Thursday, December 28, 2006
New for 2007! The patterns section over at loomKnittingDesigns.com has been updated with a detailed page for each pattern!
This is a project I've been dreading, but was sorely needed. Now you can read a little more about each pattern and find out the specs (loom used, yarn and yardage needed for yarn, skill level, and techniques used) for each pattern before purchasing. There is now a nice large picture of the finished knit item and a brief write up. Hopefully this will make it easier to choose correctly for the looming project you are looking for.
So now in the patterns section, you can click on any of the pattern names or pattern thumbnails and go to a detail page about that pattern. If you have any questions or comments - leave me a comment here!
Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The picture above is my mom with the socks I needle knit her. She loves them! Everyone loved their gifts. The Power Scarf hostess gift went over very well. And the sparkly black Power Scarf I made for my Aunt at that same party was an even bigger hit!
The soft as silk Power scarf I made for my brothers girlfriend was also a hit. She's allergic to cats but wanted to curl the scarf up in her lap and pretend its a kitty. It was certainly soft enough to. The picture on the right is Sara and my brother as they mug for the camera with the furry scarf. It actually matched what she was wearing, so she put it right on.
So I'm having a great time in Maine so far. I got several gift certificates to local yarn shops and I'm trying to decide what to make. I've been looking through the archive on knitty.com trying to find something good! Cabled sweaters are in right now, so I'm trying to decide between this one, or this one, or this one, but I really like this one. Any suggestions? I'm also going to browse through the lovely patterns over at Elann.com.
Tough decisions, but I great one to ponder for a while. I get to look over yarn and patterns and think about what will be fun to make for myself. I hope all you needle knitters and loomers got plenty of yarn and/or gift certificates. How fun!
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Wanna see the last gift? It's in progress...but oh so exciting...
I think I saved the prettiest for last. This scarf is for my Aunt who's hosting a Christmas Eve family party at her house. This Aunt ogled a scarf a gave as a gift at that family party last year. So as a thank you for hosting I thought it would be fun to give her one this year. Since these Power Scarves are a snap to make, I bought some fancy schmancy yarn and went to work this morning. Of course, it being a Blizzard (with a capitol "B"!) outside - working on finishing up gifts is a perfect activity.
A little bit O' facts about the scarf:
Yarn: Berroco "Optik" in color "Millefleur"
Yardage: 1 skein or 87 yards
Loom: Green round Knifty Knitter loom
Pattern: Power Scarf from LoomKnittingDesigns.com
I took a few more closeups of the beautiful yarn. It's a great yarn that uses many colors, kinds, and textures of fibers all wrapped together. The effect when made is a sparkly, textured, and colorful fabric. Great for this pattern cause it has such an open laciness. At about $10 a skein it's a bit pricey but it's very pretty and, I think, worth the money. Makes a great one skein gift!
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
BUT - I'm still working on the needles and looms. I've gotten one Scuffie slipper done for a birthday gift for my aunt. Yep - you heard right. A birthday gift. You see...my whole family (except my brother) has their birthdays right after Christmas. (This includes myself....but at least I don't have to make myself a gift!) So, not only do I have to get everyone's Christmas gift made. I also have to get their birthday gifts made.
So I've got one Scuffie done for my aunt. I made a pair for my mom last year and my aunt begged me to make her a pair too. This pair is made using two strands of Lion Brand Homespun held together. This yarn makes great scuffies. It is super soft and easy to care for. It also looks pretty luxurious when completed - always a plus!
So I got one Scuffie down and one more to go. Of course I have a class every night this week to teach...but somehow the other will get done!
I also have another sock 1/2 finished. This one, however, I don't think is a Christmas gift. I think this pair will end up either on Etsy for sale, or on my own little tootsies. I haven't made a pair of socks for myself in quite a while...so I'm leaning toward keeping them for my own little tootsies!
This is self striping sock yarn I got from Joann's online. It's called "Jelly Bean" and it's Lion Brand Sassy Stripes. It's the weirdest self striping I've used. It doesn't seem to have a repeating pattern of stripes. This makes it much easier if you are obsessive and want to match stripes from sock to sock - like myself. With this yarn its just impossible to match so you can just knit away. Maybe I'll eventually reach a repeat in the striping - which would be disastrous for this little obsessive knitter. Then I'd have to waste half the ball looking for the next repeat...*sigh*
Anywho....that's what I've been up to. How's everyone elses knitting coming?
Sunday, December 10, 2006
Also, while I was teaching this afternoon at my Boulder Michaels, the store manager comes in all excited. In her hand she had a new long Knifty Knitter loom set that they had just gotten in! She said they were selling out and she was dragging the last one off so she could purchase it herself. She was so cute!...and the look of excitement on her face was priceless!
