dryer except for a cotton/wool pair I have.  Despite not putting them into the dryer, and despite them being superwash wool, they finally started to felt.  I find this happens eventually to superwash when it has been washed a lot. 

Being as these were early socks, the bind off of the cuff (these are toe-up) was unyielding and a little tight to begin with.  My skills have improved since then, so that my sock tops are quite forgiving and elastic now.  The tight bind off combined with the felting made these babies almost impossible to get on without tearing the edge. 

The old bind off has been partially removed.

I found some of the leftovers of the original yarn and rebound them.  The hardest part was unraveling / unthatching / picking out the old bind off.  It took almost an hour for both socks. 

Reclaimed Bind-Off Yarn
Close Up of the New Bind-Off

Once I got that out, I worked three rows in the original ribbing pattern and bound off with Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off The link goes to Cat Bordhi's YouTube demonstration, but I looked up Jeny Stairman's YouTube page and Jeny had it there. 

The new bind off is wonderfully flexible and accomodating.  I can't wait to wear these again as soon as I put them in the wash.  Though the weather might actually be
warm starting today.

Progress on Nemesis