WIP Weds: Another step forward

Welcome to another Work in progress Wednesday. For those that missed last Friday’s post, I was celebrating my 5,5oo view! I know for most of you that is a drop in the old bucket, for me it was a bit of a revelation. My main purpose for this blog was to use it as a peg board for interesting stuff I find here and there. Much to my surprise it has turned unto something different, more of a social conduit. It seem more and more people find what I find interesting too. I just want to thank all my visitors for stopping by, you light up my day.

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Well another step forward,

From Silver Cloud Alpaca

Step 1: I spun the singles for the “finished handspun artical” for the fair

80% Alpaca / 20% merino singles

Step 2: I plyed those singles

2 ply, 14 wpi, 152 yds

I have been purchasing from Silver Cloud for some time and they are wonderful!

See my Ravelry page for more info.

see next week for the artical!

FO Fridays – And There was Much Rejoicing!

FO Fridays – And There was Much Rejoicing!.

Delightful account of adventure organizing, wish my stash looked as good!

FO Friday: WOOT! Mittens are done!

 Hurray! I just past the 5,500 all time views wow!

To celebrate I am offering a free download of my favourite sock pattern till Monday! Enjoy!  Sorry you missed Sue’s EZ Toe-up socks… Watch for the next celebration give away!

Hello all! Happy finished object friday!  I love doing weird and wonderful things with traditional shapes. I look on it as improvement through sideways thinking.  The “Inside, Outside, Upside Down Mittens” came about because my mil gifted me with a lovely new black winter coat.  I had a servicable blue coat for everyday wear that I didn’t just want to toss. I was doing a lot of socks at the time and found two balls that were likely candidates. I made up the pattern in 2008 as a christmas gift for my knitting friends, so I resurrected it for my mittens. If you are tempted to try these see this grafting method, I just love it!  For more info on yarn needles and where to get the pattern look here.

Inside Outside Upside Down Mittens (reversible Mittens)

What I like about this pattern:

  1. sock yarn is durable, perfect for mittens
  2. sock yarn is washable, perfect for mittens
  3. sock yarn in this case is woolen, perfect for mittens
  4. 2 layers of sockyarn makes a very nice insulated mitten
  5. these mittens are reversible
  6. This pattern can be made 3 different ways, traditional wrist up, top down or reversible (2 layered, knit from top, to cuff, to top)
  7. they take about    oz of sockyarn
  8. knit up as fast as a sock
  9. no heel!
  10. keep your hands warm!

    Inside of reversible mitten!

Outside

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WIP Weds: I forgot!

I cannot believe I forgot WIP Weds.  Well Hubby is improving slowly.

I am still working on my mittens and cataloguing my knitting book reviews.

I don’t really have much to show so I will take a willow break! Let me introduce Willow, aka the little flower, or the little sack of flour!

Last night in and effort to be nice to willow, I left our bedroom door open. It was a lovely warm night, so the window was open. She likes the view from the table under the window. However she is a little too fluffy to actually sit on the window sill that is 3 stories above ground… I spent half the night reminding her not to get on the sill. She would pad over and watch till I fell asleep then jump up there again! I guess she is smarter than I am, I finally woke up enough to put her in the hall and ruin all the fun.

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List of Knitting Books Reviewed

Here is the list of Knitting Books I have reviewed so far…

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  1. A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
  2. Reader’s Digest The Essential Stitch Collection by Lesley Stanfield & Melody Griffiths
  3. 2-at-a-time socks  Melissa Morgan-Oaks (see link for errata)
  4. Toe-Up 2-at-a-time socks  Melissa Morgan-Oaks (see link for errata)
  5. Wrapped in Lace: Knitted Heirloom Designs from Around the World By Margaret Stove (see link for errata)
  6. Mastering Color Knitting by Melissa Leapman (n0 erratas reported)
  7. Sock Knitting Master Class by Ann Budd (see link for errata)
  8. Knit Socks! 17 Classic Patterns for Cozy Feet by Betsy lee McCarthy (see link for errata)
  9. 400 Knitting Stitches Potter Craft (no erratas reported)

