Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Cable Cloth

As promised here is a picture of the cable cloth that I made. I adapted it from `Knitting Made Easy - Coats and Clark - Beginner Basics: Patchwork Afghan(Cabled Square).

I CO 38 sts(this produced a 7 x 7 cloth) - next time I will CO 42. It is a multiple of 6 +2.
*Because my cloth was 7 x 7 I decided to pick up stitches along each side. I don`t know exactly how many I picked up but I did goof up on the top and for that reason there is a ridge along the top, that normally wouldn`t be there.*$

C4B or C4F - slip next 2 sts onto a cable needle and hold at the back 0r (Front) of work, knit next 2 sts from left hand needle, then knit sts from the cable needle.(I slide the stitches back onto the left hand needle and then knit them).

The original square for the afghan had you CO 56.

1st Row (RS): Knit
2nd and every alt row: K1, purl to last st, k1.

3rd Row: K3, C4B, *k2, C4B; rep from * to last st, k1.

5th Row: Knit.

7th Row: K1, *C4F, k2; rep from * to last st, k1.

8th Row: k1, purl to last st, k1.

Last night I cast on with my leftover knit picks comfy worsted. I am going to knit as many panels in this as I can in my different colors for a light and cozy throw.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Two Color Lattice Cloth

I've been fiddling with different stitch patterns for some cloths. This is my second cloth. This time I used Barbara's Two Color Lattice in summer splash and white. I CO 42 stitches and did 3 rows garter before beginning pattern. This gives me two stitches on either end for a garter stitch edge. I like to have a nice border on a cloth. So if you follow the two color lattice pattern and you want a border then you need 42 if you don't want a border this cloth would take 38 sts.

For my cloth Color A is white and Color B is the summer splash.

This is what happens when I get bored of the patterns that I've done before. I also did a cloth from a cable pattern that was in a book for a block afghan. I'll post about it tomorrow.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Red n' White Gingham Cloth

The challenge! I downloaded this pattern free from ravelry but then it sat in my pattern binder. I kept looking at it wondering why I ever downloaded it, it looked complicated and why did the cloth require circular needles if it was a square. These and other things prevented me from taking a stab at knitting one.

That was though, until yesterday. I decided that I was going to just try it. Surprisingly enough it is relatively easy. The only thing is that you need to know what row you are on all the time. In the pattern she is quite clear about it, and she's serious! I did a slight mistake at one point, you probably won't be able to tell from the picture - but it was from a silly goof up. I learned quickly if I was stepping away to make a note of what row was next. My border is a little more full as I used a 5mm crochet hook as it was on hand I was too lazy to go downstairs and look for one.

Forgive the poor picture. Our camera is at work and I had to use my BB to snap a picture of the FO. If you haven't tried this cloth I highly reccommend it. I'm not sure how much actual use it will get. To me it's just to pretty to use. I'm going to cast on for another one tonight using bright yellow and white.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Thanks to my DH and wonderful co-worker for this lovely, and unexpected gift! It is an honour and a joy to work with you each and every day! I'm glad you appreciate what I do in the office!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Lunch Time Picnic

What a beautiful day! My DH and I are taking advantage of the lovely weather. We picked up some buns and salami and headed to the park. We are very fortunate to work so close to our city's best and biggest park. This is the view from the island where we sat. The building is our legislative building as Regina is the Queen City of our province.

We even had a visit from a goose. We shared some bread with him, he seemed very pleased!

What a way to relax. I had brought my knitting with me and I worked on a dishcloth, all the while enjoying the warmth of the sun.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sleep Learning

I've been thinking a lot about sock knitting. My sister has jumped into it and has been very surprised by how well she's doing. I have always thought that I wanted to knit socks but I always think they are out of my league. I consider myself a good knitter but a sock knitter, no way!

I printed off a couple of free patterns from Ravelry including Blackrose. I was going to try to do it with dpn's as I was convinced I couldn't do any other method. Then the process stopped. Why, because it was written for magic loop. I had only done magic loop once awhile back and I wasn't sure that I could do a sock like that, I just couldn't picture it. I had done sleeves with that method and it worked quite well. I had a copy of Hedera printed out, which was her second pair but she assured me I should start with the Blackrose. Her gentle prod, "You've done magic loop before" - sat with me that day.

That night I had a very clear dream. I was dreaming of doing the magic loop technique on a sock. I saw myself casting on, dividing the stitches in half -working the cuff and then the heel. It was so clear to me, I knew exactly how it would work. It seems very doable now! I didn't get past that as I am familiar with the kitchener stitch already. What a gift to have this come to me in the form of a dream. I love when I get a dream like this.

