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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Orange and Blue Hand Knitted Hats

I wanted to show off the two hats I just finished. Now I'm working on one that's a spiral design. Each color is six rows wide but I was watching TV while knitting last night and goofed and made one color 8 rows wide. I didn't noticed until I'd knitted about 20 more rows. I ripped it out back to the error, then reknitted about 10 rows and realized I still had one row too many. Rather than rip it out again, I put the project to bed and didn't feel like working on it today either. Maybe tomorrow. But here are the photos. The blue one is already spoken for. I'll put the orange one in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Orange and White Beanie

Last night I started right in with another hat in bright orange and white. Once again I'm chastizing myself knowing that people keep telling me bright colors won't sell and multicolored hats won't sell and I should stick to solid earthtones. I've tried, honest, but solid earthtones bore me to tears. I must have clown DNA. Who wants to wears a depressing color on a foggy winter day? Not I!

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Need a Free Hat Pattern?

No time to design your own pattern? Surely you will find a hat you like on this list: HATS TO KNIT

Hat Knitting

Here it is almost 3 AM in Calif. and I surfed onto a knitters website. He makes hats both knitted and crocheted so check him out. I love the way he put together his webpage and I like the idea of secret sales, because you could surf onto the site just for fun and catch something on sale. What a clever way to get people to keep on coming back for more.

As far as hats go I almost have another one finished. I just have to sew in the loose ends and mail it tomorrow. Hats rock.

Monday, November 09, 2009

New Knitters

Yesterday I was at a writer's meeting and mentioned knitting and found out the 2 people sitting next to me had just learned how to knit. I got so excited. Like most beginners they started with a scarf. Oh no! So we are going to get together so I can show them how to knit a hat to go with their scarves. Fun. I wonder if they'll be at the writer's meeting tonight.

To get in the mood for winter I added a snow widget to my blog. It never snows where I live so I have to bring my winter wonderland to my blog instead.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Knitting a Rug

I dragged the rug I'm making into my bedroom so I can knit while various things are uploading. So far it is olive green wool, royal blue, and deep purple. It's amazing how much down time there is on a computer waiting for it to finish this or that funtion.
It's already looking darn and chilly outside. I was going to cut out some aprons on my front porch, but I think I will wait on that until the light is better. My back was sore when I got up this morning so I'm trying to take it easy. Right now I'm getting the afternoon sleepies.
I need to organize my yarn better. I'm not making the best of it. Everything is chaos.
But for the moment there is some pumpkin cheesecake in the fridge that is calling my name.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Knitting By Train

My knitting plans on the train flew out the window on Sunday. The trip is 2 hours by bus and 3 by train. Only the bus was packed, and then so was the train. It looks like many students took the train to Isla Vista for the Halloween party scene, and bought group tickets, because the conductor had a big ole stack of tickets and was checking it with IDs and everyone on my train car seemed to be under 24. I had no elbow room.

However, at the Santa Barbara train station, our train was delayed for an hour and a half. Another train was stuck on the rails, and our train ended up pushing it into town. So for about 45 minutes I got to sit on a bench at the station and knit. That was a great way to spend a block of time I hadn't counted on having. And I felt a bit superior that I was making a project while everyone else was fiddling away their time on their laptops or cellphones. I should finish that hat today and get it into the mail tomorrow. But I have so much work that piled up while I was gone. My daughter is visiting on Nov. 10-13, so I need to get the stuff unpacked and the house put back together. So far today I've done laundry, watered the garden, refilled the hummingbird feeder, and caught up on some of my writing.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Two Hats in the Making

I've gotten requests for two chemo caps this week so I'm going to be doing those on the train tomorrow. I almost have one finished. I'm using Caron Soft yarn because I sure don't want to aggravate sensitive skin. I just want them to be super soft and cozy. I do have some hats already made up for those in a hurry, but if possible I'd like to make the person a special one in their favorite colors if time allows. Then as I make it I can think of the intent of healing and the love that person needs during this trial in their life.

