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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.