Friday, September 06, 2013
Thursday, March 21, 2013
So to not beat around the bush, why not shoot for thoughts of Farmer's Markets & long walks on sandy beaches with the sun shining on your back. And that is why I chose the Ilene bag for my first Hempathy knitting project.
While the pattern is fairly straight forward, I did a wee bit of tweaking. When knitting the base rectangle, I added several rows so that the edge would be tidier when picking up the side stitches. What I will do next time is knit a few more rounds after picking up the stitches in blue as I think it might look a little better. Not saying it isn't cute as it is, I just like to tweak things a little here and there:)
The color was then switched to the two pretty little green chartreuse balls of Hempathy. As I had never knit an expanding market bag before, I opted to knit a couple of extra rounds in the mesh pattern. Once happy with the length, the color was changed back to the original blue and a quick switch of the needles for a 1x1 rib which was knit to my desired length after which I followed the pattern to a tee;)
From the photos, it should be quite visible that extra rounds were not necessary, but I opted to err on the side of caution. To give you a good idea of what I can cram in this bag.... Stuffed with in are: 2 lbs of wool roving, 6 skeins of Noro Kureyon, 1 skein of Noro Silk Garden, 2 huge skeins of handspun yarn (1 pounds worth) and a couple of felted flowers. Yes, this bag is that huge!! And the kicker.... I could have crammed in so much more!!!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
It is an easy, fun and quirky knit. Once over the idea that stripes do not need to necessarily be the ones in the original pattern, knitting was a breeze. Just wasn't very fish like in my opinion, unless you were in love with Clown Fish or African Cichlids. I'm more of a Striped Bass or Rainbow Trout kind of girl;)
Enjoyed it so much that we started a KAL on my shop's Ravelry page: A Tangled Yarn.
Want to know what I did different with my Fish Hat? Well, here you go:
Friday, January 11, 2013
Have I every told you.... I love my yarns. Now don't get me wrong here, I'm not saying that my yarns are better than everyone else's yarn. What I am saying is that a little bit of me goes into every yarn/fiber dyed and spun, so it is like saying goodbye to a little piece of myself every time I sell one. That definitely is not a bad thing, especially when my fabulous customers show off the lovelies they made. It makes my heart warm inside.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
1 skein Silky Flamme by Elsebeth Lavold. 1 small 20 yard skein of Handspun yarn with approximately 6 wraps per inch or WPI which is the same as the Silky Flamme used.
US 10 DPNS
Darning needle, scrap yarn and stitch marker to mark beginning of rounds.
Using the Longtail method, cast on 21 stitches using handspun yarn. Rounds 1-11: K2 p1 ribbing for 11 rounds
Rounds 12-13: Change to commercial yarn and do 2 rounds of k2p1 ribbing.
Rounds 14-16: Knit all.
Round 1. K1 m1 to last stitch m1 k1.
Round 2. K all
Repeat 1 & 2 until there are 31 total stitches.
K 7 rounds.
Knit to the last 4 stitches and slip them onto waste yarn. Slip the first 4 of the next round to the waste yarn as well.
Re-join in the round.
Rounds 1-5: Knit all.
Round 6: K2 p1 to the last 2 stitches and purl 2 together. (21 stitches) Rounds 7-12: Switch to handspun. K2 P1 ribbing on every round. Bind Off.
Pick up the 8 stitches held on waste yarn. In the corner pick up two stitches of the previous row and knit them tog. There should be 9 stitches.
Rounds 1-5: K2,p1 ribbing.
Bind Off all.
Other Fun Facts..................
I taught myself to knit by watching a woman while on a flight from Scotland to the USA in 1996.
I taught myself how to spin yarn Feb 15th, 2007. I think I've done fairly well:)
'Lunabud' is a combination of two dogs' names I was loved by, Buddy and Luna:)