I'm also knitting a rug from a pattern in Oneskein by Leigh Radford. It's full of cool project that take a minimal amount of yarn in assorted colors. I'm going to take that on the train with me as well. So far I've started with a baby blue. The rug is made of a long tube that will be sewn over Wright's Piping Filler Cord  and then sewn into a spiral.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Crafts to do in Front of the Computer Monitor

I really enjoy the rolled brim hats so now I'm making one in shades of pink. I'm about 3" into it. I've been playing the game Evony on line, and knitting while waiting for my troops to storm the castle makes everything so much fun. Otherwise I'd be bored stiff as my little men hammer away at building a new tower. That's one thing I can say about knitting. It goes well with sitting in front of a computer monitor. I'd never be able to paint or sand a drum or plant a garden sitting in front of my monitor (Farmville doesn't count). I have been able to do some hand sewing like quilting in front of the computer. And crochet of course. I don't want to spend all day on line though. And knitting travels just as easily to the library, the patio or the train.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Striped Yellow and Pink Hat

Last night I finished this striped beauty. But I had to wait until daylight to take a photo.
I love these mannequin wig heads I got at the swap meet. They really have personality. I bought 2 out of 3 and I wished I'd bought the third one.

I need to get a male head because I have to have something to put the guy's hats on for an upcoming event. Almost all the customers will be men, so I had to start making more subdued colors. But I couldn't take it anymore and made this striped hat to get the color back into my life. Perfect way to brighten a gloomy day.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The 88 Hat With a Rolled Brim

I just finished my green camo rolled brim hat made of Paton yarn. I love the way it came out. This one is for my shop but the next time I have some money I'll buy more of the same yarn and make me one, only with a long tail I think. I'm calling it the 88 Hat because that's how many stitches I need to cast on for each hat on my 16" DPNs.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Chemo Caps Always Free

If you need one for you or a loved one, email me at Pigglewiggins (at) gmail.com. and let me know your favorite color. Also, do you prefer solids or stripes or anything goes. Make sure you tell me if it's for a child, teen, or adult so I get the size right. And I'll need a complete address to send it to.

And if any of you are in the Anaheim area I also accept donations of yarn and knitting and crocheting supplies, as long as they are from a smoke free environment. That way I can keep the caps coming, and you can get your closet cleaned out of all the yarn Aunt Martha left you. And if you could never figure out that new fangled knitting loom, I'll be happy to have those available too. That way I can put the local teens to work making hats as well.

Pink and Yellow Beanie

I finished all the knitting on my pink and yellow hat last night. It looks like candy. I still have to weave in all the loose ends and it will be good to go. I also need to give it a wash because the older yarn is a bit grimy. It's acrylic though, so should clean up just fine. I think this one came out better than the green wool one because I made the crown a bit deeper. Then again some people prefer a hat that doesn't come down too far.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Knitting and Budgeting

Even in S. California a chill is in the air at night now. And I'm busy knitting away for my craft booth on Oct. 25, 2009 at an archery event in Pasadena. I want to have a pile of wool hats finished. So far I have maybe 2 finished and 6 in the works. I don't want to be caught unprepared.

I almost bought another hat knitting book at Joann's today. But I really should stop all purchases until after the first of the month so I don't run short on money for my trip Oct. 31. Traveling is so expensive. I'm going by train. And then I have to eat out a lot for 3 or 4 days. And that takes cash. If I sell anything on the 25th the money will be useful for the trip, but I can't count my chickens before they hatch.

Here's the book I almost bought: http://www.patonsyarns.com/patternbook.php?PBS=500577

Friday, October 09, 2009

Harf? Scood? ???

On Etsy I found two things that interested me. Some knitters make something that can be worn as a neck scarf or a hat and they call them a "Harf", or hat + scarf.  But I've seen other longer scarves with hoods attached and they call those "Scoods" (Scarf plus Hood). And I've yet to get around to making either one. So which gets your vote? Harf or Scood? Or both.

