Entrelac Baby Blanket

Well, my little man will be three months old on Saturday. To celebrate, I finished his baby blanket! At least he didn’t need it in July…

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I got this blanket as a kit from Mary Maxim. I can’t find the exact one, but something similar can be found here. It’s knit over 12 blocks that are 10 stitches wide, and it’s finished with an I-cord border.

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Booties, and Blankets, and Birthdays, oh my! And lots of other things…

Saturday was a very busy day in our household.  Hubby took our son for a drive in the morning.  They went out for breakfast and then went ‘topping’ (shopping, to my two-year-old son).  Once they got home, my son and I hit the road again.  First we went to a baby shower.  Here’s a few shots of the gifts that I made my friend:

Cow Beanie and Booties Cuffed Baby Booties

Here is a link to the bootie pattern, and you can check out my previous post on the hat (also includes a link to the full pattern).  This was my first time making booties, and I’m very pleased with how they turned out.  If you check out the site where I got the pattern from, she also includes a video tutorial on how to make the sole of the bootie, to help you out.

After the shower, we went to a second birthday party for a little girl who lives up the road from us.  We arrived a little late, because the shower and the party were at the same time, but we also stayed later because the two kiddies were having a great time playing with her new toys.

Another exciting thing happened on Saturday:

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A parcel arrived in the mail for me!  Actually, it arrived Friday, but we could only get to the post office on Saturday morning.  Isn’t it great when you get something in the mail?  Even though I knew exactly what it was, I was still pretty excited.  Here’s what I ordered:

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A new baby blanket pattern and yarn for our new arrival, and a set of kitchen cloths with toppers.  My hubby really likes the kitchen cloths, so I figured that it was time for me to learn how to make them myself.  The blanket is a knit entrelac pattern in vibrant colours.  I made an entrelac scarf back when I was in university, but it should be interesting to make it on a larger scale.

March break started for us this weekend, so I’m off for a whole week.  I’m hoping to finish a few things that I started so I can begin that blanket.  Once I get them done, I’ll show them to you!  One is a sharp crochet hook project that I’m quite excited about.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!

How to Knit or Crochet a Dishcloth

 

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My grandmother taught me how to knit when I was 7, but I didn’t really learn anything besides straight knitting.  So I made a lot of scarves.  The summer after my second year of university, I worked as a historical tour guide at one of our local museums.  When we had down time, we could work on ‘period appropriate crafts’, so I picked up knitting again.  One of the ladies that worked there gave me a pattern for a dishcloth, and taught me how to do the increases and decreases, and I was set.  After that, I could knit almost anything (once I learned how to purl, of course…).  Here’s the pattern for a basic knit dishcloth:

Cast on 4

Row 1: k

Row 2: k2, yo, k2 (yo stands for yo, you just wrap the yarn around and keep going, it makes an increase)

Row 3 and rest of rows: k2, yo, k to end of row

I like to stop once I hit 50 stitches.  Then you start your decreases:

Row 1 decrease: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, k to end of row (k2tog means you knit two stiches together, it makes a decrease)

I continue until I get 5 stitches, then I k one row, and then bind off.  I find that if I go all the way back down to 4st, it makes the end too pointy.  This makes it more rounded.

I used Bernat Handicrafter Cotton for my dish cloths, and 4.00mm knitting needles.  This gives you a dish cloth that won’t stretch to pieces.

I also used this opportunity to crochet a few dish cloths.  I’ve only been crocheting for a few years, and I’m not great at it, so dish cloths are a great way to practice technique: 

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I can’t give you the pattern for the doily one on top, I found it in book put out by Bernat on various dish cloths.  It may be available on their website.  The two in behind are a little easier.  The one of the left is just ch 34, and then sc until you get to 8 inches.  The one on the right is a granny square.

When I first learned to crochet, I had no idea that there was a wrong side.  I made my friend’s daughter a sweater, and thought those lines were supposed to be there.  Oops… this is what the wrong side looks like:

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And then the right side:

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Make a Tinsel Scarf!

