Wednesday, November 23, 2011

If at First You Don't Succeed...

I love working with Noro yarn. The soft feel and changing colors make knitting exciting. Perhaps I was too excited since I started with needles dp's a size too big. I finished the first glove quickly. When I made my second glove, I became horribly confused about the thumb placement. I ended up with two,  large gloves  both too big to fit my the right hand. On close inspection I found flaws in the pattern on both gloves so  I ripped both of them out. It was back to the drawing board.

This time, with the correct size needles I knitted each glove through two patterns on dp's then I switched the gloves to two circulars. This helped me make sure that both gloves would be the same and when I got to the thumbs, I placed them in the center to insure that I would indeed have a glove to fit each hand. I wouldn't say things went perfectly, but the colors match pretty well and  I am delighted with the results.

Because I had more yarn I decided to make a hat to match these great gloves. I simple made 8 pattern repeats and knitted a hat . It was while I was doing this that I remembered  Elizabeth Zimmerman's advice. .When trying a new pattern she suggests making a hat. Just measure the head you wish to fit and adjust for the pattern stitch. You have nothing but easy rounds to do. It really helps you to get familiar with the pattern and when finished instead of a gauge square you have a hat. I really wish I had done the hat first. It would have made the gloves infinitely easier to knit.

In the end I got to enjoy using this yarn  twice three times over. I love the results. I enjoyed both the process and the product making this a nearly perfect knitting project!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Inspiration

Just when I think that I might cut back on my knitting,  a new super soft colorful yarn and interesting untried patterns come my way. This time it was because my daughter  finally made it to the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. She has no  time to spend knitting, but  brought me a pattern for Noro yarn. She knows I have a little Noro in my stash and I find working with it irresistible. I'm just getting ready to start the second glove. I know that matching the gloves is compulsive, but I will like them better if they match just a bit better than the pair in the picture. We'll see how I do.

I'm still just admiring the Crystal Palace yarn. It feels divine and I love the bright rainbow colors.

Right now Purl is working full time. She has no time to knit or to blog. We considered giving up Close Knit Friends, but decided to keep it alive . Perhaps someday she will be back. I hope so I miss her!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

And Now for Something Different

Not too long age I tried wet felting again. The object was to make a small round wet felted piece suitable for the front of a greeting card. My piece was not very small, not round and just a bit wild and woolly. I think my wet felting career is definitely over!  I added some beads and needle felted it to one of my knitted and felted hats. Needle felting is not one of my favorite activities, but it worked really well for attaching the piece to the hat. This hat is for sale on etsy which has been a non starter for me. So far it seems to be telling me loud and clear "DON' T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB. " Good thing I'm retired and just doing it for the fun of the experience.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A New Ballerina Catnip Mouse

It was a long time ago when I made a ballerina mouse for the Christmas craft show I usually do. This was my last year for that, but I've decided to try something new. Now I have decided to dip my toe in the etsy pool. So far I have found it to be a fun place to browse. I'll have to work hard to keep my purse strings tightly closed. Some of the handmade items are very tempting indeed.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

One of A Kind Socks

I was visiting Amy and stopped by White Barn Farm. It's an exciting yarn shop definitely worth a visit. I was sure I could browse and not buy, but a beautiful partially completed, display sock made me, forced me , enticed me... as if I needed any help, to buy a ball of sock yarn. The sample was in orange and turquoise in a fascinating stripe pattern. I was almost saved since that particular yarn was sold out, but I did find a ball in my favorite colors so I was toast. This colorway did not stripe like I expected. If I had been in full control of my yarn fetish, I would have noticed the picture on the tag which looked exactly like the socks you see here. Nevertheless I love my socks, and I actually finished them before I got the bill for the yarn. What could be better than that?.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Wrist and Hand Warmers

I had to wait to show these because they were a surprise Christmas present for my daughter . The pattern is Lion Brand Spring Wristers. The yarn was a hand-dyed sport weight from my stash, purchased at the weaving show in Albany last December. I love them myself , and she said the were "perfect". Gift giving doesn't get any better than that!