Thursday, August 18, 2011
I am keeping this in mind for Halloween- or if our Government would admit that our recession is really a depression- I could trot this out for some bank robbing?! It reminds me of a friend of mine in LA- Paul I am talking about you... I can see the headlines now- "hand knit hat burglar strikes again!"
Monday, August 15, 2011
At TNNA this summer, Heather launched her new yarn line Ewe Ewe. knitty.com editor and innovator Amy Singer stopped by to say hello.
What would have made this picture perfect? If I had taken it and could have been there. We have another chance to get together at VKL the end of September.
So, what is your excuse. Knitters are fun peeps. We love to laugh and drink. It is always a party whenever two or more gather. Get your butts to Vogue Knitting Live in LA. Take a class from Amy- she is doing a cool toe up sock class and more.
Buy some washable wooly Ewe Ewe Yarn at NobleKnits.com or your local yarn shop... Like The Grove in San Diego, another one of my favorites!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
A little Gothic and ghoulish for me to wear, perhaps. However, what would really stop me from rocking this look is my need to wear a bra! Applying eyeliner with out "readers" results in the make up look. Maybe they make Spanx for this...
Friday, August 12, 2011
Over 6000 knitters gathered in Portland, Oregon for Sock Summit and I was not there.
I will be at Vogue Knitting Live (VKL)
in LA this September and I have reserved space with Franklin Habit for his lecture on Saturday. I also have a fiber class session with Clara Parkes reserved Sunday morning. The Panopticon Blog and Knitter's Review reamin 2 of my favorite online reads.
See my side bar for the links and please visit them!
Amy Singer from Knitty,com will be there teaching her socks off and I hope we get to share some laughs and a drink or two. I knit socks sometimes. It is not a passion for me- but I do not fear them. I only wear them on the coldest winter nights to bed. I live in San Diego. Cut me some slack...
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
This is my baby brother in Michigan shucking corn last year on his birthday.
He is back on that same porch at Aunt Lois Ann's house and I am not.
I long for Michigan every summer. Since moving to California in 1993, I have missed only two summers and this is one of them.
Brian- jump in Lake Charlevoix, have a glass of wine, eat some white fish from the Great Lakes and remember me. I wish I were there! I love you. Happy Birthday...
Monday, August 8, 2011
I have used a fork to make little pom poms since I was a kid. I thought of it when I was making clothes for my Barbie dolls. I thought it was an original idea and I did not covet it- but since making pom poms did not come up that often- I never really claimed it or taught it very often over the years.
In June I demonstrated this technique to my Knitwits and they loved it. Two weeks later I saw this on line and almost dropped my jaw on the ground.
My fork pom poms!! WTH- and all those years I was married to a Patent Attorney and did not protect or trademark this technique. Which speaks to my theory that as knitters we should all just agree to get along. I do not belief that there are very many new and completely original knitting ideas. Revised, new to you, original to you and all brand new as each piece knit by hand is one of a kind. So- when you need to make some sweet consistent pom poms to embellish your project- use a fork! And go ahead and take the credit for doing it- I just want everyone to know the joy of creating with 2 sticks and string...
Saturday, August 6, 2011
As our country grapples with a heat wave that is no joke- many people put down the needles. Not me. I love to switch to small easy projects that do not add heat to your lap.
These felted bracelets are an example of quick and easy- plus they make a great gift for your friends and you can keep a supply ready to wrap and go!
Every Wednesday I preside over a group of knitters known as the Knitwits. In the month of June and August we meet at a local BBQ joint(that serves beer and wine) and is next door to the local Dairy Queen. After closing down Brett's BBQ we saunter next door and cap off the evening with some soft serve.
The cool down is needed, the calories are not. I am not a big sweets eater and I ask for a kids cone with a little bit of ice cream. To the DQ credit - they have sugar free and fat free versions for sale.
If you cannot cool off with ice cream- maybe this ice cream inspired art will do the trick!
Keep cool and keep knitting...
Friday, August 5, 2011
There is nothing like a box of fresh new crayons, markers, pencils, or pastels in COLORS!
For the longest time I was in knitting neutral. My yarn palettes were muted and nature based. Classic is still my favorite color wheel and includes every shade of cream, grey. black, brown,white and greige. That is beige with a hint of grey. In other words, the way fleece comes of the backs of the animal donor.
This season has me thinking and feeling in color. Inspired by the bright colors of a washable wool line of yarn just launched, I cannot get enough color!
