Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The Sugarplum pillows for the aunts were a hit. The word heirloom was actually bantered about. Gotta love the innocence of the Muggles.
Next up: a big six-day work week. Luckily the last Packer game with--incredibly--Play Off Implications, has been moved to Sunday night, so I won't miss seeing it after all. Go Pack!
Next post: Should I call a moratorium on yarn purchases in 2007? And if so, would it be cheating to buy enough for IK's Nantucket Jacket before I do?
Sunday, December 10, 2006
[MC] Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220 yd per 100 g skein]; color: #9452 (light heather blue); 1 skein[CC] Cascade 220 [100% wool; 220 yd per 100 g skein]; color: #8393 (navy); 1 skein
1 24-inch US #7/4.5 mm circular needles
1 US #7/4.5 mm circular or straight needle for three-needle bind off
2 oz. Fiberfill or other stuffing for pillow
20 sts/22 rows = 4" in color stranded stockinette stitch. Exact gauge is not critical.
This pattern is worked in the round with two colors. The yarn not in use should be carried loosely behind the stitches. When the stranded yarn is to be carried for more than four stitches, you may find it helpful to keep tension even by weaving in the stranded yarn as you go, but it is not necessary. The snowflake design is adapted from one found in 1000 Great Knitting Motifs by Luise Roberts.
With MC, CO 74 stitches. Place marker to indicate beginning of round and join, being careful not to twist stitches. K 1 round in MC, join CC and work all rows of chart. Knit 1 round in MC. Do not cut yarn.
Three needle bindoff: Turn inside out so that WS is on the outside. Grasp needle cord between stitch 37 and stitch 38 and pull so that the tube lays flat with stitches 1 through 37 on the needle in front and stitches 38 through 74 on the needle in back. Using second set of circular needles, insert empty needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit, then into the first stitch on the back needle as if to knit, then knit these two stitches together. Repeat with the next stitch on each needle; pass the first stitch over the second. Continue in this manner until all stitches are bound off, cut yarn and pull through the last stitch on needle.
Weave in ends. Turn pillow right side out, stuff and sew the bottom seam with MC.
LOG CABIN POINSETTIA PILLOW
[MC] Knit Picks Merino Style [100 % wool; 123 yd per 50 g skein]; color: Vanilla; 1 skein[CC1] Knit Picks Merino Style [100 % wool; 123 yd per 50 g skein]; color: Pine; 1 skein
[CC2] Knit Picks Merino Style [100 % wool; 123 yd per 50 g skein]; color: Hollyberry; 1 skein
[CC3] DMC Pearl Cotton 5 [100% cotton 25 m per 5 g skein]; color: 498 (red); 1 skein
[CC4] DMC Pearl Cotton 5 [100% cotton 25 m per 5 g skein]; color: 319 (green); 1 skein
[CC5] DMC Pearl Cotton 5 [100% cotton 25 m per 5 g skein]; color: 5282 (metallic gold); 1 skein
1 set US #0/2 mm straight or circular needles
1 set US #5/ 3.75 mm straight or circular needles
2 oz. Fiberfill or other stuffing for pillow
25 sts/30 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch. Exact gauge is not critical.
When picking up stitches along the side of the knitting, pick up two stitches for every three rows. When picking up stitches along cast-on or bound-off edges, pick up one stitch for each existing stitch. The poinsettia appliqué is adapted from one found in Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Embellishments by Nicky Epstein.
With MC, and size 5 needles, CO 25 sts. Work in St st for 5 inches, ending with WS row. BO all stitches but last stitch, turn work and, with CC1, pick up 25 sts along left side of square, starting by drawing first stitch through stitch still on needle. Work in St st for 2 inches, ending with WS row. BO all but last stitch, turn work and, with CC2 pick up 36 sts along left side of CC1 rectangle and cast-on stitches of MC, starting by drawing first stitch through stitch still on needle. Work in St st for 2 inches, ending with WS row. BO all but last stitch, turn work and, with CC1, pick up 36 sts along left side of piece, starting by drawing first stitch through stitch still on needle. Work in St st for 2 inches, ending with WS row. BO all but last stitch, turn work and, with CC2 pick up 44 sts along left side of piece, starting by drawing first stitch through stitch still on needle. Work in St st for 2 inches, ending in WS row, BO all stitches.
