Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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Discover solutions to get past that knitting slump that’ll make you shout Bingo   For those that grew up with knitting, the entire process can seem calming, even meditative. But for those just starting out, frustration might be the first thing that comes to mind while they work their needles. Above picture from Blackberry Beads To fix this, here are some simple suggestions to keep things in perspective for the novice knitter. Start a Project That’s Fun Knitting doesn’t have to be work and it’s important that each project is done to be true to each person’s individual needs.... (Read More ...)

Norwegian TV is broadcasting a marathon session of making a sweater.  From shearing the sheep to spinning the yarn to knitting, all in 5 hours.           It’s not clear why this is presumed humorous to many online writers. Maybe they’ve never enjoyed watching someone spin yarn and knit a sweater? Or done it themselves? One of the TV stations in New York City used to broadcast a burning yule log during the Christmas holidays.  Is it so far fetched to still enjoy the simpler things on television? What do you think? Is this just funny, or a serious and welcome... (Read More ...)

Yes, I’m still knitting the Tropical Nights Shrug from one of the recent Cast On Magazine knitting patterns.  The body of the shrug is done.  The ripple edge lays flat.  Since it ran down the fronts and around the back, there were over 450 stitches per row.  So it took a while to complete. Because the yarn is acrylic, it doesn’t block like the original yarn.  The original blocking is a large open lace pattern.  This project is turning into a tighter lace pattern. Next up are the sleeves, and one is started. Please leave a comment about your favorite way to adapt knitting patterns... (Read More ...)

Do you find change knitting patterns on the fly? I started a variation of the Tropical Nights Shrug knitting pattern found in the May – July 2013 issue of Cast On. That’s the official publication of The Knkitting Guild Association. The original is made of wool sock weight yarn.  Knitting with wool in the heat of summer is not fun.  So I’m using Bernat Sox Yarn in the Crazy Hot colorway for the main color, and Faded Denim for the contrast. This sock weight yarn is acrylic, so will not block like wool.  I actually like the effect so far, because the open mesh is less open. The... (Read More ...)

Knitting podcasts intrigue me. The Knitting Yarn posts have been both audio and video podcasts for a couple of years now. And what other folks do with knitting podcasts is inspiring and interesting. Recently, I read the following post with recommendation for knitting podcasts, and thought you’d like to see the recommendations too. W.I.P.S and My Favorite Knitting Podcasts I have a few w.i.p.s going at the moment, namely one I have been working on for some time now and which I seem to drag my feet on getting done. It is my first foray into the sweater world, well actually it is a jacket... (Read More ...)

How do you knit a heart dishcloth? Recently I knit one for the Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts knitting classes.  And it’s a nice dishcloth.  It is a good one to learn about twisted stitches, which are basically simple cable stitches.  And it has texture with seed or moss stitch on the heart. It got me to thinking though about knitting a simpler one that is smaller.  The dishcloth for Jo-Ann’s is about 10 inches square, and that’s a little large for me. One of my favorite easy knitted dishcloth patterns is for Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth.  This pattern is garter stitch, and... (Read More ...)

This month I finished knitting a scarf. It’s one of those ruffled scarves, with a novelty yarn called Sashay Yarn. The scarf pattern was easy, although the instructions were missing important parts.  The yarn is called a ribbon by some, although I’d describe it more as a mesh. The yarn sat in my work basket for a while.  It took some concentration and knitting several times to get the technique right. Sometimes a project just needs to wait.  When I saw several knit at a local yarn store, that was incentive to try again.  After all the pattern was all garter stitch.  How hard could... (Read More ...)

Does your knitting change with the seasons?  And are you finding yourself knitting the same knitting patterns over and over? Maybe it’s time for a change, even a small one. My knitting varies with the seasons.  I like to try — and often adapt — new knitting patterns whenever I can. In the hottest weather I set aside my wool projects.  Knitting even wool blends in air conditioning just doesn’t appeal to me in the hottest weather.  Which this year ran from May until September. This past week we’ve had a drop in the daily temperatures of 20 degrees.  I expect them to rise... (Read More ...)

Lately, my projects involve lace knitting instructions. About a month ago, I started a what I thought would be a quick project. It’s a small purse originally designed for a bride. I thought it would make an elegant formal bag, perhaps for a prom or another formal. I glanced at the instructions, and the degree of difficulty according to the publisher. I thought it would be within my skill. Well, yes it is. I did learn a few things about knitting lace I want to share, though. Knitting Tip #1: The “finishing” may take longer than the main section. In this case, the main part of... (Read More ...)

Yesterday’s mail brought me a treat: Vintage knitting issue I first learned about Piecework Magazine’s annual historical knitting issue while reading this Peacefully Knitting blog post about vintage knitting, which convinced me to subscribe. I called first to be sure they were still offering the historical issue with paid subscriptions. Which they were. Phew! 😉 Historical knitting is intriguing. It’s interesting to get a glimpse of how our ancestors dressed and lived. While they’re now silent, their knitting can still give us insight into their lives. I grew up with stories... (Read More ...)