Check out the yarn designed by Heather Walpole called Ewe-ewe Washable Wool. There is a full line of patterns to go with the yarn and they are all available at Noble Knits Yarn shop. Noble knits has free shipping and easy online ordering. Try it you will like it!
I am of the age where many of my friends have children getting married and reproducing. All of the new Mommies of the world seem to really appreciate a hand knit- and that is a good thing. I have found that the new breed of Mommies also want the hand knit to be machine washable. Ewe Ewe is the perfect choice. It is unbelievably soft, and it washes and dries beautifully by machine! There is nothing worse than spending countless hours of love and devotion, knitting a little love into every stitch- to find out that garment lived it's life in a dark drawer because the recipient was afraid to wash it! The sad fate of many hand knits.
So- KNIT. Knit in COLOR. Finally, WEAR those hand knits.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
I have been buying knitting magazines throughout my knitting lifetime. I have some from the seventies and my latest Vogue arrived in last weeks post box.
I have noticed a big trend in vest patterns popping up again. I went through a phase in the early eighties when I knit big needle, bulky vests, for everyone I knew.
Cindy was an Autumn and she wore hers belted with turtleneck and jeans. My Mother wore her lighter weight cotton slub vest so often that I was convinced she liked that vest better than me. I still have that vest and was going to unravel it and re-knit it for me in her memory. It has been in a drawer since her death in 1984.
Now, it fits me and I look more like her everyday. I think I will just keep it as is and wear it one day as she did. With a silk blouse underneath and khaki wool trousers. Oh wait- I live in San Diego. A t-shirt and khaki capris.
Knitting a vest is excellent practice for knitting sweaters. It prepares and familiarizes you with the process minus the sleeves. It feels so quick because the sleeves are absent and the seaming is minimal. Fashion has moved forward with all kinds of affordable accessories to make a simple vest the perfect wardrobe enhancer. The vest is also perfect for the climate I live in. It cools off every evening and a vest is the perfect solution to keeping your back and shoulders warm under the stars with a glass of wine in the beautiful backyard.... I digress.
Well, I recommend you cast on a vest for a quick and rewarding knit for yourself. Please go to this site for plenty of inspiration: knittingpatterncentral.com
Go to the directory page and search vests to be amazed!
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
I am doing much better now. I have been blessed with extra padding that saved me from more serious damage.
Tuesday morning on the way to work for my dear LOM, I decided to stop by the store and find a track suit for Andy.
I was waiting at the light to turn left into the shopping center when I thought I saw the arrow turn green.The other lanes began to move so I entered the turn and BAM!
I spun around and around and ended with my shoes off, my glasses gone and the feeling that the seat belt was burning into my body. It was my fault. The green was not for my lane.
The police did not ticket me, they said it happens all the time?? Everyone be careful out there. The guy that hit me was sure angry- and I do not blame him.
I spent the day in the ER to make sure I did not hurt the head or the torso internally. All is well. Kidney is a little bruised- but I will totally heal with rest and muscle relaxers.
Doctor even ordered massages for the future-post bruising. I was asleep for 3 days and now I am up and will begin to knit again. I am car less for now and that is okay. I can drive on
Monday and hope to have a loaner by then.
Moral of the story- pay closer attention on the road and fat is not all bad.Thanks for all your prayers and well wishes. xoxo Headknitwit
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I do this all of the time. I knit in Church, at the movies, the beach, coffee shops, every doctors office ever, in the dental chair, restaurants, friends houses, classes, cars, nail and hair salons, etc. Not at weddings or funerals. That is about my limit.
So join the Knitwits Wednesday June 8th at Brett's BBQ from 5:30 until closing time, and knit in Public! KIP is fun and fat free. BBQ is fun and fattening. But mostly, we have fun.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
I am blessed with the family I married. that was not a mistake. John and Roxanne are my BIL and SIL from Michigan. Their daughter Kim recently transferred to my neighborhood with her job at Trader Joe's.
So, BIL and SIL drove out to see her and spent a month at my house. That was a jam packed, hard working, whirlwind of fun- month. The best room mates I have ever had. Easy to wake up to every day. I miss them.
This is John sewing the placket along the electric pool cover that ripped last summer and remained torn until BIL tackled the big, back breaking job. This saved approximately 2k that Poolsafe would have charged me to repair it.
This is one job on a long list of deferred maintenance that John addressed, with the help of Roxanne and I. The list grew long, while one thing lead to another, as we discovered more neglected chores.
There are not enough thank yous in the world to express my gratitude. Shout out to the best in laws on earth. Bar none. THANK YOU!
