Saturday, May 30, 2009

Crazy Day

I've had some crazy days before but yesterday is going to stand out for some time. It all started when I went out to water the garden by the big dog kennel. I always water the "girls", give them doggie bones and turn on their mist hose. Yesterday there was a dead bird in one of their water dishes!!! They have caught birds in the past, but not for quite some time as they are starting to get up there in age ( 13 ). Why in the water dish???

Okay so that was a lot of fun, or at least it seemed to make their day. So off to the dentist we go.
We pick up the mail on the way. I had ordered a Harmony stitch guide to replace the one I got some time back, that smelled so strong I can't use it without holding my breath

thinking all was good we opened it on the way. OHG the smell was so strong I had to open the window. Way stronger then the first one. What are the odds??!!......
I got them both used true, but from different sides of the country. Now I have two books I can't use. I tried everything I could think of on the first one, I even wiped down each page with a disinfectant while wearing a face mask. Cooked it in the trunk for a week. Put it in a bag with baking soda, charcoal you name it. I mean really the odds........

It was more then a hour wait at the dentist. The waiting rooms were full. I got to tell you after this I am so glad to have my guys. Not that the other peoples teenagers were...... I don't know how to finish this... they were just so very strange....... they were talking about how they sneak video of guys at school then share them....... okay that was unsettling but then, I kid you not they picked a scab off of one of the girls legs and started to play with it!!!! I can't shake this image from my one point it flew across the room........the mother was right there.......
We always take our mp3 players with us. I made sure they both had a good charge... I forgot mine...It lasted about 3 I got to hear the whole thing...............
I did get some knitting done, I started this the night before. I wanted to use up my end pieces of yarn. I also wanted a bag to not "worry" about ( that's a nice way of saying cheap )
It looks better in person ( sort of )

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Crochet Thingy

Look I did it... I made this with a HOOK!!!
What it is?? clue
Haven't been at this long, can you tell ??
Okay so for a few years now I've been going at gardening in a very come as it may type way. Boy is really showing now....... last year I planted some already started chili plants. That went well. This year I got 4 already started ( good thing ) and tried seeds. Do you now how many weeds start out looking the SAME.... I for one had no clue.... see where this is going....yup I have to start over with the seeds ( the weeds were quite happy though ). Going to put them in a peet cup this time, at least I'll know somewhat where they are ; )

Monday, May 25, 2009

Hemp Magnet Wrist Band

Hemp Magnet Wrist Band ( Bracelet )

Magnetic beads should not be used or worn by anyone wearing a pacemaker or insulin pump, as well as pregnant women.

8 size 8mm magnet beads ( with hole for sewing )
6 ½ yards hemp yarn
Size 6 US needles
Sewing needle small enough to go through beads, thread
Snaps ( I used the 4 piece type )
8 inches long about 1 inch wide

Gauge 4 ½ sts by 8 rows
yo = yarn over the needle, making a new stitch.
k2tog = knit two stitches together.

Cast on 31 sts. loosely
Knit 2 rows.
K5, ( yo, k2tog, k1 )x 7, yo, k2tog, k3.
Knit 2 rows, bind off loosely. Weave in ends.
Add your snaps to the ends, I used the four piece set with a black pearl top. You can use the sew in type as well. I went with a good sized one ( 7/16” / 1.1 cm ) for ease of use and strength.
Sew in beads individually for strength and the elasticity of the band.

