Tuesday, September 29, 2009


All of my wonderful knitting friends, I have a dilemma! HOW THE HECK DO YOU KNIT INTO THE FRONT AND BACK OF A STITCH!!!???!!?!? I want to make an entrelac scarf http://www.allisonknits.com/entrelacscarf.pdf <----shown beautifully here but I can't do it!!!! I've watched and searched all over google to try and understand, but I can't get it to work!


Monday, September 28, 2009

Wonderful Days are Wonderful

Today really was pretty good. Simple classes, very few of them, and then lasagna dinner at a friend's house! Tiring, but fun!

I submitted my pillow pattern (see below) to Knitting Pattern Central! I'm excited about! And I already have a lot more pageviews than before! It's wonderful!

Oh, and I LOVE Creative Knitting Magazine! Which is weird because I've never been into magazines. But it's got 3 ads and the rest is beginner-intermediate(and there's only 2 of those) patterns! It's awesome! My boyfriend is buying me a 2-year subscription to it! It's available at Wal-Mart (or any place where you can find magazines really) for like 6 bucks. You should go pick it up!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Super Insanely Easy Pillow Pattern

I promised it and here it is (finally)! The insanely easy pattern for the pillow I posted earlier.

Materials: Size 15 needles
I used Lion Brand Homespun in whatever colors you like (amount depends on how big you want your pillow to be. Mine took about half a full skein). I used a dark purple and black, and then a silver/grey and black. This pillow is double-knit (hold two strands of yarn and work them as one).
Tapestry needle/large-eye needle for sewing.


Holding two strands of yarn together, cast on 30 sts.
Work in stockinette/stocking stitch (K one row, P one row) for 13 inches or double the desired length.
Bind off.
Blocking isn't necessary, but if you want to, do it now, BEFORE following the "finishing" instructions.

Cut a long strand of one color and sew up one edge, then repeat for the other edge. DO NOT sew up the top yet! Stuff with polyester fiberfill (or some form of fluffy stuffing) and stuff full. It's okay if sections bulge a bit, you can fluff them out/whack them until they're gone when you're done. Once the pillow is stuffed to your liking, cut another long strand and sew up the top. And voila! You now have a nice fluffy pillow for your back, your seat, or your head!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Finishing and Starting Again

Well, I finished my shawl! I really like it, even though it's sorta small. But it's wonderfully fluffy and soft and wonderful. I'm still working on my coat, and I've started a twisted wrap thing. It's knitted in the round with an intentional twist in it. Took my awhile to get that part down actually....

Life on campus has been very frustrating this week. A lot of misfortunes, plus the club I decided to pledge (after swearing off social clubs for 2 years!!!!) decided that I (and only one other person) were not good enough. I'm really really upset about this because I'm friends with over half the members.....there's like two people that don't like me....they were probably the choosers. It just friggen ticks me off. I know I know, trivial stuff that will make no difference after graduation next year....but still! I feel betrayed....

Well, that's my rant for the day. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

So, in my Typeography class, my teacher knows I'm a knitting knut, and so he shared a joke with me today.

A woman is knitting while driving. A cop pulls up next to her and yells "Pull over!" and she yells back "No! Booties!"

*cricket noise*

Well I thought it was funny. Anyways, I've been forcing new techniques on myself lately, and am learning that I can figure them out! Hooray! First, my coat forced me to learn ribbing/knitting and purling in the same row. And last night I decided to learn I-cords by knitting myself a wedding ring! (No, I'm not married or engaged.)

That's where I got the pattern for it. And I found that pattern through the Knitting Pattern Central website that I have a link to. It's not really very hard, but like the person who created it says, cheap yarns are not your friend for stuff like this. I made a second one with a blue "stone" for a friend's birthday, and it turned out much better than mine. My advice: READ AHEAD! Don't start doing something in the pattern until you've read the entire instruction. That's what killed me. I started over with this thing like three times. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Knitting

I've started another large project. I call my shawl large because, well, it's a big shawl. This new one is the biggest I've ever started though. I'm knitting a jacket! Yes! Something wearable! I'm scared to death of it, but it looks easy for the most part. I found it in the Creative Knitting magazine, which I've fallen in love with and which my boyfriend is going to buy me a two year subscription! It's done with Lion Brand Homespun, which is a bit more expensive, but readily available at Wal-Mart, and very soft. I'm really excited about this coat, and it's going to force me to try some new techniques, and forced my to learn why I am no good at ribbing, until now! (Okay, so technically it's Seed Stitch, but it alternates knitting and purling, which I could never do right before) Hopefully I'll be done with my coat by late fall hahahaha.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Things!

I really need to be more diligent with this. Oh well. I've been working on a few projects, and finishing a few as well. I finished a tie I was knitting for my boyfriend. I started and finished a baby bib for my little niece. I finished a scarf for a friend back home that I'm getting paid for! And I started and am still working on a shawl for me! Man, I've been doing a lot lately. Wow. All that, and college. How do I do it? No clue.

This is my shawl on my messy desk. It's shiny and soft and fluffy!

And here's my bib! The bottom is modeled by my Tuba Bear!