Submitted by grandcarriage on Thu, 2006-11-09 23:17
Felt an old sweater, or the use the one accidentally felted by your "sweetheart". This is a very good use for those wool sweaters that have moth-holes you don't or can't fix. Top stitch over any holes with sewing machine to stabilize fabric before felting. You will fold felted fabric, and the fold will become the thumb side of the mitten. Mark and cut a mitten shape sans bottom cuff, DO NOT CUT FOLD: The mitten will be more comfortable if there is no seam on this side. Same theory, cut a thumb shape with the fold on the inside of thumb, not forgetting to have a little extra ease, especially at the bottom. In the folded side of the mitten, slash an opening where the thumb will attach. A slit about 2-2 1/2 inches should suffice. Pin and stitch the thumb to the mitten using a short straight stitch. (If the felt isn't terribly firm, do two rows, close together: You want a small seam allowance. Wrong side out, stitch down outside edge of thumb using same technique as above. Straight stitch and zigzag, or serge across bottom of mitten to secure fabric structure. (Do not stitch the bottom of mitten closed.)
Wrong side out, Str Stch and zigzag (or serge) the top and side of outside of mitten closed.
Submitted by grandcarriage on Wed, 2006-11-08 14:27
I need referrals to good yarn stores in the following cities. Can anyone help?
San Francisco, Ca..... Seattle, WA....Milwaukee, WI... and Vancouver, BC.
Thanks a bunch.
Submitted by grandcarriage on Tue, 2006-11-07 20:08
Someone asked about the sash I knit for my highlander outfit. It is knit in Peruvian Tweed alpaca and Blue Moon mohair miniloop boucle (Olive garden is the color). Size 10.5 needles, K10, P10 rib for 90 stitches and 8 feet. (I think the whole thing cost about $70 for materials.) 1 skein each, lots of yardage on both. I still have enough yarn left to knit a scarf out of the same.
Submitted by grandcarriage on Sun, 2006-11-05 15:44
Someone was asking about a side to side sweater. Here is a raglan one I did last winter in Plymouth Outback Mohair: A very good value~ 52" chest sweater in 4 skeins for a total cost of $45. It is very comfortable and light, not too warm, and was a very fast knit. I decided that I prefered it in reverse stockinette, although I have the same yarn in a different color and may do saddle shoulder side to side in regular stockinette, just to compare the finished results.
The decrease bands in "X's & O's" cable were knit separately and added afterwards. The collar and waist rib were added last. (I will probably take off the bottom rib and put on a rolled hem: I don't like the rib in mohair. The collar is doubled over on itself. Note how good the variegated yarn looks side to side: Kind of a rorschach test pattern. I get lots of compliments on this easy and quick sweater.
Submitted by grandcarriage on Sun, 2006-11-05 13:39
This was my senior studio thesis project for my BFA in 1990. It is a hand-doubleknit scarf, fully reversible as you can see. Some of the yarn was handspun by me: The fuzzy carmel colored one is Collie (leftovers from a commissioned sweater/blazer that I spun/designed/knit~ I can't find pictures of that creation, don't ask)
The scarf is NOT a tube, but a flat piece of fabric. Similar to double weave, but identical front and back, where as doubleweave is the reverse front to back...like a negative. It is approx 7 feet long and mainly wool, silk, collie, angora, with a little linen, mohair, and rayon thrown in. It has held up pretty well for 16 years of use (although I keep it for "special" as you can imagine).
PS: The collie yarn is fabulous: Incredibly soft and furry, doesn't shed...you just want to "roll around nekkid on it". The sweater/blazer was done for a collie breeder who wanted something to wear while showing his dogs in the cooler months: It was a shaped cardigan like a blazer with a shawl collar: Made in sock weight collie plied with a fine tussah silk. It was gorgeous, and he had it lined. I don't know how warm it was: It was done to his measurements, and
Submitted by grandcarriage on Sun, 2006-11-05 13:11
Here is the 1934 "Ladies Home Companion" (Uk version) Christmas stocking. The finished one is by "granny" for client in 1971. It is being knit in fingerling weight acrylic/nylon (hard to find christmas colors these days in real wool). I am turning the heel on the sock right now and should have it completed in an hour or two. I will be swiss darning the name and various details on it.
I think I will detox after I finish the second one by knitting some "Dr. Seuss" Christmas socks...big candy striped ones in red/white or green/white with 7 toes, or something. Or maybe with one long pointy toe, ala "Who-ville". I am just a little cutsie-d out. I need something bizarre.
Submitted by grandcarriage on Fri, 2006-11-03 15:46
CRAPPY WEATHER. I work outside as long as I can bear it. The flat is halfway turned into a fiber studio, and looks like a tornado hit it. My current projects are mostly repair, BUT I got a coolish commission last night: To knit a pair of Christmas stockings from a 1930ish pattern for two young kids. Evidently granny has knit abot 30+ of these stockings for the family, but is too old to do it anymore, and the youngest are the only ones bereft. It's not hard: The pattern is poorly written, but I have a sample to work from...Just a long skinny stocking with chilren in intarsia, then a panel with santa, and then a panel with pine-trees before it becomes a standard stock bottom. What I stand to make from these will pay half a month's rent. AMEN! And, I borrowed a digital camera, soI can finally photograph some of my knit projects. Hoo hoo!
Submitted by grandcarriage on Tue, 2006-10-31 20:25
Wore my crazy new handknit socks last night. They are textured all the way around, and you know, I like the sensation of the texture underfoot. They felt fabulous but are a little loose, I could probably knit the same yarn on needles 2 sizes smaller. I think I will felt these a little and see how that does.
I wore the socks that killed me (SOCKWARS) last night to keep my tootsies warm (I am putting off turning on the heat in the flat: My electric bill goes from $28 a month to $128 a month, and that's just with having it on in the evening. OUCH!). They too, are a little too big: Kept falling off. So I have a question for you guys who felt: If you were to do partial felting for size: Would you hand wash it and let it felt in the hot dryer, taking it out and trying on the size as you go?
Submitted by grandcarriage on Tue, 2006-10-24 13:41
Knitting on Plane.... by Grandcarriage
I can`t believe it.
ARE YOU REALLY DOING THAT?
Yes, double seed stitch.
Submitted by grandcarriage on Mon, 2006-10-23 23:39
Coffee Shop blues, a poem by Grandcarriage
Here I sit, brokenhearted.
Came to knit, but