Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cardigan Knit one knit all Adding the front and collar

This project is really working up much faster then expected.  Back is on the stitch holder and collar is worked on the circular needles.
It this point the front side and back are knit together at the same time that the collar is added.

Notice the I cord binding which is knit in all at the same time and the collar.  Now to begin the left side.

The needle to pointing to the front side and I corded buttonholes.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

From Fleece to Wool I Hope!!

So now to spin.  A friend has Dorset sheep with lovely coats.  She asked if I'd like the wool and since I had the time (who I'm I kidding) thought it would be a fun thing to do.  Wash, comb, card and spin some wool... Well at least some of the washing is complete... the wonder of the Internet, enabling me to watch a video teaching me how to cleanse the fleece while I was washing it.  Mind you I have done this before on a teeny tiny scale.  When in college my Primitive Weaving course began with the professor handing each of us a handful of unwashed fleece..from which we were expected to create a finished product, all using primitive tools.. even had to make our own spindles and loom.  Loved the project back then, but I can see that this is going to be a lot to do...why now that I look at this beautiful white wool  ...I'm realizing I'm going to have a TON of yarn!!!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Enjoying the craft and workmanship

I have always wanted to crochet a bedspread. Crochet is where my interest in fiber began. It always seemed such a task..yet I have the materials in my stash.   This is not my work, bit it is lovely and a wonderful bargain ..less then $20 at a local garage sale.. It needed a touch of loving care, delicately washed and sun dried.  There are a few loose chains that need repair, but overall this is a beautiful piece.  Ecru in color and not a mark on it.   Probably stored in a cedar chest waiting for a special guest to visit.   I decided a few years ago that nothing should be tucked away waiting to be enjoyed.  So out came the silver (a gift from my brother) and any other items in my cedar chest that could be used and enjoyed everyday.  This coverlet is laying across my quest room bed.  I'm just waiting for my guests.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Knit One Knit All #4

Total pink and bulky --This next hat is shaped with shortrows and will be woven together top to bottom. (notice the blue yarn, that's the provisional cast on) What is really nice about working in the Bulky yarn is that no short row holes can be seen, and that's even without knitting the wrapped stitch.   A super quick project- this is the work of one afternoon.
The top of the hat is on the left and you can see the levels where the hat increased in size across the right side and the middle (center of photo) less increased

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Last week was a knitting week!

Noro Silk for Katie
Knit straight (I tend you use circular needles not matter what I knit--I never drop a needle this way!)

Moebius using Opal yarn (lace weight)  I used Cat Bordhi's book Treasure of Magical Knitting for the pattern..just getting used to calculating cast on stitches.  It always seems that the circumference is larger then expected for me.