Monday, December 14, 2009

Klein Bottle Bag

Would you like your very own klein bottle bag? Just make a comment and tell how would you use it. On New Year's Day (or soon thereafter) I'll draw a name from among those that comment. The winner will receive their own Klein Bottle Bag.

To learn more about Klein Bottles check out Acme Klein Bottle.

Anyone besides me want a Klein Bottle Hat?

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Variety Is the Spice of Life

I decided to try something new -- a video instead of photos.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Gift Bags

Before leaving for a three-week trip to visit grandchildren I found myself making bibs and gift bags for new arrivals (my standard baby shower / new baby present).

Of the four I made, each was different, though they all used size 3 crochet thread and a 3/8" mesh stick. I seem to have a problem repeating a pattern (unless it's a necessity) when there are so many potential combinations in my mind.

This lovely bag started at the bottom with a 28-loop grommet. The two handles are each twisted into a moebius. That means, technically speaking, the bag has only one surface and should really not be able to hold anything - except it does. I still have a hard time understanding that, when it holds the baby bibs so nicely.

This pretty-in-pink bag started with a grommet of 13 loops. The Medieval increase stitch doubled the number of loops to 26. The single handle is 13 loops wide.

This light blue bag starts at the top with the handles. While I could have joined the handles with a twist to create two moebius handles, I decided to make these handles straight. The bottom of the bag had a couple of decrease rows to bring the number of loops from 24 to 12 and finally to 6. The grommet at the bottom is the last thing formed.

The dark blue bag started out like the pink bag, but with 16 instead of 13 loops in the grommet. It's a bit hard to see, but half way up the bag (right where the green bib is) I added a few rows of the eyelet stitch. The single handle is 16 loops wide.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Shrugs - Knit and Net

About Christmas time I found a shrug pattern I wanted to try. It looked quick and easy. It also looked like a shrug I would wear. I mentioned it to my husband and, wonderful man that he is, he bought it for me. I was right. It was quick and easy to make and I love wearing it. In fact, I've made more than one.

So finally, here is my version of Sherry's Easy Shrug.

When I visited my daughter-in-law in Missouri this past July I gave her the green shrug I had made and asked her if she would like a light weight net one as well (similar to the one I blogged about in April ). She wanted one! She even found me some yarn to make it. It's only taken me 2 months to get the photos from my thumb-drive to the blog. Much faster than Sherry's Easy Shrug which only had to move from my computer to the blog.

Here the shrug is viewed from the back.
The arm is stretched out to show the continuous flow from back to sleeve.

Above is a front and back view of my daughter-in-law wearing the shrug.

Below is a front and back view of me wearing the same shrug.

The color of the blouse under the shrug appears to change the color of the shrug.

Because of the yarn used, worsted weight for this shrug and Red Heart's Light and Lofty for the previously made one, the plain netting stitch shows more clearly in this shrug. That makes it looks like a different pattern. I also love the fact that netting stretches so easily. We can both wear the shrug even though I am smaller than she is.

It appears that my blogging time is gone, gone, and really gone. So the net Klein bottle bag, also from my Missouri trip will have to wait until next time.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Where did the summer go?

I left for a short vacation just after my last blog - a visit with a new grandson. When I returned I could never seem to catch up with what was going on. After I sent my youngest daughter across country to college a couple of weeks ago, I was sure I could find time to make a blog entry. Alas, even with just one child home, and in high school at that, time vanished faster than freshly baked cookies.

So today I decided to just grab a few minutes while no one else is around and show off some photos that have been waiting way too long in a folder on my desktop.

Several months ago I became fascinated with reversible cables. I made a hat and a couple of scarves.

The Palindrome Hat, shown here with the brim up ...

and here with the brim down, was fun to make. It is slated to be given away and will probably go to Warmer Winters.

Having tried one version of reversible cables I wanted to explore some more. I looked online and found several. Some of the reversible cables I looked at were Tangy, Reversible Cabled Brioche Stitch Scarf, and Irish Hiking Scarf.

I designed the cables for this scarf using some of the principles I learned through browsing online. I really liked the fact that they were reversible, but they required a bit more concentration than I wanted to exert when needing to do mindless knitting.

That's all the time I have to spare today. Netting show and tell (such as a klein-bottle bag)will have to wait until I can find or make a few spare blogging moments.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Scarves using a variety of netting stitches

I wanted to try some different netting stitches. Scarves are the perfect way to do this. So, here are five more scarves with different stitches and with different edges on the ends of the scarves.

This scarf is made using a combination of the Crisscross Stitch and plain netting, with a pointed end.

Here are two scarves made using the Lantern Stitch. Each has a different edge stitch at the end.

The Narrow Lantern Stitch Scarf on the left ends with a Sawtooth Edge.

The Wide Lantern Stitch Scarf on the right ends with an Acorn Edge.

This scarf uses the Spike Stitch.

The edge is the Lacy Pointed Edge.

This stitch is called Diagonal Netting.

In the photo on the right, the stitch is stretched out more than the one on the left.

The edge is similar to the Ice Cream Cone Edge, but the ice cream part is longer and the cones start right on the edge of the row instead of 3 loops into the row.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Teacher Gifts - part 2

My youngest son and I negotiated. Doilies for his teachers - smaller and fewer knots. He also suggested that 5 would be great (instead of 9). So I have been netting doilies. The first doilies were finished on schedule.

