Thursday, March 29, 2007

Monkey Socks: take 3

first sock of my Monkey socks, these are too tight for me so they're being gifted to a friend.
I used size 1 dpn's and Lion Brand Yarn Microstripes: denim stripe

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

yarn pictures!

I received my order from KnitHappens today!!!

4 skeins Rowan All Seasons Cotton: Mocha Chocolate, I'll be making these pants for Tristan's 1st birthday.

Cascade 220: Charcoal Grey

Cascade 22o: Sapphire

Cascade 220: Heather

Lorna's Lace Shepherd Socks: Sweetie. It looks yellow, blue and red, but its more of a yellow, purple, and pink mix. very pretty. I think I might still be able to convince myself to wear socks made of these even though there's pink in it.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Monkey Socks: take 2

here's a better picture of the monkey socks, this is the back and you can see the turned heel a bit. I've a little more done now than in this picture.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

more yarn purchases

just purchased this in blue heather, charcoal grey, and sapphire.

this in sweetie.

this in mocha chocolate

the last yarn will be used to make this pattern for my son's first birthday present.

Monkey Socks: take 1

the ribbing and the first four repeats of the Monkey Sock pattern. two more repeats and then I start the heel. I'll try to get a better picture tomorrow after I finish the other repeats.

Felted bag of my own creation

the bag is all felted, didn't come out exactly as I had imagined. its all furry looking. different, but its growing on me.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Monkey Socks

Monkey socks will be my next knitting project as soon as I find out what yarn my friend wants used for them. This will be my first step into a non-basic sock pattern, here's hoping it goes well and she likes her socks!

my second bag

top view

the ribbing around the top, I really like how that came out, anxious to see how it looks after felting it.

full view of the bag


base of bag

Using double pointed needles, CO 8 sts. Divide so that there are 2 sts on each of 4 needles. [Although it is possible to divide using 3 needles, I recommend using 4 needles as it makes the increasing a lot easier. The increases occur before and after the first stitch of each needle.]

Join by slipping first st onto Needle 4. Pull last st over first st and move the last stitch onto the Needle 1.

Round 1: Knit [8 sts]

Round 2: *K1, M1* around [16 sts].

Round 3: Knit.

Round 4: * K1, M1, K3, M1 * around [24 sts].

Round 5: Knit.

Round 6: * K1, M1, K5, M1 * around [32 sts].

Round 7: Knit.

Round 8: * K1, M1, K7, M1 * around [40 sts].

Round 9: Knit.

Round 10: * K1, M1, K9, M1 * around [48 sts].

Continue in this manner, so that all odd rounds are knit and all even rounds have 8 stitches increased until you have 80 sts. Since you are increasing before and after the first st of each of the needles, the first st is going to "pop" up, off the knitted fabric.

After you have the required number of stitches, do a few more knit rows (I did about 3). for the sides, knit up about 5" all the way around. the last inch K2, P2. to finish off I K5, BO 30, K10, BO30, K10 (this will put the first 5 stitches on the same needle as the last 5 stitches).


do stockinette stitch (K one row, P next row) up as long as you want the handle. do this for both sets of 10 stitches. join together using kitchener stitch.


put bag in a hot wash with a small amount of detergent, pair of jeans or towel to agitate it. check every 10 minutes until desired felting has occurred.

Afghan: after 2 skeins

full view, I hate how you can tell the slight shade difference in the skeins. but the yarn is supposed to be "no dye lot" and it shouldn't make a difference.

a closer look at the "shadow box"

Monday, March 19, 2007

and its done!

my completed French Market Bag! I'm really in love with how it came out. so much that I've already started a second smaller bag in black. I felt like a little kid while it was felting in the washing machine, I couldn't wait to see how it looked.

here it is pre-felting:

and post-felting:

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

French Market Bag

here's an updated picture of the French Market Bag, I'm about halfway done with the base of it. I can't do much more until my longer DPN's come in. I must say I'm anxious to finish it and use this to carry my knitting projects in.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Afghan: after 1 skein

the width of the afghan is just about 50"

here's a close up of the "shadow box" detail

new yarn!

I received my new yarn today in the mail (Hula on the left, Two Step on the right) and just had to take a picture and share it with you all.

Monday, March 5, 2007

I'm a sucker for yarn on sale...

Someone on the socknitter's yahoo group I'm a part of, posted a link to this yarn that was discontinued. I purchased 2 balls each of hula and two step.


The start of the French Market bag made with Paton Classic Merino Wool: Harvest

A simple garter stich scarf, the second of a pair for my husband's aunt and uncle's Christmas present. Made with Red Heart Super Saver: Navy and White in honor of Penn State since they're alumni

the beginning of the afghan. this is made with Caron Simply Soft: Bone, this is almost 4' long so I only showed a portion of it. I tried to show the detail with the blurry picture, but it didn't come out too well

the headband/earwarmer thing, as requested by Amanda. made with Paton Divine yarn and another cream yarn that I can't remember)

the purse, made with Red Heart Super Saver: beige and I can't remember the brown color, but its wool

My second pair of socks, made in Caron Simply Soft: Mango

a new project

I finished 4 knitting projects in the last 5 days. My second pair of socks, a purse (just need to line it with regular fabric), a scarf, and a headband thingy. I wanted to clear all my needles so I could focus on the afghan in the previous post which is crocheted. I did start a new knitting project. The French Market bag, which will be made in Paton Classic Merino Wool: Harvest. The pattern calls for two different colored yarns, but I'll be using just one.

I promise pictures of all said projects soon!