Thursday, December 27, 2007
I really like the stripes, although I'm a bit miffed that I didn't think to make the stripes work out to be even all the way through! Oh well... I'll make more of the 2 color blocks for sure. I'm thinking I'll make sure I make them in coordinating sets of 2, to balance them out, though.
I hope everyone had a great Christmas (assuming you celebrate, that is!) and has a fun New Year!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
I think a 5x7 blanket would be great -- that's 35 squares & we have (I think) 12 right now. I'm going to buy some cotton-ease myself to start a square this weekend. The colors are: snow, taupe, stone & charcoal. We had planned to use charcoal to seam up.
PLEASE let me know (by posting here, or emailing me at my username at yahoo.com) if you can participate, so we have an idea of how many blocks are coming in. :) We already have someone volunteering to pay postage for the blanket to travel to it's final destination.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
I've got two black (charcoal?), two taupe (?) and two grey (stone?). Not sure if I have enough for another square out of each ball or not.
How are these going to be stitched together? I don't know how to crochet but I am kind of thinking maybe they can be crocheted together in such a way so as to add about 1/2" between each block - maybe in a bold color not used for the squares like red or blue or green. Of course it would be easiest to just use one of the colors we've already used for squares like grey?
Anyway I ask because I am thinking about doing some two-tone squares to use the rest of the yarn but I want it to look good with whatever seaming method we choose...
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
If no one else posts pics by tomorrow, I guess she'll win the prize.
Seriously though, is everyone too busy for this (not being snotty, for real! I haven't made anymore recently, I'm planning to get one OTN next week when I have the $$ to buy more yarn)? Should we just bag it until next year? Open it up to all colors within the yarn type? Or to all yarn types within the yarn weight? What do ya'll think?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Oh my, I think the midnight monster has passed out somewhere on the floor in the last few minutes. She was sitting on my lap trying to sing twinkle twinkle little star. It was very cute but I wasn't really appreciating it at 4:25 am. *sigh*
Monday, September 17, 2007
For the Grand prize:
For every square you finish, your name will be entered into the hat 1 time! Cotton-ease squares get a bonus entry for every finished off skein (since they take longer to knit & I think you get less squares out of each skein). You also get a bonus entry for every person you get to sign up for this (they must complete at least one square for you to get the extra entry, though!).
Other prizes will be given based on the greatest number of squares completed, most knitters recruited, and favorite square pattern (we will devise a way to vote on this). Other contests may spring up in the next 6 weeks, just for fun!
Squares must be in proper colors (wool-ease chunky: fisherman, spice, red & walnut; cotton-ease: snow, taupe, stone & charcoal), and knit to the proper size (9x9 inches), of course. You can have anyone you want knit for you (so hit up your grandma or auntie for extra entries), although you may want to share your prize with them if you win! To have your squares knit, you must post pictures of them to the blog by October 31st, or have them in the mail to me -- postmarked by October 31st. I will wait up to 1 week to receive mailed squares, just for expediency's sake.
Anyone may join, whether or not you are a Mothering.com member. Squares may be in any pattern you wish, but keep in mind we're going for unisex teen blankets this go-round. I'm on the fence about whether or not already completed squares should be counted...
October 31st!! That's right, on Halloween!
-One skein of cotton-ease or wool-ease to knit more squares.
-A gorgeous surprise skein(s) of yarn (I will be stalking your blog, etc. to determine what you might like...hints are welcome! ;)).
-A knitting bag (made by me) filled knitterly accessories/tools.
-One skein of cotton-ease or wool-ease to knit more squares.
-A gorgeous surprise skein of yarn (I will be stalking your blog, etc. to determine what you might like...hints are welcome! ;)).
-A surprise *something.*
QUICKY CONTEST PRIZES:
-To be determined... ;)
If you are interested in contributing a prize, please let me know!!
This is for a great cause; Mothers/families who cannot provide much of any Christmas/Holiday for their families.
On your marks, get set, KNIT!!!
