An Idea for a Website

or maybe a book.

I want a lace pattern website/book that lists the lace stitch patterns by stitch repeat count. Or maybe even for non-lace stitch patterns.

Are there such books? My stitch pattern books don’t organize things that way – it’s by type of stitch, or perhaps by difficulty of said stitch patterns.

Why do I want this? Well, I want to make a Pi Shawl, and instead of just doing stockinette stitch, I thought it might be nice to add some simple lace patterns to the various rounds, but to do that, I need pattern repeats that fit in the various stitch counts of the Pi Shawl sections. Most Pi Shawl variations I’ve seen online are way, WAY too complicated for me to do without too much fuss and concentration.

So, I think I may decide to create a website like that, or, at least, a spreadsheet for myself. After I figure out what (if any) lace patterns I’ll use on my Pi Shawl.

Time to go dig out my stitch encyclopedia books.

P.S. Found, totally “by accident”, a site that does exactly what I was wishing for. Knitting Fool has a stitch count listing of all kinds of stitch patterns, not just lace. I’m going to be spending a lot of time happily rummaging around in their lists.

 

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Rethinking My Pattern

I’m rethinking my easy mop head pattern after I read a comment from the one person who tried it on revelry. Since it is downloaded rather frequently, yet there are no comments or other projects about it there, I’m thinking that most people who have downloaded it either haven’t really tried it or haven’t felt strongly about it enough to post about it.

Fine. I understand that. But the one person who did post about it ended up frogging it and made a comment or two that made me think that I should get test knitters for all my patterns, not just the ones I want to sell. Of course, I posted this one a long time ago, having made several for my own mop  and they turned out ok. But I’m going to figure out gauge on it, and yardage so that people will have a better idea of what to expect when giving it a try.

I spent some time today googling Swiffer mop head patterns … mine is one of the more basic ones, but since it is based on Grandma’s Favorite Dish Cloth, it should be one that could be used a lot, if I just figure out what I need to change in the pattern.

Since I’ll be flying out to CA for a brief weekend visit in two weeks to see my mom and sister, I’ll have plenty of time to work up the three mop head trials that I think I’ll need to make myself feel better about this pattern.

I also want to start a Pi shawl on the way too. So I can see a lot of cotton yarn going to CA and back with me in my carry-on.

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A New Milestone

Check it out:

Knitted dish cloth with a hole in it

The Worn Out Dish Cloth

I DID IT!!!

I used my dishcloth, finished in March 2013, until it wore out!!!

The only thing I’ve ever knitted that was used enough to wear out is what I call my Eight-Year Sweater (it took me 8 years to finish it because I would knit on it for a while, toss it into a drawer and wait 6 months or more to get it out again), which reminds me I need to darn those elbows …

Anyway, it looks like time to make some new dishcloths.

 

 

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I FELTED!!!

I know. I know. There are a few things I said I’d never do when I started knitting again: a baby blanket, a Christmas stocking, felt anything, and Fair Isle.

Another one bites the dust.

I joined the Red Hat Society on May 1st of this year. According to the website (in March), they sent new members their “first red hat”. However, between March and May, they adjusted the membership kit and no longer send a hat. I can totally understand why, but I was left in a lurch – I don’t own a red hat, and having hit all the Goodwill stores in my area, could only find a purple hat (which Red Hatters wear on their birthday).

Fortunately, my good friend and co-knitter loves to felt. She felts pretty much everything she can.  During the month of April, as I prepared to become a Red Hatter, she felted a crocheted hat that was simply so cute I could hardly stand it. So, when I realized that I would have to make my own red hat, I did a google search, found a free pattern that looked like something that I would wear, and got the yarn.

I used Cascade 220 and Lion Brand Romance yarns, in red and purple, of course. I doubled the Cascade to try to get gauge, but couldn’t quite make it, so I adjusted the stitch count in the pattern to make sure I made the hat big enough. I was worried that it would felt too small and I’d end up making a red hat for my American Girl dolls!

Tuesday, I visited my friend and we felted my hat. It took about an hour in her top-loading washer, and we had a blast, laughing ourselves silly at our wet hair and water running down our backs as we both tried it on every few minutes to make sure it fit. I then took it home, put a cereal bowl over an upside-down vase and waited until it dried. And this morning, it was dry!

Felted Red Hat with purple eyelash band

My first Red Hat

(I’m so happy!)

P.S. I’m going to make another one for my friend, who is going to join the Red Hat Society with me.

P.P.S. All I have to do now is find some purple clothes.

P.P.P.S. Knitting with eyelash yarn is a pain in the neck, but it turns out so lovely.

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I made a Kitty!

A month has gone by since I posted about, well, anything. At the yarn tasting, I bought a ball of the softest, plushiest yarn by Cascade Yarns to make a baby toy for my grandson. Well, what with having the cold-from-you-know-where hit my family one at a time, myself being the last to catch it, and trying to declutter various parts of my house, I haven’t been posting. But I have been knitting.

I found a cute pattern on their website for a stuffed cat (see it here with all the other patterns for this yarn) and decided to make the yarn into that. And, here it is!

Pluscious cat 01

 

Cat 02

He’s not exactly like the pattern – I changed it to be knit in the round (I hate seaming!) and made the arms a little fatter to match the pudgy little legs. I love the little snap-in eyes. All in all, I’m pretty happy with him.

Now, all I have to do is pop him into an envelope and mail him to my grandson. Shhh! Don’t tell him! I want it to be a surprise!

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Yarn Tasting

Last Thursday, a new local yarn store in my area had a “yarn tasting”. It had been postponed until now because it was originally scheduled during the amazingly often snowstorms of the last few months. Cascade Yarns sent a representative, and had samples of their yarns for us to try out with sample items (small) knitted up so we could see what they would feel like all knitted up.

Here are some pictures of me and my friend at the event.

Beautiful table of Yarns to try

Beautiful table of Yarns to try

My friend and I "toasting" the yarns!

My friend and I “toasting” the yarns!

The cool thing is that we each won a door prize – she chose a fair isle hat kit and I got what turned out to be sock yarn and a sock pattern. I also bought some yarn to make my youngest’s anemone hat and some really nice plush yarn to make my grandson a little teddy bear thing. I probably won’t make the socks, but I might find a one-skein shawl pattern (or run back for some more in that color).

All in all, a fun idea. I wish more stores had these kind of promotions. It was nice to be able to sample yarns before buying them.

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Updating My Patterns Page

Just a quick note to announce that I changed my pattern page links. I added the two patterns that I have here to my ravelry account. I added the American Girl Doll slippers pattern that I have on my ravelry account to my patterns page here. So, now you can download all three of my patterns from ravelry.

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