Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Sweater for Baby Ruby

Our neighbors had a little baby girl and named her Ruby. So sweet! I got to hold her the other day; she was so precious!

I made her this Knitting Pure and Simple Baby Cardigan using Cascade Sierra in Ruby Red. Cute, huh? Can't wait to see it on her!

Check out the darling sheep buttons! I'm thinking about ordering some cute buttons to sell at The Naked Sheep Knit Shop. What do you think?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Zig Zag Scarf

I used 3 skeins of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky and size 10 needles to make this scarf; and it has a really great soft and cozy feel to it!

Here's the pattern if you want to make one for yourself!

K = knit
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
M1 = make one stitch--pick up the bar between the stitches with the left needle, from the front to the back; and then knit it through the back loop

Cast on 21 stitches.

Row 1: K1, m1, knit to last 3 stitches, k2tog, k1.
Row 2: Knit.

Repeat rows 1 and 2 nine more times.

Repeat row 2 once.

Work the last 21 rows until desired length. Bind-off and weave in ends.

Easy, huh? Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I Hate Swatching!

Well, really I don’t hate swatching; but that is a sentiment that I hear constantly at the shop. Most people are so excited to get started on their new project, they view swatching as a waste of time. They want to get to the real knitting.

In response to my suggestions to knit a gauge swatch, I often hear things like, “But it will probably just work out, right?”; or “I always knit right on gauge”.

Most things don’t usually “just work out”; and always is a dangerous word in knitting. Many knitter’s need an attitude adjustment here. First of all, knitting is a process. And swatching is a part of that process. An important part!

Here are just a few reasons why you should learn to value swatching:

Swatching lets you determine your stitch gauge. The number of stitches and rows in one inch of knitted fabric. Being off by ½ stitch per inch can affect your finished product greatly. Yes, there are times when it won’t, but it’s better to be aware of the difference and make the choice to proceed confidently.

Swatching gives you a place to practice the stitch pattern called for in your pattern. Does the texture of the pattern work well with the yarn you’ve chosen? Do you enjoy the stitch pattern?

Swatching gives you a piece of fabric that you can use to test wash and block. If you’re unsure about how the yarn will wash up, test it first on a small scale!

Swatching lets you experience the yarn and decide whether it’s the right yarn for your project. Do you like the feel of it after it’s knitted? Does it have the right drape? Does it split?

So, take the time to knit your swatch. It’s definitely worth your time and effort. I realize that you may not ever learn to love to swatch; but maybe you will be able to embrace it as part of the wonderful process of knitting!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fun in the Snow

Brad had some fun during our last snow day. He made me this very sweet little snow woman!

Thanks Brad!