Monday, August 24, 2015

Mom's Bears

The lovely marled bear.  I think he is my favorite.  I love the way the yarn looks on this little guy and how it covers any stitches that might otherwise show.  Plus, he's the first of the three for Mom I made so he and my original bear helped with all the rest.

Next the honey colored bear.  The yarn color is actually sand but it is a nice little beige/brown bear.  I think this one will look nice dressed in a jacket and hat.

And the third friend, the polar bear.  He had to have blue eyes . . .  

And my bear with his coat and hat.  Poor thing still has no buttons on his coat but eventually I will find some small toggle type buttons that will work.

The three amigos getting ready to go on their long trip from my house to Gramma's house.  They have to travel over several rivers and through lots of woods to get there.  Then Dena will knit them coats and hats and maybe boots (working on that . . . .).  Wish them luck!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

A little sample . . .

I started this sample in March - around the middle of the month.  I was sent 3000 yards of lace weight yarn and the designer sent the pattern as she designed it.  What you see here is the center portion before being blocked (and stretched to show the pattern).  The needles are the new Dyakcraft Northern Lights Black Nickel which I was also testing.  I cannot tell you how much I love these needles.  I have a full set on order, which is completely ridiculous given the number of kitting needles that already live in my house.  Anybody want some needles?

Edit:  These lovely needles will be shipping by October.  The catch is that they must be pre-ordered.  Those who pre-order by September first will get their needles sometime in October.   Those who order in September will get needles in November, etc. My set has already been ordered because I so love these  needles.  When I first picked them up, I didn't know what they were made of - they felt like glass and looked like hematite.  They are smooth and warm up quickly and feel wonderful in your hands.  They love yarn and it lov s them - there is never any tugging or pulling across the needles or the joins.  The full story can be found on the Dyakcraft website here:

This is the center being blocked.  I think it was about 40 x 40 but it might have been a little less.  It was originally supposed to be 42 x 42 but my knitting was tighter on the actual piece than it had been on the swatch.

This is the edging blocking.  It added about 8" to each side of the center piece.  I did a provisional cast on to start, left the end stitches live and picked up stitches on each side of the center piece.
The body was 180 stitches across and I knit 380 rows.  That is 6840 stitches.
The first edge repeat was 1050 stitches - that is 275 on each side and 250 on each end.  There were 41 rows which makes the first edge repeat 43050 stitches.
The second edge repeat was 1250 stitches because I increased 50 on each corner.  It was 42 rows so that makes 52500 stitches.
I knit 102,390 stitches in this thing - plus the bind off.

That is me - holding it by the corners.  

And a girl with it as one would likely wear it.

And this is Donna's sneak peak photo.  The pattern will be available in the next Stories In Stitches when it comes out.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

More Bears

BearBear, Friend, 'Nother Friend and Stella ('Nother Friend) are all finished. Well, except for the photo shoot. Now I have started on Jerry's Bears. The green is finished, Orange is knit but not stuffed and yellow is started. I have yarn for blue, purple and red. But I do still have a sweater on the needles that I want to finish . . .

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

From the Knitting Bag

I worked long and hard on a HUGE sample for a book coming out in the next month or so . . . 
Next I wanted something fun.  One day, I looked down at my knitting bag and this is what I saw!

Ok, not really, but this was a really fun knit.
Mom wanted some Teddy bears for her great grand kids.  I was planning on sewing some, but I am honestly much better at knitting so I found a lovely pattern (Vera by Anita Wilschut) and tested it with some yarn I had on hand.  This yarn is some of the leftovers from what I dyed for my Carved Kimono last summer.

The pattern is beautifully explained and a fairly easy knit.   

After I finished knitting BearBear, he decided he needed clothing . . . he offered to help knit it.

More on that later . . .


Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lovely in Red

First the disclaimer - I did not knit this sweater.  I love this sweater very much.  Anna knit it and that is her wearing it.  Dena and I just posted this pattern for sale on Ravelry.  I have another sweater from Splendid Apparel on the needles now, but this one looks like it would be fun and relatively easy to knit.  The pattern for this one is here.  You can also look at all the sweaters in the Splendid Apparel book on Ravelry.


Monday, June 15, 2015

Lost in the shuffle

This blog just keeps getting lost in the shuffle!  I really do mean to post here but I forget.  I am doing so much secret knitting that I cannot show and that means putting off posting and then I just don't remember to come back and do it.

This is an Anna Zilboorg design from ages ago that I knit to photograph for the pattern.  The pattern will be coming soon to Ravelry.  I think this will make a lovely winter jacket for me - nice and thick and warm.


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Beach House . . .

The outside . . . across the street and 2 tenths of a mile to the ocean . . .

 Front entry inside . . .

From the dining room, looking at the living room . . .

From the front door, looking through the living room and out onto the back patio . . .

From the back of the living room, looking to the front door . . .

Behind the tv is the kitchen, dining room on the right, stairs to bedrooms on left and front door farther left . . .

Dining room . . .

 Small but workable kitchen . . .

Behind the kitchen, a laundry room that opens to a closed in patio (where trash and a/c unit live). . .

Heading upstairs . . . center hall with bedrooms off on all sides . . .

The green bedroom - one king or two twin beds.  Each bedroom has a separate bathroom and there is a powder room downstairs.

 The blue bedroom - two twin beds.

The orange bedroom - this has a king bed and would be considered the Master . . .

 It has the largest bathroom with two sinks, a huge bank of closets and a separate linen closet.

 And it has it's own balcony overlooking the back yard and golf course.

 The back patio and yard . . . we do get a view of a nice sunset over the golf course and a small lake.

 And, of course there is lots of sand and ocean . . .

And sunsets over the marsh on the other side of the resort . . .