Sunday, July 29, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
That's right, ChemKnits Readers. I purchased a knitting machine. And not just any knitting machine, but a cheap one. These plastic crank instruments have very poor reviews on websites, and since I am a hand knitter, what possessed me to select the NKOK Singer Knitting Machine
(which currently has 2 stars)?
I have been experimenting with different methods to dye skeins of yarn asymmetrically, and I knew that one method is to use sock blanks. But what do you do when you don't want to use fingering weight yarn, or you want to dye for a project that isn't socks? With this machine I can crank out blanks in whatever yarn I want, and since I plan to unravel it eventually it doesn't matter if there are some dropped stitches.
Cranking out tubes of stockinette takes a little getting used to. I will make some videos with the machine at some point to demonstrate the nuances, but for now I can say that it is useful to have a crochet hook handy if you care about the evenness of stitches. After a little practice with the tension, you can easily create even stockinette (see above right.) I was easily able to wind up 100g of worsted weight and fingering weight wool in an afternoon. (At some point in the future I will actually time myself.)
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
This yarn was not great for a cable cast on because it splits so easily, but I still wanted to make the cowl with this yarn. (I also wanted to follow the instructions for the test knit exactly.) It was so much fun watching the buildings pop out of the fabric. It was 100% worth having to buy more yarn to complete the project (I used 129 g = 1.29 skeins = 225 yards of yarn for this project.)
Sunday, July 22, 2012
- Imp Bib - I love this monkey bib. The pattern is both charted and written out, and there is even dishcloth pattern with the same design. I have already made this item!
- A Dish Monkey - Why not make a dishcloth to use a burp cloth or a washcloth for the bath? Available for free Ravelry.com download.
- Monkey Earflap Hat - This darling little hat has a monkey face appliqued to the front of it, complete with smile and ears. Designed to fit 3-9 months. Available for free Ravelry.com download.
- Baby Monkey Hat - This is made to fit a really young baby (0-3 months), has a rolled brim and stick out ears. If you make the base hat larger, you could easily make this to fit a larger child. Available for free Ravelry.com download.
- Mini Motif Baby Mittens - In addition to a darling monkey, there are robots, butterflies, penguins and more animals. Available for free Ravelry.com download.
- Toddler Monkey Hat - A darling earflap hat with a protruding nose and ears. You will need to create a free Lionbrand.com account to view this free knitting pattern.
- Woobie Monkey - A cute stuffed monkey head on the middle of a blanket. This is one of a series of patterns, and I want to make the whole collection! $5.50
- Sleeping Monkey Blanket - A colorwork blanket with two different patterns on either side. Stunning! $6.00
- Sock Monkey Lovie Blanket - A circular blanket with a stuffed sock monkey head in the center. $4.99
- Monkey Hat and Diaper Cover Set - These are so darling, they are perfect for a newborn photoshoot. This is also a perfect opportunity to break out that fun fur yarn and put a little tail on the diaper cover. $4.25 for both patterns.
- Monkey Pullover - A crewneck pullover with a colorwork monkey on the front, with sizes to fit 6 months-4yrs - $6.00
- Baby's Sock Monkey Sweater - with sizes to fit 3 months-18 months. $5.99
- Sock Monkey Baby Booties - A sock monkey face with button eyes is on top of the foot. ~$4.17
- Critter Kids Monkey Newborn - 15lbs - This is a one piece newborn monkey suite. Do you want to knit your baby's first Halloween costume? $5.00
- Baby Monkey Boots - This is another great opportunity for fun fur yarn when you make these stuffed little monkey booties. $3.95
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Monday, July 16, 2012
Friday, July 13, 2012
- Minecraft Hat - A beanie with "Minecraft" written across the brim. Add some of the above charts to the design and you'd have a winner for any Minecraft fan. Instructions are both charted and written out.
- Minecraft Socks - Designed with a texture to represent the squares in the game. You may need to create a free Ravelry.com account to download this pattern.
- Minecraft Dirt Cloth Washcloth - A cute checkered pattern, brown variegated on the bottom with a green top is a cute representation of Minecraft dirt. You may need to create a free Ravelry.com account to download this pattern.
- Minecraft Creeper (2) Washcloth - According to the designer this is more the size of a large coaster and the next pattern is more of a washcloth size. You may need to create a free Ravelry.com account to download this pattern.
- Minecraft Creeper (3) Washcloth - You may need to create a free Ravelry.com account to download this pattern.
- Minecraft Creeper Pattern - A flat crochet representation of the creeper. The pattern is charted.
- Minecraft Sheep to Crochet - A 3D representation of fiber crafter's favorite animal
- Minecraft Cake - A 3D crochet Minecraft cake.
- Minecraft Creeper - A 3D Minecraft Creeper. I only know how to crochet granny squares but it would be worth learning how to crochet so I could make one of these myself!
- Minecraft Creeper all sizes - the pattern contains a schematic so you can make it whatever size you want!
- Minecraft Magma Cube and Slime - Two cute hopping, but annoying to kill Minecraft mobs. Crocheted in 3D.
- Minecraft Dirt Block Cube - 3D representation of the Minecraft dirt block.