Thursday, December 31, 2015

Another Custom Designed Fair Isle Hat

I am really addicted to this Fair Isle knitting.  I love seeing the image emerge from following the chart.  This one was made for my daughter Colleen to match her new ski jacket her sister got her for Christmas. She chose the moose motif from a bunch of charts I have saved on Pinterest.  She definitely won't be seeing another one like it on the slopes in Colorado.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Colton Rides Marnie

Colton is prepping for his first riding lesson.  Sitting astride a Russian Wolfhound is practically the same as a pony.  Lookout leadline competitors.  All we need is a riding outfit that's small enough. I better start designing an outfit for his first costume class. I made his mother and her pony both unicorns. Maybe a dinosaur!

Saturday, November 21, 2015

First Original Knitting Design

After finishing the reindeer hat for my husband, a teacher that I work with asked me if I could make one for him.  Since he is an environmentalist, I suggested turtles and he was very enthusiastic.  I based this on the reindeer hat pattern but modified a few things like it was too big around and too high.  I also created the chart from a digitized turtle picture from Google images.  There are a couple of things I would do differently on the next one which will be a Christmas present for my nephew Tom.  Just as when I design my own quilts, I get an even bigger finish rush when it's my own creation. Maybe this could be a second career after I retire!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Check Out My Reindeer!

My reindeer are complete!  The bodies are a little bumpy but not too bad for my first attempt at catching floats.  I also just purchased this set of interchangeable circular needles and they are awesome.  I hope to be making many more hats and sweaters with cables and colors on them in the future.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Stranded color work continues

This is the started brim of a hat pattern that came with my Craftsy class on Fair Isle knitting.  It's kind of cool because it is knit 2 purl 2 ribbing but switching colors.  I 'm glad I didn't try this at first because it was challenging enough to get the hang of doing a knit stitch with my not usual hand.  Managing purling with my left and knitting with my right with two yarns going was another awkward thing to get the hang of.  But it is well worth the effort!  I can't wait to get to the next sections which are an even cooler looking Baltic braid and then reindeer motifs.  I am almost as obsessed with this as I was when I got bit with the quilting bug 15 years ago.