My Yarn Tales

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Where are they now?

Here it is day four of the 2nd annual knitting and crochet blog week and I'm only now managing to get a post up. Alas. It shouldn't come as a surprise that I have several knitting projects that never made it out of the embryo stage. Right now on needles I've got a shrug that's 80% done, started back when it was warm enough that I altered the pattern to be short sleeved! And soon it will be warm enough again to wear it. It's sitting near a shawl that barely got started (okay I started it about a dozen times, and am seriously considering frogging it yet again, because it's still not coming out quite right).

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Cable cast on

I'm going to have to use this for my next scarf.

Saturday, December 04, 2010

Torchwood logo scarf - Updated

A lovely young lady on took the time to post a Google doc of the Torchwood logo. I of course had to make my own diagram, though I referenced hers extensively (as well as, you know, the actual logo). Below is the result.

The pattern calls for two Torchwood Ts to be knit, one on either end of the scarf.  The first one is upside down, with the top bar of the T toward the middle of the scarf.  On the finished scarf, the two Ts should be rightside-up when worn.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Take two. Okay, take ... seven?

My attempts at mitts based on the Autumn Days scarf aren't quite succeeding.  I've got a working pattern but it's a little too large.  I wouldn't have to increase for the widest part of my hand.  See the problem?  So it's frogging for me, and the starting again.  Sigh.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Hat based on Aimee Alexander's Autumn Days Scarf

Malbrigo Twist yarn in two colors (black and purple), about half a skein each

R1: (K P K K YO K K SSL K2tog PSSO K K YO K) x5

R2, R4, R6: (P K P K9) x5

R3: (K P K K K  YO K SSL K2tog PSSO K YO K K) x5

R5: (K P K K K K YO SSL K2tog PSSO YO K K K) x5

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I-cord, you cord, we all cord

I have learned to i-cord.

I'm making the Official Kittyville Hat. It was supposed to be a Christmas gift for my sister in law but I didn't even start it until well after the holidays.

I'm working in red and black - the band, ear flaps, i-cord, and inner ears in red, the upper hat and outer ears in black. The pom poms will be in both red and black.

The yarn is gorgeous. I picked up some Cascade Cloud 9 at the Yarntopia after-the-holidays sale. As soon as I picked it up, I knew I had to buy the yarn. It's so very, very soft. Think kitten fur soft. I walked around the store petting it before I bought any. *blush* No project in mind. Then I decided it would be perfect for the planned Kittyville Hat for my beloved sis-in-law.

Of course, everything went wrong.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Teaching myself how to use DPNs, or Rowan Big Wool Red Hat

I started the hat on April 1st, 2009, making me an April Fool I guess.  It took a few tries to get the hang of DPNs.  I was working with Rowan Big Wool for the first time, trying to teach myself how to use double pointed needles (DPNs).  I started out using Size 17 DPNs, thinking bigger was better.  I'd already learned the lesson that I can not accurately do a bottom-up hat (my gauging never quite works out somehow), so I started my hat with six cast on stitches, split them between two sticks to knit in the round, and gradually added a stick as the stitches I had on started to slip off the ends.  It worked, more or less - I bound off way too tightly, so while the beanie-like hat fits, it's a little tight across the brow.  When I figured out what I was doing (how many to cast on, when to increase), I redid it on a US 15 circular.