Saturday, August 27, 2016

A Few More Crocheted Items and Another Prayer Shawl

I've been practicing crochet off and on and have managed to make three more dish cloths. This one is just plain single crochet with a chain border.

This shell one turned out much better than I expected.

This modified granny square one got a little weird in the final rounds. However, I'm feeling more confident and think I'm ready to tackle a real (but simple) project, like a scarf.

I also started another prayer shawl.

I love how that knit 3, purl 3 pattern looks in stripes. I bought various blues, purples, and greens and am going to switch colors as I run out, just to add a little more interest.

What are you knitting as summer winds down? Are you already starting on cold-weather items?

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Finished Prayer Shawl

Last night I finished the prayer shawl. Tomorrow I'll take it to church and hand it off to the woman who is collecting the shawls and spearheading this ministry.

I kinda wish I had reversed the brown and burgundy yarns, but overall I'm pleased with it. I used Knit Picks Cot-Lin yarn, which is a 70% cotton and 30% linen blend. I used this yarn before to make an afghan for myself and had 10 balls left over. I doubled it up and used size 11 needles and a K3, P3 pattern over 57 stitches.

Now I'm not sure what to do next. Maybe I'll try to finish that crochet project I abandoned a while back.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Baby Socks for Afghans for Afghans

I mailed these 3 pairs of baby socks to Afghans for Afghans today. I think they're pretty adorable.

In other news, I wonder where the cat went.... ;-)

Hope you're keeping cool in this heat. I've already got another project under way and will post photos when it's done.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Baby Socks

Just a short sweet post to show what I'm knitting now. I'm making wee baby socks for the latest Afghans for Afghans campaign.

The yarn is just some leftover sock yarn I had in the stash. I lost the ball band ages ago, so I can't tell you the brand. I'm almost done with a second pair, and by next week I should have a third pair done, so I'll post pictures of them next week.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Christmas at Sea

As I've done in years past, I've made a scarf for the Christmas at Sea program sponsored by the Seaman's Church Institute. My church's knitting group makes scarves for this program every year. I used washable wool yarn left over from other projects to make it. 

I'm very happy with how it turned out. The colors all work well together and are balanced.

In other news, I'm done with the scarf I made with the Rifton yarn but I haven't blocked it yet. That's one of my projects for this long weekend. Once I get it on the blocking wires, I'll take a photo of it.

Hope you're enjoying the long weekend. Happy Independence Day!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

In which I try my hand at crocheting

It's not going that well.

But I'm going to keep at it. I grew up thinking crochet was ugly because people kept giving us granny-square afghans in hideous colors, but in recent years I've seen a lot of gorgeous patterns and have wished I knew how to crochet beyond the single crochet stitch. I'm going to keep at it until I can make a proper square or rectangle instead of something that looks like a wonky sleeve.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Rifton Scarf Update

As I noted in my last post, I started a scarf with the Rifton yarn I bought from Jill Draper. Here's a photo of what I have so far.

The pattern is called Belinda and it's from the second Mason-Dixon Knitting book. I'm happy with how it looks. The subtle way the colors blend into each other is really stunning. I'm probably about 2/3 of the way done.

That's it for now. Hope you had a lovely Memorial Day.