Friday, May 20, 2011
I am a known knitter. I pursue it passionately enough that I suffer knitting related injuries to my upper body. I sleep in rigid wrist braces, I do warm up exercises with my hands and arms, and I knit through the pain, most days. Knitlete, as opposed to athlete.
It is a sedentary activity by definition. That is debatable based on my injuries and the heart-rate increase that surges through me as I experience the creative process of knitting. Most would argue that it is definitely not aerobic!
I have been turning to food and wine the past couple of years as a comfort and the pounds are creeping up. I have contemplated an exercise program many times while I nosh and watch episodes of the Biggest Loser. I would love to be on that show if they never revealed how much you weigh?! Is that too much to ask?
I used to go to the gym and have a trainer and do pool aerobics. I have always been big, but fit. Now, age and menopause have been factored into the equation. I decided to try to put fitness back on the to-do list. A 5k has been on my bucket list. So is a 10k. The future bucket list.
I saw a banner for the 20th run of the Encinitas 5k and mentioned it to my Breakfast Club (do you sense an eating theme here?) They got behind me in a big way and we all registered and Saturday it happened. We each ran/walked an individual race. I had a goal to finish ahead of the handicapped and set a baseline time to beat in the future. Karen wanted to make it through the course w/o falling and beat the man with a cane. Kathy wanted to run it. Ellen and Kathleen set a good pace and powered through.
Now, I am on line looking for the next one. 3-4 times a year is the pace I want to set, with a better time each race. I am trying to beat my self each time. Better than letting life beat me. I will knit on and walk toward the finish line. I am not able to do both unfortunately. I know some can- good for them. I should put that on my bucket list!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
My soon to be ex thinks I party all of the time. I do love to set the table and put out a spread. This is a handful of the faithful friends and family that gather around my table every now and then. This happened to be the Easter Feast. It is always a collaborative effort when it comes to the feast. Heike is taking the photo- so I am actually in there. Rare shot. These are 15 very precious people. Thank you my fellow party animals. You make my world a better place and I am grateful.
Friday, May 13, 2011
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Please click on this link and learn about Vogue knitting Live!
It is too close to us for the local knitters of San Diego to ignore.
This is the opportunity you have been waiting for. The Rock Stars of knitting will be in SoCal.
Let's get a team of Knitwits and GO!!!
Please think about it- I am going to make it happen for myself and will welcome some roommates.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Kristen Cap & Sockies
Designs by Patti Pierce Stone
Hat and socks instructions fit infant/toddler's sizes 0-3 (3-6, 6-9, 9-12, 12-18) months to fit infant's shoe size 1 (3, 4, 5, 8) Instructions are given for smallest size, with larger sizes in parentheses. When only 1 number is given, it applies to all sizes.
Hat circumference: 13 1/2 (14 1/4, 15, 15 3/4, 16 1/2) inches
- Tahki • Stacy Charles Cotton Classic (DK weight; 100% mercerized cotton; 108 yds/50g per skein): 1 (2, 2, 2, 3) skeins lavender #3936 (MC) and 1 skein white #3001 (CC)
- Size 3 (3.25mm) 24-inch circular needle and spare needle (of any sort) or size needed to obtain gauge [socks]
- Size 4 (3.5mm) 29-inch (or longer) circular needle and spare needle (of any sort) [hat and socks]
- Size 6 (4mm) 29-inch (or longer) circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge [hat]
- Size E/4 (3.5mm) crochet hook
- Stitch markers, 1 in CC for beg of rnd
Hat: 22 sts and 28 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st using size 6 needle.
Socks: 23 sts and 29 rnds = 4 inches/10cm in St st using size 3 needle.
To save time, take time to check gauge.
Provisional Cast-On: With crochet hook and waste yarn, make a chain several sts longer than desired cast on. With knitting needle and project yarn, pick up indicated number of sts in the "bumps" on back of chain. When indicated in pattern, "unzip" the crochet chain to free live sts.
The patterns for both the hat and the socks are written so that the project is knit on one circular needle using the magic-loop method. You can opt to work on double-pointed or 2 circular needles.
The socks are worked from the top down with a picot hem, semi-wrapped short-row heel and wedge toe.
When working the semi-wrapped short-row heel, slip first stitch of each row purlwise with yarn in back.
Using Provisional Cast-On method, smaller hat needle and MC, cast on 72 (76, 80, 84, 88) sts; distribute sts as for magic-loop method; place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Knit 6 rnds.
Turning rnd: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end yo, knit last st on rnd tog with first st on next rnd.
Knit 6 rnds.
