I stumbled on this knitted cat shawl this morning & I know how much everyone loves cats & since, I love it, I had a feeling you might too! Beyond adorable this shawl pattern is FREE!!!! Yes, free & here is the link: Cat Shawl
You are going to need to scroll to the bottom for directions in English.
Happy Knitting my Fiber Friends,
I'm sure we all to do our best to reduce, reuse and recycle in our everyday lives and for me, I carry this into my knitting as well!
This wrap has been made with 100% recycled cashmere/merino yarn. I do love to knit with recycled yarn but cashmere is such a treat!
It's a lightweight wrap perfect for cooler Spring & Summer nights.
I love the simple & elegant design of this stitch. It reminds me of a bee hive hence the Honeycomb name. It can be dressed it up or down use it as a wrap or a scarf. Very versatile piece to add to you wardrobe!
The wrap looks more daunting than it is to knit. If you are comfortable with Kf&b of the same stitch and basic increases and decreases you are good to go! I'll be putting this pattern up for testing soon. So, if you think you would like to test it let me know. No previous testing experience required.
What have you made with recycled yarn? I'd love to see them.
You can do this! Happy knitting my fiber friends!
I taught myself how to knit fair isle some time ago. I picked a very easy project - a cowl. I am totally addicted. I have been knitting past 12am for the last few days. I just don't want to put my needles down which is a sure sign of addiction.
It's true, it's not as hard as it looks. Albeit, very slow going with this pattern of K2, P2. I am dropping each color and then picking it up as needed. I do want to learn how to knit with yarn in both hands but the purl sts kind of held me back on this technique. I just wish that I gave this ago earlier. It has opened up a whole new world of knitting possibilities. I had to drag myself off of Ravlery again this morning. Trolling the pattern library for over an hour.
So many pattern and so little time. I need another set of hands to get through my project wish list.
What do you think??
I have knit many many items over the years but surprisingly the one object that I have knit the least is the sweater. This elusive sweater has stumped me again and again. Don't get me wrong I have knit a few but none that fit the way that I wanted them to. Usually they turn out HUGE. Why? I am beginning to figure out the why. I read a great a couple of great articles on the subject of ease and measurements.
First let's tackle this ease business.
This morning I was on Ravelry AGAIN! Looking at all the great things to knit I came across this adorable sweater, I clicked and read the profile. I see in bold and caps 4" of positive ease. Hmmm. I google this ease stuff for further explanation. I mean I've seen it, glanced over it quickly but never studied it.
Here is the article written by TECHknitting - Negative ease and positive ease
Great article right?
Here's the cliff's notes version I found on Knitting Daily:
Ease: Positive versus NegativeWhat is ease? Simply put: Ease is the extra fabric that allows space between you and your garments--space for things like moving, breathing, comfort, and extra layers of other clothing. The greater the ease in a pattern, the more fabric there is, and thus the more roomy space there is between you and your sweater. That's positive ease! Negative ease means that there isn't any fabric to spare, that the fabric actually must stretch to cover your body. The more negative ease in a pattern, the more the fabric must stretch over a given curve.
In other words: Positive ease: loose-fitting. Negative ease: curve-hugging and clingy.
Okay now that I have a minimum understanding of ease, let's move on to measurements and fit.
I must have measured myself 50 times. I write all the numbers down and compare them to the patterns looking for the correct size to knit. Great size chosen. Then I swatch, like all good knitter's do when they knit garments. Great gauge is perfect and size is perfect (so I think). I begin to knit the sweater and it always look beautiful. After weeks of work it's time for the grand finale! Sew in all the parts, seam, block, and now for the reveal. I try it on. (This is where I want to scream AHHHHHHHHHHH) It's way way to big. Sob~sob~sob.
So, after I take a few minutes to compose myself. I look at all the hard work down the drain not to mention the cost of the yarn. I am too disheartened to figure out why and where I went wrong and I fold it up and place it in the pile of disasters to one day be studied and reknit to the correct size. (every knitter has a pile somewhere!!!)
I am really getting tired of these sweater mishaps and I am determined to, one day, get this right. I just had another mishap a few weeks back. However, this time I was knitting a raglan sweater and I was trying it on as I go. As I was nearing the bottom I decided to skip ahead and finish the sleeves. So I did. Then I said," I am going to try this on before I bind off." It's HUGE yet again. Length is great, arms and width around not so much. Both are way too roomy. I am so frustrated I through it in the pile and there it is sitting. So, there stupid sweater...
Then this morning, once again, I was reading about how to take your measurements for the 51st time (Link to article here) and the lightbulb went on. Duh! Why didn't I think of this??? Smacking self on the back of the head. Yes, this makes perfect sense. Why not take the measurements of my favorite sweater?? I already know that fits and looks fabulous. I can not believe I haven't found or seen this idea somewhere before.
