10 June 2014

English Slip Stitch Selvedge Edge

I came across this selvedge edge, which gives the work a clean finish and prevents it from curling.

03 June 2014

A Clean Selvedge: French Selvedge Stitch

It has been quite a long time since I have posted on my blog. I have certainly not stopped knitting. I thought that I would post something that is very useful and will give your project a nice clean finished look - the French Selvedge Stitch. As it turns out, I've been doing this stitch all along and didn't even realize I was doing it. A special thanks to the 4-H judge at the fair for recommending the method so very long ago. Essentially it's just slipping the first stitch onto your working needle which every way the pattern suggests and work the rest of the row as normal. If it's a knit stitch, slip it knit wise & visa verse if it's a purl stitch, slip it purl wise. Here is a video, with special thanks to New Stitch a Day.

25 December 2011

Merry Christmas

It's been awhile, but I seem to be spending more time at school and the clinic now-a-days. We were in the student clinic from July -December and started in the outpatient clinic during the last week of November. To get a weekly knitting fix, I started going to the Quad City Stitch & Bitch every Wednesday. Unfortunately, I will be missing a 3 week block from being on vacation and an intense week at school.

For the last few months, I haven't knit a whole lot, but I did manage to start & finish a SMALL project.

Yarn: 1.25 skeins Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (color 59)
Pattern: Caroline by Hannah Ingalls
Needles: US 4 DPN

I started with the size large for the hat, but it was way too big. From reading other ravelry posts, this hat tends to run a little large. The size small stretches to fit my head, but it doesn't look like it's being stretched.

I have been knitting my Fiddlehead Mittens here and there, although I'm no far from being done. I'm about 20 rows from completing one of the stranded mittens though. I know that I'll finish these mittens some time, but I'm really not sure when.

There was a time, when I packed to go home for a period of time, I would just bring my UFO bin, but it became a lot to pack and carry around. Now, I just usually bring a project or two home to attempt to do. I've been in the mood to knit a sweater lately, so I ended up bringing the yarn to knit my Fair Isle Yoke Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I've been following Elizabeth's "Opionated Knitter," "Knitting Workshop," and "Knitting Around." The purple is my main color & I have decided to use the Sage, Black, Bleached White, Rose, and Blue BW as following stranded design:

I've chosen to knit a 36" round sweater, even though I have a 34" bust size. Unfortunately, my hips are not a 34," thus the 36."

Gauge: 4.5 sts to 1" with US 7 circs

CO 164
K2, P2 for 1"

Well, I haven't bought any yarn since my trip to Boston, but I did get yarn from Santa Claus for Christmas. The sad part was I was the one to pick it up from the lady's house off craigslist. I ended up getting 10 balls of Rowan Kid Classic (840 Crystal). This summer, I had a hard time deciding on what to make with it. I guess I've been in a mood to make a guernsey/fisherman type sweater, so the search became a lot easier. I've decided to make "An Aran Sweater (January)" by Elizabeth Zimmermann. I've decided on making it with a zipper, like what Blue Garter did, although for a female instead. I'm not sure when I'll get around to making it, but I know it'll be an adventuresome knit.

28 August 2011

8 Month Update

This is what I've been up to in the last 8 months!

Finished in May:

Yarn: 7.25 skeins Valley Yarns Goshen (17 Purple Haze)
Pattern: St. James by Tonya Wagner
Needles: US 7 & 8 Circs

If you make this, go with the stated bust size. Picking a size that correlates with a "Gap" size T doesn't work out very well. I’ve decided to omit the bow portion, as I may feel that it may get more annoying in the end. Instead I finished the T with a 1" seed stitch. It is a form fitting top & I have gotten a lot of complements. I would make this again (w/o the bow).

Finished in June:

Yarn: 2.5 skeins Cascade 220 (7811 Purple Jewel Heather)
Pattern: Two-Tone Ribbed Shrug by Stefanie Japel from Fitted Knits
Needles: US 4 & 7 Circs

Pattern says to use size 8 needles, and I did, but it was way too big. My problem is that I never knit a swatch first. I checked gauge and it looked okay. I think next time I need to make sure it’s more than just okay - otherwise I’ll always end up nearly finishing it and having it turn out way too big.

