Archive for November, 2014

Football

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

My little niece and nephew are already football fans. I made them hats to wear for the Grey Cup party today.

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I wasn’t exactly sure how many stitches to use. I used 60 sts for their pumpkin hats. I used 80 sts for these ones. Hopefully they will last into next season too.

Verdict: hat’s a bit big, but pretty cute!

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A Little Project

Friday, November 28th, 2014

This fall, many people in my circles of friends, colleagues, and acquaintances have lost a close friend or family member. I know that at Christmas time, many will be noticing an empty space at their table, and I’ve decided to knit something little that can get added to their box of Christmas trinkets, in commemoration of their lost loved one.

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I’m making little angel ornaments using this free pattern on Ravelry.

I am knitting the wings holding a strand of sparkly thread that I got at the dollar store along with the white yarn. It adds a fleck of gold, and makes it look really sweet.

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I came home today to see the sunlight streaming through this one. Looks angelic to me.

Today, while in meetings all day, I kept my fingers moving and knit 4 more bodies. I’ll be in wing production mode this weekend.

The entire project can be done in a few hours, and uses up scrap yarn nicely.

Are you knitting ornaments this Christmas?

Thrumming Some More

Monday, November 17th, 2014

I am really on a roll with these mittens….

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This time I’m thrumming with the fleece showing on the outside. I am placing the thrums every 4th stitch on every 4th row, but alternating them so they are nicely distributed.

I am not sure if the white flecks showing make them “girly”. Many people see them as little white hearts all over the mittens. What do you think?

First Big Snow

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

We’ve seen flakes in the air for a few days now, and the temperature has dropped to negative double digits overnight, but today is the first morning that I awoke to the sound of shovels clearing the sidewalks. Each roof is white, and there is a blanket of snow covering the grass.

The cold temperature has snapped my mitten knitting into overdrive….I finished two pairs this week and feel the urge to start more.

I delivered a pair this morning to someone who’s experienced a significant loss 10 days ago. I’ve spent many of my non-working hours thinking of a way I could help….but loss and pain are things that only time can heal. So I’ve spent time making, and delivering, batches of muffins, and I’ve also been crafting a pair of mittens.

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They’re my usual recipe, 48 sts, fox and geese with an extra long cuff and no ribbing! I use a Latvian braid to make a fancy edge and keep the cuff from rolling.

I stitched a little heart into each cuff so he’s reminded of the love and care that went into making them, and my hopes that his heart can eventually mend.

I hope that the mittens can warm both his hands and heart this winter.

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

If they do, they will likely catch cold in the winter. I know a guy who has been stretching his ears for about 4 years, and he was explaining about how they are hard to keep warm. I’m thinking it’s a volume to surface area ratio that’s changed, which affects the rate of heat loss. In any case he said that if he pulls a toque down to cover them completely, it’s down to his nose in the front, and that a hat with earflaps would work, but that he’d need to tie the flaps tightly under his chin.

I asked him for some ear measurements…

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And we discussed ear mittens. He thought that ear mittens should be blue, and have either happy faces on them or a pac-man and a ghost.

It’s dangerous to give me ideas like that…

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The very next day, he’s got warm ears!

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For those of you wanting to knit your own, here are the basics: this is to fit a 1.25 inch earlobe.

Knit with dk weight yarn, on size 4mm needles
Cast on 20 sts
Join in the round
Work 4 rounds k1p1 ribbing
Work 11 rounds stockinette
(Ssk k6 k2tog) twice
K round
(Ssk k4 k2tog) twice
Kitchener stitch the bottom closed.

Happy Birthday Dad

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

I made my dad a hat for his birthday. The colours match the hat that I made for my brother recently, but I tried out a slipped stitch pattern this time.

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I like how the slipped stitches line up. I may experiment more with slipped stitches in the future. It allows for multiple colours to appear in one round without working with them all at once.

Invisible Thrumming

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

I’ve had a few requests about thrumming, and it turns out that my last post on the subject has pictures that don’t show up anymore. I learned this process from a very experienced spinner and knitter when I took a spinning class at the Kingston Handloom Weavers and Spinners guild a number of years ago.

I’ll try to explain the process once more.

When I thrum, I use locks of sheep fleece that have been hand washed, and air dried. The locks have hairs that are all lined up in the same direction, and all the same length, and I take advantage of that fact. You could do this with roving, but I think the locks wear better in the long run.

If I’m making mittens, I knit the cuff first, usually 3 inches of ribbing. I make sure that the pattern for the hand is a bit bigger than non-thrummed mitts because the fluffy ends of the lock of fleece will be inside with the hand, and take up space.

Locks are placed in a sequence that uses 3 stitches. I usually will then leave 3 sts. plain between each lock, and space out the thrums by a couple of rows of plain knitting.

To place the thrums, prepare a small amount of fleece. It will have about a “worsted” consistency when squeezed together.

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Insert the needle into a stitch knitwise. With the working yarn still to the right, and before knitting the stitch, lay the fleece over the left hand needle.

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Knit the stitch. The working yarn will have passed over the lock of fleece keeping it in place, but not firmly holding it there.

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To secure the lock, bring the bottom of the fleece up and the top of the fleece down, and knit the next stitch.

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The last step in securing the lock is to bring the top of the fleece down (to have both ends of fleece pointing in the same direction)

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And to knit the third stitch.

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I hope this is helpful! It’s a fun process, and gets good results.