April 21, 2014

Ribbed Baby Socks Pattern

Howdy.  I've forced myself to sit down and write out my ribbed baby socks pattern, since I am going to be needing it to teach my classes at the Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts on April 25th and 26th, and I have decided to share it with you, as well.

The pattern is designed for Magic Loop, two-at-a-time knitting, so if you want to use it and you are a DPN fan, you will have to work out the arrangement of stitches across the 3 needles yourself, I'm afraid.  I don't think that would be too difficult, as long as you just follow the directions for Sock A. If you prefer to knit one-at-a-time on circs, then you should also follow the directions for Sock A, only.

Please click here (Ribbed Baby Sock Pattern) to obtain the pattern or you can find it listed in the Free Stuff section in the side bar.

April 01, 2014

What a HOOT!

Spring is definitely here (cough, sneeze, rub your eyes), and I hope that you are enjoying a little front porch knitting like I am!  With the arrival of April, I'm counting down the days to my weekend in Montgomery, Alabama at the Festival of Alabama Fiber Arts (April 25 & 26), where I will be teaching a class called Mastering the Magic Loop. Of course a festival on the horizon also means new color ways to dye and goodies to make up.  Speaking of goodies, these little guys will be making their debut at the festival with me.

I hit upon this idea recently, what with all the to-do about owls and mustaches and such everywhere I go (plus I have a 10 year-old daughter who soaks up trendy like nobody's business!).  These little HOOTS are about 2.5 high by 3 inches long, are hand knit and hand sewn (by me), and fiber-filled.  They make a cute addition to book bag zippers as well as being a unique key chain.

Quick to make, I've made up about 6 in the last 2 days.  Rocket is already trying to talk me into making them for gifts for friends and teachers, as well as a collection to put on her own backpack, purse, etc. After the festival, these will make it into my Etsy shop, but if you feel you desperately need one, get in touch and we'll work something out.

March 24, 2014

Monday FO: Zuzu

Once I got my act together, which involved a few more rookie mistakes, the Zuzu Petals cowl by Carina Spencer zipped right along to the bind off.  The yarn is my own Cedar Hill Farm Company Eco (fingering weight) in the Maybe colorway.  I used about 1 hank for this project, maybe a little less, and opted to work the instructions in the pattern for the fingering weight with a US #5 (3.75 mm), 16-inch circular needle.

As you can see, the yarn did a bit of a tiger stripe for the stocking stitch, but then switched to a nice striping pattern for the lace.  I probably could have done this in a solid, but then I think it would have significantly less character.

When I reached the bind off, the instructions were to use a stretchy bind off instead of the typical knitted bind off, so I did the k2tog bind off that is used by Stephen West so often with his shawls, etc.  Here's a great video for that bind off in case you don't know what I'm talking about: My Favorite Stretchy Bind Off.  I'd totally recommend this pattern if you have a lonely hank or skein of something lying around that's about 250 yds. (fingering weight) and you are looking for something quick to do with it.

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