Knitting Needles and Tools Reviewed


This is a very informative article.  I do believe that if you do your homework, it will definitely be to your advantage when working with different types of yarn.

Much of the mystery of splitty yarns lies not in the yarn but in the needles with which you work it. Specifically, the needle tips. If they don’t get along with the yarn’s fibers, twist, or ply construction, if they assault or intimidate the fibers and strands, you’re headed for splitsville. Change the needles, and you may live happily ever after.”

Learn the different brands of needles, and types of materials used as well as needle point varieties.

Bottom line:  “Owning multiple kinds of needles in the same size is not duplication, nor is it an extravagance. It’s a luxury, yes, but one that will fuel a lifetime of pleasant, productive, snag-free knitting.”

Read the entire article here:

via Knitting Needles and Tools Reviewed.

I myself have ‘collected’ quite a variety of knitting needles, on my road to learning how to knit.  I have learned that I particularly do NOT like plastic needles.  They are inexpensive, generally speaking.  And suitable enough for a beginner.  In fact, I pulled some out yesterday to try a nice ‘quick’ project.  Some size 17 circulars…the only thing I have in that size.  Now I remember why I never use them.  The yarn ‘sticks’ to the needles, drags I guess you could say.  Blah! Perhaps it’s time to invest in some over-sized needles.

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I abandoned this project long ago, but you can see here a pair of my very favorite needles. Knitter’s Pride Symphonie Cubics.

My favorite brand so far is Knitter’s Pride.  In particular, interchangeables.  They have a wide variety of needles that will satisfy any knitter’s needs/preferences.  I own both Symphonie Cubics and Nova‘s.  As for double pointed needles . . . bamboo is all I own.  Perhaps I should broaden my horizons???

Won’t you please tell me some of your favorite knitting needle brands/experiences?  Love . . . GMa Ellen

 

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I Have Been Absent, of Late . . .


True confessions.  I don’t know exactly why it is, but, I just have not been taking the time to blog as much as I would like to, or used to anyway.  Maybe because I just don’t feel inspired enough???  Or, heaven forbid, it has fallen off my list of priorities.  (NO! Say it ain’t so!!!) It’s surely not because I don’t have enough ideas rolling around in my head, or enough projects going on.

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I have been working very hard on keeping myself in shape.  It took me two years to take off approximately 60 lbs, and I am damned determined to keep it off!!!  It takes a whole lot of self-discipline, which takes up most of my waking hours!  :P

Anyway, as it happens, I am taking enormous pleasure in (dare I say it) running!  I can’t call it running, but my son asked me once.  “Are your feet leaving the ground, Mom?”  “Yes…”  “Then you’re a runner.”  Haha.  I still prefer to call it jogging.  Or Walk, interval jogging.  My time isn’t what I would like it to be, but I am still working on that.

What brings me here today was not necessarily my story of self-preservation.  I just feel the need to share some projects so you all know I have been absent, but not . . . dormant.  There is always something on the needles and/or hook.  Sometimes I cannot count them all on one hand!  (I am sure none of you have this problem, correct???)  Sooo . . . here goes.

Latest to first???  Meh, I’ll just pick a thing.  Some beautiful crochet lace.  Using mercerized cotton, size 10 thread, and (I believe) a size 7 steel crochet hook.

Crochet Lace Motif Bookmark, Flower Square Pattern Page

I love crochet lace! I was commissioned to make this bookmark

Crochet Lace Motif Bookmark, Flower Square

Flower Square Motif Lace Bookmark.

How about some more crochet lace???  I would really love to try to make a lovely lace crochet summer tunic.  What do you think?  Maybe put together with some cute Irish Crochet Roses…

Crochet lace, size 3 cotton thread.  Pineapple Motif Square

Crochet lace, size 3 cotton thread. Pineapple Motif Square

Some more crochet.  This time, a couple of my world-famous Wine Totes . . . I made these both on the same day…

Crochet Lace Wine Tote,

Crochet Lace Wine Tote, Ecru with specks.  Worsted weight cotton yarn.

Crochet lace Wine Tote, Turquoise.

Crochet lace Wine Tote, Turquoise.

