2.27.2010

Will Glory Be Mine?

     I'm heading into the home stretch of the Knitting Olympics and it's hard to say if glory will be mine!  The body of Winterlude was done as of early Thursday eve, and it took me the rest of that night and part of Friday to finalize the design for the edging.  I used beads, just like you requested, and was about 50 sts into it last night when I decided it wasn't working, so .... RIP back I did and fixed the problem.  I started again late last night but have 85 eight row repeats to do, with beads, which makes them fiddly, but fun!  Can I do it?  
     Feelings of doubt are starting to creep in.  I have a full day today with a baby shower (luckily that knitting is DONE!) and some Schaefer work, and teach Entomology on Sunday from 12 - 5.  I can almost taste victory... almost, but not quite!  This Olympic Knitting challenge, it's not as easy as it looks. I'm so inspired by all of the other projects that are getting done around me that glory MUST be mine too, light a candle for me?
     Oh, and thanks SO MUCH for your naming ideas... For obvious reasons I had to put that project on the back burner, but rest assured, you will see it again soon!

2.23.2010

Need Your Help!!!! Want to Play?

I've got a new design in the works, and it is almost ready to be released. I have a rather large problem, though!  I don't have a name! I got some ideas going with my buddies at knit night last night, but I decided I NEED more input.  Help? Here are more pics to get you inspired...

Can you tell I got a new camera?   Expect to see more dynamic pics from me as I learn how to use it... most of these were taken with the "snow" setting, which really seemed to help with glare and hot spots!  (See more pics on Flikr)

2.20.2010

Olympic Knitting: Day 8

I'm almost halfway through my skein for my Olympic Challenge.  I got lots of work done on it this week while in Ottawa with my family.  Days were spent skating, skiing, museuming (and eating, of course!). 
  
Gatineau Park, Quebec, Canada

Nights were spent watching the Olympics and knitting. The shawl even got it's name, Winterlude, in honor of the festival being held in Ottawa while we were there!  All lace and cables, a triangular shawl, worked from the bottom up, it has the appearance of windblown snow. 


I am quite smitten, the final decision to be made is whether the edging gets beads or not, any thoughts?

2.12.2010

Let the Games Begin!

I've decided to be a joiner this month... and am taking on the Knitting Olympics!

My challenge:  To design, knit, write and photograph a new shawl design that is begging to be knit.
Materials: One skein of Schaefer Yarn's Audrey in Natural, size 7 circular needles, and maybe some beads : )!  I had to go with white as none of the other colors I considered reminded me of winter.  I am a lover of winter white!

I haven't joined a team on Ravelry as well, should I?

2.08.2010

Like a chicken with it's head cut off!

Yup, that's me, ya know why?  I have NOTHING on my needles!!!  I'm in shock and kinda at a standstill... I've been in the middle of a sweater design for a bit and I finally finished it. During that time I didn't let myself start any new designs or projects and all of a sudden this week I realized I had finished everything on my needles!  (I do have a bunch of submissions in the works, but those don't count.)

I finished this:
Andrea's Shawl by Kristen Kapur of Through the Loops
Yarn: Kitchen Sink Dyeworks; Merino/Bamboo Fingering  Color: Odd Duck!

and some baby pants for my friend's wee one (she's a reader, so no pic of those!), and the new sweater design (I'll share that soon, I promise.)

And I aint' got nada, zilch, kaput on my needles, UNACCEPTABLE!

So, let's talk about what we all want to knit: 
Besides all the crazy ideas flying around in my head for new designs I really want to make a Moorish Mosaic Afghan out of Schaefer's Nichole for our guestroom and my hubby a seamless yoked pullover like the one he used to always wear when we first met:
The sweater for my man needs to be a sport weight wool that is not itchy, has great "structure" and comes in neutral colors will be fun to play with.  Anybody have any ideas for a yarn? 

What are you working on right now, and what do you want to drop everything and do?

Oh, and, I'm a bit smitten with Sprossling!


2.01.2010

Woven Seed Bead Ring- Tutorial

How to make Woven Seed Bead Rings 
I made these rings with my 10yo's 4-H group, it's a great activity for kids ages 7+.  The tweens and teens REALLY got into it!  See my post here all about the project.  You'll notice in the picture that the rings all vary a bit with their bead colors and design motifs... the kids very quickly figured out that they could change the bead colors and numbers to create their own styles.  Watching this process develop was one of my favorite parts of the workshop!

Materials

18” of 26mm wire
Approx. 50 size 8 glass beads color A, approx 1.5 grams
Optional: 4 size 8 glass beads color B, or more if you get into personalizing the design
Wire cutters
Optional: Metal File


Instructions


  1.  Cut a 18” length of wire with your wire cutters.




 2.  String on 2 beads (color A) and place at middle of the wire.




3.  Thread on 2 more beads (color A), and before sliding them to the middle of the wire, thread other end of wire through them in the opposite direction.




4.  Slide down this pair of beads until “snug” up against first pair, make sure to keep the wires the same length on both sides.
5.  Repeat steps 3 + 4 five more times. (7 rows of 2 beads each)







 

6.  Thread on 3 beads (color A).
7. 
Repeat step 4.


8.  Thread on 1 bead color A, 1 bead color B, 1 bead color A. (3 beads total)
9.  Repeat step 4.





10.  Thread on 1 bead color A, 2 beads color B, 1 bead color A. (4 beads total)
11.  Repeat step 4.









12.  Repeat steps 8 + 9.




13.  Repeat steps 3 + 4 seven more times.  This is a good time to try on the ring.  The dimensions here are given for a ring that is approx. 5/8” diamater (I don’t have a ring sizer) If you need the ring to be bigger, repeat steps 3 + 4 until it fits the way you want it to, if you want it to be smaller, repeat steps 3 + 4 fewer times.


 



14. 
Finish off: Thread the wire ends through the center of the first beads again.  These will fit through because only one length of wire went through them. 






15. Snug up tight to form the ring.

16. Then weave each wire in and out of the side edge of the ring. Trim off as close as possible with wire cutters.  You may want to use a metal file to smooth the cuts sharp edges.





NOTE: 
It is really important that you don’t let the wire “kink” while you work with it.  If you do, the beads won’t be able to slide over the kink and you won’t be able to “snug” the beads down before you being your next row.



Please ask ?'s or share your own experiences with this technique... I'd love to hear what you've been making!