Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sock Knitting Experiment

I enjoy knitting socks from the toe up using Magic Loop method. I normally knit them one at a time on two long circular needles, working on one for an inch or so and then the other. After knitting the foot on both socks I decided to try knitting the cuffs using the two at a time method on one long needle. I managed to stick with it for about two inches and gave up. It is too 'fiddly' for me and seems so slow. I switched back to working on one at a time on separate needles.







Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Warped and Ready to Weave!

I received my red oak tablet weaving cards and a shuttle from The Weiner Dog Ranch in the mail today. Of course I had to get the inkle loom that I purchased in August warped up with the new cards. Both the loom and cards and are made of red oak and the shuttle is made of mahogany.

I am meeting a friend for coffee tomorrow, er make that today....it is nearly 1 am. Funny how I can lose track of time when I am focused on spinning/weaving/knitting stuff. Any way, my friend, Linda, is the one who got me into card weaving and I wanted to show her my new toy, er, loom, so that is why I stayed up to get it warped. That is my story and I am sticking to it....


Monday, September 29, 2014

Another Design

I decided earlier this year that my French Press coffee maker needed a cozy to keep that second cup of coffee warm until I poured it so I designed one. It has been published on Ravelry as a free download.

It was exciting to see my Ripply Slouch Hat at #1 on the Ravelry Pattern page most of yesterday so I decided to get busy with some more designs.


The pattern at the #5 slot is by Amber DeHay. I did a test knit for her wrist warmer pattern a couple of years ago which was a lot of fun. You can find her on Ravelry as knitmyworld. Her blog is KMW Designs. Amber put her Almost Spring wrist warmer pattern and Spring to Great Lengths scarf as a promo free download when I was running my free download of Ripply Slouch. We really enjoyed watching the downloads rack up. I had over 1,600 free downloads of my hat before the promo ended. Amber had over 1,000 for her two patterns.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Offical Designer

My Ripply Slouch hat is finished with test knitting and is published on Ravelry. For a limited time I am offering it as a free download. After that it will be $3.00.






I have provided a link to the pattern on my blog. Click on the photo on the left of the page. You don't have to be a member of Ravelry to purchase the pattern.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Project Bags

I am sick of keeping my knitting projects in ziplock bags! They are fine for storing yarn in a climate controlled home to prevent moths from getting into expensive wool yarn, but I decided it was time to have some nice bags for separate projects. I couldn't find a pattern so I made my own bags in two sizes: 5"x 10"x 12" and 5"x 15" x 12". I mitered the corners for a boxy base and used nylon cords for drawstring closures. The bags are lined with satin type fabric and have a wrist strap for carrying. I used a light weight fusible interfacing to give the bags some shape.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Portable Weaving

This post is in response to an email I had asking about the inkle loom in this post: New Inkle Loom.
The person who emailed me asked if the 15" would be good for a beginner and if a light weight loom like this would be sturdy enough.

The 30" loom that I got fits nicely on my folding table, making it great to take with me for demonstrations and meetings with a monthly spinning/weaving group. It sells for $99.00, the smaller 15" loom sells for $60.00. I prefer being able to wind a 4 yard warp on the larger loom compared to a 2 yard warp on the smaller loom. If you are just starting out with inkle or card weaving and don't want to spend more money for the larger loom the 15" loom will probably be fine.

As for how sturdy the 30" loom is: I easily clamped it down to my folding table. I can use two 2 1/2" C-clamps to keep it in place, with a couple of pieces of thin leather to keep from marring the wood. The photos below show one clamp in place....the other clamp is evading me at the moment. I can sit comfortably in my adjustable office chair to weave and the whole setup doesn't take up much room. When I am not using the loom it can sit on top of a bookcase that I use for storage in my studio. The table sits beside my recliner for my laptop when I am not using it.




Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More Fishknits Goodness

I really had not intended to buy more yarn...was just checking out the Fishknits Etsy shop and noticed a couple, well four actually, skeins of yarn that I just couldn't live without.




Chartreuse & Purple Garden: Superwash Boot Strap BFL 3 color Intentional Flash Sock Yarn

 Erin : Superwash Panache 3 color Intentional Flash Sock Yarn

 



 Jurassic Park: Kettle Dyed Superwash Serenity fingering



 Spilled Milk Number 7: Superwash Divine MCN Kettle Dyed Sock Yarn

 



Interpolate 2

I loved knitting Interpolate but was not happy with my efforts of carrying the yarn up the side of the shawl: not loose enough, caused binding when I blocked it. Also, my gauge was a bit off and the shawl is not as large as I had hoped. So....


here I go again! I was stash diving and found a couple of skeins each of Araucania and Malabrigo sock yarn and thought there was enough contrast for a nice shawl. So far so good. I cast on with a 4 mm needle this time and plan on doing an extra repeat in each pattern section to make sure my shawl is a generous size.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

