I'm back and normalcy has pretty much occurred. Disney was fun but HOT. I was very happy to be back with my Chicago weather (especially since we came back the day after the storms and we were lucky enough to have not lost power). I will spare you pictures, only because we have about 200 that I would have to choose from!
So we came back, spent the first weekend doing absolutely nothing and last weekend we went to the Renaissance Faire. It was a beautiful day and I made another snood out of sock yarn to wear.
Th pattern is pretty simple as far as it goes. I used a different lace pattern on this one. Also, I used kitchener to bind off, the only trouble with that is that although it keeps the pattern better, I had to tuck in the corners so it wouldn't be a square. SO you have the option of doing kitchener like I did, or doing some decrease rounds instead. Anyway, here is the pattern and a few more pics of different angles.
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss 1 skein (shown in Pumpkin)
Needles: Size US 3 16inch circular
Openwork Leaf Pattern (Multiple of 8 stitches plus1)
Row 1 and all other odd rows: Knit
Row2: K1 *YO, K2, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, K2, YO, K1* Repeat from * around
Row4: K1 *K1, YO, K1, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, K1, YO, K2* Repeat from * around
Row6: K1 * K2, YO, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO, YO, K3
Row8: K2Tog * K2, YO, K1, YO, K2, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO* Repeat from * around, ending last repeat with SSK instead of Sl1, K2tog, psso
Row10: K2tog * K1, YO, K3, YO, K1, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO * Repeat from * around,
ending last repeat with SSK instead of Sl1, K2tog, psso
Row 12: K2Tog * YO, K5, YO, Sl1, K2Tog, PSSO * Rpeat from * around, ending last repeat with SSK instead of SL1, k2tog, psso
Using sz. 3 circular, Co 104 sts.
PM and begin working in the round
Work 6 rounds in K1, P1 ribbing
Next round: Knit, increasing 9 stitches evenly around
Begin Openwork leaf pattern
Work Rows 1-12 of Leaf pattern around until piece measures approximately 11 inches unblocked ending with row 12 of pattern
BO options: K1 round, Knitting the last 2 stitches tog. Divide stitches evenly on 2 needles, using Kitchener stitch to graft together
OR K2 tog around for 2 rounds, cut a long tail, pull through remaining stitches and fasten off
That's it! It makes a cute snood for all your faire going purposes (or a bad hair day with a fashion statement!). A note: The pic from the back makes it seem uneven but its not, I had my head tilted and it was the end of the day. But it was the only one I had that had a close up of the back where you could really see the pattern plus tell where the kitchener sat so you could decide what BO you wanted to do. Also, if your hair is longer or shorter than mine, you may want to shorten or lengthen it depending.
In other knitting news, I have almost finished the Titled Duster from the new IK. Unfortunately, it is too small for me and looks awful on me. So it is going off to my LYS to live there on display. I did it in Elsebeth Lavold Chunky Al which is a lovely yarn and really did make a nice duster, so I may be doing this one again. Right now I am kind of floundering in the land of knitting. I have a bunch of projects on the needles, I don't really want to work on them as a lot of them are my own designs which takes concentration and a notebook next to me at all times, as well as the possibility of frogging the work done if my measurements were off. I did the duster as an instant gratification project, which obviously did not work out too well, so I am still on the quest for instant gratification. I finished a cute sock for my daughter but now I am fighting second sock syndrome. Sigh. Too much yarn and my hands just don't move at lighting speed. If I was Supergirl, I would so be a knitter. Imagine all that you could acomplish. Christmas presents in a day! New sweaters for every occasion! Yeah that's it. Forget my old desire for teleportation, I want lighting speed.
My daughter went back to school today. She was so excited. We went to Target to get a new backpack for the year and she picked out The Little Einsteins one, which was great cuz it was on sale for $6. When she found out it was on sale she got so excited and told me "I can't wait to go to school and show everyone my backpack and tell them I got it in SALE!" Funny funny. She loves a good sale though. My little 4 year old. She tells me all the time that I can't get something because it's not on sale. LOL
Oh! Thanks Johnna for picking me as a
Now its my turn to pick 5 that I love. I don't read a lot of blogs all the time, but there are a few that I do check often.
1.) Chelle - She tells it like she sees it, and I love that she is a druid and working toward becoming a doula.
2.) Practical Polly - I just started reading hers but her projects are great and her Wonder Woman sweater is AWESOME
3.) Knitting Kninja - As another fledgling designer, I like to read others that go through it as well. Also, my daughter is in Ninja training, so I totally understand how cool ninja kids can be!
4.) Knit and Tonic - I know she's a popular one, but I love her blog and her designs are great
5.) Three Twisted Stitches - She's as bad a poster as I am, but hey what can you expect from my sister?!
Alright already, I have to go pick up Le Fay from school
Here she is getting Knighted by Queen Elizabeth at the Faire. She had to wear her fairy costume by the way, she wouldn't have it any other way.
One last note to leave you with. Coming Soon! This adorable Skirt pattern! (and by soon, I mean whenver I get around to double checking all my math and what not and actually getting it set up on the sidebar as I will be selling this pattern)