Sunday, December 24, 2006

Recent Finished Project

Joey 2



Joey 1
I found an easy hat to knit in the Stitch 'n Bitch book. Since I didn't have the yarn and want to use up yarn I already have, I modified it a bit. It turned out to be big enough for Joey's joey. And, to finish it up, I made him a matching scarf.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Knitter's Christmas Eve

Christmas KnitterPicture courtesy of A Good Yarn

H/T to Kim

'Twas the night before Christmas and all around me

Was unfinished knitting not under the tree.
The stockings weren't hung by the chimney
with care'

Cause the heels and toes had not a stitch there.
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
But I had not finished the caps for
their heads.

Dad was asleep; he was no help at all,
And the sweater for him was six inches too small,
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter
I put down my needles to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tripped over my yarn and fell down with a crash.
The tangle of yarn that lay deep as the snow
Reminded me how much I still had to go.
Out on my lawn I heard such a noise,
I thought it would wake both Dad and the boys.
And though I was tired, my brain a bit thick,
I knew in a moment it must be St Nick.
But what I heard then left me perplexed,
For not a name I heard was what I expected,"Move, Ashford!
Move, Lopi! Move, Addi and Clover!Move, Reynolds! Move Starmore! Move
Froelich --move overPaton, don't circle 'round; stand in the line.

Come now, you sheep will work out just fine!
I know this is hard; it's just your first year,I'd hate to go back to eight tiny reindeer."
I peered over the sill; what I saw was amazing,
Eight wooly sheep on my lawn all a-grazing.
And then, in a twinkle, I heard at the door
Santa's feet coming across the porch floor.
I rose from my knees and got back on my feet,
And as I turned 'round St Nick I did meet.
He was dressed all in wool from his head to his toe,
And his clothes were hand knit from above to below.
A bright Fairisle sweater he wore on his back,
And his toys were all stuffed in an Aran knit sack.
His cap was a wonder of bobbles and lace
A beautiful frame for his rosy red face.
The scarf 'round his neck could have stretched for a mile,
And the socks peeking over his boots were Argyle.
The back of his mittens bore an intricate cable.
And suddenly on one I espied a small label,"S.C." was duplicate stitched on the cuff,
And I asked, "Hey, Nick, did you knit all this stuff?"He proudly replied,
"Ho, ho, ho, yes I did.

I learned how to knit when I was a kid."
He was chubby and plump, a quite well-dressed old man,
And I laughed to myself, for I'd thought up a plan.
I flashed him a grin and jumped up in the air,
And the next thing he knew, he was tied to a chair,
He spoke not a word, but looked in his lap
Where I'd laid my needles and yarn for a cap.
He quickly began knitting, first one cap then two,
For the first time I thought I might really get through.
He put heels in the stockings and toes in some socks.
While I sat back drinking scotch on the rocks.
So quickly like magic his needles they flew
That he was all finished by quarter to two.
He sprang for his sleigh when I let him go free,
And over his shoulder he looked back at me,
And I heard him exclaim as he sailed past the moon,
"Next year start your knitting sometime around June!"

Author Unknown


Knit From Your Stash 2007

Knitting Lady
Picture courtesy of A Good Yarn

Lana of Knit and Pray posted about this the other day. Since I have a wicker trunk full of yarn that I haven't work on yet, I thought this was a project/resolution, I could probably do/keep.

The following is from Wendy's website:


Knit From Your Stash 2007: Guidelines for L-B and Wendy

1. The Knit-From-Your-Stash-a-Thon will start January 1, 2007 and run through September 30, 2007 -- a period of nine months.

2. We will not buy any yarn during that period, with the following exceptions:

2.a. Sock yarn does not count. What? You think we are made of stone?

2.b. If someone asks for a specific knitted gift that we really and truly do not have the yarn for, we may buy yarn to knit that gift.

2.c. If we are knitting something and run out of yarn, we may purchase enough to complete the project.

2.d. We each get one "Get Out of Jail Free" card -- we are each allowed to fall off the wagon one time.

3. We are allowed to receive gifts of yarn.

4. Spinning fiber of any sort is exempt.

Anyone else who would like to join us in this is welcome to do so! Feel free to link to this page or to post the guidelines on your own blog. You may also alter the guidelines to suit your own situation.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Knitting Videos

H/T to Susie

This is a wonderful site with knitting videos.

Lets Knit2gether-A Video Podcast about Knitting

Friday, December 8, 2006

Christmas Knitting Songs

Christmas Knitter Picture courtesy of A Good Yarn

H/T to Sandy of Knitting Novices for sharing this cute site.

Click Here

The following is one of the songs you will find there:

To the tune of "Up On the Housetop"
written by Connie

Down at the yarn store reindeer pause, Out jumps good old Santa Claus He goes on a yarn skein shopping spree
Brings all the knitters on his list
glee...

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Help With Cables

CablesPicture Courtesy of Chantal's Stained Glass

If you need help with knitting cables (which looks harder than it really is to do), check out
Knitting for Dummies: Knitting Cables

Saturday, December 2, 2006

What Kind of Knitter Are you?

