Information and registration for the Sit & Knit is here.
The Triple Wave Afghan
I think it was size 13 needles. I know it was made with Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick. I was afraid to drop it on a child – it’s so heavy! It will certainly keep someone warm and it’s large enough to go on a bed and will certainly keep someone cozy while watching the t and v.
The “recipe” came from The Little Box of Knitted Throws.
It requires about 11 skeins of yarn, though you will need to buy 12 to make it. They don’t give you a warning of how cumbersome and heavy the afghan will become so let me warn you: it’s gonna get cumbersome and heavy. It is worth every minute of the nine days it took to make it – maybe I should call this one the nine day afghan.
This particular afghan will be on sale at the May 3rd Pancake Breakfast, Bake Sale and Bazaar at First United Methodist of Oak Park.
These patterns came from Bev’s County Cottage (no relation!) Her site is full of patterns intended to be used for mission knitting and since we are doing a Sit & Knit, we qualify.
We will use the patterns for the adult/teen hat and bev’s scrap hat. Visit the website for the actual patterns and pictures. I don’t crochet (I know how, I just don’t) and these seem easy enough for beginners on up.
Information about the Sit & Knit and the registration form can be found here.
Information and registration for Pleasant Home/UMW Sit & Knit are here.
Thanks to Stitches From the Heart for this pattern that I saw on Knitty Gritty. This is the pattern we will use to create the preemie hats to be donated to hospitals with neo-natal centers.
You will need size 6 needles and worsted weight yarn. Visit the website for the actual pattern. These hats work up fairly quickly. (I did one while sitting in a meeting – don’t tell anyone!) You can also do them on dpn’s and avoid the seaming.
So I’ve made another scarf. That’s ok. Scarves are good for the craft sale and they are good for donations. Scarves serve many purposes.
This scarf was done in my favorite yarn, Caron By The Pound, knit on size eight circular needles. I think it took two days to knit. What makes this scarf so much fun is that it is made of three panels; two are vertical and the one in middle is horizontal and it is knit all in one piece. The technique involves adding on stitches, binding off, and picking up stitches. The reason it’s on circular needles is because it requires two hundred stitches. It is a reversible scarf though one side has a little more texture than the other.
You can find the complete pattern in Exquisite Little Knits by Iris Schreier & Laurie J. Kimmelstiel.
I would love to see this yarn done with self striping yarn, as opposed to variegated yarn. I would love to see what the yarn does when it moves the horizontal to the vertical strip and back again.
The StitchCraft Circle of First United Methodist Church of Oak Park and Pleasant Home announces their first Sit & Kit to take place May 31, 2008 at Pleasant Home (on the corners of Pleasant and Home in Oak Park)
The all day event is the launch of the circle’s Head2Toe Project.
Registration form and information are here.
The Head2Toe Project is an intiative to give assistance to area hospitals and agencies by providing handcrafted items.
At first, the idea was for people to donate a new pair of socks for a child or adult and StitchCraft would create a hat and scarf to go with and then donate them to ChildServ. Well, ChildServ never answered our phone calls or emails, but we were enthusiastic about the idea so we revampled it and here we are at the Sit & Knit.
More information will be coming in other posts including the patterns we will be using, information on Pleasant Home (it’s beautiful!) and the organizations we hope to help!
It’s just the spring season and already we see things have got to change.
First – sorry Neal Cotts, but I don’t see you making the roster. I don’t know what it is that makes you so hittable, but the north side of town doesn’t seem to be doing you any good. I don’t know how you did when you were on the south side – cuz I don’t like the White Sox so I don’t know if your performance is supposed to be why you were traded or why you were picked up and you don’t seem to be made for the National League. You are still a much better player than I’ll ever be, but I’ve never aspired to be a major league pitcher or someone would be writing the same things about me.
Second-The Giants seemed to be stealing bases at will against Cubs pitching. Two things that will throw a team off their rhythm: walks and steals. We need to improve on both. Throw a ball over to first base every once in a whiel. Look over at a runner so his rhythm is thrown off. Geez!
Third-Derek Lee can do no wrong, and you’re sexy even with the beard – but lose it, please. The closest I will ever get to you is in my dreams and I can’t even dream of rubbing up against that. Well, I can, but it’s uncomfortable. So, sorry, I don’t care how cold it gets here in April, you need to shave it off. I’ll help.
Fourth-Naming rights to Wrigley Field? I’m almost certain there’s something in the Bible saying it’s a sin. It’s got a name: Wrigley Field. And it’s a darned good one.
The Cubs are 1-3 and they’ve shown they have some ‘fight back’ in ’em, but they should have never been as far behind as they were. Hopefully, they will get the losses out of their system and bring all the wins with them when they come north in about a month.
I feel so much better now.
