Monday, December 20, 2010

Central NY Etsy Treasury

This grouping is just too beautiful not to share with you.  I am thrilled to be included!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Morning Knit Wit ~ Ribbed Cable Stitch

For those of you following my blog,  you know that cable work is my favorite.  For those who are new, you just have to check out this ribbed cable stitch that I found.

It is worked without using a cable needle and it is an amazing quick knit!  I've only tried it with 2 stitch ribbing, but will try some modifications soon.

The cable working pattern goes like this:

K2, P2, *  (as many repeats as you like)
P2, K2
K2 tog without taking them off the left needle, then K 1st stich of the 2 on the needle and slip off both, P2
P2, K2

Repeat these 4 rows

I used this stitch to knit this super soft scarf in 100% alpaca wool with 6 cable rows surrounded by seed stitch boarders. 

I hope you will give it a try.

As the holidays are approaching soon, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and thank those who have supported me through out the year in 2010.  I appreciate every single comment and click on my little blog so very much! 

Merry Christmas ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫ ♪ ♪

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sunday Morning Knit With ~ Festive Wine Bottle Accessory

Are you going to give a bottle of cheer to someone this holiday season? 

I plan to give several and wanted to do something a bit different to spice it up a bit.  So yesterday I sat down and knit this fun Santa Hat and Scarf to adorn the bottles.  I think this is so festive and the best thing is that it just takes a bit of scrap yarns and a few minutes (ok... maybe an hour or so) to knit up quick.

I used DK weight yarn and size 6 double pointed needles and worked in the round for the hat.

Cast on 6 stitches on 3 needles and work 5-6 rounds of white (just knit stitches)
Change to red and knit another 6-8 rounds (depending on how long you want the hat)
Next Round:  K 3, K2tog, K1 on each DBL pointed needle (decreasing 1 stitch on each needle)
Knit 2 Rounds
Next Round: K3, K2tog on each DBL pointed needle (decreasing 1 stitch on each needle)
Knit 2 Rounds
Next Round: K2, K2tog on each DBL pointed needle (decreasing 1 stitch on each needle)

Knit 1 Round
Next Round: K1, K2tog on each DBL pointed needle (decreasing 1 stitch on each needle)

It is at this point that I moved all stitches to one needle and did a few rounds of I-cord.

Make a tiny white pompom for the end or sew on a small jingle bell for even more fun!
Let the white rim roll to give it the appearance of fluf.

For the scarf, I just did a 5 stitch I cord in red about 20 inches long and added a white tossel to each end.

I hope you have fun making some of these wine bottle toppers!

Until next week ~ Keep your needles clicking!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sunday Morning Knit Wit ~ Fringed!

I've noticed that this years fashion scarves have fringes sideways.  And when they are wrapped they look incredible!

My most recent scarf project is a basic cable scarf with sideways fringes

I love the way it drapes.  And the warmth of wool is unbeatable!

This pattern is a simple seed stitch on each side of a 6 stitch cable.   I have found out that if you put one purl stitch right before the cable it will help the cable 'pop'.   So for this one I did the following:

Seed 4, P1, Cable Knit 6, P1, Seed 4

It doesn't need to be too long as when it wraps it really has alot to wrap with the fringes.

Until next week - Happy Knitting!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Stocking my etsy shop with handspun yarns

I am now offerning handspun yarns for sale in my etsy shop. I have the first two of many more to come listed and couldn't be more excited! 

This deep vibrant green corridale is lucious and this natural merino wool is so lofty it's almost dreamy!

Keep checking back in my shop as I add more colors and fibers!