Saturday, February 23, 2019

Alternating Color Hats and Mittens

This is a fun pattern. I made these hats with spare yarn. I learned how to knit cording while finishing these hats. Alternating color makes the fabric a lot thicker and warmer than single strand. It took me about two about a week to make each hat. 80 st, circular needle #7, box shaping, 80/20 acrylic/wool blend.

My formula for nice fitting hats - gauge (stitches per inch x circumference of head) -20% = stitches to cast on. My head is 22 around, and I knit on a #7 needle 5 stitches per inch so, (22x5) - .20 = 88 stitches. Works every time. Of course in knitting and crochet gauge is everything.





The mittens I made from 100% wool.



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Groovy Men's Boxers

I bought a new over-lock machine, and I have been dying to make some boxer briefs and other stretchy stuff with it. This machine is a little quieter than my Brother over-lock machine, and I think it does give a tighter stitch.

This pair I made from an old tie-dyed T-shirt that I rarely wore. It's not super stretchy, but it is stretchy enough to be comfortable. 



This is my first pair, and next time I would use a little less elastic and make the gusset a little tighter, smaller. I also want to make a pair where the elastic is on the outside as in standard men's boxers.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Finished Project

This sweater I made from blue and gray wool blend yarn. It was fun to make. I finished it with a cording finish.






Kayaking the Willametta

I started out at Oak's Park, then I went around Ross Island. It took about four hours. I was exhausted when I got back to Oak's Park...