Friday, 29 October 2010

I just realized

I originally started this blog to save all my friends on facebook from boring "old lady" crap like knitting, and I just realized, I never really stopped. Now I just post everything twice. Or I'll blog about something and then link it to FB. haha. Sorry facebooker friends for all the double posts. But, uh, I'm kind of positive not many of my friends actually care about my knitting journeys..so they never even knew I started a blog because they probably blocked me a LONG time ago.

Oh well.

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Crap I'm doing now..

I say crap, but I dont really mean it in a bad way. I just say "crap" a lot. Its like the Cheryl version of "stuff" or "things n such."  So, dont hate on the word crap. Or I will kill you. not really. omg. chill. I was joking. 

 Alright, so now that we know the inner Cheryl is a little insane, here are the projects I'm working on that need to be done before Christmas.

Mom wants me to make her this: Ember's Embrace in Lion Baby Soft Pompadour. In white. Its going to be gorgeous. 

My aunt wants more dishcloths.

And I'm making another one of these because mine is not so "fresh" anymore. btw- this scarf gets me more compliments than any other that I wear. Because its so cute and festive.


So, I have slightly complicated, very simple, and crochet. So, I cannot get bored with any of these! 

Yay for yarn!

Monday, 25 October 2010

Taking a small break

I am about to start a shawl for my mama and I think she needs it asap, so I will be putting all other projects on hold until I'm finished. Hopefully she wants it in crochet because I can whip up crochet MUCH faster than knit.

Ninja Cat Hat

Ninja Cat Hat
Yarn: Chunky/Craft/Rug (5-Medium)  If you’re making a ninja hat, it must be black.
Needles: 10 DPN's and 10 Straights
Sizes: Toddler (Child)

Pattern
Neck
CO 52 (58)

Rows 1-4 1x1 rib, Work flat on straights. 

Toddler: BO 13, knit 26, BO 13
Child: BO 14, knit 30, BO 14

***It may be easier to knit those center stitches right onto your DPNs, since the next step is casting on in the round to make the top part of the hat. Whatever, it’s up to you! :)

Time to cast on 30 (32) stitches I did it to the left of the working stitches and join in round to start hat! **Make extra sure you knit the hat right side out!
Knit in Stockinette Stitch for 7.5” (8.5”)

BO with Kitchener Stitch.

Sew both corners shut, sewing all the way through both layers of fabric.

sew on button.
Weave in ALL ends.
No button hole is necessary if you use a small button.
DONE! :)

Sunday, 24 October 2010

I Love My Viewers!

As of now, these are the top 10 countries with the most views!
So far there have been 11,046 viewers since August 6th!


1. United States......
7,240
2. Canada
......1,167
3. United Kingdom.......
1,008
4. Australia......
297
5. Germany........
144
6. New Zealand
......122
7. Ireland
........79
8. Denmark........
60
9. South Africa
...........54
10. India............
43

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Thinking about a new pattern.

Leg Warmers!!

I really love all this pattern writing that I'm doing, so I'm going to measure up my skinny legs and make some leg warmers! Sweet!  I'm going to skip the baby sizes and just go with child-adult woman. Legs are an unfortunately odd size so I will just be posting inches around and will give freedom for any length. All legs are not created equal! I'm thinking something super simple. Like a hat, it would be nice to have just a simple X amount of stitches pattern. Since some women have huge muscles down there, I do not,  I was thinking about making a longer upper border with A LOT of stretchability.


hubba hubba
These are my legs. So, I have super skinny ankles. we're measuring in at:

Below knee: 11"
Thickest part of leg: 11.75"
Ankle: 8.25"

My legs are about the size of most peoples arms. I know this, because I massage a lot of people. So, maybe there will be a good leg/arm alteration somewhere along my pattern. We'll see!  Ohh! I'm getting excited now! So should you. This is ground breaking. ok. not really. But still, a dual purpose leg/wrist warmer!  sweetness!

Now I just have to pick out a yarn!  Oh, the stress. 

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Cable and Rib Hat


When I can get a better pic I will upload it. This will have to do for now.

Cable and Rib Hat
Yarn: worsted/aran.  (4 medium)
Needles: size 7 DPN’s
Sizes: Preemie (Baby, Toddler, Child, Woman, Man)       Sizes are according to the CYC Standards.

Stitches: 
C2F: slip 2 stitches purlwise to right needle holding yarn in back, knit 2 stitches, return 2 slipped stitches to left needle keeping them in front, yarn in back and knit them.

m1t: Make one toward.  Though after seeing the finished product I think m1a(make 1 away) might look better. Its up to you. Just increase 1 stitch between the 4 purl stitches.

