Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Inspirations

These are a few of the paintings I plan to recreate into skeins of yarn in my "Inspired" line of yarn (which will all be on my Etsy account, hopefully by the end of the year! >> http://www.etsy.com/shop/LadyPurl







  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DNA sweater vest (LAST ONE!)


This is my little sister. I knit her this sweater in green last year, but it was too big. This new smaller version was my wedding present to her. I switched from size 7 needles to size 2 and it took FOREVER! Luckily it's the very last time I'll ever knit it, hehe. The pattern in very nice, but those tiny stitches!


Close up of the DNA cable and lace work.


The back was all lace, I love it. 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Staghorn Scarf Pattern


Staghorn                                  

The yarn you use and needle size probably doesn't make a lick of a difference. I used Vanna White's line of yarn because I loved the color, it was super soft, and cheap. It took 1 1/2 balls of yarn. I used size 10 1/2 needles (6.5 mm).

Abbreviations:
k: knit
p: purl
sl1kw: slip 1st stitch knit-wise
sl1pw: slip 1st stitch purl-wise
BC: place 2sts on a cable needle in the back, k2, k2 from cable needle
FC: place 2sts on a cable needle in the front, k2, k2 from cable needle

Cast on 30 stitches.

Row 1 (WS and all other wrong side rows): sl1pw, k2, p2, k2, p16, k2, p2, k2, p1.
Row 2: sl1kw, p2, k2, p2, k4, BC, FC, k4, p2, k2, p2, k1. 
Row 4: sl1kw,  p2, k2, p2, k2, BC, k4, FC, k2, p2, k2, p2, k1.
Row 6: sl1kw,  p2, k2, p2, BC, k8, FC, p2, k2, p2, k1.

Repeat rows 1-6 until desired length.* Cast off while following the WS of the pattern, it looked most natural casting off after Row 2.

*My favorite rule of thumb for knitting scarves is to knit the scarf as tall as you are (or whoever will receive the scarf). That made mine about 65 inches long, but knit it as long as you feel like. It's such a fast knit and makes a very cute slinky skinny scarf so if you have the yarn just keep on going! ^_^

Fringe: I cut 12" lengths of yarn, 6 per fringe section, and 5 on each edge. That's 60 in total. I folded the yarn length sections in half (6 pieces), stuck them through the scarf at the cast on and cast off edges (just make a hole and squeeze it through or use a crochet hook), pulling half way through, making a loop then pulled the loose ends (that are hanging out the other side) through the loop and pulled tight. I hope that makes sense, but it's essentially just knotting the fringe onto the bottom. It's the easiest way to attach fringe, one can even call it the cheater's method it's so simple :-P

Hope you have fun with it! I'm putting the pattern up on Ravelry, and if you knit one up I'd love to see your pictures!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Starry Night Results

Here's how the yarn turned out.

Not sure how well I did, but either way the yarn felt and looked awesome. The blue came out a lot deeper than I expected and the purple really pops. I wanted yellow, but it came out more gold, slightly orange. I think it should be very interesting to knit with.



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Vincent


I had a dream about the "Vincent and the Doctor" episode of Doctor Who last night. I thought, I must do something to celebrate my love for not only that episode, which is thee best Doctor Who episode, beating "Lady in the Fireplace" by a hair, but also my adoration and obsession with Vincent Van Gogh. 

So I'm going to do what I do best. Knit something.

I wasn't just about to go out and buy the yarn for this. It had to be special. So I hand dyed it in a way that I've never tried before. I separated the dyes by placing them in individual jars, filling them half full with a dash of vinegar and a teaspoon-ish of dye in each jar. 

I separated how much yarn I wanted of each color and slowly stuffed the yarn in the jars, using a dowel to stir and yarn.



I'll post more pictures tomorrow once it dries. I'm super psyched to see how it turns out.
I also need to find a pattern, or make one, that really encapsulates Starry Night. Something wiggly and wobbley, me thinks. Something with cables, perhaps. Probably socks. Can't go wrong with a nice pair of socks :}

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Designing, writing, and stitching

I've been designing patterns and coming up with ideas a lot lately for a pattern book I want to put together. I'm still weighing the pros and cons about selling each pattern individually myself, or through a publisher like knitty.com, or on Ravelry for like $5 a pattern, OR putting them all together and publishing a book myself... Or sending that finished book out to publishers and have someone else sell it... Uhg, I don't know. I think I should probably get some patterns published first on sites like Knitty just to get my name out there. Then when I'm knitty-famous I'll have the street cred to publish a whole book. Either way I can't really publish pictures or notes on what I'm working on :{.

I do have one thing though!



This is a scarf I whipped up for a friend of mine who just designed a new logo for me. It's still in the works, but I'll be revamping my whole site and "Lady Purl" soon enough. The cable is called "Staghorn" and it was super easy to do. If anyone would like the pattern, I'd write it up!