Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Wishing you and your family
a very Merry Christmas!   
May 2011 bring you health and happiness
and more time to knit!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Barista Mitts Errata on left mitt

Oh Crud…the left hand of the Barista Mitt is a tad off. I’m in the midst of doing up an errata sheet for it.







Basically, after binding off for the cuff on WS, you need to work in pattern to end of row. Turn to right side and knit across THEN join in the round. Once the mitt is joined in the round, k9 sts (gets you to the edge of the cuff) THEN add the st marker indicating beg of round. This will align the button cuff properly. At this point, you may add in your st markers to indicate front and back and re-align needles as needed if working on magic loop or 2 sets of circs.






Sorry - this errata escaped both me and my tech editor. Just another reason not to rush during the holidays - huh?!






I’m sure hoping that you knitters out there were savvy enough to catch it before you got too far into the mitt.


Nothing worse than ripping this close to christmas!


Lisa

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Great knitting gift ideas....

I have a group of very close friends that meet every Wednesday for knitting.  We've been meeting for about 4 years now and it's been a blast.  We exchange gifts every year and this year was by far the most creative year to date!  I just wish that I had come up with the ingenious ideas myself.....


Beginning with the most prolific and creative knitter amongst the group, Sherri.  She knit up these adorable Santa Bags and filled them with a knitting ornament.  What an amazing idea!  Ornament was purchased through:  http://www.agoodyarnshop.com/


Our most savy Raveler in the group is Sue.  She manages to find the best patterns on Ravelry and seems to know every yarn, pattern, and website and what's the hottest, must have  "knitting" gadget, bag or color.  She's our Go To person in the knitting world.  She came up with the most ingenious gift - a purchased pattern waiting in our Ravelry message box.  What fun to open up mail and find a pattern waiting to be downloaded!  Not only that - but she managed to find EXACTLY what I would have chosen.  I don't think I would have been able to pull that one off myself.  Pattern can be found:
http://thebrownstitch.com/2010/11/common-ground.html


The other great "knitting" gift was from our most compassionate knitting friend, Kristen who donated a knitters Basket on our behalf through Heifer International Charity.
http://www.heifer.org/site/c.edJRKQNiFiG/b.6329407/?msource=TH1J100025 
OMG - what a perfect idea!  She bought a llama, a sheep, an alpaca and an angora rabbit!  I love this idea! 

As for our other knitting buddy, Leslie, well, she's a canning fiend.  She preserves anything and everything so we got a few of her very time consuming jars of jelly and a Christmas towel - which I have none of and needed!

As for me, well I was far from creative.  I gave everyone a Lantern Moon knitting purse.

So - for you knitters out there, here are some great ways to make a knitter happy.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Boot Topper design

Boot Topper using fingering weight sock

This boot topper was designed for Crown Mountain Farms - Knit for Fun Club (http://www.crownmountainfarms.com/).
It's a simple design that starts with a ribbing and finishes with the visible cuff.  It prevents the boot from chafing your leg and also keeps snow and cold air from sneaking down the boot.  It also glamorizes those drab boots!  Pattern is currently available through Crown Mountain Farms.

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