Tag Archive: Knitting


Woot woot

Sometime back I tweeted about not posting to my blog with my phone. WordPress tweeted back with a link to a tutorial on how to. My reply was, “oh I know how, I don’t like to because tags don’t populate in the field.” Their response lead me to believe it was something they were working on. 
Fast forward to today when I came on to post on my knitting blog and while checking out my blogs I follow saw a post about ‘searchable tags’. Color me a happy girl. 😊 

Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?

One day this week a woman got on the train carrying a cup of coffee. Instead of a paper sleeve she had a crocheted one. My first thought was, I want it! My second thought was I can make it myself. I went online to find a pattern, all the patterns I found were crocheted, but I wanted a knit one. I decided it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out how to make one myself.

20130316-134725.jpgAnd here it is, and here are the directions. I used “Caron Simply Soft Party yarn” medium size, gauge is 18 stitches, 24 rows with #8(5mm) US needles=4″x4″ (10 cm). I used size #4 US, (3.5 mm) double pointed needles to make the knitted sleeve shown.

Cast on 34 sts. Join
Rnd 1: K
Rnd 2: Purl all even rows.
Rnd 3: K 17 sts, increase one stitch, K 16 sts, increase one stitch, K1
Rnd 5: K
Rnd 7: K 18 sts, increase one stitch, K 17 sts, increase one stitch, K1
Rnd 9: K
**Rnd 11: K to last stitch, increase one stitch in space before last stitch.
Rnd 12: P
Rnd 13: K
Rnd 14: P

Repeat from ** until sleeve is as long as you want it. Bind off next row, weave yarn ends in.

20130316-135937.jpgAfter finishing it and trying it on the cup to make sure it fit, I did another test. I took the sleeve off the cup and boiled some water, then I made tea in the cup. I put the sleeve on and held the cup, yes I am holding a paper cup with boiling water in it. So not only does it protect my hand, I was also able to get it on the cup when the cup was full. I call that success.

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This is Jack with his sweater I knitted for him. I never knit for other people. I don’t like animals. **whistles**

Isn’t he the cutest thing!

A new hat

Since my “Bella is Creative” blog has been taken over by a story, my hat has to come here. I started it last night. I am using my Islander hat as a ‘template’, I have knitted 4″ so far.

So far I am averaging 2″ a night, if I keep this pace up, I will finish in within a weeks time. There are a few reasons it has taken me two evenings to get to 4″. One is I knit really slow, yes really. Two is I stop after knitting one or two rows to measure it, and to admire how perfect my stitches are.

As soon as I get 4-½” of K2, P2 ribbing I can start on the cables. I am thinking I want to taper it at the top but I haven’t completely decided.

The yarn is some I found in my supplies. It is a spruce green and sparkly, it’s called Dazzle. I don’t remember what I originally bought it for.

Chatter Chatter

So, I just got hit with a headache. OW! I gave the blanket to the new mommie to be, well, she is not actually a NEW mommie, this is her third, but it is her first GIRL! She said she loved it, likes how soft it is, had to give me a hug. She also liked the baby feet on the bag and the card.

I took a few minutes to pop over to WW to check my threads. I just pasted ♪♥♫♥ >^..^< on them so tonight I can find them and type something. Laurie Lee sent an e-mail to Pam saying she has to leave the thread. I remember when I did that, then I came back, now the thread is no longer there. I am sure that will not happen to BT and BTF. There are too many people that post to it for it to just fade to black.

There was another thread that I used to post to that is no longer there. I can't believe that at one time I posted to 7-10 threads. One thread now only has like 3 regular posters. Every once in a while someone new posts there, but they don't come back.

My weight was up this morning, but my pants seem to be fitting better. So that is an NSV.

Window Pane Baby Blanket


Here is the blanket, I posted on the BT thread that it was here and have gotten several compliments on it. I am going to start a blog with all my crafts on it. I just have to figure out how to do it!

Window Pane Blanket

Just finished this book, will come back to comment on it.

O.K. I put my laundry in and did stuff and now I have no time to comment on this book. But I will, but now I have to post pictures of the baby blanket I just finished.

I really enjoyed this book. What I have discovered about Peter Robinson, is even though the books are a series, they are not all the same. For instance in this book, you learn about DC Susan Gay, who up to this point has just been mentioned, and that by other characters, you don’t really see her. She is very smart but very insecure for lack of a better word. She is always questioning herself, and worried that others are looking at her critically and reporting on her to her superiors. One of those people who blames themselves when things go wrong, or if they make a mistake, feel they shouldn’t have made it, even if it was their inexperience that caused it. Considering she is a female in a male dominated profession it is very understandable and Peter Robinson makes it very believable.

Baby blanket

I don’t have a picture of this, and I am not sure about the amount of yarn, I am making another one and will adjust this and add the picture when I am done.

Small Baby Blanket (2 color)
MATERIALS
Sugar ‘n Cream Worsted Weight cotton yarn
Color A: 10 ounces/390 yards; Color B: 8 ounces/267 yards
Size 7(4.5 mm) and size 8(5.0 mm) knitting needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
40” x 28”
GAUGE: 20 sts and 26 rows to 4”/10cm with size smaller needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
With color A and smaller needles cast on 146 stitches. Knit 8 rows. Switch to larger needles.
* Knit next 6 rows with color A.
Row 7: K8, attach color B and K61, attach color A and K8, attach color B and K61, attach color A and K8.
Row 8: K8, attach color B and P61, attach color A and K8, attach color B and P61, attach color A and K8
Repeat rows 7 & 8 six more times.
Repeat from * 7 more times.Work 6 rows in garter stitch with color A. Switch to smaller needles. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch. Bind off knit wise.

Small Baby Blanket (1 color)
MATERIALS
Sugar ‘n Cream Worsted Weight cotton yarn
18 ounces/657 yards
Size 7(4.5 mm) and size 8(5.0 mm) knitting needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN GAUGE
FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
40” x 28”
GAUGE
20 sts and 26 rows to 4”/10cm with size smaller needles. TAKE TIME TO CHECK YOUR GAUGE.
With smaller needles cast on 146 stitches. Knit 8 rows. Switch to larger needles.
* Knit 6 rows.
Row 7: Knit
Row 8: K8, P61, K8, P61, K8
Repeat rows 7 & 8 six more times.
Repeat from * 7 more times.
Work 6 rows in garter stitch. Switch to smaller needles. Knit 7 rows in garter stitch. Bind off knit wise.

Colorblock blanket

Here is my current project. It is a colorblock blanket. I had all these balls of yarn, all the same yarn, but different colors. Its a cotton acrylic blend so it is really soft. I read about this blanket in a book or magazine, but didn’t really want to buy the book or magazine. So I took the yarn and started knitting. This blanket is knitted from the center out. The first block I knitted was yellow. Then I attached the orange and knitted an orange stripe, then I picked up stitches along the edge and knitted another orange stripe, so the orange is the shape of an L. I kept doing that all around. I have no idea how big this thing will be when it is done, I am just knitting until I run out of yarn. Actually, I bought more yarn so it would be bigger, but I couldn’t find the same brand, so now I have more colors! As you can see, I started it in a garter stitch, but decided it would look better in a stockinette stitch, and it does. So if I do this again, that is how I will knit it from the start.

And if I don’t have enough yarn for another block, I am knitting washcloths!

The Design in Bella’s Designs

Here are some things I have designed. The scarf is part hood and part scarf. I was tired of my scarf falling off my head so I designed this. It is being modeled by my friend B.T.