Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Noro Leg Warmers

At Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2015, I purchased a kit of 3 skeins of Noro Kureyon and 3 patterns.  I chose to knit the leg warmers and they are done!

Happy knitting!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Vogue Knitting Live NYC 2015

I love this event! It was a long day and A LOT of walking and shopping! I again went with my Sister in-law Beth. We had a great time and were exhausted when we got home. This was the 5th year for Vogue Knitting Live.

There were knitted scuptures representing the wonders of the world. I didn't get pictures of all of them, but here are a few.

Then there was Mochimochi..

A kitchen filled with "delicious" and calorie free foods!

Some wild masks

Featured garments that appeared this year in Vogue Knitting Magazine

There was a display of knitting with glass.

Beth and I watched the StephenBe and Steven West fashion show. The Stephen & Steven tour will be at The Knitte's Edge in February. Can't wait. These two are fun and fabulous! Their love of color and style is infectious.

And then there was the shopping!! My haul for this year (lots of cashmere)....

I was so happy to see a vendor with drop spindles and lucets. It is difficult to see, but I did purchase a 7/8 oz drop spindle (for alpaca), .4 oz mini drop spindle (for silk), and a lucet.

Until next year!!
Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2010 Advent Scarf

No that is not a typo. I finally finished the 2010 Advent Scarf! During December I am usually too busy to participate in the KAL (Knit Along) for the Advent Scarf. I do collect the patterns (one day I may do 2011-2014 Advent Scarves). One common element of all Advent Scarves that are out there, they are very long scarves!! This one is roughly 7 feet, which is a common length. The  Advent Scarf I follow is out of Germany and is a Lace Advent Scarf. On Ravelry, it is the 24 Days of Christmas Group.

I started this scarf in the Winter of 2011. I have worked on it and put it aside often since then. It was finally finished this week!! I love it! Though it needs to be washed and blocked, I decided to share some pictures. I will be the first to admit there are some mistakes. Not all lace patterns were knitted perfectly, but it came out beautiful.

Happy Knitting!
Nancy D

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Vikings Afghan

I can't express how happy I am this afghan is done! It is so big and heavy! I made it for my husband, a Vikings fan. More info can be found on Ravelry at

210W x 220H
Afghan Size - 55.125"W x 71.5"H - pic shows it on our Full Sized Bed. It fits the top of the bed

Tunisian Crochet - Afghan Stitch - J Hook

Chain 210
92 rows Spirit Yarn
1 row Red Heart amethyst 
2 rows Red Heart Gold
30 rows Red Heart amethyst 
2 rows Red Heart Gold
1 row Red Heart amethyst 
92 rows Spirit Yarn
1 row last row Bind off

For the border, I did single crochet for the first round. In the corners, I did single crochet chain one single crochet. I should have chained two. The second round was *three double crochet shell, chain one, skip one, single crochet, chain one, skip one, repeat from *. In the corner chain one space, I did a 3dc shell, chain two, 3dc shell. 

This afghan came about because my husband was complaining there is never any Vikings stuff in the stores. We live in PA (eastern) so this is not surprising.  We were on vacation in Ocean City, MD and I found a can cozy for him.  Of course it was knitted and he said I could knit something for him.  I found the "Go Team Throw" and thought that would be a good pattern. Finding the purple and gold spirit yarn was difficult. Everyone was sold out. I finally found it at Beverly's Fabric in CA. I ordered 10 skeins. I knew I had to make it longer because my husband is tall.  I showed it to him and he liked it. A couple of days later he said "Will it have a Viking on it?"! UGH! This pattern does not lend itself to adding an image to the blanket. So back to the drawing board.  I decided on the Tunisian crochet afghan stitch so I could cross stitch the Viking on it. So now I needed a band of solid color to do this and I needed to learn how to Tunisian Crochet! I got a hook, taught myself how to do the stitch while doing a gauge swatch. I then calculated how many to chain and how many rows. Now to find the right purple to do the solid band for stitching and I needed more spirit yarn. Long story short, I have many shades of purple in my stash now! I found the Viking pattern on Ravelry and graphed "Vikings" myself. I am very happy with the end results!

Create and be happy!