A blocked lace shawl, a lace shawl in progress and some funky wrist warmers, all loom knit.


I started a basic shawl with Patons Lace yarn, here’s its progress. I have one section (all decreases) left to knit, and its done!

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This is the Leonie shawl, which I finally got around to blocking. I love it!

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And finally, some Cheetah mitts, which I’ve been trying to get right for a while, and today was my lucky day! I love them.

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Knifty Knitter Circle Sweater


I have the “Loom Knitting Pattern Book” and love it. The first thing I made was the Pi Coat, which is the coat on the front of the book. It was difficult at the time (I was still new to trickier things) and was way too big. It had 9 wedges, and I did it with 51 pegs (smallest is 49)

I finished the body of the coat, but never bothered with sleeves. It’s just too big. Very heavy.

So I tried again.

I used a 41 peg Boye (or something like it, your standard round loom) loom for this, equivalent to the Knifty Knitter 41 peg, with 5/8″ space between each peg. I made 7 wedges, and made the armholes further apart. It turned out nicely. It’s warm and cozy, and I love it.

I’ll see about getting permission if I can post my modified version.

Here are some project pics.

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Here’s the beginning. One wedge, two wedges. You basically make a big circle with armholes.

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Here is what it looks like after putting in the armholes.

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The body is finished and drapes nicely!

Now, for the good part. Completed sleeves.

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I LOVE IT!

YARNAGEDDON


I bought out Lens Mill’s stock of yarn today. Almost literally. Want to see what I got? I’ll show you. And I’ve just started an afghan on my new afghan loom, from Joann’s.

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First, this lovely Red Heart Boutique yarn, in the Treasure collection, called “Watercolours”. I’m not 100% sure what to do with it, but I’ve used other colours of this for shawls.

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I used to work at a store that carried Paton’s Lace yarn, but my boss scared me, I quit, and won’t go back. It’s mohair, but mostly acrylic. One ball is enough for a shawl. I got this nice blue gradient.

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Some more of Paton’s Lace. It works out beautiful with the gradients and colour. I don’t work with lace much, and I was thrilled to find a few variations.

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A big bag (one pound in weight) of a nice blue yarn, for a circle sweater. I’m revamping Isela Phelp’s pattern to adapt it to a large gauge loom with less pegs (pattern: 51-55, I believe, I want to do it on a standard 41 peg large gauge circular loom, I’m editing the pattern a lot, and will share a bit when it’s done. I don’t want to break any copyrights)

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This is the yarn I’m using for my afghan, which I am casting on right now.

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This yarn is metallic when looked at in real life, and very cool. Not sure what I’m going to use it for.

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My mom bought a lot of this last time we were at Lens Mill and she loved working with it. It’s not quite thin enough to be lace, but its not bulky to be worsted. It’s got the same feel as the lovely Ice Cream yarn from LionBrands that I use so much.

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This is a knitting bee. It’s like a tiny knitting loom. They had these before looms, though. My mom had one as a kid, and you make little cords with the 4 pegs. Will be good for little loom projects, and it’s super cute.

So that’s my haul of the day!

Socks and Start of a Lace Shawl on a Knitting Loom & PS Drawing


I’ve been seeing the cool stuff you can do with just Sharpies and rubbing alcohol. I have a huge stash of Sharpies, and I got some rubbing alcohol for a couple bucks, from the pharmacy. I drew some designs on each one, without anything in the socks to separate one side from another, and used a paint brush soaked with rubbing alcohol (70%) to spread out the Sharpie ink. It took a lot of rubbing alcohol, but I got it blending nicely.

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Here’s the front side, while still wet.

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Here’s the back side, after the alcohol and Sharpies soaked through (still wet)

I have another Invisible Loom project.

It’s called the Leonie Shawl and is from the third shawl book, called Romance. I’m using Paton’s Lace yarn, in bonfire. It’s my first time using lace weight yarn, and mohair. I’m about halfway done in the pic, ending section 3 and moving on to section 4, which is nice, because its decreases.

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A close up of the “flowers”, not blocked yet

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How far I’ve  come. The loom is the 66 peg CinDwood adult hat loom in 1/2″ (gauge). 55 pegs are cast on.

