Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So far, I've finished 8 of the Mini-Jayne's Hat but I haven't decided how many more I'm going to make.

Monday, May 12, 2008

I had already offered to donate a few Jayne's Hats to Can't Stop The Serenity - Dallas. Then, one of organizers saw these somewhere and asked if I could make some. So far, I have made 8 - 4 on Saturday and I'm finishing up the 4 I started yesterday. It took about 4 hours to make 4 hats, knitting them at the same time, using the Magic Loop method.

Mini Jayne's Hat - hanging from the mirror in the bug

Mini-Jayne's Hat X 4

They're really easy to make:

- With Orange, CO 20 sts and join for working in the round.
- Knit 2 rounds of 1x1 rib.
- Knit 4 more rounds in Stockinette.
- Switch to Gold and work 4 rounds in Stockinette.
- K2TOG for 2 rounds.
- Thread tapestry needle through remaining stitches and tie off.

- With Ranch Red yarn, pick up 4 sts on one side of the hat.
- Knit 6 rows in Stockinette.
- Slip 2 sts, K2TOG, pass 2 slipped stitches; break yarn and pull through last stitch.
- Cut a short piece of Ranch Red and thread through last stitch so there are 3 strands.
- Repeat on the other side of the hat.

- With all 3 colors, make a tiny tassel and stitch to the top of the hat.

FINISHING (Optional)
At this point, the Mini-Jayne’s Hat is complete. You can also attach a longish piece of yarn (about 6 to 8 inches) to the top of the hat in order to hang it from a car mirror. Or, stitch a small magnet to the inside to make a ‘fridge magnet. The options are endless…

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Yea for new stitch markers from See Jayne Knit.

Steampunk Stitch Markers


Skulls and Hearts Black Hearted Scoundrels


Friday, May 2, 2008

I also ordered some Harmony needles from KnitPicks.

32in Circular Needle Size 1 (2.25mm)
47" Circular Needle Size 1 (2.25mm)

32in Circular Needle Size 2 (3.0mm)
47" Circular Needle Size 2 (3.0mm)
Shortly after posting yesterday's entry, both my KnitPicks and Elann orders arrived. So, the following is a picture-heavy post...

From KnitPicks:

Wool of the Andes Red - 2 balls


Wool of the Andes Chestnut - 2 balls


Wool of the Andes Mocha Twist - 2 balls


Wool of the Andes Evergreen - 2 balls


Wool of the Andes MacGregor Hand-Dyed - 2 balls


Shamrock Reilly - 2 balls


Essential Inca Gold Tweed - not sure why I only ordered 1 ball


And, from Elann.com:

Sonata Ruby - 3 balls


Sonata Deep Black - 8 balls


Thursday, May 1, 2008

My friend Jackie was giving me a hard time the other day because I haven't posted anything in a few (or several) days. Apparently, she gets bored at work and she entertains herself by reading blogs. She also gave another friend a hard time for not posting - check Lara's "suckage" entry of April 10th. Sooooooo, Jackie, what should I blog about...

Actually, to be honest, I'm bad about not posting unless I have an update about a project or I've bought some really cool knitting accessory or bought some nice yarn or something like that. I'm usually the same with my bug blog. Not a lot to report at this time though:

1. I've started a bath towel. It's based on the Dish Cloth pattern that came on the label of a Lion Brand Kitchen Cotton cone. I've made the dish cloth and a hand towel by doubling the stitches and just making it longer. For the bath towel, I quadrupled the number of stitches. People think I'm crazy for knitting a cotton bath towel - especially one as big as this - but... Oh, well.

2. I've knitted another Jayne's Hat and have even started another one. I'm donating one of the hats I knitted earlier to the Dallas Can't Stop the Serenity.


4. I have a rock garden but yesterday, two of them died.

5. I recently made a KnitPicks order. Details and pics to be posted once the order arrives.

6. I don't think I've posted anything about it before, but several months ago, I started a sweater. I wanted to try a pullover sweater, knit completely in the round - I can't stand seaming - but I couldn't find a pattern I liked. So, I just started casting on until I thought I had enough to fit me, then started knitting 2x2 ribbing. I didn't even think about sleeves or anything, so once I got to the point where I needed to think about the sleeves, I put the project away until I could find a pattern that would work. But, I'll be able to use the instructions for the sleeves from this pattern.

That's all I have for now...