Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekend in Canada

Here's where we spent Memorial Day island on Rainy Lake, Canada, with dear friends.

Mostly, it was cloudy and cool.  But the sun came out after the rain and it was more than beautiful.

But, oh, the thirty minute ride back to the mainland was like this:

I stopped the video when it got worse, to save viewers from any queasiness.  Aren't you glad you came along for the ride?

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Attaching Buttons with Yarn

How to attach buttons on hand knitted items is always a puzzle for me.  Do I use yarn or thread?
If I use thread, will it compromise the knitted fabric?  If I use yarn, how do I thread it onto the needle?  Some knitters advocate un-plying the yarn so that it isn't so thick but I don't think that would work so well with this yarn.

Well, I found a little packet of collapsible eye needles that just might do the trick.  After breaking one of the needs, finally I attached the buttons like this:
Yarn:  Classic Elite Sprout, 100% organic cotton
Pattern:  Three-Way Wrap by Ingrid Nickols
Needles:  #10 (6 mm)
Comments:  The yarn is soft and cuddly; nice to knit.
Then, with the leftover yarn I made this hat:
Yarn:  Classic Elite Sprout, 100% organic cotton
Pattern:  Maggie's Beret by Danielle Romanetti
Needles:  #10 (6 mm)
Comments:  I should have used smaller needles because the hat is plenty large for my smallish head.
But it might fit someone else just perfectly!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

What to do With Too Much Sock Yarn

I admit, I am a sockyarnaholic.  But I am trying to do something other than socks with some of the yarn (it's either that or clear out my sock drawer(s).
Yarn:  Reynolds Swizzle (70% Merino Superwash, 25% nylon) This yarn may be discontinued, as I purchased it on sale at Needlework Unlimited's Outlet.
Pattern:  Hat: Sockhead Hat (Ravelry Link)  Mittens:  Mittens from the book, Not Just Socks.
Needles: Hat: #1 (2.25mm)
Comments:  These are for mildly cool weather, such as Minnesota Fall and Spring, since they are knit with sock yarn and are not very heavy.  However, they might be nice for winter in warmer climes, too.  The yarn was a sale item and a scarf to match is in the making.