So today I went to Knit Picks and I ordered the two sizes of circular needles that should work for the socks in the Harmony style as I like to have a bit more control with fingering weight yarn. And, to keep my inspiration up I ordered a skein of Stroll Tonal in Gypsy. The new line of sock yarns look so scrumptious! I've always wanted red socks. I'm beginning to think red is my favorite colour!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Basketweave Cloth

I am fiddling with a basket weave cloth with a stockinette break
between pattern rows. This is in Bernat Summer Splash.

C0 44

Knit 3 rows
B= k2 at beg and end of row

Row 1: B, *p4, k4 rep across end with k4 and B. Repeat this row 3
more times.

Stockinette rows
K across
K2, purl across to end k2

Row 2: B, *k4, p4 rep across end with p4, B. Repeat this row 3 times


Repeat these two pattern rows 3 more times. End with one more repeat of Row 1(4 rows total). K 3 rows garter stitch, bind off and weave in ends.
Cloth measures 10 x 10.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

SlowCooker Easy Vegetable Soup

We hadn't thought about what to have for supper yesterday. Some times meal planning comes as an afterthought. So when my DH went home to let our Oliver out he put this into the slowcooker.

1 can 798 ml Tomatoes
1 small bag coleslaw mix(or use a small head of cabbage shredded and 2 carrots shredded)
2 cups frozen vegetables
1l tomato juice
1 can mushrooms
2 tsp fresh basil
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 pkg. onion soup mix
seasoning salt to taste.

Select slow cooker for 6 - 8 hours and enjoy! We served ours with some ancient grain bread. A great low-fat and quick meal. You can adjust the spices to come up with a flavor that you enjoy. Use up whatever vegetables you have and get creative, you won't be disappointed.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mobile Posting

I finally decided to go high-tech. Now I did need a hand on syncing things up but here I am! Now I can do a blogpost from anywhere.

I'm just relaxing with some easy dishcloth knitting. This feather and fan cloth looks pretty and I love anything that brightens up the dreaded dish washing chore.
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

My Comfort Shawl

I absolutely love this pattern, I just cannot say enough good things about it!! I even plan on starting my next one tonight - that is saying something indeed! I have more of these same colours as well as a jalapeno green. I think the next shawl will have the ivory, creme brulee, honeydew and jalapeno. I may get two more shawls out of this. I'll think of something to do with them for sure, but this one will be my shawl.

Shawl knitting is so much fun. The only thing is I could have really used a longer cable. I used Addi Turbo's 4.5 mm with a 40" cable. I am definitely going to save up for the Knit Pick interchangable needles. That would be so much easier than always buying a new needle with a different cord length. If you haven't done this pattern, I highly recommenced it. I have limited knitting time and I finished it in nine days!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Knitting Storage

About a month or so ago I was at the fabric store getting a button for a project and I stumbled upon this Needle Art bag. It was on sale 75% off. I think it was around $14. They had it priced quite high originally.

The storage capacity is great. It also has eyelets up each side to feed the yarn through for when you are knitting. There is a nice big zippered pouch and three pouches to store knitting needles. It also stands up on its own - great for taking it with you places as it's not constantly falling over and spilling out your hand knits.

This is my new favorite knitting accessory! Now I have several knitting bags but this is the only 'official' kind I have, one with all the proper places to keep everything in its place. Now to actually get the items in the bag.

For now it is holding my comfort shawl and most of the yarn for that project. Somehow my knitting needles are stored in various jars and one needle wrap(of which I noticed is somehow only holding one or two odd needles).

Now a question for you knitters. Do you use the knit picks interchangeable circular needles? If so, how do you like them. I'd like to have more choices when it comes to cable length and I think an economical way would be buying the interchangeable needles.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Comfort for me

I am making myself the Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl. This is my second attempt at it. I had tried to make one a few years back and for some reason It got put down or I mixed up a row.

Now for the life of me I don't know how I could have made a mistake, the pattern is very well written and very easy to remember. I am using these colours in a random order. They are Knit Picks Comfy Worsted in (Ivory, Honeydew, Planetarium and Creme Brulee). I had purchased them for another project that was going nowhere fast. So instead I'm getting a shawl, possibly two. I also have 7 skeins of Jalapeno in the same yarn. I'm thinking the next shawl will have no creme brulee but instead the ivory and the honeydew. It's fun to play with the different colour combination's.

Happy Knitting!