Saturday, September 17, 2011

Knitting & Crochet Fun





In between my embroidery, and animal duties, I've been playing with some woolwork.  My sister and niece recently sent me their yarn stash, so I've made a start at using it.   I plan to use it for small projects, ie knee rugs, scarves, baby accessories.  Much of it is acrylic, easy to launder.  The knee rug above is the first of my experiments.  I had five large skeins of this multi-coloured pink/purple, and really wasn't sure how far it would go, so I began with the crochet design that starts in one corner and works out on the diagonal.  I kept going until I had used just over two skeins, and then began working my way back into the other corner.  It will make a nice little knee rug to pack in my 'nursing home kit'................  If you see a slight colour variation, you are quite correct.  Despite all the bands displaying the same dyelot number, there still seems to be some difference.  Never mind, this was a project I could work on at night, with a repetitive pattern, and it didn't require a lot of counting and thought.

I have also managed to knit a child's beanie using the wool I purchased recently from Pick Up Stitches.  I love this strong colour contrasting wool.  It is very soft.



This was my first piece of Fishermens' Rib/Brioche Stitch, and I really enjoyed working it.  However, it is VERY elastic, so I needed to use needles one size smaller than I would normally use for traditional rib.  I would love to knit a good sweater in this pattern, perhaps in a colour a little more suited to my age group..........LOL..........

I've not long started a little baby cardigan in red 4 ply pure wool, having almost completed the back, and hope to have it finished by the end of next week.  I really love knitting for babies and toddlers, so will try to do a few things in the coming months, before the real heat sets in here.

I've only just noticed that Blogger seems to have given us a new photograph viewing capability.  I quite like it.  Hope others do too.

15 comments:

fabriquefantastique said...

show us the red wool baby jacket, sounds up my line.

Wanda-Maria said...

Hi Linda,
Good morning,
beautiful work, beautiful knitting, and everything what you create!
many hugs ......
Good night!

Anneliese said...

Lovely, lovely - the scarf, hm the knee cover. The different colours don't matter at all - as if the design should be like that. Much more interesting, comme ca. The beanie looks lovely,
too.

DIAN said...

Linda, you have been productive lately. I love the little beanie - such bright colours.

I like the idea of the "nursing home kit" - is it the opposite of a "hope chest" lol.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Linda, Your newest project are great and colorful. Your fingers are always busy and very productive. Hugs judy

Anonymous said...

How nice to receive a gift of yarn. It sets your imagination going to see what you can create. Also a lot of knitting and crochet going on here at present, gifts mainly.

I like your knee rug, it looks cosy.

Anne

Katherine said...

What a clever solution to the possibility of running out of wool for the knee rug. Love the wool you used for the hat too. I'll have to check out about the photos on blogger. Been very slack and haven't done an update in a while and I actually have quite a few photos LOL

Karyn said...

Linda, I do like the idea of the nursing home stash! Maybe i should start now??
I am glad you like the wool, I can't wait to see the cardigan; it is such a lovely shade of red. As for the beanie; how nice to see that wool knitted up; you never can quite tell when it is in the ball.

Nancy Medina said...

This is very nice Linda! You are so talented. I can't sew a stitch! Warm hugs from me and the pugs from across the world.... : )

N. Maria said...

Beautiful! Heat setting in? Oh! I keep forgetting that when it's cold here, it's hot there. I agree, that the heat keeps us from playing with wool.

Sandy said...

Nice projects. I like to knit when my mind is tired too. I'd make the sweater in that colorful yarn even at my age.-live life in color! Thanks for visiting my blog-glad you like my experiments.

shirley said...

Have just discovered these posts Linda, your knitting and crochet projects look so warm and cosy, and I cant see a variation in the tensions anywhers like there would be if I knitted them. Your talents know no boundaries do they.

Mrs Dibble said...

Hope you get all your knitting in before summer does come to rural Queensland....have been to central Queensland for a wedding in January....have a lot of pics of us with red faces and fans!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Linda,
What so few creative things you create? , you have such a talent!, you have a lot of things at home from the sea whose beautiful work to execute,
friend, I greet you,

Radka said...

Behind with my comments, again :(
I love the child's hat, fun colours. I think that it would make a nice jacket, if you have enough yarn, I like this kind of large rib.
I look forward to seeing the little red jacket :)