Posts Tagged ‘yarn’


Spring for Babies KAL/CAL

February 21, 2009

I’ve decided to go ahead and start our first KAL/CAL to benefit Babies. Baby knits are fast and easy and suitable for all experience levels.

Considering the numerous charities throughout the world, I will leave the choice of charity up to you. I am a firm believer in Charity at Home and will accept knits for neighbors, etc to be included in this KAL/CAL.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, letting me know your intent to participate and post your FOs in the new DTP Flickr Group. The Flickr Group is by invitation only, so you will be prompted to request invitation which I will approve ASAP.

So, to get things rolling, here are a few suggested patterns:

Saartje’s Booties

Norwegian Sweet Baby Cap

Pinwheel Baby Blanket

Curly Purly Soakers

Berry Baby Hat

Better than Booties

Blue Booties

Preemie Hats

Hooded Baby Blanket

As for prizes, I have one prize reserved but am seeking donations from vendors and artisans… prize details to follow soon…

ETA: It’s been decided, the KAL/CAL will end and the drawing will be held on May Day – May 1, 2009. I am actively seeking prize donations, so stay tuned for details.


Early Release This Week…

February 12, 2009

… Why?

Because we’re having a PRIZE DRAWING!!!

Maevie has won the door prize and doesn’t even know! hehehe

You can win the next prize – and it’s easy to enter – all you have to do is go to iTunes and leave a comment about the Podcast!  

But hurry – this is a short contest – I will assign each comment a number and then randomly select a winner at Midnight PST (9am Rome) on Sunday Feb 15th. (click here for a time converter)

So, what’s up for grabs?

Winner’s Choice of one of the following Surprise Theme Packages:

  • Socks
  • Lace
  • Spin
  • Mitts

So you actually read down this far?  GO!  Leave a comment!   ;)


ETA – Due to the ‘distance’ issue and my wanting to get prizes out ASAP, I have decided to go through a third party to send the prizes out – will keep the winners posted ;)



December 23, 2008

I completely forgot to post pictures here!  So sorry!  I promised pictures of the fabby swap package sent by Fibers and pictures of my plied yarn.  I also have a few FOs to add to the mix.  Warning! Picture heavy post!

Let’s start with the first part of the BMA1AWYL MYB Swap sent by Fibers:


BMA1AWYLMYB Swap, before

BMA1AWYLMYB Swap, before




Here is the best pic I could get of the pretty spindle sent!:


Pretty Spindle

Pretty Spindle





The second part of the swap required that we knit a neck-warmer of sorts with the yarn used in the MYB.  I am still working on FIbers’ neck-warmer but she sent mine back along with some goodies, I received it all today!


Sent Back Goodies

Sent Back Goodies


Sent Back Scarf

Sent Back Scarf

I love everything you sent Fibers, the scarf and all the extras!  Thank you! ((H))


Now I had mentioned the BFL dyed by Amy from Spunky Eclectic.  I had spun not-at-all-perfect-singles and Andean Plied the bobbin on the wheel.  I love the results and plan to make myself something special with this:




Now, I know the picture is not great, I will try to get a better shot in the light sometime next week.

As for FOs, I finished DH hat and mitts, again, not great shots but I will take new shots with him modeling once he receives his gifts on Christmas.


Dashing for DH, modeled by DS1

Dashing for DH, modeled by DS1

Lush Hat for DH, modeled by DD

Lush Hat for DH, modeled by DD


I am that much closer to finishing my Holiday knits! The Kenobi will be saved for March, our Anniversary; so I have a pair of mitts and then you can stick a fork in me!


Break a Bowl – Free Pattern

March 10, 2008

 One of the greatest things about knitting is creating functional pieces.  Bags, trays, bowls, blankets, slippers – whatever.  I have made and gifted several bowls over the past few years, finally making one for myself.  I have had a few people ask how to make a bowl, which is really quite easy.  Here is a link to a PDF e-book titled Break a Bowl.


A Knitter’s Library

February 26, 2008

In light of recent posts, I’ve decided to recommend knitting books.  Some of the books I might actually own, some I have fondled in BookStores or Libraries and others I am simply coveting from a distance.

The first featured book is actually two selections, a book and a pamphlet which I feel no Knitter should be without.

The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns and The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements both by Ann Budd.

Each of these offer practical information regarding the crucial elements of gauge in your projects. The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns provides you with a basic template for common knitted pieces such as hats, tams, mittens, gloves, sweaters, vests and socks. While The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Yarn Requirements provides basic yarn yardage requirements for the same items. Each of these publications offer instructions and information for various sizes and gauges. Again, these are musts for any Knitter, Beginner to Experienced.


Yarn Selection is Just as Important as Gauge

February 26, 2008

Just a few posts ago, I had mentioned my struggles in blocking the Flower Basket Shawl.  The issue definitely was not gauge – this was shawl after all.  The issue was the yarn I had selected.  It contained polyamide, which technically, is a compound structure similar to protein.  Silk is a natural polyamide, while Nylon is a synthetic polyamide.  Can we guess which type of polyamide my yarn selection contained?  Yup, the Nylon.  While I was able to block the shawl, it was not as simple as it should have been.  Lesson learned – don’t use yarn with synthetic polyamide for a shawl.  I won’t make that mistake again. (smug)

Oh but we must learn the hard way before a lesson is truly learned, right?  At least, I must.

