I was at work with nothing to knit today (I accidentally left my sock WIP bag at home!) so I ran to Stitches East and bought some yarn and needles for my latest felted bag. What do you think? I'll take some final pictures soon.
Here is a pair of striped children's socks I'm making for Andrew. I knit a good portion of them on the airplane rides back and forth to Brazil. I was a little too tired to knit, though, so I didn't get much done on the plane. The only problem I encountered is that one skein is wound in one direction and the other skein is wound in the opposite direction. I realized this when I was halfway done with the top part of the second sock. I simply bound off the edge and turned the "tube" upside down. Then I unraveled the cast on edge, picked up the stitches, re-wound the skein of yarn in the correct direction and continued knitting. If you look ever so closely you can probably tell just where I did this little trick, but to the untrained eye, it is *hopefully* unnoticeable.
Too bad I couldn't model these for you. They are children's socks afterall and therefore too small for my feet. I just got an awesome pedicure, too. Shucks! Maybe next time.
Well, I digress slightly here by showing off my shoe purchases from my 2 day trip to Brazil. I just happened to get there during the end of winter clearance mark down sales - SAVE 50-75% - so I did, thank you. I bought all these shoes, boots and purses for less than the price I would pay for a pair of boots in New York (or Iowa for that matter)... even on sale! Just to give you an idea, I think one pair of the shoes cost a mere $7! Can you tell I'm happy?
Did you ever see that movie? Probably not. I'm in Brazil right now. Doesn't that sound just dandy? I'm here to pick up my boys from Grandma and Grandpa's house where they spend every summer. Unfortunately, since every other Brazilian family who lives in the US is trying to come home this week in time for school, there was no room for the whole family on last night's flight. Fernando managed to get us all on a flight tonight (with an upgrade, too!) so we'll be home tomorrow morning.
Unfortunately, that means I won't be home in time to go to the Saturday Morning Knitting Bee at Abbondanza! I don't know if the other knitters can be there, so it's probably not the best Saturday to venture out to Westport to meet and knit with us. I'll let you know when we have a regular schedule. It might be every Saturday at Abbondanza or maybe only once or twice a month.
My good friend (and fellow Cub Scout Den Mother) Alyson Angus called me the other day and asked me if I'd like to contribute some hand-made felted bags to the Westport Young Woman's League booth at the Creative Arts Festival on Saturday November 20-21, 2004. Would I? Would I? Of course I would!
Alyson and her friend Ellen just came over and we had a wonderful show and tell. Ellen brought her gossamer felted scarves with a combination of wool and silk. Let me tell you they are BEAUTIFUL. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture.
I did take a few shots of my kitchen all decked out for the display of felted wares. Hehehe. I really did excel at show and tell when I was in elementary school.
What do you think? Want to come to the CAF?
Ellen's puppy "Creme" (as in creme de la creme) wants you to join us...
Hey everbody! Want to meet up for the KNIT OUT??? It's coming soon. Mark your calendars!
New York City, Sunday, October 3rd
Noon to 5 p.m., Union Square Park
(17th Street between Broadway and Park Ave.)
RAIN OR SHINE!
1. FREE one-on-one knit and crochet lessons
2. Fashion shows for people and dogs!
3. "Show & Share" your favorite projects
4. Yarn projects for kids
5. Meet the authors and chat with editors
6. Technique and tip demos
7. "Yarn Doctors" answer your crochet and knit questions
8. Displays of the latest yarns, patterns, tools and accessories
9. Learn about guilds, classes, clubs, and charity programs
10. Plus, help Warm Up America! bring a 7" by 9" crocheted or knitted section, which will be joined with others to make a patchwork afghan for someone in need.
Sponsored by the Craft Yarn Council of America in cooperation with the Big Apple Knitters' Guild, the New York Chapter of the Crochet Guild, The Knitting Guild Association, Crochet Guild of America and The National Needlework Association. For more information e-mail: email@example.com.
Everybody seems to want a free poncho pattern. I'm here to oblige today.
This is about the simplest pattern you could ever find for a poncho. Basically you'll need your favorite lightweight yarn (spend as much or as little as you like), large circular needles, a lacy pattern, a newspaper pattern, and a sewing needle. You will make a rectangular stole and then sew one end to the bottom side of the other end. This will create the poncho.
I decided to make a child's small poncho. So I took The New York Times and started to cut out a nice rectangle. I cut and trim until it seemed the right size for a small poncho (girls size 2-4). It ended up being 27 x 9.5 inches.
