Saturday, August 13, 2011
I made two practice swatches. The blue was made when I was trying to follow the instructions in Leisure Art's The Knook Kit. The purple was made following instructions I found on a blog - Jen's Hooky Place.
Using The Knook Kit instructions I kept my hook pointed down and didn't yarn over. It was easy enough, but with close inspection it looks like the knit stitches are twisted. I'm pretty sure I didn't follow the purl instructions correctly, but reading them over and over I don't know what I did differently. I think if they extended the instructions a few more steps I would have understood better. So..... I hit the Internet to read instructions on a couple of other blogs, and You Tube to see the videos.
Jen's instructions on her blog Jen's Hooky Place were a little confusing - I learn better visually. So I found her You Tube videos and finally got it. Trying it her way, I think this looks more like knitting. More like crocheting, I had my hook pointed up and I used yarn overs to pull the yarn through the loop. To purl, I understood that you have to start with your yarn in front, but I what I didn't see in the Knook Kit instructions, was that you're supposed to enter the loop from the opposite side. Not right to left, but coming in from the back / left before pulling the yarn through. Or, you can twist the stitch so you can enter the opposite way than the knit stitch. Jen's tip is to hook the loop with the hook first - making it easier to insert the hook from the opposite direction. Hard to explain in writing - that's why the videos are a "must see". With the Knook in the kit, I found the hook a little too narrow to grab the yarn. I'm not sure how I'm going to resolve that - maybe I'll try to file it down some. Now I'm ready to start my first test project - I think the wash cloth in The Knook Kit booklet. Hopefully with this project I'll get more comfortable with the knook and my tension will improve.
Now that my daughter is driving - better -, I'm able to crochet in the passenger seat. The other day, heading out of town, I was able to quickly crochet this blanket - Lion Brand's Quick & Cozy Cuddle Bunny Blanket using Bernat's Baby Blanket yarn. I had some trouble with backstitching the face, but I came up with a face that works for me. I loved the way it turned out - I plan to make more to give to hospitals for their young patients.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
For the past 2 weeks I've dropped in on the Knit Night at Downtown Knits in Apex, NC. I've really enjoyed both visits, and hope time will allow me to keep going. During the last visit, I saw one of the ladies knitting with a yarn that ruffles. I was fascinated - and hooked. I had to buy some of my own to try out. I had great fun knitting with these - it was so simple! I plan to buy more yarn next week and try out more colors. Check out these 2 scarves.
Monday, July 4, 2011
This shawl will actually be one of my first donations for my new community outreach program - Crafting Blessing. Check my other blog for more information - www.craftingblessings.blogspot.com.
Monday, June 27, 2011
I finally made the time to finish my daughter's afghan. I think I've been working on it on and off for 4 years. Since she just graduated from high school, I thought it was about time. Plus, she's been begging me. I used 4 different yarns, I don't even know if I can remember them all..... The green is a soft Red Heart, the White is a fuzzy Lion Brand, the black plain Simply Soft was paired with black eye-lash yarn. I thought the main color was going to be green - the way the pattern read. But it looks more like the main color is white. I just hope it doesn't get too dirty. The size turned out shorter than I'd like, and it's extremely heavy. I added several rows of single crochet as a border trying to make it a little bigger - until I started to run out of yarn. Then the final row is picots. The pattern is from Lily Chin's Mosaic Magic - Fair Isle Fancy.
Monday, May 30, 2011
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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
I have to make a plug here for the awesome tool I have to make the evenly-spaced notches in the fleece. It's a rotary blade called the Skip Stitch blade. Look it up on the Internet (using Goodsearch to help Online Angels, of course) and check it out.
My mother-in-law's birthday is exactly 2 weeks after Christmas - 1 week after New Year's. I get so stressed out getting all the gifts for Christmas, her birthday usually pops up on me quicker than expected. This year, she's getting hand made.
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