Thursday, November 13, 2008

Project Linus

Linus

Project Linus

Providing security blankets to a deserving child. You can knit, crochet or quilt a blanket. Check out the link above for a Chapter near you or consider starting a chapter.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Knitting for a Good Cause

Mom Knitter
The following site was shared by a mom in one of my e-groups, Jeni.

Care Wear

Care Wear is a nationwide group of volunteers who knit, crochet, and/or sew, providing handmade baby items to hospitals. All Care Wear items are given free to infants, children and their parents.

Contact Info:
Care Wear Volunteers, Inc.
Bonnie Hagerman
c/o Hood College
401 Rosemont Avenue
Frederick, MD 21701

Phone: 301-696-3550
Fax: 301-696-3952
hagerman@hood.edu


You can find a place near you who will accept these baby items. Some of them are used to bury some sweet innocents.

The next one I found on Lion Brand

Knit One, Save One

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Oh No! It Happened Again!

First of all, I am not working on Square 11. I am in fact working on Square 10 :-(

Anyway, I had to restart this square because of our little cat (as I mentioned the other day). Well, this morning my husband confessed to me that he my knitting and the vacuum had a little run in last night. It seemed that my husband decided to vacuum the living room after I went to bed. He apparently didn't see my knitting that I had tucked away behind a table. But the vacuum did and now the whole thing is unraveled. Not only that but the vacuum also sucked up my bamboo knitting needle and broke it.

My husband felt so badly about this that he mended the needle as best he could. But as for the square...it is back to drawing board.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Purple Shawl

Purple Shawl
This project has kept me quite busy. I used pure wool for this one. I made it for my friend's upcoming birthday. Although, the pattern was a simple one and a free one at that, I am quite pleased with the results.

Triangle Shawl

Shawl green
This is a shawl I made for myself. I used Highland & Islands Balmoral silk yarn in a lovely green shade.

WIP - Men's Scarf

RS2
RS1I decided to make my BIL a scarf for his upcoming birthday. Since he is an executive, I wanted to make a quality scarf. At my LYS I found a beautiful Italian wool. The color I chose will go perfectly with any color coat. It took two balls of yarn to make this scarf. It is garter stitched only. I believe I casted on 20. I am wondering if I should make fringes to finish it up. My DH says I should.

Updating My Blog

Square 11

HoneyI have been really bad about keeping up with the Learn to Knit Afghan squares. As you can see from the above photo, I am only in the beginning of Square 11. Then today when I went to pick up my needles again, I noticed that our cat had been playing with my knitting.

Oh sure, she may look innocent but she is a naughty kitty. My DH even warned me to put away the knitting last night but I failed to listen to him. But I am looking at the bright side, I will start over and will not make the couple of mistakes I made with this one.

Monday, June 9, 2008

New Blanket Pattern

knitting
Lana shared a free pattern link on her blog which I think is a wonderful way to use leftover yarn of different colors.

Chevron Stitch Baby Blanket

Has it Been That Long?

child knitting
If Teresa hadn't posted a comment on my other blog, I would not have realized that I haven't posted here in over a month! I have been knitting though.

I hope to post more but problem is that I am a slow knitter.

Finished With Square 9

9
I finally completed square #9. I don't know why the bottom and top curled so much. It was a much easier pattern than I had initially thought. I knitted this one using plastic needles because my mom couldn't find her metal or bamboo ones. I did not like using plastic needles at all.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dishcloth and Soap Gifts

g1
The gift bags have been filled and our new kitty seems to be inspecting them.

g2
The four finished dishcloth and the soap which compliments the color of the dishcloth

g3
Close up of the blue one

One of the projects I have been busy with is making dishcloths to match the soaps I bought from Kamauoha Farms They are natural soaps with a loofah in the middle.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Humor Break

little girl knitting
Shared by Teresa.

You know you knit too much when....

when your husband mentions pearls and you accuse him of not being able
to spell.

Warm Woolies - Charity

Knitting Creddy Bear
If you want to knit for someone in need, check out The Warm Woolies Knitting for Orphans Project

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Another Blanket Competed

dan blanket
Well, it took me roughly 45 days but I finally finished. I had to go on hiatus from the afghan KAL so I could complete it though. Now I have that and other projects lined up to do.

My husband was very pleased with new blanket. It is too small for our bed but just the right size when he takes a nap.

This one was one with the alphabet letters found Here.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tinking

Thanks to Teresa for sharing this video.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Well, Square 6 is FINALLY Completed

Square 6
This particular one took me two weeks to complete. The reason for the long time was because I had to learn to knit and purl from the back. With the help of two helpful ladies in the KAL group and a video from Knitting Help I figured it out by trial and error. I had to frog for the first time since starting this project, a total of 6 or 7 times before I finally understood the rhythm.

I still made errors but once I was familiar with the stitch, the errors were easy to correct.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Warm Woolies 2008 Contest

cat I got this through one of my Catholic knitting groups:

Warm Woolies 2008 Contest

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

OT - JPII Crossstitch Kit

JPII needlepoint
I subscribed to Herrschners

and I found this lovely crossstitch in their clearance sale. I don't do needlepoint nor have I ever ordered from them. Just letting you know...

