Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Drove to McKinney this morning and hung out with my friend, Julie, and then went to our Tuesday Meetup at the Community Center. It is a great group of ladies, although some of the regulars were absent today. Julie's young neighbor joined us and is a budding genius with knitting needles....reminds me of our 12 yr old grand-daughter.

After the Meetup we had a late lunch....it's brunch if its too late for breakfast and too early for lunch....does that make it linner if it is too late for lunch and too early for dinner? Then back to Julie's to knit some more before heading home.

We don't own pets anymore, but I know a couple of people, like Julie, who have pets I can play with on occasion. Star is a Westy and we played tug of war and I had her mumbling to me while I scratched behind her ears.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Another Market Bag

I decided to knit another market bag from the center out in stocking stitch instead of using garter stitch for the base of the bag.

Directions for bag: Peaches & Creme coned cotton; 1 set of 5 double pointed 10 1/2 needles; 16" 10  1/2 circular needle; 24" 10 1/2 circular needle. Cast 8 sts onto 4 double pointed needles, 2 sts on each needle, knit with the 5th needle. Join round being careful not to twist the stitches.
1. YO, K1 around.
2. Knit
3. YO, K2 around.
4. Knit
5. YO, K3 around.
6. Knit.
Continue  until you can get all the stitches on 16" needle and then 24" needle, increasing according to the pattern until you have 120 stitches on the needle (YO K14 x 8).
Begin mesh pattern:
1. YO, K2 tog around.
2. Knit
3. SSK, YO around.
4. Knit
Continue mesh for 12" ending on round 1 or 3, placing markers every 30 stitches.
Knit 2 tog across 1st 30 stitches, slip marker and knit across next 30 stitches, slip marker, knit 2 tog across next 30 stitches, slip marker, knit across next 30 stitches.

Using back loop cast on, cast 4 stitches onto the left needle. Knit 3, knit 4th stitch together with 1st stitch of bag. Slip those 4 stitches back onto the left needle and repeat the process of adding I-cord to the top edge of the 15 stitches in the 1st section.You have now cast off one side of the bag. Cut yarn leaving a 10" tail and slip the 4 stitches onto a stitch holder.

Continue in pattern across next section of 30 stitches.
Cast 4 stitches onto the left needle and repeat the I-cord cast off of the next 15 stitches, leaving a 10" tail and placing those 4 stitches onto a stitch holder.
Continue in pattern across next section of 30 stitches.

Slip the 30 stitches between the 2 cast off sections onto a stitch holder and continue in pattern, purling the wrong side rows. Work back and forth on the remaining 30 stitches, slipping the 1st stitch of each row, until you have 8 or 9 repeats of the 4 pattern rows. End with P 2 tog on the wrong side, and then do the I-cord cast off across as before leaving a 10" tail and place 4 stitches on holder.
Put the other section of 30 stitches on your needle and repeat the process for the opposite side.

To finish: Put the 4 stitches off the stitch holder, on the 1st section you cast off, onto a needle and work I-cord finish up the side to the top where the next I-cord section is. Pick up a couple of stitches from the beginning of the top section of I-cord and knit them together with the 4th stitch of the edge I-cord. Now you will be doing plain I-cord for a handle about 9" or 10" long, or however long you wish. Take the 4 stitches off the stitch holder on the left side of the top edge and knit them together with your I-cord and continue down the side of the bag until you get to the cast on edge of the bottom section of I-cord. Weave in the ends using kitchener stitch. Repeat the process with the other half of the bag and sew in your ends. What you have done is add an I-cord edge all the way around both sides of the bag, making loops for the handles at the top of opposite sides.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Peaches & Creme Marketbag

Finally finished my marketbag pattern. It is an adaptation of the one on the Lion Brand website.
Cast on 30 sts using a single strand of Peaches & Creme cotton on the cone with a size 9 24"circular needle using a temporary cast on. Knit in garter stitch, slipping the 1st stitch in each row until you have 30 slipped stitches along the sides. Pick up 30 stitches along the left edge of the work. Remove the temporary cast on and pick up the 29 stitches that are left along with an extra stitch in between to equal 30 stitches. Pick up 30 stitches along the other edge and join with a marker for the beginning of the round. You should have 120 stitches on your needle. Knit 3 rounds. Switch to a 24" 10 1/2 circular needle to work in pattern:

1. YO, K 2 tog around.
2. Knit.
3. SSK, YO around.
4. Knit.
Repeat these 4 pattern rounds until the bag is as deep as you like. Mine measured approx 16" from the top of the garter stitch bottom.