Knitting a Colorful Beanie

I finished the green wool skully type of hat (beanie) and set to work on one in more girly colors. This one so far is yellow and rose pink stripes. I think I was starved for color after working with the olive green. What can I say, I'm addicted to color. I took my knitting with me when we went to the hobby store too. I like keeping it handy so I can work on it a row or two here and there. That way my hands don't ache. If I knit too much I can't type and vice versa. Once I even knitted a long bag for my scimitar for belly dancing.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Olive Hat

I'm almost done with the wool olive hat I'm knitting. This time I got those 16" circular needles to work for me. I just have to remember to cast on 88 stitches, and even though that looks too small for an adult's head, it isn't. That's Wallop the cat wondering why he has to sit next to the new girl.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Knitting and Men

I took my knitting with me to the Pagan Fair. I'm making an olive green hat. As we were driving there my boyfriend looks over and says, "You knit hats?" Now I must have knitted at least 50 hats since I moved in with him, including 2 other ones this week. And he knows crocheting hurts my wrist. Sometimes I think someone took him and left a changling in his bed.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Making New Friends

I went to the S n B today and at least this time people were knitting. Marianne was working on some alpaca and wool socks from the yarn she spun herself. I met Heidi who was working on some crocheted cat toys and also a knit hat for her dad. I worked on a guage swatch for my next hat. And Laura worked on a wide scarf made from Homespun that looked to be about long enough to bind off. Which reminds me that my theme of the day was to make new friends, so at least I met my goal.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Tutorial Troubles and Sixteen Inch Needles

Because of the tutorial below I went out and bought the 16" circular needle and tried making a hat. Not that hat mind you but one I already started that I'm knitting from tip to brim. And the needle is working but it's really too darn short. So I checked with another hat knitter who uses a 29" needle and she said there is no way she'd use a 16...that would be too many stitches. And I believe her. I think my hat will turn out okay, but it's not comfortable working w/that many stitches on the needle. Granted that needle is an 8 but it's the smallest size Joanne's had in stock yesterday in a circular needle. I'm not saying the video won't work if you follow every detail. I'll have to try it and see.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Tutorial on Knitting Your First Hat

This is an excellent video for those wanting to knit their first hat or for those who need a review on circular knitting. It is a beanie (skully) style of hat made from one color of yarn.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Unisex Slouch Hat Spotting

Today at Starbuck's I spotted a young man wearing a cream colored slouch hat. It was knitted and the center was gathered. (Like when you knit a tube and then gather it all into a bunch with a drawstring). I'm glad to see a style that suits both men and women.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pete Seeger Hat from the Inaguration

http://socklady.wordpress.com/2009/01/18/pete-seeger-in-a-socklady-hat/ I found this photo of the Pete Seeger Hat from the Obama inauguration. Unfortunately the youtube video has been blocked for copyright reasons. Maybe this land isn't your land Pete.

A bigger view on flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/usatoday/3207831770/

Friday, September 11, 2009

Spats and Gauntlets

I wonder if I should try knitting some spats for a Steampunk outfit I'm working on. For once, the male costumes are just as cool as the female ones. If you don't know what Steampunk is, look it up on Youtube. A video is worth even more words than a photo.

Yesterday we visited with friends and I worked on my knitted mitts. I'm almost done with the first one. People still ask me what they are for. I guess the mainstream has never seen wrist gauntlets/cuffs/mitts. Funny how I got the same reaction from people in the 1970's. They've never been really mainstream. Though jugglers and belly dancers have worn them for as long as I can remember.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Wrist cuffs

I recently started knitting a long tailed hat, and I've barely started it but now I'd like to knit some tattered looking arm cuffs. (Gauntlets). I wish I had some funky hand spun yarn for that. I should work with my drop spindle more.

At the S&B I got to finish a knitted scarf made from trellis yarn. Everyone oohed and ahhed over it so I must have done something right.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Stitch and Ahem

This afternoon I'm going to a Stitch-n-Bitch at the home of an archer I know. I just wish that name hadn't caught on and stuck. It makes me cringe and I will never feel like it's cool. To me it's equivalent to calling something (Knit with the insert N word).(Cringe again). Yes, that's how strongly I feel about both those words.

