Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New pattern coming soon!

Hello all!

Well, it's official, we never left the Farmer's Market Last year. Our first day back was just what I needed and it was a screaming success! After setting up our booth Anna said to me, "It's like we never left." I had no idea how much like that it was. About 1/2 hour after setting up or booth we got busy. We stayed busy, and at noon when the sun was at its highest, we stopped to breath. Overall, we were very pleased with the turnout and can't wait till this Saturday. If you live near by, you should definately attend the market. It's a great atmosphere and very inviting.

I have just completed my newest creation and I must just say....I love him. The pattern will be available hopefully within the next couple weeks. I have to make a few to be sure the pattern reads well. But as soon as I am satisfied with it, I'll share it with the world. Soon to follow will be a Hippo pattern. So stay tuned.....

Monday, June 2, 2008

Killing Two Birds With One Stone

Well, I finally did it. I completed two new skills all in the same weekend. First I tried out a new dying technique and second, I made my first pair of socks on my Beautiful Legare 47 sock knitter. Woo Hoo!!!

As for the technique, I knitted two panels, 60 stitches wide and 155 rows long on my flat bed knitting machine. I then dyed them side by side with the same pattern so that I would have two of the same socks. After they dried, I unravelled them and wound them into center pull balls with my wool winder and was ready to go!

Not bad for my first pair of socks on the circular knitting machine. Since I have never worked from a pattern, I am pretty proud of myself. They are so warm and cozy. The only thing is I knitted what I thought to be the right amount of rows for the foot of the first sock and ended up with way too much foot length. Figured that I would unravel and knit the toe by hand. I should have done the same thing with the other sock because I knitted a smaller gauge than the machine did so my socks were about half an inch different in size.

After all is said and done I learned a couple things from this experience. One of those things being that I should knit about 5 rows, after making the cuff of the sock before I start the heel for a better fit. the second thing is that I think I like the cuff to be longer so I will knit more rows for that and put some spandex in them at the top fof the cuff.
Also, does anyone know that foot model? She is great! ;)