Friday, March 25, 2011


I wanted to knit something for my oldest daughter for her birthday. I tried bookmarks but couldn't handle the thin sock yarn. So I decided to knit her a couple of headbands. One is thick and one is thin. I have till April 30th so I am ok on time. I don't know if she will like them.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

My Knitting Bag

Here is my finished bag.I think the 2 strands slowed things down. I like the "self patterning" look of it. I do think working on circulars makes me a better knitter. I have made 2 mistakes so far and fixed them and I can't see where I screwed up. I stated this on March 4 and finished it on April 8. The bottom edge curled but I sewed that together.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Baby Hat done

I finally finished the baby hat. There are a lot of mistakes and I'm not sure the hat will fit on it's head. I'm glad I was able to make it but will use different yarn and a different pattern for circulars next time. This took way too long. I wish I was a good knitter so I could knit things I am proud of. I will give the hat to the mother today. I hope she will like it. She did like it very much. But I doubt it will fit. Not sure I will ever see the hat on the baby.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

My First Circulars

They are Clovers size 9 with a 16" cord. I really like them! I like that I don't have to worry about losing a needle. The only thing is the cord is stiff. I am going to try dipping it in hot water to soften the cord. I realized I have to cast on and knit looser otherwise I can't get the stitches over the join and onto the needle. I do like that I only have to knit to get stockinette stitch. That makes it easier-you don't have to think.

Monday, March 7, 2011

It's done! But uh oh.....

I finished the scarf! It curled badly but I decided to try to iron it and hit it with steam. It worked! It's flat. But I noticed my knitting got really bad at a point. I am embarrassed. Very raggety edges and at one point you can see I increased some stitches somehow. I'm thinking it might look better curled so you can't see the mistakes. The hole is supposed to be there as it is a scarf with a slit. I learned many lessons on this scarf. COUNT YOUR STITCHES every 2-3 rows. Use a lifeline. This yarn was hard to work with as getting good tension was difficult. I also learned that binding off on the purl side looks much better than the knit side. Plus I need to learn a tighter cast on. I will do that from now on. I will wear this scarf but see If I can hide the mistakes. Hopefully no one will look at it too close or touch it.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My knitting list

Here are the things I want to knit in the near future and not in any order:

1. A hat for me
2. A hat for husband
3. My Rowan shawl
4. MP3 holder
5. Socks on circulars
6. Packer scarf
7. Mittens for me and family-Rowan purelife
8. A bag to carry 1-2 projects in

This will take me all year or more to do all of this.

Knitting my own bag????

I was looking online and found these neat project bags. They were $20 and under depending on who made them. Then I got to thinking that I could make my own! I have a bunch of yarn that I don't want and I could use this to make my bag. The picture is from this pattern: I don't want to make anything fancy but it also might be a way to learn stranded knitting-using more than 1 color. I was thinking stripes, maybe 1-3 rows of the other color every 5-10 rows. Will have to do research on stranded knitting before I start. I decided to use one strand of green and one strand of white and knit with both together. That way I use up some of both yarns. I figure, the only thing I would have to buy would be circular needles. I want them anyway....