Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Visiting Jenni+Bringing a Pattern on a Greyhound

Off to MN...

I am going to MN to visit my best friend for New Years!  This means that I have to take something to knit on the way up...I am working on some socks.  After all they are the easiest to knit on a trip, especially when all you do is just simple rounds for hours and hours in a car.  That way you don't have to struggle with reading patterns or following a chart...gr.  Last time I took the DJ bag up with MN and worked on it for an extensive time, it wasn't too hard to work on because there was plenty of room, but since I am going in a car I wanted to have something smaller and less difficult and more familiar to work on...but don't fret...I am working on a chart for the ride home, when I am on the greyhound for 8 hours...gr.

Happy New Years!


Friday, December 26, 2008

Making Things Look Like Becky's Work [aka AWESOME!]


It is so hard to finish any of my work! I get really frustrated that I take a lot of time purchasing, planning and knitting beautiful patterns but when it comes to finishing anything, geeze do I stink! A few months ago I made a beautiful bolero to wear at my cousin's wedding. However, the DAY of the wedding...IT FELL APART!:( I wish I had a few tips from experts on creating clean edges to give hand-made garments a nice finished look.
The image abore are fingerless mittens that I am making for my friend Julie. According to her boyfriend, she loves red b/c it is the "colar of passion," It took me some time to make these beautiful mittens, but finishing them is a nightmare. Little pieces of yarn stick out of the edges of the top of the mitens and the top of the thumbs. I also get a big bump at these locations too.
Last but not least, to the right is a baby hat I made for a co-worker. I still can't get
that finished look, but to be honest, it looks cleaner than the mittens that are photographed above. This time around I used a crochet hook instead of a needle. I used longer strand of yarn at the end and weaved it in quite detailed into several parts of the hat. I also used a crocheted edge around the brim of the hat.
I once met a lady who owned Bella Lana Yarns that when you sew up edges you need a loose edge, such as a slipped stitch edge. When I make my next sweater I am going to slip a stitch before I knit (or purl) the row...and slip one at the end of the row before I turn around and start over again. I am hoping that this new technique will make my edges look smoother. :)
Happy Knitting!:)