Archive for October, 2012

Without Power for 17 Hours

I was without power for 17 hours and really getting knitting machine withdrawal. The only machine I could half way see was the Bulky so I decided to make the male to go with the female mouse that I just made. Now she is not lonely¬† ūüôā

Felted Mouse Ornament-Second Try

This is my second try at a felted mouse only this time I made the female. I knitted her and felted her and then went and read the directions for the hat. It said to make the hat and attach ears to hat. Uh oh. I already made the mouse  , attached the ears AND felted it. I hand knit the hat and on a knit row I cast off five stitches , knitted 3 stitches and cast off five stitches. On the return row I cast on where I cast off the five stitches on the previous row and continued until the end. You can see the picture before felting. It came out perfect after felting and it went over the ears nicely. Not bad for a big guess.  I stuffed this mouse with quilt batting and it came out smaller which is what I wanted. She is 3.5 inches tall and will be used as an ornament. I still have to buy beads for the eyes.

Now I have to go back to the passap machine before I forget how to knit on it. lol

Felted Mouse Ornament





What is not to love about this mouse? He is a free download on Ravelry at¬†Barbara Primes’s Fuzzy Mitten. It is called the Housemice pattern.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†You have to look at her picture of the pattern before you read my critique¬†of my little guy.¬† He is a hand knit pattern that I converted to machine. Well….all except the hat. I had to hand knit using DP needles.¬† I made¬†the mouse and hat ¬†with Patons wool on the Bulky Brother and then I felted it. I used scraps of the wool yarn to use as stuffing as it would shrink also. Now I know you are laughing thinking that there is something funny about mine. Well, here is my critique. Mind you, this was my first try. I would needle felt the nose instead of using yarn before felting. His schnozz is too big. lol His mouth also looks like a mustach! Need to work on that. I also did not take the time to look up how to do bobbles on the machine and I just marked stitches where they were to go. I would do them the next time while knitting the body like the instructions said. Okay….his tail is too thick. His scarf would look better in a piece of red felt and his eyes would look better with beads. I needle felted a red heart on his chest. I absolutely love the little red beret!¬† I can’t wait to do the little female. You must visit her site. I can’t believe how many adorable knitted patterns she has . I would have definitely bought the mouse pattern but it is a free download.

Oh, one more reason I felted this mouse  is that I hand knit but felting hides the areas where my tension might be too tight or too loose. I am going to make this little guy into an ornament.

Overfelted Wine Bag

I am working on an order for a woman for four wine bottle covers. I was felting the last one and my dog wanted to go for a walk. So I took him and came back and checked the felting and it went too far! ūüė¶¬† The woman who ordered the wine bottle covers has been a wonderful customer so I decorated this anyway with a new design and will include in the order for her at no charge. She said she does not put just wine in these. She has put jellies and other items so I am sure she will find something to fill it with.

Felted Christmas Ball Ornament with Needle Felted Cardinal

I knitted this ornament and then felted it. I then needle felted the cardinal and tree on the front. I need suggestions as to what color or type of bow to put on this. Reds are hard to match. Husband said green. I thought maybe gold and red?

Felted Christmas Ball Ornament with Snowflake

I knitted this ornament with a fairisle design and then felted it. I put the styrofoam ball inside of the knitting and then felted it after sewing it up and gathering both ends.¬†I wanted to put a cranberry bow on it but the fabric store only had red!¬† I put a knitted “I” cord for a bow in the same color of yarn as the snowflake but I did not felt it. It will be for sale in my Etsy shop

I’m The Big Brother Afghan made on the Passap E6000 in 5 colors

The shower that I was supposed to go to was moved a week later so I got the idea to knit the new baby’s brother Hunter an afghan of his own. My sister said he carries blankets around all the time. I asked my friend Sheila if she had any ideas and she told me to google I’m the big brother and that is where I got the idea. I had to snag each child and then reduce the pattern without using the correct proportion box. ¬†I used five colors . I had to arrange the grass and the wagon so that I could change the yarn in the feeder to the fifth color without having five colors in a row. On the back there are two green striped areas where I did this.¬† I wish I had more time because I would revise this . I only had navy and light blue. Royal blue would have been better. On the bottom of his pants in the afghan in the picture it looks darker where the green was on the back but in¬†looking at it here, ¬†it does not show at all. The second picture shows the back and the third picture is what I would do to correct the pattern. I also would move the girl and boy over to the left which is in the revised picture. Would also seperate radio flyer on the wagon and move to the left.

In the revised picture the boy has to be moved up and a couple of more rows added to seperate the grass a little more.This is what happens when I hurry! I get stressed and can’t multi-task. lol

I only used 120 rows instead of 160 for a four color afghan and I like the size much better. It is about 34 inches wide by 41 inches long.

Cupcake Hat for Alexa

At the shower for my nephew’s wife they are having pink cupcakes so I thought I would make a cupcake hat on my Brother. I bought a hand knitting pattern and showed my girlfriend and she sent a free one that was done on a knitting machine!! She gets a good laugh from stupid things I do. Anyway, here it is but I don’t have the cherry on top yet or the stem. The hand knitted pattern is pretty also. Where the row of picots are, a crocheted design was done. I like both.

Baby Afghahn for Alexa on the Passap

I made an afghan for my nephew’s first child and it had his name on it. Now his wife is pregnant with a girl and I just now decided that I better do something and the shower is Saturday! Her colors in the room are pink and purple and green and decorated with butterflies and flowers.¬† I had the pink, dark pink and purple but did not have the lime green in a 224 so I did not want to do a four color with the wrong green. I found a green in cancun and I will duplicate stitch the centers of the flowers to add a little more¬† color. I did that in the second picture. I only had two hours last night to design this and 3 hours this morning to knit.¬†I still have to bind off the top but took it off on waste yarn and can do that¬†in an evening. ¬†I am not crazy about¬†the afghan ¬†and I should have known by turning the butterflies that they would look elongated¬†but I have to tell you that there is not one mistake, no pusher problems and I will tell you what my settings were. Tension masts were all set at 6. Two strands of 224 for each color. The cast on was TD 3, CX rows were 4 and the N/N row and final tension for the afghan was 4… on front bed and 5. on the back bed.¬† The afghan is 180 stitches by 190 rows using technique 199.¬†The only time I had to stop was to add yarn when second cone ran out. I was in a hurry to take picture because I have to leave the house but it is a really pretty pink for the main color. It almost looks white in the picture.

Some More Felted Wine Bottle Covers

I made more wine bottle covers but now I have the pattern even better. I start at the top , for example, I started with a picot edg and knitted straight for 40 rows on the main bed. Then I took off half of the stitches and placed them on the ribber bed for circular knitting. I knitted 154 rows and then took off on waste yarn. I then gathered all of the stitches and pulled in to form the bottom. At the beginning, I started with 41 stitches , did the picot edge, then increased one stitch on each end until 49 stitches. On the cream with the pink poinsettia, I did the one row on picot edge in the pink but it does not show up well. I then took a single strand of the yarn and embellished the scalloped edge to give more color. On the red poinsettia I did a scallop edge also but did not embellish with yarn since I did a row of eyelets to weave the yarn through. On the Christmas tree, the design is needle felted and I sewed on the gold garland and the lights. I had a gold yarn that I used to make the scalloped edge stand out. The grape one is an order for a lady who wanted two of them.