Saturday, August 23, 2008

My Boy Winds Yarn!

That's right, my boy winds yarn. And lately he's taken to watching me knit. I might have to try teaching him again soon.

I made him a simple little washcloth out of that yarn. He loves it. He also wouldn't leave me alone while I was knitting it, and he would insist on holding the yarn and pulling it out of the skein for me while I was working on it.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Monorail Kitty!

Monorail Cat

Now with headlights!

Monorail Cat - with headlights!

More Dishtowels and Washcloths

Well, the title really says it all. I'm still having fun with the basket rib pattern, and I sort of invented a pattern of my own too. Unfortunately the washcloths are so variegated that you can't really see my pattern very well, but I mainly invented it so I could get to the end faster than garter stitch. ;^)

But first, the dishtowels:



The green was from a recycled cotton sweater, and the brown was elann Sonata (mercerized cotton).

And here are the washcloths. One of them is in the basket rib stitch, and the other is my own invention.

CO 30 stitches in long tail cast-on (baby washcloth size).
Knit back and forth for three rows.
Rows 1 & 4: *K2, P2* across, end K2.
Rows 2 & 3: *P2, K2* across, end P2.
Rows 5-8: K across.

Work rows 1-8 to total 5 pattern repeats. Then repeat rows 1-7. Bind off in knit stitch.

Here's the pic of both:


My Pattern (it's reversible):


Basket Rib:


Warm Ankles

I know I've told you all before, but man do I hate having cold ankles. Well, not all of the time. But when they're being quirky even my knees will hurt unless I manage to keep my ankles warm and snug.

I made myself some yoga socks in sock yarn ages ago, and finally realized that I had just enough of my own shetland/angora handspun to make a second pair. (And they are wonderful. Very soft, and warm without being too warm).





You know the pattern - Yoga Socks from Just Jussi. I altered them from all-over ribbing to be mostly stockinette.