Monday, June 30, 2008

Baby Garter Stitch Blanket-Wrap

This is a very simple design and it got inspired by the teachings of Elizabeth Zimmerman. It is worked kind of diagonally and it is garter stitch, with Yarn Overs until the desired length is achieved, then Yarn Overs and Decreases until done. I suspect it will be a very quick knit and I believe I will be making another Baby Surprise Jacket for this Blanket. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A way to change Colors in Knitting

You will be able to see how to change colors in knitting , whether it is on one line, in the middle or at the beginning. You can also use bobbins of colors. You will also see the work in progress of my Adult Surprise Jacket! This is a fun project and Let me tell you I discovered that the Knit Picks' Harmony needles have a plastic base that goes into the metal. Yes you bet I already pull them apart, it is my carelessness and roughness lol! It is, I was too rough on them and pull them apart, but have no fear crazy glue them back in place. Since then I have not had any problems, plus I am extra careful not to pull on them as hard as the first time. Thanks fro stopping by and enjoy the video and the picture!

Monday, June 23, 2008

E Zimmerman Adult Surprise Jacket Cast On!

In the beginning there is yarn and I have lots of left over Wool and silk yarn and it may end up being a Harry Potter Style Cardigan lol! Nevertheless with the lot of nice hand dyed wool and some of this Sari Silk Yarn, I believe this is the perfect project for all these yarns. I also have some yarn from knitpicks and some wonderful Lamb's Pride.
My notes are important , because it is my understanding of my personal Pattern:
Notes :
This notes will make sense to others who follow these Patterns, but you have to make your own numbers make sense. I am testing the Harmony Options needles # 8 US and a 60 inch cable, front Knit Picks.
1. My Jacket is 21 inches wide, my gauge is 6 stitches per inch. 21 * 6 = 126.
2. K = 126/3 =42
3. Total Cast on # Stitches is 9 * K 0r 9*42 = 378 stitches.
4. Putting my markers around A and B Stitch Points which are at 2 * K from each end or 84 stitches from either end.
5. Continue until I am have decreased 84 Stitches on each End and have 210 in the middle, then I start to M 1 on each side of the Marked Stitch. This will reverse the angle .
6. When there is a total of 378 stitches again, we are at the neck sides.

I am also in the Summer Of Socks 2008 KAL and making my what I call the Taurean Sock which if I am lucky I will be done this week with sock number one. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Summer In Kobol A Baby Set

This is the cutesy hat that goes with the set. This pattern is part of a book from Leisure Arts.
This is a great pattern and I made it in cotton. I enjoyed the color combination and the way the white softens the green! This was a very fun pattern to make, very easy, it is amazing the texture that a slip stitch followed by a single crochet is able to make. I hope you enjoy the view.!
This will be put together with the Summer in Kobol Blanket below for a Baby Welcoming Party. I was going to make the booties, but I will leave it like this. It is a fast crochet pattern once you get over the changing colors. This colors get left on a stitch holder and picked up after you get done using the other color, then you leave the other color on a stitch holder as well. It can be adjusted and I may say it can be designed a bit easier and better, but the overall rating from 1-10 for this pattern is a 9.5! If you want to see the Summer in Kobol Afghan you can click HERE and it will take you to the post. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 20, 2008

Baby Crochet Set for Dragonfly Dreams Afghan

This is my Work in progress on the Baby Sweater, it is a gorgeous combination with the White. I thought it would look too neon like, but the white tempers the Green lol! I am glad that I got into making this set as it is very cool looking. It definitely needs to colors for it to show the detail you work on. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Knit Picks Circular et more

Knit Picks has two types of circular needles and lots of cables to attach to them on the go. I ordered some to see what they look like and to make something with them. I am hoping to make the Adult's Surprise Jacket from Elizabeth Zimmerman , which you may find at . I am going to use the nickle plated needles and see how the behave. I ordered A set of Harmony Tips to see how they behave. So far I am not impressed with the Harmony 's looks, don't take me wrong they are pretty, but I thought the colors would be brighter, more vivid. The finish is very good, rather excellent and I will see how the behave when I knit with them.
This is part of a Baby Assemble that I am putting together with the DagronFly Dreams Afghan, So far I am very happy with the work I am doing, the stitch is a bit difficult for my hands, but giving it some rest it works out fine. I am hoping to get a hat and booties finished this weekend.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Another Long Tail Cast On

Just Sharing another way of doing a long tail cast on. Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Summer in Kobol, Dragonfly Dreams

I call this Afghan / blanket Summer in Kobol aka Dragonfly dreams by Michelle Wilcox. It is a nice small afghan that will allow you to learn the FPDC (Front Post Double Crochet and Bobble stitches . You will be using them constantly on the project. When you are making this afghan you have to take into consideration that there are 35 Columns and 41 Rows, so when you join them together as the diagram explains , some squares are perpendicular and thus the rows and the columns will be touching. I would use 6 single crochet decreases to yield the illusion of 35 rows. Once I got done with that I did the same on the border. The Pattern calls for 2 rounds, I made three. Two rounds of single crochet, the first round is used to give the afghan the evenness that it requires by making the appropriate decreases where the go and the second row is just to make it firmer. It ends with a nice 5 double crochet shell, sk one st, sc in next all around. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Socks in a Box, June 08 WIP

Well I just got this today, it is a Lantern Moon Basket Box. It is a basket and it is lined on the inside with silk fabric and there are strings that closes the opening and some fancy beads. I got it at Ebay for a good price. I actually thought it was more fancy than what I got. It disappointed me, but hey I bought it and I will use it. This is where I am planning to keep my Sock Work in progress projects or just my sock yarn. Actually my Taurean Socks WIP is resting in there, as I am working on it. The green that you see is the crochet MCAL work in progress, it is the last motif and it is the second of five. So I have been busy and quiet on the blog side. I will have some more Baby Surprise jackets and hats later on in the month or even next week.
So I am letting you know that I am pretty busy, and keeping out of trouble. Next week I will have more pictures of my other works in progress. One of my cousins is visiting from Atlanta and we are planning to visit the yarn store close to the house, one of them anyway. Imagiknit on Sanchez and 18th near the Castro District. That will be tomorrow and I am hoping to get some of the cotton yarn that they have on sale to combine with what I have and make some nice BSJ or Baby Surprise Jackets. May you have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Baby Surprise Hat!

This is the Baby Surprise Hat! Well At least a modified version of the original hat. The hat has been finished in a circular mode, It could have been a heart shaped crown, but I am afraid that I am very new at making Knitted hats. The hat was more like a bonnet, I decided to use some of the techniques I learned and sew the flaps together making it a circular kind of hat.

The hat came out very versatile as it can be used from a Baby size to a Toddler to a small Child by just rolling the brim. The crown was an after thought. I tried to do decreases as I thought would make sense. All in all with the little braids, it can be worn in many ways, Leave it to the mother or the child to fine a Vogue way of wearing the hat lol!

I will have to say that Elizabeth Zimmerman and Meg Swansen have a way of inspiring people. As I go more into having DVDs to teach me, I get the magic of having two wonderful teachers over and over again. A sweater class will go for at least $150.00, so when you purchase a video for $ 40.00 something , you have the advantage of looking at it over and over again until you get what they are trying to learn. Even though there is nothing like a personal lesson, I have learned to appreciated having this 2 gals in my living room for classes that I would otherwise not be able to take. In the future this may inspire me to create my own DVDs for teaching lol! Thanks for stopping by!

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