If anyone tries that felted stocking pattern - let me know. Not that there is much time left for Christmas...
I've also been busy on the looms. I made two Power Scarves for people on my Xmas list. The black sparkly one is for another Aunt who's name I drew for the family Christmas Eve party. (We do a sorta secret santa thing where we all draw one name from a hat and get a gift for that person.) I hope she likes it. I've never made anything for her so I'm sorta guessing at her taste. She wears black a lot so I think it'll be OK. I DON'T want to be one of those knitters that makes ugly things for people and then expect them to wear it! HA HA!
The Black sparkly one is made from one ball of Patons "Brilliant" yarn. If you are making a sparkly scarf I'd recommend this one. Unlike most sparkly yarns, the Brilliant is not scratchy! There is nothing worse then a scratchy scarf! The Brilliant is very soft and drapes beautifully.
The furry scarf is made from Moda-Dea "Chi-Chi" Yarn that I had some left over from a demo. It was most of a ball that I had left and it still made a decent length scarf. I'm partial to the Power Scarf pattern (especially at this time of year) because it makes quick gifts for people. It looks like its a complicated pattern, but it's easy and you get an entire scarf done in a evening of TV watching and looming.
Here's some pics of the scarves:
Friday, December 01, 2006
While in the midst of this project I decided to figure out the "never-quite-good-enough" bind off problem that I've always had with looms. It's always either a bit too tight or a bit too loose. The knit stitch bind off is modeled after the bind off used in needle knitting. I hope you are as excited about this as me...
These slippers were a request from a very good customer and I'm glad she did request them! Nothing like a request to get me thinkin'...
More info on this design:
Yarn: Lion Suede
Yardage: 2 balls for a total of about 240 yards
Loom Used: Blue Knifty Knitter round loom
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Techniques Used: E-wrap cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, increasing, yarn over, and a new technique I'm calling the knit stitch bind off (detailed instructions included)
Other Notes: I use 2 strands of yarn held together throughout. The yarn used is very soft and a great choice for this pattern as it doesn't stretch out of shape once made. Since these slippers are close fitting this yarn is highly recommended to maintain the desired look after being worn for a bit. The toe up design eliminates bulk at the toe end, making a dainty and less irritating slipper for sensitive feet!
A few more pics
From the other side
The shapely little toe and the cute bow
Off the foot!
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Sure, it looks all warm and sunny out. Colorado is weird like that...it always looks beautiful until you step outside. Then you'll never know what you'll find. This is the view out our back sun room this morning. You can see from the chair on the porch that we got a tad bit of snow. Over a foot to be exact.
I actually love snow. I'm from Maine originally. We actually don't get enough here in CO for me. I love those long winters where you get snow upon snow upon snow from December through March. And it stays through the winter - not a blade of brown grass to be seen! Here in Boulder you'll get a large snow storm like this one and then it'll be gone by the next day. Then it'll be warm and sunny and like 70 degrees for a few weeks. Yep, Boulder weather isn't my cup of tea...
So, besides freezing my behind off, I've been knitting - of course! I've made spectacular progress on those socks I showed last time. 1 sock down and less then 1 to go. WooHoo!
Unfortunately I think I'll be making a pair for my Dad, too. That means I have one more pair to make this year. His will be thicker, though. I don't think I have the patience to knit another pair in fingering weight yarn. The thought makes me want to poke my eyes out with those tiny little needles I've been using. *shudder
I've also been working on the looms. I had a customer ask me about a pattern for a pair of Mary Jane's using the blue Knifty Knitter loom. Well I didn't know of one and even searched to see if one existed. I couldn't find one...So, as I usually do I set out to make my own pattern. I really like how they came out. I think I may have supplanted the Scuffies as my favorite. What do you think?
The pattern is almost ready and will be posted to LoomKnittingDesigns this Friday. So stay tuned!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The yarn for this pair is a little thicker then my brother's, so the progress is a bit faster. After only a couple nights of knitting on the first sock I'm a little over half done. Socks truly get monotonous after a while.
Here's some pics for you - pretty, huh?
Monday, November 27, 2006
Saturday, November 25, 2006
All stress aside, I really do love the way they turned out. Very tiny little stitches and the yarn is going to be warm and easy to care for. I do hope he likes loves them!
With this pair complete it's only 1 more pair to go. That is if I don't decide to make my Dad a pair too. The last pair I made him for Father's day a couple years ago he keeps for "best". I can't seem to get him to wear them more. Telling him how many hours they take to make only enforces his rule...Ah well, at least he likes and wears them.