This month, my favorite organized swap, Monthly Adventures, featured a theme titled ‘Tops and Pots’.  The idea is to knit a head covering (hat, band, etc) and send a recipe for a one-pot meal to your swap partner.  Easy-peasy, right?  I decided to knit the Calorimetry, as the weather is easing up and my swap partner is not fond of hats.  My first thought, after seeing a picture of my swap partner, was that her hair is so fine and a bulky knit would be too much yarn on top of her head.  I decided that a Calorimetry knit in lace or light fingering weight would be more suitable.  I did the math, OUCH!  I would have to nearly double the cast on stitches and do additional math to obtain the correct results.  Since my soon-to-be-three-year-old was pounding a plastic toy against the tile floor of our highly acoustic house as I attempted the math, I decided it was best to use the suggested yarn.  And, since my stash is well-stocked and I really can not justify to WMH why I should go and purchase more yarn, I decided to make a substitute.

Well, little ole me started feeling ‘o-so-smug as I selected a yarn from my stash that had the same WPI as the suggested yarn.  I knit a swatch, obtaining the same gauge as well.  Feeling extra smug now.  I CO and began the Calorimetry, which is a relatively quick knit.  In a few hours I was nearly finished and inspected my work.  Wow, this thing looked like a feminine pad for an elephant, I am not even kidding.  I would show you pictures but I was so horrified that I frogged the thing immediately.  Trust me, your mental health and suffering has been spared by lack of photos.

What was the dealy-o?  I mean, I did everything right, right?  Why was this happening to me?  Wha, wha, wha (the sounds of violins in the background)

Well, lets examine the yarn itself: 


This is the yarn I used    


and these are two strands of the yarn   

If you consider that the end is curling back in the top strand, then you would realize that the two pieces, which are the same length, are almost exactly the same length when one is stretched and the other relaxed.  There isn’t much ‘give’ to this yarn.  But, how is it that the WPI and the gauge are the same as the suggested yarn?  Well, WPI is WPI… you can’t change that fact.  If I get 8 WPI, then I have 8 WPI, unless I want to squeeze another wrap in there.  Gauge however, well that gauge is a tricky thing.

You can knit a piece that is 4″ x 4″ and it will look, feel, stretch in just the way you expect it to, as in this case.  But, if you knit a piece that is 22″ x 22″, you may get very different results.  Why?  The added stitches will weigh the fabric, particularly if it is a dense fiber, and you may find that you knit differently when you are knitting a larger piece such as a sweater or afghan than when you knit a smaller piece such as mittens or scarves.  In my case, the yarn I chose to substitute, while it was 8 WPI and I did obtain the same gauge of 20 sts x 22 rows in a 4″x4″ swatch, seemed to g-r-o-w as I added the stitches necessary for CO.  The fiber itself is very dense, resulting in very little stretch in a larger piece, making a heavy fabric.

What to do now?

Well, I went with my original idea.  I mean, if I was willing to spend my precious time knitting a piece I was only going to frog later, then I can spend 5 minutes to do some math, even with noisy toddler in the background.  Using lace weight yarn, I figured I would have to CO 210 sts and the results are working out great:


I have one gripe about the pattern, it does come out a bit wide for an average person’s head.   Of course, if I just do a bit more math, the problem is solved.  If I make this again, I will definitely shorten the width.

I am nearly finished, then off to the Post to send out to my swap partner… :) 


Just Knitting?

February 21, 2008


When I started this blog, it was with the intention to keep my rants, observations, experiences, coveting and such limited to knitting.  Recently I realized that this little blog is severely neglected, I post occasionally or in spurts.  I have a ton of knitterly ideas for this blog, many of which will never reach you since I am currently limited to this WordPress account.

Yeah, the pocketbook is tight right now… but you wouldn’t know that would you?

Another realization, I do not discuss myself, my life, here.  While I truly love knitting, I spend only a fraction of my time doing so.  So, I have decided to open the doors a bit and let you all inside my nutty little world.  I have never participated a Meme before.  I know what they are, I find them interesting but I myself have never filled one out before.  There seems to be 100’s of ‘templates’ out there, some of them literally have ‘100 things about me’.  I don’t think I could possibly find 100 things to write about myself but how about we start out with 20-ish? 

  • I have 3 children, and one on the way – that’s why the pursestrings are tight ;)
  • I am married to WMH (Well Meaning Husband) whom I love dearly
  • We currently live in Italy due to WMH job
  • I love good tea and enjoy good coffee 
  • Cooking and especially baking are very comforting to me
  • I love food, there isn’t much I won’t try
  • Chocolate is a Food Group… White Chocolate is not
  • Alpaca and blends are my preferred fiber
  • Bamboo Needles are essential for me 
  • I am a native RI gal
  • Prefer warmer, non-humid climates
  • I like fast cars
  • I miss fast cars :(
  • I have 4 sisters and 4 brothers
  • I am a home-body…yet…
  • I love to travel
  • I am not as active as I should be but…
  • …my Doc says I am the picture of good health ….
  •  …I know it will catch up with me one day, very soon
  • I love order and organization but….
  • …I have a hard time maintaining

There, a little insight of me.  I think I will begin posting other subject matter in addition to knitting.  It may keep me posting on a mo’ regular basis.  Any objections or comments?  You can PM me or leave your thoughts below.