Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Dog Day on Knit One, Poet Too

Yes we can..., originally uploaded by unertlkm.

This is Dog Day on Knit One, Poet Too...


Photo note:

Yes we can...

Take a nap in our new Obama sweater.

Jelly Bum Dog

Jelly Bum Dog, originally uploaded by jellybum.

Too cute. Get your needles out!

Photographer's note:

A little knitted amigurumi dog.

For more info please have a peek at my blog: 

Knitting Book on knitting with dog hair

Several years ago, I was commissioned to do a hat and mittens as a gift for this woman's husband. They didn't have kids, and their hairy dog was very special to them. Would I please spin and knit the hat and mittens? Sure, I said. And I did.

Here's a book on that subject!

Photographer's note:

Knitting Book on knitting with dog hair

This is a book I randomly found on pictures when I was searching for knitting things on google.
Very interesting, knitting with yarn you make out of dog hair/dog fur.
Is it possible?

dog knit for all size of dogs

Okay, in searching for dog sweaters/knits, I am finding all sorts of good stuff. Here's a magazine, just for dog knits.

Harry's Custom Dog Sweater

Here's another dog sweater-in-progress I just found. I love the colors, being partial to the Autumn tones.


Harry's Custom Dog Sweater

A commissioned dog sweater for a co-worker's very loved dog. She always puts a hunter orange sweater on her dog when outside during hunting season. I was duplicating a sweater knit for her first dog, Howard. I used three orange wools, and a Manos color for the accents. This sweater buttons down the belly, and has a cat button on the center back neck.

Riley in her new sweater

This is just too cute to pass up!!! I've always like eyelash yarns, and this works well. Here are the photo notes:

Riley in her new sweater

A pattern I got out of 'Stylish Knits for Dogs'... Makes a very bulky fabric as you are knitting with 2 strands (2 bulky)... I found that there were many issues with the pattern... so I had to do several tweaks to the sweater, and I'm still not completely happy with it...but I don't feel like taking it apart again ...

Feral Fair Isles Side

Feral Fair Isles Side, originally uploaded by Jenn Walsh.

This is great! It is important *not* to leave out our feline furry friends. Here are the photo notes for this image:

Feral Fair Isles Side

Needles: two size 7 Knitpicks Options circulars, and size 6 Susan Bates DPNs for the ribbing for the sleeves.

Yarn: Same called for on the Knitpicks page (this is all a big ad for Knitpicks, as you can see), Swish in Capri, Sand Dune, and Truffle. The cream was Knitpicks Bare, their superwash dyeable yarn.

Pattern: Feral Fair Isles, a pattern by Amy Swenson, featured in Kristi Porter's Knitting For Dogs.

Started July 2, 2007, and Finished July 20th.

Thoughts: I looove the yarn. Swish is super soft, and I loved the feel of it. The colors are awesome, and I really like the result of the sweater. The pattern could have been a bit better- there were some mistakes, easily fixed by looking at the pictures, but the publishing company never bothered with putting up an errata page, which irked me. I need some work on my fair isle work, as the stitches where I switched colors every other stitch puckered badly.


My opinion? I think it looks great!

knitting for dogs

knitting for dogs, originally uploaded by knitomatic.

Time to start that New Year project! As it's cold out there, your pooch might be a little chilly, too. Could be a quick little knit before the ball drops in Times Square?

Have Fun!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Leonard Gagnon’s daughters knitting

Gorgeous photo--such depth of feeling in it. It evokes a time when the things we made were valued much more.

Photo note:

Leonard Gagnon’s daughters knitting

Fort Kent, Aroostook County, Maine, 1942

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Knit mini Christmas ornaments

More cute Christmas tree ornaments...

Knit mini hat Christmas ornaments

These are darling!! Something wonderful to do with those left-over bits and pieces we can't bear to throw away. At least, I can't... : )

Christmas Stocking with entrelac cuff

Just thinking about making another one of these... one in tones of blue and gold...  for my son.


Christmas Stocking with entrelac cuff

Thursday, December 18, 2008

A Sheepish Wine

The other day we had friends over, and my husband bought this wine.  As this is a fiber-related site, I thought I'd share the label:

It was pretty good.  And I like the sheep.


Wednesday, December 17, 2008

knitted off white handbag

knitted off white handbag, originally uploaded by minidreams.

This is another nice looking cable knit purse. The brown ribbon goes very nicely.

knit handbag

knit handbag, originally uploaded by Yorktown Road.