End on round 4, placing markers every 30 stitches to mark the corners of the bottom.
Next round: Knit 2 stitches together firmly to the next marker, leaving 15 stitches in that section; Knit in pattern for next 30 stitches; Knit 2 tog to the next marker; Knit in pattern for next 30 stitches.
Next round: Cast off next 15 stitches using applied 4 stitch I-cord (a good demo can be found here): Knit next 30 sts in pattern; Cast off next 15 stitches using applied 4 stitch I-cord; Knit next 30 in pattern. (Note: You will have an extra knit row on each pattern section because you are switching from knitting in the round to knitting back and forth while casting off the other stitches. It is not noticeable when the bag is finished.)

Work back and forth in pattern on 30 stitches for about 4 inches, then purl 2 together across and cast off your stitches using applied 4 st I-cord. Pick up the stitches on the other side beginning with a purl row and work in pattern to match the other side. Cast off using 4 st applied I-cord. Pick up stitches at the end of the first cast off section and work up the side of the bag in 4 stitch applied I-cord, continuing in plain I-cord past the edge for a long loop that will be one of the handles. Continue with applied I-cord down the other side. Repeat this on the other half of the bag.

What you have done is to decrease two sides of the bag by half and cast off those stitches, working in pattern to lengthen the other two sides and then decreasing by half and casting off those stitches as well before finishing the sides and making the handles. Sounds difficult, but it is really quite simple.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Market Bag

I just finished knitting a market bag using a free pattern off of the Lion Brand website. I made a couple of changes: tried different patterns to see which one I liked; used mirrored shaping on the sides of the handle; added I-cord for the finish.

The only thing I don't like about this pattern is the double thickness for the base. It makes the bag heavier than it needs to be. Guess it is time to design my own....

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Knitting In Public

My Knitting In Public day consisted of working on my Tree Frog Sock Kit while sitting at Red River Firearms while my husband conducted a CHL class today. (That's Concealed Handgun License for the uninitiated.)  Chatted with a very interesting 87 yr old gentleman in a wheel chair who is waiting to get a new prosthetic leg and dying to get out of that chair. I pray he will be mobile again very soon. Hope I see him again soon, too.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Finally finished....

I started this project back in October of last year for an easy shawl pattern for our knitting group. I had set it aside to work on other things and just got through with it. I decided that an I-Cord trim would be nice and help the shawl keep it's shape. It needs to be washed so it will relax a bit.

Check my Free Pattern Page for the pattern.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New Kitchen Faucet

Just had a new kitchen faucet installed this afternoon. I really like it! Will be much easier washing and rinsing stock pots and such. And the counter top water filter set up still works on this faucet.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pacific Northwest Shawl

Had this pattern queued for almost 2 years, finally bought the yarn at the Ewe today....CAST ON!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


World Wide Knitting In Public Day is coming up on June 12th. I didn't find any listings near me so I may just ask a few friends to join me somewhere in the Denison, TX area. My favorite coffee shop is closed on Saturdays so I need to think of another spot....perhaps the ladies in the Stitch and Knit A Life group will have some suggestions at our next meeting.

A Tribute: To My Husband

This is for my husband, Brad. He retired in March of 2005 after 28 years in law enforcement and looked forward to spending more time teaching at the Texoma Regional Police Academy. While he was recovering from back surgery in December he was asked to step in as acting director of the academy until someone could be found to take the permanent position.

After much deliberation he decided to apply for the permanent position himself. He just got word this morning: He called to inform me that from now on I would have to address him as Mr. Director. He got it!

I am so happy for him. He deserves it so much and has put so much of himself into the position already. He has a chance to make a real difference in area law enforcement as Director and to ensure that the next generation of police officers in this part of Texas are the best trained in the state.

Way to go! I am with you all of the way.....after 35 years of marriage where else would I be?