Friday, February 27, 2009

Mystery Sweater Part 1


It's great to see  now 60 people knitting this sweater for Warm Woolies
Yesterday I sent out part 2 of the pattern for them to work on. I'm totally impressed with these great knitters, how excited they participate in this journey, not knowing how the finished project will finally look like!
The picture shows you part 1 of the MS (Mystery Sweater). 
I used a yarn called Candide Vintage, which is not produced any more. It's one of these 100% wool yarns, which are able to handle a great deal of wear and tear. Since this 100% wool is still warm even when wet and won't be worn out by one child, this is a great match for Warm Woolies.
My friend Sandee donated this yarn. Thank you so much Sandee!
The picture shows the MS sweater knitted in a size 10. It looks a little tight since the model is a tall 12 year old.


Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Prize



Yesterday Deb, the winner of my little contest  got her price. I chose a skein from one of my favorite yarn companies, a Blue Heron hand painted yarn in spring colors. It made my day that she liked it!! Further one of this sheep found a nice home and will help Deb to measure her beautiful knitted and crochet items.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Strawberry Picking

I couldn't resist to knit up the yarn I dyed in my crock pot. Since my local grocery store mainly had red colored flavors, I played with different reds. This itself was kind of an adventure, because as a lot of you know, I love blues, teals and purple. :) Believe it or not I enjoyed knitting my red yarn with the purple touch very much. I named my color way Strawberry Picking.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Dyeing in my Crock Pot


I used my living room chair to wind the yarn into a hank.
To avoid tangling, I tied the hank in five places.





Then I washed the wool in lukewarm water with a hint of baby shampoo, rinsed it and let it soak for 15 -20 min.
(Avoid agitation so that the wool doesn't felt.)





During the time my yarn took a bath, I prepared my Kool-Aid dyes.
In this case 8 envelopes of grape flavour, 7 cherry, and 3 raspberry.






I put the yarn into the crock pot in a spiral. poured the colors in different places to get more a variegated look and let the dye
the whole thing sit for approximately 2 hours on low heat.
I took the yarn out when the water cleared up and rinsed the hank carefully.

Now my new yarn is hanging outside to dry. 


This time I played with different reds, because my local grocery store has a limited selection of flavors. I just don't have a name for my color yet.........

Kool-Aid not only a drink

Motivated by posts on the Warm Woolies message board on ravelry I got curious to try to use Kool-Aid to dye yarn. Since this is possible to do in my kitchen I couldn't wait to get started.
I had a couple of single portions of the peach and raspberry and so I did my first experiment.
This is the result:

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hip Kids Crochet


A couple of girls meet at my house for an after-school Crochet Club.
Socks was their first bigger project.....
I think they did a great job.
They started their own blog:   www.hipkidscrochet.blogspot.com


Monday, February 16, 2009

RIDDLE/CONTEST

O.K, here is the winner of the little contest I posted recently:

Deb guessed that I have 17 UFO's hanging around. The actual number I counted at the day I posted  the riddle was 18. Your guess was the closest. Congratulations, you will get a nice ball of yarn and a little surprise.

Thank you, Bruno, for thinking I'm capable of starting 31 projects. ;)
That would be a case of severe startitis.

Thanks to everyone who participated. It was fun to see the guesses coming in.
Check my blog another time for a new contest......

Even though I started new things, I'm determined to finish these UFO's.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

55 great knitters......

..... signed up to do the Mystery Sweater KAL to help poverty stricken kids in cold climates to get a warm garment. Thank you to all who are willing to participate in this adventure and help these children!!!!

The first part of the pattern will be revealed on Friday and my friend and test knitter got busy working on it. I finished the sample in a size 10 and started to knit a sweater in an adult size.
If you are interested to learn more about Warm Woolies click here.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sign up ends tonight.....

...... at 11:59 pm. So far 51 people are going to do the Mystery Sweater KAL.

I already met a lot of great people through this project. Thank you Ladies!
(So far there is no man who joined.)

Monday, February 9, 2009

Mystery Sweater.........

The freezing cold of the last couple of weeks made me thinking and thankful about how privileged we are to have a heated house and warm clothes. I'm really thankful for this.
A lot of less fortunate children in orphanages in colder climates don't even have a warm garment or shoes to wear. Warm Woolies, my favorite knitting charity, tries to encourage knitters to make warm wool sweaters, socks, hats, baby blankets......  They sent the knitted items to orphanages in Mongolia, China, Kazakhstan and the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

In order to help them to get more sweaters for older kids I started a Mystery Sweater KAL on their group on ravelry.
To participate you have to sign up with your e-mail address and I will send you the pattern of this new design in parts.
You will not see a picture of the completed sweater before you've gotten all the pieces together and have knitted the garment .





I'm very excited that already 30 people signed up for this. 30 children will stay warm.........

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lighthouse

Most of you know that I love lighthouses. My daughter wrote a poem for me as a Christmas present:


A Peaceful Lighthouse

A lighthouse rests on a hill near the coast,
The sound of waves pawing against the shore fills the air,
The air smells of clean ocean salt water,
On foggy days, the honking of the horn can be heard,
It's light shines in the darkness glowing on still water,
Sea shells and rocks lie on the beach,
The red and white paint shimmers in the sun.


Thank you so much. I'm proud of you.
This poem makes me want to escape the freezing cold and visit one of the beautiful lighthouses on the coast on a warm summer evening with a gorgeous sunset.

Keep dreaming ........


Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Lizard Ridge Ocean

My husband loved the Lizard Ridge Afghan I did for our friends wedding present so much, that he wants one too. This time I knit in panels versus squares, which makes the whole sewing part much easier, since it's not a good idea to sew with a not plied yarn like Noro Keyreon. It gets thin and breaks easily........
I chose colors which remind me on the ocean and coral riffs. They help me get over the wrap and turn craziness of this project.















I used a technique to hide my wraps which Cat Bordhi shows here on a video.
The best I found on wrap and turn.....

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Sampler Baby Blanket and Riddle






Sampler Baby Blanket








Still in the finishing mood, I was able to complete this baby blanket before my students at my local yarn shop did so. 
I loved Lynn Wilson's pattern for teaching because there are so many stitches to learn, without the students feeling overwhelmed.
The pictures are not great because it's still freezing cold and my fingers  where almost glued to the camera and the ground was so icy that I should have used my ice skates.
















THE RIDDLE:

The sad news is that there are still UFO's in my house. Guess how many I have all together and post your number on my blog. 
The winner is the person who is closest to the actual number and will get a nice ball of yarn and a little surprise!
February 15th will be the last day of posting and today is the day I counted my unfinished objects.


Can't wait to start new projects :)))))))