My second knitted garment

My second knitted garment

rc vest3

Back with the hood. The cable goes up the front and around the hood

This is from the Divine Vest pattern by Kristen TenDyke My next big garment project will be the Market Jacket by Tanis Gray.

Vest progress

I cannot believe it but i am starting the hood already!!

the pockets hang down for now but will be stitched in to front band. 20131106-160311.jpg

In progress

So what have i been working on (other than being a mom and keeping the household going during rehab upheaval?). LOL

Here’s a glimpse of the quilt top wallhanging for bathroom. I am next sewing bubbles in it here and there. J’s suggestion was to add in purple and she was right. I viewed her suggestion a bit skeptically since purple is her new obsession but i am glad i took it. L loves it.

art quilt in progress

and here is my vest w cables. Somehow in last night’s tired knitting i reversed the direction of the other sides’ cable so i will be frogging several rows this am. sigh. But i am at the armhole making stage so chugging along!! divine vest in progress

Scarf knitting

Started the Gambit Unisex Scarf, a pattern I have liked for two years now and started several times, but wasn’t happy with. Recently I went down in needle size to a size 2 from a 4 and the fabric is good.  I’m using Pagewood Farm St. Elias handdyed yarn, perhaps the textures obscure the stitch pattern, but I like the muted colors. 20131012-103639.jpg

Tea Cosy

cabled tea cozy I just finished knitting

cabled tea cozy I just finished knitting

I love the colors of this yarn (Aslan Trends Santa Fe) in citrus orchard — I even love the NAME! — but the yarn just isn’t soft enough for me to make a scarf or hat out of, so this cozy was perfect. It’s in the colors of my kitchen, and I love tea. so anyway, I used this cool pattern from the UK from the 1940s that called for a double layer all around stitched together (outside and lining) and I realized that level of cold protection just isn’t necessary in the desert southwest! it must have been really chilly without central heat in post WWII England. I can’t imagine. isn’t it cute how the button of the lid sticks out?

here’s the ravelry picture

Sweater for Tulie

It’s  been quite chilly here this past week and looks to continue for a few days.  Our little dog doesn’t want to stay out long at the dog park, so figuring she needed a sweater, I went to the store.  Nothing seemed warm enough, nothing in wool, and frankly the stock was depleted.  not knowing if she would tolerate one on, I decided why not?  There’s a patriots game on, and I can do some knitting.  I found a french press cover that I’d made early on in my knitting life (not that I’m too far along now but still) and it was too big so I put it away.  I got it out, it fit around her body perfectly, so I picked up stitches in the middle of the one side, knitted up to make the top back portion and made a tab to go around her head.  2 1/2 hours later she was sporting a new sweater!  and she likes it, she really likes it! I’m thrilled.  it was fun making up my own pattern, I took notes as I went, just to keep track of what I did.  so here are pics of our little Tulie girl styling….ImageImageImage

You can see how my tension has improved, not so loose a knitter any more, and the part I added, I did in continental which I’m trying to get as comfortable with as american.  When I “throw” the yarn too much, I can feel my shoulder isn’t happy with all that extra movement.

Cloche finished

Knitted cloche with free pattern from Ravelry. A bit of a stretch for me and my abilities, but I finished it!  didn’t tack the front brim down, but I did the back edges of the brim.  Mattress stitch is easy.

Violet’s new dress


My first knitted doll dress (and first knitted dress of course) for my daughter’s American Girl doll.  I picked the yarn because it’s her favorite color du jour and happened to have a cool ribbon and beads for the buttons.  You start knitting from the bottom, and I had to start several times (remember I’m a newbie) and when I had gotten going, I saw that I’d not done the stockinette stitch where I should have about an inch from the bottom.  I think of it as a “ruffle” in her dress.  Here’s the pattern if you’d like to see it.


Recent knitting

Here are some more pics of work I’ve been knitting. it’s fun, and addicting.  I’m also on Ravelry now, as if I have time to keep some OTHER website updated, but I’m going to give it a try! My ravelry name is rcbeads


Knitting — yet another obsession!

I took a knitting class at my local yarn store (Mayaluna Yarns in El Paso) love it! and I’ve been having fun, learning a lot, ripping out a lot, but having fun, did I say that already? but today will be a painting day as well, but for now, I wanted to share pics of work done or in progress.

Do you know about Ravelry?  It’s a fabulous site where you can find help with knitting questions, patterns to download (free and for a fee), yanr information, etc. etc.  I’m making the Holden Scarfette from there in the blue/green Malabrigo hand painted sock yarn, it’s a JOY to knit with.  love it.

The peach scarf was the class project and it also is from Ravelry, called Falling Water. It’s done in Debbie Bliss cotton, also great to work with.