Posts Tagged ‘ knitting ’

Harry the Heffalump

Meet Harry.

Harry has been my constant companion these last three days. Now that he’s finished he’s resting in the cradle and gearing up to be lil HuYoung’s first stuffed animal – made with love.

This free pattern is from Susan B. Anderson, and although it’s time consuming, I think the end result was worth it. I love how the color scheme turned out, and I especially love Harry’s giant head! Don’t expect me to be making any more of these any time soon though. I need a break from counting stitches! It’s hard to watch Glee while counting Knit 3, knit 2 together, knit 3, knit 2 together…..

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Introducing…..

Our Etsy shop!

www.asyoustitch.etsy.com

Mom and I have been talking about selling some of our creations on etsy.com for some time.  I finally had to kick myself in the pants and just set up the account. Just in time for the holidays. There’s no looking back now.

Here’s the bio from our online shop:

We are a Mother and Daughter team that designs and hand makes all of our products. Mother does the sewing and Daughter does the crocheting and knitting. Mother did her best to teach Daughter to sew, but it never took. The machine hates her. No one can jam a sewing machine faster than Daughter can. Mother finally realized that Daughter would never love sewing. Once she gave Daughter some knitting needles, she was relieved to find that the “needlework” gene wasn’t missing after all. Phew. The craft lives on. Now, Mother and Daughter spend their free time creating handmade items for you, their families and friends. No big conglomerates here, just two people doing their bit to keep small business in business.

We hope you’ll swing by and check out our products! Our little shop is still young, so new items are being added daily. Let us know what you think!

Fingerless Gloves – a pattern

A friend sent me a picture and pattern of some fingerless gloves and asked if I could knit them for her.

The picture was good, but the pattern….not so much.  So, ladies and gentlemen, I present to you my very first knitting pattern.  Designed by moi.  Yes, it’s a beginner pattern, but we can’t make fancy things all the time now can we? Must indulge in some TV knitting sometimes.

Here is the very untechnical pattern:

Materials:

  • worsted weight yarn (about 1/2 skein for two gloves)
  • 4 double pointed needles (dpns) size 4
  • stitch marker
  • scrap yarn (about 12 inches)

Gauge – unknown.  Sorry folks, I just can’t be bothered.

Size – one size fits all

Instructions

  • Cast on 40 stitches. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist
  • K1P1 rib for 8 rows
  • Stockinette stitch for 40 rows (in the round, this means knit every row)
  • Knit 7 stitches onto scrap yarn, slip these sts back onto needle and knit them again using working yarn. Knit as usual to end of round.
  • Knit 15 more rounds in stockinette stitch
  • K1P1 rib for 4 rows
  • Bind off all 4o stitches
  • To make thumb hole: carefully remove scrap yarn and place resulting live sts on 2 dpns; 7 sts below the opening and 6 sts above. Attach working yarn and knit the 7 sts on lower needle. Using 3rd dpn, pick up and knit 2 sts on the left side of the opening (between upper and lower needle), knit first 3 sts from upper needle. With 4th dpn, knit remaining 3 sts from upper needle and pick up and knit 2 stitches on right side of opening. This gives you 17 sts. Knit 2 rounds. Bind off loosely.
  • Weave in ends

That’s it. Make 2 of these bad boys and give them to someone with cold hands for Christmas.  I dare you.

Knitting for Money

I’m not sure how I feel about this.

I love knitting, and I love making money, but I don’t know if I like them together.

A friend from church asked me if I would knit her 2 pair of fingerless gloves. She would buy the yarn and give me the pattern, I would make them, and she would pay me for my time.

Sounds simple. And fingerless gloves?  Kid stuff.  I’ve made 3 or 4 pairs of fingerless gloves from a much more complicated pattern for myself and as gifts . No sweat.

Before I even cast on the first stitches I began to get nervous. My needles are 2 sizes smaller than the pattern calls for.  What if that makes the gloves too small for her?  How long does she want the ribbing? Does she want them to be really tight or do tight gloves drive her crazy?

I drove myself crazy with this line of thinking.

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I finally got the dang things started, freaked out that they would be too small, tore it out, started over with more stitches, and made a fingerless glove. Good grief, Charlie Brown.

I’m not sure I can handle this stress. I don’t like being a perfectionist.

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Knitting Projects

IMG_5743To me, Fall heralds the beginning of Knitting Season. Some people can knit all through the Summer, but here in the South it’s not easy.  I did manage to knit a blanket (a blanket!) during the months of April-July, but I called it quits after that.

I started a new blanket this fall; recipient undetermined at this point. It’s a really fun yellow color. I hate that yellow is considered one of those “neutral” baby colors – I love yellow right now.IMG_5744

After the last blanket I made, I swore I would never knit another blanket -crochet is much faster. But breaking a promise made to yourself isn’t really breaking a promise, is it?  It’s more like changing your mind, right?  Right. What did change my mind in this case is that two of my friends (who I recently taught to knit!) have started knitting blankets. Yes, beginners knitting blankets.  I will not be outdone. It’s on.

IMG_5748 These little bibs are so cute (at least I think so) and easy to knit up. These two don’t have buttons yet, so they are still technically works in progress. I love the nubby texture of double seed stitch.IMG_5750

And there you have it! Baby blankets and baby bibs. Knitting baby gifts will consume all your knitting time if you let it.  Hmmm…time to find some grown up knitting projects.  Gloves, anyone?