Friday, November 30, 2012

easy flat knit hand warmers

It doesn't get much easier than this lol
Knit on two needles and seamed along side leaving an opening for thumb

this pattern is for a smaller sized hand, adjust size by adding more stitches and knit rows or going up in needle size and/or yarn thickness

I didn't count the amount of yarn I used I do know it was less than 50 yds for both easily.

gauge 6sts by 5 rows per one inch
size 9 US needles

cast on 25 sts. leave a tail for seaming

k = knit
p = purl
k2tog = knit 2 stitches together
straight stitch =  knit one row, purl the next continue in this manner

1-6 ) k1, p1 to end

7-20 ) straight stitch

21 ) k2tog, k10, k2tog, k11 ( this brings it just a bit smaller for top by fingers, this step is optional )

22- 24 ) straight stitch

25-29 ) k1, p1

bind off leaving 6 or so inches of yarn to seam top of warmer

I seamed just a bit more than the ribbing rows on both the top and bottom, I like a big thumb opening, adjust to your liking. Weave in ends.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

easy knit scarf

use any yarn you want, this one is made with bulky
cast on 20 sts. or any number, using US 11's or bigger, go to smaller needles if using thiner yarn
knit all rows
bind off when you get the size you want or run out of yarn, weave in ends.

these are made with worsted weight using size US 9 needles

5 yards at a time scarf

This is a very easy pattern only one stitch ( knit ) and no weaving in of ends :D It can be adapted to any size. Turned into a wrap, small blanket, rug etc.

cast on 125 stitches, any cast on you like.
size 11 US ( or any size ) circular needles with a long cable for the length
use any yarn you like, I used everything from bulky to sport weight...great for using up end pieces 
Knit to the end and grab another piece of yarn about five yards long, knit to that end repeat until you have it as wide as you want. Bind off and tie the ends to make the fringe. That’s it.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

super easy reversible wrap

I’ve been so busy lately knitting time was limited to a few minutes a day if I was lucky…..I just didn’t have any time to work out a new pattern…
So I went with another mindless knit ….a super easy reversible wrap, mostly straight stitch with knit rows on the ends and two by two edges.
I used almost 2 full skeins of Caron’s Simply Soft in soft green. I love the feel of this yarn when it’s all knitted up, but it can be a bit of a pain as it splits easily. That did take away from the mindless knit part a bit lol but I do love how soft it is :D

Gauge really doesn’t matter, that said my was 3.5 sts. By 4.5 rows per 1 inch in straight stitch ( stocking stitch )
Size 10 US straight needles
Approximately 620 yards of worsted weight yarn
21 inches wide by 63 inches long

Cast on 75 stitches

1-5 ) knit

6- 255 ) 2 by 2 ribbing first 6 stitches than straight stitch to last 6 stitches 2 by 2 again so
First ( p1, k1 )x 3 knit to last 6 stitches ( p1, k1 )x 3
Next row ( k1, p1 )x 3 purl to last 6 stitches ( k1, p1 )x 3 placing a marker after the first 6 stitches and before the last 6 makes it even easier.

256- 260 ) knit bind off

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

greens eggs

This is one of our girls she is an Ameraucana. She laid her first egg ( green )...she was so proud :) it was so cool she waited until I came in :) this has happened with most of our girls...a few days ago one of the buff Orpingtons pushed her way past our barred Rock and one of the reds to lay her first egg right in front of me :D cool
                   they love it when we give then reiki as they are laying....
                                             well they just love it lol
                       once they see us start reiki they all want to be held
                  That green egg brought the total for today to it's highest so far of 11

We still have 1 buff Orpington and 2 Ameraucana's to start laying, they are around 30 weeks now it can't be much longer.....knock knock knock

After going back out to the coop we found # 12 by one of our reds, our first full dozen in one day Sweet :D Thank you girls.... good chickies :D

We were getting a bit scarce on eggs around here....we were only getting 6 and 7 per day. Brent had been working on our coops all last week, slowed the eggs down for a few days then it picked up again but when he stopped working on it they slowed down again....hate to tell them there are more changes to come lol
One of the changes will be happening tomorrow ( we had expected today ) is our shipment of chicks.
The other change we had no clue about happened last night.
A friend came across an injured chicken, that was fighting hard to keep going...was trying to live among horses.
You could see where she was spending most of her time in a wash under weeds...she had clearly spent a long time there...was sleeping in one of the sheds full of fiberglass insulation poor thing.... her leg is injured, won't let us get a good look at her yet, but no clear injury, no broken bones that we can feel or see, no cuts or other marks, she is moving around much better today, eating drinking water, doing the regular chicken things .... all we know for sure is she is molting so she's not real young ( where she was staying had feathers everywhere, no signs of any other animals in the clear tracks )...she is very small so bantam I'm thinking, no other clue as to what breed she maybe...only guessing on the "she" part, haven't heard any crowing, no spurs.... 

Now the issue is...... it was a "can you come and help now kind of thing" so I stuck her in the area we were going to place the new chicks............
While she seems very alert, I can't place her in the big coop of course....the reds would eat her alive....we have roo's in the other 3 coops.....

                                         be careful what you ask for ;)