Monday, May 26, 2008

The Knitter's Restaurant - Sit & Knit Info

The registration and information for Sit & Knit is here.

OK. So, here's the deal.

Here's the link for the pattern for the child/adult hat.
Here's the link for crochet hats.
Here's the link for the knitted preemie hat.
Here's the link for the crocheted preemie hat.

You may create your squares in any pattern you like as long as it is 10 inches before blocking. Please weave in your ends.

We will have a class for novices/beginners and a class to learn cables. Class size will be restricted to the first 15 to sign up at the registration desk on Saturday.

We will have copies of the patterns at Pleasant Home. You can register in person if you haven't turned in your form.

The weather outlook is good, so if you want to bring a blanket to sit outside, please feel free to do so.

Thank you for all who have sent in their registration forms. I look forward to meeting and seeing you all this weekend!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Knitters Restaurant - Knit Without Ceasing

Information and registration for the Sit & Knit is here.

A few years back I started a knitting group at my church and it seems as if I have never put the needles down. I don't keep any of the items I've made - well, I think I have kept a hat. Most of it has been used at the three sales we have during the year and some have been donated. But it does seem as if I knit without ceasing.

I decided it would be a good idea to keep track of what I make. I've have kept a tally since December 2007 and also here on the blog. I have made a total of 27 items since I started keeping track in December. That comes out to about one item a week. I think that's probably good, though I know there are those out there who can best me.

Knitting will come in handy to me today since our dog is gone missing. Our neighbors left their gate open and he went into their yard to get closer to a new dog that was in another yard and he's gone. We've scoured the neighborhood but the dog we've had for almost 11 years is gone. His birthday is next week. I hope he will be someone on this earth to have it - though none but us know.

Knitting will be a help.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Knitter's Restaurant - Drawstring Bag

Information for the Sit & Knit is here.

Ok, so here's this cute drawstring bag from Vicki Square's Folk Bags

I used Bernat Chunky yarn (discontinued - I got four huge skeins for $3 each) and size ten needles. The handles are a bit long, but I still think the bag will have great use. I don't know yet if I will ask Lois to line it. I don't think it would hurt to have it lined, but it is a thick basket stitch so it might not need it. I don't think it will stretch out much.

You'll enjoy learning the stitch (knitting in the second stitch on the needle and before removing it, knitting in the first stitch and then removing the first and second at the same time. You do the same thing on the purl side - except you purl, of course.)

You will get the stockinette curl, but since it creates such a thick, stiff fabric, the curl is on the cast on edge and is very easy to deal with.

I must say I am glad the project is over and though it only took about four days. It wasn't the easiest project to work on. First, the stitch pattern itself makes a stiff fabric. I cast on and started out using my bamboo needles (I don't have size 10 rosewoods) and the yarn was so stiff on the needles, I had to move to metal and even then it took some time for the fabric to loosen.
Second, I have, as I know I have stated before, man hands, and it wasn't the most comfortable stitch for my hands.

However, there were some fun parts of the project. I am glad to make a bag - which I don't often do. Second, the I-cords were fun and very quickly made and I like weaving them through the bag. It was fun to do something like that which was new.

The bag will be placed in the completed project bag until November at the next Bazaar. (Did I tell you how well we did at the sale last week? We sold almost $500 worth of items - a very good day!)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Knitter's Restaurant - Big, Soft Afghan

Information on the Sit & Knit is here.
OK, this afghan is soooooo soft and sooooo warm. It's really cool to make because it's nothing but garter stitch, but you let the yarn do all the work for you.

The original pattern came from Knit Picks. But, of course, I changed the pattern to suit what I wanted to do. First, I did do the same number of strips as the pattern called for and even did the same number of stitches. But the pattern calls for three colors of the same brand of yarn. I used twelve colors of several different yarns. As you know, I have a ton of yarn and I need to use it. So, there are six different colors of Lion Brand Homespun. 1 skein of Phentex (no longer made) 3 different kinds of Bernat Softee Chunky, and 2 skeins of Herrschners Chunky. It came out really nice and soft and because i put all the balls of yarn in a bag and just pulled them out at random, even if i make it again, it won't exactly be the same. Neat! And then I fringed it!

This afghan will be on sale at the November sale or perhaps it will be given to one of the high school graduate before they go to college this summer.

or i might not be able to part with it at all....oh, selfish me.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Jean's Shawl-UMW Bazaar

Information for the Sit & Knit is here.
Jean is a member of StitchCraft through
She came to the sale today with a table and a bunch of these crocheted shawls to sell. She did sell one (not this one, this one she gave to me!)

They are crocheted pieces of beauty. I cannot crochet like this. I haven't ever crocheted like this. Knitting I can do, crocheting I can manage...but this kind of work is a gift. Jean is a gift and I am so glad to have met her.

If you would like to come to StitchCraft meetings, we meet every second Friday of the month from noon to three at First United Methodist Church of Oak Park. We would love to have you whether you knit, crochet, draw or do any other craft.


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