i can't stop knitting them (by the way, of ALL the ones i've knitted, i've NOT kept one of 'em). they're easy to knit and fast too! they make a great gift and are useful (especially on a day like today where the temp is below zero WITHOUT a wind chill factor)
it is NOT blocked yet
a beaded neck piece
modeled by the lovely sharon
pre-thread lots and then lots more size 6 glass beads on yarn
cast on 72 stitches and join without twisting (and of course place a marker at join)
k2, p1around placing a bead in each purl on every other row
continue this pattern for about 4 inches give or take
make a little ruffle on one end by k2, k1 f&b all the way around
next row, k5, k1 f&b all the way around. do this a few more rows and bind off
then cut several lengths of yarn for fringe. attach to neck piece then put a bead on the end of each length of yarn. tie a knot on each end.
BLOCK (which as i said above, i have NOT done yet)
size 4 needles 16" circular
it's way too wide for a neck warmer but not wide enough to double. well, live and learn. i used sport weight baby alpaca and smallish circulars (probably a 5). i cast on 88 and did it all in double rib; K2, P2. every other row on the pearls, i slipped in a bead (of course ALL of the beads have to be strung PRIOR to you starting to knit. here it is being blocked. (i'm trying to make it longer and skinnier. we'll see if that works out
how to dye fabric using snow which would be VERY appropriate for those of us in new england. we just got hit with a giant nor'easter! here's the link to craftster how to dye fabric using snow. i'm guessing that's where craft got their pics from. the outside snow pic i took yesterday
I HAVE been knitting a lot lately — as I do whenever the New England weather turns colder. Baby hats and fingerless gloves. Blankets and dishrags. I’ve returned to a scarf I once grew bored with, a sweater I never finished.
I learned to knit in 2002, six months after my 5-year-old daughter, Grace, died suddenly from a virulent form of strep. I was unable to read or write, and friends suggested I take up knitting; almost immediately I fell under its spell.//////////
BUT i like it, don't get me wrong. there is a wonderful vegan chocolate maker in manchester (connecticut) divine treasures. they also carry them at the whole foods in west hartford center (not the one at bishops corner though????)
anyway i saw the following making chocolate video on on craftzine and wanted to share. it too is VEGAN
they're amazing. they're free and even though they LOOK complicated, i think most of them have a simple basic process behind them.
like i said, frankie's patterns are free BUT if you're of the mind, she (or i guess it could be he) says you could give a lil' donation to children's liver disease foundation (it's in the uk but i'll bet if you're here in america you can donate too!)
used blue sky alpaca sport weight. needle is circular 16" i believe a 4. cast on 88 stitches (it is going to be tight, not a loose one. i'm going to do a ruffle on the bottom as well. haven't decided if i'll crochet that on or just knit it). i'm doing a k2, p2 rib. every other row i've put a bead in each of the 2 purls. oh yeah, you have to string the beads FIRST of course. how many? well i don't know. i strung a LOT. when i'm done, i sure will be able to give an accurate count.
the beads are a size 6 and they do fit on the sport weight yarn. i used one of those blue dental thingys to thread the beads. pics are from my phone so they're not as good as camera pics
FreePatterns.com -Free Knitting Pattern of the Day
my name isn't yo
the reformed pirate herself
no bad stuff here
no bad shite here - NEVER EVER the reformed pirate is only interested in food, humor, animals, books, movies, music, knitting, crafts and her houseboy/chauffeur raul these are direct quotes from people who have read the reformed pirate: "i don't just love heathcliff, i AM heathcliff" "it sure is fun being hep" "get the hell away from me"