We’ve been so busy lately trying to sell our house; cleaning everyday, trying to get everyone out for showings and looking for a new house for ourselves, that, of course, my knitting has taken a back seat. But thankfully part of that craziness is over as we sold our house last week, and now we just have to find a house for ourselves to buy (which isn’t easy AT ALL, but that would be a whole new blog in itself! LOL!).
So, I’m almost done the blanket from the last post and the second cushion of a set of 3 I’m trying to create. I’m hoping to get the pattern written for the first cushion I made. I have it scribbled out, but now have to make it legible for everyone else! 😉
But here’s the first cushion. I’m calling it “Lost at Sea”.
Hopefully next week I will be able to tell you the pattern is complete!!
Back to looking for a new home!!
Back in January of this year, I participated in a Facebook “Pay it Forward” challenge.
I wanted to encourage people to do kind things for others “just because”. So, the first 5 people who commented on my post with an “I’m in” and then posted the same message on their Facebook wall, would receive something from me at some time during 2017.
Well, I only had 4 people comment, so I picked a 5th person myself and that was the mom I made the last baby blanket for.
Even though I know I said that 2017 would be a year of making socks and pillow cushions, I got sucked back into blanket making mode with the last blanket I made! LOL!! In my defense though, I have made one new pillow cushion! 😉
So here’s a glimpse of the next blanket I’m working on. It’s knitting up tighter than I thought so I’m going to go and get a fourth colour to add. Grey maybe??
I know it’s been a LONG time since I posted anything, but yes, I’m still knitting!! 😀
I’m working on a baby blanket (I love knitting baby blankets!) and I have written another pattern that I’m just finishing up.
The baby blanket is a modified version of another pattern I’ve written. For this blanket, I’m using size 8 US circular needles and 1 ball of Caron Simply Soft yarn in light blue and 3 balls of Caron Simply Soft yarn in Country Blue. It’s going to be more of a crib blanket really, measuring about 40″ X 48″.
I casted on 180 stitches of the light blue yarn and knit 10 rows and then on the 11th row, I knit the first 6 stitches and then purled across the row and knit the last 6 stitches.
On the next row, I knit across the entire row.
Now alternate the rows with one row of knitting the first 6 stitches, purling across the row and knitting the last 6 stitches and one row of knitting across the entire row. This creates a stockinette stitch with a garter stitch border.
I knit the entire ball of the light blue yarn and changed the colour on the same side as my cast on tail. I will use the full 3 balls of the country blue yarn.
Remember when you are coming close to the end of your last ball of yarn, to leave enough yarn to knit 10 rows to create your garter stitch border.
Well off to finish the blanket. The baby boy is due February 14th and it would be nice to give it to the parents BEFORE he is born!
Did you know that loveknitting.com is having a HUGE winter sale?
Why don’t you check it out??
Hurry. Because it’s all over at the end of January!!
I just wanted to share some dish cloths that I made for my neighbour.
She is the sweetest lady always baking us cookies, so I wanted to make something for her to say “Thank you”.
The pattern for the dish cloth is FREE and you can find it here.
I used Rico Creative Cotton Aran for the dish cloths that I purchased from loveknitting.com.
They have so many different colours and it’s great to work with.
So I’ve decided that 2017 is going to be a year of knitting socks and pillow cushion covers. I already have my first pillow cushion cover on the needles and a shopping cart of yarn over at loveknitting.com for the socks just waiting to be purchased (I want to get my pillow cushion cover done first, but I don’t know if I can wait!! LOL!!)
I hope you have plans to do a ton of knitting in 2017 too!
Happy New Year!
So, I have a couple of Christmas presents done! Whew!!
I have been trying to get my gifts done in between finishing up a large corporate chocolate order.
These hats were created using a “knit 3, purl 3” pattern. I used 2 strands of DK yarn at one time so you will need 2 balls of yarn of about 50 yards each. Double knitting makes them ultra warm. Cast 69 stitches onto US size 9 needles and continue with the knit 3, purl 3 ribbing pattern until the hat is 8″ long.
Once at 8″, the next row you will knit 2 stitches together across the row and knit the last stitch. Then the next row, purl every stitch and the last row knit 2 stitches together across the row.
When you’re done, cut a tail of about 15″ and thread it through a darning needle. Lift the stitches off your knitting needle and onto the darning needle, pull tight so the top comes together and sew it up using the invisible stitch. Tie the two ends together at the bottom and weave them in and your done!
As super quick and simple project!
I can’t believe it’s December on Thursday and I’ve only just begun making my Christmas presents.
Not to say I haven’t been knitting, because I have; only I’ve made hats for my husband and son because the weather had taken a turn for the colder!!
The hat I made for my husband was inspired by his favourite sweater! I really liked how it turned out so I wrote a pattern for it! 😀
It’s double knit using 2 strands of yarn at one time making it super warm!
You can find the pattern here over at loveknitting.com.
I have my sister and brother-in-law coming this weekend and I have to get their presents done so I’ll be knitting like a crazy lady for the next few days!
The baby blankets are done and will soon be on their way to Sault Ste. Marie!
I only managed to get 3 done, but I hope it helps!
Off to finish my hats for the downtown mission now. I still want to make about 5 or 6 more!
Oh, and I have to start those Christmas presents too!!
I know I haven’t posted anything in a while, but I’m still knitting away. 😉
I’ve been working on some baby blankets for a nursing friend in Sault Ste. Marie for her hospital’s Neonatal Dept. and just have to finish knitting one and weave in the ends on another.
I’ve also been making hats I’ll be donating to our local Downtown Mission. It’s starting to get chilly at night so I want to get them them done and delivered sooner than later.
Once I have all the hats done for the Mission, it’ll be time to start on the Christmas pressies!! I already have a couple made, but still have a bunch more to do!
Have you started your Christmas knitting yet??
I took a short break from working on my incomplete projects to knit a few baby hats for the London Health Sciences Centre “Period of PURPLE crying” campaign.
If you want to learn more about PURPLE crying in newborns, please click here!
And if you are a knitter and want to help out and knit a few purple newborn baby hats, all the information is in this link.
Now back to working on my “incompletes”!!