New craft, Weaving!

Knitting has kind of been put on a side burner for now as I’ve found a new hobby. Weaving! 

I never really thought I’d like weaving when I saw pics and videos before. A few months ago I started looking at woven baby wraps (which are awesome by the way!!) and I got a bit discouraged by the price. I couldn’t really justify spending a whole lot of money on a wrap when I already had a nice carrier and probably won’t have another squish to wrap. I thought to myself ‘I could do that!’ and that nagging idea sprang to life in my head.

At first I was looking at getting a Rigid Heddle loom but after some research thought I’d better look for a full size one right away. I found one locally for more than I planned on paying but all in all I’m glad I started bigger. I got a Kessenich loom. 8 shaft, 10 treadle, 36″ wide. The company was started here in Wisconsin over 50 years ago. According to the lady that I bought it from, the previous owner actually took lessons from Mrs. Kessenich. Cool bit of history.

The loom came with a bunch of old warp on it that I got to practice with. Some cotton from a reclaimed sweater and I got myself some nice tester towels. After that, since my purpose in buying it was for a baby wrap, I used up all my old crochet cotton that was never going to be made into doilies and made myself a nice stripy colorful wrap. It works great for the colorful tester piece that it was.

Next order of business was I placed a yarn order with Webs (yarn.com). After my first real wrap I placed another order and have made a total of 7 wraps. One went to my sister in law, one is being finished for my sister, and one of the 7 was a ring sling piece so much shorter than a full size wrap.

My current piece is for a weaving contest. $10 to join and we have 32 weavers each making a baby wrap. Winner will recieve the pot. Everyone submitted a theme idea and the one that was chosen was The Wizard of OZ. I’m almost 8″ in measuring the warp. My family has a photo session planned in 9 days. I probably won’t be finished but I just might try. Might be fun to have a pro photo to submit.

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Newborn Baby Booties

When I was pregnant with my third son I wanted a pair of booties that would fit him when he was tiny. Seems like all the patterns I’ve found are too big until they’re a couple of months old at least. I guessed on the size by measuring the newborn hospital footprints from my older kids. These fit my baby nicely straight home from the hospital but my neice who is 3 months old still swims in them a bit lol.

Newborn Baby Booties

Materials needed:

Baby yarn- I used Bernat Baby Jacquards in color Blue/Green

Size G hook (Sorry I didn’t measure for gauge.)

2- 1/2 inch buttons

Not exactly sure on the color since I don’t have the label anymore. But the long stripe in the yarn was just right to make one bootie of each color before the next strip came up.

Right Bootie:

Ch 26

Row 1: Sk 1 ch, sc in next 25 ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 24 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 23 sc, sc in ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, ch2, sk next sc, sc in next 21 sc, sc in end ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 5: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 21 sc, sl st in ch 2 sp, sc in last sc, sc in end ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 6: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 24 spaces. (Sc, sl st and end ch.) Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc in every sc, sc in end ch. Cut yarn and pull through loop.

Flip piece so you’re working in foundation chain with button hole on the Right.

Instep:

Row 1: Sk 5 ch, join yarn and sc in next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 3-8: Repeat row 2. Cut yarn and pull through loop.

Next round is the magic joining round.

Hold piece as before with foundation chain and instep up.

Rnd 1: Join yarn in 8th ch after instep. (This st will be at the back heel of the bootie.) Sc in next 6 ch. Now join ankle in ring, sc 4th ch on button side and last ch together. Sc in next ch. Sc in same st as instep, 8 sc on side of instep, 6 sc across top of instep, 8 sc on other side of instep, sc in same ch as instep. Sc in next 7 ch. 39 sts in round. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 2: Sc in every sc around. Sl st in first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnds 3 & 4: Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 5: (Decrease rnd) Sc in next 2 sc, sk 1, sc in next 12 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 4 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 12 sc, sk 1, sc in last sc. (33 st in rnd.) Sl st in first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 6: Rep rnd 2.

Rnd 7: (Decrease rnd) Sc in next 2 sc, sk 1, sc in next 10 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 2 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 10 sc, sk 1, sc in last sc. (27 sts.) Sl st in first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 8: Sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 6 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, dec over next 2 sts (pull up a loop in each of next 2 sts, yo and pull through 3 loops on hook), sk 1, sc in next 7 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk last sc, sl st to first sc. Cut yarn leaving a generous tail and pull through loop.

Left bootie

Ch 26

Row 1: Sk 1 ch, sc in next 25 ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 24 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 3: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 23 sc, sc in ch. Ch 1, turn.

Row 4: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 21 sc, ch 2, sk 1 sc, sc in last sc and in end ch.

Row 5: Sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, sl st in ch 2 sp, sc in next 21 sc, sc in end ch.

Row 6: Sk 1st sc, sc in next 24 spaces. (Sc, sl st and end ch.) Ch 1, turn.

Row 7: Sc in every sc, sc in end ch. Cut yarn and pull through loop.

Flip piece so you’re working in foundation chain with button hole on the Left.

Instep:

Row 1: Sk 14 ch, join yarn and sc in next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Row 2: Sc in next 6 sc. Ch 1, turn.

Rows 3-8: Repeat row 2. Cut yarn and pull through loop.

Now for the magic joining round:

Hold piece as before with foundation chain and instep up.