I also do web design. I’m working on a site for a friend/client and draw houses to be displayed around the site, houses she has up for sale (real estate agent) or her own house, and neighbours houses. One neighbour saw a drawing I did of their house, and had it enlarged and framed!

Here’s the most recent, an apartment in St Louis.

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And last but not least, a fast time lapse of a thunderstorm that moved through a week ago. We’ve been having hot weather with some severe storms. Taken on my iPhone 5c, through my window (which has a screen)

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Wingspan in Lace, and Cousin Kate Shawlette


I finally got around to doing the popular Wingspan, in the lace pattern. The lace was simple, and the project went quick. Here are some pics:

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The beginning

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Finished, pre-blocking with my cat, Mittens, checking it out

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Finished, pre-blocking

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Blocking on my old yoga mat.

And now, Cousin Kate. A new Invisible Loom pattern. I started it on June 5th, but ran out of yarn and had to order it. I also got a new loom. Here’s the shawlette:

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Done with my favourite yarn: Ice Cream by Lion Brands

And I finally got a universal “S” loom, from Joann’s. It was on sale.

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Now I just need a project to knit on it!

Finished April Lady & Meals in Jars


I finished my first shawl from the Shawls 3 book at The Invisible Loom, and I’m thrilled with it.

I haven’t blocked it yet because I don’t have the supplies, but when I do, I’ll post more pics. It will be very lacey.

I’m so excited! I’m going to cast on another shawl in a little bit.

Here it is:

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I also made another 2 jars up with food in them. The first one is “Overnight Oatmeal”.

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How to Make Overnight Oatmeal

First, you need rolled oats, milk, plain yogurt (if you want), and whatever you like in your oatmeal. I used frozen berries and brown sugar.

This is a quart sized jar (so 4 cups) but you can do it in a pint, as well.

I didn’t really measure anything. I just did it by eye.

First, I put in my berries at the bottom.

Next I poured in about a cup and a half of (uncooked) rolled oats.

Then I poured in the same amount of milk.

After that, I mixed in some brown sugar, and closed the jar.

This can sit for 3 days. It has to sit overnight so the oatmeal absorbs the milk and flavours.

Next day: Open the jar, pour into bowl, microwave and enjoy!

Pasta

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I used sauce my mom made out of tomatoes, celery, peppers, beef and more. I had it frozen in my freezer. I thawed it out, then poured it into my jar. You can use any kind of sauce for this.

I cooked the macoroni noodles (any noodle will do) so they were al dente, because they will soak up the sauce and get softer in the fridge.

Pour in the sauce.

Cook 1 1/2″ cups (for a quart) of pasta.

After the pasta is cooked, strain it and run cold water over it until the pasta is completely cold. Don’t put hot pasta into the jar.

Strain out as much water as you can, and then, carefully pour the pasta into the jar. I used a canning funnel, but its literally 100 years old (it was my great-grandpa’s) and you can’t find them around anymore.

Pour the pasta in, tighten the lid, give it a good shake, put it in the fridge, or eat and enjoy. To heat up, I just nuke it.

Tangled


I’m currently working on a shawl called “April Lady” in the most beautiful yarn. It’s a new shawl pattern from The Invisible Loom. I love it.

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This is about the halfway point. I’ve got a few rows left to decrease, it’s almost done.

I started an other shawl called “Cousin Kate”. its actually a shawlette. I love it. But I ran out of yarn (Ice Cream, flavour “Blueberry”)

Here’s my progress before running out of yarn. I ordered another ball of the Ice Cream, which is a baby’s yarn, but has beautiful gradients and is so soft. It’s a little thinner than worsted weight

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See how close I am to being done?

I found a 1/3 ball of the Ice Cream yarn, but its tangled so badly I couldn’t untangle it. I tried for almost three hours. Here’s a time lapse of me untangling for a bit.

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If that damn ball would have untangled, I would have the damn thing done! Got another 10 days to wait for the yarn.

I bought it from JoAnns, online, and picked up a universal S -loom (afghan loom) on sale for $24.99, US. After shipping, I paid $50 for the yarn and the loom, which is a good deal.

I went yarn shopping and stocked up. There were a lot of good deals. I left with a huge bag full.