Saturday, January 21, 2017

Cardivest

 Sometimes an idea pops into my head and everything else is put on hold until I try it out. This was just such an idea. Instead of casting on a large number of stitches and decreasing in the center until the diamond is formed, why not start at the end and increase until the length and width are just right?
This was my plan.
 Beginning with the back, cast on 3 stitches. Knit the first row, then kfb,k,kfb, = 5 stitches. Knit the next row and then s1, kfb,k,kfb,p, = 7 stitches. Continue increasing until work measures about 20" long and 20" wide. It worked!
Originally I was gonna do the same for the front, making a pullover, but changed my mind and decided to make a cardigan vest instead. I had limited variegated yarn, so I had to be frugal. The fronts were begun the same way and then I stopped increasing, just knitting in stripes until I reached the neckline, cast off a bunch and continued in stripes until I had an equal amount as the back. After sewing (!!!) up the shoulders and side seams, I added the neck banding and button bands. Did I love making it? Yesssssss! But sewing up seams, not so much.
Lion Brand Amazing in Carnival, and  Merino Sport Mix, size 7 needles.

Here's my 69 year old self modeling. Photo by Dave. Note the dog butt in the mirror.
 Family who got no attention or feeding until this was finished. Not nearly as happy as me.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Rasta Cowl

 
Cowl made from Malabrigo Rasta, 100% yummy merino yarn, on size 17 needles! It's going to be 68 degrees here in Chattanooga today. Some weather for January, but I know the folks up north are really getting winter in a big way. So this is for you. $30. email me. SOLD





Monday, January 16, 2017

Aquablocks and Baby Cardi


 Aquablocks. Hand dyed and commercial cottons, machine pieced and machine quilted. 46x58"

 I made this top in our old house in Hixson and never quilted it, until now. It was a pre-Bosna design, my first leaning toward minimalism.
 
My sister gave me these clips and now I wonder how I lived without them. Just fabulous.

 
On the knitting front, a second, slightly larger baby cardi, pink merino dk. Those eyelets look crooked, but it's really the bad photographer, me.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Dollar store needle storage



I've been researching circular needle storage ideas online and found just so many cute, expensive, elaborate and once again expensive versions. None of them looked like my idea of ease of use.
I did have a nice $20 Namaste pack that was just awful to use and I gave it away just to avoid the annoyance of trying to insert and find the right needles.
 
My happy $2 solution was at the Dollar Tree. A dollar for the basket and another buck for the Hefty zipper bags. I was the lucky recipient of many sets of needles ( from knitting quitters) and some I have never used including five sets of size 13 circulars!

 My screw-on needles came in a nice case which wasn't so nice to use (again) and I like this version in a snack size baggie. In another zip baggie I have the needle sizing gadget, so I am sure what choice needle I am making. Included also is a scissor, tapestry needle, extra cables, nail file, stitch holders and crochet hooks for weaving in ends.


 My double pointed needles have their own case, and since I rarely need them these days, it is pretty easy to scramble through the lot in a quest for the right set.
I do have some straight needles...but I can't find them, so nevermind. 

Monday, January 9, 2017

Diamond Panel Pullover Vest



 
This is the knit I decided to make for myself, a pullover version of the vest I made for Maggie.
 
I have lots of white and black turtlenecks Tees which will be worn under this little topper. It was yummy to knit in Zara Superwash Merino DK in two shades of gray, black and white. I nearly went blind knitting the black side panels! So hard to see what I was doing. But while stitching away, I amused myself while watching The Girlfriends Guide to Divorce on Netflix. 
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Little Projects

 My knitting student sister Brooke, is going great guns. I am sooooo proud. She'll be sharing my vast yarn stash in the future.

 I saw this tutorial on making pillowcases on Pinterest and decided to make a few...four sets of two and five individual cases. So fun and addictive. 


 I've been dying to knit some baby clothes and this goes to the granddaughter of my pal Mary.  It is really a buttery yellow not like this vanilla looking color.
 Such a fun little knit. It took only a few hours and now it is ready to share.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Bosna #6

Bosna #6
Machine pieced cotton top, 60x68"
Veering far from my usual palette, I went for the more unusual in terms of low contrast and what I like to call "colors that have no name". My hand dyed cotton sateen was the initial fabric choice and then a second one was employed with hints of aqua as well as that drab gray green color.
My personal challenge was to find a way to make these quiet colors interesting, yet still minimal.