Posts tagged ‘knitting’

Knitting Season Begins

I can finally get back to blogging about my craft projects!  I don’t want to go anywhere near knitting during the summer, but almost overnight we went from 80 degrees to 40 degrees around here, so suddenly knitting seems like a good idea again.

I have a lot of knitting projects lined up — mostly Christmas decorations and presents — but I had a few projects that I needed to get out to people quickly.  A good friend from high school (K) has a 3-year-old daughter, E, who has been having a rough time recently.  I decided that I needed to knit her a hat and a toy to go with it.  Another friend’s mom is going through chemo, and she put out a request for hats, so that seemed like another good project to work on quickly.

I had seen a yarn store not too far from my house a few months back, but I hadn’t been in yet.  I decided to go check it out, both to get yarn for the toddler hat, and to scope out whether or not there was a knitting group nearby.  I have definitely missed having a group to knit with, and I figured it wuld be a good way to try and make some local, IRL friends.  It turned out there is a knitting group that meets at the shop on Thursdays, so I got to kill two birds with one stone — make new friends, and knit E’s hat!

I wanted something very soft and fuzzy for E’s hat, and I found an unusual yarn.  I discovered later that it is designed to knit up like terrycloth, but this is what it looks like:

fuzzy yarn

I haven’t worked with a lot of fuzzy yarns before, but I knew that it would be a little challenging.  The fuzziness makes the individual stitches impossible to see.  It also could be less yarn than it looks like, so I asked the shop owner whether I could get a toddler hat out of a single skein.  She said to buy a second skein to be safe, so I did.
I got to the knitting group late, and missing most of my materials.  I had all my needles, but forgot the rest of my toolkit, and the pattern book I typically use as a guide for hat measurements.  But I have knit so many hats in the past, I figured it would be no big deal to do this one off the cuff.  I did have to ask the store owner for the appropriate circumference of a toddler hat so I could get started, but that was no big deal.
The first problem I ran across was figuring out my gauge.  I started to knit a swatch, but I couldn’t see the individual stitches to tell how many I had per inch.  I tried to guess, and was waaaay wrong the first time — when I saw the knitting start to curl up on my round needles, I knew it was much too big.  When I took it off the needles, it was at least 40″ in circumference!  So I eyeballed it, and the second time I got roughly the right size.
Then, as I started knitting, I realized that I was going to have a hard time ribbing the edge of the hat, since I couldn’t tell my stitches apart.  I typically use ribbing or seed stitch on the edge of hats to keep the rim from rolling up.  But I had a hunch that this yarn might not roll.  More consultation with the store owner and looking up some patterns using that yarn confirmed that it shouldn’t roll, so I could do stockinette stitch for the whole hat.  And the best part of the yarn was, even though I was halfway through my first row, no one would ever know that I was switching from ribbing to stockinette!
The last problem I ran into was the decreases.  I first learned to make hats by doing regular decreases up to the crown, making a smooth, beanie-style top, rather than the gathered top that is created by doing a rapid decrease at the end.  I never use stitch markers for this, and don’t even own any, because I am used to being able to see where my decreases are.  But that was impossible with this yarn.  So I needed stitch markers to keep tabs on where my decreases would go.  And the great thing about knitting in a yarn store — I was able to buy stitch markers on the spot!
Despite having to start twice, I had most of the hat done by the time I left the sit and stitch.  I just needed to switch to double-pointed needles for the final decreases.
On Saturday, I sat down and decided to finish E’s hat.  It took less than half an hour.  I realized once it was done that I hadn’t upped the number of decreases quite enough at the end, which had resulted in a pointed top, but it looks adorable, so I decided to keep it.  The best part is, it looks good whether you roll the bottom or keep it straight.

