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January 7, 2017

From Susan — Plaid Squared

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:14 pm

Yep, plaid x plaid equals Plaid Squared (click the link to get to the Ravelry pattern page)!!

This concept has been simmering around in my brain for years: could you knit entrelac in such a way as to make it look like Buffalo Plaid?  The primary key is to start with colors where A + B = C.  But, I always got stuck when I started on the math of it all!  I forced my way through that hurdle and the rest was easy 😉 .  Uh, not really!

The Flat Bag (shades of gray), The Deeper Bag (red & black), The Small Notions Bag (red & black, with zipper closure)

The fun part of doing this was figuring out the puzzle.  I came up with a new approach to doing entrelac that eliminates the “pick up as to purl” step when doing right leaning squares, as well as the need to do decreases as you work each square.  This makes the knitting a little faster.  I also designed the bags so that the entrelac wraps around the bottom in a continuous way which looks better, versus starting with triangles.

Anyway, THAT is over with!  I am hoping the market for felted entrelac bag patterns is HUGE!! 😉

PS to Diana — the link at the top of the post will take you right to Ravelry!

PPS to Mary: I did think about holding two strands of yarn together (AA, AB, BB).  For the pattern, I wanted to keep it simple.  I would worry that the area where the two colors were held together might felt in a blotchy way (the colors not looking even throughout).  There are some marled yarns out there but the color choices are limited.

PPS to KMKAT: The pictures were taken around the Gaviidae skyways.  One or two were in Gaviidae itself because that’s where my model works!! :)

January 5, 2017

From Sally — Riverine

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 12:05 pm

Yes, I just finished another project using Shibui yarns.  I can’t help it.  I love them.  Riverine was designed by Theresa Gaffey for Wearwithall Designs, which is part of The Yarnery — my favorite yarn store in Minnesota.

Riverine uses one skein each of Shibui’s Pebble, Cima, and Silk Cloud.  I used the color Imperial which showed a distinct lack of imagination on my part because that was the color used in one of The Yarnery’s samples.  I loved it though and it’s a color I didn’t already have.  (A feat in itself considering the size of my Shibui stash.)

Riverine is a great mindless knitting project once you get going.  Perfect TV or travel knitting and easy to make changes to if you’re so inclined.  (That is, you can easily alter the number of rows of the various yarns to suit your mood.)  I chose to follow the pattern fairly closely. My finished scarf is about 14 inches wide and 76 inches long.

I might even make another!  I could probably go find the yarn down in the yarn room.

The color is most true in the last photograph.

From the sublime to the ridiculous: I saw these adorable footlets on Ravelry and had to start a pair for fun. It’s even a free pattern! Susan’s knitting a pair as well and my daughter has already requested them in gray and pink. Meow.

In case anyone else gets tempted, we’ve started a mini-KAL in our Ravelry Group. We’re really enjoying getting to know many of you over there. Please stop by if you haven’t already!

January 1, 2017

From Both of Us — Happy New Year and Happy New Venture

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 10:06 am

We’d like to announce an exciting new adventure for The Rainey Sisters and (we hope) for our readers.  For the new year, we are launching our own group on Ravelry:   The Rainey Sisters.

No, we’re not abandoning the blog!  However, blogging can be a bit one-sided and we don’t always post as frequently as we could or should.  We hope our new Ravelry group will be a place for more casual conversation and dialogue.  We want you to ask questions, post about your own projects, discuss patterns and yarns, and share tips and techniques.

We frequently hold off posting here until a project is finished — in our group, we’ll post more informal updates about what we’re working on.  We see the group as our home away from home and we’d like to invite you to come on in to knit and chat together.

To celebrate the launch, we are having a special give-away!!  All members of our new Ravelry group will be eligible to win – except for Susan and Sally :(

The prize is a wonderful book called Drop-Dead Easy Knits.  Susan received a copy to peruse prior to our giveaway (you may recall that we ran into the authors when Little Darcy Went to Washington!).  The book is W O N D E R F U L – 29 fabulous designs.  Drop-Dead Easy does NOT mean boring or plain.  Here is a stunning shawl:

Abide by Kirsten Kapur

Want simple, quick and stylish”??  try this cowl made with two skeins of Malabrigo Rasta:

Portillo Cowl by Gale Zucker

Who doesn’t adore a cute toy?

Bear in a Bunny Suit by Susan B. Anderson

And simple can mean elegant, classy and gorgeous!

Keynote Pullover by Mary Lou Egan

All you need to do to enter is scoot on over to Ravelry and join our group.  The winner will be announced on January 15, 2017.

PS (January 2) — We are thrilled with the response from our readers!  Over 275 members so far!!  You rock!!!

December 26, 2016

From Susan — From Here to Eternity, Part II

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:57 am

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!  Ours was extremely low key this year, which was all I could muster!!

Well, I finally made it to eternity!!  I finished this blankety-blank afghan in time to give it to my daughter for Christmas.  Once I focused and saw the light at the end of the tunnel, I did 8 inches in one day!!

The pattern is Umaro and I used Berroco Vintage Chunky, Color Sunny.  I forgot to weigh it to see how much yarn it took.  I forgot to take good pictures.  I think I wanted to forget the whole thing!! 😉

Buh-bye, Umaro!!

PS — DD loved it!  She uses it constantly so that makes it all worthwhile.

