I’ve decided that this week I’m going to be focusing on short rows. Every day I’m going to post about this wonderful technique. I’ll start today by explaining what short rows are and how they work. Later this week I’ll continue with posts about how to do different short row techniques including: the wrap and turn short row, the yarn over short row, the make one short row, and the Japanese short row. Then next week I plan on talking … Read More
I wish I could mail you all little bunnies as part of my bunny mail project, but alas I don’t have time to knit so many little bunnies (not that I have a huge following, but enough to make knitting everyone a bunny a scary thought). So, I would like to give everyone the opportunity to enter in a drawing to receive a bunny kit! What is a bunny kit you ask? Well a bunny kit is a little bit … Read More
Mari Knits has its very own Facebook page! Some of you may be wondering, what took you so long? Well, I don’t like Facebook that much… Gasp, I know, but anyways, here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/mariknits. I hope you’ll “like” me! You can also see more awesome photos of my knitting by the amazing Katy Doyle on the Facebook page
I’m currently working on a couple new difficult designs. They lead to lots of ripping out yarn and angry looks at my scribbled notebook. I felt like I needed a break from this exercise in frustration, and took a look around the internet for some inspiration. I found this post from Giverslog about sending plastic easter eggs in the mail, then saw these tiny bunnies. Then when I went to the grocery store yesterday they had 6 plastic eggs for $1. So last … Read More
Ok, this took way longer to take a picture of than it should have. Mostly because I kept getting side tracked, and then it was really rainy, and then it snowed for the first time all winter! Anyways, here’s finally a picture of the hat. I think it turned out pretty well, and Brian likes it, so that’s what really matters right?
Brian asked me for this Punisher hat on Ravelry about 4 months ago. I finally cast on as a quick in-between project, but of course, it wasn’t meant to be. I found the chart made from a free online website hard to read, so I had to create my own chart. Also, Brian has a giant head so I had to make the hat larger. Anyways, here are my own instructions for creating a large Punisher hat. A picture of the finished … Read More
Here is a new and improved version of the Yak Hands! Mittens. These mittens are knit at a slightly tighter gauge to make them extra warm and cozy for winter. At the end of the mittens you will need to Kitchener stitch the remaining stitches. Alternatively you could also do a three needle bind off, though this will leave a seam. Materials1 skein Lotus Yarns Tibetan Yak 4 100g/150 meters4.5 mm double pointed needles 2 buttons Gauge 10 sts and 13 … Read More
On Monday I posted about re-writing the Falling Leaves scarf pattern to be a shawl pattern as well. Of course I couldn’t just re-write the pattern. I also had to knit a sample to make sure it worked, and looked nice. I used my scale to knit to the half-way point, measuring to make sure I had only used half the yarn, and then knit the rest of the shawl. I’m only two and a half leaves from the end of the … Read More
My newest endeavor is to re-write the Falling Leaves Scarf to be a scarf and shawl pattern. I also noticed there were some errors in the chart (oh my!) so I’m also working on reworking the chart. I have to say, editing is not my favorite part of designing. My very talented friend, Katy Doyle, has also been taking pictures of my samples. I’m really excited to share a couple of her first photos of the Falling Leaves Scarf, and as soon as … Read More
As much as I love to knit, I’m also interested in other yarn projects. Here are some really cool ones I found on Pinterest, which is a great website for finding, and remembering ideas/items/anything. Yarn balls: balloons, glue, and yarn, from Sweet Designs Yarn letters: yarn and wire from Family Chic Yarn animals for sale by Beklina
Just a few more hours until I give out 5 copies of my Miya Shawl pattern. See this post to enter! Thanks everyone for your comments, the gift copies have been sent to: Yarnella, withane, Beth W, Danna, Ecochicknits
I just finished TNNA. It was a great time. I met a lot of wonderful people, got a stack of free books! I can’t wait to knit some patterns. Here are pictures of our stand, Lotus Yarns. And here is the huge stack of books and magazines, with lots of issues from Interweave. I’ve already started flipping through them, so much inspiration!
I got new business cards yesterday to take to TNNA (The National Needle Arts Association) in Phoenix! Seeing these I thought I needed a small case to put them in. Why buy one when you can make one? This would also be great for credit cards, or a small wallet. I made this with maybe 20 yards of Lotus Yarns 100% Bamboo (any other worsted weight yarn would work too) on 4.5mm needles. This was knit on two double pointed … Read More
My husband Brian bought me some beautiful yarn for Christmas. I didn’t give him any hints, and this was his first time buying yarn, he did very well! From left to right: Anime #2, Anime #6, Socktopus sokkusu – Jasper. After reading this post by Yarn Harlot I felt the need to make something with one of these yarns. I looked high and low through my patterns and on revelry. I didn’t quite feel up to designing anything today, and then I … Read More
The Miya shawl was inspired by Lotus Yarns’ Miya yarn, which is a lovely fingering weight yarn that is made of 70% mink, 20% merino, and 10% silk. The shawl is knit from one end to another and is a crescent shape, with the ends measuring about 4″ wide and the middle about 20″ wide. You can see it here on Ravelry. This is a picture of the lovely Jasmine wearing the Miya shawl! I will give this pattern away for free … Read More