Saturday, February 27, 2010
The last snow fall we had was so gorgeous that I could not resist putting up pictures. I am more than ready for spring, but I still find all those fluffy flakes beautiful. If we are going to have cold weather I'd at least like a decent covering of snow. Sad, worn out snow that has been warmed, frozen, warmed, and frozen again, with bare patches of ground showing through, I do not like.
But spring is close, just around the corner. I am eagerly anticipating planting another herb garden, as well as helping with the big family garden.
We have fields around us and I can hardly wait to see the freshly plowed earth.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
Hurrah! I finally have a free pattern for you. Okay, pictures first and then instructions.
Oh, and please leave a comment when you stop by. I would love to know what you think of my pattern!
220yds Worsted Weight Wool Yarn
Needles US 7,6,5, & 4 double point
Cast on 36 stitches. Divide onto 3 size US7 double points. (12 stitches on ea. needle.)
Join in rnd, placing marker at the beginning.
Work in a K2,P2 rib for 2 inches.
Switch to size 6 needles and work in st, stitch ( knit every round) for 1 inch.
Switch to size 5 and knit for another 1 inch. The mitt should now measure
4 inches from cast on edge.
Switch to size 4 needles and continue for another 3 1/2 inches. Mitt will now
measure 7 1/2 inches.
Switch back to size 5 needles.
Rnd. 1 K2, inc in next stitch, place marker, knit to last three stitches of round,
place marker, inc. in next stitch, k2.
Rnd. 2 Knit around.
Rnd: 3 Knit to one stitch before marker, inc in next stitch, slip marker, work to
2nd marker, slip marker, in. in next stitch, knit to end of the round ( 40 sts. )
Rnd. 4 Knit around
Repeat rounds 3 &4 until there are 50 stitches.
On last round 4, knit around to last marker, remove marker, knit 4 stitches,
then bind off 12 stitches.
Continue knitting in the round until piece measures 1/2 inch from the thumb hole
Next round K2,P2 around, will end with a K2. Repeat this round until cuff measures
2 inches. Bind off in rib.
This pattern is pretty flexible. You can try it on as you go which is a big help if you find it is too tight or loose.
If you have a very slender arm you may want to drop down a needle size for the arm. The mitts pictured are for someone else. If I was to make them for myself I would probably use a size three needle in the wrist area instead of size 4.
Lengthen or shorten the arm as desired.
Same goes for the cuffs
If you have any questions, or I didn't explain something clearly, feel free to leave a comment and I will get back with you.
Thursday, February 4, 2010
A hat for my not-so-little brother!
Doesn't he look so handsome? I found this pattern for free on Ravelry, but I have no clue what the name is anymore. Sorry. Just search men's hats in worsted weights and you should find it.
It is a very easy hat. In fact, if you want the pattern and can not find it just leave me comment and I will type up the pattern for you. It's that easy
By the way, it is 100% worsted weight yarn.
Here is the promised spinning! I haven't actually done a whole lot of spinning lately. My cousin can't wait to see what this will become, but I don't know when on earth I will ever make it into anything. But we'll see.
Look at all that delicious looking roving! Pictures don't do it justice. It was bought locally, has a gorgeous sheen and and is a dream to spin. Plus it's in one of my favorite colors. What's not to love?
First full spindle was wound off onto a bobbin.
Thanks to Jon for his assistance in the photo shoot. :)
Those mitts he is wearing were made for him by his own dear sister.