New Project

20170719_16375920170723_203550The project I’m working on now is one that I have done before.  I am making a replica scarf from the 1970’s version of Doctor Who.  I found a free pattern for it on http://www.openculture.com from around the 1980’s.

http://www.openculture.com/2015/12/instructions-for-knitting-the-iconic-dr-who-scarf.html.  I used to watch Dr Who with my dad when I was little so I made him the 4th Doctor’s 12 foot long eccentrically colored scarf for Christmas last year and it turned out awesome!  I loved it so much and it was so much fun to work on I decided to make another for Old and New 4 U Store. I went online to http://www.knitpicks.com and found the closest matching colors in DK weight superwash Merino. 2 agonizingly slow weeks later I received my order, on time and perfect. The BBC instructions have a hand written note on them that say American Sizes #9 needle but that seemed too large to me so I went to http://www.doctorwhoscarf.com for some advise and went with the US size 5. My needles are about 9 inches long and that fits all 60 stitches nicely without too much bunching. I’m having so much fun with it already and it has sparked the beginning of an idea for future projects.

 

 

New Product and WIP

Drop Stitch Scarf

As promised in the last post, I have completed a Drop Stitch Scarf and it is up for sale on the Etsy page, http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldandnew4ustore. I’m just as in love with this design as I was last time and very happy to share it with you.  Also available seperately is a Best Fit Beanie Hat in the same light green if you want a matching set.

Work In Progress

The WIP is another new pattern I found free on Ravelry.  I’ll let you know what I think of it when It’s finished.  My thoughts on it so far are that it is a simple pattern, which I like, but it is making an interesting shape that I am excited to see the end product.  This one is being made specifically for the Etsy site so even if I really really like it I promise to make it available for sale anyway.  I’m totally diggin the color which is called Redwood; it’s not red, not orange and not brown but would be a great addition to attire of any of those colors.

Leave me a comment, let me know what you think and have a good one.

Visit us at http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldandnew4ustore,  I knit for your comfort.

I’m Keeping It

Wrapped Garter Stitch Scarf - Skinny Jeans VersionI found a pattern for a drop stitch scarf called Wrapped Garter Stitch Scarf – Skinny Jeans Version at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, churchmouseyarns.com. It was so cute I had to knit it up. I absolutely love it and I decided I’m keeping it. I would normally put this up for sale on Etsy but I just couldn’t do it. I keep putting it on and tying it different ways, scrunching it up and laying back out flat, I just can’t keep my hands off it. So Ive got my Winter Set ready for the cold months way before I usually think about these things. I’m so excited for fall when I can start wearing it all the time!

Winter Set 2017I will be making at least one more of these for the Etsy store. It will be uploaded as soon as I have it completed so keep your eyes open for the Drop Stitch Scarf at http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldandnew4ustore.  I hope to have it finished and up by next Friday 7/21/2017.

New Products

http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldandnew4ustore

The Statement Hand Knit Scarf and Beanie Hat Set is now available for $12.70 + shipping. The scarf is long and skinny, 7.5 ft long and 2 inches wide. The cap is a Best Fit Hand Knit Beanie Hat. They are purple, orange, and light blue in a fun striped pattern. 

Also available now is the Best Fit Hand Knit Beanie Hat. There are three available now, 2 red and 1 pink, with more colors coming soon. This hat is one size fits most and i can tell you from experience it fits my husband, me, my girl friend, a sixteen year old young man and a 6 year old boy, so it’s likely that it will fit you too. They are $5 each + shipping.

Come take a look at http://www.etsy.com/shop/oldandnew4ustore

We knit for your comfort.

My week of knitting

Just sharing what I made this week. After the triangle shawl fiasco I decided to whip up a few simple things to make myself feel better. I came up with a Slouchy hat with matching fingerless mitts and a fluffy bunny.  The hat is the Scorpio Slouchy. Pattern and actual product available on https://www.etsy.com/shop/OldandNew4UStore. The fingerless mitts were just made up cause the yarn was there and I was bored. And I’ve been seeing this bunny pattern all over the place and thought I’d give it a try. It’s really easy and pretty cute too. So that’s it for me this week. What are you working on?

A Lesson Learned

I did a little experimenting with the triangle shawl from Monday and it went alright. I learned a few things and gained a shawl for myself instead of for the Etsy store. So here’s what I did.  I wanted a variegated look for the top edge of the shawl using the colors that I had already used to knit the body.  I wasn’t about to go searching for a yarn that only kind of matched up and in the end I would hate forever, so I tried making my own.  I had left over yarn from each color that I snipped into approximate yard lengths.  I then color changed until I could color change no more.  Surprisingly it worked!  I achieved the exact look I was going for in my mind, however the amount of ends to weave in was daunting.  I usually don’t mind that task but there were so many ends it looked like a thick fringe covering both sides of the edging. OMG.  If I’d been using a wool blend this wouldn’t have been a problem because you just weave it in and it sticks to itself and voila you have a lovely edge, but no, I was using 100% acrylic. You have to knot acrylic; it won’t stick to itself like wool so it just slides out after you weave it in.  On one side I took the two ends, knotted them together and snipped the extra, On the other side I wove each end in, split the yarn and knotted each end individually.

In my opinion splitting the ends and knotting them is fairly sturdy and I would be comfortable machine washing an item constructed that way.  With the two ends just knotted together, no weaving, no splitting I think I would have to go with a gentle hand wash. I just don’t trust it as much.  However, the look for splitting the ends and knotting them left stretched stitches, gaps and bunches.  No matter how careful I was the end resulted in a bit of a mess.  Knotting the two ends together was better visually but still left bumps and irregularities.

 So the lessons I learned here are

 1. don’t do this with acrylic yarn it just won’t look nice. There are other ways to make a nice edge. 

2. If I’m not using up an old stash like I was and can plan ahead maybe try this with a wool blend that doesn’t require knotting.

3. If planning ahead with acrylic yarn buy a variegated yarn with the colors you want then buy the solids to match those colors.

What’s on the needles today?

Triangle Shawl by Sherry Cantrell

Today on my size 6, 4mm cubics circular needles is the first triangle shawl I’ve knitted in a while. I’m taking this opportunity to use up a bunch of DK weight yarn I had left over from my dad’s Christmas present. I made him a replica Dr Who scarf from a free pattern I found on http://www.openculture.com. I made the scarf slightly smaller than the original and had so much yarn left over I didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve spent the last few months using up my worsted stash and now the DK feels light as a breath while I’m working. I love the way it drapes.

I’m quite taken with it. I think it looks like a picnic at sunset. I can’t wait for it to be done so I can sit on my porch with a coffee and take in a sunrise wearing my sunset shawl.

Let me know what you think and share what’s on your needles today.