Monday, January 9, 2012

Secret Project and Finally a Sweater for Myself!!

Right now I am working on a secret project that needs to be done by February. I should be able to finish in time. Im exited about it, its turning out really nice, even though its way to small to fit my big rear... I take a break from that every now and then to work on my sweater. I have looked and looked and couldnt find one anywhere I liked. Finally, I came across the Chanticleer Cardigan in Interweave Knits Weekend 2010. Its so beautiful! It's just a normal plain cardigan, but its reversible (if I can do the finishing correctly) from reverse stockinette (which is the right side) to stockinette. I am using Knit Picks Wool of the Andies in Dove Heather. Im taking pictures, so I will update them (pretty much for myself cause no body else reads my blog!) as I go. I start work Today (Monday) back at the tax office. I love that job. Don't mind the long hours there at all. Then Wednesday, its back to work at Tastebuds. Not too happy about that one. It so boring most the time, and when I am not bored Im being yelled at by the bosses. Over stupid shit. I mean its not rocket science, its a soda shop. We make pizzas, sandwiches, and milkshakes. (With a few variations in between) and I can't learn anything if they won't let me do it. I don't learn by someone telling me something or even showing me. I have to do it myself, and find the way that works for me. Im dyslexic so learning is different for me that other people. One way thats easier for someone else makes that same way really hard for me. But to my bosses, my way is wrong so I just don't get to do it. I really hope I can find a better job after tax season. They arent too happy about me leaving, I don't blame them, leaving them short handed and all, but I make at least 3 times more there. Who in their right mind would rather be treated like shit all day making close to nothing, or have a job they love to go to making 3 times more. No brrainer to me, even if it does end in April. Well, Im done venting for now, going to bed.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Holly's Handwarmers

Click Here for Google Document Version

Needles - Size 7 (4.5mm) Double Pointed Needles or single pointed if you choose to knit flat
Yarn Used - Hobby Lobby I Love This Wool

Gauge - 6 sts and 7 rows = 1 inch in stockinette stitch in the round

K2tog - Knit 2 together decrease.
K - knit
Sts. - Stitches

Please take the time to read the three different kinds of patterns for these handwarmers. (Please use the link for the Google Document Version for all the different patterns in one) I know sometimes you don’t have double pointed or circular needles, (they are expensive, but if you go to eBay you can get an entire set of bamboo needles, each a set of five needles, from sizes 0-15 for $14.99, that’s what I did) I had the same problem before I got them, and I couldn’t find a good pattern for fingerless gloves, handwarmers or otherwise. I have made a separate pattern for knitting them flat, (with or without the shaping), in the round with shaping, (decreases) and in the round without the shaping. The pictures are with shaping knitted in the round on double pointed needles.

::Instructions for the Handwarmers in the Picture::
Cast on 42 stitches. I used long tail cast on. Divide them between needles. Join to knit in the round. Knit in stockinette until piece measures 3 inches from cast on. This is where the decreasing begins. If you don’t want decreases to shape to your arm you can skip this part and just knit the piece until it measures 5 inches from cast on or your desired length. Then just skip to the thumb gusset.

Knit 11, k2tog, knit 21, k2tog, knit to end of round. (40 sts.)
Knit 3 rounds
Knit 10, k2tog, knit 20, k2tog, knit to end of round. (38 sts.)
Knit 3 rounds.
Knit 9, k2tog, knit 19, k2tog, knit to end of round. (36 sts.)

If you wish to make it longer you can just continue in this manner, but I recommend you cast on more stitches if you are going to make it much longer because it may be too skinny to fit correctly. I would say that for every 4 rounds that you add cast on an extra 2 stitches. That way you can decrease those 2 stitches and still have the same amount as the pattern. Hopefully I didn’t confuse you with that. If I did, please contact me for any help you need. The thumb gusset and finishing takes about 4 inches.  

::Now we start on the thumb gusset::`
First, you need to set it up -
Knit 19, place marker, knit 1, place marker, knit to end
Now we begin the increasing for the thumb gusset -
Knit to marker, slip marker, make one right, knit 1, make one left, slip marker, knit to end of round.
Slipping markers, knit all stitches.
Knit to marker, slip marker, make one right, knit 3, make one left, slip marker, knit to end of round.
Slipping markers, knit all stitches
Knit to marker, slip marker, make one right, knit 5, make one left, slip marker, knit to end of round.
Slipping markers, knit all stitches.
Knit to marker, slip marker, make one right, knit 7, make one left, slip marker, knit to end of round.
Slipping markers, knit all stitches.
Knit to marker, slip marker, make one right, knit 9, make one left, slip marker, knit to end of round
Slipping markers, knit all stitches.
Knit to marker, slip marker, make one right, knit 11, make one left, slip marker, knit to end of round.
You should have a total of 47 stitches in your round, including 13 thumb gusset stitches between your markers. If you have a smaller or larger thumb, you can add on more here to make the thumb bigger or smaller. Just continue in the same manner until you have it the desired size.
Slip your markers one more time, knitting all stitches.
Knit to first marker, remove it, place all 13 stitches between your markers onto waste yarn or stitch holders. If you use a tapestry needle this is a lot easier, and I recommend the waste yarn so it can flex and move as you knit the rest of the piece. Cast on one stitch using backwards loop cast on, to make up for the one stitch you used for the thumb gusset. Remove your other stitch marker and knit to the end of round. Be sure to stitch the stitches that come together on each side of the thumb gusset stitches very tightly to keep it from spreading apart.
Knit until piece measures 1 ½ inches from the top of the thumb gusset. (where you put your 13 stitches on waste yarn.) If you want the fingers shorter or longer do so here. Bind off with one size larger needle.

