Lacy Mock Cable Cloth

January 7, 2009 at 6:32 pm (knitting)

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Pattern: Lacy Mock Cable Cloth

Needles: size 6, but I think this would have been better on a 4 or 6

Yarn: Lion Brand Cotton in Fern Green

Comments: I really liked this pattern. It knits up very quickly and the texture and pattern are soooo pretty. I will definitely make this one again!

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The Mommywog Cowl

January 6, 2009 at 12:31 am (knitting)

When my mom was finishing her Masters in speech pathology, she had to work with patients in the speech clinic at the university.  Quite often she would bring home tape recordings of her sessions and listen to them. Once she was listening to one of a child and she was showing him pictures.  He called a frog a “wog” and when she pointed to the bigger frog he said that was the “mommy wog”.  This has since become a nickname for my mom.  From time to time she returns the favor and calls me “babywog”.


 

 

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The Mommywog cowl

Yarn:  Burly Spun in Blue Flannel

Needles:  Size 13 Circular

 Dimensions:  16″x 6 1/2 ”

Cast on 44 stitches.  Establish K1 P1 rib pattern.  Continue pattern until about 6 1/2 inches long.  Block, weave in ends and sew on buttons.  Because of the looseness of the fabric, you will not need to make buttonholes.  However, a little bit of felt on the wrong side of the fabric where you sew on the buttons will help them to stay put!

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Magic Melvin’s Hat and Cowl

January 2, 2009 at 2:45 pm (knitting, Uncategorized)

This year my dad wanted a warm hat and scarf. I started out by making a hat and then got thinking about the scarf. I didn’t want to knit a full-sized scarf. I’m already seven feet into a Dr. Who scarf and another 6 feet of scarf on top of 12 feet of the Dr. Who scarf just didn’t sound appealing right now!
So instead I knitted a cowl for him. My dad, who is a very practical man loved it! He oohed and ahhhed over the colorwork, which I found amusing, since it’s pretty simple colorwork. Although, I must admit the blue and black are a very striking color combination.

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Magic Melvin’s Cowl Stats

Cast on 70 sts. Knit 5 rows of K1 P1 twisted rib.  Switch to stockinette stitch with twisted rib border of 6 sts on either side.  Colorwork pattern used from The Knitting Workshop by Elizabeth Zimmerman.

Yarn:  Paton’s Classic Wool in Black and That’s Blue

Needles:  size 7 circular

Magic Melvin’s Hat Stats
Modified the Marsan Watchcap Pattern. Followed the instructions for the twisted rib brim. Then switched to stockinette stitch, added the same colorwork as the hat, and worked the crown decreases from the watchcap. Used the same needles and yarn.

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Stash Justified!

November 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm (Being Frugal, family, funny stuff, knitting)

This year, due to some difficult circumstances, we will be spending a little less on Christmas this year. But I’m not sure it means less gifts. Instead it means, more knitting! Because of my very sizeable stash, I will be giving a LOT of handknit gifts this year. Like, doll clothes, hats and mittens, cute and tiny bags. And more knitting almost always equals more fun for me!

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Fire and Ice Socks Completed

October 9, 2008 at 12:54 pm (knitting)

I”m so happy to have these socks off the needles!

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Pattern: The Firestarter

Needles: size 0 and siz 1 dpns

Yarn: Socks that Rock in Blue Moonstone (Thanks for such a nice b-day gift, Stitch-n-Snitch!)

Modifications: I casted on 56 sts and used smaller needles to adjust for my guage.

General comments: The cables are beautiful once you understand how she wants you to do them. As for the chart, you only do rows 1-8 for the foot, then rows 9-15 for the leg, adding in row 16 once you’ve worked the last repeat. You only do row 16 once!
These felt very snug before blocking and then grew quite a bit afterwards. I think I could have knit them at a slighter tighter guage or with fewer stitches.
Were I to knit these again, I would carry the cables all the way up the leg. They’re just SOOO pretty!

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Too Funny

September 3, 2008 at 12:12 am (funny stuff, knitting)

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a knitting pattern for the Killer Bunny from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.  DD #1 told me that I must not knit it unless I was going to also knit a holy hand grenade.  I now have a pattern that fits the bill! 🙂

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I Went Fishing in Minnesota, and I Caught…

August 12, 2008 at 1:09 pm (family, knitting, Uncategorized)

Pattern: Bubbles, with Fins
Yarn: Sugar & Cream
Needles: Size 7

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My dad loves to fish, so we are always looking for fishy things to buy, do, or make. I was going to give this to him, but this colorway is too pretty.

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Nancy Drew’s Socks Finished

August 12, 2008 at 2:40 am (Dyeing, knitting)

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Pattern: Nancy Drew’s Socks
Needles: Size 0
Modifications: I cast on 56 stitches instead of 64. I guess I’m a “loose” knitter! They fit perfectly, though.
These socks traveled a long way for their photo shoot. That’s the picnic table in front of the cabin we stayed in!

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One Good Twist Deserves Another

July 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm (family, knitting)

It all started when I e-mailed my mom about Twist, a cabled hooded sweater that I wanted to knit. She responded by changing the subject line to “One Good Twist Deserves Another” and sent me this dishcloth pattern.

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Pattern: Swish with a Twist
Yarn: Sugar ‘n Cream in Softly Taupe
Needles: 7

I think this stitch pattern is so pretty. It makes me think of a Wedding Band quilt. Wouldn’t this be pretty knit up as an afghan?

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Now, Where Did I Put Those Buttons…

July 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm (knitting, scrap yarn)

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Pattern: Magic Slippers
Yarn: Leftover Sock Yarn dyed by DD#1’s class
Needles: size 1 dpns
I bought some really cute orange flower-shaped buttons for these, but I can’t remember where I put them!

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