Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
The theme for the October club was "Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Aszkaban." I subtly tried to incorporate the movie into the club with inspiration from the Hogsmead scene. Hermione had that one cabled hat & glove ensemble...and I tried to do my own thing that's bold, yet real quick & easy. It's a rib between snaking cables. The pattern would stand out a lot more on a solid, or semi-solid colorway, but is still pretty neat-looking on this month's colorway, "Scarecrow" (another inspiration from the movie--Fall. It reminds me of Hagrid's pumpkin patch and crows cawing.
The fingerless gloves are another quick & easy knit. It's knit on worsted weight yarn, and then cables are smaller. I just love how the cables snake around the thumb. The patten is a mirror-image between the hands.
News: I got a new camera (yay!) and a new haircut! Pictures coming soon!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
They are all a 2-needle construction & knit entirely in garter stitch. I made two different leaves for the bowls, but my favorite is definitely the oak leaf. I was just free-knitting the poor bugger, and it turned out quite close to the actual leaf shape. Happiness.
I initially put them all in the wash, but scowled when I saw that my garter stitch did not felt at all. That's a *slap forehead, garter stitch gets real loose in water.* Picture me, with thick gloves & a sink filled entirely of steaming-hot water, vigoriously agitating the wool by hand. For nearly 15 minutes. Yeah. I was sweating bullets. But it was worth it. Aren't they so cute & festive? The big bowl can be modified to be thicker though. It didn't turn out as solid as I thought it would be. Lesson for next time: for the biggest bowl, use 2 strands of wool & stockinette. Not garter. Then I can fill 'er up with a whole ton of apples. Rocket-science, huh?
Monday, October 20, 2008
1. Joe's 2x2 rib Hawkeye socks (you know, gotta knit them up before he graduates. In December.)
2. Grandpa's "(Go Bears!) Sports Pillow." My grandpa is not doing well after his serious heart-surgery, and it's all because he can't walk. It's a slippery-slope. He can't walk, now he has bed-sores, now he has a bladder infection, and so on & so forth. He loves the Bears, and I'm going to knit him up a quick & easy (you know me, all about the quick & easy knits) pillow.
3. Mystery knit #1 put on hold for a sec. (Mystery knit #2 still not casted-on. Hopefully I'll get to it soon, because you'll all love the pattern. ;) It's going to be awesome!)
4. Bottom-up raglan definetely put on hold. Mr. Scarecrow wanted to hold the sock for a bit. I had to walk away after he started pestering me for some mitts.
I'm off to do some more walk/jogging. If anyone lives in the Chicagoland area (specifically in Lake County), we are meeting at a coffeeshop on Wednesday 10/22 at 7:15pm. Email-me if you wanna come be part of our group.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
She later made friends with a woodland critter: Mr. Squirrel, who she learned had already been collecting his acorns for the upcoming cold season. Time was ticking, and the girl curtsied before jogging away after parted with a friendly "Au revoir."
She followed the stairs up through some more sidewalks, and continued on her journey.
One the way, some bright yellow, green and light orange trees swayed gently as the morning light poured through the cracks and spaces in their leaves. Other golden trees danced, one hand clenching another.
...until the path home became evident. It was time to go home.
...and to continue working on her "mystery" knits.
Monday, October 13, 2008
An apple-pie that I made entirely from scratch, made with various apples picked from the "Apple Holler" in WI. Making crust is not worth it, and I'll definitely buy the pre-made crusts from the store...thank you very much.
Oh, and the pie sitting on the ledge is more like being devoured, not "cooling." It was surprisingly scrumptious for being made by a pie-newbie like me. Eh, maybe you just can't screw up apple-pie in general.
Mystery knit #1:
Mystery knit #2:
I have finished designing the knits for the Oct '08 KUAS club. yay. All I have to do is finish writing up the patterns, fiddle with the skeins & packaging and then send them off! They are almost done, guys! Pictures of the knits will be uploaded once they get their packages.