straight brim

rolled brim

In the process of gathering up my knitting materials for the sit and stitch, I had discovered an unfinished hat I was knitting for T last spring.  So I picked it up and started working on it again.  Apparently, I had run out of the black yarn I started with, and continued with a different black yarn.  It resulted in a black striped look that I really like.  Something awfully strange had gone on with the knitting a row or two below where I picked the project up again — it looks like I pulled out sone stitches and picked them back up twisted — but it took a while for me to notice it, so I didn’t go back and fix it.  It took an hour or so to finish this project, and when it was done, it looked like this:

black striped hat

Finally, I decided to work on the hat for my friend’s mom.  I hadn’t used the whole first skein for E’s hat, so I decided to use the second skein for this.  I know that it will look goofy instead of elegant, but I thought the yarn would feel really nice against her head.  But I was afraid that there wouldn’t be *quite* enough yarn for an adult-sized hat.  So I looked through my stash, and found some super-silky fuzzy yarn that I picked up during a stash swap.  The green would go well with the baby blue yarn, and I thought a stripe would help the hat look a little bit more grown-up, while also helping stretch the terrycloth yarn.  This time, to get my gauge (since I never really figured it out last time around), I knit a swatch of 10 stitches.  Ten stitches was a little less than 4 inches wide, so to make a 21-inch circumference hat I cast on 56 stitches.  The silky green stuff was SO silky it was difficult to knit with — I was glad that I only had a few rows worth of it.  But I think the finished hat will be really nice and cozy!  I tried not to make it too long, so she wouldn’t have to roll up the brim.  I also went with the quick decrease, so there’s a little bit of gather at the top.  Even after making a full-sized hat, I still have some yarn left over.  I hope it fits and she likes it!

chemo cap

The next thing I need to make is a stuffed toy to go with E’s hat — I have a pattern for a cute little frog that I think will be perfect.  And my plan is, with the little bit of fuzzy yarn I have leftover, I will make him a hat that looks just like hers.  I don’t have enough green yarn to do him all in the same yarn, so I decided to wait until next Thursday and buy a new skein at the next sit and stitch.  I can hardly wait!

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Adjustable Baby Hat, Take 2

So, I have beem MIA for a little while.  Work has been crazy with a bunch of winter fieldwork, then I started a scuba certification class, then I got sick.  I took a full weekend to lay on the couch and recover; now, after half a week back in the office, I finally have something to blog about.  That people might care about reading, at least.  *smile*

I have another work baby shower coming up in a week or so, but T’s receptionist decided to have her baby girl last weekend.  He asked if it would be a good idea for us to send her a card, and it suddenly occurred to me that a knitted baby gift would be a good idea!  Fortunately, her new daughter M was only about 5 lbs at birth (neither mom or dad are big people) so I could knit an adorable hat especially quickly.

M’s mom is a girly girl, so I knew a green-and-orange baby hat for her new daughter wouldn’t be her thing.  I did find some nice blue-and-purple variegated yarn in my stash, and a little bit of extra purple trim it pushed it over the edge from baby-boy to girly purple.  I decided to take another stab at the newborn adjustable hat that I had problems with a few months ago.  Last time, I used the 15″ diameter suggested for an infant hat in one of my knitting books, instead of the 11″ diameter in the pattern.  But I forgot to lengthen the hat to match the diameter, so it ended up very wide and shallow, even on the last set of eyelets.

This time, I went with a 13″ diameter, knowing that M is still very little.  I took the dimensions for the pattern (11″ D and 3.5″ L to the first set of eyelets) and figured out that the diameter-to-length ratio was about 3.15.  With a 13″ diameter, a 4″ long first eyelet round would be about a 3.2 ratio, which I figured was close enough.  I knew I didn’t have quite enough yarn, so I only managed 2 rounds of eyelets, with the planned purple trim.  I also decided that, due to the scale of the hat and the chunkiness of the purple yarn, I would just braid the cord instead of knitting an I-cord.

