Tuesday, May 30, 2017
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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 ...)

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 ...)

Does knitting relieve your stress? If so you’re not alone.  Knitting stimulates the Relaxation Response.  And if you’re a spinner or a crocheter or other crafter, your craft probably does the same thing! “I take my knitting everywhere to take the edge off of moments that would otherwise drive me stark raving mad.”  ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit’s End:  Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much Knitters and other crafters have known for centuries what medical science has confirmed in the last 30 years.  Knitting is relaxing! 🙂 Do you find yourself drawn to... (Read More ...)

  My mother never considered herself a knitter. If you asked her, she’d say she sewed, quilted, and crocheted.  She did many other things, including some knitting. As Mother’s Day 2011 approaches, I decided to look at the baby set she knit for me.  I haven’t looked at it in several years.  I recalled vaguely the knitting patterns included lace, although I wasn’t quite sure about it.  And I’m not sure I ever really studied it. Well, was I surprised! It’s a diagonal lace knitting pattern.  The cap is knit in one piece, with two seams going partway up the back.  The sweater... (Read More ...)

For the past few weeks, I haven’t felt like knitting.  Until . . . Earlier this week I sat up most of the night with a sick family member. And after about an hour, I felt an urge to start a pair of socks.  I decided to use the pattern that came with the yarn. Well, the way I knit, I’ll start with it as a template! Usually I tweak knitting patterns as I go . . . So I dutifully knit a swatch for the gauge.  And as happens sometimes, the swatch didn’t match the section I cast on and began knitting.  In full disclosure, I did use a different cast-on stitch.  😳 The looser cast-on made... (Read More ...)