05 May, 2013

I finished the cape from the Craftsy.com Entrelac class. I used the yarn that the pattern was written for: Twisted Fiber Art - Queen Evolution. It is a beautiful yarn to work with and I would highly recommend it! It was like knitting with butter! But if you are making this cape, make sure that you don't change your mind after you order the yarn on the size you are making. I originally was going to make a medium but then, after ordering the yarn, changed my mind to a small. This yarn is dyed to order in one of the colourways that they offer. After getting most of the cape knitted, I realized that if I continued the pattern as written, I would not get a lot of the orange colour at the top of the cape, so instead of doing two rounds of double decreases, I did 4 rounds of single decreases. This made the cape a little longer & allowed me to get more of the orange colour into the cape.

I love working with entrelac and have already designed a couple of projects I'm working on. 

I also absolutely LOVE!!!! the yarn and I'm trying to figure out how I can make a coat or jacket using this yarn. Maybe learning how to do steeks is in my future!  

04 March, 2013

I finished not only my first Entrelac neck warmer but an Entrelac Infinity Scarf as well! I'm loving the technique so much that I've also started working on my own design.

The brown neck warmer is knit with Knit Picks Swish Tonal in the Kindling colour.  I like Knit Picks because the yarns are decent and fairly inexpensive. Knitting can get very expensive, especially if using hand dyed yarns.

The second piece was knit with Kollage Yarns Riveting which is a worsted weight cotton yarn made from recycled jeans. A very interesting concept. It has a bit of weight to the yarn. I like this yarn but I will warn you, it can be a little more difficult to knit with as it is not as forgiving as wool can be. This infinity scarf is about 60".

My third piece I'm making is also an infinity scarf but I'm using Knit Picks Chroma Worsted. Stay tuned for finished pictures!

16 February, 2013

Knitting Entrelac

My journal project with my friend continues. For the month of February, we are working on a grid. A knitting technique that at least appears to be worked in a grid is Entrelac. Here is what I have going so far:
It can be a little confusing but I'm plodding along. I'm working through a Craftsy.com class which is very helpful. One of the fun things I've learnt is how to knit backwards! This piece is supposed to be a cowl. Will post photos when it is done.

01 February, 2013

I have been working on a conceptual knitting project - a temperature scarf. You can get a copy of it on Ravelry here. Here is my January 2013 temperatures knitted into the scarf.

13 January, 2013

For 2013 I am working with a friend on a journal page a week. Each month we will choose a theme & work within that theme. These pieces do not have to be big, works of art or labor intensive - unless we choose them to be. They are a way to work on a new technique or to practice an old technique that needs work. They are for fun. Here is my piece for the first week of January.
I created a 5"x7" frame so that I can "frame" my pieces. Here I was practicing free motion. You would think that circles are easy. They are not! It was fun working on this. Now to go finish my second weeks piece.

I also finished a knitted hat yesterday. I make a bunch of these throughout the year and give them to a friend in December who gives them to the shelters with Christmas gifts. It feels good to be getting a head start on them.

10 January, 2013

Photos of work I have done in 2012.