2012

  1. 60 Quick Baby Knits from Cascade Yarns (see link for errata)
  2. 50 Fabulous Knitted Borders by Rita Weiss
  3. Knitting in Plain English” by Maggie Righetti
  4. 50 Fabulous Knitted Lace Stitches by Rita Weiss
  5. Charted Knitting designs: Third Treasury by Barbara Walker
  6. Cast On, Bind Off by Leslie Ann Bestor

2013

  1. The Knitter’s Handy Book of Top-Down Sweaters by Ann Budd

FO Friday: Not much to report, so “Finds on Friday”!

Another FO Friday brought to you by Tami’s Blog!

Things continue to progress. Waiting for results from hubby’s the Heart monitor. Working away on mittens should be done for next friday. Meanwhile I thought I would share some “Finds on Friday” :0)

A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt

I have an academic bent and find reference material about knitting and textiles fascinating. I have to admit that I found this book on my book shelf. If you want a really good read, great pictures, charts, history, maps, and cultural techniques. I know this book is not for everyone, but I read it over about every five years. It’s an old favourite.

Reader’s Digest The Essential Stitch Collection by Lesley Stanfield & Melody Griffiths

I did buy this one recently. Basically a 300 stitch directory. Why when I have several Barbara Walkers and some other directories? It caught my eye! Not only an excellent photograph of each of the patterns, very clear instructions and they are all charted. Each section has a two page spread with photographs and location of all the patterns within that chapter.  The back of the book has a very comprehensive glossary of abbreviations and International needle conversation tables (including Japanese).I could not have designed a better stitch dictionary, I hope they release another one!

Well that’s all for this week, take care all :0)

WIP Weds: Progress

First I want to thank you for your support last friday. Things have settled down with husbands health. He is currently sporting a Heart monitor for the next 48 hrs. However Doctors have lifted his license and he depends on the car for a living. Life is becoming a little to interesting! My appointment went well. Just a medication adjustment and hopefully my seizures and tremors will be under better control. Meanwhile things are quiet… Thank Goodness!

Purchased a rather good looking sock knitting book today. Call it retail therapy :0) I like Melissa Morgan-Oaks approach to knitting. “2-at-a-time socks” is well photographed with helpful hints and a practice childs pair to knit as a walk through. Spiral bound hardcover, with charted in assorted sizes and gauge options, all in all a rather appealing book for sock knitters.

Note: I have been collecting up erratas on my knitting books for easy reference. This book published by Storey Publishing has corrections for pg 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 35, 49 (chart) 58, 60, 67, 68, 70, 71, 72, 79, 83, 84, 85, 89, 103, 106, 110, 3 corrections on 112, 2 corrections on 113, 118, 129. (Totally disgusted, how can such a lovely looking book have this many corrections? (33+)

Look here for errata

One “Inside, Outside, Upside Down Mitten” done! Other well on the way!

Outside or Inside mitten

Inside Or Outside Mitten

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Techniques: Another way to Graft with knitting needle

While hunting the web looking for a way to expand to a friend how to graft stitches together I found this. Have used it several times, works wonderfully. Uses knitting needle rather than darning needle!

Thanks TECHknitting!

HOW TO KITCHENER STITCH with KNITTING NEEDLES
Step 1:
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K st step1 Wrap (bring) the working yarn around to the front of the work.  NOTE that the working yarn passes UNDER the two left needles, and UNDER the right working needle.  Insert the right working needle into the first stitch (green) on the left front needle, and use the working yarn to PURL this first stitch.  Draw the working yarn backwards (away from you) all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the area between the left needles. The stitch (green) which you were working is now fully bound off.  Push this stitch off the left front needle.