H/T to Flavio







What Kind of Knitter Are You?




You appear to be a Knitting Adventurer. You are through those knitting growing pains and feeling more adventurous. You can follow a standard pattern if it's not too complicated and know where to go to get help. Maybe you've started to experiment with different fibers and you might be eyeing a book with a cool technique you've never tried. Perhaps you prefer to stick to other people's patterns but you are trying to challenge yourself more. Regardless of your preference, you are continually trying to grow as a knitter, and as well you should since your non-knitting friends are probably dropping some serious hints, these days.http://marniemaclean.com
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Christmas Table Runner

Christmas Table Runner Yesterday I finished the table runner I was working on. It looks like a big scarf but it will be going on our table, over a moss green tablecloth. I am currently working on Christmas placemats that I hope to finish before Christmas.

Friday, December 1, 2006

Real Men Knit

Moving My Knitting Blog to Beta

I haven't posted much on my knitting blog because I seem to have trouble with the url. Thought it would be a good time to move it to the new beta blogger.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

My First KAL Project Finished!

Triangle Shawl

Here's my completed triangular shawl completed the other day. I plan on giving this one to my sister Rosa for her birthday.

I had a lot of fun joining in a Knit-a-Long.

Prayer Shawls

Check out: Prayer Shawl Ministry

When I first joined an online knitting group, the term prayer shawl came up a lot. The term caught my eye because I feel prayer is very important and here it was attached to knitting.

Basically, you are knitting a shawl for someone and as you knit, you pray for that person. I thought that was a very novel and spiritual way of knitting.

I made my first prayer shawl not too long ago. However, I had a hard time praying when I knitted because I would easily lose count of whether I was supposed to knit or purl. I think I unraveled my attempt a good five times before one of the members suggested that pray prior to starting to knit. That little tip really helped me finish the shawl. Unfortunately, I didn't have enough skeins of that particular yarn and ended up with a prayer chair cover instead.

But right after I finish a shawl I started a few weeks ago, I will try again. This time I will make sure I have enough yarn.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Knitting the Classics

Mother and Child Picture courtesy of A Good Yarn

Graphic Courtesy of The Good Yarn

I found this blog recently and it looks like something I would like to try soon.

For now, I will share their link here.

Source:
Knit the Classics

THE STORY:
Back on May 14, 2005 Amanda, after having recently joined another reading and knitting group, decided that she wanted to see if anyone else wanted to read classics and knit themed projects with her. She did not think that people actually read classics anymore (at least not for fun) and was pleasantly surprised when so many people wanted to join.

The reason Amanda choose to have projects themed to the novel we were reading was for a cohesive effect. Crafters of all specialties are always welcome to KTC so she did not want to limit the projects for the novels by having the same project for all. The idea was to see how different people could pick something to craft from the same novel we were all discussing. Click here for complete article:

Full Story

Knitting for Dummies

KFD

How do you like my new book? Actually, I created it with Dummies Book Cover Generator

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Lego Knitting Machine

Lego KM

H/T to Knitting Novices

As a novice knitter, it will be a long time before I attempt to use a knitting machine. But I thought this knitting machine made out of Legos was so clever because it actually works!

Lego Knitting Machine

Are You Hooked - A Knitter's Quiz

Yarn and Needles

Source: Knitters Anonymous

Have you ever:

decided to kick the habit only to "fall off the yarn wagon"?

knit alone or first thing in the morning?

gone on a knitting binge?

had a craving for just a little yarn fix?

been a pusher, turning others on, even minors, to this habit?

experienced blackouts..finding yarn in your stash you swear you never bought?

Are you:

an adult child of a knitter?

a compulsive overknitter?

living in denial...

telling yourself you actually save money by knitting clothes and gifts?

believing you can save on therapy bills by knitting?

certain that you can quit any time you want?

calling yourself a social or recreational knitter?

Has your cat ever gotten "messed up" after getting into your stash again?

Is your definition of a "needle exchange" different than that of non-knitters?

Is too much yarn never enough for you?

If you can answer yes to...

10 or more questions - you may be a knitaholic

8-9 questions - you may be a compulsive overknitter

6-7 questions - you may be a yarn junkie

4-5 questions - you may be a chronic social knitter

0-3 questions - you are living in denial or you're at the wrong web site!

Now there is help...Now there is Knitters Anonymous...You are not alone!

Monday, June 5, 2006

Book Recommendation

My friend Alexandrina recommended the following book to me. I am looking forward to buying it.

Thought of you when I read this cause I thought you would find it entertaining to read. +AJ

At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

Bibliographic Data: Trade Paperback, 320 Pages, Storey Publishing, LLC, March 2005

Author: Pearl-McPhee, Stephanie

List Price: $9.95
In-store prices may vary. See your local store for the most up-to-date pricing.

