Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Magic Hem

How could I resist?  For days and days it spoke to me.  It called my name.  Finally, temptation won and I am the proud owner of  Woolfolk Tynd.  This is not a yarn to languish in the stash for "some day."  Oh, no.  It is a "cast on right now and get to it" kind of yarn.  So I did.

I thought and thought about the pullover that it wanted to be.  At first, a basic top down raglan with vertical bands of twisted stitches seemed like the way to go.  Subtle but worth a second look.  That plan is now in reserve for the future. 

Working in the round was the goal.  And something that would not require too much attention so that it could be public knitting.  Well, gentle reader, this is a story about what happened to the yarn.  Or is it a yarn with a story? 

There I sat, cakes of yarn, needles and an idea popped into my noggin' - Judy Becker's Magic Cast On is actually a folded hem just waiting to happen.  Now, I am making a bottom up sorta tee shirt that will probably have simple lace at the top.

This is the end of four rounds of the Magic sitting there ready to become a knitted hem.  Please know that I worked the front and back separately so that there will be a little vent on each side of the hem.

Rather than making a humongous sock toe, I worked a k2tog all the way across.  This joined the two rows of stitches into one band that magically became the hem.

Can I hear a Voila!  You will note that the yarn is a deep merlot/berry shade and I simply could not face making a traditional folded hem where one is forced to actually sew the foldy up part to the knitting stitches which just happen, in this case, to be dark and tiny (well, a size US 6 tiny) and make no mistake in 115 stitches and then do the exact same perfection to make the other panel and well. . . . I just could not do it. 

 Here it is.  Judy's Magic Hem.  Surely others have done this.  I can't be the only one to have an inspirational moment.  So, I'll not take credit for the brilliance. 

After making the first hem, I make a second that (I am pleased to report) is exactly like the first.  Everything was slid onto one needle and joined to work in the round.  Now, there is just round and round of stockinette to be done until a second color decides to join the merriment.  Public Knitting project accomplished!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Barely Bear-like

Does this look like a bear?  

The little crochet bear has reached that point where it kinda sorta has bear qualities but the crochet curls and twists and looks like a wad of cotton that has strange appendages.  Me thinks that faith is required.  And a lot of stuffing.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Family Jealousy

Even with out a face, isn't this little bear just the cutest thing!

Daughter #1, she who crochets, found the pattern and whipped it up in no time.  She thought and thought about a face and decided that he is what ever one needs him to be - happy, sad, hungry, sleepy, playful, what ever  one needs. 

And she is going to teach me how to make it. 
Cuz I'm jealous that she found the pattern before I did. 

Sometimes, in a family, that's the way thing are.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Artfully Simple

Check out this Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf by Tamara Kelley.  My daughter, she who crochets, makes these quite often.  She has them in a whole rainbow of colors and yarns.

It is hard to tell  in this photo, but the circle is crocheted with just chains and double crochet stitches.  That makes it very approachable for the novice and a no-look quick project for those of us with a year or two of experience.

I know I have decades of experience with a crochet hook, but please allow me a few days of bliss in the land of make believe.

 The scarf is long enough to double and wear it snuggled around the neck.  That's too hot here in Los Angeles, so I made a button loop that is useful for containing the long loops so that they don't flop around where I already flop around. 

And here is the great part.  I don't even have to tell you how I made the button loopy thing because it is right there in the free pattern!  Ain't it grand?

Yes, this is a worsted yarn (specifically Cascade Yarns Pacific which is machine washable), but I'm thinking it would be great in a DK weight which would require changing hook size and doing math to calculate a longer starting chain and diving again into the button stash and... . . . .

Sorry, got distracted due to The Illness*.  Check out the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf.  It's a great and versatile pattern.

*The Illness is Start-itis. And I've got a bad case.

Monday, October 20, 2014

A Call To Yarn!

The Knitting Tree, LA is collecting shawls, scarfs and hats for a local domestic violence shelter.  Shelters offer  safety and security in times of urgent need.  Haven seekers often arrive with nothing but a strong determination to be strong.  Thus, we are all banding together to knit or crochet safe hugs filled with support for the future.

Consider this post a personal invitation to join in gifting one more item for one more person.  You can make any neck or head gear out of any soft and comforting yarn that is in your stash.  Just put your love into each stitch.  Bring your donation to the Tree any time before Thanksgiving.  Annette is asking each donor to write a short note of encouragement - tags are available at the store.

 This is my first contribution.
Pattern:  Weaver's Wool Mini Shawl available free at this link here.
Yarn:  Worsted from the stash

*  Stripes were added.  Not a big deal, but with two left over bits in the stash, there was enough to combine yarns and make a shawl.

*  Needle sizes were changed to help make the bottom stretch out so that, when needed, it can be pulled around like a hug.  The top 3+ inches is worked on a US 9, then a US 10 for a while, followed by (you guessed it) a 10 1/2  and finally a US 11 for the bottom rows and ruffle.

*  The bottom edge is a ruffle instead of the pattern edge.  My edge is quite simple:
Row 1 -  k1, yo (yarn over) and repeat all the way across ending with a k1.
Row 2 - knit
Row 3 - knit
Row 4 - Bind off.  Of course more knit rows will make a longer ruffle.  So make yourself happy with this part.

This is not my first experience with the pattern.  I can tell you from experience that it looks fabulous when knit with a fluffy stripey yarn all on the same size needle. 

The gift of unconditional love.  With a little yarn, we can all give.