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Monday, August 31, 2009

Murphy Clan Sweater

Ah ha! A picture.That wasn't so hard.

Strangely the name of this sweater's pattern combination is Murphy which I found out after the fact. What's the odds of that?

Anyway, the central panel is the Honeycomb stitch. One of my favorites. You can just make out the Diamond/Irish Moss sections and the outer side panels are Irish Moss with purling in between all sections. Took me a week to get 'er done but I'd say a person could finish up in half that time. Much as I hate it, knitting must take a back seat at my house. But my grandson begins early headstart tomorrow and life may get a bit on the quiet side. Yes. I promise to do more housework. And knitting! =0D

I'm not sure which old book this pattern was in but I promise to do my research and find it. In case someone would like to give it a try. I used 2 8oz skeins of Lion Brands Fisherman's Wool and size 8 needles. Didn't use all of the second skein. Because the gauge was alittle on the small side I actually needed to increase, um, maybe 4 or 5 sts each side above the ribbing of the front to get the proper measures. Ya can't even tell. I did do a swatch but it lied.

As you 's can see my nephew is handsome. Not married ladies. Actually he's not even gonna like that I put his pic online but maybe he'll never find out!

Alrighty, gonna call it a day.

Update: For those interested thought I'd get the link to the Clan Aran Sweater's web site.

They actually knit up these beauties for the buyer in the chosen name/s. They cost $230 bucks. Not to bad. I think well worth the price for those who don't knit.

And for those of us who do knit the only Clan name pattern I know of that is in the land of the avalible is Murphy.

Enjoy your day!

Stunt Stitching

And now for a bit of gushing which I'm sorry for but I can't help it can you blame me? I have recently been included as a Stunt Stitcher for the company . My very first project was an awesome cardi shawl which was so amazing the way it comes together. You should go check it out along with the rest of Jennifer Hansen's other designs. But to see the Endless CardiShawl I stitched up for her just click on the red link of same name at the bottom right of the page. Mine was the light brown and Chie's was that rusty colored one. Very Pretty Chie! Her blog? Thanks for lettin' me join the fun, Jennifer!

I wanted to put up a picture of a aran sweater I made for my nephew. But first I gotta figure out how to do that. Ha! I said I was a newbie, didn't I? Oh yeah, well, maybe I didn't say it, but now that it's out there, hell, there it be. I'll post this for now and get back to the never ending blogger help for the above said instructions for pic download. Blogger help, a dreaded task.

Have a good one!

Friday, August 28, 2009

using right or left I knit straight from the hip...

...well, I can't really knit from my left hip and you're probably wondering, what the heck...? Okay, let me explain. For speedy knitting, though I'm not all that fast, I place my knitting needle either in my waist band or just jammed on my hip. It might be the Scottish in me. They had awesome knitting speed back in the day. . The Scottishness would have been my great great grand dad. But I never met the man and don't know why I knit that way. I'm thinking maybe it's the genes.

I will state here and now that I cannot abide knitting only one way. I will, at a moments notice. knit with my left or right hand, throwin' or pickin', working towards the left or right, when the mood suits me. It's the same with crochet. I'm a righty by nature but like to practice with my south paw just for spite. Knitting police beware.

I love technique. A lot. Soon as I hear tell of some new fangled way of doing something I just gotta try it. Only problem with that? I never get a project done. Always dropping the newest love and then moving on. And I'll come clean. I'm not the most creative person you'll ever meet. There are those out there that amaze. Really , the word is shock. Shock and Awe, to coin a phrase. I cannot, for the life of me, believe how these creative types pull if off. I am currently working hard at my creative muse. Not my strong point.

I'd love to hear tell of yall's travels through the knit and crochet world of techiness. Those of you who are fiber artists you's are welcome to drop by and give up some hints on how you do it.

Soon as I figure out the rules and regulations of posting pictures I'll share with y'all.

Have a great day, folks.