US 7 needles allowed me to obtain 5 sts/1”

This was a finals project that I ended up finishing during the second day of my Activator Elective. It may be me, or the directions, but there was an error when I did the collar. Instead of getting a nice 2 by 2 rib, I got 4 knit stitches in a row at the end. It was rather interesting finishing it up. Luckily the 4 knit stitches is near the axilla.

Started this in June:

Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Happy Feet (24 Red)
Pattern: Firestarter by Yarnissima
Needles: US 1 DPN

For the first week of my three week summer vacation, I was stuck in Davenport, IA to sit in on an elective. I did clep out two days into it, but I stuck around since most people don't really get much out of it, so I helped my friends. After finishing the Ribbed Shrug, I started the Firestarter socks & knitted during the entire elective (while I was front & center of the technique room - hey, I did clep out :-) ). I managed to get this far & unfortunately haven't touched it since.

During the 2nd week of my summer break, I went to Boston for 5-6 days. My trip to Boston was part business trip, part vacation/find out if I want to move out East. I shadowed 3 DOCs. I enjoyed 1 out of the 3, so at least it wasn't a total waste. One of them didn't follow protocol at all & the other forgot my name. Like my last trip, I absolutely loved Boston & in less than a year's time, I will be out there. I cannot wait!!! In June, I'm hoping to intern until I graduate in October of 2012 & then finally start my life as a Doctor. Of course, I got some yarn :-) I wanted to get yarn that was local. I went to four yarn shops: one in Salem (Seed Stitch Fine Yarn), one in Boston (Windsor Button), another in Cambridge (Mind's Eye Yarns), & finally in Acton (The Woolpack). I really enjoyed Seed Stitch Fine Yarn, The Woolpack, & Windsor Button, but the one in Cambridge was not that appealing. I found some local yarn at Seed Stitch Fine Yarn: Swans Island Certified Organic Merino Fingering (Beet Root). Swans Island is an island in Maine & during the summer, the Merino sheep are shipped off to the island & stay there. Once it's time to sheer their wool, they are shipped back to Maine & that's when the process begins. This is what I decided to make:

Yarn: Swans Island Certified Organic Merino Fingering (Beet Root)
Pattern: High Tides by Jocelyn P Prasad
Needles: US 6 Circs

Unfortunately, since school & clinic started, I have not had a chance to knit.

I ended up finding this in my stash. I got them a long time ago & finally decided what to make out of it:

Yarn: Mirasol Yarn Ushya (1705 Purple)
Pattern: Tank Top by Erika Knight from Fitted Knits

Yarn: Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino (KPPPM) (P132)
Pattern: Pomatomus by Cookie A.

Well, that's all I have for now.

06 February 2011

It is Time

I've been meaning to update for quite some time and finally, here it is. During Christmas break, I ended up knitting about 5 projects and here they are:

Yarn: 1 skein Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica (Color 38)
Pattern: Star Crossed Slouchy Beret by Natalie Larson
Needles: US 10 & 10.5 circs

This was given to me from 2 gals at school. It was a pleasant surprise and I certainly was really excited about yarn :-)

I started this project as the instructions stated, using size 10 & 11 needles. I noticed that there were some people who were able to complete this project using 1 skein and the 10 & 11 needle size, but unfortunately, I am not one of those people. I made it to the 1st decrease round and only had 12 inches of yarn left. I tried using 9 and 10, but felt that that the hat would have been too small, so finally I ended up using 10 & 10.5 needles and completed the hat with a success with 6 inches to spare. Without blocking, the hat just fits, snugly, so hopefully blocking it will loosen it up.

Merry Christmas, the project has finally been blocked.

Yarn: 0.75 skeins Brown Sheep Burly Spun (BS-04 Charcoal Heather)
Pattern: Shroom by Lee Juvan
Needles: US 11 & 13 circs

Yarn: 0.5-0.75 balls Berroco Sox (1425 John Moores)
Pattern: Slip Stitch Heel Basic Socks from "Socks From the Toe" by Wendy Johnson AND Universal Toe-Up Sock Formula by Amy Swenson
Needles: US 2 DPN

These socks are FINALLY finished. I was able to successfully finish them and they do fit!! Bonus! See Ravelry Notes.

