Category: Knitting



I just started looking at all my WIP. A couple just finished but lots of choices to work on.

Baby hat, top left, just finished yesterday. Flexee loom. Ran out of that soft bumpy white. Found a similar yellow yarn to decrease the crown.Two new hats just started on the same Flexee looms.
Gifted yarn goes to another gifty hat. Finished today. I didn’t make it on the Flexee loom but the medium size KB fine-gauge. I tried to do the 6-row decrease, but didn’t like how that turned out. So I picked up the loops on a cable needle set. Then I decreased actual knitting stitches. Not as happy as when I do it on Flexee looms. But it turned out okay kid-sized.
Two socks for donation. Need to finish cuffs then done. KB His/Hers (Hers)
Two socks on my ‘X-Wing’ CinDWood large X-loom fine-gauge. I’m nearly to the heels.
Two more socks with ‘Milk Cotton’. Just barely finished toe. Same X-Wing.
How I store WIPs on X-loom to keep yarn and project safe and clean. I like working on this loom, though I feel it should play music. It feels like a harp. It isn’t as portable as other looms.

Well, there are other looms and projects to start or finish. I need to make more toys. Time to get busy. Fingers are wanting a yarn fix. 😉

Made It Monday


Child’s Hat

I just can’t stop with the cable stitches or the decreases using the methods I described  few days ago, here.

 

Over the week end while thinking about bugging out and realizing that I didn’t want to leave any of my knitting supplies behind. I ran across a hat I started a while ago. I used the orange adult KB loom seen in the photo. But my new love of the decreased crown had me going crazy. That white yarn is the bumpy homespun stuff. I  could only decrease one level without it getting tight. So I thought it would be fun to transfer to half the pegs on the flexee loom. Do you ever find yourself in a project that you felt you couldn’t find your way out? Yeah, this hat caused so much actual pain and mental strain I nearly frogged it. I had to use a combination of cable needles to hold the stitches. I transferred them to the flexee. At first I got them on the wrong side. I had a plan to reverse as I went but that didn’t work out–I think it was because I forgot as I worked what my next plan was. Suddenly all the stitches were on the Flexee, even though wrong side out. But I worked the decreases anyway.Inside out! My hands weren’t ready for it. It hurt a lot to work from that direction. But I am proud of the end result!

This hat will go to Hugger Hats, the charity. I hope it helps keeps someone’s head warm this winter.

 

I mentioned thinking of bugging out; still not ready and hope I don’t have to. We seem pretty safe here, I think. But our Writing Group was cancelled as our friends in Paisley have had to bug out. That is a couple hours away from here, but still it seems Oregon is on fire nearly everywhere. My son has his bug out ready. I’m getting more organized so I think tomorrow I’ll set up the first emergency bag ready and set things up so that if there is time yarny stuff can go along with foods and electronics. And art supplies. and books and journals and music and keyboard and recorders, There’s a reason I have so much stuff, I like doing lots of thihngs. How do people narrow it down?

 

Thank you all for thoughts and prayers for our west coast and for me and my family. I am so grateful that my adult children are well. My brother  and husband and I are doing well.

But I am writing this on my tablet because my computer keeps going out. We think it is a bad charging cord so we’ll try to get a new one soon. Meanwhile, I can barely read what I’m typing. I hope you can decipher it all. I hope life is treating you all well in spite of it being 2020.

One-Liner Wednesday


Toddler hat finished; rewarded self with Return to Ravenhearst for the rest of the day.

Hat made the same as the adult hat found here.

Badge by Laura @ riddlefromthemiddle.com

One-liner Wednesday is a fun prompt you can find by clicking here.

Oh and feeling proud as I did some editing yesterday and today. Go Me!

Made It Monday


KB skinny Flexee Loom.

Skinny Flexee Loom

80 pegs divided four by four for a brim. Then used the knitted sections to make a four peg left-leaning cable.

When I reached 7 inches I started the decrease crown like this:

Then instead of finishing as Kristen did, I moved the loops to make sure I could remove every other link. Then I started another round of decreases. I love how smooth the crown looks when it is on a real head. Now I am making a toddler-sized copy. I love doing the cable and the crown stuff!

By the way, when you look at this photo from CBS Sunday Morning yesterday it’s just sad numbers.

When you know someone it is personal. Yes, my son tested positive. He’s doing lots of sleeping and bingeing shows, his fever is lower now and the cough seems to have lessened. He’s trying to keep his friends and family aware of his progress on FaceBook and his spirits seem good, if not bored. So I am taking comfort in that.

 

Two Pair Tuesday


I have had the pleasure of having company this last week. It was a bittersweet occasion as my friend stayed here between trips to her aunt’s funeral and back home. But I was glad for her company, even if we had to be masked nearly the whole time.

While we visited I worked on a pair of slipper socks for her.

I liked them so much that I decided to make a pair for myself. Then towards the end, the cuff, I ran out of this fun purple and pink. But I had a lot of purple yarn that I don’t feel too off.