Pattern

CO 56(64, 72, 80, 88, 96)

K4, p4 rib around for 4 rounds.

Cable Pattern
R1: C2F, p2, m1t, p2 across
R2-4: K4, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 across
R5: C2F, p1, k1, p1, k1, p1 across
Repeat Rounds 2-5 until piece is at desired length and then begin decreases. 4-5" (5-7", 8", 9", 11", 12")

Decreasing:
R1: Knit the first 7 stitches in the pattern and then decrease the last 2 as a k2tog, repeat across.
R2: Knit a regular round of the pattern
R3: knit the first 6 stitches in the pattern and then decrease the last 2 as a k2tog, repeat across.
R4: Knit a regular round of the pattern

Once you have decreased 4 times and there are 5 stitches in the first group follow this row and you need to cable.

Hold first 2 cable stitches to the front, k1, k2tog, Continue the cable stitch using the k2tog stitch as the 4th stitch. If this is confusing, just don’t do it and leave out the last cable. I totally understand and I wont know. And neither will anyone else.

When there are 2 stitches left in the first group, pull a piece of yarn through all loops knitwise. Pull nice and tight and weave in all ends. You are done!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Bobble Hat Pattern



Well folks, here it is! My bobble hat pattern.

Yarn: Aran/Worsted
I used Bamboospun which is distributed by Hobby Lobby.
Needles: 7 DPN’s
Sizes: Preemie (Baby, Toddler, Child, Woman, Man)       (I'm not sure how comfy this will be for a preemie or infant that cant hold their head up.)

The bobble (B) stitch: k5 times into 1 stitch. turn work and purl into those 5 stitches. turn work again and k2tog, slip it back onto the left needle and slip remaining 3 stitches over the k2tog stitch. slip back to right needle. (remember to knit tightly before and after the bobble stitch so there isn't a huge gaping hole.)

Pattern
CO 56(64, 72, 80, 88, 96)
sts on needles   14(16, 18, 20, 22, 24)

r1-3: *k4, p4, repeat across

8 stitch pattern; also knit 2 rows between pattern.
r1: k1, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k6
r2: k2, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k5
r3: k3, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B k4
r4: k4, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k3
r5: K5, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B k2
r6: K6, *B, k7, to last 7 sts. B, k1
r7: K7, B
r8: k 2 rows

Repeat these 8 rows in this sequence until desired length. 4-5" (5-7", 8", 9", 11", 12") 
***DO NOT forget to knit 2 rows between each bobble row.

Decreasing
When you want to start your decreases, use this formula
Continue bobble stitch pattern from wherever you currently are in the pattern.
1 ssk after each bobble.
Continue pattern until there are 8 sts left on needles.
Pull yarn on a needle through the 8 loops and secure.
**optional, make a huge pom pom and pop it right on top.

Football!

I've decided to go ahead and post the pattern. The football pictured does not reflect the small change I'm making to the pattern. I hope you enjoy this one!


These are great gifts for babies/toddlers/children.  These are great to throw at the TV when you're pissed at a bad call. ---because you know there are ALWAYS bad calls.

Yarn: I LOVE This Cotton! Brown and Ivory. You really dont need much yarn for this project, you could easily make multiple footballs with 1 skein of brown.


Needles: size 3 DPN's

Stitches:
m1a : make one away
m1t : make one towards
k: knit
sski: slip knitwise, slip purlwise, knit 2 slipped stitches through the back loop. (sski= slip slip knit improved)
k2tog: knit 2 together

**Knit all even rows

Begin with brown
CO:      6 sts onto 2 needles
R1:       k1, m1a, k1, m1t, k1
R3:       k2, m1a, k1, m1t, k2
R5:       k3, m1a, k1, m1t, k3
R7:       k4, m1a, k1, m1t, k4 (22 sts)

Switch to white
R9:       k5, m1a, k1, m1t, k5
R11:     k6, m1a, k1, m1t, k6
R13:     k7, m1a, k1, m1t, k7 (34 sts)

Switch to brown
Continue increasing in the same way until there are 58 sts. Don’t forget to knit every other row.
Knit 4 rows
Decreasing:
R1:       k12, sski, k1, k2tog, k12
R3:       k11, sski, k1, k2tog, k11
Continue decreasing before and after middle stitch until there are 38 sts. Don’t forget to knit every other row.

Switch to white
Continue decreasing before and after middle stitch until there are 26 sts.
This is a good time to fill the football with polyfil(or whatever you like)

Switch to brown
Continue decreasing until there are 6 sts, pull yarn through and tuck in ends. Sew on finger laces and you’re done! 