This pattern was made for my Dad, I made him a pair and they are holding up very well. I used allhemp from in Licorice 029.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The rains are here

The rains have started. Now for someone with a garden around here that's both good and bad. No need to water anything that's true, but that means things you didn't water are growing as well !!! We have weeds spring up at a unbelievable rate.
With all the rain, flooding, lightening, and winds there hasn't been much working outside the past few days. We've been running out there every time we can, but you can just see them growing right were you just picked them. The rest of the garden is doing really well, even my herbs YAHOO I've wanted fresh herbs from my own garden as long as I can recall. And they are STILL ALIVE : )
Well in the mean time I've had more time to knit yippee. Like I wouldn't be anyhow ;) I do have a few patterns I'll be putting up soon.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Heart Lace Bath Mitt

Heart Lace Bath Mitt
This bath mitt is made as part of a set, so the hearts match the washcloth and soap bag. There is a heart on each side, so it can be worn on either hand.
48 yards worsted weight cotton yarn, shown in Peaches & Crème’s Shaded Pastels.
Size 8 & 9US dpns. I used the magic loop method ( sz. 9US ) on the main part of the mitt, and sz 8US dpns on the wrist and thumb.
About 12’ of scrap yarn for thumb.
Gauge 3 ½ sts. by 5 rows per 1”
Kf/b = knit in the front and back of the next stitch.
M1 = pick up bar in between stitches, knit through back loop.
Skp = slide one knitwise, knit the next stitch, pass the slid stitch over the knit one.
K2tog = knit the next 2 stitches together.
K4tog = knit the next 4 stitches together.
Yo = yarn over needle.
Cast on 32 sts. Using size 8 needles.
Join in the round. Work k2, p2 for 2”. Place marker to show beginning of round if needed.
Knit 8 rounds using size 9 needles.
Row 1: kf/b, k3, kf/b, knit to end of round.
Row 2 : knit.
Row 3 : kf/b, k5, kf/b, k1, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skp, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skp, yo, k1.
Row 4 : knit.
Row 5 : using scrap yarn knit 9 stitches, then slide back onto your left hand needle
Scrap yarn will be “holding” your thumb
You should be at the start of the row again knitting over the scrap yarn. k11, ( yo, k4tog, yo, k3 )x 2, k2, yo, k4tog, yo, k3, yo, k4tog, yo, k2.
Row 6 : knit.
Row 7 : k2tog, k5, skp, k2, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skp, k5, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skp, k2.
Row 8 : knit.
Row 9 : k2tog, k3, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, skp, k3, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, skp, k1.
Row 10 : knit.
Row 11 : k5, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, skp, k1, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, skp.
Row 12 : knit.
Row 13 : k1, k2tog, k3, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skp, yo, k3, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skp, yo, k1.
Row 14 : knit.
Row 15 : k6, ( yo, k4tog, yo, k3 )x 2, k2, yo, k4tog, yo, k3, yo, k4tog, yo, k2.
Rows 16 and 17 knit.
Row 18 : k2tog, knit to end of round.
Row 19 : knit.
Row 20 : ( k2tog, k13 )x 2.
Row 21 : knit.
Row 22 : ( k2tog, k12 )x 2.
Row 23 : knit.
Row 24 : ( k2tog, k11 )x 2.
Row 25 : knit.
Row 26 : ( k2tog, k10 )x 2.
Row 27 : knit.
Place stitches evenly on two dpns, graft off.
The decreases ( and top gusset ) are placed in such a manner as to leave a “web” between thumb and hand.

Remove scrap yarn, placing on two size 8 dpns, start your round on the right side of the stitches, place marker if needed to show beginning of round, adding a third dpn as you go.
Row 1 : m1, k9, m1, k10.
Row 2 : knit.
Row 3 : k11, k2tog, k2, k2tog, knit to end.
Rows 4 and 5 : repeat last row.
Rows 6 thru 9: knit.
Row 10 : k2tog to last stitch k1.
Row 11 : knit.
Row 12 : k2tog to end.
Cut yarn leaving tail long enough to go through remaining stitches, then pull tight weave in end securely on the in side. Weave in any other ends.

