1. Knit on size 4 needles instead of size 6
2. I decreased one stitch in each section of the knit part of the ribbing on the last 4 rounds (makes it snugger around my knuckles)
3. I did a pattern BO instead of the picot.
I would say that they need to be a tad bit longer but I will wear them and love them just the same. Very soft and warm.
I am in love with a new (and yes, affordable) yarn. Ultra Alpaca from Berroco. If you can not find a color to your liking, you have issues. Not only are the colors gorgeous (and heathery) but you get over 200 yards (okay 212 yards) for about $8.00! Hello!! bonus--it is so soft and so cozy warm. Some of the names could use a bit 'o tweeking so I may just call them what I feel is appropriate. For instance, I bought the Prune Mix (yuck name, most lovely color yarn) so how's about Violet Riot? it has so many flecs of different purples in it. Also, I bought-get ready-Pea Soup Mix (yuck, yuck) so I was thinking Wheat Grass, cause that is really what it looks like. It has shades of yellow and greens mixed in, really fun color. If you get the opportunity to get your hands on some I say do it. I works up really nicely, too. I am making a hat with the violet riot and I have written up my own cable scarf pattern for the wheatgrass. When it is finished I will share the pattern.
I hope you all have enjoyed the hat fashion show. I feel like that is all I have made lately. I am working on the second Fetching glove. My desire to finish off the washcloths has stalled out. I really hate working with cotton yarn. I don't care what brand it is (I've tried it all) nor do I care what type of needle I use (I've tried them all)-- simply put, I hate working with cotton yarn. The end result is very pretty and nice, it's just getting there.
We are enjoying some cooler, rainy weather this weekend. Perfect for knitting and watching football and smelling the pot roast in the slow cooker. I adore lazy weekends. I hope you all have enjoyed yours, too.
Well, for whatever reason blogger will not accept images of Winston. . . imagine that. What sort of evil doesn't like puppy photos? He was chillin on my lap after a hard day of running around. Notice the dirt ring in the shape of a heart around his little nose. Puppy love, I tell ya, it's written all over his face.
Oh, my Knucks are residing at my LYS for the time being. I bought the yarn I used for them there and they asked if I would let them display them for all the knitting world to see. One of the owners kept walking around with them and saying to people, "see what Dawn made" "have you seen the cute gloves that Dawn made". It was kinda funny. I felt a little like a knitting rock star. Nice.
This is the LOTORP BAG from Noro Revisited:
Yarn: Noro Kureyon #51 (3 balls--I wanted my strap longer, plus I knitted on one size bigger needles than the pattern called for
Needles: size 7 straights
Finished Measurements 12" w x 22" l (this includes the strap but does not included stretching when stuff is put in the bag--it falls to my palm when full)
Lined and velcro closer added.
***** this is a 5 star knit (5 being the highest)
I have loved this bag from afar for a very long time. I finally bought the book the pattern was in and I love it! Very mindless knitting and the end result is great. I have gotten several complements on it.
Currently on my needles are a second pair of Fetching gloves (this time with a few modifications for my taste) and #4 out of 7 face clothes. I dove into the organic cotten by Blue Sky that was pictured in the last post. Very soft and wonderful cotton yarn to work with. I'm doing this one in a basket weave pattern. When all seven are complete I will do a group shot of all the cloths and the pattens I used for each.
Okay, I had some Winston photos, but Blogger is being a Butthole as usual. So maybe another time. Outtie.
Oh, how I love it when my yarn comes delivered to my door. It is so satisfying.
They are all lined up enjoying the pre-fall weather here in Tennessee, waiting patiently for me to decide who gets made into what first. Ahhh, satisfaction.
Here is a little ditty I whipped up for the Rad Bad Beanies cause. It has some left over bits of wool from various projects. I have a couple more FO to share but they need finishing touches put on them first. I have almost finished #2 face cloth out of 6 for my workmates. For Christmas they are each getting a face cloth (sounds better than dishcloth and it is for the bath not the dirty dishes and counters) as well as a nice bar of handmade soap. I may slip in some handmade bathsalts as well. I haven't decided if the mood is gonna strike me or not. If I do they will be made from these Himalayan salts. Good stuff. I'm gonna make some for my family gifts for sure.
