Friday, July 1, 2016

More Socks....

I am still knitting socks (among other things).  Below are pairs #4 -7. 

We are officially half-way through the year, so I am a bit ahead of schedule toward my goal of twelve pairs knit in 2016.

Currently, there are three more pairs of socks on my needles.  Also on my needles are two shawlettes, two sweaters, and a poncho.  I am definitely not a monogamous knitter!

Happy Knitting ♥

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gift of love

I finished a baby quilt today.

One of the ladies in our knitting group embroidered the baby's name in the border, which makes it extra special.  I hope it will wrap the little girl it is meant for with our love.

Happy Quilting ♥

Friday, April 8, 2016

Make a No-Sew DPN Cozy

Currently, I am knitting my pairs of socks concurrently on two sets of double pointed needles (DPNs), and needed a couple of DPN cozies to keep the stitches safely on the needles when not in use.  There are patterns for sewn cozies available, or you can buy cozies on Etsy in a variety of cute fabrics, but I wanted something quick, easy, and right now. 

So I scrounged around in my craft room, and found supplies to make a set of no-sew felt cozies.  Some of the benefits of making this style are:  
  • felt can be cut without unraveling (unlike fabric)
  •  no finishing is needed (although a needle felted design would be a nice touch)
  •  the felted texture holds the needles securely (no need to sew up the ends of the case)
  • extra needles can be poked through the felt for safe keeping
  • they took only minutes to make!

Supplies needed:
  • Thick felt
  • Denim buttons (the no sew snap on version)
  • Cutting tool - scissors or rotary cutter
  • Fiber for needle felting (optional) 
 Step one ~ measure your needles and cut felt in a rectangle

 Step two ~ insert denim buttons 1/2" up from bottom, and 1" from outside edges

Step three ~ mark placement of holes, and cut small slits (approx 1/2" long)
on opposite edge of buttons for buttonholes.

Step four (optional) ~ needle felt a design on front of cozy

Step five  ~ use needle or awl to poke a double set of holes
in back of lower button portion of cozy to hold extra needle(s)

Step six ~ lay your DPN project  in case, and close buttons

You are ready to go....

These are finished just in time to attend a knitting retreat with me this weekend.

Happy Knitting♥

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Year of Socks - Pairs #2 and #3

Pairs #2 and #3 socks are finished.

Gifted to my granddaughter

Were to be gifted, but ended up in my sock drawer
I started the year gung ho about knitting my socks TAAT.  Knitting them two at a time on one long circular needle appeals to me because of its efficiency and practicality.  I knit the first three pairs of the year using this method.  The problem is, I could not get rid of laddering - the annoying stretched stitch gap left on either side of each sock by the cable.  In fact, the unsightly laddering is why pair #2 ended up in my sock drawer instead of being gifted as I had planned.

So, I am back to knitting my socks one at a time concurrently on DPNs or maybe a 9" circular needle.

Here is the pair I am working on currently:

I made some little DPN holders for these

Happy Knitting ♥

Saturday, February 20, 2016

I Spy Quilt

Finally finished!

My daughter and I started a quilt years ago for her daughter (my granddaughter).  We made this simple scrappy quilt with Kona cotton solids and lots of 3 1/2 inch squares. There was really no good reason it took so long.  We would work on it in spurts, and then the quilt would go into hibernation again.

It felt fabulous to finish the binding and present it to it's delighted recipient.

A few more pictures of the finished quilt:

Happy Quilting♥