Thursday, January 31, 2008

Super Nanny & Super Sweater

So i've been working on this adorable feather & fan baby sweater that I got from '101 Designer One-Skein Wonders' for my bosses brand new baby! I love it so much it took all my effort to part with it. I was my first baby item (as i haven't really had occasion to do any baby items until now) and its pretty spanktastic if i do say so myself :)




I knitted it up with Zara Plus. which just knits up so beautifully. It just does what ever you want it to. I wonder if the Super Nanny thinks so too :).



yes that's the Super Nanny herself with the precious little girl that gets the lovely sweater. That's one lucky little girl!

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Busy Bee

So I haven't had much time to write in this blog, which is REALLY shameful. But I have kept knitting :). After frogging my fingerless gloves a MILLION times I have finally finished them. And i have to say that they are awfully cute. Here is the picture below. Its made with Misti Alpaca so they are suuuuuppppppeeerrrr soft!



I've also designed this cute little clutch out of my new favorite yarn Dive. Not only do I love the feel of the yarn, I love the colorway! The electric blue accent color next to the green. Its just amazing!




So as usual, my pattern writing has not kept up with my knitting, but as soon as it is, it will be up on this blog and on my Raverly Designer page.

See you soon!

Purl Junkie
Yarn is my heroine :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

scatter brain

So, i have about four projects on needles right now, none of which im close to finishing!!! Ahhhhh...

I've got the Rowan 'Courtney' sweater which im waiting to get more yarn for.

The 'Wisp' from Knitty

A design for a scarf that i haven't quite figured out yet. I don't think I've frogged so much in my life!

A design for fingerless gloves, made out of Misti Alpaca (YUM!!!)

Sorry I don't have pics for this, but they're not quite ready for thay yet

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Lace Love

So a few things have happened the last time i posted. For one, I had to chop off all my hair! It was getting too much. It had to go. I know its not ideal hair for fall/winter, but that's why i've been hard at work making lovely things to keep my neck warm :). This lovely 'Branching Out' scarf from Kintty.com is unfortunately not for me, but I know my grandmother will love it.






Other lace stoles/scarfs in the works, including the 'Wisp' also from Knitty.com. And I'm participating in my first Knit-a-long. The Secret of the Stole began yesterday, and im SUPER behind! eeek! Need to go buy lace wieght yarn tomorrow. Have seen a few poeple who have already started, and it looks lovely :).

Monday, September 10, 2007

Beret Fabulous! too!

So i have finally finished both the berets i set out to make. They are really quite quick, the only reason its taken me this long is the fact that i kept tearing them apart. :)

I am writing out the second pattern now, and i will post them soon!

This is the first one





OK so this pattern is pretty basic as its not only my first beret but the first pattern i've written.

Yarn: Rowan Tapestry (131 Yards)

Needles: Size 6 circulars/double pointed
Size 8 circulars & double pointed
(Or Size to obtain Guage)

**To fit sizes:**
0-6 months (6-18 months, 18 months-4 years, 4 years-adult S, adult M, adult L)

**Brim:**
Cast on 64 (72, 80, 84, 88, 92) stiches on size 6 circular needles.

P2 *K2,P2; rep from* Work for 1 1/4".

**Body:**
Increase as follows: *K2, M1; rep from*
There will be 96 (108, 120, 126, 132, 138).

Work even in stockinette stich until peice measures: 4 (4, 4 1/2, 5, 5 1/2, 6)"

**Crown:**
Dec the following number of stiches evelny spaced 1 (3, 0, 1, 2, 3)"

There will remain 95 (105, 120, 125, 130, 135) sts.

Dec Round 1: *K3, k2tog; rep from*
There will remian 76 (84, 96, 100, 104, 108)
Work even for 3/4 (3/4, 3/4, 3/4, 1, 1)"

Dec Round 2: *K2, 2tog; rep from*
There will remian 57 (63, 72, 75, 78, 81) sts
Work even for 1/2 (3/4, 3/4, 3/4, 3/4, 1)"

Dec Round 3: *K1, k2tog; rep from*
There will remain 38 (42, 48, 50, 52, 54) sts
Work even for 1/2 (1/2, 1/2, 3/4, 3/4, 3/4)"

Dec Round 4: *K2tog; rep from*
There will remain 19 (21, 24, 25, 26, 27) sts
Work even for 1/4 (1/4, 1/4, 1/2, 1/2, 3/4)"

Dec Round 5: *K2tog; rep from* end k3tog if there are any odd number of sts.
There will remain 9 (10, 12, 12, 13, 13) sts

Dec Round 6: (optional) Rep dec round 5.
There will remain 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 6).

