15 September, 2010


I am working on my latest idea.

Multidirectional Toddler Pullover
My passion is being fed:  Multidirectional; Garterstitch; Cables; No-Sew Knitting; Toddler Sweater; These are a few of my favourite things ------ Ta! Da!   MommaBear is still knitting.

Oh yes another of my favourite things is visitors to my back yard ----

Wild Turkeys
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14 September, 2010

Still Knitting and Designing

Just a Plain Test Knit
As usual, I am moving once again in all directions.  I just cannot seem to concentrate on one project at a time.  While I am still working on Miss Emilee, I have an idea in my head that just jumped out, without any warning.   I have always preferred fingering weight yarn for baby garments (from my mommy knitting days) but found that they are a lot of work.  I couldn't resist any longer.  I cast on the stitches and am working a small size plain cardigan, just to get the numbers down.  Then onward and upward (or downward in this case).  I will insert some patterns and then I will have a baby set (Cardigan/Hat/Socks) in size 0-18 months.  

Miss Emilee is coming along nicely, I have even bought her buttons.  She will be done soon as she is knit in DK weight and I have lots of stitch numbers for this one.  Just have to work out the lace pattern for all the sizes and button placements.
Because I am addicted to multidirectional knitting, I could not resist.  This one is a child size in Worsted.  I  so enjoyed designing  my Teens & Tweens (Cabin Fever) Cabled Hoodie that I wanted to do something with a panel down the centre back and front again.  Sooooooo I started a child pullover.  I started at the neck and worked down the back and down the front.  While working out the numbers I realized that this could be any size and any weight of yarn.  Also, any pattern down the centre back and centre front would work as long as it fit into the number of stitches, then it will be easy to work the same pattern down the top of the sleeves.  It could be Lace, Cables, Knit and Purl or a combination of two or even more if you where creative, what knitter is not creative. 
In order to make a particular size, in any weight of yarn, it would only be important to work out the guage for the neckline.  Play around a bit with the numbers to make the ribbing work and then it is easy.  I might just do a KAL and a DAL (Design A-long) when I get the pattern finished.  Is there such a thing as a DAL, not sure but I just may try it.  
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08 September, 2010

KAL is finished

The Compass KAL is complete.  Later today I will make one last post for the KAL.  I will do this again, I enjoyed it very much.  The last post will have all the schematics in order.  Hopefully it will be visited if anyone has a problem with the placement of the sections.  I could not include the detailed schematics on the pattern as it would make the pattern too long.  Already it is 6 pages.  With the schematics for each section it would be at least two or more pages longer, that is too cumbersome. 

Here is my finished project:

I sewed a couple of flower buttons on the hat, just for a change.  It would work with tiny flowers, ladybug or beads too. 

I also received a picture from Kim, one of the participants, I would love to see more pictures and/or comments from others.

MommaBearKnits -------

04 September, 2010

Knitting Along

Just so you know.  I am still knitting other things even though I am working on the KAL.

Baby Blanket
I have lots of yarn in my stash, some of it is not my favourite or not what I expected.  So, I decided not to let it just sit there, it must be useful for something.  Above is my first project (Stash Buster).  It is a self patterning DK weight yarn that does not do it for me.  I will not say the name of the yarn as I don't want to put a particular brand down when I know that others out there will think it is great.  We all have our wants and needs, right!   I am working a multidirectional baby blanket, in garterstitch.  It is knit double so the colours are all over the place.  It will keep a baby warm, that is all that is important, and my stash is reduced a little bit.

Next on my sticks is the Miss Emilee (below) pattern that I am working on.  This is the fourth sample, I think I have it down now and can move on to writing it.
Miss Emilee

Hoodie Pullover for my Stock

Above is a size 12 mos. pullover version of my hoodie pattern.  It has not been written but if you are experienced at all you can make any cardigan (or almost any) a pullover when you work no-sew knitting.

Socks of Course
And last but not least I am still working on socks.  Above is two pair; one is a man's size medium and the other is a man's small or a woman's medium.  I know the colours don't look like they match but they are all knit with the same colour yarn and they do match up better when actually viewed face to socks.   The yarn is Kroy Socks FX, Clover Colors. 

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02 September, 2010

Last half of Journey

I have just posted Section 5 of the Baby/Junior Compass.  We are on the home stretch.  I must admit that I am enjoying the journey and the blog posts will remain if at any time a knitter has a question re: the Mulitidirectional Compass pattern.  It will also work if I get back on track and write an adult version.  I have been asked to use Worsted Weight Yarn for this one, then it will work as a cardigan and/or a jacket.  Keep watching, by the first snow fall, I expect I will have it written.  I am still working on my latest baby sweater.  It will be top down, no sew, with lace edge trim.  I am considering the name.  I think it will be called "Miss Emilee".   

Keep on Knitting, MommaBear will.