Saturday, April 21, 2012

Trashy Planting

Tomorrow is Earth Day!  Here are some items that instead of throwing out I've been putting to good use:

Plastic bottles.  I cut them in half and use both the top and bottom halves as little green house domes for the newly started plants.

(banana peppers)
Ice-cream containers for the plants I plan on transferring outside later. I poke holes in the bottom for water drainage and there tops actually catch the water very well.  I haven't had one leak yet!

(cucumbers... I think)
This one was my dads doing!  It's a strawberry carton.  He added foil to keep the dirt from falling out of the holes.

And as always scrap fabric yarn!  Great for Earth Day projects!  Have I mentioned how creating alternative yarns is one of my favorite projects?  Hmm, I believe I have!  

See ya later!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Simple Capelet, Thick & Quick

I knit this capelet using three balls of Lion Brand, Wool-Ease, Thick & Quick yarn, in mesquite.  Size 13 needles.

C.O. 72 sts
Knit in round.

Row 1 - 5: K4, P4
Row 6: K all sts, increasing once every 10 sts. (You should now have 79 sts)
Row 7 & 8: Knit
Row 9: Knit all sts, increase once every 8 sts. (88 sts)
Row 10 & 11: Knit
Row 12: Knit all sts, increase once every 6 sts. (102 sts)
Row 13 & 14: Knit
Row 15: Knit all sts, increase once every 4 sts. (127 sts)

Continue knitting until the whole piece measures 11 inches long, from the top.
For the last 5 rows K4, P4 and bind off.

When it's finished it should measure 13 inches long and have a top width of 32 inches and a bottom width of 54 inches.

Happy Knitting!