Friday, January 30, 2009

found objects

On my walk to the beach today, I uncovered this little gem…thought your eyes might enjoy!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

an easy to follow pattern for fingerless gloves...

kniitin' woolies

On cold days, when the temp. outside is -8 with a windchill of -7 (which actually warms up the final temperature) there is nothing more I would rather do than sit inside with a hot cup of coffee, my down booties, a blanket, and knit.  Anna and I both had bought inpiring yarn with a project in mind…three years ago.  Yes, you heard right, three years ago.  Well, here I sit now, finally putting it to use.  I found a very simple pattern for fingerless gloves.  All it requires really is knitting in the round…good luck!

First, you are going to need four double pointed needles and some warm and cozy yarn.

  1. Cast on 39 stitches to one needle.  Divide those stitches among three double point needles (so 13 stitches on each).
  2. Rounds 1-57 just sit back and knit and enjoy!!
  3. Round 58 using scrap yarn sa your working yarn, knit 7 stitches off the beginning of your next needle.  Now slip these stitches back onto the needle they came from.  With your main yarn, knit across the scrap yarn stitches as well as the rest of the stitches on that needle.
  4. Rounds 59-83 knit with main yarn and bind off loosely.
  5. Now, a bit of a tricky part, but you can do it!  To make your thumb opening carefully remove the scrap yarn - as you do, a hole will form with a series of loops above and below.  Pass one empty double point needle through top 7 loops and another through bottom 7.  
  6. With the third needle and a new piece of yarn, start knitting bottom row.  Knit 1, increase 1, knit until the end of the row.
  7. Rotate your work.
  8. Start knitting what is now the bottom row using the same yarn.  Knit 1, increase 1, knit until the end of the row.
  9. Divide these 16 stitches among 3 needles and then join in the round.
  10. At the beginning and end of the next needle increase 1 (18 stitches) then knit 14 rounds and bind off!
  11. Voi la!  Fingerless gloves :)

If you have any questions or comments about the pattern, please leave a comment and I will try to explain better!!  Happy knitting!


Friday, January 23, 2009

there's nothin' like a coffee buzz

a coffee buzz in progressThis may come as a shocker, but life without your soul mate and best friend can be quite detrimental to your health.  With our phone network failing us, we will resort to communication through our new blog.  This will be our day to day log of how we occupy ourselves without each other, which, on some days can be quite astonishing and entertaining, while other days may drag on slowly and quietly.  

Our obsession with food and coffee, I am sure, will fill many pages and we will try to write during our favorite time of day… morning coffee, also known as our best thinking time, most inspiring, and most motivational…. so stay tuned, it could be quite interesting!