Monday, March 26, 2007

Pattern: Ice Princess Panta

For a long time now I have been wanting for make something to match the fingerless mitts I made with Cayli's gorgeous home-grown, hand-dyed, handspun that she gifted me with the holiday season before last. I had some left over still but wasn't sure about the yardage. However, I had a vision of making a head band, as I find them cute and convenient for a gal that wears her hair up in the winter. And they hardly take any yarn.

Originally I wanted to make a headband like the cabled panta I made before, but the gauge was all wrong. So I improvised something late the Saturday night. And here it is:



I love the subtle blue striping and the feel is OMG soft. Cayli's yarn is truly amazing and was such a pleasure to knit up.




Ice Princess Panta

Yarn: Heavy worsted Handspun <50g

Needles: US 8 and a cable needle or DPN

Gauge: not critical, but a row gauge of 5 rows/inch with make a nice fitting panta 18 inches in circumfrence.

Special Stitches:

  • FC (front cross) = Slip 2 stitches from left needle onto a cable needle (CN) and hold to the front. Knit 2 stitches from left hand needle. Knit the 2 slipped stitches from CN.
  • SFC (single front cross) = Slip 2 k stitches onto CN and hold to the front. Purl the purl st from left needle. Knit 2 slipped sts from CN.
  • SBC (single back cross) = Slip 1 p st from left hand needle onto CN and hold in back. Knit 2 k sts from left needle. P the p st from CN.
  • pfb (purl front back) = purl into the front of the stitch and leave on left hand needle. Purl into the back of the same stitch and slide both off to right needle.
  • p2tog (purl 2 together) = purl 2 stitches from left hand needle together at on time, ie. pretend that two purl stitches are one and purl them.


Caston 12 stitches. (You could also use a provisional caston and later kitchener these stitches to ending stitches together.)

Set up row: Wrong Side - p1, k1, p1, k1, p4, k1, p1, k1, p1

Row 1 k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 2 and all even rows - knit the k sts and purl the p sts
Row 3 p1, FC, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 5 k1, p1, k1, p into the front and back of next st (pfb), k4, pfb, k1, p1, k1
Row 7 k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 9 k1, p1, k1, p2, FC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 11 k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 13 k1, p1, k1, pfb, p1, k4, pfb, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 15 k1, p1, k1, p3, FC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 17 k1, p1, k1, p3, k4, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 19 k1, p1, k1, pfb, p2, k4, p2, pfb, k1, p1, k1
Row 21 k1, p1, k1, p4, FC, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 23 k1, p1, k1, p3, SBC, SFC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 25 k1, p1, k1, p2, SBC, p2, SFC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 27 k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 29 k1, p1, k1, p2, SFC, p2, SBC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 31 k1, p1, k1, p3, SFC, SBC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 33 k1, p1, k1, p4, FC, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 35 k1, p1, k1, p4, k4, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 37 k1, p1, k1, p4, k4, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 39 k1, p1, k1, p4, FC, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 41 k1, p1, k1, p3, SBC, SFC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 43 k1, p1, k1, p2, SBC, p2, SFC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 45 k1, p1, k1, p1, SBC, p4, SFC, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 47 k1, p1, k1, p1, k2, p6, k2, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 49 k1, p1, k1, p1, SFC, p4, SBC, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 51 k1, p1, k1, p2, SFC, p2, SBC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 53 k1, p1, k1, p3, SFC, SBC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 55 k1, p1, k1, p4, FC, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 57 k1, p1, k1, p4, k4, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 59 k1, p1, k1, p4, k4, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 61 k1, p1, k1, p4, SC, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 63 k1, p1, k1, p3, SBC, SFC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 65 k1, p1, k1, p2, SBC, p2, SFC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 67 k1, p1, k1, p2, k2, p4, k2, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 69 k1, p1, k1, P2, SFC, p2, SBC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 71 k1, p1, k1, p3, SFC, SBC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 73 k1, p1, k1, p4, FC, p4, k1, p1, k1
Row 75 k1, p1, k1, p2tog, p2, k4, p2, p2tog, k1, p1, k1
Row 77 k1, p1, k1, p3, k4, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 79 k1, p1, k1, p3, FC, p3, k1, p1, k1
Row 81 k1, p1, k1, p2tog, p1, k4, p1, p2tog, k1, p1, k1
Row 83 k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 85 k1, p1, k1, p2, FC, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 87 k1, p1, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p1, k1
Row 89 k1, p1, k1, p2tog, k4, p2tog, k1, p1, k1
Row 91 k1, p1, k1, p1, FC, p1, k1, p1, k1
Row 93 k1, p1, k1, p1, k4, p1, k1, p1, k1

This project was brought to you by the color blue.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Pattern: Your Everyday Winter Hat

I found my old knitting notebook! Hurray! I thought I had lost it, lost it and not just misplaced it, lost it.

This is the first hat I ever knit. Can you believe that although I was queen of socks, I was very intimidated by hat-land. I knew I had to get it over quickly so I found a hat pattern with a bulky gauge. I knit it partway up and I couldn't finish because it was so unspeakably ugly. So I was stuck with these ginormously, large DPN's. what's a gal to do? I decided to knit my own hat based upon my sock experience and this is what I came up with.

It's simple, right? Rolled brim, stockinette, standard crown shaping. But it's economical, ever so warm, and stays on super well. And it knits up in a flash!

Your Everyday Winter Hat

by Miriam Mack



Yarn: Lamb's Pride Bulky
Needles: Size 11 and 13 DPNs
Gauge: 2.5 st/inch


Cast on 51 Stitches on size 13 DPNs. Join in the round without twisting and knit first 4 rounds with size 11 DPNS (stay with 13's if your head is largish). Knit next 20 rounds with US13 DPN for a total of 24 rounds.