Here is a link to help you knit the football in your favorite team colors. 

Football Update

The first one is the big one in the back. The new one is a little too diamond shaped. Also notice the difference between size 7 and size 3 needles The smaller one is knit much tighter and you cant see the polyfil. I also took out about 10 knit rows, which I think need to be added back in.

Side view of increases and decreases.

I think as soon as I add in the knit rows, it will look much more round and footbally.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

20 reasons I love knitting

Maybe I'm not as hardcore about it as some people can be, but I really love knitting. What do I love about knitting?

1. The excitement of picking out a pattern.
2. Knowing when I see something in a store I want, I can probably make it.
3. Getting excited about making something for someone I love.
4. Yarn shopping.
5. Buying new needles.
6. Starting/finishing a project.
7. Knitting multiple projects at a time, so I don't get bored.
8. Not screwing up in the middle of a complicated project.
9. The fact that there is yarn all over my house.--My husband isn't such a fan of this one...
10. Seeing people use/enjoy my gifts.
11. Creating my own patterns.
12. Finding awesome patterns that someone else created so my brain can have some off time.
13. Telling people that I knit.
14. Being asked if I knit something that was actually store bought.
15. Using the needle to scratch my head or back.
16. Using the needle to hold my hair up.
17. Sitting down on a windy/rainy/snowy day in front of my big front window with a hot cup of coffee/tea.
18. Reading while knitting.
19. Using stitch markers to count for me.
20. Knitting anywhere I freaking can.

Wow, I came up with those really fast! I'm sure I could come up with 20 more. What are your favorite things about knitting?

Monday, 11 October 2010

Football woes

I thought I would post this so people know how pattern making can be annoying. This is my fourth attempt at this football. The first attempt helped me make the bib pattern. Which wasn't my original plan. The second attempt helped me make a small, purse size candy corn kleenex cozy. And the football above was the result of me not decreasing correctly. 

I was so sure this pattern was right, but it ended up being WAY wrong. Oh well. I will just have to adjust it. Also, I think I need to use MUCH smaller needles. I dont plan on making the laces look like that, I just sewed something on really quick. I dont think I calculated the decreasing rows/color pattern right. They are exactly the same on both sides as far as increasing and decreasing, but the striping was off by 2 rows. :( bummer. I will just give this one to my daughter, who I'm sure will become the owner of many odd shaped items.

You live and learn.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Today I will break.

I'm taking a break from pattern writing...because after last night I think I might have 8 hairs left on my head. :(

So, my friend Sher emailed me this cute pumpkin pattern and I made it for my daughter today. (she loves pumpkins, but who doesn't?)

Everyone else should make this too! It is EXTREMELY easy and quick!



Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Football Bib

This is what I've been working on! I think its adorable. Sorry for the really bad button. But ya know....I didn't have anything better. ps, the football can be knit without the strap. : )


Yarn:
2 balls Sugar N Cream, brown and white. The white I had as left overs. You really dont need much. The final product is about 7 inches long.

size:
nb-9months

Needles:
size 7 straights

stitches:
m1a: make 1 away
m1t: make 1 toward
If you need help go to knittinghelp.com 
sski: slip slip knit improved.  (slip 1 knitwise, slip 1 purlwise, knit  through the back loops)

Pattern:

CO5
brown
r1 -all odd            k1, m1a, k to last st, m1t, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 11 sts
white
r1 -all odd            k1, m1a, k to last st, m1t, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 15 sts
brown
r1 -all odd            k1, m1a, k to last st, m1t, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 23 sts

continue in stockinette st pattern for another 2 inches or for another 10-14 rows. Whatever you want. 
                **Make sure to knit the first and last st of every wrong side row.
               
r1 -all odd            k1, sski, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 17 sts
white
r1 -all odd            k1, sski, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 13 sts
               
brown
r1 -all odd            k1, sski, k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
r2 -all even          k1, p to last st, k1
                                continue until there are 5 sts
BO

finishing:
sew in some stripes for the ball laces.
strap
pick up 5 stitches just right of left white stripe.
knit for desired length
button hole at the end.
k1, sski, yo2, k2tog.
BO
This may need to be blocked.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Just had a...

Brilliant idea....off to the drawing board! Football fans, you're gonna LOVE this! I guarantee it! That's all I'm going to say right now. stay tuned. You wont regret it.

first attempt: fail  :( 

Monday, 4 October 2010

Hat

Pattern coming soon!

This is my latest knitting pattern. Tell me what you think!