Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Scrubby Time!

I'm working on two big projects right now.  One is a white lacy braided baby blanket and the other is a pink and purple cardigan for my grand daughter.  Neither one is ready for show or to post about.

Sometimes, I need to take a break from these bigger projects or sometimes I need a project that is more portable than a blanket or a sweater.  On a recent trip to Michael's Arts & Crafts to pick up some more materials for the sweater, I came across some new yarn.  it's put out by Red Heart Yarn and it's called, "Scrubby".  It's all polyester and comes in several colors.

It's makes for a very nice scrubby for dishes and pots and pans.

I used size 8 needles and CO of 30 sts.  Garter st. all the way through.

We have a deal in our home, I cook and hubby does the dishes.  He really likes the new scrubby cloth and he suggested that I could probably make a bunch and sell them.  Uh....that would be a big fat, "No!"

While this yarn makes a very nice scrubbing cloth, it isn't all that nice or pleasant to knit with.  What can I was a scratchy experience.  Also, this yarn pretty expensive compared to regular cotton yarns used for making dishcloths.

Friday, August 12, 2016

My Gift Card Purchases

For my birthday back in May and for Mother's Day, my eldest daughter gave me a gift card for a very nice local yarn store.  That LYS is closing up shop by mid-Sept.  So, I wanted to use the gift card before it was rendered useless.

I got some new sock yarn.  It's Regia Cotton Sock yarn and it has a real nice feel to it.  The neat feature of the yarn is the yellow strands in it.  You pull on the yarn and cut off the length of yellow, then cast on.  When starting the second sock, you repeat the process of casting on with the color after the yellow section.

And, of course, I can't ever have too many knitting needles. I selected 2-Cirs of Addi's Sock Rocket Needles, size 1.  I love these needles.

Check out these cute Panda Point Protectors!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Can't Wait to Cast On This One

My 4 YO granddaughter has been wanting me to knit her a sweater and it had to have a pocket or pockets.  Ha!   When they get an idea in their head, they don't let go of it or change it.

I've been looking on Ravelry and Pinterest and Knitting Central for a girls' sweater pattern with pockets for over a year.  Then, one day, this popped up at me:  Patches & Pockets from (free registration required.)  Ravelry link here.

© Annie's
I can't wait to CO this sweater!  Instead of using Cascade yarn as suggested, I'm going to use Caron's Simply Soft in Fushia & Purple. 

The Cascade yarn would have cost me between $85-$95 to make this sweater.  Caron's Simply Soft cost about $18 plus shipping.  That's more my budget, esp.;for a child's sweater that they will out grow very fast.

Current Project-Lace Braids Baby Blanket

My cousin in San Diego recently had a picture of her 2 toy poodles, which were very cute, but I noticed the blanket laying on the footstool in the background.  I had to ask my cousin about it.

She told me that it was called, "Lace Braids Baby Blanket".  Well, I did a search on Ravelry and discovered it's from 60 Quick Baby Knits.

I've had this book for a while now and I really never paid much attention to this particular pattern until my cousin posted in on Facebook with her poodles.

I'm using Red Hearts Soft yarn in White and size 8 needles.  What I really love about this pattern is that it has the feel and look of cables without all the work involved.

I don't have anyone in particular that I'm making this for, but it's always fun and rewarding to knit baby items, and always good to have a gift on hand when the occasion arises.


Monday, November 09, 2015

Lavendar Daisy Chain Cardi

I started this little girls top down cardi last spring.  I think I finished in about 2 weeks, but I couldn't figure out to do any of the embroidery no matter how many videos I watched.

So, I decided to sew some purple and lavender flowers decorations on the sweater.  This was a free pattern from Ravelry called the Daisy Chain Cardi: 

It was a pretty  easy knit, but if I were to knit it again, I'd knit the button-band a little wider.

My GD is thrilled with the color and the sweater.  She's hasn't taken it off since putting on.  I think that if it had long sleeves she wear it with her other long sleeved tops.

Sunday, November 08, 2015

Work Socks For Baby

These socks were just too cute not to knit!

I knitted these up for my new grandson that's due in Jan.  I wanted to knit these so bad that I even ordered the yarn, so that they would look like the pattern.

The free pattern is called:  Work It Out, Baby! 

Patons Kroy Sock Yarn & Size 2 DPNs
The only thing that I did different from the pattern, I used the Eye of Partridge stitch pattern for the heel rather than the "wrap & turn" directions in the pattern.

I think that they turned out so cute that I may knit a pair for my 2 year old grandson.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Mother & Daughter Hats Finished...Finally

I started these hats for my daughter and grand daughter last year.  

Piper Cloche' by Heidi May

They were finished except for the buttons.  While I was out with my daughter the other day, I found the perfect buttons.

Mother & Daughter Hats (Toddler hat on left, Adult hat on right.)

Small buttons for Toddler Hat

Large buttons for Adult Hat
I used Vanna White Yarn and Size 9 needles.  I'm thinking of saving these as a Christmas gift for my daughter and granddaughter.

Friday, November 06, 2015

Knitting Up A Storm!

Have you missed me?  Well, I've been busy, real busy.  You know...watching the grand kids and knitting when I can and trying to get ready for the holidays....Life.

We've expecting a new grandson in Jan., so I've been knitting and knitting.  I got a lot done and it's a good thing, too, because the baby shower is next weekend.  

I finished the Soothing Ripples Baby Afghan a few weeks ago.  

The pattern is from Our Best Knit Baby Afghans (Leisure Arts #3219)  I bought my book at Michaels Arts & Crafts.  This is my go-to pattern for baby afghans.

I used Size 10 1/2 needles and Red Heart Soft Yarn in white, chocolate brown and gray.  It's really soft and pretty and just perfect for  a baby boy.

My DIL didn't want a baby sweater in the traditional baby boy blue, but she wanted either gray or brown colors, so I made a baby sweater set in gray.

The free pattern is Garter Ridge Baby Cardigan #70301AD  from Lion Brand Yarns.

This was fun and easy knit.  I think that it took me just a little over a week to do.  Next time, I'll knit it from the top down rather than from the bottom up.

Size 8 needles and  Red Heart Soft Yarn in Gray.  Clear generic buttons from my stash.

Of course, the sweater needed a cap.

Just a basic cap.  I knitted in the round on Size 8 DPNs with a,CO of 66 sts and I worked some garter ridges to match the sweater.  I used Red Heart Soft Yarn in Gray.  

And, I made some booties:  

The pattern:  North Country Cotton Socks
by Kraemer Yarn Shop 

Direct PDF link: 

By the way, this is an excellent pattern for someone who wants to learn to knit socks on DPNs.

Here's a pic of the set.  When I have better light, I'll take a photo of the sweater set and the afghan together.