Sunday, January 31, 2010
And, on the subject of photos ... why not pose in your own photos when you post here? Claim your talent.
Two have been sent and one is in progress - hopefully I can finish it - one is in Patons Classic Wool and the other Mission Falls 1824 Wool - both knit from the top down - these are size 8 - and directions were in an old booklet I have called "Leisure Arts Complete Book of Raglan Sweaters" - Leaflet 2996
from Sherry in Massachusetts
This one has been on my needles since earlier in the month.
I decided that if I could be knitting monogamous, I could finish it this weekend, and I did.
Second sleeve took all of my down time (5 hours of "24") and car time, but I finished it! I'll be washing and blocking it, then it will go in the mail.
Basic top-down raglan (Rich Designs pattern), 100% wool (Patons Impressions Hand-dyed Wool). about 800 yards, size 4 & 6 needles. It's about 33" around.
I may be able to finish another vest before the March deadline, but no promises.
Friday, January 29, 2010
Chain about 40", which goes over the shoulder as long as you want. You might want to add a couple stitches for the over-the-shoulder part. If you want the vest to be longer, crochet more.
Work even for 6". On the next row, work 18" and STOP. Work even on these stitches for 5.5", making sure to end at the neck. Cut the yarn and reattach it 6" later, then work even on the remaining stitches for the same number of rows, so that you end up on the edge. The front will be about 16" wide, so you have a 16" piece, a 6" blank, and an 18" piece. If you made the beginning chain longer than 40", add evenly to the 16" and 18" pieces.
NEXT ROW, to join on the other side of the neck: Work even on all stitches, chain the same number of stitches you skipped for the neck, and work even on the back. Now work even on these stitches for 6".
End off. Fold in half (the neck hole should be unevenly set, so you have a higher back and lower front) and sew the sides for about 12". Work a couple rows sc around the arms and neck, and around the bottom if you like. Done!
Please let me know if you have any questions or problems.
We have a couple days left in January, then the short month of February, and then, sometime in March, our deadline for getting garments to San Francisco. If you're knitting sweaters and vests, do not stop! There are never enough of those.
If you only have time for a small project, or want to add a small project, or have been afraid to try socks, though, here's your chance. On Monday, February 1, I will post the first installment of a step-by-step pattern for worsted weight socks. I'm telling you now so you can get out the yarn you want to use, your needles, and anything else you'll need.
You will need: 100 g worsted weight yarn, plus small amounts of contrasting colors if you'd like to do stripes or a contrast cuff and toe. Choose smaller needles than you'd use if you were knitting a hat or sweater -- socks need to be knit tightly so they wear better. So, if you'd use a size 7 (4.5 mm) when using this yarn for a sweater, go down to a 6 (4 mm) or a 5 (3.75 mm). I prefer double-pointed needles; use 2 circular needles or a long one for magic loop if that's your preference. Pattern will be worked in the round, so straight needles are not an option.
See you Monday!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
These bright socks were partly knit at a memorial service for long time friend Adrienne, a woman of spirit and commitment, who loves handwork and bright colors. I honor her lifetime of work for peace and justice by donating these socks.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I’m a diehard blanket crocheter. However, after Church World Service asked a4A not to send so many blankets, I decided to try something else. After disastrous attempts at a vest and socks, the challenge was on.
Pictured is my very first sweater! The pattern is Sporty Sweater from http://www.freepatterns.com/list.html?cat_id=333. The yarn, which is slightly tweedy with bits of red, blue and green, was donated to a4A through a
I was so encouraged by the finished sweater, I have another one on the hook.
Friday, January 22, 2010
I am halfway done with a ragg-style pullover (doubled yarns) with the rest of this wool. Thanks again for the beautiful, soft yarn!
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I'd appreciate your suggestions for this yarn substitution.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I finished a sweater vest tonight, size 32" (about an 8?).
The main color is a real vintage yarn, Lily Sugar and Cream 100% wool in a color called Hot Green. The contrast is Elann Peruvian Highland Wool in Daffodil.
Pattern is from a magazine I picked up at the grocery store: Fons & Porter Love of Knitting (Summer 2009).
The pattern calls for an all-over stranded design. I eliminated all but the one band, thinking that this would look clean longer.
I have another sweater OTN and hope to have both in the mail by the end of the month.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
I'm doing a variation on "Bev's Marvelous Mittens", which is the first crochet mitten pattern listed on the a4A page. Instead of doing single crochet for the body and slip stitches to shaping, I'm doing half double crochet for the body and single crochet for the shaping. (And fewer rows, of course.) The red and blue pair are finished. The pink and blue pair still need to be stitched up. These mittens fit me and are a bit large. Next, I'm figuring out a smaller size, using a nice sizing chart I found (plus finishing the larger ones).
