Monday, October 31, 2011

Holiday Presents

Well I started making some of my holiday gifts.  This year I have decided to knit as many of my gifts as possible.  This takes time so hopefully I can get all of them done.  The first one is a scarf for Glen.  It is double the width so he can fold it should it get really cold but since it doesn't get that cold here it is a little bit looser weave than I would do for someone who lives in a colder climate.  I used size 10 needles so it would be a bit more airy.  It is in his favorite color so hopefully he will enjoy it for many years to come.

I used Elle Rae Classic Heathers color 174 which is 100% wool 100 g ball.

Now on to the next holiday gift......wish me luck!!!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What more socks.....what has gotten into me????

Ok, after years of having difficulty trying to get one pair of socks done...I seem to have the need to knit more socks.  I have completed yet another pair.  This one is for my sister.  See my sister is allergic to alot of things and one thing that she is allergic to is latex.  Most commercial socks have elastic in them and alot of those are coated with latex to make them last longer.  I was looking at her poor legs last summer and noticed that she had lines from where the socks irritated her poor legs.  I thought hey I don't use elastic in my socks.  Why don't I try to make her a pair so we can see if she has the same issue with the home made socks. 

Vanessa picked out the yarn and I knitted it for her.  The yarn is another Online product Supersocke 100 Emotion II Color 50% Merino wool, 25% Viskose, 25% Polyamid Color 1218and was knitted on 3.00 mm needles.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dad's Little Helper....

When I finished the socks for my dad around Father's Day, I had some yarn left over.  I thought it might be a good idea to use it on another pair of socks.  However, I knew I didn't have enough for an adult sized pair of socks so I thought my niece should have a pair of socks that matched her grandfather's socks.  That way they could match.  See Miss Frieda loves her grandpa so much and is always following him around so I thought this might work...besides Doby has a pair of socks why not Winky...because you know Winky needs socks too....;-)

Now Doby and Winky have matching socks.

I used leftover yarn from Knitpicks Felici yarn color Goth self striping yarn.  Knitted on a 3.0 mm needle. for a baby sock size 5-7.

New Babies

Well this spring I was visiting with my family and my sister comes to me and says a friend of ours is having a baby.  Of course this makes me really happy because babies are the best in my book.  I started thinking...what should I knit for this baby.  Of course my sister already beat me to the punch and asked me to knit her a camel.  See her husband is from Libya and the camel is very important to their way of life and they really wanted one for the babies room but were having a difficult time finding one.  So I said I would see what I could do.  I began my search of the pattern enriched environment called the Internet....I was not finding anything that I really wanted to use as a pattern for this project.  So I kept searching.....  One day I was at my favorite yarn store looking for patterns of camels and not having any luck when I decided to ask one of the ladies there.  They said oh yes we have a pattern let me go get the book.  Unfortunately the book was out of stock but she said if I would buy the book she would make me a copy of the pattern and then I could get started on it right away.  So I did....

The completed camel for Kaden.  I even knitted a little heart on his chest.

View of the camel from the front.

View from the other side.

Kaden was born on Tuesday October 4, 2011.  Katie and Nezar are so excited to have Kaden here finally.  The new family is doing well and should be coming home soon.  Another baby project was actually completed before the baby was born. ;-)

The pattern used was from Toy Knits by Debbie Bliss.  I used Plymouth Yarn's Baby Boutique yarn color 08, 05, 04, 07.  The fiber content is 50% Microfiber and 50% Nylon.  The camel turned out pretty good and definitely cuddly...but I might go with a stiffer yarn for a standing stuffed animal because this yarn is a little too soft for a stable camel.

Now I am off to knit another project....hmmmm maybe more socks ;-)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Second Pair of Socks

Well I finished my second pair of socks.  This pair was for my uncle, Roger.  He likes really colorful patterns so I made him a pair of socks from some really great yarn by Online.  This yarn works really well for socks.

The material used was Online Supersocke 100 Emotion II color 100 gram 50% merino wool, 25% Viscose, and 25% Polyamid, color 1220.  Knitted on 3.0 mm needles.

I gave them to him and they fit his feet well.  He really liked them.  Now to make more socks ;-)  I think I am quickly becoming a sock knitter.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

FO: Men's Scarf

I knitted this for a friend in Germany:
Ok not entirely finished; still need to weave in those ends
Me, modelling the scarf; had to do it indoors with A/C on high

It's about 7 feet long by 8 inches wide and very warm and puffy. Yarn used is Katia Fabula in color 98 (100 Merino Superwash).

Close-up of the scarf; It will never be cold enough where I live to wear this thing, but in Germany, it should be quite useful.

Pattern: Using US 10 circulars (6mm), cast on 30 st. and knit in garter stitch (knit every row) to desired length.