Still, my friend is a nice lady and she invited me so I'm going. And as much as I knit, I can't believe I can't even decide which knitting project to work on. I guess it's going to have to be something easy because I can't knit and talk at the same time to save my life. Not without making mistakes. And I've been knitting for 37 years.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Striped Tunic

Today I worked on an old knitting project and a new one.

I finished the sleeve on the sweater that's been sitting in a bucket for a long time. I still have to sew the parts together.

And then once I freed up my jumbo needles I started working on a striped t-tunic inspired by a blouse I saw on American Idol Remixed. I'm not sure it will transfer well to yarn but it's worth a try.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Knitting Blunders

I was knitting along today on a rectangular project and after about six rows I realized I had switched from stockinette stitch to garter stitch. It looks fine so I'm not too worried about it, but it's a little unnerving when my subconscious mind makes design decisions without me.

Friday, August 07, 2009

Stitch Markers

The one thing I can say about the bikini top I'm knitting is it is sure giving me a chance to practice different kinds of decreases.

Also, I need to make more stitch markers. I don't know where all mine got off to. Making them is easy. You take some split rings and some cute charms and attach them all together. Make sure your split rings are big enough to go over the needles you are using for your project. I like to make each one different, because if they all match you may forget which stitch you do at each marker. Or you can buy stitch markers on Etsy.com, but why not try making your own first.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Knitting and a state of Pie

Yesterday I met a woman that just loves to knit. Though I did get a raised eyebrow when I told her I was knitting a bikini top. She said she likes to knit heavy wool sweaters. I said, "Well, it is southern CA. I don't remember the last time I needed a sweater." She laughed and invited me to her once a month Stitch and Bitch gathering.

Speaking of said bikini top, I worked on it this morning and found a mistake in the tutorial. I had to review four kinds of decreases because I wasn't quite awake this morning and nothing looked right. So I'm glad I got that squared away. At first I forgot it was a bikini top. I thought it was a scarf and started knitting rows in stockinette stitch. Then I suddenly remembered the scarf was in the house on the bigger needles, and the reason I had stopped working on the bikini top was because it was time to do the decreases and add the stitch marker. Oopsy! Exactly why you should always tag each and every project when you start it. Then you don't have to ask yourself, "What was this supposed to be anyway?"

Oh and the lady I mentioned at the beginning? She gave me a pumpkin pie. I asked her if she just randomly had extra pies laying around in case someone dropped by and she said the can makes 2 pies, and there is no sense in having half a can of pumpkin in the fridge. So guess what I'm having for desert tonight? LOL

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Needles Sizes

I just measured some big needles I was using yesterday for the bikini top and they are size 15. I need size 10. But I liked the fabric I was knitting so I'm going to keep going with that and start the bikini with a different set of needles and yarn. I'm thinking the knitting I started on the 15's is going to make a nice shrug or tube top. Now I have to scare up some 10's for the bikini top.

Luckily we got a break in the weather today and it's not sweltering. First cool day we've had in 2 weeks I think. So I'm definitely going to knit outdoors under the tree on my patio.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Knit Pro I Think I Love You

I just found a free online site where you can convert your .jpgs into knitting patterns. http://www.microrevolt.org/knitPro/ Just drop in a .jpg and hit submit. Also great for other gridded projects like needlepoint and crochet.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Bikini Top

I was over on Threadbanger.com looking for a tutorial I found a while back and came across one for knitting a bikini top. I doubt it would support a buxom person, but it looks very sexy on someone that is say an A or B cup size. I will probably make one just to wear around the yard. It was the top only. Some commented that they were going to modify it into a halter top or corset top. It takes size 10 needles so should work up fairly quickly. She used a double strand of cotton. Make sure you pick something that feels good against your skin. Even if you line it, the straps may still irritate your skin if you pick scratchy yarn.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Little Green Sweater

I'm knitting a tiny green sweater ornament. I just started on the sleeves. Now I need to figure out where to get either tiny clothes hangers or tiny clothes pins to hang it up with.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Knitting on a Hot Hot Day

I got to spend the day outdoors with a bunch of blacksmiths. So while they were pounding away on hot steel on one of the hottest days of the year, I was sitting in the shade knitting this lovely scarf out of trellis yarn on circular needles. I also got another hat crocheted today.

