Saturday, December 29, 2007

Go me

I made a sheet! Not pefect but it does fit. I am working on a knitted bag but that is not new. Christmas was lovely. I got a palm centro. It is very cute! I also made some pillows (not stuffed yet) Next I have to get her comforter and make her some curtain toppers I will look up the pattern for that. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

this what I have so far

These are my attemps at the neck warmer thingys I posted about yesterday. the one on the right I made last night and the one on the left i was making a baby genius scarf and i became bored. have not touched this in a long time. A light came on last night. The neck warmer is like a short scarf. I had just the thing. The blue one (the one on the left) looks more like the one on crafster. I need to make the beige one longer. I don't have any buttons and it is christmas time so I will not be buying any. I have some eyehooks at home i will be using them.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What do you think about this

The author says it is a rectangle. I am thinking of chaining 23 (the first three should be the 1st st) and crochet til my desired length. The stitch looks like dc. The yarn looks like wool ease thick and quick. So I am going to give it a try. AC Moore is having a sale tomorrow with a 50% off coupon so if Wool ease thick and Quick is not on sale I can have it for $3! Oh yeah size N hook.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Machine Knit Kaiju

I made the smallest one. I cannot fit it myself. So I am making the largest size and i think it i will be too big. They knit up fast. I made the first one to see if I could make it. Now I have a belt to fit a waist os 22"-24". Who has a waist that size? it fits the baby.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Guess what I had the other day

A strawberry eggnog milkshake! I asked my baby did she want a regular or chocolate eggnog milkshake. Those are the ones I know they made. She said I want a strawberry egnog milkshake I was like I don't think they make those. But they did. It was good too! When it is watermelon milkshake time I will request a strawberry watermelon one!

Machine Knit Kaiju in the making

My yarn is not fancy just simple cotton/acrylic but it is cute. I made my swatch last night. I have a question though. Do I or don't I stretch it to measure it? Half is 1x1 rib and the other half is 2x2 rib. Once i get my measurments I am good to go! The pattern is fairly simple i do have another question about rehanging the side of the center pieces I am not sure what I am suppoed to be doing I am not sure if I rehang the entire side or just the purl stiches or what? That part is going to be totally trial and error. It takes a while to translate a handknit pattern to machine knit but no time to make it on the machine. My plan is to make christmas gifts. Realy not sure how to size it though just make them to fit me and if they don't fit I wll take them back! (Nah)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

So Sad

I worked on this bag for like three days and i did it wrong. I was almost done with the center petal when i realized i was not doing the outer two petals. Now yesterday I was cussing I am better today. I have not picked up a needle or a hook since Sunday (that is when i noticed it) so I figure I am still a little bitter. I was supposed to be another madie this is the chart from the Damask pattern from Berrocco. I will make it just not right now.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Almost Finished

Ok so I have bound off. See I added the cutes little pin (thrift store find $.80). I am going to take down the red and black bag i posted about earlier. I do not lke the bottom of the bag. I am going to do my bottom like Ranea does. I like how seamless her base and body are. I think that will look much better with this type of patterned bag. I want a tote bag in this jazzy chic pattern and i beleive this will do it. But you know what my left thumb is hurting. How is my left thumb hurting i don't really use it like my right. Like I was telling raena it time to take a break. Sad. Why now? I have this hot bag idea in mind. Maybe do it a little at a time? Nah I should not push it. Just take this time to line some bags. And my sewing machine should be fixed soon. Then I can be a bit quicker on lining my bags! On a sad note my cream wrap is more yellow than the cream in my bag so they do not match. Boo Hoo. But i do have a black wrap but it needs a lot of tlc to get all the lint off.