Saturday is UFO day and also get the house straightened out day. Bonus, I will be making some delicious peanutbutter oatmeal cookies. Sunday is a shopping/dinner day. I have been planning it for a couple of weeks. Big shopping at some of my favorite stores and then I will take the family out for dinner at, probably, Macaroni Grill. I CANT WAIT! Tonite I'm getting a head start on the Italian meal with a bottle of vino:
All in all this is a great issue! I question the Lizard Ridge pattern. Not the pattern itself, but the amount of Noro used for this project. Pleeeeeease!! Who the hell has that kind of money to throw around. Maybe if some benefactor had a huge heart and willed me all the Noro I could stand, then I'd make it out of that yarn. Otherwise, I suggest a more ecconomical yarn in these times. The mulit colored one is gorgeous but seriously, WTF!
Musical Note: I recently purchased the new Audioslave CD and Marty Casey and Lovehammers CD. Both are great. I love Marty's voice! and both of these cd's have serious guitar playing on them (which wins honors in my book!). Chris Cornell has a voice to melt the sun and their guitarist, Tom Morello, well he has some SERIOUS tats. Check 'em out.
Have a great day, all! Peace~ DAWN
I decided not to put on the message because the tweed-like coloring; my next pair will be solid so I can go crazy. I used MISTY ALPACA in sport weight and got a great pair of soft gloves that fit perfectly! I love them. Plus, I have some yarn left over that when doubled will make a nice rib to a Rad Bad hat.
Doggie update: Winston, Buster and Timber are all getting along swimmingly. They are running around and playing tug of war with their toys and it is so cute to see Winston running after Buster knowing that one day he will surpass him is size greatly.
On a gross note: we were watching "Health Inspector" last nite and I looked down at my feet and there were all three dogs licking their balls at the same time. I just thought, "how perfect. . . I really am out numbered in this house." Husband, my dad, 3 sons, and now 3 male dogs. The only time I'm not "alone" is when the girlfriend comes and stays for the weekends. More girly things in the bathroom and smells of perfume and not gas! Yay!!
Happy Weekend! Peace~ DAWN
I made mine in Highland Wool from Elann.com. I used 5 balls of the darker blue and 2 of the grey. I followed the pattern exactally (shock!) and it fits just fine, yippie!
I love the lacy cuffs and the fact that I can wear this in my house when I get chilly and it won't get in the way by being to bulky. If you like shrugs (which I do) then this is a nice pattern with enough variation to make it interesting. One thing I learned: don't block ribbing--it takes out the elasticity. I know, I know, "DUH" but we all can't be brilliant all at once, what fun would that be?
Oh, and it only took me a couple of months to crank out. That was sarcasum. I tend to knit three to five things at once and therefore nothing gets done overly quick.
Here is a sneak peek at the next project that will be off the needles soon. I would say by this weekend, but I have to work Saturday and that is going to cut into the knitting time considerably. These are the Knucks from knitty.com. My first attempt at fingers (sorta). I have finished one of them and am glad to report it fits fine so I am excited about getting this one done. I won't put any words on this pair, but the next pair will have a little someum' someum'.
Go, browse, become inlightened. See you tomorrow with pictures of the Interweave Shrug. Does it fit, are the seams straight, would I recommend this pattern to anyone? Tune in tomorrow to find out the answers to these important questions and MORE!
I am reading Frankenstein now. I was saving it for October but I'm sure it will take me through October to get through it (since I'm slow don't cha know). So far it is really good. As I read it, it is hard for me to comprehend that a young woman of 19 wrote this book in the budding 1800's. Not only that but she lived through some really horrible things in her life. Lots of death. It is not hard to read like some classics can be.
Happy Labor Day to everyone. Peace~DAWN
This weekend will be dedicated to finishing up the Interweaves Shrug. I finished both cuffs and all I have left is:
Till then peeps, have a great Labor Day weekend and may your mailboxes overflow with fiber goodness;)