Tomorrow is our bowyer's meeting so I'm going to take my knitting and crochet with me as well, and maybe some beadwork. That is if I ever get to bed and get some sleep tonight.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Heat Wave in July

I've confined myself to quarters, so to speak, during this heat wave. My truck doesn't have air conditioning and unless I have to be somewhere I'm going to work out of my home as much as possible. Luckily for me I have many knit and crochet projects going on right now, and there is no risk of running out of yarn anytime in this millenia.

I want to see the new Harry Potter movie that is coming out soon and fortunately movie theaters are air conditioned in S. California, so no worries there. And I want to find my Slytherin scarf so I can finish it to wear to the theater. But only if I go at night, because it's way too hot to be sporting a neck scarf in these temperatures.

Once again I'd like to remind the knitters out there that learning basic crochet is almost essential to be a successful knitter, because that hook comes in handy for retrieving dropped stitches, fastening odd bits of knitwear together and doing decorative edgings. In general, crocheted edgings work up a whole lot faster than knitted ones. But if you are looking for brownie points for having used knitting and only knitting for the entire project, have at it. I'm not your mother.

My Slytherin inspired scarf

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Redwood Greenwood Knitting Panel

I've been continuing my experiments with cables. I found the pamphlet I learned cables from in the first place when I was cleaning my bedroom this morning. Right now it's just an experiment. I don't really want to make yet another scarf. We'll see.

I took apart a partially made teddy bear I was knitting in eyelash yarn in a shiny redwood color to use as a contrasting color. I didn't have enough to make the whole teddy bear anyway, and I was tired of having so many unfinished projects. Also, I didn't like the bear tying up a pair of needles.
I took the photo before I added the eyelash yarn.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Colorful Knitting

I went to my local library and requested 3 Kaffe Fassett books. And this morning I was cleaning my bedroom and found one of my knitting pamplets I've been looking for for ages that has a cabled scarf I wanted to make again. So I started on that this morning during the Michael Jackson Memorial service on TV that went on and on. I think they were about ready to call him St. Michael. At any rate, it's a day I won't soon forget.

I'm just never going to be good at knitting bland colors. I'm trying to make some solid colored hats for a male friend, but I keep drifting back to more colorful projects. The way I look at it, life is just too short to knit with beige. I've seen a seller on Etsy whose shop name is 'Kill Beige". I think that's great. And navy too while we are at it. Do any big beautiful women actually like Navy, a color foisted on us by the fashion industry for decades? I even hated the navy skirts I had to wear in choir and that was in the 70's.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Silly Knitting

Awhile back I knit this silly spiral hat. I never wear it much because where am I going to wear it, especially in S. California.
silly hat2
But now that I'm doing Silly Sunday Self Portraits I'll get to wear all my goofy hats. Yay hats!

silly hat4

bag of goodies

I was looking for my Harry Potter scarf and I went through a few buckets full of knitting and crochet projects and it wasn't in any of them. So I decided to start going through some of these things to see just what was in them anyway. So I grabbed up a bag and went through it. Evidentally it was from one of my train trips. Inside I found a Mary Englebreit notebook, a pencil pouch I'd made a traveling drawing kit in, train ticket stubs, the beginnings of a little knitted purse, my sunglasses, a bandanna, and some random balls of yarn. And a partially finished something on a pair of thin needles, only one of the needles is missing. Let me guess...it fell out in the living room somewhere? I'll have to go look for that. I've noticed I often start things on trips, but when I get home I'm tired and behind on everything else and then the projects get lost.

bag 005

Kaffe and Slytherin

I got to see an interview with Kaffe Fassett on the Create TV show. I've always done colorful knitting so when I discovered his books it did wonderful things for my imagination. Of all the crafts he does, he said knitting is his favorite. It helps him forget his problems and escape for awhile. So as soon as I wake up enough, I'm going to go work on my knitting.

