Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Basic Striped Hat: Action Pictures!

I wasn't up to taking action pictures of the Basic Striped Hat earlier. Today I made some, so you can get a better idea about the fit and shape of the hat.


Basic Striped Hat
The hat can be worn like a beret or..

Basic Striped Hat
..as a slightly slouchy normal hat!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Basic Striped Hat: The Dutch Pattern

Hier volgt het patroon voor mijn Basic Striped Hat in het Nederlands

Striped Hat



Ik gebruikte een set van vier 4.0 mm naalden en Phildar Impact N°3 1/2 in de kleuren Lin en Jean's, dit is een sportgaren.

zet 104 steken op (Ik verdeelde mijn steken 40-40-24)
brei *2 r, 2 av* tot ongeveer 4cm
op de volgende ronde, wissel van kleur *5 r, brei in de voor en achterkant van de volgende steek*
brei 7 ronden volledig recht
*op de volgende ronde, wissel van kleur en brei 8 ronden volledig recht* herhaal 4 keer
wissel van kleur; brei de volledige ronde recht
*7 r, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*6 r, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*5 r, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*4 r, brei 2 st samen*
wissel van kleur; brei de volledige ronde recht
*k3, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*k2, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*k1, brei 2 st samen*
brei de volledige ronde recht
*brei 2 st samen*

Knip de draad door en haal hem met een naald door de overgebleven steken. Hecht af.

Friday, September 10, 2010

FO: Striped Hat

My striped hat is completed! I might or might not add a pom-pon sooner or later, I haven't decided on that yet. But for now it's done. You'll have to excuse me for the lack of an action shot, but I currently have a fever accompanied by a bad cold so I'm trying to avoid looking at my icky face at the moment.

Striped Hat



When this hat was on the needles, it appeared to become a snug fit hat. But once it was blocked using a plate, it turned out big and slouchy, more like a beret. I really like it!

This hat was knit on a set of four 4.0 mm needles using Phildar Impact N°3 1/2 colors Lin and Jean's.

Pattern:
co 104 sts (I divided mine 40-40-24)
k2, p2 rib for 4 cm
change color *k5, kfb* around on next row
k all around for 7 rows
*change color k all around for 8 rows* repeat 4 times
change color; k all around
*k7, k2tog* around
k all around
*k6, k2tog* around
k all around
*k5, k2tog* around
k all around
*k4, k2tog* around
change color; k all around
*k3, k2tog* around
k all around
*k2, k2tog* around
k all around
*k1, k2tog* around
k all around
*k2tog* around

Cut yarn, leaving a long tial. Thread yarn through the remaining stitches and pull to close hole. Weave in ends, block and enjoy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Projects

It might have been quiet over here at my blog but it hasn't been quiet on the knitting front! Knitting? You mean that one craft that this blog is supposed to be all about but that you have neglected for so long? Yes indeed I do!
I'm currently working on three new projects; two knits and one crochet. I'll introduce them in chronological order.

Scarf


First up is the One Row Handspun Scarf. Except mine isn't made from handspun, since I don't spin. Instead I'm using Artesano Inca Cloud that was RAKed to me earlier this year. I plan on giving this scarf to my uncle, the only other person besides myself and my son that I knit for, because I really seems to appreciate it. I've knit him a scarf around the time when I first started knitting, back in 2004 it was, I believe, and he is still wearing it. So yeah, I guess it's time for a new one!
I don't know why the picture of the scarf is so blurry. Either I really do have a crappy camera like my boyfriend said or I need some photography classes a.s.a.p.
I'll put my money on the latter.

Striped Hat


Secondly is a striped hat. It's my own made up pattern and I can't wait to see how it will fit. It's made of some acrylic I found in the old stash that I had left at my parents when I moved out.

Slippers


And last, but not least, I'm working on the Hexagon Boot Slippers! I'm very excited about these and I sure hope they will fit my big feet! I'm using two colors of Aunt Lydia's Heavy Rug Yarn and another unknown acrylic. These yarns were RAKed to me as well. I'm having a horrible time working with the lightest color though. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I have enough to complete the six hexagons with it and it's cut up in so many pieces! No wonder they discontinued this yarn! But I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth :)

Hopefully one or two or three of these projects will be complete and ready to show off in my next post.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Snowballs

I'm the kind of craftoholic that gets supplies not with a certain project in mind, but purely because I HAVE to have it. This certainly goes for what I used for this project: Bobtail, a novelty yarn purchased over three years ago. I had no idea what to do with it untill yesterday when I crocheted it up into snowballs. Because it's never to early to start thinking about Christmas decorations.

Snowballs


The pattern I used is very simple, I think you can guess it, but just in case and for my own further references, here it is:

Using 3.0mm hook, make ring.
1. 6 sc in ring
2. 2sc in every sc (12)
3. *1sc in sc, 2 sc in sc* around (18)
4. sc around
5. sc around
6. sc around
7. *1sc in sc, sc2tog* around (12)
-- stuff the ball --
8. sc2tog around (6)

Cut yarn, thread through the 6 remaining stitches and pull to close the hole. Weave in the end.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Fimo Adventures!

