Monday, February 20, 2017

Sock Love and New Yarn Winder

It's been awhile since I've knitted socks.  It's not that I didn't want to, but I just hadn't seen a pattern and/or yarn that called to me.  

A few months ago, one of my LYS was closing up shop and I had a gift card that needed to be used before it expired, so I purchased some Addi Sock Rockets & some Regia Pairfect Cotton Sock Yarn in “Beach”.  I loved the yarn, but I just never found the right pattern to use.  I didn't want to do just plain stockinette.  In the process of fooling around the yarn, I sort of messed up the skein.  I had wrapped it around the paper band & that eventually fell off & the yarn was an undesirable mess.

I had ordered a yarn winder online from Michaels, which was a great disappointment & it was promptly returned.  My knitting friend Joan, who has a wonderful blog called, Knitting  By The Ocean, set me on the right path & I got a better yarn winder.  This thing is so much fun to use, almost as fun as knitting...almost.  So, I re-wound that skein of Regia Pairfect Cotton Sock Yarn into a cute little cake!

(Stanwood Needlecraft YBW-A Hand-Operated Yarn Ball Winder. yarn bowl, &  Regia Pairfect Cotton Sock Yarn in “Beach”)

And, here's the sock that I've started.



The pattern is called, Hermione's Everyday Socks by Erica Lueder.  This pattern is everywhere & it's so fun & easy.  I don't want to put it down.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Hottie Cover AKA Hot Water Bottle Cover

My Pastor's wife asked me, "Do you think you could knit a hottie cover for me?

I laughed and said,  "Do you mean a hot water bottle cover?"

She laughed, too & said that in the UK where they were missionaries for several years that they were called "Hotties".  My Pastor & his family like to use a hot water bottles for extra warmth on cold days & for aches & pains.

So, now that I have the Hottie cover mystery solved, I looked online for a pattern.  I found a very nice free pattern by Red Heart:  Hot Water Bottle Cover by Red Heart.  I picked this pattern, because it looked simple enough and it has cables.  Did I mention that I love working with cables?

I used 2 Cirs, size 9 to knit & I used some leftover yarn from my stash.  I think that it might be Caron's Simply Soft in off-white.



Instead of sewing up the bottom seam as per the directions in the pattern, I knitted eyelets, K2tog, YO, then knitted 1 more row.  I started knitting the drawstring by trying to knit an i-cord, but my stitches were just too wonky.  I ended up using my daughter's French Spool Knitter that she had a kid.  




I kind of liked doing that kind of mind-less knitting for a change.

I gave my Pastor the Hottie Cover this afternoon and he was really pleased with it & he said, "Wow!  It's so soft.  This is really nice.  Thank you!"

It might be awhile before I blog again.  I'm having cataract surgery in my right eye tomorrow, so I don't know I'll be approved to look at a computer screen.

 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Owl Hat & Mitts

A few weeks ago, my husband's aunt had sent me a link on Facebook for a crocheted Owl hat.  She asked if I could make it for her young daughter?  Then, she said that her daughter would absolutely love it if I did.

Well, I explained to her that the hat was a crochet pattern & not a knitting pattern and I didn't crochet, at least, not on purpose.  But, I was inspired to go to Ravelry in search of a knitted Owl Hat pattern.  I found Owl Hat by Julie Grimmett  and I liked the hat so much that I wanted to make some finger-less Owl Mitts to go with it.  I found Who's owl mitts by Mareike Neumann.  This was such a fun knit.  I like knitting cables. 



I used Red Hearts Soft Yarn in Charcoal & size 8 needles & I knitted both the hat & the mitts by Magic Loop.

I want to point out that the buttons were re-purposed.  A very close friend mine gave me a huge tin of buttons that her Mother had collected throughout the years. I was very honored to have these buttons. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Hand Winding Yarn

A few weeks ago I ordered online some Christmas themed sock yarn.  It arrived as a hank of yarn.

 I had a bad experience with unwinding & re-winding a hank of yarn ONCE.  That was enough for me.  After that, I purchased hanks of yarn from my LYS & I had them wind the yarn into a ball or a cake of yarn for me.

Then, three years ago some dear friends gifted me with 2 hanks of yarn from an Alpaca farm.  I have yet to deal with it. 


