Saturday, December 15, 2007

Crocheters Unite

in the new year, the children i teach at church are going to learn how to crochet. it was going to be knitting but it was decided that crochet would be easier. funny thing is that i'm going to have to teach them, so i'll post some of my feeble attempts at it up here (hijacking the knitting blog a bit). The photo is the "sample" blanket that was made to demonstrate what we would be doing, and it's displayed on my quality dorm bed. Stay tuned to see how my version turns out. laughing comments are acceptable.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

gift knitting (part 2)

Here's the latest installment in gifts for my recommenders: pictures of the mittens from a hat-and-mitten set. My camera was acting wonky, so I only got a few pictures of the mittens before it decided to quit, and no pictures of the hat. But the hat is a pattern that I knit for KZ last year, so maybe I'll snap some pictures of hers at some point. The hat pattern is from Knitting Nature, one of my favorite pattern books. I made up the mitten pattern to match the hat. (If you can imagine, the hat has this same motif repeated five times, plus bobbles along the brim.) The yarn is Cascade 220 and I *think* that my recommender will really like the color. It photographed a little less bright than it actually is.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Not a hat.

My sister is modeling a head scarf (named Calorimetry) that I made with Noro Yarn that she picked out at a crazily huge Yarn Emporium type place in Minnesota. It was really fast and pretty in the end, especially with variegated yarn.

I found this pattern on knitty. I actually made one for myself that I finished the night before I came to visit Berkeley for the first time. Sadly, I left it on a bus one day and it was lost forever. I don't have pictures of that one, though I may make another someday.

The headscarf is knit on straight needles, with increases and decreases creating the shape and holes that can be used to connect the end of the head scarf with a button (though a simple knot works as well.)
Because it's fast and creates cool patterns with the yarn, it's a fun project. However, I don't recommend staying up the night before a cross-country trip finishing it, because it may end up that you sleep through your flight.