Sunday, August 26, 2007

This week's completed projects

Monthly dishcloth KAL. This colorway is SnC Rainbow bright ombre. It worked up nicely and will match. Handtowel I made earlier. One Christmas gift--done!
Below is mid-month KAL from Knitdishcloth group. Bernat Handicrafter. I suspect this one will be sailing on the Just B Gunn. Capt Noah Gilligan Gunn did me a favor so this dishcloth and M&Ms will be his reward. I may try to work out a handtowel.

Here they are my first pair of socks. It's 90+ degrees so can't wear up yet. I'm pleased with how they turned out and am starting pair two tonight. I'm going to try the Cat Bordhi method. This is a prayer throw I made using persimmon TLC Amore and size 10.5 needles. Pattern is flickering flames from THE HARMONY GUIDES vol 3.

The bookmark to the right is mid-August KAL designed by Liz Hanson. I have a couple of children that will receive one of these. I'll probably buy some brighter yarn and use #10 cotton. Both of these were made with DMC Senso which is fairly heavy. Bookworm was on size 3 needles. The other bookmark is Brian McGaunn's flowering vine. I'm going to try this one also with #10 cotton or Grace. Rachel's Knitting Room KAL is a Kool K-9. Yarn is SnC Robin's Egg Blue.
I also made 4 more prayer throws from the Serenity Prayer panels. My flannel shrank badly so these are small than first. That's what I get for buying cheap flannel. I get to work on socks next weekend.
I went to stamp camp this afternoon. We made Halloween favors. Taped a scalloped and stamped piece to a sucker. Also made a get well card and matching envelope.
I'm up to the neck shaping on my twin set. I hope to finish it over my long weekend. Next week I'll start Christmas projects in personal knit time.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

First Sock

Here's my first sock. I followed tutorial at Scariest part was grafting the toe. I had not had success with grafting before following the tutorial. It really helped. Yarn is Elann Esprit which is elasticized cotton. I think the colorway is English rose garden. I'm becoming addicted to sockknitting. I love handpainted yarns and interesting colorways but knitting other garments with them is way out of my budget. Socks will allow me to use them. I'm also considering dyeing my own yarn.

Also I'm working on modular coasters from Knitty Gritty. I've knitted entrelac dishcloth a couple of times but I keep having to frog these coasters. I'm knitting one of Brian McGaunn's bookmark patterns.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Bookmarks and project progress

These are my versions of the August 7 bookmark KAL. I used 4 different yarns. From the left, yarns are Elann Adara, Knit Picks Shine Sport, Patons Grace and LionBrand Microspun. I liked the Shine and Grace best. This pattern is available at

The bookmark on the left is made from Adara and from another pattern found at There are other free patterns on this site. The bookmark on the right is my second attempt at the July bookmark KAL.
Other projects progress: twin set about 12 inches up the back of the shell. I start armhole shaping in another inch. Hopefully this will be finished by the end of August. Then I'll start working on Christmas gifts. I'm working on my first sock and am about 6 inches into the gusset. I want to finish it by Thursday so that I can work on the second one on my Lake Junaluska trip. I'm also working on a prayer shawl that should be finished in about a week and, of course, I'll have KALs to do this week.

Monday, August 6, 2007

First week of August

I'm beginning to use different yarns for bookmarks. The one above was made using LionBrand Microspun on size 3 needles. Pattern is a freebie from I really liked the pattern. It is pretty on both sides.

This is Dudley the dolphin designed by Janet Nogle. He's Aug 1 KAL from monthly dishcloth group. I used SnC.
This is one-piece bathing suit from It's made using SnC. I used it for an exchange.

This is a prayer shawl that I sewed using a quilt panel donated by Chaseline. It has the Serenity prayer. I "lined" it with flannel. Chaseline is a local company that makes sample quilts. They donate material for our local Project Linus chapter. Our coordinator gave this to the shawl ministry as she felt it was better suited to adults. I have 33 more of these to make. Anybody know where I can get a deal on flannel? I'm watching our local Walmart and Joann which are the two closest fabric outlets.