Monday, November 19, 2007

New Madie

This is Madie number three. I needed a Jazzy chic (my name for the faux houndstooth pattern) Buttonhole bag for the pattern book so here she is. I would put my freak'em girl pattern in the book but it is a buttonhole bag. I amazed at how I am creating bags for the pattern book as I go. That really was not the plan. Maybe it should be called the Madie Book! this one will not have handles. I have not lined the last bag and I am not looking forward to line those handles holes. So I am saving myself the trouble on this one.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

New bag

It is not lined i just finshed it yesterday. I made a boo boo but managed to to do enough correct rows on top and bottom to make it look like a design element. I am going to sew or crochet some sturdy rope to the handles to keep it from stretching. Because with my shopper i am wearing that handle out. I don't really want o put this patternin my e book because I made a mistake. I have a cream and black planned that one I may go in the ebook.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Since I am posting patterns



ttd Creations

Using two strands of the yarn held together, CO 3st.
Repeat these two rows until you have 30sts
Knit 20 garter ridges (40 rows)
Next row SSK, knit to the last 2 sts, K2tog
Next Row Knit
Next row SSK, knit to the last 2 sts, K2tog
Repeat these two rows until 3sts remain
Bind off 3 sts. The strip forms the bottom of the bag.

Starting at the center cast on edge pick up and knit all sts ending at the center bound off edge. Place marker. Starting at the center bond off edge (where you left off) Pick up and knit all sts ending at the center cast on edge (where you began) place a different color or type marker so that you are able to tell that this is the start of the round. Make sure you have picked up the same number of sts on both sides.

Knit until the bag is the desired length.

Handles: Next round Moss stitch x sts BO x sts, Moss stitch x sts SL marker Moss stitch x sts BO x sts, Moss stitch x sts.
Next round Moss stitch x sts CO (using the ‘backward loop’ or thumb method of casting on) x sts, Moss stitch x sts SL marker Moss stitch x sts CO x sts, Moss stitch x sts.

Knit 3 more rounds in moss stitch. Bind off all sts.

Line as you desire.

Madie Details

Materials: Wool two skeins (or what ever you like)

Needles: Size 15 circular



KFB: Knit into the front and back of the stitch, resulting in an increase of one stitch.
SSK: Slip 1 st purlwise, slip 1 st purlwise, then insert left needle into front of these two sts and k2tog.
Using two strands of the yarn held together, CO 3st.
KFB, K1, KFB (5sts)
Knit til piece is 10”
SSK knit to the last 2 sts K2tog (3sts)
Bind off 3 sts. The strip forms the bottom of the bag.

Starting at the center cast on edge pick up and knit all sts ending at the center bound off edge. Place marker. Starting at the center bond off edge (where you left off) Pick up and knit all sts ending at the center cast on edge (where you began) place a different color or type marker so that you are able to tell that this is the start of the round. Make sure you have picked up the same number of sts on both sides.

Knit until body is 10” long. Beginning of the next round start moss stitch pattern (K1, P1 around next row P where you K and K where you P). Work in pattern until entire piece is 12”.
Bind off.
Line as desired.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Better Madie Introduction

I wanted to take a "Crimson and Purl" shot you know how everytime she make something she is out in the city taking pics of her projects in action so I had to follow suit. Hey imitation is the highest form of flattery.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

I lined somethingelse

I lined my jumbo buttonhole bag. it needs to be shaved it looks kinda ratty. The stitching is not the best and the thread does not match but that is all right. I love the color it is my own version of a shopper. I have plans to line some more bags i have the fabric now just need the interfacing. I got an email about duplicate stiching i tried it before but it did not work so well I may have to give it another try. So i can jazz my bag up some. the bag is a buttonhole bag with modfications. Which have i made has not been a buttonhole with modifications.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Madie 2

this one is made out of red heart acrylic double stranded. I put handles on this one. I was going to line it but I did I not have enough purple fabric. the bottom is a bit pointy not sure how I am going to remdy that. It came out nice. I think I like it without the handles though. I should have done the whole bag in black and purple I like that. I am going to do a black poppi pin for this one. I like the name Madie.

