Can’t stop making those potholders

Hi Everyone!

HAWK meeting this Sunday Sept 9, 2012:
Time: 11:30 to 2:30
Place: Church Library
Bring or finish up your potholders or bring whatever projects you are working on.

Hope you had a nice summer. Most kids are back to school now and the quarter system UC kids are getting ready to head back. I know many folks are squeezing in last minute summer travel before Fall sets in.

For me, I just can’t stop making pot holders! It’s been pretty addictive, making those colorful cotton heat-proof squares.
can't stop making these potholders

Last call for potholders:
This morning I sent a bag of these beauties (that you HAWK ladies have made) to Mike Chan. So, if you have any more you want to donate to CityTeam’s kitchen, bring them Sunday or bring them to OHANA on September 15. Mike will be bringing the potholders along with the spices he will be collecting at OHANA to CityTeam a few days later.

Hope to see you Sunday!



Mystery Swirl Part 3 – Grafting…Grafting…Done!

I made a video demonstating grafting/weaving on the Mystery Swirl squares. Grafting/Weaving Your Mystery Swirl Squares

Thanks to all the HAWK ladies who contributed to this blanket. I really love the way it turned out. Our first Charity Baby Blanket for the year has been shipped off now, we’re almost done with the second one (a lovely aqua version of the Mystery Swirl), and just last Sunday we started our third blanket!


Mystery Swirl – part 2

Last time, we casted on and knitted round 1 while dividing the stitches onto 4 needles.

Now we are ready for round 2. Round 2 and every even round is an increase round.

yo,k,yo, and then knit to the end of the needle

In the case of Round 2, knitting to the end of the needle involves knitting only one stitch. This is what it looks like after working the first needle.


This is what it looks like after working the second needle…


and the third…


and the fourth. Round 2 is now done and every needle has 2 additional stitches , 8 stitches total


Round 3 and all odd-numbered rounds are all knits, all the way around.


This is the way it looks when I’m working the double pointed needles.  Stitches are worked counter-clockwise from the needle to the left of the working yarn onto the free needle.


Round 4 and all even numbered rounds are the increase rounds. They are worked yo, k, yo and then k until the end of the needle. Work each needle the same way until the end of the round.


After completing an increase round, there are 2 stitches more on each needle.

QUIZ( 2 questions + extra credit):




Hope you did well on the quiz!  Here is what the square looks like after a few more rounds. The lacy swirl pattern has formed!


You can now switch to 16″ circular needle if desired. Remember to place ring markers in the space that is between the needles so that you would know when to do the increases.

After there are 96 stitches total, purl one round, then knit 4 rounds with no increase. Transfer the stitches onto 4 pieces of scrap  yarn and pat yourself on the back!

Here is Jenny’s completed square with the stitches transferred onto scrap yarn.


Isn’t it gorgeous?

Next time: weaving them together!

Mystery Swirl Charity Blanket

At our H.A.W.K. meeting last Sunday, we started a new charity blanket, “Mystery Swirl”. It is based on Elizabeth Zimmermann’s Mystery Blanket except with swirls. The hardest part of the project for people to wrap their brains around is the very beginning of each the squares. Emily Ocker’s Circular Beginning is the method we used. There is are some excellent videos on YouTube demonstrating it.

The next step is to put the stitches onto 4 double pointed needles and then knit one round. For those who are not familiar with knitting on DPs, it might be confusing.

Here are some pictures I took while knitting the stitches onto the four needles. I think it might be a little easier than splitting them up and then knitting.

Here are the stitches on the first needle after the cast-on.

After Emily Ocker Cast On

Pull on the tail to tighten up the loop and to bring the stitches together. Slide the stitches to the right end of the needle. Note that the first stitch that you casted on is on the far right and the last one is on the far left.

First stitch is on the right - loop is tighten up

Now insert the second needle into the first stitch


and knit it onto the second needle.


Knit the 2nd stitch in the same way. You now have two stitches on needle 2.


Now take needle 3 and knit stitches 3 and 4 off of needle 1.


Then take needle 4 and knit stitches 5 and 6 off of needle 1.


Finally, take needle 5 and knit stitches 7 and 8 off of needle 1.


Now needle 1 is free. Tighten up the loop again by pulling on the tail. Notice how the working yarn is coming from the last stitch worked and all you stitches are going around in a circle, counter-clockwise.

You are now ready to work round 2 by working the stitches from needle 2 to the free needle, then needle 3, 4, and 5. It is a good idea to put a safety pin or a marker on the first stitch of your round , moving it up from time to time the piece gets larger.

ready to knit round 2

Next time: Round 2

Shoulder Wrap

Shoulder Wrap

My mom wanted a wrap for her shoulders & since I did not have any knitting needles with me, I borrowed crochet hooks from my sister. Used whatever leftover yarn she had to come up with this concoction. I found a pattern on the internet- I think it was called "wheelchair wrap" or something to that effect. I prefer to knit because the stitches are more closely woven and has greater elasticity.

Recycling Loom Waste

One great thing about weaving is how quickly one can go through yarn! I’ve had skeins upon skeins of cotton yarn that I bought on sale. With a giant ball of Sugar and Cream Hombre, I made a seven foot long table runner last year.

Woven Table Runner sm

During the Christmas break, I started making some placemats with two heddles. I made lots of mistakes but I’m getting better. Here are the first two placemats. The selvedges gradually got better and at the end, I was pretty proud of my hems!


I cut those first mats off the loom and retied the ends to get the tension more even. I have enough warp left on the loom for two more placemats.

In the mean time, I ended up with a huge pile of loom waste. Here’s just a small fraction of what I actually had.

loom waste sm

Not wanting to throw away all those scraps of yarn,  knotted  them together and so that I could make something useful out of them.

loom waste yarn sm

I knitted a 9 ” by 9″ square with all the knots and ends on one side. Then I folded the square in half and sewed up the three open sides with all the knots and ends on the inside. The result is a well padded pot holder!

loom waste 004

Baby Booties – donated to CPC

Booties  with the "feet" pin

Booties with the "feet" pin

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