Friday, December 14, 2007

Trinity's Pointelle lace headband

Trinity's Pointelle Lace Headband

I made this headband for my daughter, I have seen alot of different patterns for headbands but not really anything that just jumped out and said make me... make me. So, I decided to design my own pattern and I thought what the heck I'll just share the pattern for anyone who would like to make one.

15" long before sewing ends together

Yarn: Fleece artist in pale pink colorway
needles: size 1 addi turbo circulars or you may use double pointed needels or straits if you choose.
Guauge: 9sts= 1" in stockinette stich. although gauge is not crucial to the outcome of the headband going up or down in needle size will result in smaller or larger headband.

CO 10 sts
knit across for 13 rows
next row k1,kfb,k6,kfb,k1
k2, p10,k2
knit across
knit across
knit across

Begin lace pattern and repeat rows 1-6 twenty times

row 1: k5,YO,SKP,K2,P1,K2,K2TOG,YO,K5
row 2: K2,P15,K2
row 3: K6,YO,SKP,K1,P1,K1,K2TOG,YO,K6
row 4: K2,P15,K2
row 5: K7,YO,SKP,P1,K2TOG,YO,K7
row 6: K2,P15,K2

when finished with lace rows continue as follows:
knit across
knit across
knit across
knit across for 13 rows
Bind off and graft ends together.

block lightly to stop the curling of the ends but be careful not to stretch it to much.

The lace pattern was modified from the pointelle lace pattern in Vogue Knitting stitchionary volume one.

Copyright 2007 Pam Kies aka Knitting mom of a SID child. So.... Please, please, please do not copy or reproduce this pattern in any manor other than your own personal use. That means no selling of this pattern or making the headband and selling it for profit. If you have any questions or comments or errata for this pattern please email me at This also included no use of my photo either.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Socks for my niece's birthday

Here are the socks that I made for my niece's birthday. These are her school colors. I hope she likes them. I'll give her them on Thanksgiving. hopefully I'll remember my camera so I can take pictures.

and Kris, Don't you dare show these to her.!!!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Hint 5 of secret of the stole completed

I can't believe it It's Monday and I have hint 5 done. I usually don't even get a chance to work on it until Monday, but a change in my work schedule leaves me home on Friday's now so I can have some time to knit. Take a look

I just did some rough blocking I hope to find some blocking wires. I just haven't had the time. Hopefully before I finish this I will have them. Well I guess I just have to work on my Christmas projects until the next clue comes out on Friday.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

secret of the stole progress and a question

Originally uploaded by inlovewithalpaca
I thought that I would post a picture of what I have done at the moment. I am on row 313 of clue 4 and will finish out the clue and probably add some more because at the moment with so so dry blocking it only measures 36 inches in length. I know that if it was wet blocked I would be able to stretch that a little bit more. I'm only 5'4" and am wondering what length is suggested. This is my first stole so I don't have experience to go by. Any suggestions??????

I think I'll just keep knitting the repeat until the next clue comes out!!!!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Secret of the stole clue 2 completed

Secret of the stole
Originally uploaded by inlovewithalpaca
Wow, I just started to knit this on tuesday evening after the kids went to bed and I can't believe how fast it really went. I worked on it also last night and decided to finish the last 6 rows this morning and what do you know...... I'm done!!!! I love this pattern so far and am exited to see what the next clue with look like.

Well off to work on the Secret of Chrysopolis, I've neglected that one and it sure is beautiful so I better get my but in gear. I'm still on clue one and clue four is going to out tomarrow.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

knitting as fast as I can

I've been knitting as fast as I can because I was a crazy gal and joined two mystery stole KAL's. What the heck was I thinking!!!!!! Oh well. So I thought I would share some pictures of there progress.

The fist picture is of the secret of the stole clue one. I am using Chocolate brown cashmere and the beads are a tortoise color with teal blue centers. I really like the way this one is turning out. And It is knitting up very quickly.