December 22, 2016

From Susan — Another Last Minute Project

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 1:30 am

Tomorrow is my last day of work before the holidays and I usually exchange very modest gifts with my co-workers.  I could not come up with any great ideas, so I bought some candy and made them each a small, knitted Christmas hat ornament:

The hats are knit with stash yarn in a light worsted or DK as follows:

On Sz 3 dpns: Cast on 32 sts.  Join to work in the round.  Work 4 rnds 2×2 rib.  Work 10 rnds stockinette.  Start Decreases — Rnd 1: (k2, k2tog) to end of rnd;  Rnds 2&3: knit; Rnd 4: (k1, k2tog) to end of rnd; Rnd 5: knit; Rnds 6&7: k2tog to end of rnd.  Cut yarn and pull through rem 4 sts.  Weave in ends and steam to block.  Finished size ~ 2.5 x 2.5 inches at widest and longest dimension.

I embellished with small pom poms and some embroidery using lighter weight yarn — it’s supposed to be holly and poinsettias!!  Quick and done!!  Actually, everything took longer than it should have, but you all know how that goes!!

December 18, 2016

From Susan — A Cowl within a Cowl

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 3:21 pm

You may recall my Vintage Velvet Scarf.   It is a thing of wonder!  The soft, velvety fabric is unbelievable.  When I bought the yarn, I first purchased the right color (Chianti) but in the “Touch Me Lux” version – which has sparkles in it.  That was not the look I was going for, so I set it aside.  I finally got inspired to knit it up because of the holidays (my one small burst of holiday spirit) – the color is so festive.  I found the pattern Adama, and thought it might work.

I needed to enlarge the pattern, or so I thought, because of the shrinkage that occurs with felting.  I doubt it was necessary!  Also, there is a lace pattern in there somewhere — completely obscured by the felting process!!  Probably a lot of extra knitting and effort for nothing.

You can see from the pictures that the back is much narrower than the front — it is a cowl with a cowl neck!!  Brilliant!!  A cowl within a cowl!!  I knit this in three days — a very quick knit that could be finished in time for Christmas.  If you follow the pattern as written, 300 yards of lovely worsted would work.

And, today is my anniversary.  Yay!!  34 years and counting…

PS to Susan:  you asked for it!

PPS to Cindy: I did get married in a hand-knit, white mohair sweater — I don’t remember the yarn but it was a lightweight, silky mohair (not Le Gran,  something “fancier!”).  Since it was a December wedding I needed something warm!

PPS to Suzan:  Our wedding was a study in frugality!  The entire wedding (our clothes, wedding rings, food, music, venue, JP, liquor, flowers, etc.) was less than $700!  Far less than a wedding dress today!

December 14, 2016

From Susan — Something Quick

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 11:16 am

Knitting sweaters is slow, tedious, and often ends with disappointment: poor fit, unenthusiastic recipient, etc.  Change all that!!

Last year I showed you a cute gift card holder and Christmas tree ornament, called certifiable:

Twitchy Knitter reworked the pattern this year in fingering weight yarn, and asked me to test knit it for her:

I have to admit to preferring the original, worsted weight version, but this might inspire you either way!!  The sleeves on the fingering weight version are longer, but can be stuffed into the front pocket.

Get knittin’ peeps!  The holidays are just around the corner!!  😉

December 10, 2016

From Sally — Boulevard

Filed under: Updates — surly @ 1:46 pm

As loyal readers of this blog know, I love Shibui yarns.  The yarns themselves are beautiful and wonderful to work with and they have wonderful patterns.  Simple, classic, stylish.  I’ve knit several and have quite a few in various stages on my needles.  (An embarrassing number of works in progress is my hallmark.)

When I saw Boulevard, designed by Shellie Anderson, I loved it.  It’s knit using Shibui Cima (a lace weight blend of alpaca and merino) and Shibui Staccato (a fingering weight blend of merino and silk).  The result is a sumptuous fabric with wonderful drape.

My sad little photos do not do justice to how beautiful this piece is.  It’s not really a poncho and not really a cape.  It’s long and swingy.  I made a size Medium and could definitely have made the size Small.  It’s very oversized.   It needs to be photographed on a person rather than a mannequin but . . . sometimes it’s hard to take photos of oneself.  Especially when one does not like to be photographed!

I closed it with bracelet findings instead of hooks and eyes as called for.


PS from Susan — a glimpse of our beautiful snowy day!

December 4, 2016

From Susan — Another Pom Pom Beauty!!

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 8:10 pm

Pom poms are suddenly the rage and I love big, fat round ones!  My new friend Kari (the one I met doing errands) was purchasing the supplies for this gorgeous wreath!

It must have gone pretty fast because she made it in just a couple of days!  The details are on her Ravelry project page.   It’s so pretty and festive.

PS to Susan — I know Kari used Clover Pom Pom makers.

Here is wreath number two!!

December 3, 2016

From Susan — Oh My

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 6:39 pm

Just when you think you have seen everything!  Nadine, an almost brand new member of our knitting group, shared this picture of her cat, Molly.  Wearing a pom pom hat from the book Cats in Hats.

Really.  I have no words.  Molly looks absolutely thrilled.

Yesterday I was running errands and a very nice woman came up to me and said, “You don’t know me, but I know you.  I read your blog all the time!”  Her name is Kari and we had a wonderful visit!  This happens to me from time to time and reminds me that there really are people out there reading this drivel riveting content!! 😉  Thank you all, friendly readers!!

This is my first post using our brand new computer.  It worked!!

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