Stitching and Life in the Company of Pets

Saturday, January 26, 2008

2 finishes and a PIF

I've had quite a good week. My first finish this week was

Cherries
Little House Needleworks
32ct Belfast Linen


I haven't had a chance to frame this yet, but I did lay it out in the three opening frame that I found earlier with Acorns and Strawberries and I really like how it works. The cut outs in the mat are perfect for their small square size. I'm hoping to have it framed this weekend as would really like to get it hung up.

My second finish this past week was another dishcloth

The pattern is called Stacked Barrels. I love the color, and am pretty happy with how it turned out. My transition from a knit stitch to a purl stitch still needs work though. The tension doesn't stay very well when I go back and forth and in several places the purl looks quite loose when it falls after a knit. Also, I think I grip the needles and yarn to tight most of the time. I keep trying to pull the yarn tighter so that I don't end up with that loose stitch, but the result is after a fairly short time my hands start to cramp (even the backs of my hands and fingers don't feel so great). I may try my next cloth on a smaller needle (the two I've done so far were on 7's and I used plastic needles) to see if I can get the tension I want without making my hands cramp up so much.

The last item I have is a PIF of a kind. Recently another blogger listed a bunch of patterns she had in her stash that she'd decided she wouldn't use, so was giving them away. I now have four lovely SanMan patterns on their way to me. These are originals not copies, as we're both following copyright laws. In the same spirit of giving some orphan stash a good new home, I have about 20 different leaflets/books/or patterns that I know I won't use, so...they are up for grabs. If you'd like one or several, let me know and they are yours free.

Rather than type out all the titles I put a picture of each in my webshots album under Free Stash My Webshots Album
As they are spoken for, I'll take their picture down, so what you see will be what is still available.

Hope you find something that you like, all stash needs a good home. :)

32 Comments:

  • At 7:53 PM , Blogger CritterLady62 said...

    Cherries turned out great! I cannot wait to see the 3 framed together. I love the color of your cloth as well.

     
  • At 10:33 PM , Blogger Dee said...

    Cherries looks great.

    You might want to give metal needles a try. I find they work pretty well with the cotton dishcloth yarn.

    I use either a 6 or a 7 depending on my mood.

     
  • At 10:58 PM , Blogger Beatrice said...

    Haven't you been a busy little beaver.
    Cherries is sooo pretty!!lovely knitting as well.

     
  • At 11:48 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    Cherries is cute! How big is it? It will look really good framed, can't wait to see a picture of it when you do frame it.
    I have this quick study pamphlet at work on how to knit. I keep picking it up at work and reading through it. I want to buy it, because it gives really good step by step instructions with great pictures on how to knit. I have never been able to pick up knitting like all the other crafty things I do and I want to learn. I love seeing all the neat things you do!
    I wish I could take advantage of your free stash but I have so much here to catch up on, I have to be good and let it go.
    BTW, they opened the road up this morning! Nice big surprise for me, and a happy dance as I drove the short way to work!

     
  • At 1:07 AM , Blogger Espresso Girlie said...

    Such lovely work. Cherries is such a cute design and I am quite envious that you can knit. Someday I too hope to knit. Ah, to dream. What a lovely gesture for you to offer some freebies from your stash. If these are still available I would LOVE to have My Dream Garden, Snow Buddies, Heart Song, and Bookmarks Galore. I'd be happy to send you an envelope with postage for your mailing to me. Just let me know.
    Suzann (suzann66@mac.com)

     
  • At 5:14 AM , Blogger AngelSan said...

    Congratulations on finishing the Cherries ! And the wash cloth too, of course. IYou make me want to stitch it too !

     
  • At 6:11 AM , Blogger Dawn B. said...

    Like the finsih and the frame sounds perfect.

     
  • At 8:45 AM , Blogger Barbara said...

    You have certainly been productive and busy!! Love your projects!!!

     
  • At 10:34 AM , Blogger Ari_1965 said...

    I love the pie. So cute with the cherries on top.

     
  • At 1:05 PM , Blogger Sharon said...

    Cherries turned out beautifully! Congrats!

     
  • At 1:23 PM , Blogger Ranae said...

    Congrats! Cherries looks wonderful as does the dishcloth

     
  • At 4:06 PM , Blogger Myrna said...

    Hi there!

    Cherries turned out great! I have the acorns one to do, and should get started on it.

    Your cloth looks great... I love the color! My sister says I knit too 'tense'. She told me if I tried bamboo needles it would be easier, and my hands wouldn't cramp so much. I'll have to look for some.

    Hugs and stitches...