Clue one finished

Close up

Secret of Chrysopolis
Now this poor stole is going to take me an eternity to complete. I call the chart a bleeding eye chart because after you look at it for a while you think your eye's are going to start to bleed. I love the way it is turning out and it will be beautiful when it is finished. It's just going to take me a while to acturally get it done. this picture is of the first 16 rows of clue one and we are into week 2 and will be getting week 3 clue this friday. So I better get my but in gear and knit faster.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

chewy sphagetti holiday sock club 1st shipment

Wow, I love this yarn. Not the colors I would necessarily buy for myself but that is the fun of a holiday sock club. I am trying to figure out what pattern to make with this yarn. I was thinking of Nancy Bush's conwy or my own spooky creation. I promise I will post the finished socks. Ohhh Got to go. the goblins (children) are calling me. :))

Friday, September 28, 2007

Birthday gift

I just got home from work and thought I would post pictures before going to bed. This is the little felted purse that I made for a classmate of my daughters who is turning 8 on Saturday. I added a few special items for her.. lip gloss, nail polish, pen and notebook, and what every gal likes..... chocolate. I think that she will love it; I know my daughter does and is begging me to make here one. Little does she know that she'll be getting one for Christmas.

Monday, September 24, 2007

I finished my first felting project

Wow, I can not believe how fast this bag knit up, I think it took me longer to actually get the darn thing to felt than to knit. I started and finished knitting this bag yesterday and started to felt it last night at 11pm and finally got it felted at 2:30am. I put a box in it and went to bed. I finished it this morning after I took my two oldest to school and took the car to get the oil changed. So here are some pictures of it.

Booga Bag

Closer picture. The colors are brighter in real life.

Trinity modeling it for me

this is a picture amazingly taken by Trinity my 2 year old. I can't believe that she actually did it.

At first this was going to be a pocket but then I decided to make it into a case for my iPod.

Project details
Pattern: Booga bag
Yarn: Noro Kureyon color 156 ( I think that this is discontinued) It took 3 skeins
My thoughts: I love this bag, I will be making more of these. This is the first time that I used this yarn. I have heard alot about it and I have to say that I love the way the colors stripe but I think the next time I use this yarn I would use two strands so that it is thicker.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I finally finished the second chocolate cherry sock

Wow, that really went fast, I started the second sock last night after I finished my Jaywalkers and I just got it done. I have to say that SSS set in with this pair because the first sock (Left) is a little tight but the 2nd sock fits much better, I don't know if I knitted this one a little looser or what, regardless I do like them and will where them alot.
Yarn: Claudia hand painted yarn
colorway: chocolate cherry
needles: crystal palace US size 2 bamboo circulars
finished today. Started in July or August

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jaywalkers done

Originally uploaded by inlovewithalpaca

Pattern: jaywalkers
started: Sept 5
finished: sept 17
yarn: fearless fibers
color: hendrix

I love these sock they are so soft and fit nicely for me.

Now I'm going to start my woolgirl sock club sock. Yeh!!!!!!


I can't believe it!! all the goodies, I am Sooooooo glad that I was fortunate enough to join this sock club and I will be joining again for the spring 2008 club. I just have to get my jaywalkers done and then I'm casting on these. The yarn is so soft that you just want to fondle it forever.

Got to go, I've got knitting to do :))))))

Saturday, September 15, 2007

I'm officially a loopy groupie

OMG, I was waiting for my first shipment of my woolgirl sock club to arrive and well It did not but, I got this instead. WHoooo hooooo. I ordered a skein of yarn nerd in raspberry sherbert and a skein of cider moon in albatross. the other goodies that I got are....... 2 skeins lornas laces in purple club, some soak and some mints. Well and of course the loopy groupie bag. I guess this makes up for my not getting my woolgirls sock club yarn. I guess I will have to wait till Monday.

Knit on

Friday, September 14, 2007

My final bead choice for secret of the stole

Originally uploaded by inlovewithalpaca
Ok, I finally found the perfect bead since there were so many of you that commented that you liked to brown beads but yet likes the blue so I came to find these beads from stone mountain gems and beads and I am just in love with them. the picture really does not do it justice. they are a small amber triangle shaped bead with rounded edges and a teal/bule center. they are just awsome in person. I have not had a chance to swatch per say but I have everything ready to go. I would love to know everyones thoughts on this one.

Knit on

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Secret of the Stole Bead choices. What a decision!!!

Ok, So here are what I have for options and I tell you this is a tough decision. I have them numbered from left to right.

1. ( first one starting on the left side) Honestly I like this bead color probably the best but the only problem is that it is Just to big. So this one is out.


2. is a very clear almost ocean blue like color.very beautiful here's a closer picture

3. is a verigated lot of beads. here is a better picture of them

4, is so close to color #2 that I could actually mix them together and you would never know.

5. is more in the greens, take a closer look

these do have a touch of gold brushed on the outside of the beads. This is actually from a kit and I just dumped everything in so I wouldn't have to take the time to sort them out. I'll do that latter so that's why there is all the other parts.

and last but not least

6. the tortoise beads

So what do you all think. here is another picture of them all.

