Monday, August 17, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Increasing stitches, casting off with a larger needle, EZ's sewn cast off. Hauling 4 yards of yarn through every stitch twice was a drag. All to no avail. When all else failed I googled "cast off toe up socks" and "eh voila."
Wendy of "www.wendyknitsdotnet" came to my rescue with a "variation of a Russian bind off" This is the best cast off ...ever.... hands down!. I am totally chuffed .
I render the directions here. Remember I knit with 5 needles adjust accordingly if you are a circular knitter. I was using a knit 2 purl 1 rib. The directions reflect this, also adjust according to your rib.
Knit the first stitch on needle 1. Slip this stitch onto needle 4. makes a nicer join at the end.
Knit 1 purl 1 slip the left needle through the two stitches (on the right needle) as if to purl and now purl these 2 stitches together.
Knit 1, now knit this stitch with the previous purl 2 tog.
Knit 1, now knit this stitch with the previous knit 2 tog.
Purl 1, now purl this stitch with the previous knit 2 tog.
Keep on going. Knit or purl as the stitches present themselves.
It is the nicest finish an wonderful and stretchy. For anyone with a high instep this is invaluable.
Now, on the " I will knit this next" list: a tale of woe and confession.
Life intruded and I didn't finish it until about 4 years later. Yup you guessed it. The vest shrunk in the knitting basket, funny how that happens. I finished said vest and entered into a fall fair and took a red ribbon ( in Canada firsts are red!) Then I sold the vest! This apparently added insult to injury.
I thought perhaps he had "grown out" of the idea. But I was informed yesterday this is not so and I am being held accountable. He doesn't want to hear about the wool in my stash or my ideas he wants me to ante up the goods and no more procrastination.
Son #2 had a wonderful time stirring up the pot by reminding #1 of the 2 sweaters I have knit him since then. In my defence I did knit (whilst wearing sun glasses) #1 a fluorescent orange jacket to wear hunting, so no one would shoot him and although it is appreciated it does not assuage his need for the fair isle.
So, let me see, I have to finish Jackie's shawl, the other black sock, Molly's socks and my left foot....
So I think I should be able to cast on the fair isle when I get back from my holiday. The Knitter's Fair is the Saturday after I get back I will shop for wool then.....or I could look online..Hmmmm?????
Saturday, August 8, 2009
My SteamPunk Shawl is just flying along. I'm 7 rows away from finishing body of it and then I'll have to do the knit border. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's done and blocked. The picture was taken when I was about 3/4 the way done the body.
I have a couple new projects in the wings, a pair of socks and mitts. Yes, Mitts. Summer has not been very seasonal this year and I find myself looking at winter projects already. Of course there is always Hubby's skull sweater. Poor guy, his projects always get pushed aside. I'd like to finish up his sweater this Fall.
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Bad news: They stock Koigu, Premium Merino the most delicious of 100% pure merino wool. Made in Canada yet! Dastardly expensive. Now that the moratorium has been lifted I will be shopping in there. There goes my retirement $$.
Good news: I have cast on the socks for Molly, of Celtic Swan fame, out of the above mentioned Koigu KPM in a luscious purple.
Bad news: This wool is so gorgeous to knit with I may be scared for life. The stitch definition is nothing short of stunning. How will my regular sock yarn ever compete? How come, when I try to photo purple wool it always turns out blue. (??)
Good news: I am going to Connecticut in like three weeks....cheering madly
Bad news: I have three weeks to finish the shawl for Jacki. Procrastination thy name is Susan.
Monday, August 3, 2009
So, I have been sock knitting this weekend. My second sock is progressing nicely and YES I know they do not match. The yarn is called "exotic" for a reason. I like them this way.
I had to model his socks he says he loves them. All together..awwwww... and that's why I am knitting him the black ones he asked for.
Time Team Socks
Did you notice? Even my knitting has jewellery. I received those markers from the sock roulette, which reminds me I have not posted a picture yet. Next time. Anyway, I use those markers all the time.
It is becoming windy I have to move my chair and as the sun is "over the yardarm" somewhere in the world I may just have a glass of wine. So there.