Monday, July 30, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
I enjoyed knitting with the CE as I've not used that before. I will have to lint roll before handing them off to Carolynn though. Dark colors and my house don't mix. LOL
Anyway I'm pooped. To read why go to Silvercrest79. I've got class at 8am to 9:25 followed by a pretty long test. YUCK!!!
Friday, June 29, 2007
It has really good color photos of a lot of the patterns in these books, which are a lot better than the black and white pictures in the books. If you're skilled at "reading" knitting you might get some neat pattern ideas just from looking at the pictures too even if you don't have the books. I don't own any personally but I check them out from the library sometimes, they are great for inspiration.
These photos are awful but the sun has disappeared and I have no idea when it will be back!
The pattern is a 19-stitch repeat so I cast on 40 stitches total; 38 for two repeats of the pattern and one stitch on each edge, plus a row at the beginning and end for a border.
It was a really annoying pattern to remember/read, so I had to keep referring back to my chart, but overall it was not too bad.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
She finished 2 blocks in less than a week, and that finished off the skein (with a few yards left, at the most). I'm going to try to make it to Joann's to grab another skein -- of a color other than Spice. ;)
Speaking of JoAnn's, they have the big 4 oz. balls of Sugar & Cream on sale for 1.79 (I think it is) this week. :)
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
Personally, I'm going for between 4 & 12 per month -- that will also depend on how many I can get out of a skein of yarn. I'll do some measuring and decide on how many blocks we need per blanket (opinions always welcome).
Regarding seaming... I'm open to volunteers -- someone commented they might be able to get their local knitting group to help with one. I might be able to do the same, there is an mdc mama in the next town who runs a fairly regular knitting group, so I could ask her.
Feel free to pass this blog address on to other knitting friends -- we aren't exclusive to MDC here, necessarily. :)
Thursday, June 7, 2007
Should we try to organize a tally of who has what colors, to try for an even mix of blocks? Or should we just go for it and see what we end up with?
Wednesday, June 6, 2007
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
The first picture shows the front side, the second is the backside. Either way it looks nice. Here's the actual pattern if anyone cares ;)
CO 46 St size 5 needles
Knit 3 rows
1 Knit 3 stitches; place marker
*k2tog w/o taking off needle, knit first stitch* repeat from * to last 3 stitches
Place marker; knit to end
2 Knit to marker, purl to next marker, knit to end
3 Knit 4 stitches *k2tog w/o taking off needle, knit first stitch* repeat from * to last 4 stitches; knit to end
4 Knit to marker, purl to next marker, knit to end
repeat pattern from row 1-4 then end with 3 garter rows. (can also be done with a LT by purling 2 tog instead and knitting across)
So, what patterns are you all doing? For the white I'm just doing a RT for all knit stitches and purlling across the back, with a garter edging. It looks pretty so far. I keep thinking of other things I can use that pattern for. The LTK apron top comes to mind, I could easily see adding that texture to that top and WOW it would look cute!
Monday, June 4, 2007
Maybe some ladies there will want to join in. :)
Whatever. Michaels has Cottonease, so I went at lunch and bought a skein in Stone. I told my boss about the project since she doesn't have anything OTN right now, and she decided to join us! She got a skein of Cottonease in Charcoal. Michaels didn't have Woolease Chunky, though. They only had worsted or thick 'n' quick. I thought the point of big box stores was supposed to be convenience. How convenient is it if you have to keep going from one to the other to get what you need? (insert MDC dizzy smiley here).
Blocks will be 9x9. We're going for unisex teen blankets this time, so try to keep the extra lacey blocks to a minimum. Otherwise, the sky's the limit for patterns! Share links to what pattern you're doing, if possible!
Don't forget to post here your progress updates, 'cheerleading' comments, and pictures! :) Oh, and if there's interest for a 3rd blanket to be done in crochet, speak up! Otherwise we're going to stay with just these two until we're done.
Saturday, June 2, 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
So far we've decided that we're going to all knit blocks out of cotton or wool-ease and send them to one person (and their LYS, hopefully! lol) for seaming. This blanket will be made for the Holiday Helpers thread on Mothering & will be made for a teen.
More details soon! :)