Tuesday, December 26, 2006

And The Wheel Goes Round And Round

Traditional Wheel

Your First Wheel! Start your Creative Journey...

If you're starting out and looking for a good first wheel, I would suggest the Traditional with scotch tension. This is a very popular wheel because it is so versatile. It's easy to learn to use, with simple add-on kits that allow you to adapt the wheel to specific types of spinning as you begin to experiment more.

The Traditional is available in single or double drive. If you are left- handed there's a version especially for you. This wheel includes four bobbins and Lazy Kate.

As you can see, it is also a classically styled wheel made from beautiful New Zealand silver beech, so it will look great in your home.

-- Priced starting at $479.

I am adding my Christmas money to the money I've earned delivering newspapers and now have enough to buy my spinning wheel. It looks just like the one above but has a few extra features that brings the price, including tax and shipping, to $582.00. Of course it's Boxing Day so I can't order it yet and I don't know how long it will take to arrive after I do order it. So, I'm anxiously awaiting tomorrow.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Knitting With Cats

I think Angel-Who-Isn't has finally clued in that when she curls up on Mommy's lap I'm not knitting to maliciously annoy her. It's just something I do. She used to lie quietly dozing for five or ten minutes before viciously attacking my hand and arm but now she seems to understand that if she doesn't like my yarn being dragged across her back, if she doesn't enjoy the sound of my row counter rattling in her ear, if she doesn't take pleasure in being bopped on the head and rump by the ends of my needles and if she doesn't revel under the blanket of sweater back (actually, I think she does like this one) then she is more than welcome to move to Daddy's lap or bunk down with the dog.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Another New Design by Nittineedles

I have been a busy little knitter. Most of these are destined to be wrapped up as Christmas gifts for friends and family.
I needed a pair of fingerless gloves to wear while delivering my newspapers. I wanted to keep my hands warm but my fingers free to feel for the papers in my bag. Each time I made a pair I tweeked it in some way. I am now happy with the resulting pattern. Unfortunately, I think I'm addicted. I know the pattern by heart and have a mad urge to knit more.......more.......MORE!

You can find this pattern at:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nittineedles

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

My New Hobby

I have recently begun a
new hobby. It is knitting related so I thought I'd mention it here. I am making stitch markers. I didn't think I'd be able to manage picking up those litttle beads and slotting them onto wires as I have very unsteady hands but I found it to be creatively satisfying and fun if not relaxing. It's another craft where I don't look particularly busy so DH feels free to chatter at me with a few questions thrown in for good measure. One day last week I resigned myself to the fact that I can only work on my stitch markers when I am alone in the house. I've made quite a few of them as Christmas presents for the knitters I know. I have also discovered that with a little reshaping they make nice wine glass rings for the non-knitters. I will be peddling my stitch markers, for $1.00 each, at any venue I come across. Wish me luck.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

I Can Not Believe What I Did!

I don't often make a mistake but when I do it's a lulu. I started knitting this gorgeous long sleeve, tunic length pullover with some luscious plum coloured wool I've been saving for something special. With a 4mm circular needle I knit the four inches of k2, p2 rib around the bottom (in the round). Then I knit a further three inches in stocking stitch. At that point I thought I should make sure it was going to fit me so I slipped half of the stitches onto a 3 3/4mm circular needle, wrapped elastics around the ends of the needles so as not to loose any stitches and tried the sweater on. It did fit fine so I removed the extra needle and continued working stocking stitch, in the round, until the body of the sweater measured 20 inches (I'm long in the body). I thought I should try it on again, just to be on the safe side but when I picked up the spare circular needle I realized it was the size 4mm that I had removed from the stitches and except for the first seven inches I had knit the body of the sweater with the 3 3/4mm needle. I refuse to frog it. I am in the process of loosing weight and with luck and some dieting and exercise maybe it will fit me next winter. If not, I have a sister who might like it.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Decision Made!

Not only have I made my decision but I have also made the items I decided on. We've been back from vacation for over two weeks now and thought it was about time I posted what I made. There was enough yarn left over from the baby blanket to knit a matching jacket, bonnet and booties. It's another of my own designs. I kept the pattern simple and easy to remember but I didn't write any of it down so it is one of my unique creations.
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We were still a day away from home when I finished the baby set so I decided to knit a baby bib using the Chinese Waves pattern. It has lots of nice little ridges to catch the slobber and strained whatever dripping from baby's chin.
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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Decisions! Decisions!

