Posts Tagged ‘Side Slip Cloche’

Insanity and Organization

January 11, 2011

I had to do it.  I kept thinking about all that yarn in those cardboard boxes that I couldn’t see.  I knew there was really good stuff in there.  But I didn’t know what was where.  I wound up filling fifteen clear containers.  Sweetums was very helpful and even repositioned some of the shelves to efficiently accommodate the containers.   I kept out yarn for four planned sweaters for 2011.  The job took about three days.  I was surprised at the amount of Colinette I had.  Colinette anyone? I could make you such a deal!

I still need to organize the rolling carts.  That’s where I plan to put all the smaller hanks and skeins.  There are too many little drawers and not enough big ones.  One section of twelve small drawers has become my new needle case.

I spent yesterday organizing my needles.  When we were pulling out yarn, Sweetums found the rest of them.  I knew I had more.  I just didn’t know where.  I dumped all of them onto the dining room table and arranged them according to size.  First I did the circulars and then the double points.  I managed to get most into their original plastic sleeves.  I only had a few of each left over.  Starting with the largest size, I looked at each one and determined which were worth keeping.  I got rid of all the Pony Pearl(poor join, stiff wire, came apart) and most of the Susan Bates(kept the 11″ ones).  I even have some Addi Turbo in there.  I also added all my old metal double-pointed needles.  I’m thinking about adding the large sizes since I haven’t used them in years.  But.  You never know.

I finally finished the cloche.  I had to add the contrast band and flower.  It didn’t look right without them.  It fits well, coming down over my ears for those cold windy walks along the river.  And I have almost finished the tam.  Here, again, I had it half made and took it apart.  I didn’t like the band.  I should finish it tonight and might have a picture tomorrow, if I blog.  Next up: an orange hat.  But, wait a minute, I still have some of this yarn left.  Maybe I’ll make a pair of mittens, too.

It’s Still Not Right

January 5, 2011

I would really like to finish the Side Slip Cloche.  Really I would.  Last night I ripped out the I-cord and started another.  This morning I looked at what I had done and ripped it out again.  I had to take Rue Boy to the vet so I took my knitting and decided to try something different.  The office was pretty filled so I knew that I would have time to experiment.  I think I came up with something useful and, hopefully, I will finish it tonight.  I might even be able to start on the tam.  Don’t hold your breath.  ‘Cause I sure ain’t.

In case you’re wondering, Rue is a perfect little specimen of kittenness.  He is working on turning into a cat and is twice as big as when I got him.

Scarf for Side Slip Cloche

January 4, 2011

I started the scarf the same as the brim on size 9 so it would be looser.  When it was long enough to fit around my neck, I joined another ball of yellow and needle and worked each stitch twice, putting one stitch on each needle.  I then worked the pattern for about thee inches.  It needs to be as long as it is wide.  When it was long enough, I knit or purled two together to return to sixteen stitches.  I reversed the ruffles by increasing rather than decreasing.  It didn’t take long at all and I was finished in a few hours.  I like these ascot type scarves, especially when I’m out walking.  If I get too warm, they fit nicely in my pocket.

I have figured out what is wrong with the cloche.  It looked like a big yellow blob on my head.  I like the shape of it. It fits snuggly around my head and covers my ears.  I tried a big flower.  Cute, but no cigar.  Finally, I realized that I needed to add a contrasting band.  So I’m currently knitting an attached I-cord around the top of the brim.  It should be finished tonight.  I’m also thinking about making a tam for not so cold weather.

Trying to get a picture of Rue Boy when he is playing is very difficult.  His favorite game is chase and he wears the girls out, especially Olive.  She usually takes her naps in the basement where Rue can’t find her.

Gloves for Side Slip Cloche

January 1, 2011

They’re not too funny looking, are they?  They look better on, really they do.  Here, again, I got out Ann Budd’s book to determine stitch count.  I started following the brim instructions from the cloche.  When I had worked 78 rows beyond the ruffle, I picked up and knit from the back of the ruffle and bound off at the same time.  Do not cut the yarn.  The last stitch is the first stitch of the hand.  Pick up and knit 33 more stitches.  Working in the round, knit one, purl one for four rounds.  I did this to pull it in at the wrist a bit.  Continue working the glove as in the book.  In order to have a matched pair, I worked 77 rows so that I wouldn’t have to cut the yarn.

Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits

December 22, 2010

I have been wanting to make a hat and gloves to go with my Stars sweater.   There was A LOT of yellow left and a little of most of the others. The pattern in the kit that I bought was not the Stars that I made and had a lot of yellow in it.  So I have a yellow hat. 

I decided on this pattern for my hat because it came down over the ears and would not be that hard to alter.  It said 22″ head and I am 23″ unless I have a headache, then I would swear it blows up to at least 25″.  That includes sinus headaches. 

The band is made first and sewn together at a right angle.  I did this and gave it a good look.  Even though I went ahead and picked up stitches for the crown and knit about 4″, I am still not certain that I like it.  Maybe I’ll like it better when it is finished.  I can always change it.  It isn’t mentioned in the pattern, but I made the first and last stitches the same as mitres or most side seams.  I knit the first stitch in the back loop and slipped the last stitch with the yarn in front.  It looks so much better.

I picked up about 20 more stitches for the crown than the pattern called for.  And I also plan to knit an extra 1/2″ or 1″.  I’ll have to change the decreases, but that’s all right.  I’m used to fiddling with things.