Friday, February 17, 2006

Project #4 Adult Ski Hat

Yippee! I created another master piece!

Ok... well maybe it isn't quite a master piece but I'd have to say that it turned out much nicer than I had anticipated. Not so much the quality of my looming on my yellow Knifty Knitter loom but the colors.
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Although you can't see the true colors due to monitor variances... the brim or band is a very pale ice aqua color. It almost looks white on my computer. I found that it wasn't thick enough even using two strings so I decided I'd use a strand of the grey angora rabbit/alpaca yarn which would compliment one another (the colors that is)... as soon as I finished the band. Hoping it would start thickening up as I knit the remainder of the hat.
However as I knit (loomed) ... I really hated the contrasting colors. I started to pull it out then realized I didn't have any other thicker yarn to replace the color. So onward I loomed!
Are you ready for this?! ~*~ Of course you are! :o)
Upon completion... I actually do like the color combination. All turned out well! sum it up...
fiber contents: The aqua ice yarn is baby soft alpaca. The dk grey strand is 70% juvenile alpaca/30% angora rabbit.
Is the hat baby soft?! You betcha!!

~* This looming is getting to be fun! I have no clue what I'm doing but it's fun anyways!! *~

Oh.....I want to make sure to invite you to our web boutique to check out our yarns & such!

Thursday, February 16, 2006

A 3rd Project! Knit & felted Water Bottle Tote

Here's something a little different. I used my Knifty Knitter loom and my luxury yarn that I raised here on the farm. True Black huacaya alpaca 70% blended with 30% light grey english angora rabbit. This yarn is heavenly! It cost me a small fortune to get it processed because nobody likes to mill angora rabbit because of it leaves a cloud of fleece on the machinery & everything in the room. It's very messy due to it's fly-away consistency. The best I can describe angora is ... like cotton candy on the tongue. You just can't feel it. It's so light, so soft... it's as if you're not touching anything. Heavenly it is. Blended with alpaca only makes it that much more luxurious.

This water bottle tote came to mind as a useful item for when I take the alpacas for walks, or when working out back... or even cleaning pastures. Power walkers, bicyclers, beach combers... many people find this useful.
I used a Knifty Knitter loom, with my Angora/Alpaca blended yarn as described above.
The handle or strap... was attached as I removed the project from the loom (I forget what that's called) - but I wanted to add strength so I started making the strap using 3 pegs- as close to the bottom of the tote. (I tightened it up later). Once I completed making the strap, I attached it to each side of the "pocket" or tote... using a crochet hook. The strap goes all the way down to the base of the tote & is tied inside- both strap ends. Then the tails are weaved in to the existing stitches.
I added the beige accent as a contrast. Oh... I also made a knit ring that I knit around the strap where I hang my keys when I am out walking.
Once I got all done, I washed it in the washing machine, hot soapy water on a short cycle.
It didn't shrink and felted only partially but just enough to add strenth and hold the knitting together & prevent stretching. I may even wash it again.
It holds up to a quart bottle.
Please feel free to post your comments.

My 2nd Project: Drawstring Pouch 100% Alpaca

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Yippee! I made a second project all on my own. Of course I had no pattern nor any clue as to what I was going to make until I was actually doing it. I had this sensuously soft alpaca that I just wanted to work with just to feel it I guess. Home grown right here in Central New York by prime juvenile huacaya alpacas... this yarn is dreamy soft.
(You see... I have a very busy life and too many pans in the fire so to speak... plus I have a bit of attention deficit disorder I think... so I try to keep my projects small).

Created with one of the Knifty Knitter looms. This pouch is small. Approx 4.5" x 6" tall.
Made of 100% Pure farm fresh juvenile huacaya alpaca. Please feel free to comment on any of the projects.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

My first Knifty Knitter project: Ski Hat 100% Alpaca

I took some photo's today of my very first creations on the Knifty Knitter looms. Heck... they are my only projects by any means since I don't know how to knit or crochet with needles & just learned how to use the looms at a seminar taught by Chris Gilman at a workshop during Empire Alpaca Symposium February 5th, 2005 at the Turning Stone Casino's event Center. It was a 3 hr course that cost $40 which included the 4 pk looms & enough alpaca yarn for several projects.
I figured that I had better make something while the info is still in my head. I took 2 photos of each project made.
* Now I am looking for more easy projects to tackle using the Knifty Knitter looms. They MUST be detailed instructions with photos as I am very new at this :o) so please feel free to email me any potential projects!!
I'm ready for a new challenge.
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This hat is made of 100% home grown Central New York Huacaya Alpaca, processed & spun by A+ Alpaca Fiber Mill in Jordan, NY. The hat is my very first project!! It fits a youth- large child or small teen.
My first lesson learned: Projects can knit up alot smaller than the loom! ;-o ooops!

Sunday, February 12, 2006

~* Welcome! *~
Grab a beverage, make yourself comfortable and browse my postings. My site is new in the making so stick with me as I create it. I hope to fill it with all my new accomplishments as I learn loom knitting. To date I have made 3 items with minimal complications. (knock on wood) :o) Unable to knit with needles nor crochet... this is a great step forward for me.
By the way... Let me formally introduce myself :o)
My name is Pam. I am 45, divorced for MANY years. My partner & I raise a small herd of alpacas in Canastota New York... I'm also a full time nurse that works 7pm - 7:30am on a surgical unit. Quite frequently I cover pediatrics as well. In conjunction with our alpaca business we have a internet alpaca boutique where we sell affordable alpaca fibered socks, accessories, garments & yarns.
We have a grown son, a beautiful daughter-in-law to be (hopefully) & an absolutely gorgeous wee little grandaughter. They live in Minnesota and I have yet to meet them.