Sunday, August 9, 2015

Purple Pagosa Springs Scarf

Good morning friends

I actually finished my second Pagosa Springs scarf (a Dayna Scoles pattern from Etsy) awhile ago - but getting the pictures onto my computer and water marked proves to take longer than the actual loom knitting. Sheesh.

I blocked the scarf using an ironing board with a damp towel and an iron and the lacework really opened up and made the scarf large enough for an adult! I initially thought it might be for our Granddaughter, since she 'loves pink and purple' but now I'm going to give it to our eldest daughter for her birthday next month.

The yarn was really fine and I love that you can get such a lacy look with a simple ring of plastic. Thank you Dayna Scoles for such a nice pattern!

After I took the photos, I decided I didn't like the white tee shirt in them so took a few more pics with a black tee.

 I still found the decrease end was going to be shorter than the front end though. This is not an error in the pattern by any means, I think it's just the way the stitches fall. At least the way I loom knit! I added an extra row - maybe a total of 4 throughout the decreases - where I didn't decrease at all and that helped keep the two sides the same length.

Will I make this pattern again? You BET! I already have my yarn and as soon as I am finished the Grandkids new winter hats, I'll be starting another one.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Smaller Pagosa Springs Scarf - WIP

Good morning friends

I thought I'd share a picture of my latest Work in Progress (WIP).  I am making a second Pagosa Springs Scarf, which is a Dayna Scoles pattern I purchased off Etsy.  The last scarf turned out so good I wanted to try another one. Because I wasn't sure I'd have enough yarn to complete the scarf using the large yellow Knifty Knitter loom which the pattern required. I decided to make it with the smaller green one.

I have finished all the increases and have started on the decreases. It's working out really well!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Finished Pagosa Springs Scarf

I finished my scarf and I'm so happy with how it turned out I wanted to share today instead of waiting for Finished Friday. I purchased the pattern from Dayna Scoles on Etsy, and I love her stitch "Rivulet". The yarn I chose to use has a bit of shimmer to it and a nice drape - this is a lovely lightweight piece that I know I'll get a lot of wear out of.

Below is how I will probably wear the scarf most often.  One side is longer than the other, but I'm thinking it's probably something I've done incorrectly instead of a pattern mistake. Originally this was going to be a birthday gift for our eldest daughter, since purple is the colour of our Granddaughter's disease Pulmonary Hypertension. But with this obvious error in the length of the one side I am keeping it for myself.

It's large enough to wear as a shawl, which was a happy surprise - and when it's knotted the sides are the same length.

I have already started on a second one, and will soon post pictures of it.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

My Pagosa Springs Scarf Progress

Thought I'd share how well my newest Loom Knitting project is coming along ...

I had a bit of a hiccup, when I was about 1/4 done and found the first loop had jumped off it's peg several rows previous. I tried frogging the project back to where I thought the loop should go but I wasn't positive and didn't want to mess up the pretty pattern with an obvious row error. So I frogged the whole thing and started again.

It was worth it though, as the pattern rows clicked in my brain and it made the project go faster the second time around.

You add a stitch every other row in the pattern, so you can see I only have 3 more pegs left (6 rows) before I am half way finished and can start the decrease. I'm loving this Dayna Scoles pattern and already planning which yarn I will use to make it again. I'm thinking it will also make a lovely Christmas gift for a friend!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A New Looming Project!

Ok - don't fall over. I'm finally able to start looming again and I'm back with a new project. My Rheumatoid Arthritis is under control with diet and wicked medication and I have more mobility with a lot less pain. We have our new house mostly organized, and now that I can occasionally do stairs we are trying to get the basement sorted and organized. I had my looms and bins of yarns stored out at our cabin, but we are slowly bringing them back home and I've decided that if they fill up the guest closet - ahhh well. We don't have that many overnight guests that require a closet, and if the occasion arises - I'll deal with it then. :-)  The fun of downsizing!

I'm a huge fan of fellow loomer Dayna Scoles and since I have no idea yet which box my loom knitting books are in, I went to her Etsy site to see what I might like to start with. It was so hard to decide on a pattern - she has quite a few beautiful looming patterns!

I had just bought a few skeins of a pale periwinkle yarn from a crafting friend so I decided on Dayna's Pagosa Springs Scarf and started it last night.

This is made with Dayna's own Rivulet Stitch, and I love the open lacy pattern. I admit to finding it a little confusing reading the instructions but Dayna provided lots of photographs with the pattern  and it turned out not to be difficult at all. Plus, with it being so lacy, it's working up quickly.

I did NOT need to be buying any more yarn, but Periwinkle is the colour for Pulmonary Hypertension, a rare progressive disease that our young Granddaughter was diagnosed with in September. Wearing something with this colour is like sending her - and all those affected - a big hug.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Matching Hat is finished!

Since I've been down with the flu for over a week, I haven't had hardly any playtime this holiday. Usually I get to sit and knit and make cards and just play. However, last night hubby was at a hockey game so I pulled out my loom knitting and finished the hat I started a few weeks ago.

I had a lot of yarn leftover from my Lacy Cowl (CLICK HERE to see that) so wanted to make a hat to match. It turned out really good - I'm so happy with it! And it's super comfortable ... not necessarily that warm because the yarn is so thin, but perfect for cool days.

I do not use a pattern as I tend to just wing it when I make hats. I did a couple of rows of single crochet around the brim as I like the way it looks.

I used the CinDWood 59 peg hat loom, and Bernat Mosiac in the colour Medusa for the hat (and lacy cowl).

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Finished Lacy Cowl

Today for Finished Friday, I have my Lacy Cowl to share! I finished it a few minutes ago and took pictures with my phone so I could get them uploaded right away.

I love how it turned out. It was the perfect project to get me back looming again! It looks really nice with my new coat too ... I may have to make a matching hat next as I have lots of yarn leftover.

I used Theresa Higby's Rainfall Stitch (which you can find by clicking HERE for her YouTube video) and the All In One Loom.  I used every peg, but did not knit in the round. It is a flat panel and I stitched the ends together to form a loop.  My only regret is that I didn't do a mobius twist before I stitched them together as it would hang so much nicer.

Theresa's description of the stitch pattern is that it is an "E-wrap and Purl Drop Stitch".  The pattern is made up of 4 rows, so for this cowl I loom knit 6 full repeats then two rows into the next repeat. Then I did a row of e-wrap 1, purl 1 then cast off.  The ends were seamed together then I did a single crochet border along both edges.  This colour (Medusa) is so cheerful and bright - and I like it much better in a finished project even than in the skein.

Don't look too closely - there are a few mistakes. But they don't show up with the lacy stitch and it's all part of become reacquainted with my looms.

Onto the next project ... my son and girlfriend visited Scotland last fall and brought me home a skein of hand spun merino. I thought there might be enough for a hat, but now that I'm rolling it into a ball I think there is going to be enough for an Infinity Scarf!

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