I would love to hear what you have to say so please leave a comment.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Update on sots yarn choice

First of all I would like to thank everyone for there comments and thoughts about which yarn to do the secret of the stole in. I have decided that I will be knitting the brown cashmere. Although many of you have suggested and wondered what blue beads would look like on the brown. Sooooooo, I have ordered some beads from fire mountain gems and beads and then tomarrow I will be traveling to Cedar Rapids to check out some stores and see if I can find something that may be an option. I'll let you all know with more pictures when I get back tomarrow and after I go to the doctor( I picked up all the crud that has been going around at work this weekend) So, I'll let everyone know and I just may need more help with bead choices :))

knit on.....

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Making choices for Secret of a Stole

Ok, I know, I know. I am a little crazy I have joined two new KAL's and I just am having a hard time deciding on my yarn for the Secret of a Stole KAL. So, I would love your advice on which yarn and bead combination to go with because I am having such a hard time deciding what to go with. I know that the designer said solid colors more earth tones and no primary or really bright colors. so here are my two choices

they both are 100% cashmere from colourmartuk. and I think that I have enough do use either one ( I have to measure it out yet and then wind into balls). The brown one is colorway Mink with size 6/0 transparent silver lined tortoise color seed beads. The blue well I really don't know what the name of that color is but It is like a light cornflower blue just not as gray with transparent silver lined light blue size 6/0 seed beads

So What does everyone think. I would love to hear your advice/opinion.

As for the other KAL it is the chrysopolis ( I hope I spelled that right) a german KAL and that one begins on the 28th of September and I will be using Lisa Souza 100% superfine merino yarn 1750 yards in color Mother of Pearl. I have not done a swatch yet so I may have to change my mind and I'm a little worried that the size 4 needles will not produce a lacy enough effect and will have to go to size 5 and then.................... Will I have enought Yarn???????????? If any of you are in this group also I would love your advice too... Here's a picture of the yarn

All for now ......... Knit on.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

The chocolate cherry and cherry bomb

Not getting much accomplished this week in terms of SOS2007 but I did manage to get my cherry chocolate ribbed sock done and a cherry bomb done for Trinity

I used Claudia's hand painted yarn color chocolate cherry on a US size 2 circular and my own vanilla sock pattern it is a k4p2 rib. For the heel I did row 1 *s1,k1* row 2 s1, purl across. I could have made the heel flap longer but I wasn't paying attention I guess; for the sock is a little tight in the arch but It still works.

For Trinity's sock I just did a 2x2 rib and then stockinette for the rest of the sock and the same heelflap as mine. I just had to have a fun name to go along with mine. I will have to wait till she wakes up from here nap to see if it fits. I still have several yards left of the one skein. Now I just need to cast on the other one of mine and hopefully have a fishished pair by Monday.

this week I have mostly been a yarn stalker and been playing with ravelry. I haven't been doing to much knitting because of all the storms that keep coming through and that makes my hands HURT. My family has a extensive history of arthritis and I'm afraid that I've got it too. BUT, that will not stop me from knitting, I just have to go slow. Sooooooooo I decided to buy more yarn (just what I need) from the Loopy Ewe. That place is awsome and I can't wait to get my order. I just received an email saying that it shipped and that means that I should have it on Saturday. I also managed to get to join wool girls sock club. I can't wait for that to start rolling in. In the meantime I should be getting my sock club yarn from I am in both of there clubs. Yes, I know 3 sock clubs. But I must admit that since June when I first started knitting socks I have become an obsessed sock knitting maniac. Yes, I'm addicted. Ok, I'm more than addicted I'm obsessed, obsessed, crazy and out of control!!!!!:))))))

Monday, August 6, 2007

Flame wave socks by Ann Budd

I have a situation that I'm not sure what to think about!!??? I purchased this yarn from Posh Yarn. It is Lucia 4ply sock weight in color way Sizzle specifically to knit this pattern and here is the problem that I am having.

In this picture you don't see any problem other than a beautiful design.

but look farther and please offer advice

These three pictures show how the yarn has faded just by being knitted and the color is ending up on my fingers. I love the yarn and it is making a beautifull sock but has anyone ever had this problem before???? What do you suggest I do to keep it from further fading/bleeding. I don't want to end up with orange feet or shoes??!!!!!

