Posted in Beading, Knitting on December 15, 2008|
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Sometimes I feel like I have a Secret. ( Shhh don’t tell anyone). LOL
The secret is the wonderful feeling that I get from turning a skein of yarn, tube of beads, yard of fabric, a lb of roving(not yet, but someday), etc into something beautiful and useable. I am so thankful that someone took the time to teach and inspire me.
For me, at the moment, the pleasure is taking a skein of yarn and seeing how that skein looks when it is worked up into an item. It still truly amazes me sometimes.
I also love how other people continue to inspire me. A pattern I have seen before that I just looked over and moved on, then when I see what yarns someone else used, I am inspired to try that pattern.
Here are a couple of projects that I have been recently inspired to make. The first is from the book 101 Designer one-skein Wonders, it is called Scallop-Edge Beaded Necklace by Carol Metzger.
I used size 6 seed beads – 1st I used Patons Grace, the 2nd & 3rd I used Aunt Lydia’s Fashion Crochet Thread Size 3 and the 4th I used Patons Brilliant. These necklaces are such a quick knit!
The next pattern I used is called Ballet Slippers by Kathy North, I made a pair of these in an evening while watching T.V.
I used size 9 needles and one strand of Bernat Softee Chunky. The first pair uses the color True Taupe and the second pair uses True Taupe for the sole and Nature’s Way for the main part of the slipper. I still have quite a bit of yarn left over from just one skein of each!
This pattern adjusts very easily for different foot sizes, by adjusting the length of the sole. My foot measures 8-1/2 from tip of big toe to back of heel. I knit 21 garter ridges which measures, for me, about 7″(unstretched). I read that garter stitch really stretches, so I wanted to give room for that stretch. I really like the way they fit. The next pair I make I will use one size smaller needle for the ribbing, just to tighten it up a little. I also slipped the 1st stitch pearlwise on every row of the sole – this made (for me) picking up the side stitches of the sole much easier.
I hope in some small way that I, in turn, am able to inspire someone else and that you have the wonderful experience of creating whatever makes you happy!
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