Friday, December 31, 2010

End of 2010

Hear we are at the end of another year. I am happy that I was able to finish a year long KAL. At first it was hard to imagine participating in something that lasts a year. It wasn't too bad, I work on projects all year around anyway, so why not see if I get a chance to win some Crystal Palace yarn.

Another big deal for me was participating in the local farmer's market over the summer. Mazomanie, WI is not a big town and I really did not make any substantial amount of money, but in the end I did make more that I spent.

So to actually talk about the picture. I just finished making a small blanket, about the size of a baby blanket. So I decided on impulse to do a love knot as an edging. I think it makes a nice simple edging.

So, I hope everyone has a Happy New Year. For now, I don't have any plans. Later today I am going to buy some yarn for the son-in-law who is wanting some wool socks. So I might be working on a pair of socks to bring in 2011.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Crocheted Mitten Pattern

I made these mittens with chunky worst weight yarn and a size I hook. Keep in mind that I am doing this from memory, I unfortunately did not take any notes.

Starting at cuff: chain 11
Row 1: sc in second chain from hook, sc in the remaining stitches, ch1 turn (10 sc)
Row 2: sc in back loops of each sc across, ch1, turn

Repeat row 2 until 20 rows are completed.

Turn work to the side and work in continuous rounds.

Row 1: work 20 sc along side of the cuff mark the first and the last stitch
Row 2: 2 sc in the first stitch, sc until the last stitch, 2 sc in the last stitch (22 sc) again, mark the first and the last stitch.

repeat row 2 until you have 30 sc.

Setting up for the thumb:
sc in the next 4 sc, sc in the next sc and mark this stitch. sc in the next 21 sc, skip the next 8 sc, sc in the marked sc. (22 sc)

Marked stitch is first sc in each row.
Row 1: sc in each of the 22 sc around.
repeat row 1 for 10 rows, or about 1 1/2 inches below desired length.

Decrease for top of mitten:
Row 1: sc 2tog, sc in the next 4, sc 2tog, *sc in the next 5, sc 2 tog* repeat around
Row 2: sc around
Row 3: *sc in next 4, sc 2 tog* around
Row 4: sc around
Row 5: *sc in the next 3, sc 2 tog* around
Row 6: *sc in the next 2, sc 2 tog* around finish off.


sc in the first unworked sc (mark this stitch) and in the remaining 7 sc, 2 sc in the side of the mitten (10 sc)

do two more rounds of sc

decrease for thumb:
Row 1: sc in the next 3 sc, sc 2tog, repeat one more time
Row 2: sc around
Row 3: sc in the next 2 sc, sc 2 tog, repeat one more time, finish off.

Sew in ends, and sew up side seam for cuff.

Of course, make the other mitten.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Holiday Stuff

Hope everyone had a happy holiday season and stayed healthy. I unfortunately got ill on Christmas. I got some flu like symptoms. I am feeling a little better. It was unexpected that my brother gave us one of his flat screen monitors he was not using. I really raked in iTunes gift cards, I got more iTunes give cards than yarn store gift cards.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Crocheted Mittens

I decided to to make up these mittens to round off the 12 month, 12 balls of yarn KAL. Hopefully there will be 12 balls of Crystal Palace yarn is my future if I win. The yarn is Charisma from Loops and Threads. I bought the yarn a while ago from Hobby Lobby. The color is Lakeside. I did not follow a pattern for this, I just winged it making it fit my hand. If there us enough interest I will write out a pattern for these mittens.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Problem with Son's Computer

If you know computers, please go to my other blog His computer runs of Windows XP, we are having issues with the wireless card, it reboots every time we try to connect to the internet.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Crocheted Flowers

Here are some more crocheted flowers. I can usually make one during my 30 minute break at work.

So here is my pattern:

ch4, sl to form loop.
Row 1: ch1, 8 sc in loop, join with 1st sc.

Row 2: ch4, sc in next sc. *ch3, sc in next sc* repeat around, join with 1st ch of beginning ch 4, 8 ch 3 loops

Row3: sl in first ch 3 loop, ch3. 9 dc in same loop, *10 dc in next loop* repeat around, join at top of ch 3

Row 4: *ch3, sl in next stitch* repeat around, join at 1st ch of ch3, finish off.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Monkey Socks

I did finish up the crocheted leg and knitted foot sock. I have already worn them and washed them. The only part I did not like about them was the cuff. It turn out a little too small. For my next sock I started to work on a Monkey Sock, the pattern done by Cookie A. I have done this sock before back in 2007. I only made one sock, as it turned out way to small. I have a pic of this sock on Flickr. Hopefully I will have these socks done this month for the 12 month, 12 ball of yarn contest. I do have two other projects I am working on that will hopefully be done this month.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Crochet Flower

Showing of pic of crocheted flower.

Friday, December 10, 2010

It is the Holiday Season In Our Kitchen

Why is the David cooking so many goodies? he has got cream cheese mints and peanut butter balls going on in the kitchen, and he is making enough to feed an army. I wonder what else he would have cooked off before he goes into work.

Now I show what I have been working on. I am still ongoing with the second crocheted/knitted sock. I also got a headband done. I experimented with a basic shell pattern and incorporated front and back post DC's.

I also did another wreath. I am not that happy on how this one turned out. I had a problem with a previous wreath with it the wreath being thicker at a portion on the wreath. I thought the problem was that I did not have an even amount of sc's going around the wreath. I tried to solve this with the second wreath, but I still had the same problem. Plus using pipe cleaners did not create a sturdy circle so my wreath is not as stable for hanging. Next time I will use a sturdier circle, like a wire hanger, for my wreath.

Finally I made a knitted windmill dishcloth. I think this will make a good Christmas present for some who likes the color pink.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shelled Crocheted and Knitted Sock

When I started to work on this sock, it was a little small, I could not get the sock around the ankle. I pressed on and was just going to make it a child's sock. However I changed my mind and made it big enough to go around my ankle. Then while I was making this sock, I was thinking about how knitted socks are more comfortable with shoes. So I decided to knit the foot part of the sock.

This sock is made with Knit Picks Stroll yarn.

I think I got Knit Picks attention with these socks, I replied to a tweet and told them about these socks. It appears that they love them and may show up in their blogging community.