Join hem: **Unzip waste yarn from approx 25 percent of Provisional Cast-On sts; slip live sts to spare needle the same size as main needle; holding the 2 needles parallel with RS of fabric facing and using larger needle and CC, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, yo; rep from * to last st on spare needle, then rep from ** until all cast-on sts are used up. Slip first st of next rnd to RH needle so that next rnd beg with yo -- 144 (152, 160, 168, 176) sts.
Next rnd: P2tog around, cut CC -- 72 (76, 80, 84, 88) sts.
With MC and larger needle, knit every rnd until hat measures 2 (3, 3 1/4, 3 3/4, 3 3/4) inches from picot edge, or 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 1/2, 2 3/4) inches short of desired length.
Note: On following rnd place markers following each dec.
Rnd 1 (0-3 months): [K12, k3tog, k12, k2tog] twice, k12, k2tog -- 65 sts.
Rnd 1 (3-6 months): K13, k3tog, [k13, k2tog] 4 times -- 70 sts.
Rnd 1 (6-9 months): [K14, k2tog] 5 times -- 75 sts.
Rnd 1 (9-12 months): [K14, k3tog] 4 times, k14, k2tog -- 75 sts.
Rnd 1 (12-18 months): [K15, k2tog, k15, k3tog] twice, k15, k3tog -- 80 sts.
Rnd 2: Knit.
Dec rnd: Slipping markers, *knit to 2 sts before marker, p2tog; rep from * around -- 60 (65, 70, 70, 75) sts.
Rep Dec rnd [every other rnd] 8 times, then every rnd until 20 sts rem.
Last rnd: K2tog around -- 10 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving an 8-inch tail. Using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts, and pull tight. Secure on WS.
Earflaps are worked flat over 12 sts on opposite sides of the hat.
With RS facing and using larger needle, count 12 (13, 14, 15, 16) sts to the left from center back of hat (at cast on tail). Place marker or piece of waste yarn, so the placement can be seen from the inside of the hat. Rep, working to the right from the center back marker. This notes the placement of the ear flaps.
Turn hat inside out.
With larger hat needle, beg at the left marker, pick up 12 sts in the back side of sts in the picot joining row, working toward the front of the hat. Attach MC.
Rows 1, 3, 5 (WS): K2, purl to last 2 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.
Row 2 (RS): Knit to last 2 sts, sl 2 pwise wyif.
Row 4: K3, [yo, ssk, p1] twice, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif.
Row 6: K3, [k2tog, yo, p1] twice, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif.
Row 7: Rep Row 1.
Rows 8-13: Rep Rows 4-7, then Rows 4 and 5.
Row 14: K3, [k2tog, p1] twice, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif -- 10 sts.
Row 15: Rep Row 1.
Row 16: K3, ssk, k2tog, k1, sl 2 pwise wyif -- 8 sts.
Row 17: K2, p2tog, p2tog-tbl, sl 2 pwise wyif -- 6 sts.
Row 18: K1, k2tog, k2tog, k1 -- 4 sts.
Cut yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.
With RS facing and using tapestry needle, thread tail through rem sts from right to left; secure to WS of edge.
Weave in all ends.
Make another earflap, beg at the marker on the opposite side of the hat.
Cut 2 strands 3 yds long (or approx 6 times desired length). Fold in half, tie ends tog with a loose overhand knot and secure folded end to a stationary object.
Twist yarn until it begins to double back on itself. Fold in half again with both ends tog and allow to twist up on itself.
Cut to desired length (if necessary) and knot the ends to secure.
Sew 1 end to each earflap.
Rnd 1: With CC, ch 2. Work 9 sc in 2nd ch from hook; sl st in top of first sc to join. Cut CC.
Rnd 2: Attach MC in the top of any st, [ch 4, skip next st, sl st in the top of the next st] 4 times, ch 4, sl st in top of the first sl st to join.
Rnd 3: *3 hdc in next ch-4 sp, sl st in top of next sl st; rep from * around.Cut MC. Weave in all ends. Sew 1 flower to top of hat and other 2 flowers to ends of cord.
Using Provisional Cast-On method, smaller sock needle and MC, cast on 24 (26, 28, 32, 34) sts, distribute sts evenly as for magic-loop method (heel sts on first needle tip, instep sts on 2nd needle tip); place marker for beg of rnd and join, being careful not to twist sts.
Knit 4 rnds.
Turning rnd: K1, *yo, k2tog; rep from * to last st, end yo, knit last st on rnd tog with first st on next rnd.
Knit 4 rnds.
