Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I finally have it....

And what is IT???  My mother's-in-law Christmas Hooded Scarf present.  You had the pattern.  Find the pattern here.   Now have the pictures.  

I was recently at my mother's-in-law house and actually remembered to ask her for a picture of her with her hooded scarf.   She loaned it to me instead.  She has worn it many times she says and it kept her warm and dry.  It looks great, letting me know the yarn (Loops & Threads Cozy Wool) holds up well in use.

When I designed it, I had in mind to style it as a deep hood that slouched down the back a la "The Chronicles of Narnia" movies.  My mother-in-law wears it pulled front and folded back the front edge for a framed look.  The scarf part could be worn long and have hands in pockets.  The scarf part could be worn wrapped around the neck and if stretched a bit, hands will still make it comfortably into the pockets.  The pockets are also convenient for keys and a little cash for a shopping adventure or tissues for those cold walks in the snow.  Lucky for her we don't get deep snow and this is a fun activity complete with hot chocolate/coffee/tea/mulled wine afterwards.  This post was written mostly before and during the Christmas holidays.  I'm editing it to add the pictures and fill in a few gaps I have found at the end of February.  Our current weather service count is 50 inches more or less of snow since the first week of January.  It has not all fallen at the same time, but it didn't melt before more fell.  Yes, my mother in law has had her scarf back before all this fell.

The pictures are with my daughter in law modeling.  She shows both the flipped back brim and the deeper look.  I also have a black and white photo that shows the details better than the red.  Sadly, I'm not sure what the setting on the camera was that got this for me.  I would learn more if I took more pictures, I guess.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The hottest new technique in knitting

What is the hottest new technique in knitting?  Arm knitting!

This technique has made headlines all over the country in newspapers and tv.  Have you seen it?  Have you tried it?  Do you want to know more about it???  

These are just 2 of the new patterns I have to offer for this new technique.  New classes are being planned for this.  Stay tuned for the dates and times.  There is also a demo planned for March 16 for this technique.


This is the Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Cowl.

This is a Shawl made from Vanna's Choice yarn from LionBrand.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

A Snowy Day and a New Pattern

Today started with a surprise.  We had been told on the radio and by the different internet weather services that we should expect a rain and snow mix and not a lot. We got more than expected and I got an afternoon off work.  Not too bad.  I got to work on the Tunisian Crochet Stocking I'm designing for my prayer shawl group.  Win-Win all around.

The pattern will follow.

I checked the weather again and discovered more to come for Tuesday and Saturday.  Fun for some, not so much for others.  But I know I will be getting in more design time and finish some projects.

Tunisian Christmas Stocking  Part 1

Materials needed:

8 oz worsted weight yarn (either one skein 8 oz. or 2 4 oz skeins in different colors)
2 oz worsted weight yarn for heel and toe, optional
Size US H hook, double ended Tunisian or cro hook

Ch 60.  Join with a sl st in first ch.  Be careful not to twist before joining.

R1a:  Working in the back loop of the chain, pick up a loop for each ch. You will only get part way around.

R1b:  Join either the other end or the other color.  With the other end of the hook, ch 1 through the end loop.  Now wrap the yarn around the hook and draw through the horizontal loop just created and the next vertical bar.  repeat this step until there are 3 or 4 loops on the hook and go back to R1a.

Continue in this manner around until the leg is 10 - 12 inches long from the beginning.  Stay tuned for the next installment.