Sunday, November 18, 2007


This weekend I found quirky free knitting patterns and an abundance of craft inspiration.

I'm in the mood to knit another stuffed toy, perhaps some knitty creatures? Woodkins or a turtle?

I also love Hilary Lang's gnome sewing pattern. My friend Candyce sent me the link to this cool embroidery store, and I'd like to make their free stuffed lamb pattern. Very sweet!

More blue and green

This is my fourth Kate, this time with Wool-ease on size 6 dpns. I really like this avacado color! If I may be an art nerd for a moment, I also think this color combination works well because there is a very dark color, light color, and medium color. The darkest color is next to the lightest color, bringing out the contrast. Let's look at a black and white picture:

Took Dodger on a long walk before lunch and threw my outerwear on the bed in the rush to fix lunch. Later I caught him enjoying the wooly warmth!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Doing math

I cast on the prescribed 87 stitches, but it felt all wrong knitting this hand towel. There was no eratta that corrected the number of stitches. I counted the stitches in the pattern repeat and figured the pattern repeat was 8 stitches long, with two 5-stitch borders. So the CO stitches should be a multiple of 8 plus 10, right? That would make the number of stitches 82 (72 + 10) or 90 (80 + 10), not 87! I cast on 90, put markers between the pattern repeats and it's been happy knitting ever since.

This is my first time using Knit Picks CotLin.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

On Jennifer and Vanna's behalf

Even though it's all acrylic, I say this yarn is just fine.

And it comes in 23 colors! I would definitely make an afghan with this if I thought I would complete an afghan at this time.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

The good, the bad, and the ugly

After I had finished sewing the sleeve seams and weaving in the ends of my Retro Redux Shrug, I realized I had sewn completely wrong, and I knew exactly what I'd done wrong and what I should have been doing. Worse, I realized I'd made this mistake and let it pass on other projects!

I ripped out the sewing and got these good, flat seams. Learning continues. . . .