Saturday, March 27, 2010

Double Knitting is...

Double knitting is for people who like to do ribbing, with color, A LOT.

Wonderful Amy from the guild taught us double knitting at the last month meeting. We did this cute light bulb motif on big needles to make a potholder. I think I was experimenting with the yarn dominance so you can see the bottom of my potholder doesn't look very good. In fact, you can see some of the background color in the second photo:

My friend Pam later tells me it's a feature of Armenian knitting to have a bit of the color in the back to show through. What created a bit of the color showing through was me using the background on the right side as the dominating yarn so both yarn keeps on crossing each other every other stitch.

I casted on for another one and this was an exciting project because it's the first time my husband wanted me to make something for him. His work uses the light bulb as an indicator on how things are going so I made one with red and green. This time the background area worked out better and the fabric actually separates.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The elf shoes are done

I finally got around to felt the elf shoes. You ready?

Hehe. Aren't they cute? Remember what they look like before felting?

Wow, right?

So gonna make more.

Monday, March 08, 2010

The owlets got eyes!

Presenting O's new "Fire Owlet" sweater:

This was finished last week but didn't have eyes yet:

And since I had 18 owlets, that meant I would need to sew 36 buttons on for the eyes; I was not looking forward to it. Arlene from the meetup suggest that I used a thick yarn to make french knots for it. I gave it a try and it worked out!

How did I end up with 18 owlets? I did not swatch to check the gauge and just blindly followed the biggest baby size (that went to up 36 month) hoping it would be 22 inches wide. After finishing the body, it looked a little small to me but the silly me hoped* it would all work out and continue on. Right after bind/off, I knew it was too small. I let the kid try it to confirm (was only 20.5 inches across chest), measure my gauge and ripped it out. Recalculated how many stitches I would need and cast it on again (did not want to change needle plus I had a lot of yarn left so I could make it bigger).

What did we learn from this?! Hoping is not a good strategy in knitting.

One more note about the french knots: The knot span across two rows so and I wrapped the yarn around the needle eight times before finishing the knot. It seem to work out okay.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Stitches West 2010 report

First, let's get the "cute babies and knits" out of the way.

Isn't this the cutest little hat on the cutest baby?!

And Cheryle made matching cardigan for her little cutie pie!

I had a great time catching up with people and helping out at the Lacy Knitter's Guild booth. I took a class because my friend was not able to take it last minute. It's the Fancy Felted Bag taught by Sharon Castello. Here's a picture of the wool being lay down before wetting it:
Doesn't it look like some furry animal? :-)

Here's everybody working hard, rolling and massaging their bags in bubble wraps and towels:

It's the most aerobic I ever got involving fiber. These are the end results:

The design on the top of this black bag used silk tops and such to decorate:

Here's a picture of the teacher posing with my bag:

I did come home with a few things:

Okay, I know it looks like a lot of yarn, but the upper left hand corner is super chunky's so it doesn't really count because it will get knitted up in no time. The two big balls of tweedy silk-wool (with little red specs) on the lower left hand corner are Pam's fault. I would not have seen it if she did not show me. (Does my guilt show from all these justifications I am coming up with?) I did go into stitches wanting to score some Madelinetosh yarn because it's all the rage in the knitting world and it's hard to get. I was able to score hard-to-get "tart" color way (right hand side of the loot) thought might not be the ideal weight I want (got it in "vintage"). And for some reason (maybe it's freshly coming off chinese new year celebration) I really want some more red yarn, so grabbed a few sock weight yarn which I can make socks or shawlets.

Okay, back to knitting.