Saturday, July 27, 2013

Cables and Acrylics

What have I been doing today?  It is a rainy Saturday, and unlike others who hate rainy days, I need them!  It allows me to reset my pace and catch up on a few indoor things that have been on the back-burner for far too long.  I finally moved my painting upstairs, and working in the sun room (even with the rain out the open windows) is a lovely way to spend the afternoon.  I am doing a painting of an old Italian Villa, with two villages in the distance.  You can see that I painted a whole village (just needs a few more trees) in the second photo.
 Still lots to do, but I am pleased with the work so far.
 On my needles is a chunky coat, made with a gorgeous merino superwash by SMC.  You can find it at Elann HERE.   I got 15 balls in burgundy for the coat.  The pattern is from Simply Knitting 103, March 2013.
 The yarn is more burgundy than the flash allows, but the textured cable weave is wonderful.
I usually only knit my own designs, but when I see something as cool as this, I just have to knit it!  I am on the last sleeve, and will post photos of the finished coat.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quick Knit Baby Bib

My sister is going to be a grandmother, and I just had to make this simple bib for her new grandbaby.
If you can knit a dishcloth, you can make a bunch of these for your little messy eater!
Easy to knit, easy to wash and easy to wear.
 A simple yarn over button hole and large button, hold it in place. You could make lots for a busy new mom.  I chose a natural colour, but you know this yarn comes in rainbow colours.  Have fun with whatever is already in your stash.

Quick Knit Baby Bib

Yarn:    Crafters Cotton 50grams  (or other worsted weight cotton)
Gauge 16 sts = 4 inches in garter stitch
Needles: 4.5mm
One large button

Cast on 34 stitches.  Knit EVERY ROW (garter stitch) until piece measures 7 inches.
Next Row: knit 10, cast off next 14 stitches, knit 10.
Work one side at a time, garter stitch the 10 stitches until the neck band measures 5 inches.  Next row, knit 2 together, knit 6, knit 2 together.
Last row, cast off 8 stitches.
Attach yarn and start garter stitch on second side (button hole side).  Work 5 inches.
Next row, knit 3, knit 2 together, yarn over, knit 2 together, knit 3.
Next row, knit 9.
Last row, cast off 9 stitches.  Darn in loose ends.
Sew button opposite buttonhole.