Showing posts from October, 2009

Sad News

I have some sad news. Not enough kids signed up for the knitting class, so the classes were canceled. Sad face... I had gotten so psyched up about it too. It's too bad there wasn't enough interest. I would have still done it for one kid, but the school decided it wasn't worth it. So now I have tons of yarn split into kits ready to be made into bears and squares and no one to knit them. If anyone knows of a school that would like to have an enrichment class, let me know! I'm all ready and waiting. I may end up making a few phone calls to offer leading a class at some local elementary or middle schools. My mother suggested contacting a brownie or girl scout group to see if they would like a class like that. All good ideas. Maybe something will come  up because I'd still love to make the bears and a blanket to give to charity. If anything, the class will be given another go in January, so hopefully more kids will be interested by then.

Challenge Square No. 9: Expanded Basket Weave

Needles: US 8 Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in Natural Finished Dimensions: 6.25" x 7.25" This pattern was super simple - I knit it up during the Bengals game. I did manage to make a few mistakes that I had to go back and fix, but got it taken care of (and so did my Bengals! I'm so proud). I know the dimensions seem strange but this thing stretches so much. This is a testament to ribbing and the amount of stretch you can get with it. This pattern is a good alternative to traditional basket weave (which I really like, I used it in a smaller pattern for a man's scarf and it looks sharp). It could be used in place of basket weave or on a garment that you may want a little stretch. I actually saw in a recent knitting magazine a sweater with this expanded basket weave in the yoke. It looked really cute and I was so excited to see a pattern that I've done in use in a current knitting magazine. I also think this would be a great pattern for any mens clothing, either a sw

Bears 'n' Squares

My aunt was kind enough to inform me that the school that my little cousin attends had been looking for someone to lead a knitting class in the afternoon as part of their enrichment program. I wasn't so sure about committing to the job (it lasts 8 weeks) since I want to be available for any job possibility that might come up. But after some thought, I decided that this is something I really want to do, and IF I were to get a job offer, the company would just need to be flexible with my start date (and same would go for the school). I really did not want to deny these children the opportunity to have more exposure to knitting just because I may or may not get a full time job. I took the job! so every Thursday from now until Christmas I will be leading grade school children in a knitting project, helping them learn the joys of knitting. I really couldn't be more excited. I was asked to pick a project for the kids to do, so here is what I came up with, bears and squares. I wanted

Confessions of a Knit-a-holic

I have a confession to make. I have been working on several other projects than just the challenge squares. First project, a sock. I think you may remember the sock yarn I had purchased and attempted to wind up myself... I pulled it out the other day because I had an itching desire to not only learn how to knit socks, but to use that damn yarn. Many knitters rave about how fun socks are to knit, so I wanted to get in on the excitement. I will have to say, it is a lot of fun! It was hard to get used to the tiny yarn and tiny needles, but once I did I enjoyed working round and round and testing the sock on my own foot. I'm to the heel now and it is going to take a lot of concentration, so this will NOT be knitted today during the Bengals game where there will be lots of distractions. I also decided to knit only one sock at a time so I could focus on getting the technique down and not get tangled up in two balls of yarn and lots of needles flying around. Needles: US 1/ 2.50 mm Addi

Challenge Square No. 8: Fence Posts

Needles: US 8 Yarn: Caron Simply Soft in greenfields Finished Dimensions: 8" x 8" I'm going to start off by saying I love this pattern! It's just simple knits and purls, and actually looks like a fence (imagine that). It's very similar to a hat pattern I've seen that looks like a beehive. It just doesn't have the vertical columns of knit stitches, it's only the two rows of purls, one row knit. So if you can picture that in your mind just in a hat shape so the rounds get smaller at the top, you can picture it looking like a beehive. It's a very cute hat, and I bet it would look cute with this pattern as well. I think this could work as a tea cozy as well (same concept as the hat) and maybe with mug warmers to match... oh and placemats with the knit columns on either end so it looks like a giant fence post. Yeah, this is definitely a pattern I will use again. I think the best part about it is that the right side contains most of the purl stitches

Challenge Square No. 7: Moss Stitch Zig-Zag

Needles: US 8 Yarn: Caron Simply Soft Eco in greenfields Finished Dimensions: 8" x 8" Simple seed stitch in a zig-zag, this pattern is kinda fun! I really like the dark color yarn too, and I was afraid the pattern wouldn't show up as well, but you can see it just fine (maybe a little distance helps too). To be honest though I have no idea what else I might use this pattern for. Just something to replace st st with and give it a funky edge. You would just need to take a gauge, then adjust your pattern accordingly. For now, though, I like it just as a blanket square. 7 squares down, only 56 more to go.