Is that enough for one day???  I think NOT!  Haha.  My new love . . . knitting!!!  Here is a ‘scrapghan’ I am working on.  I have such an enormous cotton yarn stash, it’s just ridiculous.  It’s just about my favorite medium, knitting or crochet.  I buy it by the cone when it’s on sale.  I grab a ball or two when I see some colors I really love…

This Scrapghan will be knit entirely with Seed Stitch.  Did I just hear a collective *GASP*  I get this comment all the time . . . “Seed stitch drives me BATTY!”  But, I love it.  It is the epitome of ‘mindless’ knitting.  I can go on for hours…watch my favorite television shows, or just listen to my favorite Pandora radio stations.  (I LOVE PANDORA!)

So, without further ado:

Knit Seed Stitch Scrapghan.

Knit Seed Stitch Scrapghan.

This new Love Child of mine is a knitting project I have wanted to do for quite a while now.  In fact, ever since I finished the last one!

Measurements:  48 – 50 inches wide by 72″ long

The recipe:

‘Tons’ of any brand, any color combination of worsted weight cotton yarn.  (I figure this baby will weigh in at around 32 to 40 ounces, or better when finished)

Size 10 circular needles.  (I am using 36 inch, but I am sure 24″ would be plenty long.)

Cast on 153 stitches.  I like to use a provisional cast on because it ‘mirrors’ the bind off edge.

Row 1:  *Knit 1, Purl 1; repeat from *, ending with a knit stitch.

Repeat Row 1 to your desired length, changing colors as your little heart desires!  Bind off in pattern.

That’s it!

I do hope you all have missed me!  ;)  Have a safe and Happy Independence Day Weekend!!!  Love . . .  GMa Ellen

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How to Find Time to Knit & Finish In-Progress Knitting (and/or crochet) Projects


I know, I don’t make enough time and/or effort . . .

This is a fabulous article!!!  The number one tip:  STOP BUYING NEW YARN!

My second favorite . . . 3.  Frog the projects you’re not into.

Please, follow this link to read the entire article.  So many useful tips.

How to Find Time to Knit & Finish In-Progress Knitting Projects.

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MyPicot | Free crochet patterns Lace Pineapple Crochet Stitch


I am just feeling the need to share!  This website is absolutely fantastic.  So many beautiful patterns!  My Picot – free crochet & knitting patterns.  A wealth of information.

Lace Pineapple Crochet Stitch Diagram + step by step instructions

 

This Pineapple stitch pattern is gorgeous, don’t you think?  My Gramma Lucy’s favorite thing was the Pineapple Stitch.  I always think of her when I see one, and I can see her now.  Grandma’s hands.  Stitching away on some beautiful project.  Everything she did was spectacular to me.  And she was constantly busy with one thing or another from the moment her feet hit the floor until she closed her eyes at night.

Sooo . . . what would you do with this beauty?  Bedspread?  Tablecloth . . . with the perfect edging would be breath-taking.  Shawl? Scarf?  With some long flowing fringe on each end.  Oh!  The possibilities!

Here is the link to download the diagram pattern.

I hope this has been an inspiration to perhaps try something new.  If you haven’t learned to read diagrams yet, here’s a great opportunity to learn.  There are written instructions, picture tutorials as well as the diagram.

Happy Hooking!

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Pippin’s Flower Petals – YouTube


I have been trying to find this video tutorial for literally weeks!  In it you are shown how to make the perfect little flower embellishments.  I have wanted to try this technique on something…  anything!  But for the life of me, couldn’t find it.  So, I just put it in the back of my mind thinking, ‘one day, it will just come to me!’ and voila!  I got it in an email newsletter.  Oh, Happy Day!

Emily Explains: Knit From the Red Carpet

Here is the video tutorial of which I speak:

Now, I just wish I could remember where I wanted to put those little flowers…hmm.

Slouchy Beanies!  That’s it!  I think they would be absolutely adorable embellishing a simple stockinette stitch slouchy beanie pattern I use all the time.  Super Simple Slouchy Beanie by http://bistitchual.com.  I love this pattern!

Pippin's Flower Petals - YouTube

Super Simple Slouchy Beanie

Here is where I saw these beautiful little embellishments.  A cute little girl’s knit tunic pattern (which you can purchase in a booklet from Berroco

Now…can you see it???  These adorable little flower embellishments all over the Super Simple Slouchy Beanie???

