The Knitscene Summer 2013 preview is up! I am so happy that I can now share two of my designs with you. They are Lindell Tee and Adeline Camisole.
This fun silhouette features a peplum and scoop neck. The Lindell Tee is a short sleeve pullover worked from the bottom up in the round. The edges and waistband are worked in garter stitch. Sleeves are worked flat. Bust and back darts create a form fitting shape.
Adeline Camisole features adjustable straps and waist drawstring. It is worked in the round from the bottom up in a raindrop stitch pattern. Attached I-cord finishes the neck and armhole edges.
We've hardly begun spring and are already dreaming of summer! So many pretty tees and tanks to
New Pattern: Rosewood Cowl
Ah, Spring! I can feel it in the warm afternoons and see it in the little flowers blooming and the insects buzzing around. A lightweight cowl is a nice way to start off spring, worked in an open cables and lace stitch pattern and a fun shape.
Rosewood Cowl is a lightweight bandana style cowl worked in a cable and lace stitch pattern. It is knitted flat from the bottom up, with the growing triangle outlined by two cables. Three small buttons create a delicate closure that keep your hair from being mussed. The stitch pattern pairs beautifully with a hand-painted fingering weight yarn.
23” wide and 15” long at center
Ella Rae Lace Merino (100% extra fine merino wool; 460 yds/420 m per 100 g ball) Color 114, 1 skein.
Approximately 250 yards needed for cowl.
US #6/4 mm needles
3 half inch wide buttons
Sewing thread to match buttons
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
22 sts and 38 rows = 4” in Cable and Lace (use repeat section of chart)
ability to read a chart
knitted cast on
basic knowledge of cables
Last month the owner of my LYS told us during our knit night that she had received a request for baby items from a local charity. The charity is called Boots & Booties, which holds an annual military baby shower. I occasionally make items for a charity, but this one really came close to my heart. I'm not yet a mother, but I am a military wife and someday it will be me at that baby shower. Being couple thousand miles away from all my family and close friends will make it hard to celebrate one of life's most joyous events.
Part of being a military spouse is learning to be ok with being alone much of the time, possibly even when giving birth. I'd like to think that opening up a gift and finding a handmade baby hat inside might make some mother-to-be's day a little bit better, so I'm going to do my part and make as many of these cute little hats as I can manage before the deadline.
Now a bit about the pattern:
With this pattern you can design your own hats for charity and simple gifts. Five brim designs, three crown designs, plus optional stripes and color blocking choices will give you endless possibilities. Sizes range from newborn to adult large.
Brim designs include: 1x1 rib, 2x2 rib, rolled brim, picot hem, and scallop edge.
Crown designs include: square, basic round, and stem.
Hats are meant to be worn with 1-2” negative ease.
newborn (up to 3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months)[1-5 years, 6 years-adult small, adult medium-adult large]
To fit head size: 13.5 (15-16, 16-17, 17-18)[18-20, 20-22, 22-24]”
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Circumference: 12 (13.5, 15.25, 16.75)[18.5, 20, 21.5]”
Length: 5 (6, 6.25, 6.75)[7.25, 8, 8.75]”
Worsted weight acrylic or wool yarn. If hat is for a charity I would suggest using acrylic or superwash wool for easy laundering.
Approximate yardage needed: 50 (70, 80, 95)[115, 135, 160] yds.
US #7/4.5mm 16” circular needle and/or set of 5 double pointed needles
US #6/4 mm 16” circular needle and/or set of 5 double pointed needles
Adjust needle size to get correct gauge.
Tapestry needle to weave in ends
One removable/locking stitch marker or safety pin
20 sts and 26 rounds= 4” in Stockinette stitch in the round on larger needles.
working in the round
long tail cast on
loop cast on
My New Year's resolution for 2012 was to get rid of my 'black thumb' and learn how to successfully grow vegetables. Not only did I succeed (mostly) I developed a passion for growing my own food. I started with a container garden of a few plants, then expanded to containers plus one raised bed garden when I moved to North Carolina.
I spent the last few winter months dreaming of spring and the plants I would grow. I studied the Burpee catalog over and over, making lists of what I wanted to grow vs what I could actually handle growing. I finally bought my seeds and started growing my little plants indoors under grow lights.
The idea of using grow lights was new to me. Even though my garden was successful last spring and fall, I am still a very new gardener and don't know much about what I am doing! I read up on grow lights and thought they sounded like a good idea, but I just don't really have room for a big fluorescent light. Then I read a blog somewhere about using desk lamps for grow lights. I couldn't find too much information, but as long as I wasn't growing a huge amount of seedlings it sounded like it would work.
I went to Lowes and bought clip on desk lamps with a maximum wattage the highest I could find- 60 watts. I bought some CFL bulbs in the 60W equivalent in Daylight. Once my seedlings had started to sprout, I took them out of the tray and into tiny containers (thanks to yogurt and frozen italian ices), turned on the lamps and crossed my fingers. The seedlings went from a pale yellow-green to a happy vibrant green and have been sprouting true leaves like crazy. Yay for happy plants!!
I've also been saving plastic bottles and containers for recycling into my garden. Milk jugs, soda bottles, yogurt containers, etc. All washed and trimmed and waiting for my happy plants. The last frost date is approaching and I'm getting very anxious about setting out my plants.
This year is all about tomatos, peppers, cucumbers, lettuce and herbs. Last year I had two cherry tomato plants, two jalapenos, chives and parsley and loved every single bite. This year will be (hopefully) 3 different types of tomatoes, 5 types of peppers, and about 8 types of herbs (I lost count!). Plus the usual carrots, beets, broccoli. Also new to me: peas, strawberries, kale, and kohlrabi. It is a new adventure! To all the gardeners out there: Happy
Cassie loves to knit, read and cook. She sometimes does all three at the same time.