Join hem: **Unzip waste yarn from approx 25 percent of Provisional Cast-On sts; slip live sts to spare needle the same size as main needle; holding the 2 needles parallel with RS of fabric facing and using larger needle and CC, *knit tog 1 st from each needle, yo; rep from * to last st on dpn, then rep from ** until all cast on sts are used up. Slip first st of next rnd to RH needle so that next rnd beg with yo.
Next rnd: P2tog around, cut CC -- 24 (26, 28, 32, 34) sts.
With MC and larger needle, work in St st until piece measures 2 (2 1/4, 2 1/2, 2 3/4, 3) inches from picot edge or to desired length to top of heel. Cut MC.
Semi-Wrapped Short-Row Heel
Note: Short rows are worked back and forth on heel sts only.
Row 1: Join CC and knit across heel sts, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, purl to last st, k1, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k10 (11, 12, 14, 15), turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p8 (9, 10, 12, 13), k1, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, k8 (9, 10, 12, 13), turn.
Row 6: Sl 1, p6 (7, 8, 10, 11), k1, turn.
Row 7: Sl 1, k6 (7, 8, 10, 11), turn.
Row 8: Sl 1, p4 (5, 6, 8, 9), k1, turn.
Continue with Heel Turn.
Sizes 9-12 & 12-18 months only
Row 9: Sl 1, k8 (9), turn.
Row 10: Sl 1, p6 (7), k1, turn.
Continue with Heel Turn.
Row 1: Sl 1, k5 (6, 7, 7, 8); insert the tip of the LH needle into the purl bump at the edge of the RH previous row and k2tog-tbl with next st, turn.
Row 2: Sl 1, p6 (7, 8, 8, 9); insert the tip of the LH needle into the purl bump at the edge of the RH previous row and p2tog with next st, turn.
Row 3: Sl 1, k7 (8, 9, 9, 10); pick up the purl bump as before (this one, and all the rest, will be 2 rows down) and k2tog-tbl with next st, turn.
Row 4: Sl 1, p8 (9, 10, 10, 11); pick up the purl bump and p2tog, turn.
Row 5: Sl 1, k9 (10, 11, 11, 12); pick up the purl bump and k2tog-tbl; turn.
Continue in this manner until all heel sts have been worked.
Last heel row: Sl 1, knit across heel sts; pick up running thread between very first heel st and first instep st and place on LH needle; pick up the purl bump from the last st on the heel rnd (now 2 rows below) and place on LH needle; knit running thread and the purl bump tog tbl. Cut CC.
Joining rnd: With MC, knit across instep sts; with RH needle, pick up running thread between last instep st and first heel st; pick up the purl bump from the first heel st on the rnd (now 2 rows below) and place on RH needle; work running thread and the purl bump tog as ssk; knit across heel sts -- 26 (28, 30, 34, 36) sts distributed as follows: 12 (13, 14, 16, 17) instep sts; 14 (15, 16, 18, 19) heel/sole sts.
Work in St st until foot measures 4 (4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6) inches from back of heel or 3/4 (3/4, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 1/4) inches short of desired length. Cut MC.
Rnd 1: With CC, work both instep and sole sts as follows: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 22 (24 26, 30, 32) sts.
Rnd 2: Knit around.
Rep Rnds 1 and 2 until 6 (7, 8, 8, 9) instep sts and 8 (9, 10, 10, 11) sole sts rem.
Last rnd: Instep sts: knit across; sole sts: k1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1 -- 12 (14, 16, 16, 18) sts.
Weave toe sts tog using Kitchener st (see inset below).
Weave in all ends. Block as desired.
This method of grafting with two needles is used for the toes of socks and flat seams. To graft the edges together and form an unbroken line of stockinette stitch, divide all stitches evenly onto two knitting needles -- one behind the other. Thread yarn into tapestry needle. Hold needles with wrong sides of fabric together and work from right to left as follows:
Step 1: Insert tapestry needle into first stitch on front needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through stitch, leaving stitch on knitting needle.
Step 2: Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch on the back needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through stitch and slip stitch off knitting needle.
Step 3: Insert tapestry needle into the next stitch on same (back) needle as if to knit, leaving stitch on knitting needle.
Step 4: Insert tapestry needle into the first stitch on the front needle as if to knit. Draw yarn through stitch and slip stitch off knitting needle.
Step 5: Insert tapestry needle into the next stitch on same (front) needle as if to purl. Draw yarn through stitch, leaving stitch on knitting needle.
Repeat Steps 2 through 5 until one stitch is left on each needle. Then, repeat Steps 2 and 4. Fasten off. Grafted stitches should be the same size as the adjacent knitted stitches.