Craft Addict

"Everybody got their somethin'...." ~ Nikka Costa

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Oompa Loompa Sock

I am so proud of myself it is actually disgusting. My husband's sister is having a baby and we just found out it's going to be a girl. I was waiting to see what they were going to have before getting yarn and things to make them some booties or socks (yay! I get to buy pink stuff!). What I really want to make for them are these positively lovely baby socks from Interweave Knits, but since I know absolutely nothing about knitting socks, I thought I'd better do some research. I found a nice Socks 101 article on Knitty, printed it out, read it, and made the cute little sock you see above with some scrap yarn. It only took me one evening and it went so well that I am now eyeing my husband's feet in anticipation of starting some socks for him. "You would wear a pair of socks if I knitted them for you, right?", I asked hopefully. He kind of grunted and sounded noncommittal. I told him they'd be a lot more attractive than the smurf blue pair he wears around the house when it gets really cold and he wants his feet to be snuggly. And then the clincher.... I told him they'd be great for when he got his new kayak. Anything related to kayaking and his ears perk up instantly. I got a bit more positivity when I brought that one up. Maybe I'll make them smurf blue, just for fun....

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Instructions for Piglet Scarf


4 balls (1 3/4 0z. - 50 g - 131.2 yds) Jo-Ann Sensations Dolcetto Yarn (Wool/Cotton Blend) in main color of choice (I used yellow)

2 balls of contrasting color (I used pink)

1 pair size 6 straight knitting needles (or size desired up to size 10)

Cast on number of stitches to create scarf of desired width, using main color. (I cast on 40 stitches on size 6 needles and the width of my scarf is approximately 7.5 inches).

Knit every row (garter stitch) with main color until stripe is desired size (I knit 40 rows with main color).

Change colors and knit with contrasting color until stripe is desired size (I knit 20 rows with the contrasting color).

Continue in this manner alternating colors, until scarf is desired length.
Bind off all stitches and voila!

Friday, May 26, 2006

Unfinished Object (UFO) #2 - The Piglet Scarf

I got really frustrated last week working on my frenchy french pink tank top after I tried to take apart a loose spot, dropped 2 stitches, and couldn't pick them up since I'd knit too tightly. It just kept getting worse so I ripped it all back to the very beginning. My shoulders got tight and my head started pounding so I took some time off of that project after a few choice expletives. Instead I decided to try to finish another UFO. I found this yarn last spring at Jo-Ann's and it was so soft and yummy I just had to make something out of it. I was just teaching myself how to knit from a book and a scarf seemed like a good project. This scarf always reminds me of Piglet. It just looks like something he'd wear. Incidentally, an ex-boyfriend used to call me Piglet too. Sounds like something you should never call your girlfriend, or any girl you'd like to get with for that matter, but it actually fit me pretty well. Piglet is the biggest worrier, and so am I. Anyway, it feels really good to be working on this scarf again and I can't wait for it to be finished so my neck can be all snuggly this fall.