Monday, October 29, 2007

A wonderful time was had

I have no pics of SAFF but I had great time! So much fiber and yarn i was inheaven and i have made up my mind that I am going to learn how to spin. The pic is of my Mdison clutch. I had to have it. Stayed up till 12:30, 1:00 Am finishing this bag. I even put a lining in it! now if that was not amazing. Now i have to make my gold or yellow perky poppi pin and attach a magnetic then i will be done done! Am i working on Madison clutch 2. I do need another name.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The Fall Must Have

of course this bag is $285 by Mimeki. Joan (on Girlfriends) rocks these in every episode! I am trying to make one now but i am trying to be fancy and do a mosstitch and it is taking me forever. I am about to go to the machine or hand knit with chunky yarn on the 15s. it is nothing but two sides and buttonhole handles. you can go in a round to make it quicker or straight stocking knit on the Machine. This is why i want the seed stitcher then i could have my moss stitch bag quicker! Oh and it converts to a quick tote depending on your mood ( websites words not mine).

Monday, October 22, 2007

The light came on!

I was browsing Ravelry for baby booties and i cam across debbie bliss garter sttich shoes and they were finished with a bow. The light came on! I can finish my slippers the same way. These poor things have been siting for the longest waiting on me to find the trim I could find find it. Iwas worried by time i found the trim the baby would be too big but no worries since i made them jumbo size.

my baby knit two rows!

She said she

wanted me to teach her how to knit so i did. She is a leo and stubborn as all get out. I am helping her she i am holding her hands to guide her she snatches her hands away and says i got it. Mind you she is four. But she really had the hang of it. if we keep at it I may have a four year old knitting buddy!

My attempt at Machine cable knit socks

You cannot really tell but i tried to put cables on the front of the sock! The first sock i didi 2x2 cables twisted every ten rows. but then you really cannot tell the are cables. Next sock i didi 2x2 cables twisted very 5 better but still really didi not look like cable i need to work on it. Maybe i sould have released two stitches on each side of the cable instead of one. I wil give it a try. How do you block wool with out felting it?

I did some Machine Knitting

I finally made the baby her requested pair of pink socks i made them a little too big but that is ok she will grown in to them. I also made some white ones. Notice how I made one longer than the other need to pay attention next time.
I tried to make a skort. Ithought i could make some panties and attache a skirt. But if this is supposed to be a soaker where is the room for the diaper! so i stopped. Even if I was to make a protype what baby is wearing this and when. But i am proud of the fact that I designed the pattern myself with knit wear!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Finished Object

I am done. It was nothing but the Lord when I found that light yellow! I had just enough. Next one I do must have complete blocks. It is not bad though. Next is a white cardigan to compliment the blanket. With cute tulip buttons. What type of trim for the blanket though.

Monday, October 15, 2007

E.E. Meet up

This is the only pic I took during the meet up. Sorry I know. But I had a great time I met two people from Greensboro. With children the same age as mine! I was so excited. Everyone loved Ganache I was glad. because I really did not know where to go. I was late to whole thing I was so embarrassed. How you goin' host and be late! I missed Yarn etc. I need to go back and get some spinning lessons. I did not buy anything I ended up going to AC moore and buying some woolease thick and quick. In the pic we are at Stitch Point. at the half off table. but we really didi not see anything we liked. What didi I get out of this meet up. I need to make my ballet T. Stacey's looked great!

Friday, October 12, 2007

*&^%$ or get off the pot

Ok so I was crying the other day "i lost my mojo I don't know what to knit, bla, blah blah" So I didi something about it. I talked to Raena the other day ( she hurt her wrist so she has been out of the craft pocket) and she was like Iwant to make this log cabin blanket (the courthouse steps one from mason Dixon Knitting) I was like I do to I have a crochet pattern just can't figure out how to crochet it like that . I looked at the pattern for a while and it came to me in an instant. See All I need was to talk to someone. Ranea laughed at me. I had tried to do it one time before but I was doing it wrong last night banged it out. I am almost done. I love this pattern it crochets up real quick. probably would have been faster if i used a bigger needle. but me never being satified I am still not happy becasue I wanted four solid rounds but I ran out of yarn. It is still cute and I accomplished something.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I guess I love a challenge

