Monthly Archives: July 2009

Clue 3 Finished!!

Well, my shoulders are stiff, my eyes are red,
but it’s all worth it, because Clue the Third is done!
can’t resist a few photos –
clue3f

clue3h

New Kitty Links

25 July 2009 –
Added a few new fun kittenesque links – enjoy!

Exonumist Shawl from WendyKnits

WendyKnits has posted photos of an incredible shawl that she designed and knit. I am always astounded that people can do things like this. Here’s a photo, but there are more on her blog:
exonuminst

Utter Lack of Self Control

Saturday 25 July 2009
Follow Up:
The skeins have arrived! MyHedgeHogKnits sent them promptly, and included a little charm that says “knitter.” The laceweight is prettier than in the picture, because the grey is a bit more taupe-y, maybe it’s called “mink.” The sock yarn is also lovely, and/but slightly different that it looked on my monitor.
No regrets!

* * * * * * * * * * * * * *

No discipline.
Complete inability to resist.
Cannot just walk away, when I know I should.

Exhibits A and B, from MyHedgeHogKnits:

1300 yards of laceweight alpaca/cashmere/silk in the Agatha colorway:

agatha

400 yards of gorgeous hand-dyed sock yarn in Autumn:

autumn

I never stood a chance against those skeins!

Future Plan for Land of the Sweets

I have three skeins of Pima Petite yarn from The Unique Sheep in the delightful colorway, Land of the Sweets:

LandofSweets

I’ve been looking around for a good pattern, that would split the difference between sweater and vest, and now I’ve found it.
Behold! Gilet Sleeveless Cardigan from Sirdar Spinning

gilet

Secret Garden Clue the Second!

Ta da!
Clue2e

Circular Shawl Knitting for the Terminally Confused

I’m making the Secret Garden Shawl, and I had a lot of trouble getting started. After I whined, moaned, sulked, screamed, and generally acted like a baby, I vowed to take lots of photos and collect lots of links, so that other klutzes would have a roadmap.
Ta Da! Start-of-a-circular-shawl!
clue1e

So, without further ado,
Starting a Circular Shawl for Complete Idiot Dummy Morons:

I used Emily Ocker’s cast on. Emily passed her cast on method to Elizabeth Zimmerman, who passed it on to the world. The basic technique is this: Wrap yarn around your finger a couple of times, make a chain of crochet stitches, then slide them onto needles.

The details:
Here is a good pictorial version of Emily Ocker’s cast on, found on
Bagatell’s Blog.
Two videos of the technique, both on YouTube:
One from kellypetkun, and
the other by MountainMom.

This is a photo of the cast on stitches on a crochet hook:

CastOn

The next step was to “pick up stitches with double pointed needles (dpns)” I finally realized I could “pick up” the stitches by simply sliding them from the crochet hook onto the needles. First, slide all the stitches onto one needle:

dpn1

Next, divide them up onto the other three needles. Since I had 12 stitches, the math is simple – three stitches on each needle.
Here are the 12 stitches divided in half and put on 2 needles:
2dpns

And then divide them again, till they’re on four needles:
4dpns2

Place a stitch marker between the working yarn and the first stitch.
stitchmarker

Next, start knitting the first row. Use the extra (5th) needle to knit with. Each time you finish with one dpn, it will become the extra.
The Secret Garden pattern required knitting into the front and back of each stitch, doubling the total number of stitches, one dpn at a time. In this photo, I’ve just started and have knit into the front and back of one group of 3 stitches, transforming it into 6 stitches!

1strow1

You know when you’ve gone all the way around, because you get back to the stitch marker! Photo please:
firstrowdone

That’s it! You’ve done it!
Hot Tips:
1. Wrap the yarn around your finger twice, not just once. I have no idea why, but knitters whom I respect keep saying this.
2. Work the beginning on a pillow, and turn the pillow, instead of trying to turn the work.

More Resources:
This is yet another alternative cast on, from the incomparable
Fleegle. Fleegle’s Alternative cast on.

And, this one is just a very
encouraging blog post from Seed who also learned a lot from this!

Finally, Heirloom Knitting is just an amazing lace knitting site.