Monday, May 14, 2007

Life and knitting

It's quiet here today, so far at least.  It's my anniversary and I will spend it alone since DH has to work and is working out of town.  We're counting down the days til vacation though.  Two weeks together with no kids and hopefully no worries.  Of course since we live in hurricane alley as we affectionately call it, we will be watching the weather.  Kids (who aren't really kids anymore) will be watching over the house and the plants.

I have completed almost 60 hats for my Caps for Kids project.  I'm working on socks by hand and they are coming right along.  I have several dishcloths complete and I'm thinking about what to do with the Eros Extreme that I bought because I was seduced.  It's a wide ribbon yarn that will make a gorgeous scarf or maybe a lacy vest to wear over something.  We'll see what finally comes of it.

Mostly right now I'm thinking about what I'm going to do with my redecorating/remodeling project.  I have to replace my carpet and I'm leaning toward laminate flooring because I like the look.  Youngest daughter is looking for a place so I may start in that room and see how it goes.  New paint throughout and maybe new cabinets and appliances  in the kitchen.  We'll see how that goes.


Monday, May 7, 2007

hat pattern

I got permission from Susan to post the pattern that she designed that I use for making hats for Caps for Kids. So here it is.  Thanks Susan.  Please everyone note that the copyright is Susans.  Please do not post etc. without permission.

This is the hat pattern that was developed several years ago and posted to the Bond List several years ago by Susan Sarwinski.  She said that she made hundreds of hats for charity with it and used it to teach a lot of beginners as a first project.

Susan’s Hat

This hat will fit a child to an adult.  I added 4 more stitches when making a hat for my husband because he has a slightly larger hat size.

This is also a good pattern for charity as there are four layers of knit over the ears.

ISM/USM knitting machine

Keyplate 3

~4ozs. Worsted weight yarn (MC)

Optional: several ounces of one or more contrast colors (CC) of worsted weight yarn

Gauge 4 sts/inch

With waste yarn open cast on 80 stitches and knit 6 rows.

Row 1 – 60 Knit with main color (MC) yarn.

Make the hats hem by bringing the open cast row up and placing these stitches on the needles so there are now 2 stitches on each needle.

Knit this row carefully (Row 61)

Rows 62 – 98 Knit.

Move every other stitch to the stitch next to it so you have 2 stitches on each needle with an empty needle between each working needle. Move the empty needles to NWP.

Row 99 – 100 Knit.

Leaving a long yarn tail, cut the yarn. Thread a yarn needle and run this through the open stitches.  Remove from the knitting machine and tightly gather the top of the hat.  Use the rest of the yarn tail to sew the side seam.

You can add stripes, cables, intarsia and fairisle to your hat.

My favorite variation is:

MC=main color

<PCLASS=MSONORMAL style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 10pt">CC= contrast color

Row 16 MC

        17 MC

Row 18 CC

        19 CC

         20 CC

         21 CC

Row 22 MC

         23 MC

Row 24 CC

         25 CC

         26 CC

         27 CC

Row 28 MC

        29 MC

I also like to add stripes to rows 70 through 85. Have fun with this.


Sunday, May 6, 2007

current project

Wow, didn't realize how long it had been since I posted.  I'm still working on my caps for kids project.  I think I'm at about 50.  Other than that I have started a pair of socks on one circular using the Magic Loop method.  Not really far enough along for pictures.  

I'm getting ready for my classes at the Iwannaknit Retreat. I'm really looking forward to it.  I wasn't able to go last year because I had a new grand baby due at the same time. Some things are more important.

Our local yarn store will re-open this next week.  They have been down since Katrina.  They did re-open in a temporary place with the needlework supplies, but now they will be back with the knitting and crochet supplies too.  I've missed them being open.  I'd just found them not long before the storm hit.

I bought some Eros Extreme to make a top from.  Now, will I actually be able to wear said top.... who knows.  It may end up being an expensive swimsuit cover-up.  We'll see.

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