I went to barnes and noble last night. I looked up this pattern. It is simple just two panels sewn together sorta like a poncho. One panel is longer than the other and you add a collar. The collar is what has me wanting to make it so bad. Here is the kicker this pattern requires 10 yes i said ten balls of Blue sky alpaca bulky. That yarn is 15 dollars a ball. a 150 poncho? I think not. But it is so pretty. All i need is the pattern for the collar I can make a plan one on the machine! It would not be as bulky. I can use Woolease thick and quick that is 6-7 a ball. Still 60 70 poncho. But I am worth it. think about this if I made a 150 pncho and washed it wrong and felted it you talking about hot! I am thinking of for going my jumbo fat bottom bag and getting the woolease t&q for this instead. Point is i have to have it!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

what is next?

for the last three days i have tried to start something baby. I have a baby shower coming up in Nov. This may be one baby I make nothing for. I think it is becasue I know i don't have enough yarn. I don't know. what I really want to make is a Gucci inspired purse. The other day I went to a Jewish festival and I had my Fende bag i folded it in half to make easier for carrying and I loved it. Instanly I thought of Girlfriends and all the cute clutches they rock (mind you there is nothing in those purses but that is not the point) so i thought i could make one and even put a snap on it to keep it closed ( because I did end up unfolding from the wrong end dumping all contents on to the floor. Thank you so much for the two little boys who were there in a blink to pick all my stuff up). I even started it (here comes the excuse) I dropped both stitch markers, it is taking way longer than i planned , it is really thin yarn, blah blah blah. if I really want it I will just do it. and since i already did the base i should just do it. I learned something too. Raena always say she cannot or at least have not tried to knit in the round. I am like if I knit in the round you definitely can knit in the round but you know what I pick up stitches then knit in the round it is much different than casting on and trying not to twist the stitches! Which is why I have yet to do my Ballet T. maybe my motivation has changed at first i was always motivated to finsh something for someone else now I am more motivated to finish stuff for me. and I am not actually finshing anything cause i have to be in double digits right now on bags that need lining.
But on the map: the miter square wrap from Interweave knits, ballet T from Loop d loop and my gucci inspired bag. You know what I want that wrap off the cover of loop d loop crochet book. The one with the collar. Espaecially if we wear knee high botts that wrap is going to set what I ever i wear off. Now I am sure of the color that i want to knit probably black and grey or crimson and cream I guess it depends on the boots? it may even be brown or tan either way I want it!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I liked it so much I made two

I decided on one handle due to a suggestion on the granny along blog. She suggested my bag looked like the chole bag on berrocco I agreed and went in that directions. I didi one handle double crochet and the other single crochet. I like the single crochet. So I am going to change the double to single. Now it also goes on the pile of need to be lined bags. But since one of them is a gift I need to get on it.

And a name for this bag Wilobo (willow block hobo )

. Also it has been sugggested that I make the handle wider. I wll do that on the bag I need to change to handle on anyway.

Friday, October 05, 2007

101 Ideas: Knits

101 Ideas: Knits
I do not even wear hats but if I could make this one I would!

Not so dreaded swatch

My co worker is expecting her first great grandchild. We don't know what it is. and instead of the traditional yellow I went with black and cream. That still may change as well I want to say it is supposed to be a spring baby and I may go with a more neutral spring color like white. I am going to do either a big dotty baby bag or blanket ambitiously I thought I would do both but nah! I like the top motif of variegated border and cream dots. or the black border and cream dots. Don't want to do black dots because it will get linty (if that is a word). The swatch is sitting atop the German granny bag.

That was then this is now


I stared out with 16 willow blocks and I got a bolster pillow when I wanted a bag. So I took out two blocks from each row and I got a small squat bag. Point is I got a bag not bad if I say so myself. I need help with the straps becasue I am not sure I am doing them right. I will go to granny along and look at the translated pattern.

