Karen's Knitting

Location: California, United States

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Wrist warmers

These were made for Debbie at work, after she was admiring mine.
Pattern is Irish Hiking Wrist Warmers. Pattern found here
Yarn used was Lion Brand wool-ease worsted weight. 80% acrylic, 20% lamb's wool.
Color #115, blue mist
Needle size 8
I made both at the same time. Quick.
Pix 1 and 2 represent true color.

Triangulated socks

Triangulated sock pattern for leg.
Trekk XXL yarn, 75% wool, 25% nylon, 459 yards.
Colorway #132
Needle size 2.25mm

Infinitude cowl

Infinitude cowl pattern found on Ravelry, here

Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Paints, colorway #9871
Needles: Long circular size 7
Made large size. Can be worn long or doubled.
Dark pictures taken inside, nice pictures taken outside. Third pix is truest color.

Baby Alpaca cowl

Cowl knitted with two skeins of baby alpaca yarn.
Dark brown.
Pattern to be posted.
Nothing more maddening than to find an error. One stitch off really stands out in the pixs.
With two skeins, the cowl can be pulled up over your head.
Very soft.

Ice yarn hat

This is a basic hat pattern. First time I used size 6 and 8 needles. Came out too big, ie sloppy fit.
Ripped it all the way back and use size 5 for the ribbing and size 7 for the rest. Like the size better.
Yarn used is Ice Yarn, Magic Wool Light. It is 30% wool and 70% acrylic.
Colorway is unknown. Ball band not marked. Bought on line.

I also bought a second skein of this yarn, different colorway.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Kroy socks

Well, well, well. They are finally done. I bought this yarn a couple of years ago at Hobby Lobby while visiting my mom in Texas. I casted on, but these poor socks were knitted off and on for a year. Socks are always my carry along project because they are so portable. They kept getting set aside for other projects.
And now they are done :)

Yarn: Patons Kroy Socks FX, self patterning yarn
Color: 57242, Clover colors
Needle: size 1 (2.25mm)

Ok, now I used my regular sock "recipe" and I decided to make the leg just a bit longer. When I got to the foot, I knitted my 60 rounds and oh my god! The foot was so long! Apparently this yarn is denser than other sock yarn. So I left the sock on my foot and frogged back to the joint of my big toe and then started the toe decreases. I just barely had enough yarn to finish each sock.
This is my first "mismatched" pair. I couldn't match up the yarn without cutting too much off and rejoining later.
I am happy to report that both skeins did not have any knots from breakage. More and more yarn skeins I have been getting have these knots. Knot happy about this!!
They are done, Yay, and I've already started a new pair.
Happy knitting.

You know what really pisses me off about yarn knots? When they knot the two ends together and the pattern is going in the opposite directions!! MORONS!

Gaetano's Baby Sweater

Welcome to the family little Gaetano. I made this sweater for Tom's cousin Gabe's first baby. They didn't want to know the gender of the baby so I had to pick a gender neutral color for this baby sweater.
The pattern is called "Baby Boy 5-Hour Sweater. The pattern can be found here. 
I used size 7 needles.
The yarn I chose was Cascade 220 Superwash. The color number is 863, Cordavan.
It has reddish brown and brown hues throughout. It is super soft. And washable!
I used one skein and I made the sweater body longer, 22 rows instead of 16.
I will be making this sweater again. It was quick and easy.
I mailed the sweater to them about a week before the baby was born in May.
The pictures of the sweater on the teddy bear were taken because this bear belongs to my husband. His grandmother bought it for him when he was very young. So I thought it would be kinda cool to have the baby's sweater on a bear that Gaetano's great-great grandmother bought for his cousin.