The finished hat is small, and very cute.  I think it should fit, but unfortunately not for long.  The first set of eyelets is still too short, and therefore the hat isn’t actually going to be adjustable at all, which is too bad.  I’m sure she’ll grow just as quickly as most babies do, and I wish I could knit a hat that would last longer than most.  I’m going to have to keep working on this pattern until I manage to perfect it!

I have a different hat planned for the shower that’s coming up, so I won’t be able to try again right away.  But that means another knitted baby gift post coming soon!

Christmas Crafts, Part I

Now that the holidays are over, I finally get to post pictures of my homemade Christmas presents!

To start, there are the knitted gifts.  I got requests for three different knitted gifts this year.  My mom wanted a small gift, and my cousin M had requests for her daughter, A, and her brand-new granddaughter, L.  I guess the knitting I did for Christmas last year, and L’s knitted baby gifts, have let the cat out of the bag when it comes to my knitting abilities, but I don’t mind.

M’s first request was a hat for her granddaughter, L.  The original pattern she found was a purchaseable  pattern on Etsy.  It was made from a chunky yarn, and absolutely adorable.

the inspiration

But M wanted a hat that was multicolored, and specifically asked for all different colors so that it would go with anything.  I looked around a little bit, and found a very similar free pattern for the POOF baby hat by Julie Armin online.  Her pattern had a smaller gauge, as it wasn’t written for a chunky yarn.  I figured, in order to get the multicolored hat, I would find a nice variegated yarn.

Well, I’m not sure that the yarn I chose would be described as “nice.”  In fact, blindingly bright would be a better description, I think.  But it was the only yarn I could find that wasn’t variegated in a single color scheme.  I hoped that M and A would like it, since I knew L wasn’t going to have much of an opinion.  But honestly, I was so worried about the color, I almost made L a second hat in a different yarn just in case.  The only thing that really stopped me was the fact that I ran out of time!  I wanted it to be a little chunkier, so I actually knit this up with double yarn, finding the same point in the variegation so that the colors of the two yarns would remain consistent, even though differences in tension made the colors creep a little bit relative to one another.  The only thing working for me was the fact that the variegation lined up in a way that it looked tie-dyed, and not just a jumbled mess.

is it tie-dyed?

The next request was from my mom, for some little pumpkin decorations she also saw on Etsy.  They were super cute, tiny fall decorations, in an interesting color palette. 

tiny pumpkins

But they were actually made from solid wool felt, and weren’t knitted.  I know how to make felt from raw wool, but I had no idea where to find raw wool.  So I decided to knit them.  I tried to duplicate the colors, but my options in 100% wool were rather limited.  I found a more saturated pink and a much brighter green than the mossy green shown here.  I also now realize that I completely forgot to put stems on them!  But I knitted up completely round balls in garter stitch, stuffed them with fiberfill, pulled the tails through the centers to help flatten them a bit, and then felted them in the wash, with each one tucked inside the toe of a sock.  I then used the tension of some brown embroidery floss to really flatten them and to make the ribs, and made hanging loops from the floss as well.  They have a very different texture than the originals because of the knitting.  I think they came out pretty cute, but I now realize, I never got a finished picture of them!  Tragic.  Here are the first two steps at least.

knitted

felted

The next request was from my cousin M again, a pair of long cabled mittens for her daughter, A.  I recognized them immediately as  Twilight-inspired knitting, and had little difficulty finding a free pattern online at Subliminal Rabbit’s blog.  I haven’t done a whole lot of cabling, but this looked like a fairly easy cable to work.

the original

M specified that the gloves should be either black or gray, so I decided to go with a nice, soft silvery-gray washable nylon yarn, to make sure that they would hold up to some washing without a lot of special treatment.  The pattern knit up quite easily, as I suspected the cable pattern was fairly simple, and the only problem I had was with holes appearing around the added stitches around the thumb gusset.  But I always seem to have that problem, so I simply used a long tail on the end of each thumb to help fill them in.  The silvery yarn didn’t photograph very well, so this is the best I could do.

finished mitten

Once I had these three project finished, I realized that there was one more cousin I needed a gift for, my 15-year old cousin C.  It seemed like it might be nice to knit him something too.  I asked his mom what he might like or use, and she said he liked to go snowboarding, and tended to wear earflap hats.  She also said that he had a hat with a mohawk on it, so I decided that the wilder this hat was, the better.

