Saturday, February 21, 2009

February Lady Sweater

The sweater is coming along great. Elizabeth Zimmerman originally designed this as a baby sweater and some smart lady (Pamela Wynne at has designed an adult version. This is my first top down sweater and it is so much fun to knit even if doing all of those increases almost did me in. They seemed to go on forever! I slipped half of the stitches onto another circular needle and tried it on. So far so good. According to the pattern I have a few rows of garter stitch to knit before switching to the lace pattern. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and going to look for a lot of stitch markers as lace knitting and I have had our issues in the past. I have a good feeling that all is going to go well. I have the whole evening set aside to work on this sweater with plans to whip right along and get a good start on the body. I have to. The deadlines for the other projects are creeping closer :)
Happy knitting everyone.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Bead Knitting

My new adventure has been knitting with beads. If you haven't tried it yet, you must! You do have to be warned that it is terribly addicting. My first bead shopping trip was just to buy one package of beads to play around with. (Note the word ONE) I quickly found out that it is impossible to buy just one package. You simply can not decide between them. Totally impossible. Trust me. Take my word for it.

When shopping for beads remember to double check that the hole size will fit onto your yarn. My first real project was a dishcloth with worsted weight cotton. I strung the beads onto the yarn before the knitting began and the beads barely fit. It was quite a struggle to get the first beads onto the yarn but as the yarn stretched a bit the rest went on much easier. I found that the dental floss threader was just a tiny bit thinner than the beading needle threader. Once the beads are on the yarn just slide them down out of the way. Knit along until you reach the spot for a bead. Push a bead up tight to the needle and knit as normal. This will put your bead on the back side of your work. Using a crochet hook that is small enough to fit through your bead is another method that can be used and the beads do not have to be put on the yarn before the knitting is started. Both ways are fun to do. My dishcloth turned out great and it was a fun, easy pattern to adapt for adding the beads but certainly not very practical lol! As the beads are mostly on one side, the non beaded side can be used for your dishes.

Knitting To Do List
Mystery project with beads
February lady sweater
Birthday socks for my Dad
Teddy bear

Yikes, this is going to be down to the wire! None of these projects are started yet but I think it is doable. Off to start swatching. Updates soon.
Happy Knitting!!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

The Sweater Is Finished!

Well, I have decided that this year is to be the year that I finally try all the new techniques and patterns that I have been too busy to knit over the last few years. It is my goal that every week or two is going to have a theme and incorporate some of the projects on my To Knit List. I am very excited about trying out some new stuff! This is so motivating me to get projects done so I can move on to the next one, and I have a HUGE list.

I finished my green v-neck sweater a while ago but due to technical difficulties I was unable to show any pictures of it until now. Here it is blocked, with the ends sewn in and everything. Ok, ok, for those very observant you are correct. It is still missing the buttons. I have not acquired a stash of buttons yet so I am still on the look out but I have been wearing it anyways. I love it!

The knitting new year has started off great. A sweater for me all finished! The next post will be about my adventures with bead knitting. It was so much fun and very addicting. I think I am the bead store's new best customer! Until then, happy knitting everyone!