My husband and I are going on vacation next week and I thought I'd take along my current WIP, an eyelet baby blanket. However, I started this blanket two weeks ago and I'm pretty sure I will finish it before we can get back home to the safety of my stash. I have nightmares about being stranded somewhere with nothing to knit; no yarn and no needles. So now I must choose another project. Should I start something big or should I just make slippers and dishcloths until I get back. Decisions! Decisions!

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Ribbons and Lace Christening Gown

Ribbons and Lace is the name of the Christening gown I designed to match the Lacy Baby Shawl in my previous post. It took me about two months to design and knit this but I am very pleased with how it turned out.

The pattern for this gown can be found here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nittineedles

Friday, July 14, 2006

Lacy Baby Shawl

I call this Shetland Lace Shawl.

The Pattern for this shawl can be found here:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/Nittineedles?ref=si_shop

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Lacy Baby Shawl

I had been working on a turquoise, lacy baby shawl as a gift for my grandson, Tyler, who is due on May 30th. The thin, cone yarn I was using had been found at a Salvation Army Store. To make the yarn thick enough I had to knit with two strands of it together. Everything was going swimmingly until I got about half way up the last side of the shetland shawl. That's when I knew for sure I wouldn't have enough yarn to finish the shawl. I frogged the entire thing and spent the next two days separating the two strands of yarn and rewinding them into balls. I paired the single strand of turquoise with a single strand of off white and started again. The shawl is turning out much nicer than the first one. The darker turquoise has been toned down to a nice light, heathery shade, much more appropriate for an infant. Another four weeks and it should be ready. I just hope Tyler appreciates the blood, sweat and tears (and swears) that have gone into it. LOL
I tried to get a picture but my scanner won't pick up the green and the shawl ends up looking like it's a grey/blue colour.

Monday, February 13, 2006


I had originally planned to knit two Valentine's Dishcloths for my mom and two for my younger sister but instead, gave one to each of my mom, sister and MIL. When I first designed this dishcloth I had only ever used store bought. Since then I have used the hand knit and found they shrink quite a bit. The first dishcloth I knit from my pattern would have been the size of a postage stamp after it was washed and dried in the machine so I had to resize the pattern for the next two. Then I ran out of time for the actual knitting part so I ended up with three dishcloths instead of the four I needed. Hence my MIL got the little one. It actually works out great because she told me it's too beautiful to use, also, she thinks it's a hot mat. So, as I suspected, hers will be put in a drawer somewhere, never to see the light of day again.LOL Valentines Day isn't until tomorrow so I'm knitting three more. One each for my two DDs and one for my DDIL. If my DS complains that I never knit anything for him I'll tell him his wife is more than willing to share her dishcloth.LOL

Monday, February 06, 2006

2nd Attempt at Posting My Blog

My mom's slippers were well received and can you believe it? They matched the pants and top she just happened to be wearing. lol

Now I'm working on some Valentine's Dishcloths of my own design. I thought I'd give a couple each to my mom and younger sister who has been there every Sunday since our dad passed away, except for one when she was sick.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Guess I Should Have Tried Them On

The moss green slippers I knit for my mom were too small. I know because we take the same size. Not much of a problem to fix. Just undid the top stitching and tinked back to the last pattern row, then added one more pattern. Fortunately I tried them on before I knit mine. Feet are getting a bit chilly. Think I'll go put on my new slippers. :o)

Friday, February 03, 2006

I have finished a pair of moss green thrum slippers for my mom. I knit the slippers with Alafoss Lopi and used alpaca rovings for the thrum. They should keep her tootsies warm. It only took me an average of six hours to knit them so I knit a pair for myself as well. Mine are a royal blue with red and orange bits in it. Unfortunately, the groundhog didn't see his shadow yesterday so I probably won't have a chance to wear them until next winter.
The blue with silver thread baby blanket is coming along slowly. I'm making it for my sixth grandchild, Tyler, who is due around the end of May. I also have to knit the lacy baby shawl that I've knit for the previous five grandkiddies. Those along with the other baby things I've already knit should complete Tyler's Birth Day gifts.
My fingers are itching to start the forest green and brown alpaca vest I want to knit for myself. Sigh........................So much yarn. So little time.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

OK. Since I was able to figure out how to put my picture on here, I'm going to give this another go. Can someone, anyone, PLEASE, explain to me in very simple english how to get links to other bloggers? I am SOOO computer illiterate.