Monday, August 14, 2017

Ugh. Lace.

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!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The Paper Shamrock

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!

Monday, August 7, 2017

What'cha knittin'?

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.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Hat to Match

 Since I had a bit of yarn leftover from the fingerless mitts I knit a hat for Henry. The hat is Boyfriend Hat by Stephanie Nicole Bennet. The yarn is Neon Stripes from Red Heart Yarns.
 It was a very fast knit. Only took a day with a lot of breaks taken for laundry, dinner, dishes, etc.
Henry is very pleased. And so am I :-)

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fingerless Mitts

 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 :-)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Birthday Ties

 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.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Birthday Knits

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!