Monday, March 3, 2008

Humor Break - Knitting Ramen Noodles

with chopsticks. But seriously, I learned a couple of new techniques here.

HOW TO: Bind Off

Here's a good video to show you how to bind off.

Binding Off

Afghan KAL - Square 5 is Done!

Square 5
This square was the diagonal ribbing. It was easy once I got the hang of it. I took my time though so as to avoid any mistakes. And, I do think I managed to complete it without any mistakes.

I also did the BO the way the instructions suggested. Knitting the knitted ones and purling the purled ones. The finished edge looks quite nice. Glad I didn't cheat by knitting and BO all the stitches.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Square #4

Square 4

I guess I forgot to post this one. Sorry for not blocking it off before taking the photo. It did come out quite nicely. But you will have to take my word for it :-)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Square #3 - Basketweave

Square 3
The third square of the KAL afghan took me a few days to complete. After finishing one group of stitches, I wanted to avoid any mistakes so I left it at that. After a while I realized it was a fairly easy pattern to follow. I look forward to starting #4 today.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Square 2 Photos

s2b
s2
In the middle, I got distracted so I had to redo a row. Oh well...

Thursday, February 14, 2008

New Project - Afghan

square 1b
square 1a
I was finally able to join in the KAL I joined a few weeks ago. It is one that uses Barbara G. Walker's Learn to Knit Afghan book. The book recommends using wool for this project. I am using acrylic for three reasons. 1) I am not that a knitter and didn't want to practice on expensive wool. 2)We live in Hawaii and it would be too hot to use. 3)It is easier to pop into our local Walmart when I need more yarn.

If this project turns out well, then I will do the next one in wool.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Joining a New Ball of Yarn

H/T to Teresa, our afghan KAL group mom who shared this video with us.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Finally Finished - Dishcloth Blanket

blanket 2
blanket 1On Friday, I finally finished my son's blanket. As you can see, it fits his twin bed perfectly. I am pleased with the way it turned out although, I can see a lot of places where I should have been more careful.

Now, I can finally join in the Learn to Knit Afghan KAL as well as starting my DH's dishcloth blanket. And, to think my New Year's resolutions were to try knitting socks and sweaters. For now, those projects are on the back burner.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Knitted Companion Cube Pattern

knitted cube
cube
My son is currently playing a game named Portal (from the Orange Box). One of the "characters" is a companion cube. He liked that cube so much he actually found a knitting pattern for it.

Knitted Companion Cube

New Look

note time
I thought I would feature our pet cat in the new header. Mahalo to her for posing for me this afternoon.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

PBS Knitting Show

Someone from the Novice Knitters e-group shared the following information:

Knit and Crochet Today
There is a form to request this show if your local PBS doesn't carry it.

Monday, January 21, 2008

I've Joined a New KAL

Cat with Yarn
My new friend Teresa of To Love and to Pray started an afghan KAL which should be a lot of fun! The last KAL I did was a cable one. I learned how to knit using the cable hook in that one.

The following link is being added to the side bar.

Learn to Knit Afghan KAL

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Blanket Project is Advancing

BlanketI finished sewing together the third row of my son's blanket. I was going to wait until I finished knitting all the squares before sewing but I was having a hard time keeping the color combinations straight! The next row will be the squares with my son's name.

The photo makes it appear that the squares are not even with each other but they are.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sailboat Dishcloth Blanket Progress

blanket

Knitting and Hollywood

Cary Grant

Actually, I was looking for the patron saint of knitters and came across this photo of Cary Grant knitting in the movie Mr. Lucky

Would a weaver's patron saint be the same for a knitter's patron saint?

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Monday, January 7, 2008

Ravelry

cats and yarn
Today I received my invitation to join Ravelry!

My Notebook can be found here.

So far, I've added one work in progress. There is so much to explore! Wish there was more time in the day.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Lego Knitting Machine

Friday, January 4, 2008

Double Cast On

Here is a video from Knitting Help which demonstrates the double cast on method I mentioned in a previous post.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Blanket Project Preliminary Photos

blanketAs you can see, I already have three squares finished. I think I will make it 5 squares in width. It is for my son's twin sized bed.

The lovely Lana of Knit and Pray found me the two patterns I was hoping to find!

1. The turtle pattern

2. The Alphabet pattern

Now I hope to make the first row sailboats, the second row turtles, the third row I will spell out my son's name and the continue the pattern in reverse order.

Thanks so much Lana!!

One of the Projects I Finally Finished

Alpaca Scarf
My son gave me a hank of baby blue alpaca wool for my birthday last year. I did not want to use it right away, hoping to finish off knitting all the acrylic yarn first. But exactly one year later, I finally gave in and knitted a scarf which the owner of our LYS suggested I do.

Here you have my dog modeling it for you. If you click the picture, you can enlarge it to see it better.

Alpaca is so soft. I am from Peru and so I was familiar with alpaca. However, I was only familiar with the browns, black and white alpaca. So nice to know it now comes in so many different and beautiful colors!