I am in the process of knitting several projects, and I would like to promise a few posts, but every time I make that commitment, I get bombarded by a round of doctor's visits. I'm not making any promises, and I know that eventually the doctors' visits will fade away, and I'll get to spend some time on this blog.
I have been more successful at keeping my ravelry account more up-to-date. Check it out: My name over there is yarninmama.
I had some leftover yarn from my Spring Pullover to make a little something extra. So I picked out this out of 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. It is the Garter Stitch Loop-Through Scarf by Marci Richardson. I modified it slightly; instead of increasing to 32 stitches, I increased to 22 stitches.
Doesn't every cafe need a good pie recipe? In the heat of the summer, I love frozen key lime pie. It reminds me of the beach and it goes down smooth. After searching through several recipes, I found my favorite on Food Network.
I love knitting and crocheting dishcloths. They are small and the various patterns give lots of variety. Also, a few handmade dishcloths can really add something special to a gift. I love functional gifts, and dishcloths can be both pretty and functional. This particular dishcloth is the Cabbage Patch Knitted Dishcloth by Tomato Lady and I made it in a KAL on Ravelry. I have used this cloth in the kitchen and I have washed and dried it several times. It is holding up great, and I love the way it feels. I used Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarn.
This is the Lacy Ribbed Tee by Kristin Omdahl found in Creative Knitting Magazine, July 2009. The yarn is Schulana Sojabama. It is a bamboo blend and the yarn is very stretchy. I started by making a medium according to the pattern, but after I made the armhole, I tried it on. The neck opening barely went over my head. So I've casted on (using a tubular cast on) 104 stitches on a US Size 7 needle, and then switched to the size 6 needle after the set up rounds. I didn't increase in the set up rounds so I've been following the directions for a medium.
I tried it on after these changes, and it seems to be going well. I've stopped doing swatches (horrors!) because I never knit the same gauge over a swatch that I do in the project. So I've resigned myself to knitting a project a couple of times before it turns out how I like it. This works out well because I enjoy the process of knitting, and it is very important that a garment fits well. I think this means that I'm am both a process and a product knitter.
The armholes made as instructed in the pattern turned out too big so I only cast on 5 stitches instead of 23. This made the armholes just great. Also since I have a shorter torso, I only made the center section 8 inches instead of 10. I really like how the tee fits and yarn is soft and slinky.
After I took this picture, somehow this tee ended up in the washing machine with a black tee shirt and miracle of miracles, it over-dyed evenly. The tee still fits and looks good, but it is a deeper, more muted color which works well in my wardrobe.