Thursday, January 15, 2015

Using kitchener stitch

I have decided to try using the kitchener stitch to seam shoulders.  On this baby sweater it has seemed to work very well.  There is no seam on the inside and it looks like a continuous piece of knitting.
Shoulder seam done with Kitchener stitch
There was also a hood and I joined the seam using Kitchener stitch. This is how it turned out you can not really see where I joined the stitches of the row.  This hood was added to the neckline and worked back and forth on a circular needle. When I reached the desired length I equally divided the stitches on the needle and pulled the stitches up to the ends of the needle and worked the Kitchener stitch to join.
 


 
 


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

New posts for a New Year

I have decided to start posting knitting ideas that I have learned over the years.

I had decided because I had become a little strained with seeing so many negative posts on facebook that I would join knitting groups so my newsfeed would include beautiful pictures of other knitters completed projects.  This idea has proved successful.  I have viewed beautiful items from all over the world and have started conversations from knitters on other continents.  I have found that I have made many comments on posts asking questions or wanting advice.  So why no start posting them here as well?

Today I saw a question on using row counters.  I use them constantly helps you to keep your place in your work.  They also can be used to make sure socks are the same length.  I have found them very useful in making sure the arms on my sweaters are the same length.  I keep track of the rows in the body of the sweater once I have reached the length I want for the first piece then I don't have to worry about one being longer than the other.    If I know that I am going to make a pattern again such as hats for children or myself I make a note of how many rows before the decrease so I don't have to keep measuring each time I remake the project.

I also use an app Knit Companion to keep track of my patterns and notes.


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas is almost here!

Christmas is almost here!  This time of the year brings back so many memories......
Hugh Christmas trees that came home on Thanksgiving weekend.  So tall they had to be carried in and out several times to get the right height.  Every piece of furniture had to moved around to make sure it could fit in front of the living room windows.  Hearing my mother's statement of "Well, Paul" several times on that evening. Watching my father getting more and more frustrated with the lights, figuring out which bulb had blown and him making sure the bubble lights were lined up correctly on the tree so we could see them.  Waiting for Santa Claus and making sure my father still thought I believed.  Then my parents going Christmas shopping, but they couldn't go too early because my father would have to give us at least one present before the big day.....well actually it would be a present to enjoy and something new to wear to the family Christmas party.

The food that was prepared in that old country kitchen....my father's ham, Aunt Matt's pecan pies, my mother's chocolate pies and lemon pies with meringe topping toasted a golden brown, the several kinds of dressing (ham and oyster)......But mostly everyone being together and being happy.  Just enjoying each other.....

Then the family Christmas party.....Grandma and Aunt Mildred's homebaked cookies, Uncle Don's ham, my father's baked beans, my mother's banana pudding, Aunt Geraldine's fruit cake, There again everyone just being together.  Every child knowing they were going home with presents.   Grandma's gently presence that brought everyone together.....Sometimes I miss her so much.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Hats for Grandsons


These are the hats that I knitted for my grandsons for Christmas.  I incorporated a pattern for a Sock Monkey hat by Nicole Montgomery, a dinosaur design that can be found at www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/dinosaur-chart , and a minecraft  chart www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/minecraft-inspired-hat  I also found the skull pattern and the large minecraft online.  I am looking forward to seeing their faces when they open their presents on Christmas Eve.  These hats were knitted in the round on two size four circular needles.  I used Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
          
           


Monday, November 10, 2014

Safe Harbor Gone

Sometimes it is difficult to walk away from what was once a safe harbor.  If you have become accustomed in knowing that this was a place you could go and feel welcome and safe.  Suddenly, due to changes in life it no longer is a safe harbor, a place to go and feel at home.  There are times when it is best to walk away. 

This is a hard lesson at times.  One that I should have become accustomed to over the years, but it doesn't make it any less bothersome. 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Voices

You every notice how hearing a voice from long ago takes you back?  I just got off the phone with one of favorite cousins.  Suddenly, the sounds of yesteryear are there.  We spoke of how much he thought of my dad.  Just the voice brings comfort, warm feelings.  Good memories..........

Monday, August 25, 2014

Baby set work in progress

 This is a small baby set that I am working on.  I have started the hat and still have the booties to make to go along with it.  Since it is a newborn size I will probably use the stitch pattern to design a pair of baby mitts to go with.

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