Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Cable Wallet with Pattern

I needed a wallet, and I had this gorgeous yarn, and I NEEDED to do something with cables!

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Cable Wallet


Yarn: Moda Dea Cartwheels in Raspberries
Needles: US 7 and Cable Needle
1 Button
Yarn Needle
Lining (optional)

CO 30

Row 1 P10, K2, P6, K2, P10
Row 2 K10, P2, K6, P2, K10
Row 3 P10, K2, P6, K2, P10
Row 4 K10, P2, sl next 3 sts on cn and hold at back, k3, then k3 from cn, P2, K10
Row 5 P10, K2, P6, K2, P10
Row 6 K10, P2, K6, P2, K10
Row 7 P10, K2, P6, K2, P10
Row 8 K10, P2, K6, P2, K10

Repeat 6 times

Front Flap

Row 1 P
Row 2 K
Row 3 P
Row 4 K14, make buttonhole, K to end
Row 5 P
Row 6 K
Row 7 P

Fold bottom (CO edge) up until pocket is approximately 2.5" deep.
Line up button with buttonhole, and sew button on.
If you're going to line the wallet/clutch, do that now.
Turn inside out, and seam.
Turn rightside out, and there it is!

Edited to fix error! Slip 3 sts on cn, not 2! SORRY!

If anyone actually uses this pattern, please email me pictures! Who knows, they might even get posted on here =]
If anything doesn't make sense, email me and let me know!

Personal Use Only Please!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

My Hedwig-ish Owl

Here she is! I think she's cute, but she could be better.
In the pattern, they clearly state that the yarn does not have to be the same gauge as the recommended yarn to make an owl, and that using thinner/thicker yarn will just change the size of your owl. THEY LIED! The yarn I used was really a lot thinner than the recommended yarn for Errol, but I figured it would work. I had a hell of a time getting this thing sewn together! The base piece was HUGE! I had to fold it in half to sew it on! And the beak!! It's HUGE too! The yarn I used for the beak is the same gauge as the rest of the owl, so it should be proportional right? WRONG!
But I'm pleased. I think it's cute, but next time, I'm definitely getting the recommended yarn!

Also, here's the scarf, just a few inches from being done.
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Why am I not showing it off better? I'm sick, and in my pajamas...that's why!

I think I'm taking a break from Christmas knitting, and getting started on....MY FIRST WEARABLE! My mom mentioned paying for half of the yarn needed for my House Sweater as a birthday present! I've looked into some of the yarn recommended in the comment on my last post (thanks Samantha!), and it's definitely more affordable.
I'm hoping to cast on in a couple of weeks.

Oh, and you know what else is coming? My first pattern! I'm just hoping I typed it up right and there's no mistakes, but it's going to be free, so I'm sure it'll be fine.

Current WIPs:

Aunt's Scarf

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Too Scared to Start a Wearable!

So I posted before about the Beginner's Raglan KAL. I was so certain I would actually do it, but I chickened out. Now that I finally have Charmed Knits, I want to make a House Sweater, but the yarn they use will cost about $150, which is just insane! I could substitute, but I can't find anything similar. I don't know what to do.

Anyway, I finished my owl. I used the Errol pattern from Charmed Knits, but I kind of made Hedwig, sort of. I didn't have grey yarn for the talons or for Hedwigs beak, so It's just a white owl with a yellow beak and no talons. It's cute though!
Oh and I didn't use buttons for eyes, because I didn't have two of the same plain black buttons.

I'm over half way done with my aunt's scarf. It knitted up really quick. I did the majority of it in a day. Ok, I started a couple of weeks ago, but I stopped because I bought Charmed Knits and had to make something from there.
But I should be done in the next couple of days probably.
Unfortunately, I never finished the other mary jane slipper. I just got bored!

I also tried my first cable project.
A little cute wallet. I love it.

I'll post pictures of everything soon. It's just been really cloudy here today.