Please!  Please, tell me what you think of my idea.  Who knows when I will actually sit down and DO IT!  But, I am inspired.  I love inspiration, and I hope I have inspired even one of you!

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My First Attempt at Knitting a Sweater! (Progress)


I am pretty excited about this project!  My first attempt at something wearable.  I was a good girl and made a swatch first.  :P

Free Knitting Pattern: Classic Sparkling Sweater

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Sequins Pattern #: L20329

knitting Classic Sparkling Sweater model

Rating: ***** 5.0 (based on 1 review)

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X

Finished Bust 37 (40, 43, 47, 51) in. (94 (101.5, 109, 119.5, 129.5) cm)
Finished Length 23 1/2 (24, 24, 24 1/2, 25) in. (59.5 (61, 61, 62, 63.5) cm)

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

I am using the yarn recommended, which is Vanna’s Sequins Yarn, color: Champagne.  (The last I checked, you can still get a great deal by buying 3-packs!)

This first piece took me 2 – 3 weeks.  Blah!  Hopefully this being completed will inspire me to spend more time on the rest.  What do you all think???

This is the back piece.  Done.  It doesn't look like much now.  But, YAY!  I finished the first piece!

This is the back piece. Done. It doesn’t look like much now. But, YAY! I finished the first piece!

I hope I haven’t ‘jinxed’ it by posting so early in the game.  :D  

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MyPicot | Free crochet patterns


Oh!  The possibilities!!!

This stitch pattern comes with written instructions, as well as photo tutorial.

Very nicely done.

Foundation Chain: Multiples of 15 + 4

Techniques used in this stitch (British term / American term):

Chain stitch – ch

Double crochet / Single crochet – dc / sc

Treble / Double crochet – tr / dc

Double treble / Treble – d.tr / tr

Stitch – st

MyPicot | Free crochet patterns.

Just feeling the need to share!  Sorry I have been so absent as of late…you know how LIFE gets in the way.  I have been busy making though.  Now, I just need to make time to share my treasures.

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Dropped and Found Wrap ~ Free Knit Pattern | Jessie At Home


Something I would really love to try!!!

Dropped and Found Wrap ~ Free Knit Pattern | Jessie At Home.

At first sight I thought, “Oh, how fiddly and complicated it must be to make this huge stitch!  But, this stitch pattern is just too incredibly easy.  It is accomplished simply by using dropped stitches, then weaving, or ‘braiding’ them (in a manner of speaking) from bottom to top.

I am sure this look can easily be replicated in crochet as well using chain stitches.  And, I swear I saw a video tutorial on this as well…just can’t seem to find it now! (dadgummit)

Here’s a video to show just how easy this look is to accomplish this stitch by knitting:

Sooo, what I am thinking is…what a lovely blanket (afghan, if you are old-fashioned like me) this would make.  Super warm and snugly.  I would think that using over sized needles might give a very nice drape while not ending up too ‘bulky’.   Oh!  Bulky yarn!!!

Yet another ‘thing’ on my endless list of things-to-do!!!  Have a great weekend, and ~ GO HAWKS!!!  (Just had to throw that in!)  ~GMa Ellen

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Babouska Rose Blanket Tutorial


gmaellenscraftycorner:

This is sooo lovely. A beautiful interpretation of a Crochet Granny Square…

Originally posted on BabyLove Brand:

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My new love! The Babouska Rose Blanket. I am making this blanket, and have documented some tips for maximized results, so I decided to write some pattern support.

Related Materials:

See my horrible phone screenshot of the motif chart below… I interpreted the little plus sign in the circle as “SC in the back bars of the stitch indicated.” (Notes: Not the stitch *post*, rather just the back bars. Also, I worked a slip stitch instead of an SC to eliminate extra bulk.)

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Here is a square from the pattern, with my modifications that I documented below.

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Of course, I join everything as I go, so I rounded with the red SC, but the next motif is joined on that red round. (See…

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Emily Explains: Make 1 Right and Left


gmaellenscraftycorner:

Re blogging so I remember…
Emily Explains videos are so awesome!

Originally posted on berroco design studio:

With a new season coming out soon, I’ve been brushing up on some of our commonly used techniques. Make 1 left (M1L) and Make 1 right (M1R) are my go-to increases when I am designing.

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