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Red Market Bag

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I like to have a handy bag available when I need one.  This one is perfect for taking the grocery for supplies, or filling with yarn projects and hanging on a door knob!

Made of Cotton and using an easy Yarn Over and Knit 2 together pattern, this bag was a quick knit!

 

 
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How to work an I-cord

Easy lesson on working an I-cord.

 

 
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How to Cable – Cable to the Front – (C4f)

Brief video on how to hold stitches to the front of your work while working a cable.

 

 
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Knit Two Together – Decrease (K2tog)

A very easy way to work a decrease.

 

 
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Knit into the Front and Back of Same Stitch – Kfb

Want to learn an easy way to increase stitches on your needles?  Try this method.  It’s almost invisible as a new stitch.

 
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Feltted Project Bag was just what I needed!

in Bags, Felt

Felt BackpackHow many places do we go where we sit and wait?  Doctor’s office, waiting for a friend for lunch, car repair waiting rooms, hospital waiting rooms, I’ve been in all of these places just in the last six months!  What I needed was a cute little project bag that I could load with some yarn and needles and my pattern and off I go to wait…well, KNIT and wait.

Saw this great felted bag in a magazine and thought I’d dig out some wool from my stash and get busy.

I was looking to make a medium size bag so that I could stash yarn projects in there and take it with me. This bag really does the trick.  I just love it.

It was interesting construction and the instructions were great.    The pattern is called Bonnie and Clyde Bag by Christina Moran and you can purchase a copy of the pattern for a mere $5 over on Ravelry.

The bottom of the bag, the felted part, I knit on bigger size 10 needles and waste yarn is inserted when the bottom is the proper size.  Make sure the waste yarn IS NOT WOOL!  I used a cotton yarn and it was easier to pull out after the felting.  The bottom and straps are felted at the same time so I cleaned out my kitchen sink and felted away.

Felt Backpack

The hard part was taking the cotton thread out and picking up stitches through the tiny little holes in order to start knitting the bag.  I think if I did this again, I probably would  knit the final row of the bottom portion in a similar color acrylic yarn that would not felt for just the one row….and then I’d insert the cotton thread through those loops….the bottom would felt, but that one row of acrylic loops would still be intact and I could more easily pick up the stitches and put them back on the needles.  I then used regular wool scraps and knitting in the round I changed colors whenever the mood hit me.

The felted strap is inserted through holes along the top edge and easily cinched to keep it closed.  What’s even better is that there was NO seaming in the construction.  I just weaved in my many colorful ends inside and done.

It was a fun felting project and mixing the felted material along with the knitted stockenette really made the bag beautiful. It really is a lovely little bag and is the perfect size to grab and swing over my shoulder with my next project deep inside.

 

 
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Long Tail Cast On Trick!

How do you know how long to leave the tail when casting on a lot of stitches?   There is nothing worse than needing to cast on 200 stitches and realizing at about 150 stitiches that you do not have enough yarn on the tail to finish.  After having this happen more than once, I decided to use this trick and it really really works!

 

 

 
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Red Sweater – I love cardigans!

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red sweater cardigan

I love knitting sweaters and I love cardigans more than anything.  I bought this yarn for 97 cents a skein. at Joann’s one day.  Oh what a great find! I bought every ball they had, no matter the color.   Having a ton of the same beautiful red color, I decided I’d make a cool red sweater.

I used about 6 skeins of this bamboo yarn. The pattern was from a Better Homes and Garden publication called Knitted Cold Weather Sweaters.

The pattern I used was designed to be knitted in stockinette stitch (knit one row, purl one row). But I thought I’d change that up a bit and used a pattern of knit 1, purl 1, across row one and all knit row 2.  I repeated this 2 row pattern and it turned out great.  Because it uses a Red Sweater Ribbing pattern“ribbing” on row 1, the overall sweater has a bit of “hug” to it, yet still drapes nicely and isn’t too tight.

