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Location: Amsterdam, New York, United States

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Photo of the Green Mittens

I promised a photo of the Green Mittens--I really like how they turned out! So with a little luck, this one will come through ok! I've already done a red wool pair and have started a lavender pair to work on today. I think this lavender pair will be for me as I will need a pair for when the snowy weather gets here! Didn't really need warm mittens in California, but cold NY winters are a different matter! I have several shades of purple/lavender, so the kids will be getting some, too. I know a little girl would love to have a pair--maybe I will find a chart and do a design on hers. That would be fun!

I also took a pair of socks that I am making for my son, Mike, in California for Christmas and changed them over to a single circ for each sock. I was doing 2 socks 2 circs and got so frustrated with the yarn tangling. So I will do Magic Loop on each sock to get them finished up. They are a nice sage green (one of Mike's favorite colors) and are a basket weave design. Patrick, the son I live with here in NY, doesn't like wool socks at all--he will let me knit him hats, etc--just no socks! I'm glad that Mike likes them! Kids can be so different!

I have almost finished with the Baby Surprise Sweater for my granddaughter, Cora. She is 4 yrs old and I'm having to lengthen those sleeves. Not too much more to go and I can post a picture of that sweater, too.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Two Thumbs Up!

I just have the thumbs to knit on a pair of green mittens for CRR and they will be finished. I am using worsted wt wool, 32 sts, knit in the round with an afterthought thumb. They go really quickly. I'm putting in an identifying stripe of color so the kids can tell which ones are theirs. And I'm using two strands of fingering yarn for the stripes--found out that equals 1 strand of worsted--and it works well--I like using the self-striping yarn for this--makes for a bright cheery stripe that is very different.

The "recipe" for size I decided on is 2 1/2 inches ribbing, 2 1 /2 inches to thumb sts, knit 7 sts of contrasting thread, put back on left hand needle and continue knitting. 2 1/2 inches for palm then make a toe for the top till 8 sts are left on each needle. Kitchener off these sts and weave in the ends. Pick up the thumb sts, 5 on each needle, knit 2 1/2 inches, knit 2 tog for 2 rows and use weaving needle to draw yarn through sts tightly to finish. This makes a mitten that should fit a 4-6 year old child. I'm doing the mittens using the Magic Loop method on size 5 needles, 24 inches, one at a time to prevent tangling yarn. Could do the 2 on 2 circs but get too frustrated with the yarn! Then I do the thumbs on dpns as that is the easiest for such a small amount of sts.

I learned to do this afterthought thumb from Knitting without Tears by Elizabeth Zimmermann many years ago and just love it. I use her afterthought heel to make simple socks, too. I love making knitting easy and fun--and EZ always does that! I want to get the new book that is out "The Opinionated Knitter", but have to save my money for a bit. But I know it will be well worth the wait!

Will add a picture of the mittens later when they are finished.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Earth tone hat--I hope!

Trying to share this photo. Hope it works this time!

Yay!!! Finally! Turns out the Pop Up blocker was giving my browser fits--to a lot of repeat commands to finally subdue it! But I was persistent! Will share more photos later.

Pictures on the Blog

I am trying to learn how to put pictures on the Blog.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Started another hat for the rez

I love making these childrens hats in the round--they go so quickly and turn out so cute. I'm making these with two strands of yarn on sz. 8 needles and I'm using 100% wool to keep those little guys warm on the way to school. South Dakota winters are harsh and long, so these hats will see a lot of use.

I tried to insert some pictures, but will have to try again later. Computer is NOT cooperating!

My crocheted afghan for my bedroom is coming along nicely, too. I alternate between hats and afghan for variety! I've got to learn how to insert pictures properly--I've done it before--just can't remember what I did! LOL