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My Door Mouse….. Rat?


My Door Mouse.....Rat?

My Door Mouse…..Rat?

 

My husband said this is not a door mouse but a door rat!

This pattern is from a Machine Knitting News Supplement. It is knitted and not felted in the supplement. I did not like the seam down the front of him and I love felting so I decided to see what would happen if I felted him. I just used a size 8 tension. I attached everything before felting including his little vest. As you can see, my vest does not look like the pattern.

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Everything was going well until I started to knit the vest. It did not make sense but I knitted it and it was wrong. So I did it how I thought it should be and ended up with the correct amount of rows and stitches.  100% of the time I think I am wrong but I don’t thinks so in this case. Anyway, I like how the little vest turned out. I crocheted around the vest and then I sewed the middle up the front. It did not felt small enough so I cut it up the middle and sewed a button on.

There are two reasons, well, three as to why I made this. The first is that I have a folder of things I want to try to knit and this was on the top. Second, I wanted to see how he would look felted. But the third and real reason is that my passap frustrated me so I started cleaning my knitting room and felt I needed to complete something that I coud get right! lol

So…………….now I will go back to the passap and try another technique.

 

Diana Sullivan’s Sew as You Go Lined Slippers


Felted Slipper Side View

Felted Slipper Side View
After Felting-Size 8

After Felting-Size 8

 

Knitted Larger-Before Felting

Knitted Larger-Before Felting

 

After getting frustrated with trying that technique on my passap I had to walk away. I didn’t walk far though. I decided to sit on the floor and go through stacks of things that I hadn’t filed yet. I came across my hand out from the seminar I went to last September featuring Diana Sullivan . Her sew as you go lined slippers were so cute just knitted. While I was looking at them I decided to try to felt them. I knitted them on the Bulky machine using Natures brown wool and oatmeal for the liner. I used tension 7 for the liner and 8 for the outer part. I was doing well until it came to knitting the last triangle to sew as you go to close them and finish. I had a hand out sheet that was a little harder to do without the whole book and pattern and no pictures. So I left it on the machine and went back to it this morning. I decided to go ahead and knit and see what came out. I figured it out but had picked up the wrong stitch when I started the sew as you go and was a stitch off on the side. I went back and did it again and was successful. It is so nice doing this without sewing together when you are finished. Before I left the house this morning, I felted them and I love them. They are lighter than my other slippers and I think they take less yarn. I quickly felted a flower (that is slightly off center-lol) to see how they would look with a little bit of embellishment.  Now here is my suggestion. Add about 8 to 10 stitches on width if you are going to felt them. This is a woman’s medium.

The reason I would add stitches for width is because the seams on the toe show slightly . If I felted more on this one, they would have been for a child. It only took about 4 minutes to felt these.

In the picture the inside of heel may look funny but it is just the indentation of my shoe stretcher that I put in for drying to my size.

In a week I will try to post how you knit the sew as you go part. I know there is a lot of confusion on it from people that have tried. I also understand that the video has been removed on how to do it. It is simple but when you are told what to do you think huh? that makes no sense. Well worth trying it though.

Felted Clog Slippers with a Sunflower


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I am trying to fill my Etsy store for the Holidays so I made a pair of the felted slippers again. I needle felted the sunflower on the left foot and then I was just going to put a leaf on the other foot and it looked funny. So I just made another smaller one to distinguish the left foot from the right one. I needle felted this design a long time ago on a purse. I paid for the design from Dreamstime web site.

Felted Ball Ornament with Needle Felted Santa


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I made this ornament last year but did not finish it. It looked funny with a bow at the top. I tried felted yarn and it did not look good. So this morning I decided to try to get the look of the metal caps that are on ball ornaments. You can see it better in the second picture.

Felted Santa Ornament

Felted Mini Stocking Ornament


Mini Felted Stocking Christmas Ornament

I tried another ornament from Kay Furfaros’s book. I followed her pattern but just put my tension up at 8.. and it came out a decent size. It is 5 inches long and about 3 inches at the widest part. I then needle felted some holly and berries on it. THe stocking opens up to put things in like money but not wide enough for a gift card. This did not take long to do so I don’t have to charge 50 dollars for it in my Etsy store!

Felted Christmas Bells


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I found a pattern for a bell in Kay Furfaro’s book called Knittin’ Misc. August of 1985 first printing. I knitted it in worsted weight (Bulky Machine) and then decided to knit it in wool and felt it. I took the same stitches and everything else and just put the tension at tension 8 so the bell would come out bigger for felting. The pattern starts with a quick weaving cast on with 33 stitches.  Knit 6 rows, do picots, knit 7 rows and hang a hem. Knit 20 rows , transfer every other stitch and put those empty needles out of work and knit two rows and take off on yarn end.  My idea is to do some felting designs and a bow at the top. When I finished sewing the bell up from the bottom up, I tied the sewing yarn to the yarn that gathers the top stitches. I then crocheted two strands together for 11 stitches for the hanger. I then brought the longer piece to the inside and crocheted until the strand ran out. that is for the little ball . I am going to roll up the ends and stitch to form the ball. Of course, some have to be cut shorter first. I used my table tob felter to do these. It is a beautiful sunny day and I hung them out to dry.