Here’s a little closer photo of the ribbing pattern.  It has a “mistake rib” look to it, meaning the ribbing isn’t pronounced.  I just love how it turned out.   Since it was an easy 2 row repeat, it was easy to stay in pattern as I worked around the pattern elements such as neck line and sleeve bind-offs.

When I got to installing the zipper, I have to hand sew it into place.  I used a sticky seam tape that helped a lot. I tacked the zipper in and then went back and sew the zipper securely  into place.  In the photo, the zipper really stands out and I think that is partially the camera’s fault.  While it is visible, it isn’t bright red and look out of place.  I picked up stitches along the edge of the zipper and worked several rows of stockinette and bound off a nice edge for attaching the zipper.

Just love the way it turned out and is nice and warm!

 

 
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Felt Slippers and Cold Toes

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Knitted slippers

I’ve been experimenting with the wonderful world of felting.  Have you tried it?  Oh my, it’s so fun.

Decided I would try to tackle some felt slippers.  So I found a wonderful pattern in the book titled Felted Knits on Amazon.  It was easy to follow and the knitting itself went fast.

The most important part when starting your felting project is to make sure you are using 100% wool and not acrylic.  Also make sure you double check your yarn because there is wool yarn marked “super wash” which is 100% wool, but WILL NOT FELT.  Once you’ve found the right wool, jump in!

I doubled the yarn as I knit.  I held 2 strands of yarn together as I knitted.  The yarn was worsted weight and I needed chunky yarn.  So holding 2 strands of yarn did the trick.  I had one blue yarn and one variegated colors yarn that was beautiful with the blue.Before felting As you knit the project, it will seem like the slippers ARE HUGE!  Don’t fear, the felting process will shrink the slippers down to the right size for your foot.  That’s one of the fun aspects of working with felt, the ability to fit the slippers to your foot.

For the sole of the slipper I used only the solid blue yarn and again held 2 strands together as one. Once complete, I was excited to start the felting process.  I typically do my felting in the washing machine, but it can also be done in the sink.  You need to use really hot water.  Felting occurs with the combination of super hot water and agitation.

Slippers after feltingI threw the slippers into the washer and set it to super hot small load.

One thing you may want to do is stay with the washer.  Don’t walk away.  The felting process happens quickly sometimes so you don’t want the process to go too far.  If you shrink it to far, you cannot go back and make it stretch out.  So I stand at the washer as the felting happens.

In order to get a good agitation, I threw an old pair of jeans into the washer as well.  Every 5-10 minutes I grabbed the slippers out of the water and took a look to check the progress.  As the slippers felt, the definition of the stitches starts to go away and blend into the new fabric being created.  You may want to put your felting project into a washer bag such as a lingerie bag because the felting can produce fuzz which you don’t want clogging up your washer.  I continued the felting until the slippers were snug on my foot.

I reset the washer to spin and allowed as much water to be spun out as possible and I then laid the slippers out to dry.  I put them on my feet and then gently slipped them off and they held the shape of my foot.  Over the next few hours of drying, I would simply again slip them on my feet so that they would dry to my size.  It took about 24 hours for the slippers to dry completely.

This was such a fun project, I decided I’d knit slippers for members of my family and send them UN-felted to each person with instructions on felting them to fit their feet.

I have to tell you these babies are WARM.  Very nice and warm for a cold tile floor in the middle of winter.  If you feel the soles may be slippery on the tile, you can purchase suede souls and stitch them on the bottoms for a little traction.  Have your tried felting yet?  What did you make and how did it turn out?

 

 

 
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30 Second Knitting Tricks – Video Series

Decided to try my hand at video making and doing 30 second vids on different knitting tricks and techniques.

I’ve created a playlist from youtube videos I created that are 30 seconds or less.  Each video will teach you a quick lesson on beginning knitting tips.

I will also have longer videos that will go into more depths with some of these tips and tricks, but watch for the quick and easy to learn 30 second tricks.  Entire video series can be viewed over on 30SecondKnittingTricks.com.

 



 

 

 
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