Phew, I am not totally insane what a relief. Okay maybe a little when it comes to knitting. It made perfect sense to measure the thing in which the garment will hang upon - ME. After all, I am planning on wearing this work of art. Right??
According to her article I could not be more WRONG!!!! Three cheers for the TECHknitter. Seriously, it's a great blog. TECHknitting.blogspot.com
Now, I understand that this is just the beginning. I am learning that there is a great deal more than just being able to follow a pattern to knit a sweater. There are so many "tools" in a knitters toolbox of knowledge and I am learning a bit more everyday. However, these two little articles were a big
AH - HA moment for me. (Thank you Oprah!) So, on I knit into the future with a bit more knowledge under my belt. I just have to muster up some excitement to frog back that damn sweater to the arms and start all over again. Sigh.
During my many hours knitting I needed something to break up the steady pace. I decided to look at Jimmy Beans Wool Watching on my iPad while knitting my orders- big mistake.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Jimmy's Wool Watcher, it's like winning some coveted item on ebay. You wait, you watch and then you pounce as quickly as you can hit "add to cart" button. You can be sniped which adds to the thrill of the hunt. The discount varies from 30% to as much as 75%.
Let's just say that upon my last delivery from Jimmy Beans there was a personal note with my order thanking me for my umm. uh.. many purchases. It seems that I have had a package or two delivered from them every week for the last month. I had no time to look at the yarn or to see how much I had ordered. I mean 30% of Madelintosh who can resist that really???
Now that all of my orders have been knit I had the time to look at all the yarn I had ordered. Let's just say I am going on a yarn diet. lol. In my defense, I did order each skein with a particular project in mind which is a good thing right?
Jimmy I am sorry but I am going to have to break up with you for a while. It's been great but now it's time to move onto some of those projects I planned to knit.. No worries I am sure I'll be back but not any time soon..
I thought I'd share the newest color for my Aspen Scarf. I LOVE this color. It's raspberry - so cheery. Just beautiful! Scarf measure 80" long.
I don't know about you but my craft room is always in some sort of disarray. I try to keep it neat and tidy but that lasts for like 3 days. I'm always in and out quickly throughout the day picking up yarn, needles, or packaging my items for shipping. It's too easy to just toss the left over yarn on my table to deal with at a later time (which doesn't happen for a while).
I was searching for some creative ideas for craft room organization on Pinterest and found a many great ideas. Here are some of my favorite:
Beautiful creative way to organize your embroidery floss
I'm a HUGE fan of these old vintage spools. However, they are getting hard to find and the prices are always on the rise. This is a great tutorial how to make your own. Brilliant!
Chic Cheap Home Tutorial
If you have a handy hubby these are fabulous for yarn storage. I'd paint mine white.
Lost Button Studio
Ribbon Storage. Why didn't I think of this???
Loving the bright colors in the drawers. It's like a hidden surprise of color!
Better Homes & Gardens Craft Room Ideas
DIY Recycling plain glass jars into colorful jars for your odds n' ends!
Tutorial from Kootut Murut
Do you want to see more ideas that I've found? Folling my craft room room idea board on Pinterest here PreciousKnits Craft Room on Pinterst
What are some of your favorite craft room organizational ideas? I'd love to hear them!
Knitting chart translations
Recently, I've been enamored with Russian, Japanese and other international knitting patterns. I LOVE to cable and they offer quite a few beautifully unique designs. The problem is I only speak English & a smattering of French which helps me not.
I have been on the hunt for English translations for knitting charts & the problem is they aren't all in one place. So, I am going to make it easy for us to all and have them here in one place. If you happen upon a translation could you please let me know? I would love to add it to this post as well.
Japanese knitting translations
Estonian / russian
Welcome to my new blog my friends! Here you will find tips, tricks, triumphs & follies of my knitting life. But first, an introduction.
10 Things to Know About Me
1. My name is Lindsey & I am the creative force behind Precious Knits. In my former
life, I worked for a financial news organization but had to "retire" due to
complications from Fibromyalgia. Sigh.
2. I picked up knitting in 2005 & haven't stopped since. I knit just about every day & I
love every second of it.
3. I'm a self taught knitter & crocheter too!
4. I have yet to knit a sweater that I've liked. (I am a "gauge is for wussies" kind of
knitter which does not help)
5. From the looks of my stash, my favorite color to knit with blue.
6. I believe in buying yarn now & figuring out what it should be later. (And I have the
stash to prove it)
7. My favorite things to knit are socks & shawls.
8. I love to collect vintage knitting tools & needles
9. I knit everything on circular needles, I'm a recent convert to magic loop & the "Fish
Lips Kiss Heel
10. At heart, I am a maker. I have this longing inside that can only be fulfilled by
creating something with my own 2 hands. I really can't explain it but it gives me
peace knowing that I made something whether it's bread or socks from scratch.