Status: In Print

BINC: 7838190

ISBN: 1580175899

Shelf Location: Crafts & Collectibles > Crafts > Knitting

About the Author: Stephanie Pearl-McPhee entertains knitters with her unique blend of humor and knitting highwire acts via her popular online blog, articles, and essays. She lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and three daughters.
Description: Knitting finally takes its rightful place on the spectrum of personal obsessions, alongside golfing, fishing, and gardening. The tangled life of the knitter is the subject of inspired nuttiness in these 300 tongue-in-cheek meditations from the self-proclaimed yarn harlot, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee.

As any knitter can attest to, this is an activity fraught with guilt, frustration, over-optimism, sly deception, and compulsion, along with passionate moments of creative enlightenment. To soothe the unraveled knitter's soul, Pearl-McPhee has selected some of her favorite quotes to cast off from, and then, like the standup comic of the knitting world, she rants, raves, and reflects on common experiences that are sure to leave avid knitters in stitches.

At Knit's End captures the wicked -- and wickedly funny -- musings of someone who doesn't really believe it's possible to knit too much, and who willingly sacrifices sleep, family, work, and her sanity on a regular basis in order to keep doing it. Stephanie Pearl-McPhee has seen it all -- from the deadly "second sock syndrome," to a house so full of yarn she can't find her washing machine, to desperate all-nighters spent feverishly finishing gifts.

This hilarious collection of short, pithy readings offers plenty of reassurance for anyone who has ever wondered, "Am I alone in my mania?"

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

St. Dymphna - Patron Saint of Knitters?

St. Dymphna Picture courtesy of AingelKiss

Guess what I found out today?

Well, thanks to
Another Catholic Mom I found out that St. Dymphna was also a knitter.


"In another odd moment of internet searching, I thought I would try to find out who the patron saint was for people who do crafts. Well, it is St. Dymphna. When I clicked on her link, I am familiar with her but had no idea that she was the patron for crafts people, I saw this “She is the patron of those suffering from nervous and mental afflictions.”

Is God trying to tell me something?"

Friday, May 19, 2006

Minx our Cat - Hat and Scarf Set

Minx


This is a hat and scarf I made when I went through my crocheting phase. The model is our cat Minx.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

My First Sweater Set

Seater Set Knitting a sweater is difficult for a novice like me. I have taken apart a baby sweater I started because I couldn't figure out the pattern. Well, I found another pattern for a one-piece toddler sweater. With the help of the folks at a knitting e-group I belong too, I was able to understand the more difficult parts. Although, not perfect by any means, I have finished a sweater! I look forward to making a bigger sweater next time.

Margaret Hubert Originals

Georgie's Baby Blanket

Georgie Baby Blanket I have a new nephew and my brother requested a baby blanket made out of bright colored yarn for him. Here is the first one I made for my cute little nephew Georgie.

Georgie's 2nd Baby Blanket

Baby Blanket 2 After the first baby blanket, I decided to try following a pattern.
Lion Brand Yarn Diagnonal Baby Blanket
Again, as per my brother's request, I used two vibrant colors.

Teddy's Scarf and Hat Set

Teddy After the blanket, my husband wanted a scarf and hat set for his old teddy bear Teddy. He has now requested a sweater for Teddy. But that will have to wait.

My First Project

Joey BlanketMy mom tried to teach me how to knit when I was a young girl. Of course, I wasn't very patient and eventually, I just gave up.

During my last visit home, I again picked up the knitting needles and attempted to knit a scarf. I had been making scarves by crocheting but I found that knitting them made the finished work much neater.

I was hooked. I couldn't wait to go to the Rag Shop and buy yarn.

After a while, I wanted to attempt something a little more challenging than a scarf. My son requested a blanket. Okay, what's a blanket but big scarves sewn together, right? Well, that is what I did. I bought a whole lot of Red Heart's Camoflauge and knitted away. I ended up knitting three long rows using up all but one skein for the border. I then sewed the long "scarves" together and crocketed a border.

Okay, not the neatest work but I was very happy with it. And more importantly, my big 15 year old son loves sleeping with this blanket.

My next projects were Christmas presents. Only thing I really knew what to knit were scarves so why fix it if it "ain't" broke. Because they were to be presents, I went out and bought nicer yarn than just plain ol' acrylic. I actually found some very nice yarn at Walmart. I also found a super soft alpaca blend at a neighborhood yarn shop. It was an oatmeal color and very pretty.

Everyone in my family on the mainland got scarves for Christmas.

Well now, one can only knit for so long before you start itching to learn something knew.

I had always heard the phrase "Knit one, Purl two". Weren't they the same thing? Apparently, no, they weren't. Purl was a totally new technique. Well, the internet really wasn't much help until I went back to my local yarn shop and the lady helped me learn it. By the time I got home, I had all but forgotten the steps. I then went to a wonderful knitting site
The Knitting Help and with the help of their video...yes...Videoes! I learned to purl.

Monday, May 8, 2006

E Komo Mai

Little Girl Knitting Picture courtesy of A Good Yarn

to my knitting blog. I thought I'd better start one so I could share my finished work as well as other knitting information.