Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hats, Hats, and more Hats!

I am convinced that my hat knitting days are almost over. I am OCD and when I find something that I like I tend to overdo. I have knitted so many hats this past year that I am just a little burnt out on the hat making process! My hat making this past year has gotten so bad that at all of my friends at my knitting group always ask me the same question everytime I am knitting something. "What are you knitting Cara, a hat?"
I wanted to post some pics of the last two hats I think I am going to make for a while. I knitted two hats for a friend of mine who just had twins a boy and a girl. I am not quite done with the boy hat but I will update it once complete.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Twin Baby Kimonos

I am making twin baby kimonos for my friend who is having a boy and a girl! I have started on the girl's kimono and I am making it in a yarn that is pink and white and brown. Here is the start of it. :)

Here is a link to the pattern:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cara's Fingerless Mitts

I got the gloves finished and finally got a good picture of them.

I decided to do this pattern because I thought it would be fun. I am using the yarn that I dyed several weeks ago. I will put photos of the finished product when I am done. Also-here is a link to the pattern:

It has been a fun and easy pattern.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Men's Fingerless Gloves

I decided to make my future son-in-law a pair of fingerless gloves for his birthday on February 9th.

I have had my husband try them on for me so I know they will fit a man's hand and now my husband wants a pair. I got the first glove done minus weaving in the ends in 2 nights. :)

Very quick knit!!!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hats, Hats, Hats

Well, if anyone knows me very well they know that I have an addiction for making hats. Here are some of the hats I have made since the beginning of November. I have actually made 7 of them since then and am working on 8 and 9 at the moment.

This photo of the beret does not do it any justice. The color of the yarn is actually a scuba blue but everytime I try and photograph it, the color looks blue gray.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Circular Needle Holder

I decided to make something that would carry circular needles so that they would be organized and not get tangled up. I liked this project because it was not your typical needle roll. I loved the idea of it being in the form of a book, and it fits nicely in a knitting bag. So I made two of them. One for myself and one for a friend. These were not too hard to make and I ended up using mostly items that I already had at home. I think I had to buy some elastic and some iron on binding tape.

I found my idea for this website:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Dyeing Yarn

Me and a friend of mine spent this past Saturday dying yarn. It was a lot of fun to decide what colors that I wanted my yarn to be. I knew that I wanted mine to be a multi colored yarn.

We first had to soak the yarn before the process started. It almost looks like spaghetti in this pot.

I decided that I wanted my yarn to be blue with some greens and browns. So we first tested the blue dye in a sample jar.

We put the yarn in a pot of cold water and decided to add the blue dye to the pot first and swish the color around leaving some of the yarn hanging out of the water.

Then we added chestnut brown on one side of the pot. And then yellow sun to the other side of the pot. This time we did not swish the color around we wanted it to remain in place.

We let the temperature rise to almost a simmer and then added vinegar to the water. Then we had to let the yarn sit in the water at the same constant temperature for 30 minutes until the water was clear. This is how it looked after that process.

Then we had to let the yarn stay in the water until the water completely cooled. Here are pictures of the final result. I was very happy with the turnout!

I was very pleased with the color variations. I cannot wait to see how it will knit up. I will post pics of whatever I knit it into.