Friday, May 8, 2009

My Mother's Day

For my mother's day my sons and I went to town and hit the book stores, thrift shops, craft store, library, lawn and garden shops, dollar stores and our small food store. We had a blast and even worked in the garden when we got home. After DH got off of work we made hamburgers on the grill. Worked in the front yard. Watched a movie we got at the thrift store. It was a really nice day : ) The boys got me 2 knitting bags, flowering plants, vase for all the cut roses DS#2 gets me daily from our yard and some already started herbs to go with my seedlings, DH got me some yarn and fixed up a small weed eater for my very own : )

I made a bath mitt to go with the set for my mom, and a knit bracelet with magnets, I added a bar of oatmeal almond soap and a nail buffer, put it all in a basket, potted up some flowers in a hanging planter ( the self watering one ) and gave it to Dad, as she is still mad about the phone call the other night. I have no clue if she likes it or not.
I still need to type up the bath mitt pattern. I'll post it as soon as I do.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Mother's Day

Well another Mother's day is almost here.
I went with the bath set idea, so far I made a washcloth and soap bag in heart lace, a scrubbie

in the same yarn as well as a face cloth. I posted the washcloth and soap bag on other posts.
I also got her some flowering plants. I hope seeing some flowers in her yard will cheer her up.
Oh no, DS#2's 2 fire belly toads got out, they must have pushed there way out the top. We found one, hum..... the cat found it really. He seems okay ( the toad, DS#2 tore the house apart looking ), but still haven't found # 2 yet. He's had them almost 12 years.... I could really use that luck now ; )

Heart Lace Soap Bag

Heart Lace Soap Bag
This soap bag is made as part of a set, so the hearts match the washcloth. There is a heart on each side.
Holds a bath size bar.
24 yards worsted weight cotton yarn, shown in Peaches & Crème’s Shaded Pastels.
Size 8 US dpns. Set of 4.
Gauge 4 sts. by 6 rows per 1”
Kf/b = knit into the front and back of the next stitch.
Cast on 7 sts.
Kf/b of each stitch.( 14 )
Place on 3 dpns, join in the round knitting the first round.
Kf/b of each stitch. ( 28 )
Knit 2 rounds.
Row 1: ( k1, yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skp, yo, k2 )x 2.
Row 2: knit.
Row 3: * k2, ( yo, k4tog, yo, k3 )x 2 * repeat.
Row 4: knit.
Row 5: ( k2, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skp, k3 )x 2.
Row 6: knit.
Row 7: ( k1, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, skp, k2 )x 2.
Row 8: knit.
Row 9: ( k2tog, yo, k9, yo, skp, k1 )x 2.
Row10: knit.
Repeat rows 1 thru 3.
Knit 4 rounds.
* k2tog, yo * to end.

Knit 2 rounds, bind off. Weave in ends. On the bottom one weave in a circular manner ( see photo ) to close up hole.

Make cord using your favorite method, about 12” to 14”. I made one using a crochet chain. Wind through the yarn overs at the top and tie, for your drawstring.

Large Heart Lace Washcloth

11” by 11”
74 yards worsted weight cotton yarn, shown unblocked in Peaches & Crème’s Shaded Pastels.
Size 8 US needles.
Gauge 4 sts. by 6 rows per 1” ( not important )
Cast on 43 stitches.
Knit 4 rows.
Row 1: k4, * yo, k2tog, k3, yo, k1, yo, k3, skp, yo, k1,* repeat to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 2: k3, purl to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 3: k5, * yo, k4tog, yo, k3,* to last 2 sts., k2.
Row 4: k3, purl to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 5: k4, * k1, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, skp, k2,* repeat to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 6: k3, purl to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 7: k4, * k2tog, yo, k7, yo, skp, k1,* repeat to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 8: k3, purl to last 3 sts., k3.
Row 9: k3, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, * sl1, k2tog, psso, yo, k9, yo,* to last 5 sts., skp, k3.
Row 10: k3, purl to last 3 sts., k3.
Repeat these 10 rows for a total of 5 times.
Work rows 1 thru 4.
Knit 4 rows and bind off, weave in ends.