Use the same log cabin technique as the front, starting by casting on 12 st with CC2 and working a 2 inch square. Continue making 1-inch high rectangles in the following color sequence: MC, CC1, MC, CC1, CC2, MC, CC2, MC. Finish with a round of one-half inch high rectangles of CC1 all the way around. BO all stitches.
Poinsettia Petals (make 10)
With CC3, and size 0 needles, CO 3 sts.
Row 1 and all WS rows: Purl
Row 2: Kfb, k1, kfb. 5 sts.
Row 4: Kfb, k3, kfb. 7 sts.
Row 6: Kfb, k5, kfb. 9 sts.
Work even in St st for 7 rows.
Row 14: SSK, k5, k2tog. 7 sts.
Row 16: SSK, k3, k2tog. 5 sts.
Row 18: SSK, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.
Row 19: Sl 1, k2tog, psso. 1 st. Cut the thread and pull through to fasten off, leaving a six-inch tail to sew petal to pillow.
Leaves (make 2)
With CC4, CO 5 sts.
Row 1: k2, yo, k1, yo, k2. 7 sts.
Row 2 and all WS rows: Purl
Row 3: k3, yo, k1, yo, k3. 9 sts.
Row 5: SSK, k5, k2tog. 7 sts.
Row 7: SSK, k3, k2tog. 5 sts.
Row 9: SSK, k1, k2tog. 3 sts.
Row 10: Sl 1, k2tog, psso. 1 st. Fasten off, leaving enough tail for sewing onto pillow.
Bobbles (make 7)
With CC5, CO 1 st.
Row 1: Kfb 2 times, k all in same stitch. One stitch becomes 5.
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: Knit, pass first four sts over last stitch, fasten off.
Block all pieces and weave in ends. Leave ends of poinsettia petals, leaves, and bobbles to use to sew pieces onto pillow. Arrange five petals of poinsettia in a star shape on white block on front of pillow, leaving a space in center for bobbles, sew on. Arrange remaining five petals on top of and in between bottom petals and sew on. Sew on leaves as desired between two petals and sew on bobbles in center. Seam three sides of pillow with mattress stitch. Stuff with fiberfill, seam remaining side.
Copyright 2006 by Susan Iding. Pattern free for your personal, individual use. You may print out a copy to work with. You may not reformat the pattern for commercial use, and you may not sell them or items made these patterns. Any usage beyond what's mentioned here must be negotiated.
Friday, November 03, 2006
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Let's see a little closer the things we have to feast on, shall we?
(Note the silk hankie napkins!)
Mohair soup, graciously provided by Bad Amy!
And pass the relishes:
White Bamboo, White Linen, Purple Corn Fiber
Now we're ready for the Main Course:
Corriedale and silk roving dyed in osage, indigo and madder surrounded by a bed of silk coccoons
(More in the next post)
Recycled soda bottles and denim
More hand-dyed merino
And to Drink:
For Bread: Hand-dyed merino
In the Candy Dish A few Corriedale bonbons for needle felting
I hope you enjoyed the feast!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
It took five skeins of Patons SWS -- 70% wool, 30% soy, natural plum colorway. I enjoyed working with the yarn--it's soft and cushy, with a really nice sheen from the soy. The colors are all me--purpley pinky goodness. I can't carry off a wrap like this though, so it's destined as a Christmas gift.
Clapotis is definitely a great pattern--so much opportunity for modifications and substitutions. I have the distinct feeling that this will not be my only clapotis.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
This came out a lot more even than the first one, but you can still see a bit of thick and thin action there. No one's gonna confuse it with a commercial yarn, that's for sure. But those colors are definitely not my favorites. Next up: bolder colors. Stay tuned.
Monday, October 02, 2006
The first of these skeins Kathrows and I dyed at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. I spun this to be one long progressive colorway by splitting the roving in half, spinning the singles in the same color progression, then plying them together. Of course they weren't the same length, so there's considerable mixing of colors, but that's all to the good. Wow, that's some pastel, hey?
MY FIRST YARN
So Abiknits posted her first skein. I take up the challenge! Here's my very first yarn. It's not in a skein because about two months ago I was going to start actually knitting it so I wound it up. As you can see, not so much action there. Luckily, the frightening fug is still visible in ball form. The ball on the left was my first bobbin. The ball on my right was my second and third, plied for "better consistency." Yeah, right. I am fond of its fugly self, though. I really do think the blue was the perfect calming color for a dope who bought a spinning wheel sight unseen and proceeded to teach herself out of books.
