Saturday, March 29, 2014
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Pattern: Color Infusion Cowl by Meridith Shephard (purchase at Ravelry.com for $5)
Yarn: Debbie Bliss Rialto superwash merino
Needles: Size 3 24" circular
I love my new cowl. It't just right for March weather in Vermont. I love that it is reversible and it looks so nice with my boiled wool jacket.
And.........it started with this chart.
This stranded color pattern was so much fun to knit. I almost hated to see it completed if it had not been for the fact that I was looking forward to wearing it.
The pattern is extremely well-written. This designer is one that I will be watching for additional patterns. I knitted one of her other cowls that I will blog about in a few days.
Monday, January 20, 2014
I confess. My name is Joan and I am addicted to knitting socks like a diva is addicted to chocolate.
Free pattern at: http://web.archive.org/web/20060813100133/http://www.islandofmisfitpatterns.com/2006/07/14/lacy-mock-cable-socks/
I've not had good luck with Plymouth yarn. I had speckles of dye in places it should not have been. However, this yarn began to pill in the process of knitting. It has some elasticity to it so if you drop a stitch it's like it goes "boing" like a "Slinky" going down a flight of stairs.
Have I convinced you that I am addicted to sock knitting? It's an easily potable project. It's a great stress-reliever to knit while waiting for an appointment. An added bonus is opens up a conversation with strangers when their curiosity wants to know what you are knitting.
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
I love the clasp and end posts which look like tulips.
Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands. This is a craft that I have long wanted to learn.
|Close-up of Kumihimo Braid|
Happy Knitting! (I have lots to show you from the knitting front in future posts.)
Saturday, January 4, 2014
This was an extremely easy project. It is very delicate knitting and I would recommend using lotion on your hands that does not stain just before you start knitting. It does not show in the pictures but there are very small gold specs throughout the yarn that gives the scarf just the right amount of shimmer.
The scarf is extremely lightweight. The color selection for this yarn will have you salivating. I knitted till I ran out of Stella which has 70 yards per skein. A little pricey for both, however, I think I could knit a 2nd scarf with the purchase of just Stella. I will use my little scale to weigh what is left of Charles to make that determination. I think the total cost for the yarn was in the $22 range.
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
While in rehab, a co-worker who bikes to work would then bike 10 miles out of her way to visit with me. On one of her visits, she had her husband with her and grabbed these socks, and commented how beautiful they were. I knew these socks had to be hers.
You may wonder how one decides on a double-knee replacement. After being in much pain on a regular basis for so long, the decision was easy. It was not as brutal as some led me to believe.
Sunday, November 20, 2011
This charging station is located at my local health food store. Likely location as Vermont is known for its health food stores and proud to be very "green".
Yes, I've been knitting and have quite a bit to show you but still have to take pictures. So, in the interim...............
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I collect bookmarks, magnets, etc. with a "dream" message so, this fact unbeknownst to Amy, she had a "dream" message for me. Well, thoughtful as Amy is, also included in the package was a pair of hand-knit knee warmers for my arthritic knees.
The package arrived on a day that had proved to be quite challenging so Amy's thoughtfulness really perked up my day.
Check out Amy's blog. She is a wonderful, mom, wife, daughter, friend and much more. Her creations are fantastic and she is currently knitting for a charity in each of the 50 United States and she has a map on her blog listing the states that have benefited from her thoughtfulness. Amy is originally from the U.S. and now lives in Israel.
Sadly, about two months before we met online, Amy was in my town and shopped at my LYS. How I wish I had had the opportunity to meet her in person.
Hugs to you, Amy. I'm proud to be your friend.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Note: Had a problem posting earlier regarding this topic and hopefully this time Blogger will be friendly.
I purchased Cat Bordhi's new E-book that was just released this past week and it is wonderful! The book contains several patterns with more to be released as part of the purchase. Check out the link to the video for a new style heel.
Sweet Tomato Heel You Tube Video
I've joined Cat Bordhi's Ravelry Group.
I had the opportunity to take a wonderful workshop with Cat on moebius knitting a couple of years ago. The workshop was to help raise money for breast cancer research at the University of Vermont. What fun!!!
Here I am on the Cat who is on the right.
Here's Cat checking out a knitter's work.
I was flattered when I was asked for permission to use my picture for Cat's pattern "Swinging Mikado" (moebius cowl) on Ravelry.
So go ahead and purchase the e-book. You can find the link on her blog (see above) or directly on Ravelry.com It is downloadable for Windows, Mac and IPad.
