Sunday, April 10, 2011

Santa Baby!

I have finished making Santa Stockings for a customer. Plus, I made a stocking for myself. Really, it's so I can write a pattern for it. I think it's the cutest...don't you?

The stocking is basically a big ol' sock with an intarsia Santa face knit into it.

There is Santa without his jolly face. To make the beard you need to make fringe. I did it by cutting a 4" strip along the long side of a page of card stock. Then, folded the paper in half and gently wrapped the yarn around it a whole bunch of times. I slipped my sharp Fiscars in between the folded paper and cut the along the two edges to make a boat load of fringe. Making fringe takes me back to my childhood. I've been doing it since I was...maybe...8.

Here's how I apply the fringe. So simple, just use a crochet hook to pull a 4" piece if yarn (folded in half) under a stitch and thread the cut end through the loop.

On to writing the pattern!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Intarsia in full bloom

Here is my little Intarsia flower. An advertising visual for my class. A couple of things to note:
  • Most charts have squares yet a knit stitch is really wider than it is tall. Can you see the difference?
  • This swatch is still a hot mess. It will look better once I weave in the tails which will take away those holes you see.
Yep, hot mess

A little drench in water and look at how fabulous it is! Getting knitting wet is a way of making the stitches sing Kumbaya, getting together to make your project look crisp and beautiful!

The only thing more fabulous than this spring flower is...

the back! I have found a needle that is perfect for weaving in tails. It is called a chenille needle. It's big enough to use with yarn with a very sharp point that allows you to split the ply and bury your tails for a perfect finish!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring flower

I'm going to teach a class on Intarsia in May. Since Spring is all sprongy around here I thought we'd all make a flower. In a couple of days I'll knit this pretty poesy up and show ya'll.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Parade of Santas!

In December a nice lady came into the shop asking if I could reproduce (without a pattern) the Christmas stockings that her Grandma made. I told her I'd be happy to do it after the holidays. On the left are the two I made for her. I love the cute bearded Santa! Now all I have to do is knit one up for myself and write the pattern so others can make this cutie.

Santa's face is done in intarsia. Most people shy away from it because it's, as I like to say, annoying. But, on this project the intarsia is just a small portion of the stocking and well worth the trouble.

The beard is just fringe...I'd like to see it in a fuzzy angora. How about you?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Making adjustments

I change the settings to allow all to comment. I'm thinking about having a give away contest once I know that a few people are reading my blog. I shall go stash diving to find a little enticement!

come back to see more soon!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

First post


This is the blog for Knit-University. I will show you what I'm knitting and talk about the classes and events I'm planning.

I would really like feedback about what classes you think you'd like to take.

That's it for now....come back for more!

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