The Kniterati

A group knitting blog.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

An Endless Stream of Projects

It's Christmas knitting time! I've learned that it's never to early to begin on Christmas gifts...

Here's a hat for Lance's mom made with some beautiful Crystal Palaces Tao, using this pattern (with modifications).

...and also a scarf. I started working on it, and decided that she would love it. The Lace Ribbon Scarf pattern is easy and delightful!

I also knit up a pair of baby bootees and a hat for a friend--they loved them.

I finally updated all of my project pictures on Ravelry, so I wanted to share a few projects that I've completed--and others that I've been working on. I better keep knitting or I might not get everything done in time for Christmas!

Friday, October 10, 2008

Get Your Knit On

Last night, I hosted knitting group once again. It was fabulous: we had homemade crackers, cider that I made myself (well, spiced up apple juice), wine, and loads of chatting and knitting. It was great fun, and I hope to continue it through the winter.

Today, on my internet browsing, I stumbled upon this: Popknits! The are like a vintage Knitty, and they have free patterns. Sorry fellas...not much for you. But maybe in the future! Check it out. I'm thinking about making the cowl, personally.

I'm also thinking about making a quick 'n' easy sweater. This one looks (Ravelry link) looks pretty nice--here is Amanda's lovely rendition. It looks so good! I think it would be a lovely sweater project.

The other one promises to be just as fun, knit on big needles with chunky yarn, the Chic Cowl Neck. It sounds fast and looks really cute. I'm a fan of the short sleeved one, personally.

But first, I must knit for Christmas. I feel a little sad because I would like to knit a sweater, but I think all I can do is plan to knit them and wait until I get my Christmas crafting done.

Are you all planning any Christmas knitting yet?

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Dish Rag Tag--The Sequel

Last year, I participated in a Dish Rag Tag, which I thought was really fun. So I signed up again this year, and last night when I got home, I had a box waiting for me.

Inside was a dishcloth for me to keep, knit with some great striping cotton (which I can't find anywhere near me, argh!), a ball of green cotton, some soaps, and the pattern. I grabbed my needles, and set to work.

Rory helps the speed knitting...

Several hours later, I had finished the pattern. It was awesome--I finished it quickly, and if I took it down to the Post Office, I'd be able to claim same day turn around!

I had whipped up some Mexican Wedding Cookies the night before (in anticipation) and had my ball of cotton ready to go, so I tossed it all in the box.

Go Rag Tag Fleet! Speed on!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Swiftly Winding

In the seventh season of Gilmore Girls, Stars Hollow hosts a Knit-athon to raise money to restore the town bridge. One scene shows the characters winding a ball of yarn off of a swift.

Ah, Lance thinks to himself, I will get that for Jenn's birthday next week.

And now my knitting friends, I have a swift and a ball winder. And they are awesome.

There I am, winding my first ball of yarn! I suspect that all my local knitting/crocheting buddies will be using it as well. And I'll encourage it because it would be nasty of me not too share my bounty with them. Happy birthday to me!!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Thursday Knit-In

With four knitters in attendance, Kniterati met up last night. It was great: we had veggies and various dips, a late arrival of garden-fresh strawberries, and wine. And let us not forget knitting.

I'm working on balling up my yarn to start work on Clapotis. After doing one, I gave up and started working on my Lace Ribbon Scarf, which is a fun lace project for anyone interested in learning to read lace patterns. Depending on the length, it'll either be mine or become a Christmas gift for one of the many women in my circle. It's pretty fun.

Rory (the cat) decided to plop in the middle of our group and harass Kathy. She kept attacking her scarf and generally harassing everyone. I guess kitties like knitting too, hehe.

I don't know when the next meeting will be...but likely soon! It's become a really relaxing knitting time, since I live alone now, and also don't stress out about everyone coming over. I look forward to continuing to host it.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The Promised Baby Hat

(Warning--several Ravelry links follow). Using a pattern that I know Secret Knitter is fond of, I knit a little baby hat for my friend (the same one the bootees are for). It's soft and warm, and hopefully will fit the little guy's head.

I knit this up in one day (wow!) as I was recovering from the swift-but-vicious bug that I caught last week. The color choice is a little odd, but I was also using up leftover bits of yarn, something that baby projects are perfect for, I've discovered. And baby projects are perfect for almost-instant gratification--start it today, finish it tonight!

I altered the pattern a teensy bit, removing the garter stitch ridges on the main hat body, and adding more decreases before binding off. I also (like Secret Knitter) used the magic loop method and knit it on the round instead of flat (I hate seams anyway, and it looks nicer without them). I'm pretty happy with it, so hopefully the new mom and baby will be too!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Cable Issues?

For those of you who have ventured into Cable Land (which is super fun, if you haven't), you'll quickly discover the problem of what to do with that dratted cable needle when you're not using it. Behold, a solution.

Pretty cute, right? And so useful. I sometimes just stick the needle into my project, but sometimes that backfires. And a lot of times, I'm wandering around wondering where my cable needle went.

This is of course if you haven't mastered the trick of knitting cables without a needle. Some of us (including the creator of this handy holder) are a bit scared to just leave those stitches floating out there without something to keep them from falling out, okay?

(Being sick has thrown off my sleep schedule a bit. I'm starting to feel better, but now I'm awake and restless since I've been trapped in my house since the flu-bug thing attacked me Wednesday evening. Incidentally, I used that energy to finish the baby bootees you saw earlier, and a baby hat that you'll see once I take some pictures. Thank goodness I think I'm well enough to escape for a short time tomorrow... But damn I've finished up some knitting--perhaps I'll finally finish Isabella this weekend.)