So, after the nine day afghan (that took 20 days) I needed to do something simple. The next book on the shelf was Knit With Debbie Macomber. The first pattern in the book is a pattern for making seven variations of a scarf. A scarf! Now that is simple, indeed. So, I thought I would make her scarf – only different. This scarf is headed for the Head2Toe Project. We’re planning a Sit & Knit in May! Watch for more info.
The pattern called for chunky weight yarn – so far so good. I now have a bunch of chunky weight yarn in the stash. But I didn’t have the speckled kind the first pattern called for, but the second one was a solid color.
I had a solid color!! It’s Lion Brand Jiffy. I used it to make my brother in law’s scarf for Christmas as well as the Nomad Hat/Scarf I made for myself. I still had a lot of it left over; certainly enough to make a scarf.
The pattern called for size 13 needles. Well, I used size 10 because that’s the one the yarn suggested. I have nothing against size 13 needles – it just didn’t feel right for the yarn- and since it’s a scarf, gauge doesn’t really matter much.
The pattern called for 17 stitches – that was a little narrow for me (probably because I used smaller needles) so I cast on 21 and that seemed just right.
The pattern said to make it 62 inches or the desired length. I chose the desired length. There was no fringe in the pattern – I felt like adding fringe.
Other than that, I followed the pattern to the letter!
So, the Nine Day Afghan took 20 days to complete!
It’s not yet blocked and it’s already huge!
This was done with Caron By the Pound and Herschnerr’s worsted weight yarn. It’s done in strips with stockinette stitch – which is why it will have to be blocked, the end strips still have the stockinette roll.
The pattern did not call for it, but I placed a 4 stitch selvedge edge on either end of each strip to keep the roll to a minimum. The pattern also calls for nine strips, but I stopped at 7 because the selvedge edge added enough inches that adding the last two strips would have made in cumbersome, but they can certainly be added if you want the bulk and the size.
Like I said, worsted weight yarn on size 9 needles
Select 5 colors a,b,c,d,e (there’s more than 5 in my afghan because for the ‘e’ colors, i used different ones)
Select one color as your main color – it will be used the most. For this afghan, I used all of two skeins (which for Caron by the pound is about 1700 yards)
Narrow strips are 22 stitches (with 4 on either side as selvedge) starting with a contrast color, knit 16 rows, with the main color knit 58 rows. There are nine blocks of color. So you will start with a contrast and end with a contrast.
The wide strips are 52 stitches (with 4 on either side as selvedge) start with the main color for 16 rows and the contrast color knit 58 rows.
When you’ve done as many strips as you want, then with the main color, do a crocheted edge (either one, two or three rounds)
OK – I know I’m going to heaven. I know because I am a CUBS fan and we have suffered more than Job. We have waited for 100 years for a World Series victory – yes, I know I am not nearly 100 years old and I will probably never be – but a Cubs fan’s angst is retroactive. Even if the fan is only five years old, they’ve been waiting all 100 years.
It seems we are standing in front of fate. We made it to the playoffs last year just to be swept by the Diamondbacks. But everyone in the post season was swept except for the World Series winners, so we don’t feel as embarrassed as we would have if we were the only one to feel the broom on our butts.
So, this year we are looking at Kosuke Fukudome to be the spark and I am always in love with Derek Lee (even though we disagree on the Democratic nominee for president) and I expect him to be his uber professional self on the field, and I am always rooting for Kerry Wood because he’s just such a great guy. I look forward with anticipation that we will knock fate on its behind and take home the crown this season.
Heaven can wait.
Ok, so I’m taking a break from the Nine Day Afghan which is going to take way more than nine days, and writing two press releases from a client, to give a review of Spizzico’s Pizzeria.
Hubby and I went there two weeks ago and it’s taken me that long to figure out what to say.
I’ve sat in movies theatres and watched ads for this place come up on screen, I’ve read the reviews on line and I practically had to push the hubby to come to this place. A few years back, we went out to a movie with friends and I wanted to go here and they opted for the pizza place a few doors down…finally, I got my wish.
I suppose I will come back and try the pizza since that’s what’s getting the good reviews and I will say they had some generous portions, but I have to say, there was nothing spectacular about the place….except a lot of police officers eat there. We were surrounded by men (and women) in blue, and the counter staff seemed to know them by name so I guess we won’t have to worry about people misbehaving. So, it’s safe to eat there.
I had the aglio & olio with pasta with a side of italian sausage. Hubby had a pasta dish that I can’t even remember. I tasted it and thought the ‘sauce’ tasted a little like something made with mayo. Which, I’m not sure, but I don’t think it should be in a pasta sauce.
We ordered a dinner salad that had dried fruits, nuts, and greens and that was very good. But everything else was just regular tasting.
Like I said, we usually give places two tries before we banish them from our list so they will get another shot, but it won’t be for any of the entrees. We’ll go for what they’re known for: the pizza. Maybe we’ll like it better.