I’m Back!!!!… with a Turtleneck Cardigan


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I have been doing yard work and enjoying the summer and that is why I have been gone from my blog so long.
I made some baby stroller blankets and while winding yarn I saw this free pattern on a stack of books and I thought I would try it. It was a free hand knitted pattern by Moda Dea that I think I picked up at the Joann fabric store. It must have been awhile ago because the yarn it is made out of is discontinued. It was called Gleam. I did a tension swatch and tried to get close to the pattern gauge. This was so fast to knit the fronts, back and the sleeves. I decided to finish around the front and bottom edges the way the pattern said before I went any further. I used wool and sometimes it curls on the edges. Not so with this. I loved how it was done. You pick up stitches along the front, bottom and other front on a size 10 circular 29 inch needle( that I did have! Yay) You knit one row of K1P1. Then you bind it off. Then you take a size J crochet hook (that I did have! Yay) and crochet around the whole edge and then tie off. After I steamed the edges, they lay completely flat and don’t turn. Nice tip for my future sweaters. Now don’t laugh. It took me longer to pick up the stitches and do this edging than it did to knit the fronts and back on the machine!
I did re do the sleeve pattern part because it was a little too wide at the underarm. Ordinarily I would use 18 inches at my widest point(for a 9.5 inch opening) before decreasing for the sleeve cap. I reworked it to 17 inches and it came out perfect for me. I don’t know that I like the feel of the wool around my neck but will definitely wear a turtleneck under this. Hope I am not too hot. I may try another one in acrylic yarn. If anyone wants the free pattern from Mod Dea just email me.
By the way, the reason I used wool was because I had it in stock (It took 15.6 ounces) and I was afraid I would lose my followers if I did not knit something!!! No washing of the tension swatch. Oh lazy me. 🙂

The Vest That Took Me Forever


DSCF2815 copyDSCF2812a copyI started this vest over a month ago. I saw this sweater on my neighbor and told her I thought it was so cute. She gave it to me and I took pictures up close and the measurements of it once I tried it on. The shoulders were too wide so I had to do a set in armhole. I finished the fronts and  back. I thought the armholes looked too large for a crocheted edge so  I put a ribbed band on . Then I let it sit and when I went to do the other arm band, I had not written tension and stitches. Had to do an armband two times. Then, because I sewed the side seam up I had to attach the second band in two sections.

I did not like the way the front edges were curling and hanging so I did a 2 by 1 rib and took it off. Then I did my favorite button band and it looked too formal.  I decided to try a single crochet and then a backward single crochet (crab stitch) that I have never done in all of the years I have crocheted.  I like it and it did pull the edges up so they were not longer than the rest of the sweater. So, now I try it on and I don’t like the armbands with the rib. They felt too tight and they were off the edge of my shoulder so….. I took off the arm bands and did the single crochet and the crab stitch and I like the outcome. On my neighbors sweater there are two buttons at the bottom and the button holes are done on a machine. I may do that since the buttonholes were in between the ribs. Then again, I might not do any.  I also made a button called the Star Knot, sort of like the monkey fist button but easier. I used cotton braiding cord.  That is in the last picture. If I use buttons, these are what I will use.

The second picture shows the vest with the arm bands. The third picture is my neighbor’s sweater with the front edges  straight up because I was measuring. I figured my stitch and row gauge and then went to DAK and printed out the picture so I could follow it at the machine.

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Knitted Leaf Trim


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For years I have looked at this trim for a collar and always wanted to try it. The design first appeared in the Nihon Vogue Spring/Summer 1990 hand knitting issue. Lynn Wohlsen converted to row by row directions to knit this on the machine. The directions are in a magazine called Design Studio by White Spring and Summer 1993. In the magazine the trim is done in cotton and you can see great detail. I knitted this in wool and the first try of the three leaves is incorrect. The single leaf  is the pattern I did correctly. You start on waste yarn and ravel on 6 stitches which is the base of the leaf on the right in the top picture. Then it is a series of increases and reformed stitches.. One leaf is 18 rows. On the last row there is a decrease on the edge of the leaf and then you bind off 5 stitches and end up with the original six you started with.  I am going to try felting the 3 leaf sample but I think the detail will be lost. The mistake I made in the group of three is because I did not follow the directions! It says to transfer a stitch to the next one and there is an empty needle. Then you reform the stitches to the left which means they are now knitted stitches. It says to do full fashion increase from the reformed knitted stitch and put on empty needle. Well, since it is a knit stitch there is no loop to pick up so I used the purl stitch to the right to fill in the empty needle. Duh! I knitted it over and found the bar on the knit stitch and that is how you do it. You actually want it to pull in tight so that you see the detail on the edge of the leaf that is not bound off. Look closely and you can see the difference.

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Felted Purse with Heart Braid


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The first thing I thought of when I made the sample of the heart braid by Pat Wetzel was that it would make a strong strap on a purse. Here is what I came up with. Let me tell you that I should sell this as a bowling bag because this strap will never break! My husband said that the bag looked like a duffel bag from WWII before it was felted. 😦

I made the braid handle on 11 stitches and the braid around the flap on 5 stitches. I attached the handles to the bag before felting and I sewed the bottoms(where they attach to the purse) together so the strap would stay in the right direction. I attached the braid around the flap before felting also.  The colors are heather brown and oatmeal. I don’t know that I will add any needle felting since it may be too much design. And….now the trim does not look like a heart! The bottom picture is before the felting.

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