Saturday, February 27, 2010

Old Patterns

In my travels yesterday, I came across some more old pattern books for my collection. Don't you just love these old patterns! Some (most) of them make me laugh. Did the men really wear these?

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bead knitting

This month's guest speaker for the Knitting Goddesses Knitting Guild was Rose Klein of RK Beads. Just when you thought knitting couldn't get any more exciting, try adding beads to it!

Rose brought many beautiful samples of her work showing different beads, sizes of beads and techniques to add beads to our knitting.

Everyone who was interested in trying to knit with beads had a chance.

Here are the Knitting Goddesses holding their challenge yarn for this month's guild challenge. Carrie's shop has been very lucky to have received many donations of yarn for our guild to use for charity knitting. Everyone picked a bag of yarn and is to knit something for charity. It can be a hat, mitts or a scarf in any pattern. Let's get creative and see what we can come up with!

Monday, February 22, 2010

More Knitting Goddesses

An original olympic hat with the olympic rings and topped off with the torch!

Here is the creative knitter who come up with the idea for the olympic hat. She also did a great job on the entralac scarf.

This is a baby blanket that is almost finished. It will be for the soon to arrive newest addition to their family.

This lovely orange yarn is the beginnings of a shawl. Looking good so far!

Another sock in progress!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Knitting Goddesses knitting guild meeting

We always start our meetings with show and tell. All of the knitters have been busy over the last month. Here are some of the knitters and their projects. There will be more pictures of the rest of the group in the next few posts. Great knitting ladies! It is always fun to see what everyone is working on.

A finished sweater knit from the top down. Excellent job!!

This is the beginning of a scarf using last month's stitch of the month called Ridged Openwork. It is a really fun stitch to do, it is all purl stitches.

Here is the start of a circular shawl from our lace expert. The colour and pattern are gorgeous!

A finished scarf knit in Noro. What a great ribbed pattern to choose for this yarn. The pattern shows off the colours wonderfully. Great knitting!

A finished entralac scarf! Love the colour, the length and the fringes! Super job!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yarn therapy

I went in search of some new stitch markers and left with this (and the markers). I have no idea what I will use it for but I just had to have it. It is from Waterloo Wools and there is 880 yards of hand dyed lace weight 100% merino in this skein. Who could pass this up?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Knitting Olympics Begins!

Last night was the official opening of the knitting olympics and knitters every where were casting on their olympic projects.

However, I was not one of them. But I did have a great night out at Ladies Night, a fundraiser for my hometown's local fair. We had a great dinner and then a comedy show that was A LOT of fun! I do have to admit that there were a couple of times I wished I had my knitting with me. I know, I can't believe I left it behind. I always have it with me. I don't know what I was thinking.

Here is my yarn and needles ready to start tonight.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

More new sweaters

This picture shows the beginning of everyone's top down sweater from the class on Monday night. There is a mix of adult and children sweaters being made in all different colours and yarns. Everyone's is looking great so far. In the class the week before we had taken our neck measurement, figured out our gauge and did the math to determine how many stitches to cast on. We determined where our makers went to mark our increases and off everyone went to start knitting their neck band. This past Monday night we determined how many extra stitches were needed to cast on and join our knitting in the round. Now it is round after round of knitting and increasing until our work reaches past the underarm. This is easy knitting but the rounds get longer and longer. Consider this therapeutic/relaxing knitting and enjoy!

For anyone who has joined the knitting olympics either on Ravelry or with the Yarn Harlot, the fun begins tomorrow night during the opening ceremony of the actual winter olympics! I have decided on a pattern and will search for the yarn tomorrow. I will keep you all in suspense for a day or two until I have pictures to show you but it is not a sweater.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Super Bowl Knitting

This is the knitting that I am taking with me to the Super Bowl party tonight. Go Colts!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Say goodbye

Here is the start of my new Citron wrap. I have knit the first section and I don't like it.

I like the pattern, it is a very easy and fun knit and I will make this wrap but not with this wool. For starters the colour really isn't growing on me and the second is that it is so fine that after knitting half of what you see here this morning I couldn't imagine continuing on especially since I also decided that I was knitting it too loose and really should go down a needle size. I couldn't bear the thought of that. So, I have decided to pull this out and use it doubled for another project that would make a nice gift for my Mom at some point.

I carried on with my sweater (a nice worsted weight hemp/wool) and was a much happier knitter.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

New Sweater

Here is the start of another blue sweater. (It just occurred to me that the shawl waiting to be cast on is also blue. Hmmm, where are my greens and browns?) This is the neckline for another top down raglan pullover. When I measured the length of my back stitches it measured about 2 1/2" long.

Here, if you look closely, you can see the increasing points on either side of a sleeve.

This is where I stopped increasing and the points of the front sections just meet at the front of the neck.

The next step is determining the number of sts to cast on to join the work in the round so there is an equal number of stitches in the front and back sections. Then it is continuing increasing at the raglan "seams" every other round. No more increasing in the first and last stitch. So that means a total of 8 (not 10) increases on an increase round.

More pictures of it joined in the round soon!