Ruffle (small)


Chocolate Chip Cookie

I was ready to continue with the 7.5" doilies that he had selected when I received a new book in the mail. Malla was filled with gorgeous doilies having a different look than mine usually do. Though I loved the style, they were much too time-consuming to make right now with an end-of-the-school-year deadline. So, for the final two doilies for my son's teachers, I based the designs on the style of the doilies found in Malla.

Fireworks Display


They were a bit larger, with more knots, than the other doilies, but I told my son I would not hold him responsible for my creativity. They were also finished in plenty of time for him to deliver them to his teachers.

Another wedding announcement arrived in the mail from a nephew. Fortunately, I was almost done with a doily using one of my grandmother's patterns.

Center Star

I quickly finished it and sent it with my husband when he traveled west for his mother's 90th birthday celebration.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Several weeks ago I was sent a link to this lovely caul. Although I am still trying to figure out how to make the stitch, I was interested in making something similar -- and simple. So I called upon a friend who is involved with SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and together we came up with the following caul in plain netting

as seen from the back and the side.

It was fun. Now to try some different stitches

and wait for my hair to grow out again. Yesterday my youngest daughter and I donated our hair to Locks of Love. Her hair was barely the required 10 inches, mine was well over 12 inches. It's been almost two years for my daughter and close to two and a half years for me.

Now I either have to figure out how to attach a caul without braiding my hair first, or wait a year or so until it is long enough to play with again.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Teacher Gifts

It's that time of year again when my children look at me and ask for gifts for their teachers. So, for my youngest daughter who graduates from high school next week, I made four doilies for four teachers / counselors who had made an impact on her high school experience.

I did ask that each doily have 3,000 knots or less and that she choose from the doilies that I wanted to remake. Several of my doilies were made and photocopied before I got my digital camera. That was fine if the doily was less than 8.5 inches. If it was over that measurement, parts of the doily got chopped off in the photocopy. Since the doilies were usually given away as gifts, to obtain a full photo I need to remake the doily.

My daughter made her choices and I began. Everything worked just fine for Summer. I finished it, starched it, and displayed it for a knitting group I attend. They had never seen a net doily and loved it. I even let them choose which one I should start next.


They liked the partial photocopy I had of Eyelet and so I started it right there. Within a couple of days I had finished this doily also.


I decided to make Delicate since it had fewer knots than either of the others and should work up quickly. Then I could take two newly completed doilies with me the next time the knitting group met.

This doily hated me. It did not want to get completed. Usually I can net and listen to what is going on around me, so I took the doily with me to my daughter's class day. I really can't blame the first problem on class day since I was already on round 13 when I arrived there.

Somehow I missed adding one loop during round 11, which I did not notice until near the end of round 14. I decided to fix that spot by cutting back 3 rows in just that one area. I did not feel like cutting off 3 rounds of netting and there were too many knots to even consider untying each one individually. I was able to make the repairs and continue on round 14.

On round 16 I misread the instructions and did not notice until that evening when I was finishing round 19. I could have cut back to round 15 and tried again, but I decided to keep what I had and create a new doily pattern. After 3 false starts I decided how I would decrease to get to the "correct" number of loops.

Like I said earlier, this doily did not like me, or maybe I was just tired. At any rate, when I arrived at round 22 ready to start the edge, I realized that I had twice as many loops as I had wanted. There was no pretty way to decrease at this point in the doily. I decided that I had put enough effort into this new doily and did not want to cut back to round 15, so I went ahead and made the cube edge even though the doily was fuller than I like for that edge.

So instead of Delicate, I now had Party, which I took to the knitting group along with Eyelet.


I also ended up with a new decrease stitch I decided to call Cupcake.

I was determined to complete Delicate, so I started again. This time I finished it with minimal trouble.


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This is also the time of year for weddings. So I have finished two more doilies for weddings.

Maypole (large)


It looks like I will have at least one more doily to make for an upcoming wedding.

Then yesterday my youngest said, "Mom, do you think you could do some doilies for my teachers?" As a high school freshman he has 8 classes plus shop, and there are just over two weeks before he is done with school. We may have to negotiate. . . .

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Scarves, Scarves, and More Scarves

This was a fun scarf to make. Once I cast on 30 stitches and then went circular with a knit 1, yarn over, repeated around for the first round it was just mindless knitting. Good for watching a video with the family. I knit about 24 inches before I cast off.

Casting off was scary. The easiest way to do it was to slip a stitch, drop a stitch all the way around. Once that was done, it was just a matter of binding off loosely. The catch is that you have to drop the stitch that was originally a yarn over in the first round. If you do it wrong, the whole scarf falls apart.

The fun part is where you intentionally drop the stitches all the way down to the yarn over.

The scarf grows from 2 feet long to 6 feet long and the knit stitches expand.

I folded the tube of knitting into a long, flat scarf and tied the tube together at the ends with the fringe. That way the scarf was double thick.

I wanted to see how a narrow 5 loop diamond pattern would look, so I decided to do it as a scarf.

I liked the way the diamond shapes appeared in the scarf as it goes from one diamond to two diamonds and back again.

I wasn't sure if I liked the way the edge turned out.

So I decided to try again.

This time I made the scarf a bit wider. This one goes from two full diamonds in a row to three full diamonds and back again.

Using black yarn, changing the edge to a single point, and adding width gives this scarf a different look than the red one.

I'm curious. Which scarf do you prefer? Or do you like one from last week better?