Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday

Yesterday I made great progress on the sweater getting one of the fronts finished. Today I didn't have as good of luck. Will I have this front knit up to where it needs to be by tomorrow? I am still thinking there is a chance. I guess we will have to wait and see.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Today's Project

This is the Laura and Louise Knit Along sweater and this is what I've been knitting today. We are both knitting this sweater and I always find myself playing catch up with her! I have lots of knitting to do to be ready to knit the buttonholes when we see each other again on Thursday. With the larger needles, chunky yarn and hopefully lots of knitting time in the next few days I think I can manage to get it done.

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Road to a Finished Sock!

For the last couple of weeks I have been knitting the Square Feet socks. Socks are always a great summer knitting project. They are small enough to fit in any bag that is going to the kids baseball and soccer games or for a day at the beach.

If you are looking to shake up your sock knitting, give this pattern a try. It is in the Spring 2012 issue of Knitter's magazine. It is knit with mitered rectangles, a short row heel and an applied i-cord around the cuff.

Each block is knit by picking up sts from the block before, casting on new sts and knitting the mitered corners to form a rectangle.

These three blocks form the top of the foot and the front of the ankle.

This is where the fun begins! This is the beginning of the fourth block which will be the back of the ankle.

Once that fourth block is knit, the leg of our sock is now a tube.

These two blocks (the ones at the top) make up the leg. The pattern calls for two more blocks. One for the front of the leg and one for the back of the leg but I decided to make my socks shorter so I stopped here.

The next step is to knit the short row heel.

Once the heel is finished you knit the bottom of the foot knitting together the last st of the sole and the first st from the blocks that form the top of the foot until you have knit to the end of your mitered blocks. Then you pick up sts and knit your toe.

Knit an applied i-cord around the cuff and that is all there is to it!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Any Ideas?

I spent some time yesterday cleaning out some bags of wool. I emptied each bag to take a good look for any signs of moths; thankfully I didn't find anything. On one of my trips back into the house for the next bag I came back out to find I had a helper :)

Does anyone have any suggestions what to use this super bulky wool for? I am thinking it will be too heavy for a sweater. A felted bag maybe?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Knit In Public Day

The Knitting Goddesses had a great Knit In Public Day yesterday. We had a table at Family Fun Day and had lots of people stop by to see what our guild is all about.

I wasn't able to get a picture with all of the Knitting Goddesses but here are some of us enjoying a day of knitting.

These were our youngest knitters!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Free Time

What does a Knitter do when she has a few hours to herself? Finds a quiet spot to knit.

I was in Stratford yesterday and decided that I would spend my time walking and knitting along the walkway that follows the river. I found a bench in the shade so I sat and worked another square on the mitered sock pattern.

Then I walked for a bit and found this spot in the sun.

I sat and watched the swans as I knit on the sweater that Laura and I are both knitting. She is WAY ahead of me so I am trying to speed knit to catch up!

It was a beautiful way to spend the afternoon.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Magic of Blocking

The shawl is finally finished!

Here it is right after casting off...

having a soak....

and blocking...

I am very happy with how this shawl turned out and can't wait to wear it!

Pattern - Mayflower Shawl by Wildflower Wool
Yarn - Briggs and Little Durasport
Needle - 3.5mm
Finished size after blocking 49" x 22"