Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Knitted Curtains

I've got this great big 4000 yard cone of yarn. It was supposed to be worsted weight. It isn't. I attempted to use it for an afghan but it didn't work. It has been collecting dust for quite some time. Then I ran across a knitted curtain pattern. I've got one smallish window and two French doors that need new curtains. The pattern calls for sport weight, which is what the great big cone actually is. It sounded like a good match. I made a swatch and based the number of stitches on the swatch. Ooops, it was too long. I tried again and it worked out pretty well:
I've started in on the ones for the doors. I hope I've got a better guess on the number of stitches this time. At least I know there should be plenty of yarn.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Time Traveler's back at Knit Picks

I'm trying to spread the word, since I know of people who missed it the first two times. Knit Picks is offering their Felici sock yarn in the Time Traveler colorway again. This is a limited edition so I have no idea how long it'll stay around this time. It has 6 of the 7 colors of the original Tom Baker (fourth Doctor Who) scarf. Let's see if I can snag a picture.
$5.49 for a 50 gram ball. It's listed under one time specials, so grab it while you can.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I like this hat

The pattern's called Flores and it was fun. It's MUCH easier than it looks. You do have two different balls of yarn, but only one is used at any one time. I did it with Mad Color (the blue/green) and Noro (the other colors). It was the first thing I've done in weeks that worked out well. I'm going to check my stash and maybe make another one. by the way, the colors are darker in person. The light blue/turquoise sort of color is actually green and shades of dark blue.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Indie Designers Discounts

Tammy's blog directed me to a very cool deal. A whole bunch of independent knit and crochet designers are offering a whole bunch of their patterns at a 25% discount. This is good until midnight EST on November 21 (when November 21 becomes November 22). There are 12 Ravelry pages of designer listings. My brain about melted going through them all. I even found one that was in my queue.

Link to Ravelry

There are also knit-alongs and crochet-alongs for lots of the patterns.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A not good day

I'm going through a phase with my knitting. I'm keeping up with the squares in the mystery afghan KAL but not much else. Double knitting in laceweight may look cool, but it takes so freaking long to do. I tried converting a mitten pattern to socks and it didn't work out. I finally picked up some sock yarn from the use it or lose it jar and starting making squares on my little Weave-It loom. I don't know what to do with them, but it is using up some yarn and it's pretty mindless work.

Part of the problem has been an old sick cat. I've known for the past couple of weeks that she wasn't going to be around much longer. I wanted to be able to drop everything and get her whatever she wanted whenever she wanted it. Misty's kidneys failed and she was euthanized this morning.

I am very sad.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Itty bitty and cute

Berroco has released their new Christmas ornament freebie, Minutia '14. I love little bitty things and these are their cutest yet.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Latest in my library

Both of my newest knitting books are Scandinavian and published by Trafalgar Square Books (not in London, but Vermont).

First is Viking Knits & Ancient Ornaments by Elsebeth Lavold. The designs are what Lavold calls interlace patterns. Think of gorgeous, super-complex cables. There are photographs and sketches of her inspirations. Amid Viking pieces are bits of stone made by Mayans, Roman mosaics, carvings from Nigeria, and lots more. There are patterns for some really beautiful and challenging sweaters. I have no immediate plans to make something from this book, but I expect that I will. Lavold's book Viking Patterns for Knitting is coming out in paperback next year. I've already got it on order at Amazon. Maybe I'll start with that one.

The other book is Norwegian Knits with a Twist by Arne & Carlos. I enjoyed the previous Arne & Carlos books that I have, so I knew I'd like this one. The book explains the various parts of a traditional Scandinavian sweater. It's the kind with bands of patterns and then most of the body is one color with single stitches of a contrasting color on it. I learned that the single stitches are known as lice. Somehow, I think I could've lived my life happily without that particular piece of information. The patterns are based on the traditional sweater but with the twist from the title. Light and dark switch their usual places. Sweater designs appear on hats, pillows, rugs, socks, and even a teddy bear. That last one is probably what will get me first.