Sunday, February 13, 2011

Gauge is off

After a good start on the sweater, checked the gauge and found it's off, need to swatch again with smaller needles. Am not sure what happened, unless the metal needles caused me to knit with less tension? Will swatch and start over again.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Always time for knitting

Yes, there was time for knitting today, even with the sunshine and warmer temperatures. Was I out in it? Yes, skiied about 7 kilometers today,even went on a trail I have never been on, never thought I could go that far. De-iced the back steps while the sun was out, vacuumed, cleaned a bit and while everyone was away doing their own thing, had some time for me.

Started this sweater tonight, having run out of handspun for the blue one. It has been in the works for awhile, couldn't find the right yarn for it. After some looking around, found this in of all places, the scrapbooking store in town. It's Wool-Ease and the gauge was right on.

Am having trouble with the needles,too slippery. Usually bamboo are my choice, but they didn't have them in the store so gave these a try, but on Monday will probably pick up some bamboo circulars .

Here is a close-up of the yarn over increases for the shoulders, it's another top-down cardigan. Here is a link to the pattern if you want to check it out.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Made these toddler mittens for Matthew, they are doubled strands of Wool-Ease from the stash. Didn't want wool, so his mom could throw them in the washer and dryer. The pattern is here, if you want to take a look. Also would like to make a pair of felted mittens for him, probably about a 4 year old size, then slightly felt them.

He won't leave mittens on, so they go through a lot of them, and in our climate he needs them, especially with the recent weather we have been getting. Single digits, with high winds, very low wind chills and blowing snow. It is supposed to warm up for the weekend, so there won't be much knitting going on here, I'll be out on the ski trails and making up for missed dog walks.

Here is an update on the handspun sweater, it is coming along. Have one more skein of yarn left, then have to finish spinning up some more of the yarn.

Monday, February 7, 2011


Here is the latest rug, still on the loom.

Our daughter took this one of our grandson, seems he wanted to do some baking....and now you know what I have been doing instead of weaving.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Weaving and knitting

Just finished sleying the reed and hope to start weaving in a little while. Had to come upstairs and warm up! It's pretty cold downstairs where the loom is...

Also finished up three more skeins of the blue yarn for my handspun sweater. Have about 8 more inches to knit for the body of it, then the sleeves and collar. Can't post any pictures tonight, for some reason when I try to edit and save photos, it goes to paintshop instead. I can't wait for Saturday, it has been one of those weeks, although a nice thing that happened was a friend invited me to join her to demonstrate spinning and drum carding last weekend at a festival. We had a good time, and people are always so interested in what we are doing.

Time to get back to weaving, will post pictures soon.