I had tried to knit earflap hats before, but had always added the flaps onto a completed hat.  This time, I decided to find a pattern and do it properly.  I surfed around and found a basic pattern by Leef Bloomenstiel that seemed to be clearly written.

the inspiration

I wanted to do a completely different design from hers, however.  I had a skein of thick, black wool yarn, which I realized wouldn’t be really easy-care for a teenaged boy, but it should do a good job of keeping his head warm.  I decided to include some of that rainbow yarn that I had used on the baby hat, to add interest.  The hat pattern starts with the earflaps, then you cast on the remainder of the circumference and knit the rest of the hat.  I settled on black and rainbow stripes that start on the earflaps, and then stop a short ways up the hat.  Instead of the rounded top, I took the final stitches and knit them as an I-cord for a little less than an inch, to put a little point on the top.  I finished it off with braided black-and-rainbow ties on each flap.  I finished it very early the morning before I had to mail everything out to RI, so the pictures I took are before I finished weaving in all the ends, but I think it came out pretty good.  Just ridiculous enough for a teenaged boy to think it was cool, I hoped.  I also included a slip of paper warming C’s mom that the hat needed to be hand washed, unless they wanted it to shrink to a third of its original size.

snowboarding hat

The biggest news in all of this was the fact that I finally, for the first time, “fixed” the way that I knit.  Ordinarily, I purl correctly, but I knit into the backs of my stitches.  This puts a twist into those stitches, but if I am working on a two-sided project, my purl rows undo the twists.  If I am working in the round, however, like you do when you knit hats, socks, and mittens, my twisted stitches never untwist.  This tends to make the tops of my hats spiral, and also makes my socks and other projects spiral.  In hats, it’s not a big deal, but with other projects it is a problem.  The one pair of socks I have knit for myself almost never get worn, because the heels are always trying to make their way to the top of my foot.  Since I didn’t want this to happen with A’s mittens, I taught myself to knit “properly,” knitting into the front of the stitch.  No twisted mittens!

I also made a bunch of non-knitted gifts for my family, like I do every year, but that will be the next post.  Stay tuned!

Easy Neck Warmer

I have lots of posts planned about the great holiday week I just got to spend with my family, but for now here’s something quick and easy to post.  Last year I took on a large knitting project for Christmas presents, making neckwarmers and scarves for all of my female relatives.  I used my favorite knitting book for inspiration, and one of my favorite ideas was a buttonless neckwarmer.  The pattern called for a neckwarmer with nice, decorative heart-shaped ends, but I took it down to the basics in a fuzzy neckwarmer for my cousin D.  Since I got some amazingly soft and fuzzy green yarn in a yarn swap with my old knitting group last spring, I decided to make one for myself.  And I love it!

one end

crossed

The pattern is super simple.  Start knitting a scarf that is just wide enough to fit comfortably flat across the back of your neck, about 5-6 inches.  You can use any pattern you like.  Once you have knit 3-4 inches, take two double-pointed needles, and split the stitches between the two needles.  Holding the two DPNs together in your right hand, start slipping stitches off your needle.  The first stitch will go onto needle #1, the second stitch on needle #2, third on #1, fourth on #2, and so on.  Work each of these sections independently for 3 inches.  You can continue your scarf pattern through this section, or work these pieces in stockinette stitch.  Just make sure that the right side of your pattern faces outward on both pieces, and the wrong sides face each other.  Then you put all of your stitches back on one needle by slipping the first stitch from side one, then the first stitch from side two, the second stitch from side one, and so on.  Once everything is back on a single needle, knit in your scarf pattern for 16 inches.  Split the stitches a second time, knit independently for 3 inches again, and rejoin.  Finish with another 3-4 inches in your scarf pattern.  Bind off and weave in your ends.  It’s that easy!

