Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Free "Kitty" Eye Patch Pattern As Promised

“Kitty” (eye patch)
“Kitty” is an eye patch designed for my daughter who has a lazy eye. “Kitty” can also be used as a headband.
Materials: Left over Sockottta sock yarn, size 1 dpns, tapestry needle
“Kitty” is described here as a one size fits all pattern. However, it would be easy to size up if you just added more length to your I-cord.
Ears are worked first, one at a time and left on the needle together
First ear
-*CO three sts
-knit in stockinette stitch for three rows
-on fourth row K1, Inc 1, K1, Inc 1, K1
-work fifth through eighth rows in stock stitch
-ninth row K2, Inc1, K1, Inc1, K2
-work 10-13 rows in stock stitch
-14th row knit across all sts and leave on needle*
Second ear
-Repeat from *-*
-Having both finished ears on the same needle begin on ws by purling across all sts joining them together
-Knit 2 rows in stock stitch
-Next row, (RS) K2, Inc1, six times total
-Work 17 rows in stock stitch
-Next row (RS) decrease 1 stitch each end of every row 7 x’s
-bind off
Repeat these instructions for a second head and use a contrasting color.
Make an I-cord for the strap. I used a 9 stitch I-cord that is approximately 14 inches long. Embroider your cat eyes, nose and mouth on the front of the faces (RS). Turn faces together inside out and stitch them together leaving ½ “ opening
at kitty eye level for sewing in the I-cord. Seam in your I-cord and you’re done!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

"Henley Perfected" in "Whiskey"

So, I finally finished my Henley Perfected from Interweave Knits magazine. I love, love, loved the Reynolds Whiskey in this pattern. However, even though I got gauge the sweater is a little snug. I'd prefer atleast a half inch of ease all the way around. I don't wear sweaters unless I wear a tshirt or a camisole underneath so the itchiness of Whiskey won't bother me. If you're thinking of doing Henley Perfected in Whiskey I suggest you take into account the "itch" factor. The color is Tobacco and is just lovely in the light. I don't know if you can see it well enough here. I finally sent off my finished pattern to Cast On magazine. I pray pray pray there are NO mistakes in it. I guess we'll see. I did tell you I'd post the free pattern for my eye patch. I will get around to that soon. I have been busy refinishing old furniture and doing the usual spring time sprucing up around here. Isn't spring great? With the help of some great new Hawaian coffee my husband ordered everything is shaping up nicely. :-) My next big tackle is exams this week. Bleh.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Thanks Mason -Dixon Ladies

I was given a beautiful set of dining room chairs by my neighbor. One man's (or woman's in this case) trash is another man's treasure. Right? So I wanted to knit her something quick and easy to say thank you. I had wanted to knit the ballband dishcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting for a while now. I knit her three and gave her a bar of all purpose hand-made soap (made by a friend). Then I started knitting some for myself. Now I have the pattern memorized along with my favorite sock pattern. I think I can knit these in my sleep now. Ha. :-)

In addition to that I have been totally into this today. I want to finish my window box maybe with somethings from the sewing and gardening sections.