I Can't Knit Socks

Fairly new to knitting, the ever popular knitted sock continues to frustrate and confuse me.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Ron's Blanket Square Swap

I'm participating in a square swap at Ravelry. Our goal is to make a blanket like Ron Weasley has in the Harry Potter series. The original due date has already past, but luckily, everyone agreen to extend it to the end of the month.
I have four squares made of this Noro Kureyon. Its a 1x1 rib on #7 circulars. 44 stitches across. For some reason, it has taken me forever to get these squares done.
I switched to Pattons Classic Wool Merino and a simple stockinette knit. I like the tweed because it reminds me of the Weasley Sweaters. These are 32 stitches across and I am able to get them done a lot quicker. I am completing my 5th one of these. Just one more to go and I am done (for a total of 10). Here they are pre blocking.

Blocking . . .

Post blocking. I really like how these are turning out. Simple, but pretty. I can't wait to see the squares that I will be swapping these with.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Christmas knits

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! My pictures uploaded in the opposite order of how I wanted them to, so we will start out with a pic of my sweet boys. Rarely do they all sit still and look forward long enough for me to snap a picture!

On to Christmas knits. I started a new teaching job this year and work primarily with 3 other teachers. They received their first of many hand knitted items from me. Unfortunately, two of the scarves were gifted before I took a picture, but they were all just like this one, just different colors. I used Vanna's Choice yarn, with#8 circulars. The pattern is just a basic 2x2 rib.

Lastly is my sisters scarf. She asked for a "black scarf" with no other requirements. I didn't want to give her just a plain old back scarf, so I found this pattern on Ravelry and attempted cables for the first time! It wasn't hard at all and I enjoyed learning a new skill. The pattern is Irish Hiking Scarf . Again, I used Vanna's Choice yarn (money is tight this year) and#7 circulars and random kneedles, hair pins and even straws and cable kneedles.

She did ask for tassles, which is another thing that I had never tried. I followed instructions from my Charmed Knits book. They were not hard to do, but I think I put in too many. My sister liked it, so that is all that matter.