Archive for September, 2006

little knitted teddy bear

I finished this last night. It’s about 8" tall when he’s standing up, and has thread jointed limbs, so he can be posed. This is the way they made teddy bears back in the old days. I always wondered how they made the bears with moving arms and legs so very long ago, so it was cool to be able to learn. I still need to knit his sweater. I’ll post a picture of him wearing it when I’m done.
 
I used this pattern book to make him. " The Knitted Teddy Bear ". I only recommend this book if you enjoy hand sewing, because there was a LOT of sewing required. Some times I’m in the mood to do hand sewing, so it didn’t bother me at all. Other than that warning to you, I think it’s a great book.
 
 
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I just added a picture of him in his sweater.
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Short Row Heel

I’ve spent the last two days trying to learn how to do short rows, short row heels inperticular. I simply couldn’t find directions that were clear enough. The knitting help website had video instructions on how to do short rows, but not short row heals. It showed you how to add a few short rows into a knitted garment, but that was it. I knew from doing short row heels on my sock loom that that I needed to gradually decrease then increase, but when I did that I kept getting holes, even when I did the "wrap" she showed. I’m not sure if I did it correctly or not, but I finally got something I’m happy with that doesnt have the holes. It looks very solid. What I did is I not only did the "wrap" during the decrease, but I also did it during the increase.  Now to try it out on a pare of socks.

Tube socks for hubby

I finally made a pare of socks for my husband. Up until now I’ve only been making socks on my sock looms, but I don’t have the size I need for my husband. Sooooo I bravely attempted to make him a pare on knitting needles. To make his socks I used the magic loop technique. I thought I would take it one step at a time, so his first pare are tube socks. The next pare, I’ll tackle learning to make a heal. I want to learn the short row heal, because that’s what I do on my sock looms and I really like the looks of it.

Toe up sock

I joined a yahoo loom knitted sock group, and a lady there makes toe up socks on her loom. I didn’t even know you could make toe up socks on a loom, but once I started thinking about it, I could see how it could be done. So I decided to give it a try. I went ahead and froged the sock I was working on before. I had messed up on the heel because of being distracted by the phone, so I was going to have to frog that part anyway.
 
I’ve finished the toe part and have moved on to the foot. I think I like doing socks this way, because I wont have to do any sewing on them. When I make cuff down socks, I always have to sew the toe closed.
 
Here’s some pictures of what I have done so far.

I knitted a sweater!

I finished my son’s sweater, and it’s actually wearable! I made it on my knitting needles. Here’s the pattern I used. I was afraid it was going to turn out to be something I was going to have to hide in the back of his closet. LOL! But it actually looks cute on him, and he is so happy I made something for him. He told me "Me like my blue sweater mommy!"

What I’ve been doing

Ok, so far, I’ve finished knitting the back and most of the front of my son’s sweater. I’ve gotten just a little bit done on the striped socks I’m working on. I have my dad’s brocade dishcloth about half done, three baby onesies finished for the charity Newborns in need (I still need to sew on the buttons though) ,and I’ve finished the Bunny buddy that I’m giving as gifts.
 
Now I’m off to do some more crafty stuff. LOL!
Have a great day everyone!
 
Here’s some pictures so you can see what it all looks like.