Then you sew (or in the case of the newspaper pattern "tape") side "A" to side "B". Block appropriately until your poncho has the correct look. If you want to try the newspaper pattern on for size, do so, and adjust accordingly.
This is what I'm currently using.
Red Heart Soft Baby in Powder Pink (1-2 skeins)
size 13 circular needles
sizes are for S, M and L
Final Dimensions - approximate (I'll be back with actual dimensions upon completion of the sample ponchos)
S - 27 x 9.5 inches
M - 40 x 12 inches
L - 50 x 15 inches
Gauge - 3 stitches to the inch. Take time to make sure your gauge is accurate, or adjust number of stitches appropriately to get the final dimensions.
Cast on 90 (120, 150) stitches and knit the "Oblique Openwork" from the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework - lace pattern until the piece is a solid rectangle. Please note that this pattern tends to slant on the bias due to the oblique nature of the stitch so you'll need to do some serious blocking.
Pattern (multiple of 2 stitches)
Row 1: K1, *YO, K2tog*, K1
Row 2: Purl across
Row 3: K2, *YO, K2tog*
Row 4: Purl across
You'll end up with a rectangle that looks something like this. You should block it before sewing.
Sew Side A to Side B (see photo). Weave in loose ends.
If you like fringe, please feel free to add some fringe evenly spaced along the edge of the poncho.
My good friend Regina is such a good listener - and needle felting teacher, too. We had a great time at Abbondanza this morning for our Saturday morning knitting bee. We generally meet from 9-11... but today we were there until noon! Weeee! Regina showed me the art of needle felting. I took my entire box of wool and selected the colors for accents along the bottom of my felted shoulder flap bag. I originally was going to put colored circles over the entire flap, but after just one row along the bottom edge, I thought it looked finished.
Regina brought her felted bag in progress made with one strand of a plain wool and one strand of Noro. Isn't it lovely? I can hardly wait to see it finished.
We also chatted about how to remedy some of our "felting tragedies" and came up with some pretty ingenious ideas (if I do say so myself). I'm even considering intentionally making more tragedies just to remedy them into these new creations we came up with on paper. Do you ever do that - take lemons and make lemonade? Sometimes the best things are born that way.
Separately, James E. Cooper, the proprietor of Abbondanza, came over to meet us. He loved the "advertising" on my blog and was very welcoming. Jamie even considered joining us and learning how to knit! Thanks Jamie. We love Abbondanza. Great coffee. Great food. Great friends. Come join us next Saturday.
I'm getting ready to head out to Abbondanza for the 9:00 a.m. knitting bee. I gathered my yarns, patterns, needles, accessories and then I went to my knitting stash from last week's shopping spree at The Knitting Niche and decided to wind the beautiful hank of "Cool Stuff" in Marina (navy blue tones) from Prism Yarn. Imagine my surprise and disappointment when I realized that this hank of yarn was really about 10 different yarns cut in approximately 3-5 yard lengths and then KNOTTED together. I was really furious. For the $90 a skein I could have bought the 10 different skeins of novelty yarn, cut and knotted them together myself. For about $200-$300 I would have ended up with more like 6-8 skeins of a combined yarn (which would bring the cost down to $40-$50 a skein). I guess I'm really more mad at myself than anything else. I shouldn't have been so naive. I really hate spending good money on a fancy yarn and then discovering it's full of knots. It's my number one knitting pet peeve. Well, the yarn is beautiful. Hopefully, it will knit up so blissfully that I'll forget my frustration.
Well, while I was home I took pictures of my nieces and nephews modeling the sweaters I had originally knit for Andrew and Michael and eventually passed along to Conor, Pierce and Grace. It was great fun and the kids could barely contain their excitement at modeling for Aunt Jennifer. Despite the fact that it was a late August day in South Dakota and the humidity was probably at 98.8%, the kids kept their sweaters on all morning. Golly Gee Willikers, that made me feel ever so special. Are you ready for the Parade of Pictures? Here goes...
Conor models the favorite Firetruck Red & Black striped sweater. Whenever he sees this sweater he wants to wear it and never take it off. Yes... a homerun knitting project! Bestill my beating heart.
Pierce shows off the yellow and blue deep V-neck vest.
Gracie is modeling the periwinkle sweater from one of my favorite yarn stores in Manhattan - Stitches East.
Pierce is modeling one of my favorite baby boy White Cable Tennis Cardigan with baby blue accents. I have made a few of these for baby gifts.