At The Knitting Garage
MissingI am starting off with a bit of sad news: Two of our store samples are missing.... If you know of their whereabouts, please help them find their way back home (no questions asked).
Here are pictures (Julie knitted up 1/2 a new Cane Bay Wrap since the other one went missing):
|Cane Bay Wrap|
|Candle Flame Shawl|
Now on to happier moments:
Here are a few pictures of the final steps to complete it:
|after the first wash it felted quite a bit right away|
|measurements after the second felting cycle|
|blocking stuffed with plastic bags|
|Cutting out felt for the inside of the bag where the handles will be sewn on|
|marking where the handles will be sewn on|
|pinning the hearts into place|
|All done; inside view|
|Don't YOU want to make one of these ?|
ClassesAlso don't forget to take advantage of the classes we are offering at The Knitting Garage to get you started on a quick and fun project as the perfect gift this Holiday Season:
This Saturday 10am-12noon : Cabled Headband (instructor: Doris)
Sunday 11am-12:30pm: Calorimetry Headband (instructor: Julie)
Wednesday 11am-1pm: Pinwheel Flower Spa Cloth (instructor: Doris)
New Store sample: DOWNTON HATNext on my list of what to knit with for the store are two wonderful yarns.
I am knitting with the Manos Silk, a DK weight yarn and the Trendsetter La Furla.
I found a hat pattern which will use both yarn. The Manos for the main body of the hat and the La Furla for the rim. The nice thing with this pattern is, too, that it is written in many sizes from "Baby" to "Adult 2". I am knitting it up in size "Adult 1".
This promises to be a gorgeous hat! I have just a few more rows of ribbing to do and then I will start the rim in the lovely soft Furla.
The pattern is free on ravelry and as you can see a relatively quick knit.
The construction is interesting:
|you knit a square first (in double seed stitch)|
|then you pick up stitches all around and start knitting in the round|
|after doing some ribbing (which will help to keep the hat on your head :) you add the rim in a contrasting yarn|
At HomeOver the last two weeks I have finished several gifts (remember, I didn't "report" on my knitting last week, but instead wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving).
I added 6 extra stitches (54 sts total) and used a very stretchy cast-on: the most elastic cast-on. This seems to be a variation on Jenny’s stretchy cast-on.
Keeping the inside of the pattern as the outside I did k2, p1 for the first 8 rows, then P2, K1 for the main body of the hat.
For a more feminine look I knitted
three rows in pattern, then
P2, K1,P1, P2tog through back loop, YO, etc
every other row. Then in pattern. I did a total of 12 YO row repeats for a slouchy look (total of 27 rows after the 8 rows of P2, K1).
In Row 9 I did k2tog across the row. I had 9 sts left and pulled the yarn through the stitches to close the hat.
I don't have quite enough yarn left for a pompom, but went through my stash and found enough yarn which will go with the colors of the hat.
I finished these yesterday :)
By the way I am planning on offering another sock knitting class in January; this time toe-up on magic loop!
heels are turned and gussets are done :)