I am test knitting a lace shawl. I hate knitting lace. Too many interruptions while trying to do 5 different decreases, double yarn overs and well over 300 stitches. It looks beautiful, but it makes me very unhappy.
I think it is not a summertime/kids-are-home type of knitting. I wouldn't have agreed to do a lace test knit, but I just really like the designer and have test knitted many other projects for her.
Oh well. I am knitting through...and tinking back stitches. Hopefully, I won't lose it and toss it out into the street!
Another year, another set of tags for the backpack. Once again I got them from The Paper Shamrock on Etsy. Each tag is $5 and laminated. These things are tough and last through the rough and tumble of the entire school year.
First names on the front. First/last names on the back along with the school they go to. Since all three kids will be riding buses this year this should help with any forgotten bags. I highly recommend!
Yeah...I may have a few projects going. The lovely, green, lacy thing is a shawl test knit I am currently doing. Lace is beautiful, but with three kids at home for summer there are constant interruptions. I tend to forget my place and mess up rows.
It's slow going, but I feel rather accomplished with each row added.
Henry really, really, really wanted fingerless mitts. Since I finished Peter's birthday ties I said I would knit him a quick pair. Henry picked out this yarn, Neon Stripes from Red Heart Yarns. It's kinda scratchy, but it is hardy and knits well. I think it'll be able to take what Henry can dish out.
The pattern is Maine Morning Mitts by Clara Parkes. Very easy. For the thumb I did pick up 6 stitches instead of 4. Knit one row then on the second I decreased twice. This pattern is quick and took me only 1 day to knit.
With the leftover yarn I am knitting up a quick hat for Henry to wear with the mitts.
It's currently 80 degrees outside, but Henry is wearing the mitts. I'm guessing he likes them :-)
My brother, Peter, asked many months ago if I could knit him a tie for his birthday. I found a decent pattern, free from Bernat, that I thought looked pretty good. I am not totally pleased with the final product, but it isn't bad.
The two yarns are both from Knit Picks. The green is City Tweed DK in the color Basil. I really like this yarn. It's soft and it knits up beautifully. I think it worked really well for the tie.
The yellow-ish yarn is Swish DK in the color Cornmeal. The yarn is okay, but I hate the color. It looked much more sunshine yellow than Century-21 yellow when I checked it out at the Knit Picks website.
Overall, I am pleased with the ties. I will be mailing them out on Monday with plenty of time for them to arrive before Peter's birthday.
The yarn for my brother's birthday gift came today. The yellow is a little more gold in color than I expected. I love the green, though. I really want to make myself something with it. Oh well, gifts first!
Hello! Welcome to my knitting (and other odds and ends) blog. I grew up watching my Grandma knit. It seemed like she was always with needles and yarn. It must have made an impression on me because now I knit as much as I can.
Stay a while. Check out the knitting and watch out for stray bits of yarn.