Ditty's scarf

This scarf was made for Tom's cousin, Ditty. The yarn is mohair from his late grandmother's stash. It is a bulky weight yarn. I had quite a few balls of both light and dark purple. For this scarf I used size 10.5 needles to get the open airy look. I casted on about 150-160 stitches and joined in the round. I knitted until I ran out of color. I had my knitting friend Loretta block it for me. It likes to curl. I will be giving this to Ditty on our next visit to Sonoma.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Happy Anniversary

Celebrated anniversary number 31 at The Outback Steakhouse on April 18, 2012. Love my man!

Two dishcloths

Here are a couple more dishcloths I knitted last month. Patterns found for free on the internet.
Swan and guitar. Size 7 needles.
Here is the site address for the swan:

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Snowflake hat done right

Tah-dah! It helps to know how to read charts! When knitting in the round, you read the chart right to left for all rounds. Too bad the instructions didn't include this valuable piece of know-how. This hat rocks!!! I bought some more yarn to make two more hats. The Jojoland Baritone apparently is no longer being offered. My LYS is selling it for $3.00/50 grams. I bought "boy" colors for my nephews.
Also, this time I think I will do the ribbing with a size 6 needle and then change back to the 7.
I believe the two color names are Chili Pepper and Creamy White.
Pattern link

Friday, March 09, 2012

Felted Mosaic Tote

I really like felting. Love this tote.
This is a slip stitch pattern. I used four colors of Cascade 220 wool.
Size 10 1/2 needles. The only thing I change from the pattern were the handles. I couldn't get the technique down so I just made an icord using two strands of yarn.
I ran this tote through two cycles and dried it over a cereal box.
I bought the pattern on line from here
Here are the before and after pictures.

Mia's Jerkin

My great-niece Mia came into this world in December, 2011. Welcome beautiful baby girl. I made this baby jerkin for her. I sent it to her in February. Instead of it being a dress length, it fits like a shirt. I did follow the pattern and was getting gauge. Don't know why it wasn't long enough. Oh well. She lives in Virginia, I live in California. Couldn't try it on before binding off.
The pattern is called Top Down Seamless Baby Jerkin and can be found on this blog.
I used size 7 needles.
Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Quatro, colorway 1953
Flower button for the back. I did have a bit of yarn leftover and should have knitted until it ran out.
Waiting for Nikki (mom) to send pictures of Mia wearing it so I can post them here. In the meantime....

Monday, February 13, 2012

Snowflake (?) hat

I made my first attempt at reading a chart and knitting a hat in the round. All instructions that I found about chart reading states that you read from the bottom up; row 1 is read right to left; row 2 is read left to right. The instructions for the hat did not include anything regarding the chart. This hat was knitted twice. The first time I noticed that there wasn't a snowflake. I ripped out and started again. Still no snowflake. Then I started reading more on-line and found out (!) that when you are knitting in the round, you read ALL ROWS RIGHT TO LEFT!! I finished the hat and decide it would be my "round the house" hat. I told a co-worker about it and she wants to buy it for $5. Deal!
I used less than a ball each of jojoland wool at $3/ball/50 grams
Size 7 needles. The pattern is on Ravelry called Norwegian Star found here.
I made the larger size, 112 stitches vs. 96 stitches. It fits well. I am very, very pleased with my floats. I did not pull them tight, therefore, no puckers. I think I messed up on the decreases at the top, but..... it's an original!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Helmet Liner request

Last week George called me and asked if I could knit another helmet liner. His friend was re-deployed to Afghanistan and is freezing. I finished it last night. I had to knit through a painful bout of tendinitis. Also, had to go out and buy more wool. Apparently the damn moths found my stash of wool and was eating through a full hank. I now have lavender everywhere and my untouched wool is in ziploc bags with lavender inside. So thanks George! I probably would have lost a lot more yarn if you hadn't asked for another helmet liner.
Again I used Cascade 220. Pattern can be found on Ravelry or here.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Cassis is finished!!

Finished the cassis on Thanksgiving and I love wearing it.
Thanks to my Urban Sheep peeps who helped me along the way. Seems I like to misread instructions here and there.

L-O-V-E <3