Friday, December 30, 2011
Sneek peak. And I know, this shrug does not look right over that print tee, but I was Uber-Lazy and put it over the tee I had just made. Better photos and pattern to follow in a day or two when I get back to normal routine (blame it on the holidays and the visitors - who stayed longer than planned :0 , and the hours of holiday decor take-down I have planned for the weekend)
Happy New Year all!
Monday, December 26, 2011
My favourite light sculpture. See the ferris wheel up the hill on Clifton Hill Road.
Really big Disney display.
Then the lights changed on the falls. Cool...
Perfect ending to a great day. Hope everyone had fun!
Friday, December 23, 2011
then layered merino fleece in several colours and different directions under the boot resist. I wet it down with hot soapy water, and laid down the boot. The I reversed the order of colours and laid the top side. After wetting everything and making sure the outside edges were evenly wrapped around the bubble wrap, I added the yarn heart detail (I took a picture, then changed it to a finer mohair yarn because I wanted it more subtle)
Cover with more bubble wrap and roll up . Now roll for 10 minutes, unroll and reverse angle of roll. Repeat until you are really tired of rolling, then roll some more... It's that easy! When it was really solid, I carefully cut it in half, then took both boots to the sink for the hot bath, cold bath routine (alternate with agitation about 6 to 8 times, until the boot is approx small enough to fit your feet). Then after a bit of hand pulling and pressing and using your foot to mold it into shape, you can set it to dry.
Ta da. Next pair I will try to make the instep a bit narrower and the toe a bit wider, but all in all they are really cute!
I would also like to mention that it is really advantageous to sew a sole of ultra suede to the bottom of any felted slippers. One to help them NOT slip on the hardwood floors, and two, so that they last 20 times longer (plain ones run through the soles very quickly!)
Now back to our regularly scheduled stress....
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Will I do it again? It was a LOT of work and I think I took more time than I could have, just because I did not know exactly what I was doing... but I do like the end result, and I will keep cruising kijiji for other shabby treasures.
Almost done my gift knitting, and have started to plan my next original knitting pattern! Yeah!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
can you spot the bird.... hint, she's the only blue thing on the tree! I am on track with my projects for Christmas, even got the tree up on time (usually about 10 days before Christmas!). No huge family dinners this year, just several small events, so that makes me happy. I enjoy smaller groups, you can really talk to everyone there. Don't you hate big dinners, and the next morning you realize all you did was say hello and goodbye to a couple of relatives? (maybe that's the way you want it to go.... but still... )
oh, and, Happy Birthday Dad! love Chris
Below are photos (sorry some a bit blurry) of three stitch I-cord. Cast on three stitched (I used 4mm -US6 double point needles - you only need two of them). Knit the first row. WITHOUT turning, slide the three stitches from the left tip of the right needle.....
to the right tip of the same needle. This needle now becomes the left needle ...
and you start knitting from that needle. The feed string will close the tube from the back (like magic)...
Continue repeating this one step over and over until full length required. Cast off three, and finish by sewing clasps to the ends (I did this in dark thread so you can see) You may want to do this after the beads are loaded if the beads will not slide over the clasp that you are using. My bar and ring work, because the bar side can slide through the rings.
Here is a close up of the cord, with some extra hemp in a contrast colour wrapped to stop all the rings from sliding down to the center.
Photo of the last few rings before loading them on the cord...
There, you have knit a necklace!
Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
In the photo are also a couple of necklaces that I made today. The black one is large rings on black fabric, with a pendant that also has a large ring mount. The tan one is hemp string knit in a three stitch I-cord, strung with rings and a pendant that came with lots of charms attached.
Still knitting like a maniac to finish gifts, but one big hurdle is done and I have packaged the gifts for far away relatives and they are going in the post today!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
They are cute and goofy, and each one is a bit different. One has button eyes, the other embroidered eyes (safe for babies). We may use left over sock yarn to knit hats and there is at least one tutu request to dress up the girly monkeys!Here is a link to my tutorial for making sock monkeys. Just omit the black sock lining for the golf club and stuff full and sew shut.
I always have so much fun with my crafty friends!
Monday, November 28, 2011
The second is my Christmas knitting, piled into a two foot high tower! Makes it look like I am making some headway on my gift knitting list!
In the last week, I have been to the golf club three times to work on the Christmas decorating. Today was the last installment, with the front entryway completed. We put up the last huge wreath over the big window, and plugged it in... no lights! We fussed with it, but no luck... So now we have booked another day, to remove the 500 lights, and re-string a new set. About two more hours of work! It made me wonder... how many other festive Christmas decorating moments are spiced with colourful words like the ones that raced through my mind today.
