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.