Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Yarn for Hats

While looking through my boxes of yarn, I came across three skeins of hand-dyed Manos del Uruguay yarn. Oh, what gorgeous hats these will knit up into!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Another Lace Pattern

Pattern Stitch (over 5 stitches)

Rnd 1 K3, P2
Rnd 2 K1, yo, ssk, P2
Rnd 3 K3, P2
Rnd 4 K2tog, yo, K1, P2

Blue Lace Hat

Pink Lace Hat

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Sunflower Hat

The pattern is done over 5 stitches and has 4 rows.

Row 1 K3, P2
Row 2 K3, P2
Row 3 SL1, K2,psso, P2
Row 4 K1, YO, K1, P2

Matching Purple Grape Booties

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Purple Grape Hat

I used seed stitch for the ribbing on this little purple hat.

Blue Spiral Hat

Here is the blue version of the spiral hat pattern (see below).

Friday, July 13, 2007

Finished Mittens

Here is a photo of my Raspberry Mittens. The garter stitches at the top is my way of representing seeds. They are for a child, 7-9 years old.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Raspberry Mittens

I've begun knitting a pair of mittens made of Lamb's Pride wool (which is very soft as it's actually part wool and part mohair). I'll add a photo when they're finished. In the meantime, here's a photo of the snowmen stitch markers I'm using. Fun!

The color of the yarn is Raspberry and, as I am delighted with the idea of raspberries in winter, I've called them Raspberry Mittens. The pattern is a two-needle one (it's easier than using dps and I don't mind the sewing the seam) and can be found here .

Whenever I knit mittens, I am reminded of this paragraph from Little Women:

"The feeble fingers were never idle, and one of her pleasures was to make little things for the school children daily passing to and fro, to drop a pair of mittens from her window for a pair of purple hands.... till the reluctant climbers of the ladder of learning found their way strewn with flowers, as it were, and came to regard the gentle giver as a sort of fairy godmother, who sat above there, and showered down gifts miraculously suited to their tastes and needs. If Beth had wanted any reward, she found it in the bright little faces always turned up to her window, with nods and smiles, and the droll little letters which came to her, full of blots and gratitude."

Finished Sweater

It took me a little more than 5 hours to finish this sweater. I spent 1 1/2 hours on the yoke, 45 minutes on each sleeve, and 2 hours on the body and doing the finishing. I had hoped to have enough yarn to make a matching hat, but I didn't.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

The Five Hour Baby Sweater

This pattern has been widely distributed on the Internet and there are many with modifications. This is one of them. I used this pattern.

Of course, I began knitting this on the hottest day of the year--the forecast is for a high of 102 degrees-- and it's made of wool. No matter. It's a small piece. I'm using size 10 straight knitting needles.

Because I'm using wool--a hank of homespun I bought at the Farmer's Market in Portland a couple of months ago-- and it's sized for a newborn, it'll be donated to the Pine Ridge Reservation.

Many people have written that it's taken them longer than five hours to knit it so I'm keeping track. I completed what's shown in the photo in 1 1/2 hours. Well, we'll see.

This is the yoke of the sweater. The markers define the two sleeves, the back, and the two fronts.

Monday, July 9, 2007

Thank You Letter from Darnall Army Hospital

What a lovely letter! I'd been told that the camouflage hats and booties were especially appreciated by daddies of little boys born at military hospitals so I'm glad I sent some of those.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Pink Spiral Hat

Here are a couple of photographs of the hat. This is the pattern stitch I used over 49 stitches.

Rnd 1 - *K2, p2, repeat from * to last stitch, k1.
Rnd 2 - K1, *p2, k2, repeat from * to end of round.
Rnd 3 - *P2, k2, repeat from * to last stitch, p1.
Rnd 4 - P1, *k2, p2, repeat from * to end of round.

I've begun another, this one in a light blue.

Sweet Pink Shell

This photo of shells has inspired a spiral hat pattern knit in a lovely, soft pink yarn which is almost finished. So summer! I'll post a photo of the hat when I've finished it.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007