Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bubbles With Fins

Alli, of Knitwit's Heaven Fame, added fins to Bubbles. I have given her permission to post the pattern and am also posting it here :)

Bubbles With Fins

Materials:
One ball of cotton or acrylic yarn (variegated or solid)
size (4.5 mm) 7 US needles

Stitches Used:
K = knit
p = purl
yo = yarn over
k2tog = knit 2 together

Cast on 8 stiches
Knit 2 rows.
Bind off 2 stitches, k1, yo, knit to end.
Repeat bind off row once more.
K2, yo, knit to end of row.
Repeat till 40 stitches on the needle.

Next 2 rows: bind off 7 stitches, k1, yo, knit to end.
Knit 2 rows.
Next: k1, k2tog, yo, k2tog, knit to end.

Repeat this row until you have 4 stitches left.
Then k2, yo, k to end each row till there are 14 stitches on needle.
Bind off and weave in ends.

Thank you Alli!!!

Bubbles Goes International! Now in French!

Bubbles, the little fish that is based on the Granmother's Favorite dishcloth, has gone international.
Nathalie has translated the pattern into French and i have given my permission for her to post the pattern in it's entirety on her blog.
You can find the pattern in French here:
http://christhalinette.canalblog.com/archives/2008/04/30/9008559.html
I will repeat the pattern here as well :)

LAVETTE POISSON – BUBBLES

Création de Suzan Mrenna

Copyright © by Susan Mrenna 2008 Knit A Little
www.knitalittlestore.com

Traduit par Christhalinette avec l'aimable autorisation
de Suzan Mrenna pour votre plus grand plaisir.

Bubbles est un petit poisson « multifonction ». Il peut être un gant de toilette pour bébé, une petite « éponge », une lavette, un jouet pour chat etc...

Bubbles peut être tricoté avec n'importe quel fil, en fonction de l'usage qui lui sera attribué. Des fils unis ou bigarrés iront également. Utilisez des restes et il deviendra poisson tropical. Pour une lavette ou une éponge, préférez un coton ou de l'acrylique.

Bubbles s'adapte à toutes les tailles en tricotant plus ou moins de rangs pour le corps. La bouche et la queue sont les mêmes pour toutes les tailles.

Fournitures : 1 pelote de fil de coton ou acrylique, coloris au choix : uni ou bigarré. Aiguilles n° 4,5

Réalisation :
Monter 8 mailles, tricoter 2 rangs endroit.

Au rang suivant, rabattre les 2 premières mailles, 1 m end, 1 jeté, tricoter les mailles restantes à l'endroit

Au rang suivant, rabattre les 2 premières mailles, 1 m end, 1 jeté, tricoter les autres mailles à l'endroit. (on vient de former la bouche)

Au rang suivant : 2 m end, 1 jeté, tricoter à l'endroit les mailles restantes.

Continuer ainsi jusqu'à ce que l'ouvrage mesure 10 cm de longueur, ou la longueur que vous souhaitez (nombre de mailles sur l'aiguille = hauteur du poisson, diagonale du carré).

Au rang suivant : 1 m end, 2 m ens à l'end, 1 jeté, 2 m ens à l'end, tricoter les autres mailles à l'endroit

Répéter ce rang jusqu'à ce qu'il reste 4 mailles sur l'aiguille.

Tricoter ensuite 2 m end, 1 jeté, tricoter les mailles restantes à l'endroit. Répéter ce rang jusqu'à ce qu'il reste 12 mailles. (on a formé la queue).

Rabattre et rentrer les fils.

Bubble, jouet pour chat
Tricoter 2 parties identiques et les assembler. Tricoter un peu plus petit, jusqu'à ce que la diagonale mesure 5 cm au lieu de 10. Mettez de l'herbe à chats dans un vieux collant, nouer et placer à l'intérieur de Bubble, utiliser les jours des jetés pour l'attacher.

Bubble, éponge
Tricoter comme indiqué ci-dessus.
Bubble, gant de toilette pour bébé
Suivre les indications ci-dessus dans votre coton le plus doux.

Bubble, lavette
Suivre les indications ci-dessus jusqu'à ce que vous ayez la taille souhaitée en hauteur. À vous d'ajuster la taille en fonction de la diagonale.

