Posts Tagged ‘stripe’

Two Girls, Two Knitted Tubes

June 1, 2016

Longtime readers have heard how much I love to teach knitting. This year, I’ve expanded my students to include three marvelous pre-teen girls, each a Fearless Knitter in her own right.

At our most recent class, L finished the garter stitch hat that she’d knitted with a rainbow of Noro. She had declared her previous garter stitch hat “too short” and was determined to make this one longer so that it’d droop in back.The last inch or so was completed and careful seaming commenced.

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The result is a tubular “stove pipe” that is gathered at one end.

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A big green pom pom was the finishing touch.

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I wasn’t surprised when B declared that she wanted to design her own striped leg warmers. Having decided partway through her first garter stitch hat that she’d really prefer to make fingerless gloves, she’s a girl who has an image of a finished product in mind. Leg warmer #1 was seamed, ends woven in (you’ll have to trust us on that since they’re on the inside), and modeled.

Being a dancer, B was particularly proud of her pointed toes in this shot.

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And she thought the sparkly sneakers were a great accompaniment to the leg warmer. Don’t you agree?

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Striped Socks…Belatedly

March 22, 2015

I gave more knitted gifts for Christmas last year than I had before. Usually I start around Thanksgiving, and it doesn’t take a genius to realize that that’s not enough time to make more than a couple of items. I’m not a chunky knit, make-it-in-a-day knitter although I definitely understand the appeal.

Knitting whenever and wherever possible was my goal. Socks are great anytime projects because they’re small enough to stick in a bag or pocket and pull out anytime you have more than a minute to wait — just about anywhere. Like at the pediatrician’s office.

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In a waiting room while Patrick had surgery… (He’s all healed, thanks for asking)

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I just love this self-striping yarn, Opal Hundertwasser, which knits up beautifully — almost like magic.

Striped_knit_sock_at_hockey_game

OK, I got a few odd looks while knitting at a college hockey game, but I did my best to be a Fearless Knitter (as I tell my knitting students). A Fearless Knitter on a mission.

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Handknit socks aren’t everyone’s first choice, but I’m doing my best to convert those folks one pair at a time.

Baby Stripes

February 26, 2012

I got a new neighbor just before the New Year when young Parker arrived into the world. What perfect timing since I’d finished my quick and sparkly scarf and was on the look out for a new project.

I’m a sucker for babies and a cleverly designed knit. This one fit the bill. It’s knit in one piece. Nary a seam on the whole thing. The Yarn Harlot was my inspiration yet again. She knit several kimono-style baby sweaters last year while awaiting the arrival of a friend’s baby. I loved the style — no over-the-head wrestling needed since it buttons up the front side. Plus it has a few clever-but-not-difficult design features and stitches which always makes a project more intriguing.

picking up a few stitches along the edge

It’s called the Puerperium Sweater (by Kelly Brooker), named for the period immediately after a baby’s birth. I was running a bit late since wee Parker had been around for a while, but that didn’t faze me.

I even managed to find some cute buttons to complete the look.

blue and white star-shaped buttons

I used Cascade 220 Superwash in Aran and Navy. I hope he hasn’t outgrown it already….

finishes Puerperium Sweater

Dreaming of Noro Striped Scarf

May 21, 2010

In my nearly five decades of life, I’ve learned a few things about myself. Fear not, I won’t share them all. Although I consider myself an “in the moment” sort of person, grateful for the many blessings in my life (and there are many) and rarely wishing for something else, I often find myself looking forward to the Next Wonderful Thing.

As I continue to make slow-and-steady progress on the lovely Cleite shawl (nearly 3 rows at Kevin’s baseball game yesterday), it is slow going indeed.

It shouldn’t surprise me, then, that I’ve found myself dreaming of the simplicity and creative ingenuity of the Noro Stripe scarf by the talented Brooklyn Tweed (who, in addition to being a great knitter, takes stunningly beautiful photographs of knitted creations).

Noro Stripe ScarfLast year I knit two, and still have one that I’ll give as a gift to someone whose neck is chilly. Noro Silk Garden is lovely to work with, feels great in your hands, and comes in many different color variations.  I picked two that blended some of my favorite colors (even though I’m not the wearer of the scarf).

What I love about this scarf:

  • very simple 1×1 ribbing (K1, P1 over odd number of stitches) looks like stockinette stitch on both sides, so there’s no “wrong” side;
  • Noro changes color all by itself so the stripes just emerge;
  • it’s knit with two different balls of yarn, in two different colorways, so the stripes interact. You knit two rows with one ball, then two with the other ball, then back to the first, etc.  The “extra” yarn in between rows is kind of invisibly absorbed along the edge. Nothing to weave in or join.

Lovely, yes?

Noro Stripe Scarf rolled up


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