Current WIPs:

Aunt's Scarf

Sunday, July 15, 2007

A Second Christmas Scarf...*SPOILER*

Again...if you're related, don't read!

After finally finishing my grandma's scarf, I decided I needed to get started on another one for Christmas. I'm working on one for my aunt. It's hot pink, which she'll totally love. I've only done a few inches of it so far, so I'm not going to post a picture of it yet.

I finally got a copy of Charmed Knits, and it is so AMAZING! I love everything in it! I definitely want to make Ron's Ragg Raglan, and Ron's Animal Cracker hat, and basically anything involving Ron (and if you love Rupert Grint, I suggest seeing Driving Lessons! FANTASTIC!) Right now I'm working on an owl. I'm making Hedwig instead of Errol, only because I have white yarn on hand, and none that is Errol-colored. I've just casted on, so no pictures of that either.

Pictures to come when I've made some progress.

Current WIPs:

Aunt's Scarf

Monday, July 9, 2007

My WIPs and UFOs are out of control

I don't know if it's the heat affecting me or what, but I cannot finish a single thing! I get so close, but as soon as I screw up I just stop. The sad thing is, when I stop I don't go back to another WIP or UFO, I decide to start something else! And as soon as something goes wrong with that, I start another! My WIP shelf is overflowing right now. I currently have 4 WIPs and 2 UFOs (that are collecting dust until I stop being disgusted with them!) that need to get finished! I just hope it cools of soon so I can start concentrating more, and I can stand the feel of yarn. Wool on a 90+ day is just about the worst thing in the world.

Anyway, enough ranting. I'll post again when I get something finished, or at least close to finished.

Current WIPs:

Don't even go there!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

First wearable! Top-Down Raglan

The Beginner's Top-Down Raglan KAL

Mine will likely be without the cables and stripes, but this looks easy enough.
Best part, you get to use cheap yarn! I'm trying to decide what color to use. I'm thinking purple, but maybe like a teal color instead. I'll just have to see next time I'm at Michael's.

The raincloud didn't work out.
I need to knit it on the round instead of flat. I figured I would have to, but I just wanted to try. My DPNs are currently holding something else (more on that another time), but whenever they're free I'll start working on the raincloud again.

I'm working on a pattern for a little surprise right now.
Ok, it's not great, but it's cute, and at least I'll be able to share a pattern on Craftster! I always feel bad that I use everyone's patterns, but never come up with one to give back.

Current WIPs:
Grandma's Scarf
Mary Janes

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Knitting Needle Roll

So I haven't really been knitting anything new, just working on my grandma's scarf. I figured I would show off the knitting needle roll my mom made me. I picked out the fabric and told her how to do it, and she sewed it for me. She even made 2 bigger pockets for my circulars and some small things like yarn needles. My sewing skills basically suck.

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Anyway, I've been thinking of knitting a raincloud, after being inspired by this one at Mochimochi. Mine will be different though, but I haven't really thought out a design yet. I'm thinking of putting lightning on it as well. I'm sure pictures will be coming soon enough.

I've been cleaning/re-organizing my room so I can have a craft area. It looks horrible now, but hopefully I'll be able to post pictures of my new crafting zone soon (which includes a Johnny Depp poster!)

Current WIPs:

Grandma's Scarf
Mary Janes
Designing raincloud

Sunday, July 1, 2007

At a loss...

Rainbow Sock Yarn
Originally uploaded by thecoffindontwantme
So I bought this gorgeous Lana Grossa Meilenweit sock yarn on vacation. The colors are absolutely beautiful, and it is so soft. Problem is, I don't want to knit socks. I've never desired to knit a pair of socks. Why did I buy the yarn? It was pretty.

So, anyone that reads this, have any ideas on what I can do with it? I know there are some books out there just for sock yarn, but only a couple of those patterns are for things other than socks, so I don't want to actually buy the books.

Current WIPs:
Grandma's Scarf (I've more than doubled the length since I posted about it)
Mary Jane slippers (Finished the 1st, taking a break before the 2nd)