Friday, June 2, 2017

Four Fictional CharectersTag

Hello everyone! I am so sorry that it has been such a long time. Life, and everything involved, has gotten in the way of blogging, but on the upside that means I have many crafts, stories, and experiences to share with anyone who wants to read!

   I have been tagged for the Four Fictional Characters Tag by A Girl With Ideas!




The Rules:
1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe they relate to you
3. Tag a few other blog people! Three, or four, or even twenty. :) Share the fun!
Be sure to let them know you've tagged them!

I am:

Elizabeth Bennet

I tend to judge people before I know them.

I claim to play piano very ill,{in my case it is true.}

I love to read.

I am not "well accomplished" in the
terms of Miss Bingley and Mr. Darcy.

My sister is my confidant.

I braid my hair before I go to bed.

I hope I will be better at the end of my story.




Hermione Granger

I love school, and I think English is magic.

I love to read.

I do not have many friends, but I try to help those I do.

I am often annoying to others because I raise my hand for every question.



Laura Ingalls

I try to be helpful, but sometimes I just mess everything up.

I love to hear my father's stories.

I like to spend time with my sisters.

I like to help my mother.




Agnes Grey

I love to teach and make an impact on the lives  of  my pupils.

I love my family, and I miss them very much when I am not near them.

I do not want others to think poorly of me, so sometimes I do not handle situations in the best way.

I am set firmly in my goals and determined in my beliefs.

I love to read and write.




Notes: I have only read Little House in the Big Woods of the Little House series, but I look forward to reading the rest of it. As I am like Agnes Grey I am also like the author, Ann Brontë, who based Agnes on herself. Also unlike Agnes, {Ann}, Elizabeth, and Laura, I am the oldest sister.

This is a very enjoyable tag, thank you A Girl With Ideas for tagging me!

I hereby tag:

Erudessa Aranduriel,
Natalie {Raindrops on Roses},
Olivia Fisher,
      and
Anyone who wants to do it!

If you do it please post a link or address in the comments so that I can read it. I am very excited to read what you all have to say. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Shawl Knitalong

This is the last post of my shawl knitalong. This week we will cast off, make one more rosette, and add  the final touches. This week is where the crochet hook and rosettes come in.

Shawl:
Continue in the pattern from last week until you reach your desired length.
Cast off.
Your shawl may curl at the edges, to remedy this you can bloc the shawl.
To bloc: soak the shawl in warm water for 10-15 minutes,
and stretch it out on a towel in the shape you want it.
You can put weights on the edges that curl.
When your shawl is dry you can start on the decorations.
I would recommend blocking before the decorations.



Decorations:
            
(Decoration) You should have a gradual curve.
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight, also using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
It should look like this right after cast off.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.
The end product rosette.


All 9 rosettes.
















Alright, now gather your rosettes, finished shawl base, and crochet hook. You may also want to weigh down the top of your shawl so that it is easier to attach the rosettes. 
I used books to weigh down the top. 












Now spread the rosettes out on the knit side of the shawl along the edges.












Turn over the first rosette and find the 2 separate strands, you will use these to attach them to the shawl. Place back on the shawl slightly below where you want it to be. Put 1 strand to the left, and the other to the right. 










I have outlined the st the rosette will be attached to with the crochet hook, which we will use to pull the yarn through.








Pull the right strand from right to left through the outlined st, and the left strand from left to right. Pull tight so that the rosette is drawn up to the st. Tie a double knot to secure. Do not cut the strands.







Right to left.







Left to right.























Continue up both sides of the shawl until all the rosettes are attached.












Using the strands from the first rosette we are going to make a leaf. Start by hooking the yarn through a st to the left. Loop the strand twice around the st, and move up and inward to another st.

Do the same on the other side. Choose a st for the peak of your leaf and draw the left strand through from right to left, and the right strand from left to right.











This is 1 side of the leaf, it creates a ridge that will show up even if your colors are very similar.

Tie over the top of the st, and you have a leaf.
Do this on each rosette at different angles so that it looks more natural. Trim the strands.










Now you have finished the leaves, but we aren't finished yet.


Draw a loop of yarn through the top and center of the shawl, pull the loop larger and larger until you can pull the loop to the nearest rosette, fold, and pull the end back to the source with a little extra yarn. pull the end not connected to the ball/skein almost tight, but keep the loop about the same size as your finger.
 Put your crochet hook through the loop and straight down through the shawl.













Hook the yarn and pull through the shawl and the loop creating another loop, put your hook through the new loop and the shawl and hook and pull through again, creating another new loop.
This will turn into a chain st, work in this way down towards the nearest rosette.
When you reach the rosette pull the last loop large enough to go over the rosette, pull over the rosette and pull the yarn on the back so that the loop is tight, and tie off.






Continue to connect the rosettes with the chain st branching off of other rosettes, connecting from the top, or whatever pattern you like.











When you have finished connecting the rosettes with the chain st you can add a few leaves onto the stems so that they look more natural.


















And that is the end of my shawl knitalong. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did, and I am looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you for reading!


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Shawl Knitalong

This is the fifth post of my shawl knitalong, you can find the other posts in my sidebar.
This week we will also make two rosettes.

Shawl
Starting with the 57 sts from last week.
First row: k1 yo k55 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k57 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k59 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k61 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k63 yo k1.
p row: p across.
This is before the outside increases, I
put yarn where the needles would go
to show you what it looks like.
k row: k1 yo k65 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k67 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k69 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k71 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k73 yo k1.
Continue until you reach just slightly less than your desired length, do not cast off,
k row: kfb yo k across yo kfb.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 kfb yo k across yo kfb k1.
p row: p across.
You can see that it doesn't drape well.
k row: k2 kfb yo k across yo kfb k2.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb yo k across yo kfb k3.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb yo k across yo kfb k4.
That is all for this week, this new piece of the pattern will make the shawl drape over the wearer's arms more than just the triangular shawl. You don't have to include this, you can just continue to your desired length in the triangular pattern.