When you are done, you will have a neck warmer with a loop on either end that you can thread the opposite end of the neck warmer through.  It keeps the neck warmer snug at the base of your throat, while avoiding the bulk of a wrapped scarf, as well as the little cold spot I always get where the wrapped scarf doesn’t overlap.  

Because I was using a very fuzzy yarn for the scarf, I chose to use a plain yarn in a similar color for the loops that are created by splitting and rejoining the yarn.  Fuzzy yarn is very forgiving in some ways, because you can’t see any mistakes, but also a challenge because you really can’t see your stitches.  I thought that it would be difficult to find the loops if the warmer was just one big fuzzy mass, and I like the effect of the smooth stockinette stitch contrasting with the fuzzy yarn where the two ends cross.

I knit up the whole thing in a day while hanging out with my family, and didn’t even use the whole skein of fuzzy yarn, although I might have finished it if I hadn’t switched yarns for the loop.  A quick and easy project for you, or to give away as a Christmas gift!

More Baby Gifts

One of my coworkers, B, is going to be a dad for the second time, and we had a baby shower for him, his wife, and their son last Friday.  There were several of us scrambling to get gifts knitted and crocheted in just a week’s time, even though we’ve all know for months that B’s wife was pregnant.  I decided to go with my traditional hat, and something else.  Thanks to the miracle of the Internet, I started surfing for free baby gift patterns, and found a whole bunch to choose from.  I decided that a bib sounded like a good idea, so I started looking at designs.  I came across a really cute pattern called Hippity Hop by Elaine Fitzpatrick.  During my search, I also stumbled across a pattern for a newborn adjustable hat by Frugal Knitting Haus, which sounded like a brilliant idea.  I started out by knitting the hat.

flat hat
cinched hat

The idea is, you knit a tube with three sets of eyelets at the top.  Then you thread a crocheted chain or an I-cord through the different sets of eyelets to adjust the size of the hat.  Pretty simple, but brilliant concept!

Well, as usual, I was working from my stash, so I had smaller gauge yarns than what was in the pattern.  When I tried to do the conversion, I realized that the hat circumference in the pattern was only 11 inches.  I cast on, and after one row it was obvious that 11 inches was simply way too small.  I checked out my go-to pattern book, and discovered that their preemie size started at 15 inches in circumference.  So I started over with the larger size.
I followed the rest of the pattern faithfully, cast off, made my I-cord, and then tried out the middle set of eyelets.  And then it became obvious that I should have adjusted the length of the tube along with the width.  Unless the lace was on the uppermost set of holes, the dimensions of the hat were all wrong.  Plenty wide, but much too shallow.  So next time around, I’ll adjust for the length too and I think it will actually be capable of adjusting.  But even with only one available size, I think the hat is pretty darned cute.
Then I went to pick up some cotton yarn for the bib.  I had already chosen light yellow, dark orange (I know, the pictures make it look red), and light pink for the hat, since I like color schemes that aren’t either all blue or all pink for babies.  I didn’t think the pattern on the bib would show as well on a variegated yarn, but the only options for solid yarn in those colors were bright orange or really hot pink.  So I went for a bright green — I figured, it’s not like you expect a baby to wear their hat and bib at the same time. 
Hippity Hop bib

Hopefully you can see the pattern — I had a hard time getting a picture where the texture would show.   It’s a super-cute little bunny with one ear up and one down.  The pattern has two ways of starting from the bottom, and I opted for the short row beginning, which was easy to follow.  The remainder of the pattern was flawless, assuming of course that I could keep track of exactly which row I was on and where I was in any given row, since the pattern doesn’t repeat. I opted for the all-cotton yarn, although the pattern recommends using a washable wool if you are planning on using the bib as a drool bib, rather than for food.  I knit it up in a single night, so even with a more complicated pattern, it was pretty quick to make.