The other day I suddenly felt the urge to make something or other out of Fimo. So I got some new colors at Pipoos and picked up some old ones at my parents house. (Which I still use for storage) And I made some charms.
I learned quite a few things; First of all, patience is key when it comes to polymer clay; I really should work on my canes; And fingerprints are so uncool!

Fruit charms
Watermelon and lemon charms


Cupcake charms
Cupcake charms


Shroom charms
Shroom charms

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

No Worries; I'm Alive!

I lost my copy of the Pomatomus socks sometime shortly after my last post and I haven't picked them up since. This bothers me quite a bit and it doesn't help that our printer has been out of ink since forever. I forgot to make a new copy the other day when I was at my parents but I'm sure I'll go over to their house again soon and I'll make sure to get it than. In the meantime I've been on a crochet-kick and I've worked with some acrylics. I must say that I really miss the softness and luxury of the The Natural Dye Studio sockyarn.

Earlier this year I was on a shortlived granny square kick and it was my intention to produce a blanket. Well, I ran into those squares again while looking for the Pomatomus pattern and though I didn't end up with enough squares for a blanket, I decided to make them into a scarf.

Granny Square Scarf

Monday, July 5, 2010

In My Queue

My Pomatomus are making slow but steady progress, but there is nothing new going on there, so I decided to take a look at my Ravelry queue to see which items in it should really be worked on this year.. or next. Ever since my first day on Ravely my queue has been too long. For quite some time I would't allow more than 250 items in it, whenever I wanted to add a new, an older one had to go first, but I've let go of that idea months ago and now there are 328 items in my queue. By now you've probably realised that I'm not a speedknitter, so it will probably take a lifetime to start and finish all those projects!
But without further ado, here are the items with the highest priority in my queue.

Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark
I've been wanting to knit this since forever, since it was first published in Interweave Knits but somehow it just hasn't happened yet. I've never knit a triangular shawl before, I'm not even sure if it's something I would use. But the pattern is so pretty and I think it will look very elegant in black or dark grey.

An Inspired Lace Scarf by Rebecca Burr
This hasn't been in my queue for very long yet, but again I think it will look lovely in a dark color. Plus it's a crochet, which I always welcome as a nice change from knitting.

Slithering Scarf by Sarah Bradberry
Obviously I wouldn't knit this for me, but for my son! I think it will look so cute on him this winter. I'm considering to make this a Christmas gift. Who knows. If it doesn't work out this year, I'll just make it next year. Or the one after that.

Garden Snail by Hansi Singh
Did you know that I love snails? I do! And I'm not talking about eating them. They're just one of my favorite animals. I remember having an aquarium as a kid; I was hardly interested in the fish, I liked the watersnails much better. I even did a presentation about them back in third grade. I think it must have been one of the first times my geek side showed through.
I think this is a really realistic pattern and I've purchased it ages ago, but again, I never came around to do it so far, but one day, I will!!

Monday, June 28, 2010

All Quiet on the Knitting Front

We spent last week in a cottage at Le Lac d'Ailette in France. I chose to leave my knitting at home. Instead I brought homework, which I didn't touch all week and a book, The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson. We were so active every day, we went to the pool, to the beach, to the playground and it was so hot outside that we mostly kept to Caspers hours, which meant up at 6.00AM and to bed at 8.00PM, leaving me hardly any "me" time.

Center Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette

Center Parcs Le Lac d'Ailette


One of the reasons why I left my knitting at home was because I was fed up with the socks. Something happened before we went on holiday, you see; my son got his hands on one of them and unravelled two chart repeats. I was so annoyed and decided to take a break. This was a good idea because now I'm happy that Casper did what he did. To be honest, I wasn't too pleased with the work I had done on that sock anyway, there were a handfull of errors in there but I had refused to go back and correct them, feeling like I had too much time invested since.

That was not the only naughty thing he did either. Unfortunatly he broke our camera while we were in France. I am quite bummed about this. I hope to have some money coming my way soon so I can get a new one. There should be coming something in shortly, but I can't be sure when exactly.

Casper
The little rascal! Just before he broke the camera.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fo: Ballband Dishcloths

Ballband Dishcloths

Ballband Dishcloth Ballband Dishcloth

I found this pair of almost-finished Ballband dishcloths in a corner of my knitting drawer this morning. I had probably tossed them aside to cast on for a bigger and better project sometime last year, I guess. On a whim I decided to finish them. Aren't they a sunny couple?

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pomatomus Update

I love watching sport events, like the 2010 FIFA World Cup because they get along with knitting so well; There is no need to pay much attention to the game unless you're absolute favorites are playing and it is easy enough to keep up by listening to the commentator. I know I'll be watching a lot of the matches, knitting up my pair of Pomatomus. These socks demand my constant attention, but I'm slowly starting to get the feel of the pattern. I'm trying to knit the pair of them somewhat simultaneously because I want to avoid the second sock syndrome.

