Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
'Tis the season...for gift scarves. This one is knitted from a superwash wool. The yarn strand itself is woven in a kind of braid, Nashua vignette. I used a pattern of knit 3 purl 3 repeat, row two purl 1, knit 1 repeat. It makes a very stretchy fabric.
Update: If the recipient finds this wool itchy-try this remedy: Rinse it in a few cups of water and a couple tablespoons of hair conditioner. Don't rinse the conditioner out, squeeze out the water (press out the rest of the water in a towel if its not too much trouble) and dry flat. :)
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I knitted this scarf for my sister's father-in-law. It's warm without being itchy because it's made from a bamboo yarn. I chose subdued colors, heather gray and tiny blue stripes just at the ends, colors which I hope will remind him of RAF blue. I knitted it in stockinette and then doubled it over and sewed it closed for a thick and flat look.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I needed a small gift to give my friends in my Skeptical Society. It needed to be something I could put together fast as I needed 10 of them and I only had two days. So I made my coffee cup cozies. It's something to keep from burning your hands on hot paper cups and you can reuse it and save the world some paper. I crocheted them from a fairly thick but nice yarn. My favorite is Berroco "Love it colors," 58% cotton with 38% acrylic and 4% polyester. It has a bouncy feel to it. With a slightly too large size J hook it works up thick and fast. I placed them on a clean paper cup and added cellophane bags filled with chocolate, a home baked snowflake shaped cookie with piped icing and white crystals also in cellophane bags, and a candy cane.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I crocheted this pouch in purple and pink cotton for one of Julian's classmates (just because she asked.) It's pretty simple, you just work rounds off of a base chain made the width you want the bag to have. All single crochet, reducing a few stitches on the side for the last couple rows until a row of double crochet, chain, skip stitch, repeat. One row of single then finish. Make a chain for a tie, weave into dbl crochet row.