April 29, 2009

Baby blanket update

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:08 am by dianelaces

Okay, the main part of the blanket is done, now I am knitting the i-cord edging.  (Actually I finished that last night and am just sewing in the ends now, but these photos don’t show the edge.)  I should have it done today!  Good thing, because Bret is nesting at work and Kristi is ready to have the baby NOW, I hear.

img_2507It looks very square in this photo, but the final measurements are 46×38 inches.  At first I thought it would be too big, but this seems to be a nice size.

April 24, 2009

My first sweater

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:20 am by dianelaces

Love it!  I’ve had the yarn for quite a while for another sweater – didn’t like it so I started on something else.  This is Rusted Root.  I loved knitting it and would like to knit another, maybe with longer sleeves for the fall. 

Rusted Root sweater

Rusted Root sweater

April 4, 2009

I designed something!

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:20 pm by dianelaces

I’m so excited; I designed a cozy for my teapot and it actually worked!

Here’s the pot that I wanted to cozy:  (I love the shape.  I’ve always called it pewter but I think it’s really silverplate.)

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I had a ball of washable wool (100% for the insulating factor and I don’t want the yarn to melt to the side of the pot!)  It’s Swish Worsted from Knit Picks and very nice and springy.   I didn’t have the ball band so I’m not sure of the colorway.  I wanted coverage on the bottom of the pot so I don’t have to worry about setting it on a trivet all the time.  So, here’s what I came up with:

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I found that I knitted straight up from the bottom and didn’t add any stitches to accommodate the girth of the pot, so I had a bit of gap-osis under the handle.  So I added the little tab and button to bring it in a little.  It worked out better than I thought.  And the drawstring at the top allows me to open the lid and add more hot water without taking the cozy off the pot.  Slick, if I do say so myself!img_2501

I was very much inspired by the mug cozies that I have knit from the pattern on http://justkatiespatterns.blogspot.com.  But I used a 1×1 ribbing at the bottom and the top because I wanted it to shrink to fit the shape of the pot.  The little tab was just inspired as an opportunity to try out Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “one-row buttonhole” from The Knitters Almanac.  And isn’t that a great button I found in my button box?  I think it’s tin because it’s metal and very, very lightweight.  All in all I’m very pleased with how it turned out; I think I’ll have to make a pot of Scottish breakfast tea and celebrate!