Fah la la la lah... la la la lahhhhh!
Sunday, November 20, 2011
The monkey slippers are the Patons pattern (here). They are really quite quick to make and took two full cycles in the hot - heavy duty wash cycle. Buttons for eyes and ultra suede on the soles to prevent slipping finish them off.
The socks are my own favourite pattern (here). Using self striping sock yarns, I have around 8 - 10 pairs to make this season! My tiny bamboo needles are getting a workout (I have to watch they don't catch fire!)
I have also finished a larger garment, and will post the pattern and photos after Christmas.... I hope all your knitting gifts are underway. We need to pace ourselves, no need to add knitting stress! Knitting should be the relaxation after a long stressful day! Kick up your feet and grab a glass of wine (or cocoa) and your needles. Best times!
Saturday, November 12, 2011
It is the time of year when my blog becomes more secretive. I apologize for this. I know you like to see all the knitting I am doing, but most of it is Christmas knitting now, and I cannot reveal the secrets! I will still talk knitting and to that end, I had to show you the fabulous pattern that I found from Knitterbees blog! Angry Birds is such a huge hit, and the simple little critters make for great knitting. It is on my list of "things to knit" in the near future.
She also has a golf club cover version AND other characters from the game.... check it out HERE.
I hope you are busy with your gift knitting and I will continue to show you what I can and talk about patterns I find out there in web-land.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Here he is visiting Niagara Falls (the Canadian side of course because he doesn't have a passport).
Here he is playing with Aspen, our Parrotlet. She was a bit jeolous of the attention Stanley was getting and tried to bite him. She had to have a time out.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
I know this is not about knitting, but we occasionally need a break from knitting (rarely) and I hope you will indulge me on this request. Please pass on this link to other friends and family who do the ipod/pad/phone thing, and lets make this game viral! Thank you from my heart!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Check out my golf course!
The leaves are just starting to show the best colours. Reds and oranges and yellows. Right now there are only a few leaves on the ground, so the trees look their fall best.
Many are just like this photo with red tips on a green tree.
I am just finishing a pair of knee high socks. If you are interested in the pattern, I will be posting it tomorrow. It is a variation of the best sock pattern ever, but the numbers start a bit bigger to slide over the calf to the knee.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Needles: 7mm (US 10.5)
Gauge: 11 sts = 4 inches.
Size: Large (chest = 48 inches, length = 30 inches)
Back: cast on 60 sts, and work in seed stitch for 2 inches. Change to stocking stitch and work for 21 inches. Cast off 5 sts at start of next two rows. Continue even until armhole measures 9 inches, cast off all stitches.
Left Front: cast on 35 stitches. work seed stitch for 2 inches. With right side facing, work first 30 stitches in stocking stitch, and the last 5 stitches in seed stitch(front band). Continue to work up front with 5 stitches in seed at the front band, and the rest in stocking. Work such until 21 inches, cast off 5 stitches from the armhole side only. Work even again (keeping the seed stitch band) until 5 inches above the armhole. Cast off 8 sts (including seed band) at the center front neckline side only. Cast off 3 more at next neckline row, and one stitch FIVE more times. Work even until 30 inches from start and cast off all stitches.
Right Front: Make same as back (reversed shaping) BUT add button holes: At 3" in the 5 seed stitch band: work 1 stitch, knit 2 together , yarn over, knit 2 together, continue along the row. On the wrong side in the seed stitch band: seed stitch for one stitch, knit in the front and back of the yarn over, seed stitch the last two stitches. Continue to seed stitch the band.... placing another button hole 5 inches above the last one, repeated until 5 holes are spaced along the band.
Sleeves: cast on 30, work seed stitch for 2 inches, then stocking stitch for the rest: Increase one stitch every 6 rows until 48 stitches , then work even until 20 inches from start. Cast off all stitches. Make another!
Sew shoulders, pick up 60 around neckline and work seed stitch for 1.5 inches. Cast off loosely.
Sew sleeves into armhole space, and sew side and arm seams.
Mix your colours anyway you want or stitch it in one colour!
Spot the little blue bird in the photos! She loves mohair!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The other jacket I want to show you is a mohair multi-coloured one.... This yarn was purchased by my friend Jane to make shawls, but was TOO chunky and I quickly snapped them up with this coat in mind. Knit on 7mm needles it was a really quick knit and I will post the pattern soon.
It is knit of 4 different colours of self striping mohair from Elann, so it has almost every colour somewhere on the coat. I had some bright red buttons in my stash, and they finish it perfectly.