I’m not sure that my little gifts were as impressive as the full-sized crocheted baby blankets made by my coworkers, but at least B’s wife is a knitter and understood the work that went into all the handmade gifts.  And hopefully their little girl will enjoy using them when she gets here!

Baby Gifts!

I found out recently that one of my cousins is having a baby girl, and her baby shower is coming up at the end of the month.  For years, I gave everyone the exact same knitted baby gift: a hat and matching booties.  But recently, I’ve started experimenting a little with some other things as gifts.

Unless it is absolutely necessary, I always make baby gifts from my stash.  I have bought several skeins of baby-friendly yarn over the years, and rarely use it all in one project, so I like to mix and match and recombine what I have.  I realized this time around that I had a whole rainbow’s worth of baby yarns in a similar weight, so I decided to make a rainbow hat.  But there wasn’t quite enough to add matching booties.  There also wasn’t quite enough of the pink and heather chunky yarn I used on a bunny blankie for a coworker’s baby gift to make another one of those.  And then, as I was rooting through my stash, I found the cat toys.

But you don’t have a cat, you point out.  Why do you have cat toys in your yarn stash?

Well, thanks to L, a master knitter and amigurumi afficionado in my former Fabulous Fibers knitting group, I have cat toys.  Because they are the basis for knitted toadstool baby rattles that are just the absolute cutest thing ever.  L made a few, as did M from the same group, and I just thought they were amazing.  And I definitely had enough yarn to make one!

I went online and found the pattern at the purl bee.  And then I made it.  And here’s how they both came out:

hat and rattle

To be honest, I’m not really sure it’s my best work.  I always have trouble with rolled brims, for some reason, and you can see the single row of ribbing that is supposed to help stop the roll. I had to go with a chunkier yarn for the “sky,” and maybe that’s why the roll didn’t work perfectly.  I did manage to increase and decrease as I was going in and out of the rainbow to make sure the hat didn’t shrink in the middle.  Had I gone with thinner color bands, I could have gone for a double rainbow hat, but I went wider instead, and it took up more of the body of the hat than I’d intended.  And I kinda wish I had some white yarn, so I could add clouds somehow.  I have no idea if my cousin will like a rainbow hat for her baby girl, but I figured, the baby’s room is going to be decorated in Hello Kitty, so it’s probably okay.

As for the rattle, I think it came out pretty good, although I was trying to adapt to a different gauge and only the horizonal gauge was provided in the pattern, meaning I just kinda winged it.  So I think the cap should be a little bigger to fit the stem more proportionally, and the rolled brim of the cap should be a little more robust.  And I also wish I could have used slightly more realistic colors, since it ended up looking like a mushroom out of Mario Brothers or something.  But I like how the spots turned out — they recommend a technique I hadn’t used before, duplicate stitch, where you essentially embroider the pattern on after the fact.  It was a little tricky, but I liked the variability of the spots.  But what I really hope is that my cousin likes them!

The best part of this pattern, for me, is the fact that it’s botanically accurate!  You have ribbing under the cap for the gills, and a little band of garter stitch for the ring.  That’s part of why I think more naturalistic colors would look really nice.

Finding all the boxes with my knitting and books was probably the hardest part of the whole project.  But now that the weather is cooling down and I have them out, I think I’m gonna keep coming up with projects to work on.  Like that really cool stash-buster scarf pattern M gave me last spring… *rubs hands together with anticipation*  Can’t wait!

Knitting Meme

I found this list on Karin’s Tiny Treasures (she’s not the author, but I figured I’d give her credit) and I thought I should check this out too.  I am sure that there are some very basic things I should have done but haven’t, but we’ll see how it goes.  *smile*

Bold for things I’ve done, normal for things I haven’t, and italics for the stuff I need explained!

Afghan

I-cord

Garter stitch

Knitting with metal wire — ooh, I hafta try this!

