Tuesday, July 24, 2007

For the Love of Hexagons

I know there has been an enormous amount of interest lately on crocheting hexagons. Alex at Moonstitches has definitely contributed to this infatuation. Her colour choices have been simply gorgeous. The problem is some of us mere mortals are, at times, crochet challenged. This is an example. The crocheted hexagon is, indeed, proving to be a bit of a challenge. It looks more like a crocheted circle. I won't even show you a picture.

Well today I have come to the rescue for those that cannot produce a crocheted hexagon. May I present:

The Knitted Hexagon

Materials: Worsted weight yarn
Needles compatible to yarn

One Hexagon requires about 12 yards of wool

Cast on 79 stitches.

Row 1. And every odd row, Purl.

Row 2. K2T, K 10, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K10. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 3. Purl

Row 4. K2T, K8, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K8. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 5. Purl

Row 6. K2T, K6, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K6. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 7. Purl

Row 8. K2T, K4, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K4. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 9. Purl

Row 10. K2T, K2, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K2. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 11. Purl

Row 12. K2T, *Slip 1, K2T, PSSO. Repeat *four times. Slip 1, K1, PSSO.

Row 13. Purl

Row 14. Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, Slip 1, K2T, PSSO, K1.

Break wool. Leave a twelve inch tail. Run end through remaining 3 stitches. Draw close and seam two edges together. Leave end for joining next hexagon.

These little cuties really are sweet. If you choose to do more than one colour by all means, do it! Here I have shown you an unblocked green and blue one. Be adventurous! And enjoy!
N.B. Blogger lost this post yesterday. Imagine my utter glee after typing out this pattern to find out it was gone. Then lost internet service til this morning.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Reading, Knitting, Planning, Decorating, Crocheting...

But, alas, I am only one woman. I am busily trying to prepare a little Knitting Shower for my SIL. My husband's sister belongs to our knitting group and I am organizing a very small soiree for her tomorrow evening. Nothing large, just our group of 6 or 7 women with some crudites, nibblies, tea sandwiches and the like. Of course there will be some of this. And then tea with the Hazelnut Cakelet from here. That is the planning category.

The decorating has to do with what flowers to display, what plates to use, figuring out which glasses hold the most liquor for your buck and what table cloth can be used to go over an outdoor table with a umbrella in the middle (how the hell do we figure that one out?) I have also been organizing my transferware. I moved the blue transferware to the bottom of my dresser and brought out my red transferware that never gets displayed. That was quite the job. Seriously, what a lot of bother. And washing all the dishes, my heavens.

The crocheting is not, well, crochet, per se. It's more like what do I what to crochet next? You know, the preliminary part.

The knitting is something in the works, really. And a suprise for all of you. I will be posting something about it tomorrow but I know many of you will enjoy it.

And the reading? Well you do see the picture don't you. I am so in love with the Caroline Atkins book, I can't put it down. The pictures are just so lovely and tranquil.

Well that is it for now. But do come back tomorrow for your little gift.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Little Lovelies from England

I totally forgot to show you the lovelies mother brought me back from England. A Cath Kidston clothes peg bag, a toast rack, again from the Queen of All Things Good and a tin of syrup. I know this all seems rather meager but I have eaten all the other goodies. Oh, and the oilcloth all this is sitting on was lugged back by father. It is adorable with cherries, pears and strawberries. I believe they purchased it at John Lewis. There were chocolates, my favourite Jacob lemon sandwich biscuits that are a devil to find here in Canada and of course, candy galore. Really the best candy comes from England!

Why is it so many wonderful things come from the UK or Europe? I want a Cath Kidston shop in town, a Greengate across the road, a stall that sells cornish pasties on the corner and a Jacob's biscuit factory just close enough so I can smell the cookies being made. Honestly, is this too much to ask for?