Saturday, November 21, 2015

First Original Knitting Design

After finishing the reindeer hat for my husband, a teacher that I work with asked me if I could make one for him.  Since he is an environmentalist, I suggested turtles and he was very enthusiastic.  I based this on the reindeer hat pattern but modified a few things like it was too big around and too high.  I also created the chart from a digitized turtle picture from Google images.  There are a couple of things I would do differently on the next one which will be a Christmas present for my nephew Tom.  Just as when I design my own quilts, I get an even bigger finish rush when it's my own creation. Maybe this could be a second career after I retire!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Check Out My Reindeer!

My reindeer are complete!  The bodies are a little bumpy but not too bad for my first attempt at catching floats.  I also just purchased this set of interchangeable circular needles and they are awesome.  I hope to be making many more hats and sweaters with cables and colors on them in the future.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stranded color work continues

This is the started brim of a hat pattern that came with my Craftsy class on Fair Isle knitting.  It's kind of cool because it is knit 2 purl 2 ribbing but switching colors.  I 'm glad I didn't try this at first because it was challenging enough to get the hang of doing a knit stitch with my not usual hand.  Managing purling with my left and knitting with my right with two yarns going was another awkward thing to get the hang of.  But it is well worth the effort!  I can't wait to get to the next sections which are an even cooler looking Baltic braid and then reindeer motifs.  I am almost as obsessed with this as I was when I got bit with the quilting bug 15 years ago.  

Monday, September 28, 2015

Trying Fair Isle Again

A few years ago I tried to do Fair Isle color work and was only marginally successful.  This time I got a Craftsy class and my knitting world has been changed forever.  Last time I tried keeping the colors over my index and middle finger on my left hand since I knit continental.  The yarn kept tangling and it puckered quite a bit.  This video advocated keeping one color in each hand so I tried to do continental with my left and English or throwing with my right.  I am extremely right handed so I figured it wouldn't be too much of a transition.  I was wrong!  I was super clutzy at first with throwing but I was determined.  I kept trying to do only that until I was somewhat good at it and then I combined the two on a practice swatch with a simple pattern of color switching.  When I was satisfied with my progress I started this hat.  My tensioning got much better by the time I reached the the white pattern at the top.  The light blue yarn was somewhat thicker than the gray even though they were both labeled 4 and this did not help.  Still, I'm pretty pleased with my first effort.  I started another to try and fix the issues I had with this one. Then I may be ready to make a whole sweater or a pair of fancy mittens for myself!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Colton's Sweater Set

Just put the buttons on Colton's sweater today. He can wear this on our long walks in the carriage which is the only thing that keeps him happy in the afternoon.  Just in time for cool Fall weather to arrive in New Jersey.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Awesome Needlepoint

This isn't my own work but it is so amazing I had to post it.  This is a needlepoint canvas done by my friend Joan who I made the wedding chuppah for.  I knew it was Renoir when I saw it but didn't recognize the painting. It's called "On the Terrace." In addition to the beauty of the piece, I'm in awe of  how much work and dedication this took.  I have done small needlepoint pieces in the past but I never could have sustained motivation for a piece of this size and detail.  Bravo Joan!