This is cool. Love the black/grey tones of the yarn, and the mitered stying. Great knitted bag!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I can knit a rainbow !

I can knit a rainbow !, originally uploaded by Jooliree.

This is way to gorgeous to pass up. As a former spinner (and hopefully again soon) I totally appreciate the time and love that went into this. The colors are exquisite~

The photographer says:

"I can knit a rainbow !

This is the last of my recycled sari silk yarn. A very modern yarn , which is the by-product of colourful saris that women wear in India. It is the loose end of saris collected from Industrial mills in India that is hand spun into yarn by womens co-operatives in south India, spinning and knitting yarn enables the women to earn much needed income from their cottage industry ."

Taken for "7 Days of Shooting" "Modern Monday" "Multi-coloured"

Knitting: not just for nerds anymore

This image is great! Apple, here's your chance!

The photographer says:

"335/365 Knitting: not just for nerds anymore

My attempt at making knitting a little less nerdy and more edgy. I could have done a way better job on the Photoshop if I'd had a little more time. It kills me to leave it this way. I'm a wee bit of a perfectionist."

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Knitted Christmas Tree Lights - Detail

This is great! What patience one must have to knit all these lights. And I'll bet they never go out. ; )

Friday, December 12, 2008

Winged Heart Tattoo

Winged Heart Tattoo, originally uploaded by Anny Purls.

And while I'm thinking about tattoos, here's a knitted one.

Photo note and link to the pattern:

Winged Heart Tattoo

Yup! It's a knit winged heart tattoo! Get the free pattern from my site at

Born to Knit Tattoo

Born to Knit Tattoo, originally uploaded by Yarny Old Kim.


Love it!

Knitting & Knitting Tattoo in Progress

This is dedication is progress. Knitting while getting the Knitting Tattoo. I love it!

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Special Xmas Set

Special Xmas Set, originally uploaded by knit_purr.

Photographer's notes:

"Hat, dress, stole and mittens. ^_^ "


Can you just see this? I can. I can also see the expression in a little girl's eyes when she opens it.

Reminds me of another UFO I've got going: a little beaded cotton wedding dress. I think I started it when my daughter was just newly born. It was a first crochet project, and I have a feeling it is still in its little box under the computer table...

Miniature Knitted Ornaments

Xmas Minis, originally uploaded by knit_purr.

Very sweet! Little minis for that little mini tree, or the tiny fire place...

Knit purr says:

Xmas Minis

Something you won't put on your Christmas tree ---- you will surely lose them!

Christmas Knitting

snowscene, originally uploaded by littlecottonrabbits.

Perfect little knits for the holidays~

Photo note:


have almost finished my little batch of seasonal toys - now I just need to name them all.

These little gems would be just the thing for the kids on the list.  I made four felted bears a few years ago--one looked an awful lot like Pooh.  I'll have to photograph them to share soon.

Warmly yours,

--The Knit Chick

Positano Tote

From Interweave Press, Interweave Knits magazine:

A stylish tote.  Nice look!

Positano Tote - Knitting Pattern Here are the specs that go with:

Positano Tote
Silka Burgoyne

Finished Size 17" wide at bottom, 12" high, and 4" deep.
Yarn Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Superwash (100% wool; 200 yd [183 m]/100 g): #SW190 cactus, 5 skeins.
Needles Size 9 (5.5 mm). Size 7 (4.5 mm): set of 2 double-pointed (dpn). Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
Notions Stitch holder; tapestry needle; pair of 13" long rattan handles (shown: Fashion Rattan Purse Handle HR-DM12 from UMX;; 4" diameter belt buckle; three 18" × 12" pieces of needlepoint plastic canvas; ½ yd of heavy lining fabric or lighter lining fabric and interfacing; sewing needle and thread; sewing pins; safety pins.
Gauge 16 sts and 32 rows = 4" in charted patt on larger needles with yarn doubled, after blocking.

Magnetized Poetry for Knitters

This is too cool to pass up, but it seems it's sold out!!!  Wonder if Interweave Press is going to get more?

knit-poetry.jpgMagnetized Poetry for Knitters

From Interweave Press:

Nothing allows you to express your passion for knitting quite like this set of magnetized poetry for knitters. Put together phrases from more than 50 amusing and whimsical words on this magnetic sheet. Let your imagination wander. As at home on your fridge as on your file cabinet, these sets make wonderful gifts, too. Order your magnetized poetry today and start a knitting-word frenzy.

