Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Firefly

I couldn't write about it, until after I gave it away....

About a month ago, I started knitting a shawl based on what I thought was a lace pattern from a magazine. It's a common thing for me; see a pattern, picture the lace chart, then start knitting. This time, I was horribly wrong. But it turned out cool!

I present the mistake that I call Firefly.

The yarn is a 50/50 mix of wool and silk in a great crimson color. I beaded the end with black beads. It turned out a lot better than I thought.

Currently, there are three test-knitters testing the pattern for me, then I'm going to offer it for sale. It will be my first effort at writing my own pattern, which means...I'll be a bona fide designer!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Camp Washcloth

While unpacking at the campsite during our last vacation, I realized that we had forgotten a washcloth for doing the dishes! So, while my husband was fishing off the back of the canoe, I knitted a washcloth in the front.

Materials: Size 3 needles – I actually used two dpn's as they were the only ones I had with me.
Yarn: Sample of Color Changing cotton by Wolle's Yarn Creations
Gauge: Um, not really an issue with this pattern. A larger needle/yarn would only yield a larger washcloth or a more dense washcloth.

CO 2 sts
Pattern Row: K1, yo, k to end
Repeat pattern row until there are 33 stitches on the needle.

Knit stockinette stitch for 6 rows
knit Garter stitch for 6 rows
Repeat 3 times, ending with stockinette rows

To decrease:
On Right Side: ssk, knit to end
On Wrong Side: K2 tog, knit to end
Repeat these two rows until two stitches remain, then bo 2 sts and weave in ends.