Also, with the next Harry Potter movie coming out in July I really want to finish my Slytherin scarf which I started knitting before the last movie came out. Or was it two movies ago? It's in a bucket around here somewhere. And high time I finished it off.

For more about Kaffe Fassett go here: http://www.kaffefassett.com/Knitting.html And he pronounces his name CAF, not Cafe like I was saying it.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

Cable Knitting

I'm making slow and steady progress. I'm glad I don't have a deadline. That way I can enjoy the way this is turning out. I did 12 rows today. My hands were a bit sore from yesterday. Not all of that is from knitting. A lot of it is from typing. Seems like I'm always typing.

My cat is feeling good tonight. He's spinning around on my bed trying to catch his tail.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Cable Scarf Progress

I made some more headway with the cable knit scarf. When it stops being fun, I take a break from it. Cables make the stitches tight, so my hands get tired faster on that row with the crossover as well as the next row after that. Then the tension goes back to normal. It's a six row repeat so after about 18 rows it's time to put it away for awhile or even til another day.

Cable Knit Scarf

I started a new cable scarf with front cables, back cables and horseshoe cables. First I tried it with Caron soft yarn and the mistakes were too hard to correct. It doesn't hold it's loops if you pull the needle out of a stitch to correct a cable. So I unraveled that and started again with basic Red Heart yarn. I don't like the way it feels as much but it's a lot easier to see and fix mistakes. I know the photos look like a salmon color but it's really a dusty rose pink.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Knitting and Tea Interview

Meet the authors of Knitting and Tea in the Threadbanger interview.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Knitting a Tam

Although I'm really good at crocheting tams, I've always wanted to knit one and haven't succeeded yet. Does anyone know of an Internet site with a tam or beret knitting tutorial I could try? I think my problem is I've been trying to do the complicated kind with a lot of colors, when I should just knit a solid colored one until I get the hang of the technique.

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Knitted Bunny's New Home

Now that I'm knitting and crocheting quite a bit again, that strange blister under my thumb is breaking out again. Does anyone else have this issue? It gets all red and irritated, then eventually the skin all peels off like a blister and starts all over again.

Anyway here are some more photos of my trip to San Luis Obispo CA last week.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tiny Sweater Knitting

This teeny tiny knitting is truly a bit of magic.

This teeny tiny knitting is truly a bit of magic.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Coffee Cozies

I need to design some coffee cozies. I don't use those paper sleeves all that much but as I've been traveling I'm going through about 4 a day. And I realize my daughter would use one a lot if she had it. And when I got her coffee this morning it was so hot that the thin paper sleeve didn't really work anyway. I like the coffee cozies with cabling on them so maybe I'll try that. And I like the ones that look like little corsets.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Magenta Scarf

I got a little knitting done today on a magenta scarf. I'm out of acrylic yarn so I'll have to wait until I get some more. It's a nice wide scarf. A silver brooch would look lovely on it. I'm going to use 2 other colors on it. I'll decide which colors when I see what's available at the store. Or if I get home before I get to the store I'll use my existing stash. I really don't have the room to store any more yarn so I'd like to use what I have. And I don't want to move it all again. Not that yarn is heavy, but it's bulky. We bought some of those suction bags to store it in, but then I read yarn should never be stored in plastic. So now what?


Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bunny One is Done

I'm almost finished with the camel and pink yarn bunny. I made him a fuzzy green scarf out of fun fur last night. Now I just need to make a carrot and then wrap him up for my grandson. I meant to give it to him last Sat. but the event was just too busy and his mom took him home straight away afterwards because it was cold and windy at the beach. But today I'm driving down to Santa Maria to spend the night with them so I'll get to see him lots.

I've already started another bunny in a technique I learned from a book on Sat. This one is in Lion Brand wool in the color called 'pumpkin'. The head has a gusset. I just hope I'm sewing it together right because the only directions the book had was 'sew the two pieces together and leave an opening for stuffing'. One piece is shaped like a diamond and the other like a long rectangle with a pinch in the middle. We'll see.