Yarn: 1 skein Brown Sheep Burly Spun (BS-04 Charcoal Heather)
Pattern: Horizontal Cowl by Jennifer Fay
Needles: US 15

I’ve knit and bound this off two times already. The first time I took it to JoAnns to find 2” buttons, but couldn’t find any that I liked (Davenport, IA has a horrible selection). I tried taking a few rows out, but it just wasn’t working, so I decided to start over. I started fresh again, bound off and had button holes that would fit my buttons, but when I went to block, the darn project measured well over 47” - WOWZERS, we have a problem. NOW I’m finishing some other projects and am going to start the darn thing again for the 3rd time, but when I measure it, I’m going to stretch the fabric out. This project is really easy, but it’s pretty frustrating if anything else.

Knit to a “stretched” 28” to compensate the stretching when I’m going to actually wash it. For the button holes, I knit 6 sts before making the hole and only did 1 slip over. Maybe I should have followed the knit 3 then work button? Who knows. Well it’s done. I’m still mulling it over as to whether I like the project or not. Initially I was really excited, but then I washed it and the stretching occurred, thus the reknit.

I also "finished" a project that I'm going to redo. After wearing them, they are too big.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Burly Spun (BS-04 Charcoal Heather)
Pattern: Super Bulky Mittens for Women by Diane Soucy

I’ve made this pattern before and I never can seem to get the gauge right for super bulky yarn. It seems like I have to modify the pattern because the number of cast on sts is a bit childishly small. After futzing, this is what I came with on US 13 needles. I also don’t have US 15 or 17 dpn, so I really couldn’t futz with the needle size to make gauge, so I increased the cast on sts.

CO 18
Rib for 3 rounds.
K for 5 rounds.
Gusset - 8 sts on holder.

Picked up 3 Sts - 11 total on needles.

Followed rest of directions.

All done. I think that next time instead of increasing the 3rd time for the thumb that I would just knit another 3 rows before dividing for the body. The thumb is a little big, not huge, but big enough. The thumb does feel like my Bella’s mitten’s thumb, so I guess it’s not too bad.

After wearing them, I’ve decided that they are too big, so I’m going to take them apart and redo them.

I also got some yarn for a hat:

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (color 59)
Pattern: Caroline by Hannah Ingalls

Within the last month, I've had to replace my old iPod because it wasn't holding a charge anymore. I ended up getting an iPod touch. The cases don't really protect the screen, so I knitted a "cozy" in hopes to protect the screen. Here it is:

Yarn: Sandy's Palette Pair of Sox
Pattern: Cabled iPod Sock by Maggie Menzel
Needles: US 2 DPN

In hopes to finish this project by spring, I've started:

Yarn: Valley Yarns Goshen (17 Purple Haze)
Pattern: St. James by Tonya Wagner

Sadly, I haven't gotten much knitting done since December, that also includes the baby blanket, unfortunately. I better get going on that one.

28 November 2010

Bunch o' Finished Projects

I went home for Thanksgiving and come back to school with a bunch of finished projects. Most of the projects were already knitted when I went home, they just needed to be blocked. The project that I finished knitting this weekend was the Wool Festival Hat. I also "finished" the horizontal cowl for the 2nd time, but after I blocked it, it measured more than I bargained for, so I have to start over. Alrighty, here we go with a bunch of finished projects:

Purple Clutch

Yarn: 2 skeins Cascade 220 (7811 Purple Jewel Heather)
Pattern: Inca Felted Clutch by Leigh Radford
Needles: US 10 29" circs
Misc: Black 14" zipper, 1.5" button, purse snap, fabric for lining

This project is finally finished. It was pretty easy, although the directions are a little weird. The picture w/ the dimensions don’t match what is written in text for the pattern. When felted, the “center” of the flap isn’t really in center of the purse. Next time, I would take this pattern and use it as a guideline and write my own. Not sure if whomever wrote this and edited it had a little too many grasshoppers at Thanksgiving or what. Also, before you felt, make sure you sew the flaps that you created down (bottom of clutch) so it felts all together nicely. I didn’t go with the ribbon around as it encloses the purse, but went with a snap (off-centered) and a 1.5” button (centered). The clutch is also lined and has a 14” zipper.