Shawl

Stockinette stitch

Socks: top-down

Socks: toe-up

Knitting with camel yarn

Mittens: Cuff-up — I actually used to make them from two rectangles — one for the hand, one for the thumb!

Mittens: Tip-down

Hat

Helmet — as in helmet-liner, or an actual helmet?  Doesn’t seem very protective!

Beret

Knitting with silk

Moebius band knitting– the point of this is…..?

Participating in a KAL — a what?

Sweater — one full size, (a total disaster!) and two baby sweaters that turned out reasonably well

Drop stitch patterns

Knitting with recycled/secondhand yarn — as in took something apart and used the yarn?  Nope, but I should!

Slip stitch patterns

Knitting with banana fiber yarn

Domino knitting (=modular knitting)

Twisted stitch patterns

Knitting with bamboo yarn — juts a little too expensive right now, but I’d love to!

Two end knitting — like, knitting from two ends at once?

Charity knitting — baby hats for the orphanage my friend’s son came from!

Knitting with soy yarn

Cardigan — well, I turned the disaster sweater into a cardigan once I accidentally felted it *blush*

Toy/doll clothing — for my college boyfriend’s crocheted monsters *smile*

Knitting with circular needles

Baby items — my favorite!

Knitting with your own handspun yarn — I SUCK at spinning, so I don’t expect this to EVER happen

Slippers — I have a great pattern that you knit flat and then fold like origami!

Graffiti knitting: knitting items on, or to be left on the street — no, but I’d love to!

Continental knitting — the only kind of knitting I do!

Designing knitted garments

Cable stitch patterns — these scared me for a very long time, but now I’m over it

Lace patterns

Publishing a knitting book

Scarf

Teaching a child to knit

Button holes

Knitting with alpaca

Fair Isle knitting — I tried it once on a hat, but it didn’t go very well

Knitting to make money

Norwegian knitting — that origami slipper pattern is Norwegian, I think…

knitting socks- or other small tubular items- on two circulars — why would you need two?

Dying with plant colors

Knitting items for a wedding

Olympic knitting

Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn

Knitting with dpns

Holiday related knitting

Teaching a male how to knit — I’ve been lucky to have guys in a few of my knitting groups over the years!

Bobbles

Knitting for a living

Knitting with cotton

Knitting smocking

Dying yarn  — but I did it for a basketry project!

Steeks — what are these again??

Knitting art

Fulling/felting

Knitting with wool

Textured knitting

Kitchener BO — my kitchener has never had a problem with body odor… at least not BEFORE the socks/booties were worn!

Purses/bags

Knitting with beads — no, but this would be cool

Swatching — it took me years to start, but yes, I now swatch!

Long Tail CO — that’s my preferred method

Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards

Machine knitting

Knitting with self patterning/self striping/variegating yarn

Stuffed toys

Knitting with cashmere

Darning

Jewelry — I knitted an I-cord necklace for a friend last year

Knitting with synthetic yarn

Writing a pattern

Gloves

Intarsia — I tried it on a sachet pillow once, but it didn’t go very well...

Knitting with linen

Knitting for preemies — some of my baby hats have come out that small….. *smile*

knitting lingerie  — seriousty??!?

Tubular CO — I don’t even know how this works…

Freeform knitting

Short rows

Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers

Pillows — well, just the sashet…

Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine

Rug

Knitting on a loom

Thrummed knitting

Knitting a gift

Knitting pet sweater

Knitting cat toys

Shrug/bolero/poncho

Knitting with dog hair — I actually always knit with dog hair, just not on purpose…. *smile*

Knitting with cat hair

Hair accessories

Knitting in public

Knitted Hem

Knitted Pleats

Crocheted edges

Crocheted inserts

Knitting w/fabric strips

Well, less than I thought!  The funny thing is, I have done some of these things with basketry, but not knitting.  I guess I have a new list of things I need to try!