Friday, August 3, 2007

Baby fern footies finished

Here are the pictures of my 9th pair of socks for SOS07 and my August lace pair for Sock knitters anonamous on Ralvery that is haveing a year round sock contest/knit along.

Pattern: More Sensational knitted socks- baby fern
yarn: posh yarn emily in refresh colorway the first picture shows the colors that mose accurate
needles: US size 3 addie turbo using magic loop one at a time
started 8/1/07
finished 8/3/07

I liked this pattern but it is a little more lacy than I would usually do for socks but hey they were fun to knit.

Now I think I'll knit a sock bug pattern!!!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Sock # 8 for SOS completed

Here is pair #8 for Summer of Socks 2007.
Pattern: More Sensational knitted socks cross-stitch block
yarn: socks that rock Foo Foo colorway
needles: two size US2 circulars from crystal palace done one at a time

This is a close up picture of the leg of the sock. I goofed in the beginning of the pattern by sliping the stitches knitwise instead of purlwise for the cross sections the result is a cool twist. I must say that this pair of socks took me longer than usual but that twist in there made it more difficult to handle. Oh well I love the way they look, fit and feel. These socks are for me unless someone in my family decides to claim them for themselves. I'll have to keep an eye on them:))))

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

sos 07 sock progress

Well, I've been a busy knitting gal today and it seems that I have my sock mojo back. check out the socks

The first picture is Baby Fern pattern from More Sensational knitted socks in a footie. Yarn is posh yarn in refresh colorway. I had bought two skeins of this and had to use a little of the second to finish Trinit's socks so I decided just to make another pair for me out of the rest. knit on size 3 addi turbos using magic loop. I started this about 3pm and finished it around 10pm. I did alot of other things inbetween so it actually only took me a total of three hours to do. Now that is a fast sock.

The second picture is of my progress on the Cross stictch block sock. I only have 21 more rounds to go before starting the toe so I will get this done tomarrow and probably the other footie as well.

During one of my I just don't want to knit rages I decided to go to the Loopy Ewe and take a look around there website and after many hours of looking, deciding and trying to figure out what I wanted with out spending my next entire paycheck. I made my first purchase. 6 skeins of sock yarn. These are ones that My oldest daughter picked out and wanted me to knit some knee socks for her. I hope their shipping is not to slow. I also ordered some more sock yarn from Posh yarn 2 weeks ago and I'm hoping that it gets here yet this week.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Crazy days

Well since my last post I probably knit enough to finish 3 pairs of socks but for some reason I have not even finish a pair. I start and then find out that they are either to small or to big. What's a gal to do???? I guess I have sock knitting block or something. but I guess I did fib. I did finish a pair of socks for Trinity, they are the only one's that fit that I started take a look.

the pattern is Crosshatch lace from More Sensational socks. Yarn is my left over posh yarn in refresh colorway, knit on US size 3 addi turbo's using magic loop method which is the first time that I used this method and I have to say that I just love it. Trinity just didn't like the thought of sitting still so I had to hold her feet to get the picture.

I did manage to get my second cross stitch block sock started today. I only have two repeats done of the leg and have 2 more to go before doing the heel flap.

so now that I took a break from knitting I steped outside and saw this

a red moon, The picture isn't the greatest but It will do.

so back to knitting hopefully tomarrow I will have better luck. I'll let you know

P.S. Part of the problem was the three baths that I had to give Trinity because she just can't help herself when she finds mud.... She just has to play and roll in it. UUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

Monday, July 23, 2007

1 sock, a pair of socks, more socks, socks, socks

I've been without internet for most of the day and finally at 8pm I have internet. There was another huge storm with high winds and heavy rain last night. That makes 4 in the last 7 days. Luckily we only had some branches off our two large oak trees in the back yard come down. Nothing of significance. Ok so sock, socks, socks.
I finished the 'Vog on's for my co-worker vicki here's a picture

Yarn 60% superwash merino wool, 30% bamboo, 10% nylon from Peacecat handrafts at
pattern: 'Vog on
needles: done on 2 addie lace circulars US size 2

Then, I decided to do something more foo foo like these.....

Pattern: Cross-Stitch block from More Sensational knitted socks
yarn: socks that rock in color Foo Foo
needles: 2 US size 2 crystal palace bamboo circulars

I ended up making a mistake that in the end I liked. I sliped the stitches as if to knit instead of as to purl. What it did is twist the crossed stitch instead and I really like the way it looks, so on I shall go.

The pictures only shoe two repeats done and I'm starting repeat 4