Sunday, October 19, 2014

Cables!

                              It's been a while since my last post and so here are a few updates!

     I had my foot surgery which I thought I would breeze right thru, and was so wrong!  The first couple of days were a cinch and I was so encouraged...but after they took out the pain pump and I had to be on my feet at the shop all day...I was miserable!  I think the worse is now behind me and I can actually wear "normal" shoes for a bit each day!  It's amazing how much we rely on our feet!  Thank you for all the well wishes, it helped me so much!
     While I was recouping, I designed the latest in our series of "Simple Scarves".  Last year we started with The Garter Stitch scarf, The Seed Stitch scarf and The Ribbed scarf...so it seams right to add a Cable Scarf.  Each of these patterns are written for both Worsted weight and Bulky weight and have instructions written out for easy knitting.  If you need to make some great Christmas gifts, any one of these would knit up fast!
     I always like to encourage folks to try doing cables, there are so many great patterns using cables and they just aren't that hard!
     Time to get onto the next project...there is never a dull moment!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

New Socks!


     Next week I have to go and have some foot surgery to have a bone removed that is causing me grief.  Needless to say, I have been really "frazzeled" this week and not looking forward to this at all.
     This morning I was at the shop and Jaki walked in to give me a little "feel good" present!  Custom knit socks!  I love love love them so much!
     The best thing to give a fellow knitter is something hand knit!  Yahoo for me!  I have such great friends!  Won't they be impressed when I jump up on the surgery table with these bad boys on!
    Thank you Jaki... you made me so very happy today!   Alison 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fluffy Squares Blanket


     Oh my gosh!  I wish you could feel how soft this yarn is!   We just got it at the shop and of course it's called "fluffy"!! I couldn't decide which color I loved the most so I made up this little pattern using 3 of them.  I think I'll make another one using the blue and green.
     If you have a new little one on the way, this is a fast little knit and everyone will love how soft and cuddly it is!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Zauberball Striped Infinity Scarf


     Many of you know that I am a huge fan of the designer Michelle Hunter.  She has done several "knit-along's" that I have followed and I love her patterns.  You can tell from her patterns that she is a former school teacher because she explains everything so well!  I have had the pleasure of meeting her several times and she is also very ice and fun to chat with!
     Anyway, she has this new pattern out using "Zauberball" which is a sock yarn and I love all the colors.  I really debated this one because I have many favorite colorways of this yarn!
     This was a perfect little project to keep in my purse and just work on when I got stuck at the doctors office and car rides.
     It uses a size 9 needle and so isn't very pretty before it's blocked, but once blocked out .... it's amazing!  You sew the 2 ends together and it drapes so nice!
     This one I will be keeping to wear myself!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Basic Cardigan

     I decided to get started on some Christmas knitting... I know ... but I hate trying to finish projects when its Christmas eve!
     I knit up this wonderful little cardigan using 1 skein of "Marble Chunky" and the "Ragman" pattern from Heirloom Stitches.  It's written for a boy but I just did seed stitch along all the borders to make it more feminine and I love how it turned out!  (It's actually outside drying in the sun so the pic is a bit bright)
     It will drown my little granddaughter right now, but it has to make a stop at the shop and then get wrapped up for Christmas, so will be a perfect fit by then!
     Summer knitting means I might not be rushed for Christmas gifts!  Yahoo!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Friday, July 25, 2014

One Big Triangle


     Many of you are familiar with the "Celia's Blanket" pattern by Cottage Creations.  I have knit it several times using worsted weight yarn and Judy at our shop has knit it using sock yarn with teeny-tiny needles. 
     When we got this new colorway of Encore it occurred to me that rather than making lots of mitered squares, it could also be done knitting only one big square!
     I cast on 240 stitches and because the yarn is self striping, the fewer stitches I had as I decreased down to the point,  the bigger my stripes are! 
     Once I finished, I didn't like my edges and so I taught myself how to do a simple crochet edging from U-Tube! 
     Such a great project to hold my attention and yet not hard to remember the pattern!
     I hope your summer knitting is keeping your attention!
Happy Knitting!   Alison 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Flicker Neck Wrap


     I know it seams kinda crazy because its about 95 degrees outside right now, but I have to stay ahead of the season!
      I have been thinking about what scarf I had wished I had last winter when I couldn't get warm and I decided I really didn't want a long scarf, I wanted something to wrap around my neck!
     This yarn is called "Flicker" and its as light as a cloud!  Its made from baby alpaca with a touch of "bling" which is very popular right now.
     I wrote the pattern starting at the center middle and knit it using increases in the center as well as on both edges.  This way when it got to the size I wanted, I bound off!
     It takes 2 skeins and I made up kits for the shop which include my pattern ... I think my girls are getting them for Christmas!  I just need to get busy!
     Happy Knitting!  Alison