I really like this sweater, although I do wish I had made the stripe wider. Other than that, I'm very happy with it. Since the children's school uniforms are red, I hope this works well with their outfits.
Again, I used the Basic Seamless Raglan Pullover pattern. (I told you I like it!)
Posted by Christa at 7:26 AM
I like this one a little better than the brown one, but I'm still not sure if the all-black sleeves look exactly right. I had to do it that way, though, because I ran out of the green tweed yarn. That sometimes happens when you're working with yarn that someone else gave to you. The skein looks full, but it's not. Oh well, lesson learned: weigh the skeins first! :)
This is also made from the Basic Seamless Raglan Pullover pattern in a size 4.
Posted by Christa at 6:21 AM
This particular sweater is made from acrylic yarn, so I'm sending it to an organization that helps children in India. They don't mind acrylic.
This was one of my first attempts at stripes, and it probably looks like it. I should have added the second stripe on the sleeve. Oh well, at least it's done neatly and should keep a child warm. :)
This is my favorite sweater pattern to date, the Basic Seamless Raglan Pullover. It's very basic (and seamless), but you can do all kinds of things to fancy it up a bit. It also works up pretty fast. I can make one in about three days' worth of free time.
Posted by Christa at 4:21 PM
These mittens are going to an organization in Maine that gives hats and mittens to very poor children at Christmastime, and I wanted them to be as pretty/cute as possible. (They get loads of hats, so the request was specifically for mittens.)
With that in mind, here are the boy mittens I made:
In case you're interested, I used the Basic Pattern for Children's Mittens by Elizabeth Durand.
Posted by Christa at 6:27 AM
skunk socks"? This is the same yarn. Oh, how I wish I had known about this before I sent off that last box!
I dyed this hat with one packet of Lemon Lime Kool-Aid, and I love the transformation!
If you're interested, I used the free Toasty Topper pattern by Alexis Riggs.
Posted by Christa at 6:19 AM
These were transformed with two packets of Blastin' Berry Cherry Kool-Aid:
Since Kool-Aid packets contain citric acid, all you have to do is add the packet to water, add your project, heat it to the right temperature, and let it sit until the project has absorbed all (or at least most) of the color.
Here's what my bowl of Kool-Aid looked like right before I added a sock:
Here are the dyed socks sitting next to a small ball of the original-colored yarn:
A few quick notes about dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid:
- Only animal fibers (wool, alpaca, cashmere, etc.) will dye like this. Acrylic won't, unfortunately. If your yarn contains nylon for strength (like mine did), you're in luck. Nylon is apparently the only man-made fiber that will dye with Kool-Aid.
- If you have a large project to dye, I would definitely recommend dyeing the yarn before you knit the project. I would also recommend looking into either acid dyes or food coloring options, since Kool-Aid can get a bit expensive on large projects (1 packet per ounce of yarn).
Posted by Christa at 9:18 AM
Monday, March 5, 2012
I'm taking a break from blogging this week. Our church is in revival, and since my husband is the pastor, we house and feed the evangelist. Needless to say, I rarely have much free time during revival week.
I'll see you again next week!
I'll see you again next week!
Posted by Christa at 6:14 AM
I made this one using stranded knitting in-the-round, but there's a lot of yarn wasted on the inside, so I'm going to try it in a few other techniques, too. See?
I'll keep you posted on any additional panda hats I make and which method seems to work better.
In the meantime, if you'd like to make one, it's a free pattern on Ravelry called Knitted Panda Hat. I don't recommend using anything from the pattern except the chart, though, since most of the comments mention how utterly huge the hat ends up being. I just made a basic hat and added the panda face chart to it.
Posted by Christa at 7:30 AM