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Weekly Project: Lace Scarf September 19, 2010

Filed under: knitting,knitting pattern,pattern,scarf — bkknits @ 9:48 am

My project this week is a free pattern from Michaels for a lace scarf.  Now that fall is nearing, I am thinking of knitted scarves, hat and gloves. Their recommendation is Fisherman’s wool yarn.  I chose a beautiful, golden, acrylic yarn that was given to me by a friend.  So far this pattern looks fantastic in this golden color.

Reminds me of the pattern of life.

Here is the pattern:

Size 9 knitting needles

Size: about 9 x 69 inches

Pattern Stitch

Row 1:  K3, *yo, K2tog, rep from * to last 3 stitches, K3.

Rows 2 and 4:  K3, P to last 3 sts, K3

Rows 5 and 8:  K3, * K3tog, K4, yo, K1, yo, K4, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3

Rows: 6,7 and 9:  K3, *P3tog, P4, yo, P2, to, P4, rep from * to last 3 sts, K3

Rows: 10-18:  Rep rows 1-9.

You may choose to change colors with q 18 rows or remain with one color.

As I have worked on my scarf this week, I  thought of the phrase art imitates life.  In my mind, the pattern represented the ebb and flow of life. .    The yo is such an integral part of the pattern, but basically creates a beautiful hole in the pattern.  This reminds me  of our experiences with disappointment, loss and grief which comes and goes in our lives. They create holes in our hearts and souls, but are an integral part of who we are.  But these holes do not stop us, we keep going.  The knit rows and purl rows represent the continuity in our lives, when we feel happy and content. Of course, the knit 3 together and purl 3 together makes me think of the relationships we develop.  At times, I struggled with the k3 and p3 together.  I am more comfortable with the k2 tog.  Yes, we all know as much as we need and love our relationships, they can be difficult at times.  But we work on them and continue to knit our relationships together with the knowledge that we know the pattern of life will change and we will have periods o  and know periods of those holes with disappointments and grief.

But the entire pattern of our life is absolutely beautiful, because our life pattern is ours unlike anyone else and makes us who we are.

Blessings,

B.K.

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Simple and Elegant Arm Warmers Knitting Pattern August 24, 2010

Filed under: knitting,knitting pattern,pattern — bkknits @ 7:33 pm
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This is a simple knit pattern for arm warmers.

I utilized medium worsted weight yarn. Cream color and hot pink

Size  8  straight needles.

Cast on 30 stitches.

Garter stitch (knit every row) for total of 8 inches.

Classy project for beginners

Change to contrasting color.

Knit 3 rows.

Bind off loosely.

Weave in ends.

Place right sides together and sew seams from end of contrasting color for 2 inches.

Leave seam open for 1 inch for the thumb.

Sew remaining seam together.

Place on arms and wear daytime or evening.

Enjoy!!!!

 

Knitting Is Cool June 30, 2010

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When I initially started knitting in the early 1980s, knitting was not a cool, popular craft.  In recent years, we have seen an increase in the interest of this old craft which has transitioned it from a granny type activity to a more fashionable design craft. When reviewing the history of knitting, this craft has been around for many years. I also say what was more of a necessity for my grandmother’s generation has transpired into an art.

There are a couple of books you should check out that will illustrate how fashionable knitting has become. “Naughty Needles’ by Nikol Lohr depicts sexy knitting with her unique patterns for lingerie and adult garments. At my recent knitting group, a fellow knitter introduced me to this book. Very interesting, so check it out. She also has a website http://www.naughty needles com with some of her patterns.

One of my favorite fashionable knitters is Suss Cousins, the knitter for the stars. Her store is located in Hollywood and her clients for yarn and her designs include well known Hollywood names. She has several published books, but my favorite is “Hollywood Knits”. Her designs are beautiful, but not extremely complicated.

Many celebrities have taken up the craft of knitting. Some of these include, Debra Messing, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts and Kate Moss. Julia Roberts will be starring in the movie “The Friday Night Knitting Club”, due to be released some time this year. This movie is based on the book written by Kathleen Jacobs. The book entails the relationships that develop from the knitting group from a single mom’s knitting store. Great book that reveals how our relationships develop and change. I am looking forward to the movie.

Happy knitting!!!!
K1, P2

B.K.

 

Simple Knitting April 10, 2010

Filed under: knitting — bkknits @ 2:51 pm
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On some days, I just want to knit.  Not really read a pattern, count stitches, work on gauge or think.  I’m sure you have those days also.  Soon, I will be posting a pattern and photograph of a simple afghan that allows you to just knit.  Also, you could make a afghan of many colors from your scrap yarn.

Happy Knitting!!!!!

K1,P2,

B.K.

 

Just a hello from a Knitter February 3, 2010

Filed under: babies,knitting — bkknits @ 12:08 am

Good evening,

I have finished 3 pair of baby booties.  Two pair have been mailed as gifts.  The other pair is waiting for a matching blanket.  Knitting for those little ones is so much fun and certainly does not take much yarn.  I found the bootie pattern on a blog, Ooo Baby Knits.typepad.com.  Check it out!!!!

 

The Lady Without A Hat. January 24, 2010

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Last weekend, I dropped my daughter  off at the balled school in the downtown area, to audition for a summer intensive program for ballet.  The weather was somewhat disagreeable.  Temperatures were in the 40s, so it was not frigid, but it was raining, which always makes the temperature feel lower.

As I was leaving the studio, a lady stepped inside to the corridor of the ballet studio.  As I started outside, she asked me if I knew the location of a specific street.  I knew this was one block over and gave her driving directions.  She gave me a kind of blank look then looked down.  I inquired the address she was looking for, since the downtown has an abundance of one-way streets. Her reply revealed, she was looking for the homeless shelter.  I was able to give her directions as I noticed she was not wearing socks.

She leaves in the drizzling rain.  I knew I should have offered to take her to the shelter.  But I was afraid since I was alone.  Then another parent starts to leave the ballet studio.  I briefly tell her the story and that I feel I should give the lady a ride.  But she agreed that I could not due to safety.

As I drove away, I saw her walking down the street.  In the rain, she has a coat, but no hat.  On the drive home, I felt terrible and hoped she would safely arrive at the homeless shelter.  My mind wandered wondering what had happened in her life to lead to her situation.  I felt so guility.

Then I decided I could do something.  I made a commitment over this next year to knit some hats for the local homeless shelter.  That will not be a quick project, but I can certainly make some contribution.

So for all the knitters out there, think about charities you could contribute to:

neonatal intensive care units

chemotherapy caps for cancer patients, both adults and childern.

homeless shelters

families in need.

Have a great week!!!!

k1 p2,

B.K.

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Weekly Project 1/17/10 Spiral Scarf January 17, 2010

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This is a free pattern I picked up @ Michael’s store a few years ago.  I finally decided to give it a try last week.  I used worsted weight, acrylic yarns.  The blend of color is because I utilized yarns that were left over from previous projects.  I never throw away my left over yarns.  Actually this is a great project for the flow of different colors.  I also can envision this in pastel cotton for the spring.

Spiral Scarf

1 skein worsted weight yarn

size 10 circular needles.

Directions:

1. Cast on 110 stitches.

Row 1: K1, *yo, k1 repeat from *–219 stitches

Row 2 and all even numbered rows: Purl

Row 3 and 7: Knit

Row 5: K1,*yo, K1  repeat from *–437 stitches.

Row 9: K1, *yo, K1 repeat from *–873 stitches

Row 11: Knit

Bind off and weave in ends.

Enjoy!!!!!!

K1 P2,

B.K.