I was at a store this morning, and the sign said “63 days until Christmas!”… but seeing as how today is two months from Christmas Eve, I think it’s actually 61.  Anyway, this means that I am going to start with the Christmas crafts.  I will be selling some things at craft sales starting on November 17th, so I have to get busy.  Anyway, I found this yarn at Michael’s a few weeks ago:

It’s called ‘Festive’ by Loops & Threads, comes in three colours (red, green and silver… maybe more, but all I saw was three), and it looks just like tinsel!  Ah… tinsel… the stuff that you’d cut and wear on your head so you could be an angel in your Christmas pageant.  Or you’d decorate a tree with it… 

However, this stuff is not at all scratchy like real tinsel, it’s actually pretty soft.  And it’s a breeze to crochet, and probably to knit, as well.  I’d recommend using large needles or a crochet hook.  I used a 10mm hook, and I would use at least that for knitting needles.  Here’s my crochet pattern (and please forgive me… I’m not great at patterns):

Tinsel Scarf – use one ball of Festive

Ch 9, skip three ch, and make 1DC each in next 6ch.  Make 3 ch, turn, and DC across.

Does that make sense?  In each row, there is the 3ch that makes 1DC, and then 6 additional DC, to make 7 all together.  This makes a nice long, but thin scarf, so you could wrap it around your neck, or double it and loop it like I did.  Enjoy the tinsel!

Note: for knitting, cast on 6-10 (depending on how thick you’d like your scarf), and knit across each row.

Easy Afghans

Sorry it’s been so long since my last post!  We’ve been quite busy with the market.  Things have been going well, and I’ve been (literally) cooking up something neat to show you!  I’ll get it finished this afternoon, and will write another post about it.

Anyway, I tend to make a lot of things as gifts.  If I kept everything I crafted for myself, I’d need another house to hold it all.  As is, I almost need another house for my supplies.  But that’s beside the point.  I went back through some old pictures today, and found this one:

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When I graduated from my second degree in 2008, I was living with five other girls.  I made them all afghans as graduation presents.  The one on the left, though it is hard to see, is actually a giant white ‘X’ set on a blue background.  X was the symbol for our school, for Xavier.  So here’s the gist of how to make these:

First panel:

Cast on 40st

Row 1: *K2, P2* repeat until you reach the end

Row 2: *P2, K2* repeat until you reach the end

Row 3: *P2, K2* repeat until you reach the end

Row 4: *K2, P2* repeat until you reach the end

You will knit until you reach 64 rows, then you can change colours.  On the first block you will knit straight across, and then pick up on row two with the pattern.  After you knit 5 blocks, you can bind off.  Knit five panels, then sew together, adding a tassel at the bottom if you wish.

Happy knitting!

Wine cozies

I’m probably not the first one to admit that I have problems finishing things.  I was terrible at writing essays in school because I always had trouble with my closing paragraphs.  It’s the same thing with my projects.  I love to start a new one, but I have trouble finishing them.  Unless I have a goal.  That’s why I can give things as gifts, because I’ve got the goal to get them finished by a certain date.  Here are two examples of gifts that I made back in 2007.  One was a gift for a cooperating teacher who liked wine, and the second was to go with a wedding gift.  I made that one in the wedding colours, and it accompanied wine glasses that they had on their registry.

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As for the embellishments, the first one was embroidered with gold stars.  The second one has the bride and groom’s names, and the date of their wedding on the other side.  I got the pattern from a knitty article.  Here’s the link:

http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTwinecozy.html

I guess the most important thing that I did was to size up as I went.  I used a bottle to make sure I went up high enough for the neck.  I tend to knit really tightly, so if I follow a pattern, sometimes things end up to be quite a bit smaller than intended.  Like the sweater that I made myself… but that’s another story for another day.

A gift idea for the Mr and Mrs

My brother was married over the May long weekend.  For my birthday back in November, they gave me a book called “Knitted Wild Animals” by Sara Keen (http://www.amazon.ca/Knitted-Wild-Animals-Easy—Knit/dp/082303318X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340304321&sr=8-1).  I thought that they deserved the first creation from the book.  I made the lion from the book, except I made two, one without a mane.  I picked up the outfits from Build-A-Bear, and dressed them up.  They were the gift toppers for the wedding present.

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They took a lot of work, making all the little pieces, sewing them together, and stuffing them.  I even recruited my wonderful husband to help sew them together.  But it was definitely worth it.