Micro Mini's

the one of the right is a micro mini ballband washcloth. Cast on 21 do 5 bricks. The one on the left is a micro mini dotty (Micro dot for short) I cannot finish the micro dot till I finish the ballband because i want them to be the same length. But i can tell you cast on 20 follow pattern to desired length. These will be baby washcloths.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Big Dotty

I am making a baby blanket and a baby bag. Big dotty style. I am just swatching right now to see what color combo I will go with, so far not balck dots with cream border I am working on cream dots with black border. I also wnat to do A varigated border with eith a balck or cream dot and a varigated dot with either a cream or black border. This is just like a ballband washcloth. The possibilities are endless.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Homecoming was great

Add and Subtract is 10 years old! We had 8 of the 25 present! can you believe it! That is what I love about homecoming. Seeing people you have not seen in years.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Latest bag to match shoes

I thought this yarn would match my shoes. I may it is just a little darker than the last beige bag and they went ok with that .
It came out I guess (i say guess because i wanted it big but did I want it this big?) bigger than I had planned it doesn't look bad I wonder how it will look once I put the lining in. Is has sort of a square base at least is has four corners. I expanded on a buttonhole bag base i statred at 21sts and increased to 29 sts. didi the regular 20 garter ridges then decreased. Pickup sts and went around till I was almost out of yarn then casted off 20 sts in the middle instaed of the regular 10 and didi moss sttich for a decorative edge. I didi run out of yarn. in closing i had to use a differnt yarn for like the last three sts. It is a design element. you all should it. it needs to be embellished. a plus is the holes are big enough so i can wear it on my sholuder. I don't really like the bottom and i amfraid that the handles are going to stretch real bad. I think I am bad now with my moss stitch handle. The handle could be wider. But since I ran out yarn i was tempted to use a differnt color. I need to tuck in the lose ends and line it. this could be considered my shopper. and or shopping bag. Lined propoerly i think it could make a darling baby bag.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


Homeconing is about 2 weeks away and all i have are a pair of shoes a cute pair of shoes though. tel me what you think. i have made a winter garden bag (a little different but same concept) that sorta matches and then my Fendi that sorta matches as well i thought of the Fnedi when I saw the shoes. You see this years theme is "Show'em what ya working wit" Just like that incorrect an all. So I am trying. Can you beleive the shoes only cost $20. I know !

Do you see it yes those are more willow blocks! See thought i would surprise you. I am making the german granny bag out of willow block!s A round larger than life bag! Get Out! This is the first part of my tutorial. The blocks.

onthe winter garden bag I have to stain the dowels and glue on the bead plus line the bag. See if would have done the flap I could have almost been done but it would not have been so cute. Plus i love moss stitch. I have a matching moss stitch change purse on the way.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Sorry no pics

I am so sorry I have no pics but i will son . I am finally finished with 16 sqaures for the German Granny Bag. So I am trying to put together a tutorial which really insn't nessacry but if I can I will . I went for about two days without working on it now I have to sew it together. I want 1 a pic of all the squares 2 a pic of the squares sewn together in strips then a spic of the bag sewn together. Voila! tutorial. but seeing as it is not actually the german granny bag because I did my squares t-totally different should i call it a round granny bag tutorial? I don't know it doesn't really matter. I am excited about the bag.

Monday, September 10, 2007

What type handles

Buttonhole handles, clutch flap or dowel rods? I don't really think i want buttonhole handles i am really leaning towards the clutch flap. But I am not sure how sturdy that will be. it is made with a bottom so would a clutch flap look right? see my dilemma. I am so glad Girlfriends will be back in Oct so i can see all the hottest clutches they are wearing! I have also been thinking that i should give the jumbo fat bottom bag another go this time with SC. I feel i ran out of yarn (not because i did not enough) because i used DC. I hate to try and have my heart broken again. Yeah did not tell you I went to Hancocks and 1 they did not have navy and 2 it was 6.99 a skein! I need three plus the needle! Anywho i started the ballet t. I am having bit of trouble with the needles. The plastic needles never bothered me before when i was making buttonhole bags but now it is really a problem with this woolease. The pattern is not seeming too hard either. It is just going to take some patients.