Saturday, April 16, 2011

kwtp update at 50% of Sakaki

The color of Tapestry Rainbow mini mochi is much prettier than my camera shows in this light during a rainstorm here. This is at the 50% point and fortunately I had put in a lifeline to show Debbie (Ding of the Bell sisters) how close it is to using up the first skein. I have 1 gm left from the middle of the middle section.

So glad I put in the lifeline because at the end of the next repeat, I realized my stitch count was off. Errrrrrghhh, but the lifeline saved the day. I am tempted to get back to my Intensive Rainbow mini mochi coquille after seeing Tracy's, but think I need to get this one back on track. I love using this yarn and never tire of the colors surprising me. They aren't in any particular order and I like the random aspect of it. That also lets me fiddle if I need to in splicing colors to emphasize the ones that are my favorite. Any guesses? LOL

Coquille KAL

Hi all. I really enjoy seeing all the wonderful items that everyone knits. This is one of the Crystal Palace KALs that I am working on right now. It's the Coquille shawl from Knitty and I think the Mini Mochi looks fabulous on it.I couldn't find enough matching Mochi to get 3 balls but had 3 balls in my stash and since the colors were similar in each (started with the brightest and am ending with the most muted colors) that I could make it work.

I can't wait to wear it!

Coquille KAL -- tracy van wormer

Updated photo --- I am liking it!!

I was a bit apprehensive about this project -- it looks so complicated. But it really is not. I am going to mix it up a bit....because, I can never seem to leave well enough alone when it comes to patterns. (And because I don't have enough of one color that is not solid -- and because my mother in law sent me tons of left-over sock yarn So I am going to alternate between a solid black and a self striping sock yarn. I am hoping this comes out......


Friday, April 15, 2011

Prime Time KAL - WIP

I am having so much fun with these socks and my beautiful prize yarn!!! The yarn is Panda Silk DK in Frosted Iris and the pattern is Banana Cream Pie (West Virginia) from 50 Socks - 50 States by KyleAnn Williams. My first toe up sock, first time using 2 needles and it has a different heel - so I am feeling like I am really learning.

Prime Time KAL - 4/11 WIP

This month I am making the vest in light green - last month was dark green. Trying to finish for my grandsons by Easter...may be a week late. Using Comfort DK yarn and the Rowan Junior pattern, Hamish.

2011 PRIME TIME KAL for April - tracy van wormer

Coming up Roses.....

It all started when I was visiting my Mother in law a few months ago. We went to every tea shop we could find....and quite a few coffee shops....looking for a tea cozy for her 87 year old friend. We never found I volunteered to make one for her.

There are quite a few styles for tea cozys. So i settled for the most traditional one I could find -- in a book called One Skein Wonder.

This is a fully lined cozy.

I used some Vanna Yarn from LBY, with roses and leaves with yarn left over from some other projects.
This cozy fits a Rockingham Tea Pot -- 6-8 cups. It is lined. It was really fun to make, and I am thinking of making another but instead of roses, maybe a birds nest with some birds!

So I finish up the teapot, but have only used about 220 yards. So I start knitting a matching tea-mat to fulfill the yardage requirement. Between the mat and some coasters, I should reach over 300. Then my daughter saw a photo of the pot and said -- "That would make a great hat -- but I want some pink roses, and some purple roses, and some hanging down things (pom-poms).
I ripped out the tea-mat....and started on a hat. Instead of the double seed stitch, I used a basketweave stitch pattern over 11 stitches--works for the 88 stitch cast on.
And my daughter was right....It did make a pretty cute hat! All in all, I think I used up at least 75 yards on this. -- total should be over 300.

project on Ravelry:


top of hat

making rose pom-pom

making roses

basket weave pattern
rose mess!!


I got my yarn...I got my yarn...oh lucky me...I got my yarn!!!

And do I love what you picked. Thank you Susan and Andrea, and Adrienne, and everyone else who made the KAL....and the wonderful prizes..... possible.

What I got -- 3 yummy balls of Cotton Twirl in Spring Greens. It is really going to be a joy to work with. And the colors are teriffic. It will be perfect for Arizona Spring!!

Thank you again. I am very grateful.

Tracy Van Wormer.

April: Gryffindor Wide Stripes Scarf

My oldest daughter wanted a Gryffindor scarf in wide stripes to match her hat.  Here are the pictures:

This is the in progress one.  It really went quickly.  And the completed project:

I think it turned out nicely. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

KWTP Green socks

The yarn is Panda Silk in Forest Tones, a little darker than the picture. I bought it last year at a Guild Yarn Crawl. When I buy yarn, I try to get something I haven't used before.

The pattern is Knotty or Knice Socks by Chrissy Gardiner, published in Interweave Knits.

Needles are 2.25mm Crystal Palace bamboos. The sock was started April 12, 2011. The fabric is luscious! I'm keeping these!

Prime Time April

These socks knit quickly, they are mostly stockinette. They were finished on April 12. I waited for time and sunshine to take pictures. The pattern is Grun ist die Hoffnung by Stephanie van der Linden. the yarn is Oasis Yarns Aussi Sock knit on 2.25 mm needles.

I lengthened the socks and added a lace ribbing pattern to the top.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

KWTP Mini Mochi kids slouch hat

I had this yummy mini mochi baby face sitting on the shelf waiting. . . I had originally thought would be socks - but I am not that delicate with my socks so I had a change of plans. It was kind of a size experiment. . I have issues predicting head size. So this one goes to my youngest and I am going to do a smaller but longer one to give away. I used all of one skein minus a little lump which I made into a ball and threw in the basket oh balls at the top of the stairs.

April KAL

This is the first knitted project I've ever made for my mom, who taught me to knit probably more than 40 years ago.Of course I quit knitting shortly thereafter and didn't pick it up again for ~35 years. (All those wasted years...grrrr!!!!!)

Anyway, this will be her Mother's Day present this year. I hope she likes it!
The pattern is called 28's Cousin 53! and is available free through Ravelry. It was knitted with approx. 305 meters (~333 yards) of some house-brand sock yarn I bought at Lidl a few years ago. It was a very quick and easy knit, although it required a lot of purling and 1x1 rib so if you don't like doing either of those, this pattern isn't for you.

Monday, April 11, 2011

One Project for April Finished!

aka more sucking up to Adrienne! :D I really love how this pattern works with the wide stripes.

A Little Bit Country
A Little Bit Country finished

Started: 3-28-11
Finished: 4-7-11
Pattern: A Little Bit Country by Adrienne
Yarn: Three Ewes Twisted in Fiber Cashewe in Sock Monkey
Needles: 2.75mm cuff/2.5mm foot
Mods: Added an extra pattern repeat to cuff and used 3 garter sts on each side of heel flap