Finished: 7.5” x 13” (when closed)

Bella's Mittens:

Yarn: 2 skeins Cascade Yarns 109 LE Bulky
Pattern: Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Needles: US 7 DPN

Charcoal Leg Warmers
Yarn: 2 skeins Brown Sheep Burly Spun (Charcoal Heather)
Leg Warmers: Daisy Rib Buttoned Legwarmers by Sarah Wilson
Needles: US 13
Misc: (8) 1 1/8" buttons

This is a really easy knit; I finished one in just a day. Going to start the other one tomorrow. Once I finish them both I’m going to block it before I sew buttons on to hopefully stretch it width wise (I have stalky calves, unfortunately).

I love “vintage” buttons, I picked these.

Finished size: 16”x20”

I may have one concern, but it's minor. The leg warmers do go above my knees a bit; I guess my legs are a bit vertically challenged.

Finally, my Wool Festival Hat

arn: Pilgrim from Briar Rose Fibers
Pattern: Sarah by Ariane Caron-Lacoste
Needles: US 4 & 6 Circs

I don’t remember why I used US 6 needles, the pattern called for US 7. Anyhow, the body of the hat was knitted in US 6.

The pattern was really easy to follow. Occasionally I mucked up on a few rows due to losing track what I was doing, but each row pattern was really easy to memorize (pattern is reverse as you knit along the row).

Well, that's about it folks. I think that from now on, I can't start any new projects; I should "try" to finish some projects that I've already started. Note I said "TRY"; I can't guarantee that it'll happen ;-)

13 November 2010

Nice and Chilly

New Beginnings -
I've successfully made it to the 5th trimester of Chiropractic College. The 2nd week of school I had 3 quizzes and 1 exam and that's what to expect nearly every week until the end of the trimester in mid-February. After this tri, only 5 more to go :-) ~1.33 more years until I'm officially a doctor. I've also found out that I'm going to be an "Aunty"; a friend of mine is pregnant. Currently the due date is unknown and the gender of the baby is going to be a surprise. Over break, I went to JoAnn's and picked out some yarn for the baby blanket; I'm just hoping that I'm able to finish it before the baby is born. I'm not sure if I'll finish it for the shower, unknown date, but if I can finish it before the wonderful birth, then that's all that matters. After I got the yarn, I then chose a pattern and this is what I picked out:

Pattern: Cielo Baby Blanket by Lisa Dusseault
Yarn: Caron One Pound (Soft Sage)
Needles: US 5 29" Circs

Mods: CO 168 for 7 sts garter stitch border on each side. (measured 47+ ” so frogged and new CO is 126 to try to get 34” for a width) Knitting 7 row garter stitch for the boarder and will finish off with a 7 row garter stitch boarder. Once I finished knitting the blanket, I wanted to be finished and not have to worry about adding on a different border.

Over Break I started and finished knitting Bella's Mittens. I want to block it before I would say that It's completely finished.

Yarn: 2 skeins Cascade Yarns 109 LE Bulky
Pattern: Bella's Mittens by Marielle Henault
Needles: US 7 DPN

Using the US 7 makes them a bit snug, but not too tight; concern is wearing clothes underneath the cuff portion. Will try US 8 next time as instructed (if I come across this yarn again as it is discontinued)

Then I started the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival Hat:

Yarn: Pilgrim from Briar Rose Fibers
Pattern: Sarah by Ariane Caron-Lacoste
Needles: US 4 & 6 Circs

Of course, it seems once I start a project, I have to start yet another. Going along with the matching winter set, I'm making leg warmers, a cowl, hat, and mittens in the same color.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Burly Spun (Charcoal Heather)
Leg Warmers: Daisy Rib Buttoned Legwarmers by Sarah Wilson
Cowl: Horizontal Cowl by Jennifer Fay
Hat: Shroom by Lee Wood Juvan
Mittens: Super Bulky Mittens for Women by Diane Soucy

I've started the leg warmers:
I've wanted to make these for a few years now and finally decided to make them. My legs were getting pretty cold, so I started these first.

Yarn: 2 skeins Brown Sheep Burly Spun (Charcoal Heather)
Pattern: Daisy Rib Buttoned Legwarmers by Sarah Wilson
Needles: US 13

Well, that's it folks; wish me luck on finishing the blanket :-) In addition, hopefully I'll at least be able to finish one set of matching mittens, scarf/cowl, etc to use this winter.