The stats on these puppies:
Yarn used: Scheepjes Invicta Extra - 75% wool 25% nylon
Gauge: 40 stitches by 28 rows = 4"
Amount: about 1 and 1/3 balls at ~230 yards a piece
Needles: #2 DPs
Pattern: "Classic Socks for the Family" by Yankee Knitter Designs
Friday, November 24, 2006
A little more about the pattern:
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Loom: Small Gauge with at least 10 pegs
Yarn: worsted weight scraps in two colors
Techniques covered: E-wrap, purl, turning a heel in a flat panel of knitting, gathered bind off, and sewing seems.
I provide step by step instructions for turning the heel, since it's a bit different then a regular heel done in the round. It's an interesting technique that I'm hoping to work into other patterns.
Enjoy everyone and happy holidays!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
A little bit of progress on the Christmas knitting since my last post. The other sock for my brother is coming along nicely - slow, but nicely. I turned the heel last night while watching my favorite show House on Fox. Last nights episode wasn't all that great - but the beauty of knitting while watching TV is its never a wasted hour!
I'll be working on these this morning since I have the day off from work. I'm trying not to think about the fact that there is 33 days left til Christmas. 33 days left to finish all my Christmas knitting. Ugh!
Friday, November 10, 2006
After a long wait on my FO's pile, this little set is finally making it into a finished pattern. I actually designed and finished the sample last spring but decided to wait for cooler weather before writing up the directions. It's an adorable set and the sample will be going to someone on my Christmas list. I hope you like it as much as I do!
A little more about this set:
Yarn used: Jo-Ann Sensations Angel Hair Yarn
Yardage: ~100 yards (approx. 1 skein for the set) double that if you choose to use two strands held together.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Loom used: I used the blue loom for the sample, but any loom with at least 23 pegs will work.
Finished scarflett dimensions: about 31 inches long by 3 and 3/4 inches wide
Techniques used: E-wrap, purl, moving stitches around the pegs, flat panel bind off, mattress stitch seaming.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
This post reminded me of Zia Sara over at American in Italy. I thought it was hers until I clicked on it. I love all of those cute hats. Sara's stuff can be found on loomknit.com here.
The last of my inspiring finds: a free PDF of knitted scarves from knitpicks.com. I was thumbing through my copy of this months Vogue Knitting magazine and saw an ad for them. To download this simple collection (most of which can be converted for loom knitting), go to http://www.knitpicks.com/245. My favorite of the collections is the Waves Scarf (on the left) - it has this subtle cabling all over. Beautiful!
Ohhh, I almost forgot. I finished this sock this week for my brother's Christmas gift. This sock is made from such fine yarn I thought I'd never finish. Of course the foot of the intended wearer is a size 11, so that doesn't help! I like the color a lot. Tweedy Blue! (Which you can't see in this crumby pic, sorry! I'll post more tomorrow when the sun is up!) I think he'll like them too. Since a pair of knit socks is all he asked for from me, they better be good! Only one more pair of socks (at least) to go for Christmas gifts. Then its on to other items. I like to finish the socks first. That helps stave off the 2nd sock grumbles...you know. Where you knit one sock and then start grumbling and never start the second.
Anyway...sorry for the crumby picture. Maybe I should wait til the sun is UP before snapping pictures of FO's.
Friday, November 03, 2006
The stats on these slippers:
Loom used: Blue Knifty Knitter loom
Yarn: 1 ball of Lion Brand Thick and Quick in color "Charcoal"
Yarn weight: Super Chunky
Yardage: 108 yards per ball
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Techniques used: E-wrap, purl, increasing, flat panel bind off, turning the heel, and sewing seams.
Link to purchase: http://www.loomknittingdesigns.com/patterns_cozymocs.html
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you haven't eaten as much candy as I have...
While waiting around on the Trick or Treaters, I put together another free PDF of instructions on LoomKnittingDesigns.com. This one is on blocking. When to do it, why you would do it, and most importantly how. I have a quick and painless way of blocking and I've made it available for you! If you own the Waves of Lace Shawl pattern, go download these. It's an essential part of the lacy lace process :)
The new PDF is in the instructions section:
Friday, October 27, 2006
Go to LoomKnittingDesigns.com in the "Instructions" section and download the PDF or see below for some step by step instructions on binding off a flat panel of knitting from a single rake (like the knifty knitters!):
- Any knitting loom used as a single rake. Here I use a red Knifty Knitter loom.
- Lion Brand Thick N’ Quick – or similar Super Bulky Weight yarn for practice
- Knifty Knitter yarn pick
- Large Crochet Hook (about the diameter of a pencil)
For the purpose of these instructions, I cast on to 5 pegs across using the Knifty Knitter red loom and knit a total of 5 rows before beginning the bind off instructions below. If you are practicing, I’d recommend having at least 5 rows of knitting on your loom before binding off. Any less then this and your knitting might be a little tough to maneuver.