Block: Cut a circle out of cardboard about 7 (8, 9, 10, 10 1/2, 11) " in diameter. Place beret over circle, spritz with tap water, and allow to air dry.


and the second!



Yarn: Rowan Tapestry (131 Yards)

Needles: Size 6 circulars/double pointed
Size 8 circulars & double pointed
(Or Size to obtain Guage)

**Sizing:** 0-6 months (6-18 mo, 18 mo-4 yrs, 4yrs - Adult S, M, L).

**Finished Brim Circumference:** 13 (15, 16, 17, 18, 19)"
33 (38, 40.5, 43, 46, 48.5) cm

**Gauge:** 24st/22 rows = 4 inches

**Brim:** With size 6 needles CO 64 (72, 80, 84, 88, 92) st. Work in stockinette st until piece mesures 1 1/4 inch.

Change to size 8 needles and increase as follows *K1, M1* till end of row.

Following row decrease 10 (8, 12, 14, 16, 18) evenly.

Remaining stiches should be 118 (136, 148, 154, 160, 166).

**Pattern:**
Row 1-4: *P4, K1, P2, K1*: reps from * to end.

Row 5: P4, cross 2 left *(slip the next stitch onto a cable and hold @ the front of your work, knit the next stich from the left-hand needle; then knit the stitch from the cabel needle)*, cross 2 right *(slip the next stich onto a cabel needle and hold at the back of your work, knit the next stich from the left-hand needle; then knit the stitch from the cabel needle)* *; rep from * to end.

Row 6: *P4, K4; rep from * to end.

Work pattern even until piece mesures 5 1/4"


**Crown:**

Row 1: P2 *K2tog, P2*; rep from * to end

Row 2: work 1 row even

Row 3: P3 *K1, P2tog, K1, P3*; rep from * to end

Row 4: P1 *P2tog, K1, P1*; rep from * to end.

Row 5: P1 *k3tog, P1*; rep from * to end.

Row 6: *K2tog*; rep from * to end.

Row 7: work 1 row even.

Row 8: *K2tog*; rep from * to end.

Row 9: work 1 row even.

Row 10: *K2tog*; rep from * to end.

**Finishing:** Cut off yarn, leaving a 10" (25.5cm) tail. Thread tail through remaining sts, pull tight, and fasten to the inside.

**Block:** Cut a circle out of cardboard about 7 (8, 9, 10, 10.5, 11)" (18 [20.5, 23, 25.5, 26.5, 28] cm) in diameter. Place tam over circle, spirtz with tap water, and allow to air-dry.


This is so exciting for me. Im so happy! I would love to know what anyone thinks. The second one is slightly smaller than i would normally like but you just need to add an inch to the pattern.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Beret Fabulous!

So I've been working on my first beret and its only taken me about one day to finish it of.

Here's the progress.




The cool thing about this is I didn't follow a specific patter. i wrote my own. pattern for this. I wanted to do a lace pattern but that wasn't working with the Rowan Tapestry yarn that I have so i just started to me simple for this one. Just stockinette for now. i might do another one is a Star Stitch :) I'll post that one next!

-Purl Junkie (yarn is my heroine)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

The Table Runner....or is it a Scarf you decide......

Ok lets get this ball rolling :). So this is a table runner that i made for my mother for her 55th Birthday, but she's decided to use it as a scarf instead, which you can easily do as well I guess.... Im not bitter about it at all.....




But she does have a good point. If I personally were to do that, I would use more delicate lace weight yarn, rather than the Sublime extra fine merino wool DK that i used for what was meant to be a table runner :). But that's just my opinion.

I originally got the pattern from the Winter Knits Kit by Sara Luca and Allison Isaacs that's full of great projects. My boyfriend wants me to do the doggie blanket for his Jack Russel Terrier. But I don't see that happening any time soon. hahah



So here is the original image, but I adapted it a bit after I had to unravell it a few times. First of all the leaf pattern in the card is wrong. So I had to find another leaf pattern. I'm also kind of a stickler for things being even. The borders on either side of the leaf pattern weren't maching up so I added in a stich. And lastly, while I like the overlapping vine stich on the edges, it was looking too messy for this peice. So i adapted it to not overlap. I hope that you can see this in the picture below. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to pulblish my adaptations, as i'm new to this whole thing. But I'll find out if I can.







I also finished a Beautiful V-neck vest that I'll post as soon as I'm done with the finishing. Other projects to come!!!!!

- Purl Junkie (yarn is my heroine)