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December 25, 2008

Knitting:Dickensian Party Mouse, Another Cook and Ninja Kitty

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knit-mouse-2-sam-checking-moouseThis is the second Dickensian Party Mouse Cook, by Alan Dart that I have knit. For details on yarn, additional notes, or to compare mice, go to my post on the first one I knit. I made this one for a Christmas gift.

The pictures may get scrambled in this post. I am working on it. Frustrating. WordPress does not handle several pictures without a lot of text. Argh!

This mouse came out a little different than the original. I was better at my increases, an decreases so the quality of the work was better. You cannot really tell in the pictures. Her head came out bigger this time, not due to overstuffing. I like the narrower head of my first one better as you can better see the eyes. The eyes on this one needs some adjustment. I think they squint a little bit. I may not have time to do this since at the time I am writing this, it is about time to give gifts. Maybe I can do it after. With the bigger head, the hat did fit much better and I did not have to adjust it much.


November 6, 2008

Knitting: Dickensian Party Mouse, Cook

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This is a pattern by Alan Dart from the Dickensian Party Mice collection. There are 9 mice to this series and a Christmas tree. This is the cook (baker?) mouse.

I started her about 3 weeks ago. She is a fairly easy knit since she is not knit in the round. I did have to look up a few stitches. Also, the directions for putting together the parts were not the most clear. I think this is mostly due for the need of a side shot of one of the mice to get a better idea more than the text. But she came together!


November 3, 2008

Yarn-Ball Winder: Make Your Own!

Last update: November 6. Link and info on winding just by hand at the end of this post.

If you have been knitting for awhile you might have found the irritation of having to wind a ball of yarn by hand, especially if you wish to have a center-pull ball. Some yarn stores are kind enough to wind the yarn for you but they may forget or cannot if is during a busy time. Other places do not have this service.

So you may be itching to buy your own winder.  If you are a chronic winder, the the investment would probably be worth it because they do work better and are easier. But if you are like me who only needs it once in awhile, I would rather put that money into some  nice yarn rather into something I will use only on occasion. Granted this method takes getting used to. 😉


October 29, 2008

Knitting Help: Where to go for that stitch you need.

Have you run across a stitch in a pattern you have yet to learn yet you just cannot seem to find good instructions on how to perform it?

I found a site that shows oodles of different stitches with video. And…gasp!…the videos are usually clear! I often would run across a video on how to do a stitch and yet due to the color of the yarn, hands in the way, speed of knitting, and so on, I would not be able to follow.


October 24, 2008

Knitting: My First Fingerless Mitts

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Pattern: Berry Hill Fingerless Mittens by Liz Thompson. (Free through Ravelry.com-read my post about it if you have not heard of it).

Needle: US 4 / 3.5 mm (4 double pointed needles)
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Silky Merino (Wool)
How much?

1 skeins = 150.0 yards (137.2m) Some left over. Plenty for longer cuffs than in the picture. (I goofed on length)
Colorway: 1102
medium/easy-to medium in difficulty.
The colors do not come out nice in the pictures.

October 23, 2008

Eyes for Knitted Toys: Where?

If you have had problems finding eyes for your knitted toys, I have recently bought them from a site that I liked very much. So I thought I would throw out a recommendation for those about to go nuts finding these.

The site is called 6060 at 6060.etsy.com. She has a few sister sites under construction so be sure you are at the one with the eyes. Otherwise follow the links she provides.


September 30, 2008

Knitting: Blue Crayfish

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I adapted a (free!) pattern for a knit lobster by Molly Lincoln at        http://dirigo.wordpress.com/2007/12/17/free-pattern-toy-lobster/ to look   a little more like my blue crayfish.

This is one of the best lobster patterns I have come across and have had it in  my queue of projects for awhile. When I recently acquired a (real) blue crayfish, I just had to knit this immediately. I decided to modify it a little bit to make it more like my crayfish, not because I thought the pattern needed any changing on its own.


September 5, 2008

Knitting: Ravelry.com – Gotta Love It


I learned to knit about a year ago, maybe a little more. I had to teach myself since I did not know anyone near me who knits or cared to knit. Between the Internet and some handy books I managed to figure it out. And loved it! I was surprised. I should not have been because I love crafts but I never had an interest in learning. I even grew up around knitting and crocheting since my mom was always making blankets that way. It just hit me one day that I thought it would be really neat to do. No real reason. So I did.

I went crazy for awhile knitting scarves but that soon became tedious. I had no one to share my projects with (I could never fit my schedule with knitting groups) and no real good way to learn something other than scarves. Bleh. I stopped knitting for about 6 months.

Then someone pointed me to Ravelry


August 24, 2008

Coffee Cozy-It’s Adjustable! (knitting)

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If you are looking for a cozy to knit that can fit through the handle of a coffee mug, this one is great. It is adjustable for as many sizes as you have buttons and it can fit other beverage containers. It is a quick, easy knit for those filler projects or quick gifts.


August 4, 2008

Knitting Links

  • This post is dedicated to links related to knitting. I have not tried all of the patterns posted yet but I will mark them with an ” * ” if I did. I will blog about any I did as well.

Feel free to leave input if you try them. Keep checking back for more.

Link Categories so far are General Knitting Links, Knitting Instructions, and Free Patterns (including charity knitting), and Not Free, But Worth Mentioning, Holiday Knits, Vote!

Last Update: March 07, 2009. A free Alan Dart Easter pattern. Chick and eggs. Listed under Spring Holiday Knits.

November 13, 2008. Another charity doll pattern added in charity knits and mini Christmas stockings in Holiday knits.

Oct 31: Now in the works in free patterns….Holiday Knits! I hope to represent a multitude of holidays over time as I come across patterns. It might take awhile. Please do not think I am leaving anyone out.

October 31. Link to a basic doll pattern to knit.


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