Saturday, July 26, 2014

My Grandma...

My Grandma must have had the patience of a saint. She taught me to knit when I was around seven years old. I can still remember the needles she let me use! I don't recall her ever getting annoyed or upset with me while doing this. It's a fond memory.

I have been trying to teach Irene how to knit. She asked me to get her set up. I tried to get the boys involved, but they were not interested at this time. Irene got to pick put needles at the store and I set her up with 10 stitches to knit. Holy cow, keeping her on task and fixing mistakes and all the other little things that pop up while doing this...Ahhhh! Plus, she is a perfectionist. She wants to be able to do it perfectly right now and when that doesn't happen she gets upset. I keep telling her that I am constantly at knitting sites and youtube to find out how to do certain stitches. Hell, I can't keep kitchener stitch in my head and I use it on every sock I knit.

I think it would be easier if someone else taught her. I am no good at it. Still, we keep trudging on. I hope she finds a love of yarn and knitting even if it doesn't take hold until years from now.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I Hat You

 One thing I seem to knit a lot of is hats. I love hats and I like to knit the kids hats for winter, plus there are just so many cool hat patterns. This past winter and spring found me knitting hats, hats, and more hats.
 First up is the Hat of America by Iam 4MAN. Gavin is a HUGE Captain America fan and he wanted a hat that looks like Cap's shield. There was actually a couple of similar patterns for this hat on Ravelry. I made Gavin's hat with leftover blue and white yarn, but I'm pretty sure I had to buy the red. The red and white yarn is Caron Simply Soft and I can't recall where the blue is from.
 Our small town actually has a comic book shop and a couple months back they participated in the free comic book weekend. Lot's of comic book characters were there including Captain America. We had to stop and get pictures.

 In the Superhero group shot above and the pic below Irene is wearing Wayside by Gabriella Henry. It is made with Cascade Yarns Ultra Pima Paints in the colorway Princess Mix. She picked out the yarn at The Clever Ewe in Ada. This pattern was an easy, fast knit that with the cotton yarn is perfect for spring/fall.

 This winter we had so much snow and so many days off from school because of snow. All the snow had me sharing the hat-love with my friend David and his partner Brian. They also live in Michigan and are only a couple of hours away from me.
 The pattern is Windschief by Stephen West. I love this pattern and would definitely knit it again. I should have had one of the kids model it since it looks so much better on someone. Oh well, cool pattern. Definitely recommend.
 Yarn used...leftover gray yarn from my Perla cardigan. Off the top of my head I can't recall what I used. The Brown mix is a Vanna White yarn that I bought yarns ago and never used.
 Once again Irene is modeling another hat for me. This one is All-Day Beret by Debbie Stoller. I made this once for a friend that is going through chemo. For some reason, that made perfect sense at the time, I did not block this into a beret shape. No, I can no longer remember what that reason was.
The yarn used is Lily Sugar'n Cream Solids in the color Ecru. I had enough of the yarn leftover that I am knitting another one. It is a great spring/summer/fall hat.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Stitch You Up

 Recently I was lamenting on facebook about having almost no stitch markers. LuLu, my darling lab-mix dog, has had separation anxiety since my Tibetan Spaniel, Chang Po died. When I leave the house she eats something of mine. Usually it is something knitting related. She has eaten two notions bags, stitch holders, pair of scissors, and stitch markers.

I have a favorite brand of stitch markers, although I love almost all stitch markers, from The Snarky Llama. These stitch markers never catch on the yarn and they are lovely to look at. Unfortunately, LuLu thinks they are lovely to eat. After moaning about my dog eating my stitch markers my absolutely darling friend, Danielle sent me three different sets from Snarky Llama!! It was such an awesome surprise to get this package in the mail. I was and still am thrilled to get such a gift. Danielle is a talented knitter and she makes and sells soap and shampoo bars. I've written about her shop a couple of posts ago. Check it out her soap is terrific!
 I recently finished a project that required 10 or 12 stitch markers being in use at one time. Thankfully, I had a bunch of new ones to use!
Check out the Snarky Llama stitch markers HERE!

Check out Danielle's awesome soap, shampoo, and rugs HERE!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sock it to Ya

Pattern~ How I Make My Socks by Susan B. Anderson. Yarn~ Mountain Colors Crazyfoot in the color Evening Star. This colorway is a dark purple with other colors that pop up. I bought this yarn at the Clever Ewe in Ada. They carry a nice assortment of sock yarns.

 Last year I wanted to give handmade socks as birthday gifts to my family. The first two pairs were made and delivered on time (I wrote about them earlier on the blog). Then I lost my knitting 'mojo' and the last three pair took much longer than they should have done.

I made one sock for my dad and then just stopped. I don't think I knit for a couple of months. I made the kids hats for winter, but that was it. I finally got it together and finished the pair.

 Pattern~ How I Make My Socks by Susan B. Anderson. Yarn~ Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints in the color Thunder. This colorway is shades of blue that I thought would be perfect for wearing with jeans. I also got this yarn from the Clever Ewe.

After I finished my dad's socks I felt like knitting again. My older brother was the next in line for socks. I always use the same sock pattern since it is one I like and it showcases the yarn so well. I got the first season of Shameless from Netflix and watched that while knitting this pair.

Pattern~ How I Make My Socks by Susan B. Anderson. Yarn~ Knit Picks Stroll Hand-Painted in the color Queen Anne. This yarn was picked because it is pink and yellow. My sister-in-law loves pink and her next favorite color is yellow, so this one was perfect. I knit this pair while watching the first season of Queer As Folk on Netflix. Watching a movie or TV show helps me knit faster. I don't know the hows or whys of it, but it works.

I am not sure how well received these socks were. Granted, the socks were delivered well after the birthdays of each person. I got a texted 'thank you' from each person, but that was it. Not everyone likes handmade gifts/socks. This year I am not giving socks. I am keeping them all for me!