Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I've made a few things for the youth campaign (mailed them in time!) and the CURE Hospital. The first two photos show the three vests and two pairs of mittens I sent for the youth campaign.

On the left, a vest of Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Bulky in mistake rib, with mittens in sock yarn (one green and one black together) and a red-black tweed wool. On the right, a vest of the same BSLPB with some accent stripes in blue, looking darker because of a photographic difference, and another in two different colourways of Lighthouse Ocean Sunset with ribbing in Naturespun Sport used double. I alternated the two colourways of Ocean Sunset and really like the effect of the striping. I have a few more balls and may do another for a future youth campaign.

These are two blankets I have made for the CURE Hospital and already mailed:

On the left is the one that is my profile picture. I didn't realize the pictures were not automatically connected. I made it of various oddballs of wool yarns in fingering (used double) to worsted weight, in garter stitch. I call it "doodling in yarn." On the right is one with a centre panel of Noro Transitions, one skein I obtained very inexpensively in an oddballs bin and I never used. When it ran out I worked rows of the same BSLPB that I used in the vests above; I have quite a lot of it! The greyish band is some leftover Noro Kochoran. In the photo it almost matches the carpeting underneath, an interesting effect I will admit.
I am crocheting a blanket now, using some coned wool I got inexpensively a number of years ago. One strand of red and one of off-white held together. Just a very quick thing, I may add a row of another colour in the edging for a bit of zip. Hopefully it will be done this weekend to be mailed in time for Monday. I need to have that hook flying!


GenKnit said...
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Elizabeth D said...

Sue, "mistake rib" is the name of a knitting stitch. It's what would happen if you were doing a knit 2, purl 2 rib but got off my one -- it makes a wonderful, almost thermal, deep ribbed fabric that's very stretchy. I love it for sock cuffs.

--Elizabeth D

Reed said...

Those items are wonderful. Color and compositon used for stunning results.

Diane H said...

Well done! Beautiful colors.

Shirley said...

You got so much beautiful work done!!

Bloo said...

Beautiful work! You are very productive! I especially like the pink vest - such fun colours. I am sure each item will be treasured.

Is the first blanket based on the "moderne baby blanket" pattern? I made a blanket for this campaign that is similar to your second one: I used the free online pattern "Finnias". It's boxed up - just need to get it to the PO!

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Kathy F said...

All those wonderful knitted things! I'm so impressed.

Elizabeth D said...

Sue, to knit mistake rib flat, you do it like this:

Cast on 1 less than a multiple of 4 (e.g., 31, 43, etc). For row 1, k2, p2, across, ending with k2, p1. Now repeat this row. Because you're not working a multiple of 4, you're off by 1. When you come back the other way, you go back to the original set-up. So you alternate, with every second row "off" by one. If you need more details, or an illustration, just do a google search fo mistake stitch.


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MargoLynn said...

Sue, in my case, since I was knitting the vest in the round, I did a variation - round one was all knit, round two was K1, P1 all the way around. It's not quite the same but worked out very well. To work it flat, you do the same thing.

I've also done the mistake rib Elizabeth describes, and one where it is a multiple of 4 plus one.

Bloo - yes, I started out with the idea of the "Moderne Baby Blanket" but knit the parts to the limit of the yarn, so after a couple blocks I was not following the pattern. Since it's a simple pattern it was easy to make up my own design.

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