Monday, April 13, 2009

Pink and Brown Bunny

I took a lot of photos of my knitted bunny today. I have it all assembled. Tomorrow I'll do the face, wrap it and give it to my grandson on Tues. Then I'll make another one for my Etsy shop now that I have the pattern worked out. I'll have to wait until I get home to my own computer to post the photos though. I have some orange yarn with me so I may knit a carrot to go with it. And if I have time I'll make a green scarf for the bunny nexk.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Another Bunny

This photo shows the colorway of the new wool bunny. I had to start over five times to get the face the right shape. I kept ending up with a little volcano nose. My cat tried to steal the yarn last night and kidnap it. I'm making this one on DPN's too. The yarn is Lion Brand Autumn Sunset.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Bunny Ears

I just finished designing the ears for the bunny. This time I remembered to take my camera. I might make some changes if I do another one. But not bad for a first try. So now I have the body, the head and 2 ears. Now I need to make arms, legs and a tail. So far so good. The weather is pleasant so I've been knitting out on the porch. I haven't decided what I want to use for eyes but I have some of those lock tight eyes I might use. Or I could do felt.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

More Knitted Bunny Work

This morning I could tell I wouldn't have enough of the camel yarn to knit the whole bunny. So I'm saving what is left to use for the ears and I'm moving on to a pink/gray/white fuzzy yarn to make the pants with. I got a few more inches done on it at the park this morning. Even though I'm visualizing in my mind the way I want the rabbit to look, it's kind of taken on a life of its own and now it's telling me what it wants to be. Nothing is set in stone and I'm as curious to see how it comes out as you are.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Camel Bunny

I got started on my bunny in some vintage acrylic yarn from Fedmart. I think that department store went out of business some time in the '80's. It's a lovely camel brown color. When acrylic yarns first came out, no one knew how they'd hold up to daily use. I've found them to be low maintenance and practically indestructible. (I can hear the yarn snobs groaning from here).

I don't exactly hate wool, but it makes me itch (all kinds of wool even merino). Of course I could make a bunny in wool, and I might, because you don't wear a bunny. Then again a baby can't tell you their wool snuggle bunny is making them itch.

I'm all for other organic yarn like corn, hemp and bamboo. Some of the those are finally trickling into Joann's. But if the yarn for a project costs twice as much as acrylic, I can't sell it for double. The market just won't bear that extra cost. Then again if the customer wants a custom order in $25 a skein yarn, and they are paying for the yarn in advance, I'm happy to do it. Or maybe you are a spinner and prefer just to mail me the yarn for your project, that would be fine.

Anyway, I got the bunny's head knitted and now I'm starting on the body.

Bunny Madness

I saw some amazing knitted bunnies on Etsy this morning and now I have knitter's envy. And I started wondering whatever happened to that pink bunny puppet I was knitting last year. I lost it when I rearranged my bedroom to squeeze a bigger bed in here. I'm sorely tempted to start a new bunny (I know I know I need another new project like I need a hole in the head). Chock it up to Easter or Ostera or Spring but I have 'bunny madness'. Sigh. Now where did I see those double pointed needles?

Here is the bunny that pushed me over the top: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=18454483 Did I mention it glows in the dark? That vendor also sells the glow in the dark yarn here: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=vl_other_2&listing_id=19276342

But just use the etsy.com search feature to see the plethora of bunnies big and small.

I'm almost done with my Lipstick scarflette. Hopefully I'll finish it today.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Lipstick Scarf Cont.

I got a good bit of knitting done yesterday on the lipstick scarf. I decided to add a slit to thread through one end of the scarf in lieu of a button closure. I might still add a button to spice it up a bit, but it fits quite nicely on the neck right now. I have about 10 more inches to knit and then it will be ready to list in my shop on Etsy. Yay!

I love knitting with these wooden needles I inherited. I need to go get the camera out of the other room and upload the photos I took so you can see what I mean.