All prizes are now up on the website. In addition to our grand prizes this year we have prizes for crawlers that turn in a passport with less than 12 shop stamps and for charity knits. Make sure you turn in your passport at any shop at the end of the crawl to be eligible, even […]
One of my Saturday at the library knitters had a bag of cotton yarn that she no longer had any use for. I like to knit dishcloths, washcloths and spa cloths so I bought the bag. It contained ten balls of cotton yarn. So far I made a rug and these dishcloths. Two are the traditional and one is the double seed stitch pattern. I use them for dishes and for cleaning and wiping surfaces. The Knit Picks book, 52 weeks of dishcloths is a great resource full of knit and crochet patterns.
This pair of socks is the slip stitch basic heel from the book, Socks from the toe up by Wendy D Johnson. I changed the instep and the leg of the sock to a k3p3 rib. I love them. I’m still trying out different heels to see which I like best. This heel had wraps and turns that the gusset basic sock did not have. The way it wears is
a concern. From what I hear, the slip stitch heel can better withstand the rubbing/friction from the back of a shoe. We shall see. This yarn was glorious to knit with. It is Bittersweet glamour glams HT. Hand dyed superwash sock yarn. Content is merino/cashmere/nylon. Colorway is Avalon. I purchased it at the NYS sheep and wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY.
The craft yarn council has a program called each one teach two. They have teaching guides for knitting and crocheting. At the end of the lesson(s), you are provided with instructions on how to knit a scarf. It’s great for beginning knitters and also the tips for teaching are helpful. Go take a look see. www.craftyarncouncil.com
Fringed with Ribbon Scarf
8” x 72”
12 oz worsted weight yarn, rose
Assorted narrow ribbons, about 40 yards
Crochet hook (for fringe)
Size 8 (5 mm) knitting needles (or size required for gauge)
9 sts = 2”
Row 1: (K5, P5) across row.
Row 2: (P5, K5) across row.
Rows 3 through 6: Repeat Rows 1 and 2 twice
Row 7: (P5, K5) across row.Row 8: (K5, P5) across row.
Rows 9 through 12: Repeat Rows 7 and 8 twice.
Cast on 35 sts.
Knit two rows for foundation.
Repeat Rows 1 through 12 of pattern in sequence until piece
measures about 72” long, ending by working Rows 1 through 6 of pattern. Purl
two rows. Bind off.
Cut ribbons and remaining yarn into 14” lengths. For each knot, combine 2 strands of yarn with two or three strands of ribbon using a variety of ribbons. Fold the yarn and ribbon in half. Hold the scarf with the right side facing you. Using a crochet hook, draw the folded ends through the space from right to wrong side. Pull the loose ends through the folded section. Draw the knot up firmly. Make 8 knots of fringe between the first two rows at each short end, knotting between intersections of knit and purl stitches and at each outside edge
Today is knit in the library Saturday. Look at the beautiful project bag that was given to me. My friend Sue made one for each of us. I selected this paisley fabric. I can never have too many project bags. There are five wips on needles.
The hexagon shawl says it’s perfect for your first lace project, that it’s mindless knitting. I couldn’t disagree more. My friends and I saw this shawl at Vogue knitting live in NYC. We fell in love and decided to have a knit along. While it’s been fun getting together once a week, this is far from easy or mindless for me. The fine yarn and open lace pattern makes it difficult for me to read my knitting. As one of my knitting buddies said “you need to knit clean”. A mistake such as a yarn over or yarn splitting isn’t easy to spot. You may (I did) knit these mistakes and include them in your stitch count. So, while I will finish this shawl and will try another lace project, it won’t be anytime soon.