Sunday, October 16, 2016

YOP Week 16

Hello again to all my blog followers.  I have had a productive craft week and am excited to show you what is going on at the Casa De Un Zurdo.  (House of a Lefty)

Last week I told you I was teaching myself how to knit Portuguese style.  If you want, you may go to this website to see a teaching video on how to work this style.  You do the knitting with the yarn either around your neck or through a knitting pin.  I have tried the around the neck method and while, this is not too bad, when using some yarns, it is a bit scratchy for me.  I was interested in the knitting pin method but.......................I hate putting holes in my clothes.  I went on a search in Ravelry for a Portuguese knitting group and found one. There I found that many of the people on there had decided to try their hands at making magnetic pins and have had great success.  I looked at their photos and decided I could do the same thing myself.  Out came my beading supplies and here is one of the 4 hooks I made.

It is much easier for me to work with the yarn this way.  As for the tension.......

This dishcloth was 90% made with that style.  It is both knit and purl.  I think the tension is more equal using the Portuguese style.  My purl is a bit tighter and my knit is a bit looser.  Also, the other reason I made a dishcloth is........................I was frustrated with my other projects for taking so long to complete anything.

Making the cloth was the best thing I could have done.  It inspired me to get crackin' on my other two projects.  So here is a look at one of them.

Azel is growing.  I am halfway finished with my last skein of yarn for the front.  I only work on this on the weekends as it is pretty warm still here and I am able to run the A/C at lower temps on the weekend and not pay mucho dinero (a lot of money) for the electricity it takes.

I went to do a bit of shopping yesterday and decided I had better get some buttons for the 2 Azels that will be going to their new home in a couple of months.  I looked at JoAnn's but could not find what I wanted without paying three times more than what the Sweater cost me.  I took a gander at WalMart and BEHOLD!!!!

I found exactly what I had in mind.  The wooden buttons will go on the green Azel and of course the purple ones will go on the Lavender Azel.  I am so happy about them.  I didn't want anything to fancy but something that would accent the item.

I did complete the pedicure sock

I decided not to close off an area for the big toe to go through.  I tried them on and they stay put just fine.  I do not expect them to be worn for a whole day.  Only for a few hours while waiting for the polish to dry.  At least, the foot will be warm, although, the toes may get a bit chilly.  But........................This was a requested item from someone I love.

Also, because that someone I love refuses to wear matching socks:

The second pedicure sock has been started. It is the same brand of yarn so I am hoping it too will do the twisting design the pink one did.  I am using my basic Car Socks pattern but with a Fish Kiss Lips heel and then stop when I am at the base of the little toe.  Lucky for me, The someone I love and I have the same size feet.  Makes it so much easier to measure.  Although, I do have a cardboard cut out of her foot.

That is all for my craftiness this week.  Today I will be finishing up our menus for the week, making a grocery list and probably hitting a couple of grocery stores.  Then it will be time to do a couple loads of laundry, empty the dishwasher, watch some football (American style) and knit my little heart out.

Until next time........................Happy Crafting!


Dianna M said...

A very productive week!!!!! Love the pin you made to hold your yarn. Very pretty!!! That's great you are doing so well learning this new way. Nice buttons!! Always feels great to be productive.

Renee Anne said...

Since you mentioned the Portuguese knitting, I looked into it and while I think the idea is interesting, I don't think it's going to work for me since I tension my yarn weird anyway. Oh well. Fun for others :)

Leftycrafter said...

I would love to see how you hold your yarn for tension. My original method is very unconventional since I came from crocheting to knitting. Do you pick or throw?

Breathing Life said...

Congrats on a very productive week!

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Lucy Bowen said...

Look at you! The pin is gorgeous and looks shop bought. Love the progress on Azel and the buttons will be perfect. And the non matching pedicure socks are brilliant!

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Becki said...

I love the pin! What a great idea to make it magnetic. I would never have thought of that. You are continuing to intrigue me about this Portuguese knitting. Going to check out your link above.

Sam I Am...... said...

Awesome about the Portugese knitting! I am going to try it on a washcloth too and see if I can get a pin or make one like yours. I was just going to start a Craftsy class on continental knitting but after seeing the video I think I will just 'pass go' and go right to Portugese. Yes, sometimes I find that taking a break from big projects to do something smaller and see results is a good motivator! Look at you go! Keep up the great work and projects!

Elka said...

I am always impressed by people who tinker with their method of knitting. I am a thrower and have been forever because whenever I try other methods it feels so clumsy. Even when knitting with two colors I tend to drop one yarn and pick up the next although I have knit items with colors in both hands.

and beautiful pin :-)