     
  • At 5:22 PM , Blogger Katrina in NZ said...

    lovely finishes there, you've been very productive :)

     
  • At 8:34 PM , Blogger Nancy in IL said...

    As Dee said, give the metal needles a try. They do work better on the cotton yarn, but don't you just love those dishcloths? They're wonderful!

    Cherries is so awesome, Sue, and you finished it in no time! It's just gorgeous!

     
  • At 8:39 PM , Blogger Crazee4books said...

    Hi Sue,

    Congrats on the finish for Cherries.
    It really looks nice on the fabric that you chose for it. And I love the bunches of cherries in the corners. I can't wait to see the three designs all together in their frame.

    The new dish cloth is such a pretty variegated blue colour and the pattern shows up nicely, even in the photo. I haven't knitted much, having learned when in Brownies eons ago and not really doing much since then. My mom is now the knitter in this family. Maybe I should find some patterns for dish cloths that she can knit for me.

    Gingerbread cottage looks simply amazing in the frame that you chose for it and the matting does indeed make the colours in the pattern POP! Where did you learn to frame stuff? Did you just teach yourself?

    How's Jaz doing??

    Cheers and have a great week!

     
  • At 9:24 PM , Blogger claudia said...

    I brought home that quick study guide for knitting. I'll let you know how it goes with my self induced lessons.
    I am looking forward to finding my way into knitting world! Can't wait to see your three finishes framed. I bet it will look great with them all framed in a row!
    And yes my commute is so much better short, I get to spend more time with my furbabies at the beginning and end of each day.

     
  • At 9:25 PM , Blogger Pumpkin said...

    Super finish Sue! I can't wait to see them all framed up :o)

    Cute dishcloth. I find I'm a very tight knitter too and it's too hard on my joints :o(

     
  • At 4:14 AM , Anonymous Pink.Canary said...

    so lovely!!! Congrats!

     
  • At 6:46 AM , Blogger Sally said...

    Cherries is gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing this and the others framed together.

     
  • At 1:30 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

    Cherries is beautiful! Your dishcloth looks great:)

     
  • At 2:09 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Very nice! I like Cherries and agree that it will look good in that frame. I can't wait to see what else you decide to put in the 3rd opening. Make sure you take a pic when it's all filled up.

    And dishcloths are a great way to practice knitting w/o worrying abt too many mistakes. Now if you can just relax your hands a bit....

     
  • At 6:08 PM , Blogger Sachiko said...

    Congratulations!
    Cherries so great!I love it,too!
    Thank you for the free stash.

     
  • At 8:00 PM , Blogger tkdchick said...

    Beautiful finish! congratulations!

     
  • At 9:23 AM , Blogger Itching To Stitch said...

    Cherries came out great. And I love the dishcloth ;)

     
  • At 11:28 AM , Blogger Hazel said...

    What a great finish. Very kind of you to offer your stash. xx

     
  • At 12:29 PM , Blogger Michele said...

    woo hoo! Cherries is lovely! congrats on the finish ;) Can't wait to see the frame you found!

    aren't cotton dish cloths nice!

     
  • At 8:35 AM , Blogger Lili said...

    Cherries looks great and I need a cheer up... Stop tempting me! It's been calling me since I got it in my stash...
    Dishcloth: I like it, Sue! I wish I could give you some advice with the needles and pain in the hands but it's difficult when you're not there in real... Basically, the yarn should go under finger two (one being thumb), over finger three and under fingers four and five. And the right tension should set itself naturally...
    Left needle should be stuck under your left arm. (That is, if you're right-handed). Right needle should be looser but also under right arm.
    Take care,
    Lili

     
  • At 6:15 PM , Blogger Solstitches said...

    I love anything by LHN and the cherries turned out so nice.
    I've knitted since being 7 yrs old but am currently knitting my first ever dishcloth!
    I like the yarn you are using for yours.

    Margaret

     
  • At 4:30 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

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  • At 4:32 AM , Blogger Heidi said...

    Very nice work.:) If ABC's for mother and daughter and Heartwarmers bellpull are still avaiable I would love to have them. Please email me at Poohcorner1114@yahoo.com and I'll email you my snail mail. :)

     
  • At 1:22 PM , Blogger Lynn said...

    Cherries looks fantastic. I'm anxious to see it framed with the others. You do a lot better than I when it comes to knitting! I can't keep an even tension at all and made a mess of things. Guess I'll stick to cross stitch.
    If the Country Santas are still available I'm interested. Send me an email at kearn@personainternet.com and let me know. Thanks for sharing.

     
  • At 9:40 AM , Blogger Meari said...

    Cherries turned out nice! Congrats on the finish.

     

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