Denise's NeedleWorks

Denise's Needleworks

Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Thursday, May 31, 2007

"But that is not all," said the Cat....

"Oh no, that is not all."

Here are a few more things that I can do....

I am almost finished with the Cat hat. I just have to weave in ends on the inside before I finish the inside hat. I think I may make a drawstring so the stuffing can be removed for washing. I am not quite sure what to stuff it with yet either.

I also have been trying to get another Baby Surprise sweater finished. Fiaba Baby is a really soft cotton yarn. I need to seam the shoulders and sew on some buttons. I was thinking that I might make a hat and booties too. There is plenty of yarn left. The baby has arrived already but the sweater will be a little big for her right now. Still, I'd better not put it off too long. It is amazing how fast babies grow!

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Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Sock attack!

I went on a sock binge! I knit socks almost exclusively for more than a week. Most of these are plain vanilla stockinette patterns. I really like doing plain socks. These first 3 pair were all done on size 2 needles. That is big enough that I can knit without looking so I can read while knitting my socks!

I finished up the koolaid dyed socks. I even wore them already. These are lots of fun to show off.

The blue and brown ones and the Jelly Bean Stripes are made from Lion Brand Magic Stripes yarn. I started the blue and brown pair during Socktoberfest I believe.

The Jelly Bean Stripes were finished but I took out the toe and reknit them a little longer. I had tried a star toe on these. It seems to be a shorter toe than what I usually use. I decided to use my regular toe when I knit them longer. I like the tapered toe better for wearing, though the star toe doesn't require grafting. As you can see I still have one of each to graft.

I also made some progress on my TOFUtsies socks. This one is on size 1 needles. That alone makes it go slower. Then I decided to add a waffle weave stitch pattern to the cuff and down the front of the sock......really, really.......slow.

I love the TOFUtises yarn though. It feels really nice and the colors are wonderful! My LYS just got in 15 new colors! YIKES!

You may have noticed the little yellow tags on a couple of the socks...this idea was courtesy of my friend, Esther. I write the details of the pattern on the tag, number of stitches, rows etc as I knit the first one. It makes the second sock much easier! Thanks Esther!

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Red and white top hat

This hat was my 4 year old son's idea. Carl picked out the yarn and told me what he wanted made from it. Dare I say that it is inspired by a certain cat? Or will I get in trouble with the Mouse and his lawyers?

The yarn is Nature Spun worsted wool. The pattern only exists in my head but I have been writing things down as I go. I can already see things that I would like to change but I am too lazy to frog and start this one over. Besides, Carl won't care. He loves it already!

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Cotton Baby Set from One Skein Wonders

Well, not all of it is directly from One Skein Wonders but it was inspired by the patterns in this book at least. The sweater is the Bamboo Baby and the booties are a very reworked version of the Be-ribboned Booties both from this book. The hat is totally made up by me to match the sweater. The whole set is garter stitch with eyelet edging.

I used size 6 needles with Phildar Licorne cotton yarn. I had 2 balls to start and there will barely be enough left to make ties for the booties. This is a really soft, smooth cotton yarn. Lovely to work with. I think I would enjoy making a summer top from it as well.

This set will be going to the Rose Tree Fiber Shop as a display sample for the yarn when I get the booties finished and find some buttons for the sweater.

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