The Making Location: Feb 14 w/ Photos!

by: jlms qkw

Thu Feb 14, 2013 at 14:13:38 PM EST

Welcome again to your weekly open thread!  I kept looking at last week's and NO ONE chatted after the first day.  That gives me a sad.  So I took pictures of 5 active projects!  

Here is a ruffly scarf I just finished knitting last night, and it needs the ends sewn down and can go live with its new owner.  
The yarn is Sashay in color Boogie, and I used 6 stitches and knit every row, keeping the ruffles all on one side.  This short row length curls into a tube when worn.  

jlms qkw :: The Making Location: Feb 14 w/ Photos!
The last item I am knitting for someone else is this fashion scarf.  For Lent, I am only knitting for myself.  All my years of knitting, and I can only recall 2 projects that weren't dishcloths that I kept.  One mohair scarf and one pair of fingerless gloves.  Anyway, this is another Red Heart Boutique fussybutt fashion yarn, Ribbons.
This yarn has issues.  First of all, it comes packaged as a skein, a big loop.  You cannot knit from it until you wind it into a ball.  But it hates being wound into a ball and it really likes getting tangled.  I found a couple helpful youtubes (one Red Heart and one not).  I wound it onto a sturdy tube.  I made the mistake of carrying this project around to a few after-school activities and the yarn fell off the tube and became a tangled nightmare.  After I solved that problem, I started knitting.  Red Heart says to knit in every stitch.  This produces a very tight knit, and is a very flat ruffle to boot.  I tried every other stitch instead - the knitting was more comfortable, and the look was livelier.  
This is for my girlfriend Tara, and I have just a teeny bit left.  

Now, for myself, I have a remedial lace project (I had giant fails on two other lace projects last summer/fall, and my lace teacher recommended this one to start over with and learn from.  
I do not have wooden needles on a 16" cord, so I am using my Addi's, and they are slick with this yarn.  I swiped one of my daughter's ponytail ties to keep the stitches on the needle.  I really like this Malabrigio Silkpaca - it has a nice twist and good drape.  The colors are good too.  Here is a closeup of the first couple rows of the pattern:

Also for me, a wider cowl:IMG_3184
The pattern is twist your neck warmer and the yarn is Deborah Norville Chunky Prints in Grape Jam and Pink Candy.  The pattern is courtesy of a gift & tip from kirbybruno ;-)  She made me one last year!  

I also am excavating my UFO's:  UnFinished Objects.  I remember setting this one aside when it became too warm to knit with this yarn last spring/summer.  Here is the current project:
Hmm, doesn't look like much, does it?  In about 70 more rows, it will be united with IMG_1856
into a giant v-shaped warm worsted-weight shawl kind of like this one:
After all this time, I am not sure where all the pattern pages are.  So I can print a new one, and figure out where I am, or find the old ones (pages).  I have several.  ;-)

Oh, I did something for the first time!  I hemmed a linen square for use during communion.  My hand-sewing skills are a bit rusty, but I wasn't sure the seemingly loose weave of the unfamiliar fabric would submit to the machine without fussing.  I also practiced the thread-pulling method for cutting and squaring up the fabric.  It's also used for woven plaids.  And probably other fine woven fabrics.  Now I have so many little strips of linen around I feel like Lazarus.  
This photo artfully shows one finished edge, and my tiny needle.  
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That's what I've been making.  

michellewn graciously shared l'arpies, sock monkeys, and octopi with us on Sunday.  

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tips for making (2.00 / 9)
just because i've been mostly knitting - you can share cooking, and any other crafts or anything else you made!  

It has been AGES since I have done any knitting or crocheting (2.00 / 8)
but if you keep this up, I will have to give it another try now that I have a 1-month-old grandson. My mother-in-law is the queen of knitting, and smothered him in all manner of hats, clothes, booties, blankets, and other hand-knit stuff, so I don't want to be seen competing. Maybe I should just stick with the skills I have ;-)  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

-- Oscar Wilde

elizabeth zimmerman (2.00 / 8)
wrote a relatively simple baby sweater pattern.  

do you sew?  plus, you can write stories for your grandson!  i will look for that sweater pattern.

Baby Surprise Jacket 1968

i love these older patterns, and thinking of the zillions of babies that have worn the sweaters!  

