Saturday, November 2, 2013

Big Sweaters, Cute Skirts and Leg Warmers knit knit knit

I love it when my fashion magazines feature knitted pieces. Hand knit sweaters look amazing with simple skirts. These pictures are from an article in W magazine.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Neck Brace Warmer

This is a crazy little thing I designed when I had one skein of big fat white yarn. It looks great with a simple black coat. The name developed for obvious reasons.
click here for pattern.. Neck Brace Warmer.
You can also purchase if on Ravelry.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Foxy Loxy Scarf knitting guide

Leaving my parents house in rural Minnesota I saw a little red fox zip across the road at the top of a small hill. The sun was rising behind him and that little guy got me thinking of the Foxy Loxy Scarf I have waiting for my daughter at home that needs finishing. This little scarf was inspired by one my daughter wanted for Christmas in 2012, but it just didn't happen. He is made from a brick colored suede yarn that was in my stash that has since gone out of production. The head and tail are lined with white mohair that can also serve as mitts. Part of why it has taken so long to finish is the herringbone stitch which is a slow one for me.
Pattern Guide: If you have someone you would like to make this cute fox scarf for, I am writing up a free knitting pattern guide. Sometimes writing up the entire pattern is just too much so, here goes. I used Lion Brand Suede yarn in a color close to a brick red. I also had a little scrap of black yarn for the whiskers and white mohair for the pockets and tail coloring. The knitting needle size is 10 for all knitted work. I also used a size G crochet hook, but any size will do. Notions include three bakelite buttons (or similar) one big black button for the nose and two little blue or green buttons for the eyes. I think green would go nicely with the red fox.

Starting with the Fox Color, cast on about 30 stitches, or however many you need to get the width of the scarf you like, you will be starting at the center of the body of the fox and working toward his head (or tail, both are the same shape). Working back and forth across these 30 stitches using a basic herringbon stitch (I will look this up and add it here later), work until piece is half the length of your desired scarf, or you can get the measurement from your wrist to the middle of your neck. At this point, begin to reduce for the shape of the head. Decrease one stitch at the beginning and end of the next row. Work two rows in herringbone and then repeat the decrease row. Continue in this series of three rows until you have come to a point. Bind off and weave in end.

Next undo the cast on stitches at the midway point picking them up with your size 10 needle and repeat all that has been directed so far, creating the tail end.

Mitt lining. Using size ten needles and the white mohair, cast on 28 stitches. Knit 4 rows (garter stitch), then begine the reducing as for the face and tail. Reduce one stitch at the beginning and end of the first row, knit the next two rows. Continue until you have created a point. Bind off and weave in end. Repeat twice for a total of 3 triangular shaped white pieces. Using either a crochet hook or a darning needle, fasten the white mitt pieces to the back of the head and tail. Sew a black button onto the face for a nose and give it some black whiskers. Using the crochet hook, crochet the shape of two pointed ears, using the white mohair. Locate and sew on the button eyes. Using the 3rd white piece, fasten it to the front of the tail, giving it a few little peaks. This piece can be made using a stockinette stitch to reduce bulk. Enjoy your Foxy Loxy Scarf: Knitting Architect

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sock Knitting Frenzy & Vintage Apron Pattern

If you have scraps of sock yarn like I do, now is the time to make up some winter warmers for your feet. This was a basic pattern I found on Ravelry and just used assorted colors. My favorite are the light blue short socks, probably because they are assymetrical.

The middle socks were dyed using Koolaid.

Apron Pattern

Simplicity printed pattern # 1358 Apron pattern, is the next up project. I have some forties fabric and am going to make the shortest one first.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Boatyard Buildings Watercolor

This painting is for SALE. I love the way the watercolor sky is just a crazy wash of blue and the colorful boat buildings.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Around Town Mitts - knitting pattern

A year ago I was in a shop that carried Rowan Yarns and if you live in a small town, you know that not a lot of shops carry it. I fell in love with the Leyburn fine tweed, but my budget only allowed me to purchase one small skein. Sigh. But I altered a design I saw in the shop and made these little Around Town Mitts to use pretty much exactly one 25 g skein of the yarn.

I wrote up the pattern and have it for sale on Ravelry as well as Etsy.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fifties Glamour Knitting

Whenever knitting hits the mainstream fashion pages,black and white, past or present I love it.