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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Lifeline Scarf

     As you can well imagine I collect a lot of patterns!  My file just keeps growing with all the wonderful projects people share with me or I find as I wander thru Ravelry!
     This is one I have had for quite a while but could never decide which yarn I wanted to make it with.  It's a free pattern on Ravelry and it's called "Lifeline Scarf".
     As you can tell from the bottom picture, it is about 5 feet long and is as big as the counter at the shop!  You start at one end and increase until you have 140 stitches and then decrease down to mirror the first side. 
     I used Koigu for my contrast color and Dream In Color Sock yarn for my main color.  It really is a simple project but I was really glad to get it off the needles!
     I love how it turned out but won't be wearing it until this winter ... so stop by the shop and you can try it on!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

Monday, June 30, 2014

Special Visitor!

     Today at the shop I received a phone call asking if I had a few minutes to visit with a young business woman from Haiti.  Her name is Michara Charles Berry and she is only one of two young woman chosen from her country to come to the United Sates and visit other women who own their own businesses! 
     She crochets the most beautiful small bags and is teaching other young women from her city how to make them so they can sell them to support their families.
     We spoke thru her interpreter and she had tears running down her face when she touched all our beautiful yarns. She had the most stunning and beautiful complexion and eyes I have ever seen!
     What fun it was watching her, her visit gave me a smile that lasted all day!
Happy Knitting!   Alison  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Intrepid Tulips

     We recently got a shipment of this beautiful yarn called "Intrepid Tulips" and I could not wait to knit with it!  I searched several patterns that would work but none of them were exactly what I had in mind ... so I came home and made up my own!
     I started in the center of the back with the yarn doubled and when it got to the size I wanted, I went down to a single strand and did the lattice work and ruffle.  I only used a single skein and it fits over my shoulders just how I wanted!
     This company is local here in Salt Lake which I love and her color combinations are wonderful!  Sometimes that's he hardest part for me because I love them all!
     I would love to share my pattern with you ... stop by and I'll hook you up!
Happy Knitting!   Alison

P.S.   on a personal note ... a big "Hello" to Mary Bunch who always sends me the sweetest e-mails
and makes me smile!  She was a cherished friend of my Mom's and has always been so supportive and encouraging to me ... so to Mary...Thank you!