Jinjifore's Knitting Gallery--Page 3

Boo, the Early Years (Projects from 2003-2005)

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Serpentine Scarf and Mittens
Serpentine Scarf and Mittens

Pattern: Based on the "Wide Serpentine Braid." Elsebeth Lavold. Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2000. 55.
Yarn: 4 (100g) skeins Brown Sheep Nature Spun (100% wool) in Royal Purple, 3 skeins for the scarf, 1 for the mittens.
Needles: 3.75mm (US 5)
Gauge: 5 sts = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 months for the scarf, 2 days for the mittens. Both were completed in 02/01
Notes: Wow, something I actually made for myself! I love cable designs, and I'm especially fond of the knotwork patterns that have come from Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting and Elsebeth Lavold's Viking Patterns for Knitting. The idea for the border came from Aran Knitting, and the central knotwork is the Wide Serpentine Braid from Viking Patterns for Knitting. The mittens were actually created on a skiing holiday, when I discovered that I had left my own mittens at home.

Green Brigid Hat
Green "Brigid" Hat

Pattern:Based on "Brigid." Alice Starmore. Aran Knitting. Loveland, CO: Interweave Press, 1997. 144-49. Also based on ideas from "Harald." Elsebeth Lavold. Viking Patterns for Knitting: Inspiration and Projects for Today's Knitter. North Pomfret, VT: Trafalgar Square Publishing, 2000. 74-77.
Yarn: 2 (50g) skeins Dale of Norway Baby Ull (100% wool) in #8523 (Spring Green)
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge: 7 sts x 9 rows = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 days, completed winter 03/04
Notes: I wanted my baby girl to have a nice winter hat, so once again I turned to knotwork patterns. This is from the Brigid pattern from Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting. The trickiest part of the design was working the increases and decreases after the ribbing rounds so that certain ribs ran on up and became part of the design (a notion I adopted from Elsebeth Lavold's Harald Cap in Viking Patterns for Knitting). I used Dale of Norway's Baby Ull, one of my favorite wool yarns. It's beautifully soft and knits up very nicely.

Berry Brioche Cloche
Berry Brioche Cloche

Pattern: "Berry Berry Brioche Cloche." Merike Saarniit. Knitter's Magazine. Issue 71 (Summer 2003): 78-80.
Yarn: 1 (4oz/190yd) skein Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Worsted (85% wool/15% mohair) in Amethyst; 100 yds Bucilla Tapestry Wool (100% wool) in #2019 (Sage) and 100 yds Plymouth Galway (100% wool) in [Mauve] stranded together; 4 (40g/87yd) skeins Lion Brand Chenille Sensations (100% acrylic) in Purple, worked with 2 strands held together.
Needles: 6.0mm (US 10)
Gauge:
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 3 days, completed 09/04
Notes: To take a break from fish, I decided to try out this pattern and see what happened. I didn't want to invest in new yarn just for an experiment, so I used two different colored strands of worsted weight wool for the brioche stitches instead of the varigated yarn suggested. The effect was less than I'd hoped, but I was thrilled with the look of the purple chenille I used for the bobbled berries, even if they caused much swearing in the making ("Oh my God, there are six thousand bobbles on the cast-off row!" which caused those in my gaming group to point out that, even though I seemed to be speaking English, they hadn't understood a word I'd just said. :)) The bobbles turned out to be a great hand-hold for Boo to get the hat on by herself, which was another plus.

Boo's Butterfly Counterpane
Boo's Butterfly Counterpane

Pattern: "Butterfly Counterpane." Paula Levy. Knitter's Magazine. Issue 59 (Summer 2000): 38-41.
Yarn: 2 (8oz) cones Brown Sheep Cotton Fine (75% cotton/25% wool) in Tea Rose
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge: 8 sts = 1" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 2 months, completed 10/04
Notes: Here it is, Butterfly Counterpane #3. After taking ages to complete the first two, I whizzed through this one in a few short weeks and had it ready for Boo's second birthday. She's used it for nearly two years now, and I'm pleased to say that the Cotton Fine has stood up well to multiple washings. I'm now working on a fourth in worsted weight acrylic on larger needles as a semi-permanent repetitive stress relief project.

Double Rose Leaf Pillowcase Edgings
Double Rose Leaf Pillowcase Edgings

Pattern: Based on the "Lacy Kerchief Scarf." Lisa Daehlin. Interweave Knits. Summer 2005: 53-54.
Yarn: 2 (50g/222yd) skeins Brown Sheep Cotton Fine (75% cotton/25% wool) in Antique
Needles: 2.5mm (US 1)
Gauge:
Knitting Time and Date Completed: 1 week, completed 05/04
Notes: I'd wanted to try out some pillowcase edgings for a while, and my cousin's wedding gave me an excuse. I searched all over for a pattern and found several that I liked, but I finally settled on this version of the Double Rose Leaf lace that was used as the base of the "Lacy Kerchief Scarf" in the Summer 2005 issue of Interweave Knits. It made a beautiful edging, and I actually knitted up two sets: One set in Cotton Fine's Antique (pictured), and another in Coats and Clark Crochet Cotton in white. I wasn't sure which color would coordinate better with the pillowcases (which I hadn't seen), and the timing was such that it was, in fact, more time-effective to knit up the two sets.

Blocking Edgings
Blocking Edgings

I decided early on in the knitting of the edgings that I would give the non-wedding-present set to my sister, and I wanted her to see some of the creative process. I thought she would be interested to see the blocking and the hundreds of pins it took to stretch out each little point.

Teddies for Tragedies
Teddies for Tragedies

Pattern:My Teddies for Tragedies Bear Pattern, based on the patterns available at the Teddies for Tragedies Website.
Yarn: Worsted weight acrylic in small amounts for bears, 1 (4oz) skein for a bag.
Needles: 4.5mm (US 7) for bears, 5.0mm (US 8) for bags
Gauge: Bears--9 sts x 12 rows = 2" over st st. Bags--8 sts = 2" over st st
Knitting Time and Date Completed: Bears, 1 day. Bags, 2-3 days. Completed 05/05
Notes: Our household tends to be cash-poor, so I'm always on the lookout for charity donations that involve expenditures of time rather than money. I found out about Teddies for Tragedies through the Knitting Pattern a Day calendar. They were a perfect project, especially since I could use some of my old stash of acrylic to make durable, washable, and non-allergenic toys. The patterns I found were excellent for the purpose, being relatively easy to execute, but I ended up modifying them into an overly complex in-the-round pattern for the sole purpose of avoiding the seam-sewing. It only took me about a day's work to make a bear, but usually two or three days to make the little bags.

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