Sunday, September 30, 2007

September Stamping Class Cards

Here are the cards we made in our September stamping class.
We also made checkbook covers, and they were a big hit and several of the gals want to make more again in the October class. I always try to make one masculine card and one Christmas card at each class simply because masculine cards seem to be the most challenging for us....and if we make a Christmas card each month we'll have a few ready when Christmas time rolls around. :)
Now it's time to start thinking about what we'll do at the October class. :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

More socks done!

I got a couple more pairs of socks done. It's slow but steady! :)

I love making socks!!

I am going to start working on my green sweater again, as it's cooled off enough

now for me to start wearing sweaters. Maybe I'll have it done by next week.

I can dream, can't I? LOL

Monday, September 10, 2007

Another Shawl Finished!

Got another shawl done. :) I love, love, love it. Wish I could keep it for me!! Same pattern as in the shawl below, made from the same yarn only a different color. I'm starting to get some of my Christmas stuff done! :)

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Working On Socks Again

I've been working on socks again, and finished two of the six pair I have on needles. :)
The red ones pictured above are made from some yarn that I kool-aid dyed. I used cherry kool-aid, and I love the way they turned out. The yarn is merino wool, and came from Knitpicks. I love Knitpicks!!!!!
The multicolored pair is made from some Lorna's Laces superwashed wool and nylon yarn that I got off of ebay. It's very nice yarn to work with, and I will definitely make more socks from her yarn.
The pattern for both pair of socks is just a simple ribs and stockinette stitch. I made these socks using the '2 socks on one long circular needle' method, which is my new favorite way to make socks, and the instructions can be found here:
Now I have to finish the other 4 pairs that are waiting for me, then my green sweater and the shawl, and I'll be caught up.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

First Prayer Shawl Is Completed

I have completed a Triangular Prayer Shawl, and I'm very happy with it. I did an i-cord bind off on it and I like the way it looks a lot.

I wrote up some quick instructions on how I made this shawl. Here they are:

Triangular Prayer Shawl by Wilma

(The idea of a prayer shawl is that you pray
for the person who will be receiving the shawl
as you knit it. You use a combination of 3 stitches to represent the Trinity.)


4 skeins Lion Brand Homespun Yarn
size 10 1/2 circular needle

Cast on 4 st
row 1: k
row 2: inc 1, k across
row 3: inc 1, k across
row 4: k 3, yo, k 3 (7st on needle)
Repeat row 4 until you have 12 stitches on
your needle. Next row:
k 3, yo, k3, p3, k last 3 stitches
All consecutive rows: k3, yo, k in p stitches, p in k stitches, and always k the last 3 stitches which forms the border.
Repeat this pattern row until the shawl is the size you want it to be.

I-cord bind off:
Cast on 1 stitch, then k that stitch, k next 2 stitches together, and slip both stitches from r/hand needle back onto l/hand needle. *k1, k2 tog, slip 2 r/hand stitches onto l/hand needle*. Repeat from * to * until bind off is complete. (Each time you k2 tog, you are basically binding off 1 stitch and eventually you will have bound off the entire shawl.)

I am working on another one of these shawls in a different color, as I really love this pattern, and I love the idea behind doing prayer shawls. :) These will be Christmas gifts for some very special people in my life.