The Knitting Project: NEW YARN!

Would you look at this colour!

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I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I had to buy it. There were only two skeins left and I wasn’t going to walk out of Walmart without them. Husband thinks I’m nuts because I haven’t finished the other project yet, but I don’t care. The way my luck goes, had I gone back for them later, they’d be gone. Best get it now. It was a bit on the pricy side (for me). Over $5 not including tax, but I had ot have them. It’s a beautiful colour for winter, and of the same texture as the other skeins I have. Very delicate. You have to use two balls at the same time, otherwise the yarn will pull apart as you’re knitting.

As for my other project, I had to pull it apart. Again. I did really well, as you can see from this picture.

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Buggered up a bit when doing the thumb gusset, but you can’t notice it. When I had to put it on string to continue knitting, I, instead, put it on a stitch older instead. I didn’t think anything of it, until I had to knit over the opening. Yeah, big problem. The stich older didn’t give, so there was a wide stretch of yarn over the thumb hole instead of a closed knit. I wasn’t impressed and I couldn’t fix it, so…

I’m not going to give up though. I might, however, knit something different with the yarn. Maybe a nice hat or floppy beret.

Any suggestions? It has instructions for an infinity scarf, but I’m not a scarf kinda girl.

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The Knitting Project: Wrist Warmers

knittingMy socks project a bust, and the pattern I had for wrist warmer was another bust, but I’m not giving up! I will have wrist warmers with this yarn!

 

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I tried creating my own pattern that had a cable, but after a few testers I scrubbed that idea. The first tester I did, everything was fine until I got to the thumb hole. I casted off twelve stiches and then the whole thing was too small for the fingers.

Meh…I suck at designing my own, so I went online and found a simply pattern. So far, so good.

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Maybe when I figure this whole thing out, I can design a pattern of my own. Until then, there are plenty of patterns out there already. The problem is finding one that I like.

The Knitting Project: Free Holiday Knits

With my socks project a bust, I was leery about starting another one so soon, but then I came across this yarn in Walmart.

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So, I’m going to knit up a pair of wrist warmers, with a cable pattern (just to bump up my knitting experience), and maybe another hat to go with it. I love the smell of a new project!

Anyway…since I’m all excited, I thought I’d pass on my excitement with a few patterns. As Christmas is right around the corner and most people have their shopping done, what do you get someone who has everything? If you’re a knitter, why not make them something? It’s personal and (I think) will mean more to them because you took the time to make them something.

Here are a few ideas.

 

 

lace-and-mohair-inifinity-scarf_Medium_ID-654389Infinity Scarf – They’re all the rage now. Fashionable and warm, what’s not to love?

http://purlavenue.com/2013/09/simple-lace-mohair-scarf.html

 

 

 

leg-warmers1Leg Warmers – The perfect project for a beginner!

http://www.moonarts.com/blog/free_patterns/pages/aspen-leg-warmers-print.htm

 

 

montera-new_Medium_ID-509833Montera Slouchy Hat – Need more of a challenge? Try this knitted hat!

http://www.sweaterbabe.com/montera-slouchy-hat-one-ball-free-pdf-knitting-pattern

 

 

 

downton-abbey-hat_Medium_ID-568752Downton Hat – Are you a fan of the show? Why not make something to go with it?

http://www.anniecholewa.com/p/downton-hat.html

 

 

I got these patterns from All Free Knitting.

http://www.allfreeknitting.com/

The Knitting Project: Socks on Fox! (Update!)

Alas, this project is a bust.  😦

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 I picked up knitting on four needles quickly, especially with the help of this site: http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-knit-in-the-round-on-doublepointed-needles.html ….

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…but I got stuck when it came to working past the heel. I think I need someone to physically show me how to do it. I looked at several videos online, but they didn’t help.

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Ah well.

Heh, by the time I got to the heel, it was obvious these were WAY too big to be socks. More like calf-high slippers, which in itself would be a good thing. I still have projects I want to work on, and I’d like to use the four needle technique again. Hmmm…maybe a hat? Any suggestions?

The Organic Mushroom Hat – DONE!

Look at this!

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I made two, the first wasn’t as full as I hoped, so I extended the pattern and it came out looking much better. I might even extend the pattern again to see how that looks. It’s not the warmest hat, but that might have more to do with the yarn I used, and I have to secure it with a couple bobbypins, but at least I don’t have to worry about it falling off.

Anyway, here is the original patter if you’re interested in making it. It’s quite simple.

http://mypurlsofwisdom.wordpress.com/2011/03/04/the-organic-mushroom/

Knitting Project; Arm Warmers

And they’re done!

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I love them too. They were really easy to knit up and I did them in less than two weeks. Here’s the pattern if you want to make them.

http://www.berroco.com/patterns/annlina

Now to finish up the hat I’m making to go with it.

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I found this nice lace pattern hat and I think it’ll go very nicely with the arm warmers. I’m just not sure how it’ll turn out as I’m using the wrong needles and not the yarn that was suggested. So far it looks good, but we’ll see when I’m done.

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