Stay tuned this week for more about these mystery knits!
In the meantime, have you seen my new free pattern out? I even put it up on Ravelry too.
'Night. *This lady now needs some serious sleep pronto, as knitting too much and working mornings (and some evenings) 6 days a week is starting to take a toll.*
Friday, October 10, 2008
Like a kid in a toy store. Oh, wait. He is a kid in a toy store. *funny* Actually, that Starwars thing he was looking at was marked down for the generous price of "only 200 dollars." What a deal. Seriously. *choke*
Now this was neat! There is so much going on. Can you see the tiny squares?
What about now? Pretty sweet. I have no idea how people do things like this. It just amazes me.
Joe brought up a good point at the end of our "Mall of America" experience. Isn't a broken-down escalator just a "staircase?" Obviously, the "Mall of America" is a summation of American culture. Lazy. As the "Mall of America" says: a broken-down escalator is too hazardous to our health...and we should just take the elevator instead to get to the nearest fast-food restaurant.
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Designed by Anna Peck-Maliszewski
NEW!!! Watch the video tutorial!
ERRATA: there is an error in the pdf, and it can't be retyped because my harddrive is dead, so please write in what I left out:
(use this pattern after all of the stockinette)
2 Dropped stitches laddering:
BO2, drop 2 sts, (CO1, PSSO)-5X, BO3 until the last 5 sts; Drop 2, (CO1, PSSO-3X), BO3.
1 dropped stitch laddering:
BO2, drop 1 st, (CO1, PSSO)-3X, BO3 until the last 4 sts; Drop 1, (CO1, PSSO-3X), BO3.
This pattern originated from my desperation to have something a little warmer on me for a upcoming October wedding (a few days away). I decided that an easy (almost-can't-screw-it-up) shawl pattern was in order, and that even though the pattern should be easy...it should still have some pizazz. The eye-catching drop-stitches in the clapotis came to mind, and I thought to myself, "Self. Do you really need to fiddle with all of those increases and such to get the same effect?" The answer was "Not really." And presto-chango, the "dummy clap" was born. The instructions are minimal, yet the result: satisfying.
Watch the video tutorial of this pattern!!
Yarn: 500 yds (1.5 skeins) of Caron Simply Soft yarn (or anything soft in a worsted weight. Wool will work best though for blocking purposes). Colorway is seen in "Violet 9611."
Needles: Size 10 US straights or circular needles
Gauge: approx. 5 sts=1'' 6 rows=1'' Original Dimensions: 26X65 inches flat on floor.
Abbreviations: k=knit p=purl yds=yards sts=stitch Bo=bind off CO=cast on
This pattern was given to you for free by Anna Peck-Maliszewski at www.knitting-up-a-storm.blogspot.com. Do not reproduce to sell this pattern or it's finished products. If you have any questions, email me at: email@example.com.
Thursday, October 02, 2008
In the last post, I mentioned that I was in Iowa City all last weekend for the game. Well, it's under a week and I'm driving back up there again...this time by myself. After I pick up Joe (and enjoy the city a bit again with a nice Pumpkin Spice Latte in hand), we will "swing by" St. Paul, MN, to go to his cousin's wedding. Yup, the same evening.
TOMORROW: exactly one year from my own wedding! :)
Pattern: "The Dummy Clap" Shawl (KUAS Original)
Yarn: Caron Simply Soft (475 yds)
Needles: Size 10 US
I was planning on doing a crochet boarder around the shawl, but it is last minute, and I say "nay" to any more frumpy work that won't matter in the end. It's already pretty neat to look at, and can easily be worn as a scarf later on. It reminds me of the clapoltis, but with less work. Ha. It has a pretty good stretch to it, and I should hope that it will keep me a little warmer during the ceremony or reception.
What's next? I am in the process of working on my October club kits and have some pre-felting knits on the needles right now. All new patterns, postings and etsy updates: next week.