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

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sporty Socks Done!

So here are the Cascade Fixation socks completed and modeled by the lovely me.
I hope they are like the early pink pair I made out of this yarn and are all creamy and buttery on me pore ole crubes. I could feel every stitch of the blue pair I made.
There is no pattern. The mirrored design is crossed stitches or 1 by 1 cables.  These are one of my favorite stitch treatments.
I may end up redoing the bind off if it rolls too much. In that case I would have to frog the last row or so.  To frog is to rip back, or unravel your knitting.  This usage of "frog" has a rather silly etymology.  It derives from the expression, "rip it," which has been compared to what Americans teach their children are frog sounds, namely "ribbit, ribbit."  By association then, the term "frog" has come into use.  I'm sure that it was popularized through the Internet.  If not, I doubt I ever would have heard it or begun to use it.  Virtually every knitter I know also uses it.  I happen to do it a lot--frogging, that is.  The other IT I do very little.
I have begun another sock.  I had intended it for a purse sock, but I need to read the pattern chart.  So we'll see about that.  I might dredge up one of my older socks in progress or start another pair for the purse.

Isn't it pretty?  I lost the yarn label, but I thnk that it's 100% superwash from an Indy dyer who has a cutesy name like Baby Bunny or Busy Bee.  Seiding will know.  She and I bought the same yarn in the same colorway on the same day at the same booth at the same fiber festival at the same time.  Only mine was 20% off because I know how to talk to people.*  She already made socks out of it.  If she sends me a picture, I will post it here.
**Absolutely untrue statement.  I don't know why I think it is funny to lie like that. 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Craig's List

First of all, here is an update on the yellow-green-purple socklets.  I did rip back and fix the blotchy join.  I have knit to the tops and bound both off and have started the heel on one. 

Knitting friend Ann found a couple of sales on Craigslist.  The first we visited was a destash sale by three knitting friends.  My first question when we got there was what were their names on Ravelry, but they didn't "do that."  There was a lot of nice yarn.  I thought the prices were too high.  I did make one offer on some red/orange/pink mohair, but I was turned down.  Ann made an offer on a kit and was turned down also.  She thinks they aren't really committed to destashing.  But I did get these very nice needles for $11.25.  The top three are 12" Japanese Clovers in which the cable and the needle are all of a piece.  I have a small collection of these.  They were $1.25 each.  The double points are ebony I think.  They were $2.50 a set.  They had a lot of other high end circular needles, but naturally I couldn't think of what I needed.  OK, "needed" might not be the proper word. 

The second sale we hit was part of an estate sale in Waukesha (+/- 20 miles out).  It was mostly sewing things, quilting things, beading things and some books.  I guess there had been more knitting stuff, but that had been sold. There were lots of embroidery hoops.  Ann bought two and some embroidery cloth and I don't know what else.  I spent $5.00 and got everything in the picture.  The sellers were happy and so was I.   A funny thing that happened is that a young woman came in with a tiny babe in arms.  One of the sellers said that she would hold the baby if she wanted to put her down.  The offer was politely refused. The young mother bought something and left.  As soon as she was gone, Ann, the two sellers, and I all started squeeing about the baby and how we wished to hold her.  Must be our inner grandmothers coming out. 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Problem Solved

First iteration--Frogged to before heel
Second iteration--Frogged to before heel

Third iteration--On hold

Fourth iteration--Crocheted dishrag

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Not Gonna Do It

The red line is for the afterthought heel.

Nope.  Not going to do it.  Not going to frog because of that purple blotch at the join.  Not going to frog that.  Nope.  No way.  Not again (again, again, again).  Four times would be too many for a pair of quickie Fixation socks.  Right?  Right?