Pour toute question ou commentaire sur les explications, merci de m'adresser un mail à christhalinette@yahoo.fr

Thank you, Nathalie!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Irresistable Gifts to Knit

My book came! I had to order it from the publisher, but it is finally here.
I had heard it was available in Borders and Barnes and Noble but not in my stores. ISBN is 1-858702-70-4 if you want to try.
If you want to get it from the publisher, here is the link. I tinied it as it was way long:
http://preview.tinyurl.com/4wmkx2
I can imagine knitting a LOT of these patterns!
My favorites are the farm, Noah's Ark and the Nativity.
There are 50 patterns in all.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wowio, Free Book Downloads

Wowio is a free book download service.
There are half a dozen knitting books available for free download.
You must register, free, to download.
Wowio is only for those who live in the United States and you must use the email address from your internet providor, not a free address.
You will have to fill out a short questionaire. A lot of the questions do not have required next to them and I did not answer those.
I signed up using my email address. There is a place where it asks for a credit card number. Do not give it to them. It is not needed. Only give the barest amount of information.
You can opt out of getting email ads.
There is an ad included with the book.
The registration confirmation will probably go to your spam box.
I have downloaded my first three books today. With a high speed connection it took less than 5 minutes to get all 3.
I got "It's My Party and I'll Knit If I Want To", "Knits, Knots, Buttons and Bows", and "Knitting Beyond the Basics".
The downloaded books are very readable and clear.
Interested?
http://www.wowio.com/index.asp

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ashley knit my alphabet!

Cool! Ashley knit my alphabet into a blanket for her new niece/nephew!
Check it out at:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/southpawAK/alphabet-baby-blanket
or on Flickr at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24889465@N02/2349623689
She changed it up a bit. I have the pattern written as stockinette letters on a garter background and she switched to garter letters on a stockinette background.
It looks fabulous!
I am rewriting the letter patterns to include a chart and will post here when they are again ready for sale.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Bag Minder


I have added a free pattern for the Bag minder to my store. Find the free pattern here:
http://knitalittlestore.blogspot.com/2008/04/bag-minder.html

The mesh is actually quite a pretty pattern and very easy to do. The pattern requires knitting on either double pointed needles or 2 circulars, size 10 1/2 and uses any worsted weight yarn.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Blue-footed Booby

Hubby has not been well as he is recovering from a knee replacement. He and medications do not get along so he has been fairly miserable.
He has been asking for an item like this for a long time, years in
fact, and I finally relented after a link was posted last week in a group I belong to for
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/merseyside/6338819.stm
Pattern is here, scroll down
http://knittingcrochet.suite101.com/article.cfm/knitted_breasts_to_help_new_mums
The link appears to be having issues so try this

http://www.lcgb.org/knittedbreastpattern.pdf

He asked for them in green as that is the color of the Orion women on Star Trek
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_(Star_Trek)
It was a very short leap of the imagination to add the blue feet as a
tribute to
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-footed_Booby
and calling it his Blue-footed Booby pillow.
The feet are from
http://www.craftown.com/knit/knit44.htm
Starting with a cast on of 24 stitches and binding off when 6 stitches are left.
The Green yarns are Red Heart and the blue is Caron Simply soft. I used size 9 needles throughout the project.
If you do knit the breasts it is easier to sew them to the pillow with the base on the breast instead of trying to sew it on without the base. It is wise to follow the pattern and knit the base, flat, first, before knitting the breast part. Change to knitting in the round when you reach the breast section if you like. You will stuff the breast through the slit along the radius of the base when completed.
The base has a very minor erratta in that you begin with a cast on of 6 stitches, not 5. For the nipples I did an extra decrease round to bring them to 5 stitches and did I-cord for 4 rows. I also stuffed the toe of a panty hose into each breast and put the stuffing in it to lessen the chances of it poking through to the outside.
The pillow is a simple rectangular pillow form purchased at WalMart. I did a swatch to see how many stitches to cast on and started with dark green at the middle back changing to light green for the front and dark green for the other half of the back. The pillow had it's own stuffing and I used fiberfill to fill out the breasts, sewed up the base, placed them on the pillow, safety pinned them in place and stitched them down.
Hubby is very happy with his new pet :)