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I have had only one request for a portion of the bulky weight 100% merino yarn I am giving away for a4A projects, so I thought I should repeat the announcement. See the post from January 13th for a complete description.
I forgot how easy and fast mittens go, it's been a long time since I knit any (not much need for them in North Carolina). This pattern is by Jean Newsted, found in Homespun Handknit: Caps, Socks, Mittens, & Gloves. I used dark gray Reynolds Danskyarn I've had forever, and Shelridge Farm assorted colors from a kit I never finished. I knit the small women's size, to fit a larger child. I'll be mailing them to S.F. today.
Friday, January 15, 2010
If that's not an option, there are several charts of sock sizes out there on the web. My favorite is the Sock Size Research Project put together by Mary Moran, who is listmom of the Socknitters group on Yahoo and a former yarn store owner. Everyone was invited to submit their own measurements and those of friends and family, so each size lists a variety of measurements. You can see the range for yourself, and figure out what's reasonable (all measurements are in inches, so non-U.S. readers will have to do some math). Here's the link:
Sock Size Research Project
That link takes you to the women's page; there are links to click at the bottom for children and men -- and, if we get to knit for babies again, there's a link for them too.
For kids aged 7 to 14, any foot length (this is measuring from back of heel to tip of toe) from about 6.5 inches to 10 inches will be useful.Remember that many 14-year-olds have "adult" sized feet, so don't neglect the larger sizes!
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I just received one of Elizabeth D.'s free yarn bundles and I have been so pleased and busy with it that I want to pay forward. I think there is something about receiving a gift like this that makes one want to try harder to make a beautiful thing with it--at least that is what is happening with me. I can't wait to finish the vest I'm making and post a picture.
So, here is what I have to offer: 100% merino chunky superwash by Fibranatura, made in Turkey. It is very soft. I made two packages based on nice color combinations:
One package is 700 yards containing approximately equal amounts of bubble gum pink, light yellow, and light blue, with an additional 100 yards of a coordinating Lion Brand Landscapes multicolor that would make a nice trim. 800 yards total, enough to make two vests or one sweater in a chest size 32", according to my yarn yardage chart. I don't think it's too pastel, but if you do, you could stripe it with a darker blue or dye it.
The other package is 500 yards of the same wool, half of which is bright teal and the other half is bright "Barbie pink." There is an additional 100 yards of a coordinating multicolor of Sensations Angel Hair from Jo-Ann Fabrics. This package is very intense in color! 600 yards total, which is enough for two vests or one sweater in a size 30" chest.
I will take names and street addresses on my personal email: aquatory at yahoo dot com until Sunday night, and then I will draw two names at random and mail the packages on Monday. Please let me know if you do or do not have a preference regarding which package you want. Just like Elizabeth, I can't wait to see what someone else comes up with for the current a 4 A youth campaign!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I saw that the latest Afghans for Afghans request has come out, and it’s freezing here in the Northeast–I am finding comfort in my woolies and I can only imagine how much more the kids in Afghanistan need warm things.
I had some Lamb’s Pride Bulky left over from a felted bag, so I cast on and finished a vest in just three days--I couldn't stop, the knitting was so rhythmic in the round and so fast with the fuzzy Lamb's Pride Bulky. This should be a warm and cozy vest for an older child. I am giving it a little block and then will send it off.
It’s a hodgepodge of colors, but it will keep a child warm.
I’m happy to have gone through a few skeins of my Lamb’s Pride Bulky too–just two skeins of chocolate left.
Great pattern too.
Check out more details on my Ravelry page
Monday, January 4, 2010
The Lamb's Pride goes to Diane; the Naturespun worsted goes to Tory; the Lopi goes to Bloo; and the Bartlett goes to Kathy. In the mail tomorrow. Can't wait to see (or, for those of you without cameras, hear) what the yarn becomes.
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Several of my friends are participating in a 10 Shawls in 2010 event this year and since shawls aren't so much in my frame of things (I just don't have the lifestyle to enjoy them), I decided that a 10 Sweaters event was more my style.
I've gone through my stash and found some wonderful wool yarns that are just aging with no chance of being knit up for me or mine, and so, I've decided that A4A will be the recipient of the first of the ten.
The yarn is Patons Impressions hand-dyed wool in a shades of green kettle-dyed looking singles. The pattern is a basic top-down (translate: seamless) turtleneck pullover. The yarn is very soft and while not "outerwear" weight, should be warm. I am aiming for a size 12.
I'll be posting my progress on my blog, and will put a final photo here before I mail.