New Striped Scarf

Another project and learning experience.  This scarf was made lengthwise.  I learned the P2T2 stitch as part of the 2/2 ribing.  I love the denim look.  It’s lightweight so can be used any time of the year.


Another First–Top-Down Doggie Sweater

This project allowed me to tap into my math skills as I couldn’t find a pattern and had to work on one.  The first step was to knit a swatch to calculate gauge, then measure my Cavelier and to the math.  Bekah loves it, but, alas she has to wait for next winter to enjoy it.  Now, Ginger has placed an order for one for her.  Guess, I’ll be busy.

Terra Cotta Sweater

My second sweather project went well.  This one used the basic pattern of the first and was worked on as a top-down project.  I just changed the lace insert on this one using a Chevron lace.  This was a new stitch pattern for me.  Simply love being able to knit a sweater and build brain synapsis as well.

My Teal Sweater

My sweater front

This is my first adult-sized knitted sweater.  I’ve crocheted sweaters before and even knitted sweaters for infant and toddlers.  So, needless to say, I was a bit nervous about undertaking this project.  I sought guidance from the wonderful knitters working Sin City Knit Shop. It took me approximately three weeks to finish this project, knitting off and on.

This sweater is worked in stockinette stitch from the top down.  The sleeves are raglan.  There is a decorative border in a lacy pattern called Starry Night.  A 2/1 ribbing is used to finish the edging.

Mini Sweater Modeled

Earlier I posted a picture of a mini sweater I made.  The intent of that project was to make a mock up of a sweater for me.  Although I was pleased with the outcome, I felt the picture did not capture the mini sweater in a good light.  With a flash of genius, I decided to find a doll that could model the sweater.  I found this cute little doll.  I think she is much better than just a flat one dimensional photo.

Meet Lucy, she is modeling her new sweater.  In the above photos, she models in different poses  Now, don’t you think these photos, with Lucy’s help, shows this project in a better light?

Mini Sweater

I wanted to knit a sweater from the top down.  So, I joined a group of knitters at a local yarn shop, who were working on just such a project.  My sweater is in slate blue.  You’ll get to see it when I’m done.

I made this miniature mock up with surplus yarn to help me understand the techniques and new stitches.  This strategy helped me to understand the pattern directions.

This is sweater has raglan sleeves with a lacy patterned cuff.  Edgings were done in a 2/1 ribbing and bound off using a stretchy bind off method.

The lacy pattern near the bottom hem is called Starry Night.

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As you can see, I made this sample with two colors.  Creative, well maybe?  Actually, I ran out of the main color so I used a darker shade for the edgings and the sleeves.

The challenge faced in this project was the tiny sleeves.  They were worked on double-pointed needles knitting in the round.  I dropped stitches several times, which can be seen on one of the sleeves. I’ve tagged it so I will know what not to do the next time.

Simple, But, Elegant Cotton-Knitted Place Mats

As the new year started, I knew I wanted to try something new for my first knitting project.  I decided on a new set of place mats.  I wanted something that was sturdy, but, not bulky.  Hence, I settled for working with cotton yarn.  For this project, I used Lily’s Sugar ‘n Cream cotton yarn, a medium weight yarn.  A 14-ounce cone makes approximately 3 1/3 place mats.  So to make a set of four, you need to get 2 cones.

The pattern consists of a basket weave centered framed by a border of garter stitches.  The finished size of a place mat is 14 x 19 inches.  I used a size 6 circular needle with a cast on of 60 stitches.  Each side border is 10 stitches in garter stitch.  Remaining 40 stitches are done in a basket weave pattern.  Each section is four stitches.  After four rows, I reversed the basket weave pattern.

These place mats are machine washable.  A set of four or six would make a wonderful Hostess Gift.



Happy Holidays!

IMG_2487Just want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.  May these holidays be joyous and filled with good cheer.  Take care of yourselves and will see you again in 2018.

A Few More 4-corner Aprons

In an attempt to offer unique gift ideas, I’ve come up with the perfect solution–4-corner Aprons.  To streamline my sewing progress on these projects, I work in phases. Phases?  What do I mean?  It’s is simply a way to organize my time, energy and effort.

There are basically three phrases.  Phase 1 involves planning, specifically, gathering my supplies (fabric and notions). Phase 2 involves cutting out all pieces for each apron. Phase 3 involves the actual construction (sewing) of each apron.  Working in phases affords ease and speed in completing each project.

I completed four of these aprons over the past weekend.


Four-Corner Aprons

This weekend was quite a productive weekend.  My sewing machine kept humming throughout the Saturday and Sunday.  These aprons are a delight to sew.  Each one took me between 3 to 4 hours to construct.

I work on these in phases.  Phase one–select primary fabric (I look for an captivating print) and then a complimentary or contrasting solid for the back lining and trim.  Once this phase is complete is on to Phase two.  I cut out my pattern pieces for each apron.  Phase three is the actually sewing.  Easy, peasy!

I think these would make great gifts, don’t you?

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