Monday, July 11, 2011
I taught this class about three months ago. I thought it would be a fun project to teach. It backfired. After all, the sweater is garter stitch with increases and decreases and an eyelet buttonhole (s)which is quite easy. Because it is a piece of knitted origami, it can present a small challenge as the knitter is not aware of which part of the sweater they are knitting in the early stages.
I included an I-cord bind-off to achieve a nicer finish and allow my students to learn an additional skill.
As it turned out, my students either loved or hated this project. Those who completed the sweater were anxious to start another on their own. Some struggled to the point of total frustration. They did not like all the stitch counting. Some felt competitive to keep up with others in the class and were not able to.
Except for my "Sock Class" and my "Bring Me Your Kniting Problems", I seldom repeat a class. I love having former students return for additional classes and watch their knitting skills increase. This is one class that I will DEFINITELY not repeat.
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
I am testing this app for Blogger. I sure hope this works. It is called Blogger Plus and is an independent app and the reason I couldn't figure it out with Google.
The following are random pictures to see how they appear on my post.
This would make my day!
Well, I now know that I can post more than one picture.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Yarn: Plymouth Encore (2 balls)
Needles: Size 8
Size: 3 months (sweater) 6 months (hat)
What a fun and quick knit!! Knitted from the neck down, there is no seaming and only a few ends to weave in. This pattern is very well-written.
I knitted the hat a size larger than the sweater as I was concerned it might be too small. The garter stitch edge is folded up and can be made larger by removing the button and unfolding the edge.
This picture shows the true color of the sweater. A very suitable color for either a little baby boy or baby girl.
This sweater has I-cord buttonholes. If you've never knitted this type of buttonhole, it is really quite nice.
Of course, I always sew clear buttons on the inside as reinforcement.
and I also add my personalized label. Someone asked where I purchased these labels and I can't remember what the website name is. Sorry!!!
My daughter, Amy, knitted the same pattern in blue for a family baby shower a week ago.
Cute little tractor buttons! Great job, Amy.
As you can imagine, I am delighted to have a daughter who enjoys knitting as much as I do.
I'm on vacation this week and it feels wonderful, refreshing and energizing. The weather has been a mix of sunshine, thunderstorms and cloudiness. It's ok......I'm happy knitting indoors or outdoors. There will be other fun things as the week progresses depending on what my inner joyful person tells me to do.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Today, I can't leave comments on blogs. It is very frustrating. I have not been a regular blogger as of late and am trying to return to being more in touch with all my readers. However, I noticed that numbers were down and I figured readers just thought I upped and moved on to something else but probably it was because Blogger is being so damn fickle.
In my last post I mentioned I purchased a new IPad. Blogger does not yet have an app for it so I can't blog using my new toy! WordPress has an app and relatively user friendly. However, I hate, hate, hate moving my blog. I had almost 300 posts on Yahoo 360 when they totally went to an insane assylum and most of us abandoned ship and moved elsewhere totally trying to keep track of all the friendships we had formed. I now have over 250 posts on Blogger. It's like living in the same house for years and accumulating all this "stuff" and you just don't want to move which you might say is true about my life in general.
Import your posts, you say! I imported my Yahoo 360 posts to WordPress about five years ago. Every posts lost the first picture in each post....the parent went away but the children were left behind.
Is anyone else having problems.....but then of course, you won't be able to leave me a comment today if this continues.
It could be worse!!!
In the meantime..............Happy Knitting!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It started with this.
It's been extremely frustrating trying to get the screen on my laptop to stop dancing with one hand while I type with the other. Never mind that the letter "e" sometimes doesn't work.
Some days, it behaves and the screen looks lik this.
So for Mother's Day I purchased myself this little Vera Bradley tote. I'm always good to myself on special occasions. I've always envied women who have one of Vera's bags, and though I think that they are overpriced, I now feel that the quality warrants the cost.
Check out the swivel buckles. A couple of pockets comes in handy as well.
Can you guess what is inside? C'mon......guess!!!!
The orange cover puts "it" to sleep.
It's an IPad 2. You'll have to break my arm to take it away from me. I must say that it has been an adjustment in my way of thinking when it comes to computers. I had never heard of a "cloud" before, or "air printing". The apps for it are absolutely, absolutely wonderful.
One of my hobbies is photography. I have an app that once I enter an address and a date, it will tell me when is the best time to take a picture showing the location as an aerial view, the angle of the sun, etc. using the GPS system.
If someone were to steal my IPad, I can go on any computer and locate my IPad.
Just one little problem..........Blogger needs to upgrade their technology so I can continue blogging on my IPad itself. WordPress, I'm told, is the blog site to go with. I don't want to transfer just yet.
Any of you readers have an IPad? Any tips, comments, suggestions?