Pick up the 13 gusset stitches and 6 more on the palm for a total of 19 stitches. (one on each side and 4 at the top is how I did it. Do what you think to make it look good and have no holes.) Knit it about 2 ½ inches from where you started your thumb gusset,(meaning the part of the pattern where you set up the thumb gusset) or longer or shorter if you wish. Bind off with one size larger needle.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Scarfs Suck!!

Ok hopefully I am not alone here - scarfs suck!! I have ripped out and started over on this one scarf a hundred times. I just can't get it right. Not that I am messing up, it just doesn't look right. I really am not a big fan of the garter stitch, and I need a scarf that is gonna be warm for my Dad - he works outside. So I started with the seed stitch. Mind you I have to make 2 hats and 2 scarfs AFTER this scarf is finished before Christmas! I got about 2 feet into it and held it up and went "Ugh" I just didn't like it. So I started the garter stitch. "Ugh" again. Now I am on stockinette knitting in the round, and so far its looking okay. Just wish me luck that it turns out okay and I can still get everything done. "Paws Crossed!!"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My First Pattern!! Daddy's Scarf

I am making this scarf for my Daddy to match the Turn A Square Pattern (Although it's a different stitch it's the same color, and I hope to make a matching hat when I am done!!) So here goes!

-Yarn Used For This Pattern-
-Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Stonewash (Light Blue)
-Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn - Dark Denim (Dark Blue)
-Stitch Nation Bamboo Ewe - (Grey)

Size 10 Needles

Cast on 30 stitches.

*k1, p1* repeat ** to end.
For this pattern you are going to knit your purls and purl your knits. I will post a video so you can see this stitch. it is called "Seed Stitch" or "Moss Stitch".

I had a lot of the Hobby Lobby Yarn left so I used it for the majority of the scarf, but wanted to still use the grey to match the hat but didnt have much of it. So heres the lengths of the colors I used -

Stonewash - 4 1/2 inches
Grey - 1 inch
Dark Denim - 4 1/2 inches
Grey - 1 inch
Stonewash - 4 1/2 inches
Grey - 1 inch
Dark Denim - 4 1/2 inches
Grey - 1 inch

Continue in Seed Stitch for the rest of the scarf to your desired length. Make it short and add a button for a female, (I don't like the look of it for a man personally.) Or cast on less to make a thinner width. The width of mine is 7 inches with the 30 stitches cast on. I hope someone comes here and uses it. Please let me know what you think if you make it, and send me pictures I would love to see them. If something is missing please let me know. I will post finished project pictures and videos when I am done! Hope you enjoy and have a nice scarf from my pattern!!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Hope you read this!! For the Dog Sweater Pattern go to Ravelry. You may have to register, but if you plan on knitting more than just that, it's definately worth it. Its the greatest site I have ever seen. it has thousands of patterns, and if I want to make something I go there first and always find it. You can search for anything, and some patterns you have to pay for, but they have just as good free ones, probably better. If you have any questions or need help on anything, add a comment on here, or send me an email at and add a subject so I know its you. I get tons of "crap mail" and have to sort through it once a week. I will try to get back to you quick but I dont check every day, so your probably better to leave a comment and then an email since I am working on this every day at least a little to get it going!! Good luck! Seriously if you need any help ask me I will do my best to help!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

My First Post

It's December 2, 2010. 9:29 pm. I just made my blog and figured I had better add a post. Hopefully one day someone other than me will read this. I am making everyone knitted presents for Christmas. I just learned to knit about 2 months ago, so I am sure everyone expected it! Maybe next year they will get something a little more complicated than a hat! I am also working on my handwarmers. Its really cold when I go to Indiana, and I usually only have to wait outside for a few minutes before they open the door. So handwarmers are a good fix. Tyson wears his sweater, and loves looking handsome, and he knows he does! I hope to be able to make some patterns after the Holidays, when I have lots of free time to work them out, so Hopefully I will have some viewers!! See ya soon - Paws crossed!