Saturday, March 24, 2012

Felt flowers

Over Christmas break, I finally took the time to wrap a skein of red yarn around a thifted (30 cents, I think) straw wreath to make of those cool wreaths that have been all over blogland. I hung it in the kitchen, but hadn't gotten around to adorning it yet. In January I finally made some felt flowers that gave it the finished touch.

This website, Fabric Bows and More, has tons of links to tutorials, including this one that I used for the teal and red flowers. I used Betz White's tutorial for the pink rosette.
I separated out all my super-cute teal, red and pink buttons, but only used one. I'll have to think of some other project for the rest of them.
Then I made made another red flower, added a pin back and, ta-da!, a cool corsage.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Vite cowl

Another example of unselfish knitting in January--this a very belated gift for someone at worked who served as a teaching mentor for me the past year. I wanted to knit her a scarf and decided on the Vite cowl (free pattern on Ravelry).

Wouldn't you know I can't remember what I knit this with now, and I think I put the yarn wrapper in with the gift for washing instructions. I do know I decided to spring for something nicer than Wool-Ease Thick & Quick so I went to the closest LYS, Knit 1 on Lincoln Avenue, where I proceeded to be very indecisive. Which is why I can't remember which yarn I eventually decided on, except that I remember this sweatshirt grey might be good because my teaching mentor teaches physical education majors. I do know I passed on a super soft alpaca, which in retrospect would have been very nice.
**I found the yarn label: It's Brown Sheep Burly Spun in Grey Heather.

My big alternation is that I knit this as a scarf, not a cowl, which turned out fine. It looks a lot better after blocking--and it took a long time to dry. I would knit one for myself (in that alpaca), but after this winter I don't know if I'll be needing any bulky scarves. Still, this is a quick knit and a nice gift.
And I think the recipient liked it!
**Vite means grapevine in Italian.

Friday, March 09, 2012

I knit for bears

We interrupt Selfish Knitting Month (or my two month's late report of it) to bring you some unselfish knitting.

My son asked me to knit a sweater for his teddy bear--which is actually my teddy bear from when I was about 1 year old. I called him "Boo Bear" since I couldn't say "blue," and, as you can see, he's had quite a bit of fixing up already. I got him out to show to the kids and Sam started carrying him around. I figured a sweater might protect him a bit. After all, he's already 45-plus years old.
I used the free Teddy Bear Rollneck Sweater pattern (Ravelry link here) and some blue superwash wool from my stash. The pattern assumes you know how to knit a top-down raglan sweater ("move sleeve sts from scrap yarn to needles and begin working in stockinette stitch"--it took me awhile to figure out which stitches it meant). I chose to just have the rollneck and did K1P1 ribbing at the sleeves and bottom. For next time: Bears have very short arms.

Then Sophie asked me to knit a green sweater for her bear (which I had knit for her last year). I just used smaller needles and slightly thinner wool/acrylic from my stash. Maybe this was a little selfish after all, since it makes me so happy to see them playing with handknit toys!