A birthday present…

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

I’m lucky to have today off work so I’m taking advantage of having no one home except my puppy and he’s napping so I’m knitting! Of course!

I’ve put aside my poncho I’ve been working on to make a birthday present for a friend. It’s her birthday at the end of January.

I’m using a pattern I’ve used before (you can find it by clicking here) but this time I’m using a Tweed yarn from Caron Simply Soft I purchased from YarnCanada.ca.  I have to use 6 balls instead of 5 though, as the balls of tweed yarn are a bit smaller.

This is my first time using this tweed yarn and I’m absolutely loving the results.

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Well, off to get this blanket done. 😀

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

 

 

Back Porch Shawl…

Hello everyone!

I’ve been working on finishing up a shawl for myself before I get started on my pattern for Paintbox Yarns.

We have a lovely back porch at our house and my husband and I are out there all the time having our morning coffee on the weekends (except in the Winter of course!) and in the Spring and Fall it sometimes gets a little chilly!  So I thought, what would be better than having a shawl to  wrap myself up with while enjoying my coffee! 😀

I’ve always wanted to make myself a shawl but most of the patterns I found I thought to be too difficult.  Finally after a considerable amount of browsing, I found some super easy instructions, modified them a bit and came up with this!

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I still have one more ball of yarn to go and I should be done.

If you would like to make one for yourself, here’s what you’ll need to know:

You will need approx. 850 yards of Aran (4) weight yarn

US size 8 circular needles (36″ min.)

Cast on 3 stitches

Row 1: Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit (the yarn over creates a new stitch)

Row 2: Knit, Knit, Knit, Yarn over, Knit

Knitting every row creates the Garter Stitch.

Continue with knitting every stitch, yarn over before the last stitch, knit the last stitch. Do this for all the rows.

Click here for a video on the Yarn over if you are not familiar with how it’s done.

In the video she does her yarn overs in the middle of her piece.  For the shawl, the yarn overs are only done once per row just before the last stitch.  Also, in the video she purls the stitches once she turns her work – you’ll be knitting all your stitches.

Here’s how your edges will look.

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Well, off to get this shawl finished!

If you give it a try, please share a photo over on my Facebook page.  I would LOVE to see your work!

Happy knitting!

Diana

 

 

They’re finished!!!

Hi there!

I’ve completed the third and final cushion for my living room couch and I wanted to share it with you! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!

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I used the stockinette stitch (knit the knitted side and purl the purl side) and knitted a piece that was approximately 20″ X 25″ and then folded it in half to create the cover.  The cushion insert was 20″ X 13″.  This cover was double knit using 2 strands of DK yarn at one time and I used size 9 US needles.  I casted on 72 stitches to get the width I needed.  To sew up the seams, I used the mattress stitch.DSCN2605

To figure out when to switch my yarn colour for my word, I took a piece of graph paper and filled in squares to spell “home”.  I randomly picked where to start my word on the cover, but knew I wanted it on the bottom right hand corner.  I started the word on the purl side of the cover and following the pattern I created, whenever I came to where the word had to be, I switched out the white yarn for the black.

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I really hope you can understand what I have written above on how to incorporate a word into your knitting.  It’s difficult to explain in writing exactly what I did.  Maybe one day I’ll venture into the world of videos and create something you can watch to explain the process better. 😉

Here’s a photo of all three of my cushions.

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Well, I’m off now to knit a hat and an infinity scarf – a request from a friend!  I’ll make sure to share it when I’m done!!

Happy knitting!

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