Friday, February 27, 2015

Three Hats

Took a short break from the sweater knitting (see last week's post) to knit three quick hats.  This first one is made using the pattern Split-Brim Toddler Hat by Stranded Knitter.  The avocado green yarn is Lion Brand Woolspun.  The second yarn is Patons North America ColorWul.

 
With the leftover yarn I knit these two basic hats.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Works in Progress or Not

This first project is a sweater I was knitting (no longer in progress).  I almost had it finished when I frogged it.  At the point this first photo was taken I was pleased with the project as the fit seemed good.  The pattern is Gemini by Jane Richmond.  The yarn is Rowan Creative Linen.

 

After finishing the body and the first sleeve I changed my mind.  The fit no longer seemed good.  The sweater body felt too boxy.  The sleeve was way too wide.  I decided to frog the project and use the yarn with a different pattern.  I think I will use this one -- #14 Leaf Yoke Top by Angela Hahn.

 
This quilt project is progressing better.  It's another of my crazy quilts for a baby or toddler.  Here are two photos showing parts of the quilt top being pieced.  Lots of color and objects to be found.

 

This section has a tractor pulling a wagon full of apples, a robot, frogs, and a motorcycle.

Friday, February 13, 2015

My Hitofude Cardigan

This cardigan is sort of a shrug with a body attached.  It is an easier knit than it appears.  The pattern is Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu.  The yarn is Lotus (Trendsetter) Tibetan Cloud .   The first photo is pre-blocking.

 
Here is the cardigan being blocked.  The lace effect is really appreciated in this photo.
 
This is post-blocking. It will be a nice sweater for cool weather like spring or early fall.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Batik Blooming Nine Patch Quilt Top

This blooming nine-patch quilt top is made with four different batik fabrics.  It’s a king size top measuring 114.5 in square.  I recently finished the quilt top and mailed it off to be machine quilted.  When it comes back I will bind it using the brown fabric.  The backing is the orange fabric.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Treats for Dogs Quilt

This small quilt, 16 in X 16 in, is made using dog treat bags for the quilt top.  The quilt back is part of a dog food bag.  The batting is Hobbs Heirloom.  I used cotton fabric for the binding.  It is machine pieced and quilted.  It has been entered into the Quilt Alliance 2015 contest.  This year’s theme is Animals We Love (contest guidelines).



Friday, January 23, 2015

More Hats and a Scarf

In an attempt to finish posting the items I knit either for Christmas or by the end of 2104 I am sharing all these today. This first photo shows a knitted slouch hat (given to a colleague for his wife) and an infinity scarf (given to a friend).  The pattern for the hat is Chunky Slouch Cap by Melissa "Missa" Hills.  The pattern for the scarf is a blend of two patterns:  Super Duper Circle Scarf (aka. Workhorse Cowl) by Leanne Wilkinson and The Rime Frost Cowl by Ida Thue Nielsen.  The yarn is  Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick for both.

 
These two hats are from leftover yarn.  The pattern is Scrap-happy Celebration Hat by Cosette Cornelius-Bates.  I sent them along with the brown hat in the next photo to our local children’s hospital to use in their Knitting for Noggins program.


 
The pattern for this hat is Hill Country Hat by Clara Parkes.  The yarn is  Rowan Purelife British Sheep Breeds Chunky.


This next hat is also knit using the hill country pattern but I knit it from the bottom up rather than the top down as the pattern is written.  Also, the color is a deep red rather than the pinkish-red shown in this photo.  The yarn is Plymouth Yarn Galway Worsted.


Friday, January 16, 2015

More Mobius Scarves

Here are more Mobius scarves I knit and gave as gifts Christmas 2014.  Just now getting around to posting.  The pattern is Long Mobius Cowl by Haley Waxberg.   I actually knit two from the red yarn which is James C. Brett Marble Chunky (one went to my sister Susan, the other to my step-mother in law).  The multicolor yarn is Lorna's Laces Shepherd Worsted Multi.  It went to my mother in law.


 

This last one was given to my young friend Allison who mentioned to my sister Cathy that she really liked the scarves I had been posting on Facebook.  I decided to gift her with one.  The yarn is Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Four Knitted Hats

This first hat was knit using the same pattern as Zach's hat and with the same yarns.  This one went to my nephew Justin.  The pattern used is David's Hat by Kenny Chua.  The yarn is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in two colors (black, gold).  I used the gold yarn as the main color and chose to do simple strips.

 

The next three are baby hats given to friends/family.  This first one uses the pattern Simple newborn hat with a touch of lace by Ginny Sheller.  The yarn is Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

 
This next one uses leftover yarns from various projects over the past few years.  It’s just a basic baby hat with a pompom added.


This last hat also made using leftover Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick yarn.  The pattern is Split-Brim Toddler Hat by Stranded Knitter.





Friday, January 2, 2015

Small Flower Basket Quilt

The 2015 National Quilt Association Quilt Show will be held in Little Rock, Arkansas (my hometown).  This is the quilt I made and submitted hoping it will be accepted for the show.  It used mixed techniques -- piecing, applique, beading, three dimensional flowers.  It is machine quilted.  The quilt measures 23.5 in X 25.5 in.

 
This photo shows the flowers and quilting in a bit more detail.
 
This quilt does the same.
 
This photo shows quilting from the back.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Joy's Sweater

This sweater is for a grand-niece.  It  was knit using pattern Silver Cardigan by Kristiina Temin.  The yarn for the main sweater is Debbie Bliss Cotton DK.  The yarn for the trim is Adriafil Knitcol.

 
The colors in the sweater are more like those in this next photo than the others.
 
I chose simple buttons, feeling they worked better than the others I looked at.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Fingerless Mitts and Beaded Headbands

These fingerless mitts are going to one of my sisters.  The pattern is Cafe au Lait Mitts by Paula McKeever.  I’m not sure what the yarn is.  It’s some leftover in my stash.


 

These headbands are for a niece.  She doesn't like hats much but maybe these will keep her ears warm while she looks like the princess she is.  The pattern is Beads and Bows by Christine Marie Chen. 



Friday, December 12, 2014

Kristin's Slouch Hat

My friend/colleague asked me to knit her a slouch hat.  I showed her several patterns on Ravelry and we chose Spinster Slouch by ValĂ©rie Miller.  The yarn is Trendsetter Yarns Tonalita.  She loves it.