Thursday, September 11, 2014

Boyfriend Watch Cap


What's on my needles (week 34)

 

At the Knitting Garage

Windsor Mitt

My Windsor Mitt store sample is growing in length :  I finished the 6 1/2 inches, did the thumb gussets and I am now knitting the last few rows for the  hand (but forgot to take pictures). 

And we also have five customers who started their own pairs of Windsor Mitts to keep fashionably warm this winter.  Noreen, Ali, Lauren, Anne-Marie and Chris all took a class with me this last week and I am looking forward to see their progress and finished mitts.  Three out of five came to the conclusion that working in the round on two circular needles rather than four double pointed needles is not only easier, but also faster.

If you want to learn this technique, you may want to come to my next class either this Saturday or next Wednesday:

Boyfriend Watch Cap
One special feature of this pattern is that you can wear the hat either with the cuff up or for a more slouchy look you can wear it with the cuff down.

 
I will be teaching a stretchy cast-on, knitting on a circular needle and three methods of knitting the crown : with 
  • DPN's, 
  • the magic loop and 
  • two circular needles.

At Home

Another Pinwheel Flower Washcloth

 

I quickly knitted up another Pinwheel Spa cloth as a quick gift for a friend in the beautiful Trendsetter Yarn "Lino".  I cannot stress enough that paired with a bar of soap, this makes a great gift.  This is a last minute gift done in a couple of hours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chevron Lace Tank

The other project I have made progress on is the Chevron Lace Tank.  I am almost at the point where I can divide front and back at the armholes and start the lace pattern.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

What's on my needles (week 33)

At the Knitting Garage

Windsor Mitt

It amazes me how one simple stitch can change the look of a mitt from "boring" to "stunning".
You don't need to remember a complicated pattern repeat to knit these mitts up; the secret lies in one stitch.  Start your own pair this Saturday or next Wednesday (while the kids are back in school).  I will be giving a class both days.  For details click here:  current class schedule.



At Home

A gift from Heaven

My shawl (the kit  from Marie's stash was gifted to me by my local library almost one year after my friend passed away) is finished and I am looking forward to many hugs...




Monday, September 1, 2014

First Fall/ Back -to-School Class

Windsor Mitts  

Fall and Winter will be here in no time.  But there is still time to prepare to keep warm.

When:

Saturday September 6th from 10:30 am to 12 noon and for those of you who rather come to a class while the children are at school, I will also give the same class on
Wednesday September 10th from 10:30 am to 12 noon. 

What will you Learn:

  • Two methods of knitting in the round without gaps (on DPN's and on two circular needle.

  •  The "LT" stitch.

  • How to bind off in the round without a "jog".   

                                                                                 

    How much does it cost: The class is $35 and includes the $8 pattern. 
    You will have to sign up prior for the Wednesday Class (as I am not usually in Rhinebeck on Wednesdays), but have the option to make a last minute decision and walk in for the Saturday Class.  Classes are limited to four participants.

     I will be posting the rest of the class schedule for this Fall shortly.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

What's on my needles (week 32)

Store Sample at The Knitting Garage

The Glacerie Shawl...

...came out beautiful if I may say so myself...Come by to see it "in person" at the shop and to pick up yarns to start your own :)








I started on a new Store sample in Blue Sky Alpaca Petites  "Windsor Mitts".
As summer is winding down, this is a good project to get ready for those chilly mornings when you want to wear something stylish to keep your hands warm.

I am offering a class on these on Saturday September 6th from 10:30 am to 12 noon and for those of you who rather come to a class while the children are at school, I will also give the same class on Wednesday September 10th from 10:30 am to 12 noon.  The class is $35 and includes the $8 pattern.  I will explain to you the "LT" stitch which gives this mitten the unique look and I will show you two methods of knitting in the round.  One is with DPN's and one with two circular needles.  Both are favorites of mine.  I will show you how to avoid getting the gap between needles with both methods.  When you look at any of my store samples you see a smooth even round of stitches.  How did I do that?  You will have to sign up prior for the Wednesday Class (as I am not usually in Rhinebeck on Wednesdays), but have the option to make a last minute decision and walk in for the Saturday Class.  However all classes are limited to four participants.
I will be posting the rest of the class schedule for this Fall shortly.

