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New Blog

November 29, 2009

I’ve moved my blog – all the action (if you can call it that) is over at The Finish Line blog now.


Arrrrrgh – Pirate Mittens

March 4, 2009

Spragoon wanted a pair of these Hello Yarn pirate mittens he saw on Ravelry.
This was my first try at stranded knitting.
Other than the ribbing (the black is too loose), I think they came out pretty well.
I used Frog Tree Merino in black and natural.

Zip Socks

January 27, 2009

Flashback to 2008.

I made these socks for a Christmas present and they were finished on November 27th, but due to the vicisitudes of life (as my mom would say), I was only able to give them to their intended recipient a few days ago.
Just plain-old stockinette socks in Berocco Comfort DK, but I taught myself the tubular bind-off for this pair:
I like the edge. Less “ruffly” than I usually get by just doing a super-loose regular bind-off on a toe-up sock.

This time I used US 3’s for the Comfort DK and that worked out much better than the 4’s I used for the Comfortable Socks. (The Comfortable Socks have stretched since they were knitted, and I think knitting at a tighter gauge would have helped prevent that. Sock Knitting 101.)

I called these socks “Zip Socks” for 2 reasons. One is that I wanted to see if I could knit a pair of socks in 2 weeks, and I succeeded. Remember, these are plain stockinette in DK weight, so I won’t have to rename my blog anytime soon.

Blanket Finished

January 7, 2009

It’s hard to know when a garter stitch blanket is finished. One way is by running out of yarn, but I seem to have a lot of this yarn. The other way is by arbitrarily saying it is finished, which I did the day before yesterday.
For size: this is our Christmas tree.
Looks cozy, no?
This blanket is for Tumblyday’s Botswana project. Any knitters, crocheters, weavers or quilters/sewers out there, the deadline is March 13th and I know that any handmade hats, sweaters, socks, mittens, blankets and toys will be much appreciated!

Progress on Blanket

January 4, 2009

I have a lot of “almost finished” projects that I’m going to try to complete. Here’s the “Rose Quartz” blanket which got neglected for a while as I made Christmas socks.
When I looked at this photograph, I said to myself “That’s almost a blanket!” I’d been knitting away on it and never really looked at it to see how much progress I’d made. It won’t take me long to finish now.

I made a little baby hat to go with it:
Is that ruler bent or what?

I tried to find a model for the hat, since the bent ruler doesn’t really give a good idea of the size:
Too small for a 13-year old.
Too big for a stuffed monkey.

Why are there no babies around the house when you need one?

Socks Finished

January 4, 2009

My last FO for 2008: my mom’s socks.
Of course, I had to try them on to make sure they were big enough:
That was a mistake, because they were so comfy and I didn’t want to take them off to ship them up to her. They fit perfectly.
I think my next pair is going to be for me.

Dishcloth-O-Mania, Part I

August 26, 2008

A few weeks ago, I needed some really simple knitting for a short car ride, so I started this dishcloth:


Friends saw me working on it and said “Wow! I’d like one.” I never knew there was all this pent-up demand for homemade dishcloths! I gave the original away (and I’m happy because I’ve seen it in use) so I’ve been making a few more.

Here’s one called “Piece of my Heart” from Knitting at KNoon Designs made in Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece (80% cotton, 20% merino). Of course, I haven’t washed or blocked it yet — I’m always too impatient to take the pictures:


Here’s a detail of the heart motif:


Same yarn, a basketweave pattern I made up (or maybe my sister Beth made up, whatever it was, it was 40 years ago that one of us made it up):


Same yarn, a round crochet one I made up as I went along. I think the upwards curl will go away with washing:


My latest is a mosaic (Barbara Walker Treasury #2) made from 2 colors of leftover Bernat “Cotton Tots”, still in progress:



Progress on Brilloso Top

August 22, 2008

I started this top for Jill in March. I did a LARGE gauge swatch, but apparently not large enough, because my circumference was about a foot too big. I ripped about 8″ back and started over. After knitting about 10″ I put it into hibernation because I wasn’t sure even then about my math. Well, that plus all the other projects I was working on. I picked it up again about 3 weeks ago and now it’s coming along.

Here it is, almost up to where it splits for the armholes (it’s just a rectangle at this point):
I split it for the armholes and am now working on the left front only. It feels like it’s going much faster because there are only 1/4 as many stitches to work on.
Here it is, being modeled by Jill:
You can kind of see that the left front is higher than the back and right front.
This is Brilloso from Webs, in a 3X1 rib, on size 6 needles. I love this yarn, so I was surprised to look on Ravelry and see that there are only 5 other projects using it. I guess it doesn’t look as good on the cone as it does knitted up. I definitely like the 3×1 rib better than I did either garter or stockinette stitch — the one purl between the stockinette panels make the stockinette stitches stand out.

The pattern comes from the basic shape of the Manos “Double Time” top with a much smaller gauge.

Knitting Group Banned from Library

August 21, 2008

A children’s knitting group was banned from an Ontario library.

I’ve heard of banned books, but banning 6 year olds from knitting in the library?

In my dream universe, hoards of little children will storm the libraries of this continent, DEMANDING to be allowed to knit!

Something Old, Something New

June 14, 2008

Having left enough time for the bride-to-be to have gotten this in the mail, I can unveil it on the blog:
A wedding garter for my niece who is getting married in August.
This is a crochet pattern called “Something Blue” from
Here is the lace part, before adding the ribbon:
I really had to guess on the size – I hope I got it somewhat right.

Here it is, ready to be mailed. Not the best photo because it is unstretched, so you can’t see the lace well (and the photo is dark).