Saturday, March 22, 2008

Shiny Black Cocktail Treasure Woven Bracelet

An 80th birthday present for Frank's lovely sister. I love how this turned out.

Blue Harlequin Socks

These are my usual, standard toe-up socks on 64 stitches, using #0 dpns. The yarn is a blue
Sock it to Me! Collection Harlequin yarn which is quite satisfactory and I did not try to match the yarn, preferring unmatched socks for this pair. The ribbing for the leg is a repeat of 7 knit, 1 purl, merging into the final ribbing of 2 knit, 2 purl. They were cast off using a suspended bindoff technique, with identical results of the crochet cast off.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Houndstooth Cell Phone Cozy Necklace

I used black Opal sock yarn, natural colored sock yarn, and worked on #0 dpns. Here is a short recipe for the cozy.

Cast on 6 stitches. Work garter stitch for 12 ribs (24 rows.) Pick up 12 stitches on each long side and 6 stitches each short side. Work a couple of rows in black, then start pattern, using white doubled since it was thinner.

The houndstooth pattern is a four-stitch, four-row repeat which can be found by googling.

After sufficient length of the pattern, switch to a couple of rows of garter stitch. Cast off around the top, starting with last 2 stitches on the needle with 12 stitches, and continue around binding off until 8 stitches left (these are in the center of a long side.) Continue with garter stitch until long enough, and do a 4-stitch one row buttonhole, knit a couple more rows of garter stitch and bind off.

The i-cord was done with 3 stitches and sewn on to the sides after it was long enough to go around my neck.

I don't always have pockets to carry my phone, so designed a necklace to hold it.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Sterling Silver Slider and Bead

I took a WONDERFUL class with Sally Stevens, who taught us how to create this gorgeous pendant! In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I chose a green-colored lampwork bead for the foundation of this piece. I can hardly believe that I made this! It measures roughly two inches wide.

Monday, March 17, 2008

White Harebell Fichu

All blocked and finished. It ended up taking 23 gms of Jades Sapphire Lacey Lamb, a very fine merino 2-ply wool, which I love. From Victorian Lace Today.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

RED Beaded Bead Necklace

RED!! The beaded bead is one I've made many times from beadinfinitum.
I was quite distracted due to workmen putting on new siding on the house, and painting, and so I thought I would calm myself by doing some beadwork. After I had sewn on the bead to one of the sides of the necklace, I realized that it was on upside down, so that the small bead I had incorporated, was no longer close to the focal. Taking it apart and redoing it was not in my plan. But it still looks okay.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Wedgwood Socks Completed

These socks are just lovely and fit me well. Who knew that when I started knitting these I would love them so much? The pattern I was following called for pastel colors and I didn't have any in my stash. I first started with two shades of vivid pink and charcoal, but that went to the frog pond. Then tried these too-bright colors, and I LOVE them. It is also a very interesting heel too.

Here are the details about these wonderfully designed socks. I used Opal Uni in natural, and Wildfoote Luxury Sock Yarn in Deco Green and Temple Turquoise. I knit them on #0 dpns and the leg was 80 stitches in circumference, as the pattern dictates.
I used #00 dpns for the start of the sock, which would be the facing of the hem at the top, so that they wouldn't flare around the picot edge, and switched to the #0 needles after the picot row.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Wedgwood Socks

From the wonderful sock book, 'Socks, Socks, Socks' comes this colorful stranded sock. The pattern in the book uses pale colors which I love, but I did not have them. Once again I was determined to use yarn from my stash, and I wondered why I had even purchased such bright colors, but I really like the result. I am halfway through the second one, and will post pictures soon.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

San Diego Socks

This was my working project during my visit to my sister in San Diego. They were knit on #0 dpns, on 64 stitches toe up, out of Trekking Pro Natura 1602 yarn. They are very pretty but not flamboyant.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Usferud Hat

Here is the second hat from a Bea Ellis kit, in wool with a cotton liner. It came out slightly larger than the previous hat, due to my tension changing. It was also much more comfortable to knit too, since I wasn't using a death-grip on the needles.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Traditional Norwegian Hat

I promised to knit a Norwegian style hat for my son who is moving to the windy city very soon, and he asked for one in navy blue, gray, and white, and I bought two kits from Bea Ellis, one in black and white, and the second in navy and light gray. Both have a knit cotton liner which will cover the forehead and ears. The first one is finished here. The next one is almost done.

Just in case the cord and tassel is too much for him, it can simply be cut off and removed. I tied a knot in it on the inside for easy removal - it is not stitched in and the integrity of the hat will not be impaired if cut off.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Promenade Finished

The Red Promenade - she is done. This is a wonderful item from Hanne Falkenberg, and like all of her other designs, is a marvel. The rows are VERY LONG but it was a fairly simple knit and I'm very pleased with it. The colors are somewhat more saturated in person.