Monday, March 31, 2008

The Geese are Flying

The second instalment of the Flying Geese Blanket from Mason Dixon.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Flying Geese

Flying Geese Blanket: Mason Dixson
Needle: 6 US (2 dpns, + 1 circular 24")
Progress: 1 of 6 blanket squares
Colours: Lavendar, Bright Pink (borders), Apple (corner squares), Thistle (3 of 6 squares), Sunset (3 of 6 squares), Thatch (outer border).
I need a special gift for my oldest step-daughter Sandy, who will graduate in May from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School. I had been looking online and searching through books for a special afghan blanket pattern. While flipping through Mason Dixon, trying to decide if I had enough time to complete the Log Cabin or the Mitered Squares, my eyes fell upon the Flying Geese. I have love the Harris Scottish Tweed yarn and patterns, for the last couple of years and each time I visit my LYS I pick up one or two balls and pop it into stash, ($10.00 a ball - not the most economical buy), knowing one day I would be using it for a large project. I only needed two more balls to complete the Flying Geese, one ball of Sunset (rust/terra cotta) and one of Apple. The pattern says it takes one ball of Thatch (chocolate brown) to complete the outer border but I'm not sure of that so I will probably pick up another ball of Thatch before all is said and done. Since taking this picture I have a Sunset square completed and attached, that means I am one third completed and have two thirds to go before the begining of May.
I used Publisher to complete a colour template for the blanket design, using my colours and switching them around until I had a colour templete that pleased. It's a very easy blanket to complete (save for the picking up of stitches pain on the fingers), very little finishing, as I am sewing in all the yarn colour changes on each section before I move on to the next, less overwhelming at the end I feel. I have a pact with myself that I cannot start another section until all the ends are darned in.
I am also knitting a small baby jacket and a toy lamb to give respite to the picking up of stitches which can as I said be a little difficult on the finger tips.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Monkey Swap 4

Monkey Sock Swap Questionnaire

The Measurements
Shoe size: 8
Foot length in inches: 9-1/2 inches
Circumference: 9-1/2 inches

Yarn Preferences
What are your favorite colors?

Anything but pastels.
What color clashes with your wardrobe?

Do you prefer solids or variegated yarns?

Surprise me.
What are your favorite brand sock yarns?

Yarntini, Woolmeise, Fleece Artist, Dream in Colour
Is there a new sock yarn you really would like to try?


Cookie A. Patterns
List the patterns you do not have but would like to receive:

I have all the patterns except Mingus, Gothic Spire, and Marilinda

Do you have any allergies that your pal needs to know about? (animals, fiber, sensitivity to smoke etc.)

Will you knitting be exposed to animals?

Will you knitting be exposed to cigarette smoke?


What country do you live in?

Are you willing to ship outside your country?

I would prefer not to, but if you need me I will.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Easter Elephant

This lovely little fellow is on his way to a sweet little girl who adores elephants. Why a bunny for Easter, why not a elephant? The pattern is from Ysolda, and is available for sale via pdf download, you can buy it today and be knitting him tonight.

He is knitted in the round, no seams, you pick up stitches from his arms, legs and ears, stuffing as you go. Once completed you add his french knot eyes and he is finished. I knitted him/her (after all that will be his new owners decision to make), a scarf for the journey. I slightly overstuffed him, next time knitted I won't be so generous and his legs won't be so puffy.

The Details:

Yarn: RYC Cashsoft Baby in Imp (from stash)

Needles: 3mm (4 dpns)

Stuffing: microfiber/silk blend (because the don't make the microfiber/cashmere anymore)

Time: pattern can be knitted over two nights, or on a rainy Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Baby Mary Janes

Pattern: Baby Merry Jane (pdf) by Bekah.knits from Etsy

Yarn: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino
Colour: Chocolate and Fresh Cream
Needle: 2.75mm
Buttons: from the button stash
Size: 6-12 month

Knitted over two evenings (one "merry jane" per night). Shoe is knitted on straight needles, sock is knitted in the round after picking up stitches.
Changes I made: I knitted five more rounds of the sock in st stitch before starting the cuff, I also changed the rib of the cuff from k1 p1 to k2 p2.
I am working on the Toddler Moc-a-Soc at present, I have dropped down a needle size as the gauge was off. Next time I knit the Merry Jane's I will drop down to 2.5 or 2.25mm.