Progress at the yarn shop

I did some painting this weekend at my LYS - there are notes and a few pics on my blog

check it out if you have been following along. She has had a major increase in sales since we did the remodel. the knitting table seems to be filling up also!

it's not done by FAR - but it's looking good - any suggestions you have would be appreciated - feel free to comment on the site.

The owner (Florence) is doing much better - we took her to the hospital and she has recovered fully - kidney infection and bladder infection - she's OK now - lost 15 pounds - she's more docile right now - I think she's thankful that we're paying attention to her! :) I love her - she's grumpy and honest and one of the best people I have met in CA.


Happy Monday!

Well here goes

My fiancée finally got me into knitting. She has tried twice before but this time she put some huge effort into and bought me a crap load of stuff for my birthday. Once I started it wasn't so bad. Figured I might as well spread my wings and visit the sites suggested in my book i got, knitting with balls. This should be fun, I hope my first scarf doesn't come out looking like crap.

I never noticed how much work it actually is though. Before I wouldn't think twice when she would mention knitting 200 rows and now I'm just like, damn thats rough.

Progressive as a square:

Cynthia @ Baxterknits gave me permission to adapt her 'Progressive' shawl as a square -- and here is the results. (see attached photos) - the colour is more true in the one you can't really see the patterning, and it is much more square then it appears in the photo where you CAN see the pattern - between the angle, the camera, my eyesight -- quality photos 'R' not us.

Red Heart 'Soft Baby' in a pale yellow - so pale as to be almost cream. Done on a size 10.5 (US) needle. It took about 12 ounces -- the soft baby comes in 7 0z skeins, so less then two skeins.

addendum - started the circular version over the weekend - it's currently 224 stitches around - 58 rows.

For Zarrion

Hi zarrion,
I like to make patchwork blankets too. Here is what I do:
I usually make mine with sportweight yarns and knit them on #5 US needles. I usually cast-on about 20 - 25 stitches and then knit about 35-40 rows for each patch.

There is an easy trick to make sure your patches end up as perfect squares -- fold each patch and turn it into two triangles. When they are the same size you know you have a perfect square.

Try this while you are knitting: With the patch in front of you and your knitting needle on top - take the bottom left corner of the patch and bring it up to the top right corner. When the triangle on top is the same size as the one on the bottom then you know you have a perfect square. If you can't get the bottom left corner to touch the top right corner then you know you need to keep adding more rows.

Then I sew all the patches together and finish them off with three or four rows of single crochet. I attached a pic of one of my finished blankets.

Hope this helps


Knit-Out & Crochet 17-18 February 2007

The weekend of 17-18 February 2007 at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, the Craft Yarn Council is sponsoring a Knit-Out and Crochet event. Information can be found at the following websites: and at I've posted on my blog other tidbits of information/links if your interested in attending.

I'll be there...being so close how could I miss it?

(sorry I didn't put this into the "upcoming events" area...I just couldn't quite figure out how to post it.)

Hope to see ya there!

Ribbed Hat

Help guys - there was someone in my work the other day and he had this hat on - I told him I needed to look at it for just a second.. then threw it on the ground and snapped a photo of it and told him I wanted to make one.

"you could make one?" he asked.

"sure" I said (quietly thinking to myself: I usually do hats in the round, and I see that the decreases are in the "purls" of the hat if it was in the round, but changing colors like that in the round would put mean starting the color over every row... damn I hope I can do it!) I THINK there was a seam on the inside of the hat... SO I was wondering if anyone had a "ribbed" hat pattern that I could modify to do blocks of color like this hat - it will have to be sewn up, I'm sure.

anyone have any ideas? I'm going to also show it to my LYS tomorrow when I paint - maybe they can just make up a pattern for me - but I HAVE to ask my men!

thanks for the help!



The shape of shawls to come...

This is a duplicate of a project I was working on on another forum. I have added some items and changed some others - so it isn't just copy and paste.

I thought I'd I'd put down somewhere all the different "standard" shapes that shawls/wraps seem to come in, and some notes on how to get that shape - This is not including ponchos. I've also (for the most part) excluded consturction methods that involve piecing.

  • 1) circular

    • 1a) gradual increase

    • 1b) puncuated equilibrium ( I'll explain later)

    • 1c) Pi

    • 1d) wedges

    • 1e) Circumfrence inwards

  • 2) Square

    • 2a) edge to edge

    • 2b) corner to corner

    • 2c) in the "round"

    • 2d) mitered

    • 2e) Perimeter INWARDS

    • 2f) Triangular - pieced construction

    • 2g) Log Cabin Construction

  • 3) Variations on a circle:

    • 3a) open

    • 3b) super-circular

    • 3c) semi-circular

    • 3d) PR2 - type

  • 4) Stole (rectangular)

    • 4a) worked lengthwise

      • 4a-1) edge to edge
      • 4a-2) on the bias

latest finished objects

attached photos of the Irish Hiking Scarf - finished; as I said before it was suppossed to be a Christmas 2005 gift; the second item is a a jo sharp mohair 'Indulgence' and KidSilk Haze scarf - which was suppossed to be another 2005 Christmas present. The mohair one doesn't have to be shipped though - the recipent took it about 30 seconds after I took the photo.