I think it looks better in real life. Besides, these are for schlepping around the house as the cooler weather comes in.

Oh, and this is how I did it. The blue Knifty Knitter (24 pegs) wide gauge. I used the Kitchener cast on, flat knit for most. German short-row for the heel. At the ankle, I made up a combo of one row e-wrap, one row u-wrap, one row flat wrap. That was to make the ankle a little looser. Then it was two-by-two e-wrap, purl cuff. These slippers became so fast for me that I could do one a day. The first one was slow as I figure it out. Wish I could do socks that quickly.

So now on to a hat and six other socks. They are fine gauged and lots slower. By the way, I’m feeling so much better!


So I called the dentist, explained the bladder infection and fevers and all. Disclosure and honesty and all that. I’d want to know if I were in their place. So I informed on myself. So now the extraction is rescheduled for the 24th. He wants to make sure I am well enough. I haven’t had the fevers today and am actually eating real food. So I think I am mending. I just wish it were over and I could get back to normal.

Meanwhile, I thought I hadn’t gotten anything but sleep done for a couple weeks now. But I just finished reading Earthseed, boxed-set. Review scheduled for Thursday.

And these socks are finished.

This pair is slightly too small for me, a shoe size 71/2-81/2, I guess. It was from my yarn so I will send them to a friend. Toe-up, Kitchener Cast-on like the YouTube below, flat-knit stitch to German short row heel (also on the same video), flat-knit stitch ankle, and two-by-two rib-stitch. With a stretchy bind-off. That’s the second YouTube. Oh, these I had to do one at a time because I only have one of the KB Sock Looms as seen in the picture above.

 

I, also, finished and started another pair of wool socks:

This pair is about 9-91/2 ladies’ shoe size. Same method as the blue ones. In fact, you can see the next pair starting with the Kitchener cast-on. Oh, the ribbing is four-by-four. The is the KB His and Hers looms. I have two sets so I can make them at the same time. The wool yarn is donated so they are already in the charity bag.

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So now I am back to counting from zero according to WordPress. I missed two days in fevers. I know I have posted nearly every day for over a year. I don’t know why that bums me out. But it does.


Using data on phone. Still here’s today’s finished sock.


2019-2020 SoCS Badge by Shelley! https://www.quaintrevival.com/

Per Linda:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “more.” Start your post with the word “more.” Enjoy!

 

More baby socks! Just off the loom today. I love doing little socks. They are so fast, just a day or so, and there they are. Don’t you love quick easy crafts? Especially when it is so hot. I don’t want to hold anything heavy. The yarn is so light. The loom is just a little one. KB Baby loom. Not having a schedule to keep makes it an easy thing to stay productive.

As of tomorrow, the days will get cooler and I will be able to be on the computer a bit more. Then I can spend time reading other people’s blogs and not just doing the hit and run blogs I have been doing. Even now at 8PM, it is too hot to be on this laptop without making me and my surroundings like an oven. So the stream is running dry before it had a chance to flow more.


Hot off the Flexee Loom another hat! This one fits me. So… This is my yarn.  Ah, but now that I know how to do the decrease, I look forward to making many more of these.

So the stats are 80 pegs of the Flexee Loom. Set up in alternate colors so as to do the two-by-two ribbing. And as I said with the smaller hat, working the purls was faster and easier than with any other loom. The loom is so lightweight and yet tough enough to deal with me and my fussings. The rest is a flat-knit stitch. until the crown. This one I made sure there were 7 inches of the hat before the beginning of the decreases. I worked the set of decreases three times. After the first set, I moved the loops so as to expose and remove every other link. Another set of the decreases and then again remove every other link. Then I removed the last loops as Kristen of GoodKnitKisses suggests in her YouTube Tutorial.

Other than knitting like crazy, we have been watching as much as we can of Disney+ while we have it. So I chose Frozen II,

 

the guys wanted UP (Isn’t it the sweetest show?)

and then my son chose Clone Wars. It is fun to go through the Star Wars things as his memories of all the toys forty years ago that appear in Mandalorian and Clone Wars.

We had some fun discussions of those days and his perceptions compared to mine as Mom. By the way, Ahsoka Tano makes it worthwhile. She and her friends finally helped me into that world.

How are all of you? How are you maintaining your sanity?

 


Where Did the Day Go?

 

My first hat on the Flexee Loom. Just off the loom.

I used this method of decrease for the crown of the hat:

But with the Flexee loom, I could decrease further. I started with 80 pegs as the instruction for an adult hat on the enclosed page. I think that I should have made a few more rows to fit my size adult but I was anxious to see how it would work. So I did all the decreases per the video then moved the loops around to remove links of two every other grouping. In the first case, it was all the lighter color links. Then I did the decreases from the beginning with the video again. Again, at the end, I move the stitches around so as to remove every other link. I followed the video one more time and this time finished as Kristen suggests. I love how the crown looks.

Ah, look at the time! I think we are heading for Monday. I barely remember watching Sunday Morning.  Hence the answer to #WDIIA and #WTIIA.

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