Step 2:
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The working yarn should now be in the area between the left front and left rear needles.  Insert the right working needle into the next stitch (purple)–which is the second stitch on the left front needle. Use the working yarn to KNIT this stitch.  Draw the working yarn forward (towards you) all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free of the stitch.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the front of the work.  The stitch (purple) you were working on is only half bound off–you must leave this stitch on the left front needle.

Step 3:
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Wrap the working yarn around to the back of the work. NOTE that the working yarn again passes UNDER all the needles on its trip to the back of the work.  Insert the right working needle into first stitch on the left rear needle (blue) and use the working yarn to KNIT this stitch. Draw working yarn forward all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free.  The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be in the area between the two left needles. The stitch (blue) you were working is fully bound off–push this stitch off the left rear needle.

Step 4:
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The working yarn should be in the area between the left front and left rear needles. Insert the right working needle into the second stitch on the left rear needle (teal) and use the working yarn to PURL this stitch.  Draw the working yarn backwards all the way through this stitch until the end of the working yarn pops free. The loose end of the working yarn (red) will now be at the back of the work. The stitch (teal) you were working is only half bound off–you must leave this stitch on the left rear needle.
These four steps are repeated again and again to create a Kitchener stitched seam. If you want to chant the steps to yourself as you work, here is the mantra:

  • Step 1: Purl front, push the stitch off
  • Step 2: Knit front, leave the stitch on
  • Step 3: Knit rear, push the stitch off
  • Step 4: Purl rear, leave the stitch on

FO Friday: Is it Friday already!

Welcome to another fun filled Friday!

Last WIP Weds I planned to finish my Handspun Skein, Handspinning for a finished artical, a pair of mittens and a pair of slippers.

Handspun skein: 2 Ply, 1.4 oz Colour Blended superwash Merino Batt from Sheep and Spindle Spuns S, Plyed Z, WPI 14

Mittens: Pattern “Inside Outside Upside Down Mittens” Needles: (4) dpn 3mm Yarn: Black Kroy Sock,  Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks Seattle and S.R. Kertzer On Your Toes 4 Ply with Aloe Vera Sorry not quite finished :0(

Slippers: Pattern: “The Irish Ewe 2 needle Slippers” Needles: (2) 5mm Yarn: Kertzer Northern Worsted

Handspun Skein for finished Artical: 80% Alpaca, 20% Merino (singles well on the way)

I find your commends very encouraging and appreciate the support you people give me to be more productive and life affirming.

Life has thrown me another curve in the form of a Neurologist appointment tomorrow. I have been treated for brain tumors, and live with another, so I go into over drive with reading and knitting to deal with stuff.  I might just get the 24 things I planned done for the fair!

Since writing this post on Thursday night  life has turned upside down and sideways. My hubby, walked to the bedroom doorway at 5:45 am and fainted on the floor. We spent all morning at the hospital turning him inside out to find out what is wrong.  He has been referred to a cardiologist. Blood work showed nothing and he is recovering but much shaken as are we all. I have known and loved my husband for 37 yrs, and I have never been more frightened in my life seeing him lying on the carpet unconscious. I don’t know you guys, but I do if you know what I mean. So I am throwing this out into the ether. Thanks for being there

9:30 pm update: Hubby doing much better, is having difficulty reconciling what happened to him this morning.  I think that this has been a wake-up call to remind us how precious we are to one another. Do yourself a favour go hug your significant other and tell them you love them!

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WIP Weds: Still working on entries for the fair

Thanks again for visiting my disorganized and frantic corner of the world… after the fair I become rational again.

This weeks object is to finish

Plying the Handspun skein

To spin for the Handspun Artical – This will likely take more than one week. Still deciding what the project will be.

80% Alpaca / 20% Merino from Silver Cloud Alpacas

Make a pair of mittens, the Pattern is called “Inside Outside Upside down Mittens” it’s for sale on Ravelry.com

Inside, Outside, Upside Down Reversible Mittens

Start Slippers, The “Irish Ewe Two Needle Slippers” I found this pattern on Ravelry. I thought they would make a nice Christmas gift after they appear in the fair.

Slippers for the Fair

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