New Inkle Loom

I recently purchased an inkle loom that I will use for tablet weaving. I found it on Etsy at The Weiner Dog Ranch.. It is very well made, lovely wood grain, and I look forward to warping it up for weaving soon. I am thinking about ordering some of the wooden tablets from the same company and maybe a shuttle as well.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Interpolate

I am nearly finished with a shawl I started last month, Interpolate, by WPKnits. Cindy, aka WPKnits on Ravelry, has designed several lovely shawls that are available individually or as part of an e-book format. This is my first time to knit one of her patterns and I have a couple more in my knitting queue. Interpolate looks intimidating but it is very easy both to read and to knit. Anyone who loves shawls would enjoy this pattern. I am nearly ready to start the border of the shawl and hope to be finished tomorrow. This photo was taken as I started the last half repeat of the main pattern just before the border section.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sport Weight Ripply Slouch

I just finished a version of Ripply Slouch in Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sport in six colors and I am very pleased with the result. It needs to be wet finished, but I couldn't wait to take a photo.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Yarn, Yarn, Lovely Fishknits Yarn!

I received my latest order from Fishknits Yarn today which was actually three orders combined. I had put in a special order for two skeins of Pink Sock Gradient for another Slouchy Hat and Cupido Cowl combo. Then I saw 4 skeins of yarn in the shop and ordered those. And before Jo Dee had time to ship any of that I found 3 more skeins in the shop that I wanted. And all of that loveliness arrived today!

 
 
 
 Pink Sock Gradient, Bootstrap Base, 80% BFL Wool,
20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms
 

                                                 Doug, Self-Striping, Strong Heart Base,
                               80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms


                                                Aquas, Self-Striping, Strong Heart Base,
                                      80% Superwash Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100 gms
        


Early Bloom, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/100 gms
 

                                             Lucas Kelly, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
                                        100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/ 100 gms
 

                                          Morning Glories, Kettle Dyed, Warm Heart Base,
                                         100% Superwash Merino Wool, 400 yds/100 gms


                                   Mint Chocolate, Intentional Flash, Strong Heart Base,
                              80% Superwash Merino Wool/20% Nylon, 400 yds/100gms

 
                                                  Cacao, Full Gradient, Serenity Base, 
                                          70% Merino Wool/30% Silk, 440 yds/ 100 gms



 
 
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Test Knitting

I am finished with the design for the slouch hat that I mentioned in my last post and the test knitters will be getting started soon. It is exciting to think of other knitters making something by my own pattern. I guess this means I had better get around to writing down some of the other things I have designed over the years so someone else can knit them as well. So far it is all in notes and running around in my head. Time to get to work! As the testing goes on I will share photos of the projects.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fishknits!

It has been much too long since I posted anything on my blog and I will attempt to get back to blogging on a regular basis.

The main reason for this post is to promote Fishknits Yarn. Someone recommended the yarn to me last fall and I found the group on Ravelry, Fishknits Yarns Knitterly Friends, and saw Jo Dee Fish's wonderful yarns and all the projects that the members were working on. I ordered my first two skeins of self-striping yarn to make socks and I was hooked!

 



Fishknits Yarns also offers a sock gradient which I used to knit a cowl and design a slouch hat pattern.



 
 

 
Jo Dee's hand dyed yarns are the best I have found. There are several yarn bases to choose from including Strongheart, Warmheart & Bootsrap which are not just for socks; Serenity, Tranquility & Isabella which are wool/silk blends and Opulence MCN & Devine which are wool/cashmere blends.

You will find choices of self-striping, full or sock gradients, solids, semi-solids, intentional flash and kettle-dyed yarns. Jo regularly updates what is available in her shop and does a booming business in special orders.
 



 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Spinning for a woven scarf

I had 4 ounces of BFL top that I bought some time ago and decided it would look nice spun up for a woven scarf. Now I am spinning some Merino/Silk to ply with it for fingering weight yarn.


Saturday, January 11, 2014

Ravellenics 2014

Many of you are familiar with Ravelry and have even participated in the Ravellenics in the past where members join teams and challenge themselves to knit/crochet/spin/whatever a particular project/projects during the Olympics. This will be the first year I have participated and I have joined Team Kromski 2014. (You will need to log onto Ravelry to get to the Kromski Group page)

I knit pretty much all the time so I decided to do some spinning for my challenge...trying to decide just exactly how much of what I will spin and whether I will knit or weave a finished project with the yarn I spin. I have less than a month to decide so I had better get with it!

If you are stuck indoors due to winter weather or just want to do something different from your standard knitting/spinning/crocheting projects come on over to Ravelry and sign up, if you haven't done so already, or join a team if you are already a member! It doesn't cost a thing...


eta: I was a bit overwhelmed with setting up my page for the challenge and decided not to participate after all. Maybe next time!