Pomatomus

Friday, June 11, 2010

Losing my religion

I'm a down to earth kind of girl, even when it comes to knitting. Perhaps this is due to my cultural background, we Dutchies are known to get less hyper and enthousiastic about most things than, lets say, Americans. On other fiber blogs and on Ravelry I often see people getting, in my humble opinion, over-excited about a certain yarn. I doubt I myself ever described a yarn as being "shiny" and meant it. Untill now..
It's shiny, nay, it's glossy even! It's amazing. Yes, I'm talking about my skein of The Natural Dye Studio's Sockyarn. I think I'm in love. Bye bye earth, this stuff has got me floating!

I always pretty much felt the same about people who claimed their yarn screamed to be knit up into a certain something. How on earth can yarn scream?? I doesn't have a mouth, not to mention vocal cords! Untill I remembered the Pomatomus.. Something just clicked. The pictures of Cookie A. by the seaside. My desire to knit these socks since forever. The beautiful colors of the yarn, which reminded me of the North Sea. Was my yarn screaming at me? That it was! Not with it's mouth, but telepathically.

Sock


So yesterday I cast on my first pomatomus sock to be. And it is shiny, it is glossy and it is toe up.

Wait, what? Priscilla, don't you hate knitting socks toe up? Don't you love knitting heel flaps, grafting toes? Don't you hate the figure 8 cast on? Oh yes, indeed I do! But I love this yarn so much that I want to use every inch of it for these socks and make them as tall as possible. Because I also hate the fear of not having enough yarn for an extra repeat or ending up with enough scrap yarn for said extra repeat. And so economy makes me knit socks toe up!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

FO: Ruby's Pineapple Medley

I finished the Ruby's Pineapple Medley doily! I told myself not to touch the pretties I posted about in my previous post before I was done with this doily, because there is a big chance I totally forget about a project when I start a new one when the old one isn't finished. Needless to say I'm very happy to have completed this doily!

Crochet Doily


I like the outcome. It turned out a little bigger than I had expected, it's about 46 cm across, which is a little over 18 inches.
I doubt I will ever make this doily again. Like I said before, we simply don't use them. In other words, they end up tossed into the corner of a closet sooner or later. But if I ever will, I would make the following adjustment to the pattern:

Rnd 33: Sl st to second to last dc of 1st shell, 2 dc in last dc of 1st shell, picot (see Special Stitches), 2 dc in 1st dc of next shell, sl st in ch-2 sp, finish off.

I would also try and see if slip stitching to the last shell before the pineapple works, because weaving in all those ends is a pain in the behind!

Crochet Doily


So what's next? I think I will start a pair of toe-up socks with my skein of The Natural Dye Studio Sockyarn! I can't wait!

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Friday, May 28, 2010

I've Been RAKed

And not a little bit, no A LOT! Ravelry's Yayayarn sent me a huge parcel, stuffed with the most delicious yarns! I felt awestruck and was jumping up and down the house when I saw all the yummy fibers she sent over. Lot of pictures coming up! Please click them for a better look.

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Ten balls of Artesano Inca Cloud 100% Alpaca :)

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Eight skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in color 634 Periwinkle. Very soft and yummy!

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Eight balls of Hjertegarn Merino Silk, 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Bamboo in color 8377. It's very nice, soft and shiny! I love it!

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Four balls of Hjertegarn Merino Silk, 60% Merino, 20% Silk, 20% Bamboo in color 8629. I love this color too and the purple shades go very well together so I might end up doing some colorwork to combine them.

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Two balls of Rowan Classic Yarns Cashmere Tweed in Pewter. This is so oncredibly soft and nice. I love all the little flecks of color in there.

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Four skeins of Koigu Premium Merino in color 2300. Very pretty and one of my favorite colors.

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One skein of The Natural Dye Studio Sockyarn in a wonderful color named "Mirage". Absolutely gorgeous.

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And last but not least, three skeins of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in Wisteria. This is so me! The pink, the purple, the blue! Awesome!

Thank you so much, Yayayarn! For letting me meet all these new yarns. I've never worked with any of them before so I can't wait to cast on. With all the sock yarn, I'm sure I will get back into my sock knitting mojo, I haven't knit socks in a while, but I'm sure I will cast on for a pair soon.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A Doily That Would Make My Grandma Proud

This weekend I started working on a doily, the pattern can be found here: Ruby's Pineapple Medley. I'm using a 1.50 mm crochet hook and mercinized, white cotton that I got at the supermarket.

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I love making doilies, there is something very satisfying about crocheting them, though I haven't made that many, I simply don't know what to do with them! They just don't fit in our interior so we don't use them in the house. What I love about them is that they remind me of my grandmother. She crocheted a lot of doilies when I was a kid. I never had the patience to learn how to crochet back then. Instead, I messed up her cotton by making a huge "spiderweb" in the livingroom. It's ironic now that I think of it because I was scared to death of spiders in those days and secretly, I still am! My dad recently told me he had played pretty much the same way with his grandma's cotton when he was young. But he pretended that the threads were electricity wires.

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My grandmother even made full sized (dinner)tablecloths, something I still don't have the patience for! What I do hope to make in time are crocheted lace bowls, like these: Lace Bowl and Filigree Bowl. Unlike the doilies these would go very well in our house!