Posts Tagged ‘hand knit’

Honeycomb Cardigan

I just finished a test knit for a designer last night, and I thought I’d share the final product with you.  I’m looking forward to wearing it, but it’s so warm that I think I will have to wait several months yet.  I still need to block it one more time to even out the button band, but overall I’m pretty pleased with it.  The buttons are my own; you can find more of my  handmade buttons at Knitterings and Things on Etsy.

First Post of 2011!

After an entirely too-long hiatus, I figured now was as good a time as any to post a mostly useless blog entry.

5 hens all sitting next to the sliding glass door on the patio

Over the last few months we’ve acquired 3 “new” hens to include Netty and Honey, the formerly free range 18+ month old Delaware and Buff Orpington hens, and Helen, the Easter Egger hen who first arrived at our house as a day old chick with Evie and Lilly last February.  Joanna too has seen a flock increase: she went out and picked up 2 POL hens from a lady I made contact with concerning hens for my mom (who decided to hold off on getting any in the end) and returned Helen to us in the process.  Helen never fit in with Joanna’s flock and Evie has had some trouble with Ruth ever since Lilly died, so I suggested that maybe these probable sisters could be a friend for each other.  Of course, adding new chickens to a flock doesn’t result in harmony overnight (unless, of course, your name is Netty or Honey) so we expected a period of transition.  So far there isn’t any ganging up on Helen, but she’s definitely not an integrated part of the flock yet.  We’ve only had her since New Year’s Eve, however, so we’re not worried.

hens in snow

The coop itself has seen some changes too.  We added a 4′ long shop lamp to the inside of the coop with the lights on a timer from 7 am till 7 pm, and egg production is currently at 2-4 per day (with 4 hens actively laying and 2 molting or finishing up from a molt).  We also hung a heat lamp with a red bulb in the coop, and put a 1 gallon heated water bowl in the run.  Both of these are on 24/7 during bitter cold weather.  Finally, we cut a hole in one of the plastic coop doors and installed a small doggie door to help keep the heat from blowing out… however we had to remove the clear plastic flap for the time being, as the girls haven’t figured it out yet.  I have plans to create another run sometime in the spring or summer, once our 6′ privacy fencing project in the back yard is complete, utilizing 4′ wide x 6′ long chicken wire panels sandwiched between 2 frames of 1″ x 4″ boards.  These would be arranged to form a 4′ tall x however-big-we-have-room-for run attached to the current run with another doggie door for access, but with only the wire panels as a roof.  This would give the girls much more room to scratch around during the day (since our yard is not safe for free ranging without supervision) and the option to get out of the rain and into the covered, smaller run and coop at will.  In addition, the panel idea would make it easy to disassemble the planned run and easily move and reassemble it, should the need arise.  More on that as soon as we get around to it…

Evie and Netty

In the world of knitterings, I’ve been quite busy.  I knit both my mom and the older of my 2 younger sisters a sweater for Christmas, and my youngest sister got 2 hats, 2 cowls, and a plush purple penguin.  I’ve been knitting things for babies, as well as fingerless mitts for Alex, and sweaters for myself.  I ended up finishing out the year with 18 adult-sized sweaters completed, and only one of those was a project I started before 2010.  I have knit about 1/3 of my first sweater of 2011 already, as well as another pair of fingerless gloves, and have 7 or 8 other sweaters planned with yarn either in my stash on its way.  All I need now is a couple of massive blizzards to give me more time off work and more time for knitting.

Mary’s New York Christmas Cardigan

I guess the last mostly useless piece of information to note is that I have switched to a gluten-free diet due to the realization that gluten has been making me very itchy in the past 9 months.  I haven’t gone so far as to cut out food items labeled with “may contain [traces of] wheat ingredients” but I have gone so far as to order a 25 pound bag of gluten-free flour blend.  I’ll be ordering a 25 pound bag of gluten-free pancake mix as soon as it becomes available for a more reasonable price on Amazon again.  I mention this change in my diet to explain why future posts may contain such information as which recipes do / do not work well with gluten-free flour, and other similar topics.

They're gluten-free!

I hope the end of 2010 was relaxing and enjoyable for you, and that 2011 has many wonderful things in store for all of us.

Winter foliage

More Knitterings!

Lately I’ve been working on lots of projects, but last night I finished one for myself that I love.  It’s the 13th adult-sized sweater I’ve knit so far in 2010, and I have plans to knit quite a few more before 2011.  (Too bad that pesky work will soon cut into my knitting time…)

This pattern was from the New England Knits book I recently posted about, and I think I’m going to get a lot of use out of it.  The sweater has a slight bit of prickle against my overly-sensitive skin, but it’s still very soft and lovely.  I still need to buy and add a small hook-and-eye closure, but I also like how it looks when worn open.

To ruffle or not to ruffle?

I finally got around to knitting one of the sleeve frills on my Alice (in Wonderland) Top tonight, but when I tried it on I was worried that it made me look like a linebacker. Any suggestions? The options are go with the frills / ruffles, change the existing one and finish the unfinished one with garter stitch edging (like the edging on the neckline) for the sleeves, or remove all the ruffles and do a garter stitch for all edges (hem included.) Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!

Seed Stitch & Steeked CardiCoat

I wanted to knit a cardigan / coat to wear in these transitional weeks (months?) between winter and spring, but did not like any of the patterns I found.  I decided to pose for myself this challenge: write a pattern for a top-down raglan knit in one piece, in the round, with seed stitch borders/ trim, employ steeking to create division between front panels, and dye the sweater after knitting.  So far, so good!  I’ve completed the writing of pattern except for the instructions for the sleeves and steeking, which you can download by clicking the link below.  I’m calling it a CardiCoat because of its heavy weight and slightly longer length.

View My Pattern!

Snow Day Knitterings

Today we had the 4th snow day of the school year, so I took the opportunity to do some knitting as well as a bit of… we’ll say creative photography.

First off is IntSweMoDo #3, the Katrina Ballerina Layering Lace Cardigan.  However, I’m calling it my Angelina Ballerina Cardigan after one of my favorite books as a little girl.  I’m using KnitPicks Main Line yarn (which has since been discontinued) in Ivory, and am about 1/2 way through my 4th ball of yarn at the point where this picture was taken.  I have 7 balls total, so I should have plenty to make this exactly how I want it.

So far my mods include:

  • Knit a size small based on the instructions for a medium, because my gauge is way off (using size 7 needles)
  • Knit 14 rows between each button hole
  • After putting the sleeve stitches on a cable to finish later, I K2tog under the arms at the join between fronts and back to get the correct number of stitches based on pattern numbers, and to make the underarm sturdier
  • Made 4 button holes so the upper body section stops just below the bust

Otherwise, I’m doing everything else as instructed.

And finally, for your snow day pleasure, I present to you Alex, Ilse, Mr. Darcy and Tychus.

IntSweMoDo2010 1 and 2

This year I’ve joined the Ravelry groups International Sweater-a-Month Dodecathon (IntSweMoDo) and Knitting Everest, and I’ve so far knit 2 sweaters!  The first sweater was Owls by Kate Davies which took me 8 days to knit; the second was Mr. Darcy by Cheryl Niamath, and since it was for Alex and therefore much larger than sweaters for myself, took close to 3 weeks to knit.  Still not bad for the first month of the new year!

More of my Owls can be seen on its Ravelry page here, and more of Alex’s Mr. Darcy can be seen on its Ravelry page here.

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