Decreasing:

Row 1 Knit to last 2 stitches on needle, k2tog. Repeat for next two needles.
Row 2 knit

Repeat rows 1 and 2 two more times (42 Stitches remain)

Row 7 Knit 5, k2tog across entire round (36 sts)
Row 8 Knit
Row 9 Knit 4, k2tog across entire round (30 sts)
Row 10 Knit
Row 11 Knit 3, k2tog across entire round (24 sts)
Row 12 knit
Row 14 Knit 2, k2tog across entire round (18 sts)
Row 15 Knit 1, k2tog across entire round (12 sts)

At this point you can either k2tog across the entire round (6 sts), fasten off and pull end through the remaining loops or do like I did: Slip 3 sts from needle 2 to both needle 1 and 3 and kitchener them together.

I have gotten a few compliments on this hat, but this is the best one. I gave one to my brother for x-mas a couple of years ago, and after leaving my house with it on, he never really took it off that winter. Not only did he wear it everyday, he told me that his wife tried to steal it, too. Here he is with it on. Too cute!

And don't let him know about this. He'd kill me. He's such a smarty-pants. He'sabout to graduate law school and move to California where, sadly, he won't have as much need for woolen hats.

Something's Blocking!

All of a sudden I am knitting! Knitting like I used to knit. And I am not sure why.

There are several things going on in my life right now that might be facilitating more knitting getting done. One is that I have been quite sick lately and have set aside some time to myself, to use all to myself; no training, no school work, no dieting. And second, one of my lovely friends brought over a bunch of television for me to watch: Lost, Reno 911, Weeds. So for the last couple of days, I have had time to knit and television to watch. That's a fabulous combination for me knitting-wise.

But there is another idea that I have. It's a bit more psychological. I haven't written much personal stuff on my blog lately, but there has been a lot of destruction in my life lately. There have also been some (hopefully!) final endings, and some space given to people who need to give more rather than take more in a friendship with me. So, amidst all this tearing down, perhaps I have a need to build a little, to create a little, to balance the scales a bit. What'cha think?

And I'd like to give a big thanks to Holly at Hollyarns for sending my such a sweet St. Patrick's Day card. It really made my day at a time when my match just got cancelled and I got some terrible news. Thanks!!!

Friday, March 23, 2007

FO: Droplet Hat with mods

After I sewed up my Droplet hat from Knitting Nature (Why didn't I knit it in the round?), I decided that what it needed were some earflaps. You see, to make a hat truly functionable for our lovely winter weather here in Ithaca, the ears must be protected. And eventhough I have a pea-sized head, my row gauge was a little smaller than the pattern called for and I felt that the hat was just too short. So this is how it turned out:



Overall, I have to say that knitting this hat was pretty fun once I got past that first bobble row that seemed to go on forever. The no-turn bobble technique that Nora Gaughan introduced in this pattern is quite handy, if you don't mind slipping stitches. I especially liked the way she did the decreases on the crown as they are invisible and preserve the overall pattern so nicely.

Earflap Modifications:

The earflaps are centered below the 6th bobble on the bottom bobble row from either side of the back seam. (If this placement seems odd for you I would put on the hat with the seam centered in back and then mark the places above your ears with bulky yarn scraps.)

Going from right to left I picked up and knit 15 stitches on the wrong side and just slightly above the caston edge so that there would be a nice, decorative line running across the top of each flap.

R1 (right side) K2, p11, K2
R2 knit all stitches
R3 K2, p5, make bobble (MB), p5, k2
R4 Knit
R5 K2, p11, k2
R6 Knit
R7 K2, p3, mb, p3, mb, p3, k2
R8 Knit
R9 K2, p11, k2
R10 knit
R11 K2, p2tog, p3, mb, p3, p2tog, k2
R12 Knit
R13 K2, p2tog, p to last 4 stitches, p2tog, k2
R14 Knit
R15 K2, p2tog, p to last 4 stitches, p2tog, k2
R16 Knit
R17 K2, p2tog, p to last 4 stitches, p2tog, k2
R18 K2, slip 2 stitches as if to knit, k1, pass slipped stitches over knit stitch, k2
R19 K1, p3tog, k1

Knit 3 remaining stitches as I-cord for 12 inches or desired length for earflap ties. Finish with a bobble: K1, mb, slip first knit stitch over bobble stitch, slip bobble stitch onto left hand needle, k2tog, cut yarn and pull through remaining loop. Weave in ends.

On this last bobble I did a modified version of Nora Gaughan's by using a yarn over instead of kfb. So I actually had 6 bobble stitches: yo, k, yo, k, yo, k; slip back to left, purl, slip back to left, knit, p5sso. I think it's only fitting to end the droplet hat with a droplet of sorts. :-)

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Bad News.

The gal I was going to box has pulled out.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Getting ready to get it on!

This weekend I was in Buffalo watching some of the guys from my gym fight. I was also there just in case. Yes, to see if someone would show up for me. I had to weigh in, get checked out by a doctor and get my boxing passbook.

It's a Nifty little guy don'tcha think? I unfortunately weighed in over what I should have been and this has been really distressing me for the last week. Because, believe me, when I say I should've been losing weight, I should've been losing weight. Crazy diet + two daily workouts = weightloss right? Not necessarily if you're a gal! Doh, water weight from hell... Finally I think it's gone, because on my scale I was weighing in 4lbs lighter today!!!!!

Yes, indeed, I might make weight!