Then, I watch several videos on You Tube on how to wind yarn into a skein with a center pull.  I've had a lot success with winding small amounts of yarn by hand using a cardboard toilet paper roll.  I wasn't too sure how I felt about winding the new (expensive) sock yarn by hand and since I purchased it online l couldn't ask my LYS to do it for me.

I found a manual yarn winder from Michaels on-line.  I applied a 40% off coupon, so I thought for $17 it would be a good investment.  I really didn't want to spend a whole lot of money on a yarn gadget, because I don't buy a lot yarn that isn't already in a skein and ready to use.

  
 Wow!  This was a big disappointment and it's going back where it came from.  I'm too embarrassed to say how many hours I spent trying to get this thing to work.  My experience was awful.  The skeins were too messy & too loose and I ended up wasting a lot more time untangling a mess of yarn rather than enjoying it.  (I used leftover yarn, because I didn't want to ruin my good yarn.)

So, back to winding a hank of yarn by hand.  This this time I used a paper towel roll and I cut it a little longer than a toilet paper roll and it worked great!




I  used 2 chairs to hold the hank of yarn while unwrapping it.

Yarn Cake with Center pull.

 I don't know what I'm going to knit with this yarn, but I'm so glad that it's ready to be cast onto my needles.
 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Knitting Related

So Christmas is over & Hubby usually gets me something knitting related for Christmas.  This year he did not.  He succumbed to pressure from family that I had enough "knitting stuff".  How ridiculous is that?

So...anywho...he encouraged me to get some more stuff.

I haven't knitted socks for a very long time, but when I saw this yarn, I had to get some.


 It's called. "Christmas Confetti" from ArtisticYarn by Abi.  I've never used hand painted yarn before.  I'm so excited!

My package arrived today in this lovely floral postal bag,


 and there were other goodies inside. (A surprise!)

(linen pouch)

Cute stitch markers

Yarn candy


And, of course, I had to have the proper tools in which to accomplish this sock knitting adventure.  I purchased some of my favorite needles for knitting socks or anything else for that matter.

Some Addi Turbo Sock Rockets, sizes 1, 2, & 3.  With 40-in. cables, perfect for knitting socks via Magic Loop.


 And, a circular needle case, also made by Addi.




It's like a wallet & it's supposed to hold several needles in it.

Now, all I need is for my daughter to have some free time to help unwind the hank of yarn into a ball, so that I can get started with the sock knitting.
 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

More Hats

I've been on a hat knitting kick.  I just finished a couple of hats for baby girls.



It's the free Baby Watchcap pattern, made with leftover yarn from my stash.

I also made another hat.  This one for myself.  It's Red Heart's Easy-Fit Beanie. I use Vanna's Choice in Antique Rose & size 9  circular needle.  It was a very satisfying knit.  The pattern was easy to memorize and I was able to make the hat in 2 days of knitting.

The pattern calls for a CO of 86 sts & it's for a circumference of 20".  I have a big head, 23.5", so I CO 100 sts.



I got the "Knitting Night Shirt" from Target online.  It runs small.



Excuse the photo.  I haven't been able to get to the hair salon.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Baby Hats!

Happy New's Years Eve!

I had eye surgery a couple of months ago.  I had a detached retina repaired in my right eye and I had holes in my left repaired.  It's been a rough go, but I'm on the mend.  More than anything, I wanted to still be able to see my family, esp.; the grand kids and...I still wanted to still be able to knit. After all, I've been knitting over 50 years, almost all of my life and I want to continue to do so.

Knitting has been such a stress reliever for me and as soon as I was allowed to keep my head up in an upright position.......I grabbed my knitting needles.

We've had a growth spurt at our little church...a couple of baby boys have been born in the last few weeks.  I was looking for a quick & easy knit & something that wouldn't put a strain on my eyes, so I've been knitting baby caps.

This is my go-to-pattern:  http://thriftyknitter.com/?p=77  FREE KNIT PATTERN: Baby Watchcap


The pattern is easy & fun.  The pattern says approx. 2 hrs. to knit, but it takes me about 4 to 5 hrs. to knit a baby hat.

Here's to Good-bye to 2016 & to a better, happier & healthier 2017.