Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Yoga Strap

I have started doing yoga regularly, so I bought myself a mat. It came with a carry strap that was basically a long shoestring with a loop on either end. This left a dent in the mat and wasn't very pretty either. Functional, but not pretty.

I embarked on an adventure. First I tried to knit a lacy strap that was k2tog yo but it twisted in a corkscrew fashion. So I went to the stitch dictionary and found a different stitch pattern called woven stitch, which is as follows:


Cast on multiple of 4.
Row 1 & 3: purl
Row 2: k2 PT
Row 4:PT k2
Where PT is purl twist. This means that you purl 2 together, leave on the left needle, insert right needle between the stitches from the back and purl the first stitch again.
Knit for 64 inches or so. To make the smaller loops at either end of the strap, when you reach 4” or so, fold the strap up and pick up the cast on stitches on a 3rd needle, purl together on a purl row. This should give you a loop about as wide as the strap itself is. Continue knitting. When your strap is long enough, fold the end up so that you have a similar sized loop, pick up stitches on a 3rd needle and do a 3 needle bind off.

Now comes the origami portion of our adventure.  To made the big loops for the mat to rest in, you pass one end through the small loop on the other end. Then you pass the end that has been looped through the small loop on the other end. I found the method on this blog.
For my strap I cast on 14 stitches, I added a purl stitch to either side of my 12 stitch repeat. I also slipped the first stitch of each row with the yarn in front.


Yoga strap Yoga strap Untitled  Yoga strap

Friday, February 27, 2015

Flower Slippers!

A friend has a birthday coming up, and she always has cold feet, so I thought a nice pair of felted slippers would go over well. French Press Knits Slippers are adorable. I had enough wool to make them, so I we are off to the races. Once knit up and felted, however, I really didn't like the tab for the front. I suspect it was because the slippers was so small. (friend has size 6 feet, thus smallest size knitted) Therefore, I did what any good knitter would do and improvised. I no longer had any blue yarn, having used it up on the sole and the now defunct tabs. Dark grey looked good, though, so I made 2 flowers for the front. I REALLY was flying by the seat of my pants and completely ad-libbed a pattern for the flower. I cast on 30 stitches, knit one row, knit front and back on the net row, knit 2 more rows and bound off. Then I wound the fabric up into a flower shape and sewed it on the front. I am rather pleased with the result.


French press slippers feltedFrench press slippers felted

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Hat For Me!

At my casual job, names are drawn for a Secret Santa gift swap.  I knit my giftee a Rikke hat and a matching cowl. I did not get a picture of it, mores the pity, but I liked the hat so much, I wanted one for myself. Stash diving ensued and 2 balls of Jo Sharpe Georgette were excavated from the mountain of yarn.


Rikke hat


Rikke Hat

While knitting, I was unsure if I liked the colour. A common problem when I knit something in the pink/lilac tones. Now that it is done, I am quite pleased. It is a little longer than I expected, but I like the droopy effect, so it's all good!

Pattern: Rikke Hat
Yarn: Jo Sharpe Alpaca Silk Georgette

Friday, January 16, 2015

Done With THAT Chapter of My Life

In the fall of 2013 the boss at my job told me I was 'really late' the day before. She wasn't in, she was going by what a co-worker said. She then said I was late that day too. I looked at my watch and I was EXACTLY on time. However my watch and the dept clock were out by about 5 minutes. So 'really late ' is 5 minutes, I guess. Anyway, I started leaving home earlier, but needed something to do in the car to fill in the time between arrival and going in to work. I started a Baktus. Then I got made redundant last September. The Baktus languished.

I finished it. Here it is in all it's glory:


Baktus

Sock yarn, VVS Handpainted, 2.5mm needles.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Second Chemo Cap

I made another chemo cap!

  seafoam hat podt

It's Todd's No Purl Hat except I cast it on in the round so I did purl for the brim :)
Yarn is Lyra by Lang Yarns which is a worsted cotton/silk blend. Delicious!

Monday, September 01, 2014

Hello! Is anybody Out There?

My poor neglected blog. I have something for you! A hat. The Purl Knit Turban, to be precise. Made with Paton's Canadiana in...blue, obviously. For a person who is undergoing chemo and needs a head warmer. Instead of wrapping the yarn tail around the front the way the pattern calls for, I knit a 5 stitch stockinette strip that was about 4 inches long and sewed it on. I attached it just above the last purl section and then wrapped to the inside to the same spot.

Knit and purl turban Knit and purl turban Please forgive the model's dirty nose,, she has seen better days, but is oh so compliant at holding still for my photography attempts. Unlike the cats.

Thursday, August 01, 2013

First Laceweight Project


I have Laceweight yarn. I also have quite a few projects I'd like to do, but first a simple one, a one row lace scarf. With this yarn