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thanks, jlms qkw, I think I will stick with writing stories (2.00 / 7)
with an occasional craft project thrown in for good measure. It's best to let my mother-in-law maintain her sense of superiority in handcrafts, if you know what I mean...  

I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.

-- Oscar Wilde

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I know exactly what you mean! (2.00 / 8)
My mother-in-law keeps trying to teach me knitting, she is the queen of knitting in our family.  She does good work, but the learning is slow going, mostly because a) I learned crochet as a child & it's hard to adapt to learning knitting, and b) I don't have nearly as much free time to devote to it (she's retired).

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I haven't been at all crafty... (2.00 / 8) far too long. But I'm hoping that will change in the weeks ahead. I have some projects that are half-finished, and others that are merely daydreams at this point. :-)

Meanwhile, I do enjoy looking at what you (and others) are up to!

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

most of my life (2.00 / 8)
is half-finished ;-)  

the cool thing about the knitting is that, in general, it gets done.  

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jlms, that purple ruffle scarf (2.00 / 8)
in your first pic there is AWESOME.  In fact, I gave a very similar scarf, except ocean blues & greens, to my cousin for Christmas, courtesy of LoreleiHI in the KosKatalogue.  Do you just make these for fun, or do you have an Etsy shop or other venue to sell them in?

the purple is about #15 (2.00 / 4)
i think.  i knit the blue green colorway for the godmother of my kids.  

i made 5 for the NN auction, a few for charity, a few for friends.  i see Joann's is offering a class for $35 for this yarn, lol.  i think i was underpricing them for the NN auction at $15.  

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so i am going to try to insert another link (2.00 / 4)
this is for the scarf i am working on and shows it in progress
wish me luck with the link...
jens great scarf:
let me know what you think, i'll post finished picks when it is done.
it is knit in the round as a long tube then wrapped around twice.  it will be so warm.

YOU DID IT! (2.00 / 4)
is that your scarf in those photos?  i still struggle with colorwork - keeping my tension even.  i'll work on it more after i get this lace thing down.  

can't wait to see your pictures!  

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yep, that is mine (2.00 / 3)
i am about 75% done with it.  i think it will be about 70 inches long then i will kirtchner stitch it all together (in the round which i have never done).  this has been such a fun project.  color work is awesome though in the round it can be annoying with all the twisting of the yarn but since the sections are short, the annoyance doesn't last too long.  
here is an afghan i am working on (cheap red heart yarn so the kids can spill all over it)
and the sweater for a little boy ever (the tie is knit after the sweater is done then attached).  it is adorable and now i need to knit another for my growing boy.  everywhere he wore it people just loved it (how can they not, see how damn cute he is...)
tommy's sweater

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my first kichener ever was on this (2.00 / 5)
Photo on 2012-11-17 at 16.14 #2

it was pretty okay to do.  

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those are beautiful jlms qkw. (2.00 / 3)
my wife started up knitting again a few months ago, cowls mostly and now she's selling them for $25. she's done dozens now, she's like a machine!

when i was unemployed a few years ago she taught me, not easy to learn for a right/left dyslexic but i did manage to finish a few scarves. of course i needed to be saved quite a few times especially 'finishing', never got the hang of that.

i'll grab a few and take some pics tomorrow. seems to move so slowly until that day, when it doesn't.

good for your wife! (2.00 / 4)
casting or binding off is tricky.  

there are many "styles" of knitting, and i am pleased to hear you tried it out.  

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I had an uncle who learned to crochet... (2.00 / 3)
...after he retired. My aunt taught him because she got tired of him mooning around the house with nothing to do.

I remember one visit they made to see us where they both sat crocheting while we all watched TV together. By the end of their visit we had a brand-new throw for the family room sofa. :-)

There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

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weekend update (0.00 / 0)
i finished the pink scarf, well, the knitting.  still need to stitch up the ends.  

so on needles, i have the blue narrow cowl, the pink flecked wide cowl.  i planned for legwarmers - pattern, yarn, and have chosen a needle size.  i even resurrected a UFO and untangled the yarn and found out where i was on the pattern.  i feel quite virtuous.  

i need to knit the reverse image of this:
i started at the yellow end, and have knit just about 4 rows of the turquoise shape.

here are the legwarmers i picked out, from Purl Soho


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