Flexible magnetic sheet, 3½ x 8¼, more than 50 words

If you want to check it out, here's the link:

Monday, December 8, 2008

A knitted Christmas #1

A knitted Christmas #1, originally uploaded by Ennor.

Here's another view--from the link in the previous photo:

Photo note:

A knitted Christmas #1

At the Eden Project in Cornwall, in the link area between the biomes, a knitted Christmas tree with decorations.

The ‘tree’ is made up of several thousand knitted sleeves and stands 30 foot tall, the knitted ’knitting angel’ on top being 54 inches tall. Over 1000 people, many children, were involved in this project and are aged between 4 and 96.

A knitted Christmas #2

A knitted Christmas #2, originally uploaded by Ennor.

Very Cool!

Photo Note:

A knitted Christmas #2

At the Eden Project in Cornwall, in the link area between the biomes, a knitted Christmas tree with decorations.

The ‘tree’ is made up of several thousand knitted sleeves and stands 30 foot tall, the knitted ’knitting angel’ on top being 54 inches tall. Over 1000 people, many children, were involved in this project and are aged between 4 and 96.

The whole 'tree'...
A knitted Christmas #1

Great Poulsbohemian Scarf

One of my favorite coffee houses is the Poulsbohemian Coffee House in Poulsbo, Washington.  Marianna and the baristas there serve up a mean turkey chutney sandwich on your choice of bread, and the coffee drinks to go with are sublime.  Did I mention the desserts?  Mmmm....

Why mention a coffee house on a knitting/poetry blog?  Well, because on every first Saturday night of the month, at around 7 pm, the Poulsbohemian hosts the Armchair Poetry Reading Series.  Two to three readers read for about an hour, and afterward is an open mike for those eager to share some new work.  

Where does the knitting come in?  Well, go on in, and look for the big basket with the yarn in it, and coiled up into a big (and I mean BIG) ball is the "Scarf."  Marianna says on her website: 

"...We measured the scarf on our Pumpkin Carving Day, Sunday 'October 26th 2008 and it was 168 yards long!  That's 1/10th of a mile..."  
People donate yarn to the cause, and sit and knit awhile.  Anyone is welcome to add a few rows while sipping their favorite coffee or tea.  So, what does this scarf look like?

Fantastic.  Go ahead, go on in, and enjoy.

All wrapped up,

(BTW--that's not me, but some other lucky person)

--The Knit Chick

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Grocery Bag Shoes

The lineup of grocery bag shoes, originally uploaded by mleak.

On a roll here. These are great, too. I'm curious to try this!

Photo note:

The lineup of grocery bag shoes

I made that middle pair of shoes out of grocery bags a long time ago (and I guess it circled the intertubes for a little while), but I was recently in an art/dance show here in Pittsburgh centered around the theme of reuse/remix/recycle, and so I decided to make a couple of other pairs. They're all crocheted and woven from grocery bags, mostly Giant Eagle and Whole Foods, though I forget about the white ones. Size 7

Stay Green!

--The Knit Chick

Grocery Bag Clutch w/ Flower

I just posted this to my And The Bag to Match blog. This is very cool, and something you're not likely to run out of any time soon! Probably don't even need to worry about dye lots, either. I love it!

Photo note:

Save the earth and look fashionable doing it!! This clutch is knit completely out of plastic grocery bags meaning it's still 100% recyclable at the end of its lifetime.

Nice job!

Again and again,

--The Knit Chick

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2008

I couldn't resist--here is another great project shared at this retreat. Nice job!!!

Photo note:

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2008

The Men's Fall Knitting Retreat was held at the Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA.

David's show & tell. Entire lace piece.

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2008

On Flickr there are some great pix from a Men's Knitting Retreat. Here's a great finished project, and the photographer's notes for the photo:

Men's Fall Knitting Retreat 2008

The Men's Fall Knitting Retreat was held at the Point Bonita YMCA Conference Center in the Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA.

Michael C. is showing off his lovely jacquard tesselating pattern sweater. It's an original design of his.

I think this turned out great!


--The Knit Chick

Men Who Knit

Hey guys--in case you didn't already know about it, I just found a great new site.  It's called Men Who Knit - Promoting and Inspiring the Art of Knitting Amongst Men.  

Here's the link:

You can click on links to the gallery, archives, list of blogs, store, chat, forums, etc.  It looks like a great, intensive site.  I highly suggest you check it out, and be sure to poke into the gallery and look for the felted candy corn bags.  These are great!!!  

Keep on knitting,

--The Knit Chick


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