Katie Knits

Kate geeks out about yarn, knitting, spinning, and other crafts.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Lelah on my kitchen floor

Action shot tomorrow probably. I took some, but they looked ridiculous. I am now too comfy in my pj pants to change my clothes. It looks oddly shaped, but I swear it's just how it's laying on the floor.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Lelah Modification Specifics

Warning: unless you are adding straps to the lelah tube top this is going to be an incredibly boring post.
I don't have a picture yet. I've been far to busy with work and school. I've gotten lots of questions though. I promise to add a picture soon, but for now you'll have to settle for just the details. For those interested I knit it according to the instructions for the large size. I followed the decreases as they were written instead of measuring above my chest like she suggests. I figured I'd be ok since I was adding straps. I used lion brand cotton ease from my stash. I used just about 2 skeins exactly. I made an icord for the tie instead of ribbon. So if you use ribbon, 2 skeins is probably perfect. If you want an icord, I'd buy 3 skeins just in case. I knit the lace part on the bottom on US size 10 needles. I then switched to US size 7 for the top. I wanted to make sure the fabric was fairly dense and not see through. I knit until the stockinette part was long enough and then starting at my stitch marker that signified the beginning of a round, I BO 12 sts, K 11, BO 24, K 11, BO 24, K11, BO 24, K 11, BO 12.
Straps: At each set of 11 sts, attach yarn then:
Row 1: knit
Row 2: purl
Row 3: knit
Row 4: purl
Row 5: ssk, k7, k2tog
Row 6: purl
Row 7: ssk, k5, k2tog
continue in stockinette st until strap part is about 6 inches long, or how ever long you need to reach the top of your shoulder. I then used kitchner stitch to seam each of the front straps to the corresponding back strap. Last I crocheted in slip stitch all the way around both arm holes and the head hole so it wouldn't be a rolling mess. There were vague strap mods posted somewhere about page 14 of the lelah thread on craftster. I used those as a jumping off point. I'm glad to answer any questions for anyone changing up there own lelah. I tried to be as clear as possible. I hope that makes sense. Pictures soon to come!

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

A few works in progress. Steve's lap top sleeve and another Lelah

This is made of some lamb's pride bulky from my stash. Felted, just needs to finish drying and then some magnetic snaps.

This is going to be another lelah, but I think I'll add straps this time.
link to lelah pattern
I'm using some lion brand cotton ease also from the stash. I've been inspired by Emmie's craftster post about use what you have month.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Sick Day

Today I was sick, so I sat on my couch and in between blowing my nose I made this clutch from One Skein by Leigh Radford.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Smart Boy

So Steve is more of a visual artist than he realizes. I was playing around with how to lay out the squares and Steve pointed out maybe I should put the grey/reds together in bigger squares and the tan/reds together. I think he may be onto something. I like it so far. I won't admit to Steve how smart I think he is though, because then I'll never hear the end of it. I guess we'll find out if he still reads my blog.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Blanket Squares

I have been threatened by more than one person to keep posting so I will. I don't want a bunch of crazy knitters coming after me. They are dangerous. After all, they are known for carrying around bags filled with sharp pointy sticks.

I haven't gotten much knitting done in the past week, but what I have done is update my etsy shop and make more blankest squares.

I have these three colors to work with. I want the blanket to be predominantly red. I like the red with the grey/blue color, and I like the red with the tan/cream color, but I wasn't too excited about squares of just tan and grey. So I decided to make them all red with a contrasting color. Now, I'm having trouble deciding how they will be laid out and attached together for the final product. Your thoughts and ideas are welcome. Maybe I'll just knit more and see what I come up with when I have more squares.