lizcommotion: A black-and-white photo of a Victorian woman (victorian lady)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
Hey,

I haven't been able to knit much lately because of some nerve issues. They *knock wood* seem to be resolving, so I'm hoping to slowly reintroduce some knitting to my days. I have been working on the same shawl for ages and I need a break from its interminable rows of feather and fan, so I am planning to do some hats for winter charity knitting because they will be faster, easier to play with different designs, and gratifying. (Also like everyone I know already has a knitted hat from me already, so shelters it is!)

I have a stash of several colors of worsted weight yarn (both acrylic and wool) that I'm taking with me on a trip, but limited time to check Ravelry before I go. I also haven't been on for awhile so I have no idea what new patterns are trending right now or anything.

Any advice on (hopefully free) patterns that are easy to do in the car or with brain fog? I'm cool with single color with maybe a four-row pattern repeat or a simple two-color pattern design (maybe mosaic but also colorwork?). Also cool with tiny-people hat designs, though probably not doing any preemie hats because there's just too much cat hair around for me to do preemie hats.

I also have a really gorgeous couple of yarns that would work really well for a Fair Isle kind of pattern when I'm sitting in one place and have the spoons to do so.

tl;dr Not asking y'all to go research a bunch of patterns for me, but basically if you have any hat patterns that have been burning a hole in your Ravelry queue, I'd love to hear about them!
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[personal profile] yamx
Hi everyone!

I've mainly lurked here so far, but I wanted to draw this post to your attention:
http://justice-turtle.dreamwidth.org/231877.html

The poster, after a life full of medical and family issues, is in dire financial strains and selling several knitting/crochet patterns in an attempt to raise money to cover a student loan bill. (If you like the patterns but can't/don't want to donate, they'll be available for free from Aug 1, so it's still worth keeping an eye on this post.)

There's doll's wings, a baby bonnet (which is really cute and I'd totally be tempted to knit it, but I don't currently know anyone with a kid that young),and mesh backpack.

(I'm not sure if this type of post is allowed, but I couldn't find anything that said it wasn't--moods, please delete if inappropriate.)
glinda: wooden needles in two bright red/pink balls of wool (knitting)
[personal profile] glinda
It's a nice bright day here, so I took the opportunity to get a picture of my latest knitting project and thought, well its high time I made a post about my holiday knitting. But one of my bits of holiday knitting was finished months and months ago and I couldn't remember if I'd posted about it. So I went looking back throught the posts to see if I'd posted about it...and then kept going further back in search of a post by me and discovered that I'd not posted here since this time last year when I made my last 'holiday knitting' post... *headdesk* so this is a larger than expected FO post because I have all of last year to cover...

2012 in knitting )
lizcommotion: Lily and Chance squished in a cat pile-up on top of a cat tree (buff tabby, black cat with red collar) (yarn bunny)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
Over at my journal, I wrote up how to make this pretty little hat:

One photo under the cut )

I actually "messed up" trying to do a different stitch and discovered this one. It reminds me a bit of a whale fluke - that and the colors of the pretty self-striping yarn - so I'm dubbing it "whale fluke stitch" unless someone knows that it actually has a "real" name.

P.S. I even made a chart!

indeliblesasha: Blue/teal yarn on straight knitting needles, resting on a book (Knitting - Blue yarn)
[personal profile] indeliblesasha
My soon-to-be 16 year old step son lives in PA with his mom, and this last week he posted on Facebook that he wants a TARDIS birthday cake.

I cannot make him a cake, but I can totally make him a hat. It required getting over my fear of color work, and I was pretty sure I was going to be ripping it out a couple times before I felt it was good enough for my kid. I got through the first set of windows and realized I'd been carrying my yarn wrong, so I went looking for some tutorials. This one and This one are what gave me my "ah HA" moment; the second in particular made this project such a piece of cake. I ripped back my first attempt, worked again using the tips in the two previous links, and nailed it on my first try. I am *so* thrilled, you have no idea. Because this was such a success I have time to attempt a couple other things I'd like to make for him. Here's my three year old modeling it pre-blocking: )

escargot!

Feb. 28th, 2012 12:11 am
vampirefan: Futurama's Bender knitting a beer bottle cozy (knitting)
[personal profile] vampirefan
wow. i knit this one up quick! part of my sister's xmas gift was for me to knit her the hat of her choice. she fell in love with escargot when i showed it to her.

the instructions were very clear and easy to follow, with some short rows done in the brim of the hat. even after swatching and concluding i needed a smaller needle, the hat still came out bigger than i wanted it to, but it turned out to fit her perfectly. i'm going to make another hat in the opposite colors with the left-over yarn - and use an even smaller needle - or maybe i'll buy a 3rd color... hmmmmmm....

http://ravel.me/vampirefan/e1

...on to the photos!... )
lizcommotion: text: "If only yarn grew on trees" with a photo of trees that have been yarn bombed (covered with knitted yarn) (yarn trees)
[personal profile] lizcommotion

I finally finished a few things which I am proud of and also damn happy to have off the needles, so I thought I'd share some photos. As it's rather photo heavy I'll place most of them behind a cut and keep them rather small...

Helix scarf - completed
ABOVE: the purple helix scarf hanging from a doorknob
Photo heavy knitting post behind the cut )

Currently, I'm working on finishing the second diagonal rib sock. I just started a lovely trilobite hat, and there are a few WIPs that I need to dig out of drawers and decide the fate of. Will I ever make this thing, or should it be frogged? This includes a hat for my grandmother which I do want to finish at some point. Although part of me just wants to make her socks instead...

cross-posted to my own journal
lizcommotion: text: "If only yarn grew on trees" with a photo of trees that have been yarn bombed (covered with knitted yarn) (yarn trees)
[personal profile] lizcommotion
I just had to share some of the lovely goodies I've been knitting (many of which I improvised). Feel free to friend me on Ravelry, or whatever you call it if it's not "friending." I have the same username.

Anyway, here are some things I've been working on lately:

Still on the needles is a lovely Helix scarf that I'm making in lace weight baby merino yarn on #3 needles...it is slow going, but it's great TV knitting and is so lightweight and warm and lovely. Eventually I will finish. Maybe before spring.

Meditation Scarf 1


More behind the cut...photo heavy )

Cross-posted to [community profile] knittingpix 
patelyne: (Default)
[personal profile] patelyne
I finally finished the topsy turvy doll I started for my niece about 6 months ago. I also knit a chemo cap and have started (yet another) project - stranded mittens! Well, I'm excited about them anyway :D

Click the clicky to go to my journal post with pictures

smaller sized preview pic of doll:
afuna: Cat under a blanket. Text: "Cats are just little people with Fur and Fangs" (Default)
[personal profile] afuna
I'm trying to figure out how to measure gauge for 1x1 rib, and I'm running into issues figuring out what to do with the stretch. Should I measure it stretched, compacted, or loosely together on the needle?

If it makes any difference, this is for a hat (pattern: Greentrelac Beret) -- only my second time doing a hat, and I didn't have to measure gauge for the first one, so I'm not sure how to go about this one now.

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