At Home

I finished knitting the shawl I dubbed "A Gift From Heaven" and it is soaking now in tepid water and "Soak" (a great no-rinse additive for blocking and washing your hand-knits).  I am looking forward to see this shawl blocked as you cannot see the lace work well right now.  Here is a "before"  picture:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

What's on my needles (week 31)

At The Knitting Garage at AL Stickle

The Glacerie Shawl is finished !!!
It is on the blocking mat now and I will post more pictures next week.
Using the Sport weight/ Light combination and working the large size it came to 70" across the top edge and 24" at the deepest point.  I doubled it on the blocking mat.
We have the pattern and yarn at The Knitting Garage and I can't stress enough that it is a great pattern to use up left-over yarns in fingering/ sock yarn weight.  Then you only need to match up your left-overs with a yarn for the Main Color.


At Home

Matt's All-in-One

Here are all the pieces :)
I knitted high speed on Matt's all-in-one.  When I was on the last piece (the second half of the hood) I was getting worried that I had not enough yarn left, but much to my relief I did and all the pieces are done.  Now on to sewing them together.
One half of the hood done one more to go





















A Gift from Heaven Shawl

I have also continued on the Gift from Heaven Shawl.  It doesn't look like I have done much more, but at almost 600 stitches per row it is going a little slower.  Even so I have only six rows left to knit!


I just test knitted rows 24-27 of the Petals Chart, because I couldn't figure out how the math could be right.  Well, I can now say that it isn't.  Yes, in row 26 you do knit and purl six stitches into the five YO's of row 25.  You will have 27 before and 27 (not 26) after your YO5 in row 25 and before and after your k1,p1,k1,p1,k1,p1 in row 26 and before and after your YO, k2, YO in row 27.  After all, this is a symmetrical pattern...

Chevron Tank Top 

I am also working on a tank top.  When I got the yarn and pattern a silver (rocket) gray seemed like a good choice, but right now the color does not inspire me to pick it up too much....It is supposed to replace a favorite grey tank top which I seem to wear year round.
This is a top up seamless construction starting with a picot seam.  As I am between the smallest size and the next one up I followed the advise of JaneEyre9 on ravelry and since I am using the same yarn I did not do a gauge swatch.  Well, I am always ready to tell everyone about the importance of doing a swatch and I should have listened to my own advise as the tank top seems a tad wide.  Nevertheless I will keep going just making it a bit longer so the widest part will sit on my hips which will work nicely (of course now I am not sure if I have enough yarn)...another project to start speed-knitting to put my mind at ease or get more yarn...



Thursday, August 14, 2014

What's on my needles (week 30)

At The Knitting Garage

The Glacerie Shawl

I am plodding along on this shawl; just two more rows to go and then the edging.  By next week I should be blocking this and I think it will look very attractive in the store :)
As I said before:  This is a great pattern to use up any left-over light weight yarn for the accent colors.




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Home

I have not been knitting much at home; I spent some time sitting with my son who ius knitting me new fingerless mittens after his cat ate my last pair and knitting on the hood for Matthew's All-In -One. 
Other than that I re-did one summer top:

A 40 minute make-over

I made this tank top three years ago and although I like it , I have not been wearing it very much; mostly due to the fact that I don't like the large armholes.  They make me feel too exposed and I wear either another tank top underneath or something else over it.
This is how I changed it:
  • I picked up and knitted 64 stitches around each armhole on four US# 6 needles.  
  • Then I k2, p2 for five rows , then bound off loosely in pattern.
Voila, problem solved:

This is how it used to look (2011)
left armhole done, one more to go



and this is how it looks now :)