Rnd 1: Join yarn in 8th ch from right end. (This st will be at the back heel of the bootie.) Sc in same st as instep, 8 sc on side of instep, 6 sc across top of instep, 8 sc on other side of instep, sc in same ch as instep, sc in next ch. Now join ankle in ring. Sc next ch together with end ch of other side, sc in next 6 ch. 39 sts in round. Sl st to first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 2: Sc in every sc around. Sl st in first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnds 3 & 4: Repeat rnd 2.

Rnd 5: (Decrease rnd) Sc in next 2 sc, sk 1, sc in next 12 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 4 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 12 sc, sk 1, sc in last sc. (33 st in rnd.) Sl st in first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 6: Rep rnd 2.

Rnd 7: (Decrease rnd) Sc in next 2 sc, sk 1, sc in next 10 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 2 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 10 sc, sk 1, sc in last sc. (27 sts.) Sl st in first sc, ch 1, turn.

Rnd 8: Sk 1st sc, sc in next sc, sk 1, sc in next 6 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk 1, dec over next 2 sts (pull up a loop in each of next 2 sts, yo and pull through 3 loops on hook), sk 1, sc in next 7 sc, sk 1, sc in next sc, sk last sc, sl st to first sc. Cut yarn leaving a generous tail and pull through loop.

Finishing

Turn booties inside out and use tail to sew up bottoms. Sew ends away. Turn booties back right side out and sew on buttons.

That should be it! If you find mistake let me know.

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Knitpicks

Sharing my wish list. 🙂

http://www.knitpicks.com/cfCart/viewWishlist.cfm?wishlistid=A4C8D14F-A246-BD69-95685B806BD270F3&media=WLBL

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Baby Blanket made with knitting machine, crochet edge

I’m getting around to posting my first pattern! I’ve had this one sitting around for awhile and decided I needed to type it out and share. I haven’t seen many patterns out there for knitting machines.

I have an Ultimate Sweater Machine that I purchased from Joann Fabrics with a 50% off coupon. It works decently and I whipped out 4 or 5 of these blankets in just a few days. I just used up all the yarn that I could from the skeins.

I have a finished blanket that I plan to steam block and then I will add pics. I am slow at that though being busy with 3 kids so it might take awhile. I do have a couple pics on my Rav page.

Before blocking:

I used Bernat Softee Baby yarn.  5 colors-pink, yellow, green, blue, purple, and white for the edging.

Pannel, make one of each color:
Using keyplate #1 do a wrapped cast on of 27 sts. (This is about the same as a sz 6 needle if you want to hand knit.)
Knit 160 rows. (Hand knitting- 160 stockinette, knit one side, purl one side.)
Cast off in your choice. When casting off make sure to miss the first and last stitches so they can run down. (On the outermost pannels cast off normally on the outside st but leave the inside one open to run down.)

To sew pannels together, undo the outermost row on adjacent pannels so you have loops. I find the easiest way to do this is to use a fat darning needle with a heavy contrasting yarn. Thread the yarn into the loops from the outermost row as you let it run down.

Next you will use a crochet hook and hook alternating left and right, 2 loops from each side and crochet up. Secure top loop until edging can tack it well.

Use white for edging. I used a size F hook. Join and sc, ch 3, sc in next space (On top and bottom of blanket place sc every other st. On side of blanket place sc every third row), ch 3, repeat around. Put two sc sets in corners to make it rounded. Across top edge make sure to catch the loops that were crocheted up to join the pannels. Do white edging for a total of 3 rows. I will add a pic of this to make it more clear without making it super wordy.

Sew in ends and steam block for a nice flat finish. The edges want to curl because of the stockinette but steam blocking will give acrylic a perment finish. I find a clothes steamer works the easiest but you can also use a steam iron and hover over the piece. Don’t touch the iron to the fabric though!

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Got a Ball Winder!

My Knitpicks order arrived this morning! Its now 2:00, baby down for his nap, kids have been fed lunch and are allowed to play some video games. I’ve already wound 12 balls! Love making my stash look pretty and easier to handle so quickly and without much effort.

Also got a package of felting needles, a long circ for socks, a hank of Stroll hand painted color- make belive, along with some other odds and ends.

Still working on the stole.

Was looking through the Harry Potter Knitting/Crocheting House Cup group (HPKCHC) and I think I want to plan my projects for next years fair to include in it. Hoping to make a couple of sweaters (probably kid size), an afghan, maybe a baby sweater set. I’m sure I’ll find a class to enter them into in HPKCHC.

Going to work on that stole some more before we leave to get groceries. Planning a get-together-and-eat-ice-cream with some family and friends for tonight. Also Packer game too.

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Another Day

Signed up today to be sorted into my house in the Ravelry Hogworts group. I’ll be first year and I think it’ll be fun. I’ll have to start planning my projects.

Working on my stole: http://berroco.com/181/181_michaela.html I’m doing it with Knitpicks Swish DK in Forest Heather. Can’t wait to take it to the theater since I always get cold there!

I think one of the first patterns I’ll write will be for a felted bag. I want to see how quickly/easily I can whip one out with my knitting machine. I also want to try needle felting some embelishments onto the finished bag.

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Hello world!

Well here’s my first blog. Never done this before and decided it was time. I want a place to keep track of knitting patterns I write so I can share them. Also since being a mom is the biggest part of my life there will no doubt be numerous things about my 3 sons on here. Can’t wait to figure everything out and make my site pretty.

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