Monday, December 17, 2007


Strickspitze Burda Special 418 #24.

Burda 418 - purchased from an eBay vendor in Germany, (out of print)

  • was on Rnd 169, but frogged back 46 rounds to fix a big boo-boo.

  • Dec 5 - 200 Rnds and crochet edging done, steel crochet hook sz 12, ~ 34" unblocked.

  • Dec 15 - blocked. Changes include adding width, reducing width, as well as lengthening along the diagonals to minimize binding.

Friday, November 09, 2007

"Orchidee" OTN

- started this H. Niebling, [edit: Niebling-like,] pattern earlier this week
-from Burda E418 (out of print,) pattern 24, 'Viereckdecke, (square doily,) "Orchidee" '
-Lily Daisy sz 20 white cotton thread
-Knitpicks 32" 2.5mm Classic circular
-my own stitch markers
This center is very similar to, if not the same as his Lyra pattern, (also oop and one that I would love to make but the pattern costs too much - up to US$71 on eBay.)
In the magazine's photo I noticed binding along the diagonals leading to the corners - trying to 'fit a round peg in a square hole?' (will try to alter the pattern and/or switch to larger circulars.)

After 2 lace projects since Mother's Day 2004, my Addi lace circular now has a dull spot. I don't know if Brasso will shine it up or not.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

4-at-once ...

... not for me. This is taking me too long, I'm on day 10.
Time to plan something lacy, again. Per;haps an heirloom design.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hmmm ... make that 2 pairs/4 socks at a time.
- Karilou's Ravelry/Flickr claim that it's fast .
These socks;
- CO 76 sts
-2 circular needles, one Knitpicks Classic Circ and the other an Inox, both 2.0 mm 32"
- no pattern
- 16 rows of 2x2 ribbing
currently on row 24 of stockinette st

29 hybrid
30 orc king

Thursday, October 25, 2007

OTN - started a pair of socks with this yarn, Mega Boots Stretch.

Looks like woolly sock weather's afoot ...

... yesterday we had a high temp of 23C which lasted a couple of hours, however, that changed quickly. At bedtime it was snowing, summer and winter on the same day! - photos taken this morning, 9:47 am MDT.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mermaid socks

- from Lucy Neatby's book, Cool Socks, Warm Feet.
- 2x2 ribbing
- Mary Sherman Lycan's SRH replaces the garter stitch heel
- Hipknitism

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Forgot one ... & finished one

The River Rapids Socks
Specs' ...
- 2-at-once Magic Lo
op method
- 2.0mm Knitpicks Classic Circulars
- Gauge: 10 sts
- one repeat added for a total of 9 rpts over 72 sts
- heel changed to a no-wrap eye of partridge short row heel, (SRH),
over 36 sts + 2 sts that were inc on the row just before starting the heel and subsequently decreased after the heel was done
NB: next time I must remember to 1. start the eye of partridge st ~1/2" before the start of the SRH so the sock will hug the back/top of the heel and 2. do the 2-st dec later for a roomier instep.)

Saturday, September 22, 2007

At it again ...

-mostly new, some revamped

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Peacock feathers shawl update

- a Faroese version of Dorothy Siemens' Peacock Feathers Shawl, (unblocked)
- Milward sz 11 steel crochet hook for the edging
- 2 or 3 sts crocheted together with ch5 or ch 9 inbetween

- next time will fill in the solid areas with eyelets for a more feathery look

Friday, September 07, 2007

Currently OTN

I've adapted Dorothy Siemens' triangular Peacock Feathers Shawl pattern into a Faroese style with a back panel and shoulder shaping found in Myrna Stahman's Shawls and Scarves.
The yarn is Jagger Spun Superlamb, (merino wool,) and the needles are 3mm Addi lace circulars.
Some of the smaller beaded stitch markers catch on the yarn overs so I made new stitch markers with larger beads.

NB: if I gently pull down the fabric below a smaller stitch marker that has gone through to the wrong side then it usually pops back to the right side.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

GAL done

GAL mystery shawl finished and blocked yesterday
- size is 50" square.
Galveston Mystery Shawl KAL

Galveston Shawl (PDF)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

A charity WIP

August 25, 2007

- 14 needleworkers made 60+ knitted squares and are crocheting them together for a charity auction later this year.

... and my progress on the Galveston Mystery Shawl - up to the last side of the edging.

Galveston Mystery Shawl KAL

Galveston Shawl (PDF)

Friday, July 27, 2007

This row counter is easier to use than the one I made with tiger tail

- a close up
- and TURTLEGIRL76's tutorial here

Thursday, July 19, 2007

...first row counters and the garden ...

I've seen many row counters on the internet that I really like so I decided to make my own.
Today, I went to the local bead store and found some cool stuff including this glass knight chesspiece and made an adjustable row counter. This one can keep track of a 6-row pattern repeat. It's a series of 3, figure-8 tiger tail shapes with beads and a crimp in the middle. The uppermost figure-8 joins the one below it with a barrell clasp and the second & third figure-8's are linked permanently to each other. By unscrewing the clasp I can remove the upper section and shorten the counter to a 4-row counter.
The tiger tail is light and very flexible, time will tell if the crimps will hold or not.

Next, I think I'll try some sort of abacus-type row counter that'll keep track of 100+ rows.

Here the needle is in the 3rd loop, the would-be row 3 of 6.
(The bamboo knitting needle is a 4.25mm single point needle.)

The garden looks half decent now, but won't for long as
1. I'm the only one who looks after it and
2. I just injured my back*, sacroilia (SI) joint earlier today, lifting a flat of bottled water, 'OU...CH.' (* hip/pelvis joint)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

BLING .. okay, time to STOP

- glass beads, lustre glass, and polished garnet chips, heavier than the shell and coin stitch markers.

I like the two sides of 'mother of pearl', you choose whichever side shows up best against the yarn you're working with, and I like tiger tail for it's flexibility.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Okay, I got carried away making these, but they were a lot of fun to make - fast and inexpensive.