Today I have free to knit and spin, watch last season's LOST on dvd and do a little laundry. Sometimes life is good.
Thursday, September 14, 2006
From top left: Corriedale and silk roving dyed in osage, indigo and madder, pygora roving, dyed silk hankie, camel down (for my sp), and two dyed blends of alpaca, llama, silk and wool. I had vowed to only spend cash and quit when my wallet was empty. Only the fact that the ATM machine was out of money and most of the vendors didn't take credit cards stopped me from seriously running into debt.
In the morning, we took a dye class called Hot Rainbow Dye. Little did I know it was to be taken literally. Here's our dyed merino rovings, 28 ounces worth:
The first three are handpainted and set in the microwave (by Kathy, by us collaboratively and by me, respectively). The next two are from a round pot with a divider in the middle, supposed to keep the dye from blending together and the last two are from a rectangular pan, supposed to blend the dyes more. You can see a lot of undyed fiber, especially in the last two.
How will they spin up? We'll have to wait to see! Right now I'm busy with this:
Here it is on the bobbin. I think I will ply it as it is so soft I'm afraid a singles might not be strong enough on its own. I can hardly stand to go to bed or eat supper while it is sitting there waiting to be spun.I'm going to start saving now for next year. I think I'll double the amount I have to spend.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Inside, a veritable bounty of spinnables! Can you believe: wonderful (purple!) mohair top, dyed silk bell (purple too!), ingeo (in, you guessed it, purple!), bleached linen top, bamboo top, recycled soda bottles and denim (???), and silk cocoons! Not to mention a make your own sheep kit (tee hee!), chai and cinnamon tea (the kettle's just about to boil!), yummy Giradelli chocolate with toffee, and two little mice for Nellie and Chester.
Nellie promptly stuck hers in Mom's shoe. She's been playing with it non-stop for an hour. That cat sure likes a new toy!
Chester inspected his, went for a bite to eat, and by the time he returned, Nellie had stuck his in a convenient shoe, so he went back to sleep.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Here I am modelling the hat. It is wonderful! A lovely mulberry that I love, exactly the color I gravitate toward in the yarn shop. It's a great stitch pattern, and the beads are a perfect addition. It fits me really well, and I haven't taken it off since I opened my package, except to take the photo above. Batty is super-talented. I can't say enough about it--I just love it! Thanks so much Batty!
I've had a busy weekend, since I went to the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival yesterday. That will have to wait for its own post. Suffice it to say, my wallet was completely empty at the end of the day, and only the fact that the ATM machine was out of money stopped me.
Finally, on a more somber note, it's the fifth anniversary of the terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. I still remember every detail of that day--what I was wearing, who I was with, the e-mails I exchanged with friends across the nation. I expect you can remember too. It was a day of both hazy unreality and utter clarity. For those who lost loved ones, I wish peace. For those who planned the attacts, I hope for them to be brought to justice--whether in this world or the next.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
He's from Last Minute Knitted Gifts, which is just about the only pattern book I ever make anything from. One strand Koigu KPPPM, one strand Dale of Norway Baby Ull and Koigu KPPM for his kerchief. Cute, isn't he?
Meanwhile, in a fit of boredom, I have embarked upon an experiment. I had occasion to search the internet for a specific pattern book recently. When I discovered that the shipping for the pattern would be more than for the actual pattern itself, I decided to throw in some yarn as well to make it worth my while. None of the yarns were jumping out at me, so I very foolishly decided to purchase the Grab Bag. Now, the Grab Bag was billed as "Over $30 worth of yarn, usually 3 to 4 balls, for the low price of $19.95." You could pick your color choices. I decided on green for some godawful reason now unknown to me. It'll be an experiment, I said to myself. I'll take what they give me and make something from it. I'll expand my creative horizons. I won't cheat. It'll be fun.
The package arrived. The grab bag was pretty.
The contents were not. Nellie is disgusted. (I did warn you about the cats, didn't I? They are frickin' hams.)
That's a sparkly Packer green and gold ribbon yarn, a not-so-bad-in-small doses squiggly yarn, and a truly horrible avocado-and-harvest-gold-straight-straight-from-the-seventies-appliance-color-scheme eyelashy yarn.
What in the name of all that is holy can I create with this stuff? Suggestions? Bonus points for tying in my beloved Packers. Help!
Friday, July 28, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
You see I can't even take a picture without Chester getting a piece of the action.