We will need 9 rosettes total, so far we have 5.

Decorations (2)
            
(Decoration) You should have a gradual curve.
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight, also using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
It should look like this right after cast off.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.

That is all for this week, I am so very sorry I have not been posting as promised, the last few weeks have been more than I have had time for. I will try to get back on track. Thank you for reading!

The end product rosette.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Shawl knitalong

This is the 4th post of my shawl knitalong, you can find the other 3 herehere, and here.
The pictures are getting harder to make understanable, so you will have to rely more on the pattern.
This week we will continue on the main shawl, and make 2 rosettes.

Shawl

57 sts and growing steadily.

Starting with the 41 sts from last week.
First row: k1 yo k39 yo k1
next row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k41 yo k1
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k43 yo k1
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k45 yo k1
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k47 yo k1
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k49 yo k1
p row: p across.
Continue working in the pattern until you reach 57 sts on your needle.


Decorations (2)
            
(Decoration) You should have a gradual curve.
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight, also using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
It should look like this right after cast off.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.

That is all for this week, I am looking forward to next Friday. Thank you for reading!

The end product rosette.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Shawl Knitalong

This is the 3rd post of my shawl knitalong, you can find the 1st and 2nd posts Here(1st), and Here(2nd). I am extremely sorry this is late, I was sick on Friday so I did not post. I am very sorry. This week we will continue on the main shawl and make another rosette. Now that the main shawl is getting larger the pictures of it will not be as good because I cannot spread it out on the needles.

Shawl:
This is the end for this week, 41 sts.
start with the 29 sts from last week.
First row: k1 yo k27 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k29 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k31 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k33 yo k1.
Continue in this until you reach 41 sts on your needle, that is where we will start next week.


Decorations
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
Your decoration should curve slightly.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.

It should look like this right after cast off.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.








The end product rosette.

 Thank you for reading, I am so sorry I didn't get this out sooner, I am looking forward to next week and I hope you are as well.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Shawl Knitalong


This is the second post of my shawl knitalong, you can find the first part of it Here.
This week we will be making the shawl larger, and we will make another rosette.
Transferred to single pts.

Shawl
Starting with the 13 sts from last week on your needle transfer work to the 5.00 single pts.
Continue in the pattern:
Next row: k1 yo k11 yo k1.
Next row: purl across.
k row: k1 yo k13 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k15 yo k1.
p row: p across.
This is the 29 st end for this week.
k row: k1 yo k17 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k19 yo k1.
p row: p across.
Continue by adding two every k row with the yos,
and purling every p row. we will start from 29 sts next week.


Decorations
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
            
(Decoration) You should have a gradual curve.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.

It should look like this right after cast off.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.




The end product rosette.


Thank you for reading, I hope you are enjoying it and that I am not going too slowly or too quickly for you. I am looking forward to next week.


Friday, September 16, 2016

Shawl Knitalong

In my last post I asked for suggestions for crafts and activities my readers would like to see on my blog. One of the suggestions I received was something with knitting. Knitting was a prominent skill on the frontier. It was useful for keeping warm. They didn't have insulated, waterproof coats back then, so they had to make the clothing they needed to stay warm.
  Sometimes the youngest children, who didn't have to leave the house every day, didn't have warm winter clothing for outdoors. It took a lot of knitting to keep everyone warm, usually the mother and the children who did not work, all the girls, and any boys under the age of ten, or earn money would sit at home and knit after school.
Cast on two stitches.

Shawl Knitalong
Here is how it works:
Every Friday I will post a small section of the project.
The pattern is easy, and if anyone needs me to explain anything please post a comment and I will try to help you. 
The written pattern will be accompanied by photographs of my project to help make it easier.
We will be working on two seperate things at once that will be put together at the end.
These abrieviations will be used: k(knit), p(purl), yo(yarn over), k2tog(knit two together), kfb(knit front and back), sts(stitches).
This is the yarn-over on the first row.

You will need:
a set of 5.00mm double point needles,
a pair of 5.00mm straight needles,
one 5.50mm crochet hook,
one skein of worsted weight yarn, your color choice,
one cake of lace weight yarn, your color choice.

Shawl
Cast on 2 sts on 2 double points in worsted weight.
First row: k1yo k1.
Next row: k1 yo k1 yo k1.
This is the end for this week.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k3 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k5 yo k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 yo k7 yo k1.
Purl every purl row, yo 1 st after k1 and before last st every k row.
This should give you a gradual increase forming a triangular shawl.

Decorations
            
(Decoration) You should have a gradual curve.
Cast on 2 sts in lace weight, also using 2 double points.
First row:k1 kfb.
Next row: k across.
Next row: k1 kfb k1.
First purl row: p across.
k row: k2 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k3 kfb k1.
p row: p across.
k row: k4 kfb k1.
purl every purl row, knit 1 more before your kfb every knit row, when you have 10 sts on your needle knit stockinette for 5 rows.
It should look like this right after cast off.
Next row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across.
p row: p across.
k row: k1 k2tog k across. Repeat k1 k2tog k across every k row, purl across every p row, until you have 2 sts left then cast off.
Leave 3 inch strand of yarn after casting off, use to tie/weave in a spiral until it resembles a rosette.

That is all for this week, I am looking forward to next Friday. Thank you for reading!

The end product rosette.