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Modified: 2010-03-15T15:26:28Z

 



Knit Tagging: The Pole

2010-03-15T15:31:38Z

About 3 weeks ago -- give or take a week here or there -- I finished this pretty little item replete with a crochet edge, a super long tail, and a Q button. Perhaps I was overly attached to this...



A Mystery No More!

2010-03-08T01:52:22Z

The Mystery KAL is a mystery no more! On Friday a gaggle of the KALers donned their newly complete Skoodlets and descended upon the community table at Uncommon Threads to share, munch, and laugh. I think I have just discovered...



Curiouser and Curiouser

2010-02-27T03:50:55Z

I've just completed the 2nd installment of the Uncommon Threads Mystery KAL and it just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. This installment features short rows, button holes, and asymmetrical increasing. There is something disorienting -- yet strangely exhilarating -- about...
I've just completed the 2nd installment of the Uncommon Threads Mystery KAL and it just keeps getting curiouser and curiouser. This installment features short rows, button holes, and asymmetrical increasing. 

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There is something disorienting -- yet strangely exhilarating -- about knitting something for which you have no clue what it looks like. I'm beginning to piece together a partial visual image and believe this "accessory" will be donned on knit tagging evenings.  Third installment due out next Monday, party the following Friday -- I'm jazzed!

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Second Installment Finished




The Joy of a Well Written Pattern

2010-02-24T03:33:06Z

I am one of the 966 Ravelry knitters who has experienced the sheer joy of knitting Brooklyn Tweed's Girasole pattern. Part of this joy stems from the uninterrupted rhythm of knitting in the round. Another portion of said joy can...



Miss Marple Would Be Proud

2010-02-20T16:55:32Z

Miss Marple is my role model. There is something deeply appealing about her attention to detail, her tenacity for solving problems, her love of knitting, and her ability to drink a cup a tea with the best of us. I'm...



Knit Tagging: The Bison

2010-02-19T03:36:28Z

Have you seen the new book, Yarn Bombing? From the moment I leafed through -- and immediately bought -- this inspiring book I've been unable to pass a pole, a fence, or a bench without seeing it spruced up with...



Mysterious Intrigue

2010-02-16T03:00:08Z

Several years ago I had an epiphany while swatching. On that uneventful day in early May 2007 I realized one of my greatest pleasures in life was figuring things out. What can I say, I love a good puzzle. So...



Trivial Pursuit

2007-11-06T18:06:25Z

Trivial Pursuit is at the bottom -- way, way, down at the end -- of my game list. I'd much prefer a rousing game of Cribbage, Sequence, or Rummy-Cube. My dislike for this classic American favorite stems from the inevitable...

Trivial Pursuit is at the bottom -- way, way, down at the end  -- of my game list.  I'd much prefer a rousing game of Cribbage, Sequence, or Rummy-Cube.  My dislike for this classic American favorite stems from the inevitable moment when the reader of your question sighs, rolls his eyes, and exclaims how unfair it is that you get all the easy questions.  At which point he reads a question for which you have no earthly idea what the answer might be.  I suppose a twinge of public humiliation is good for controlling one's ego, but it sure ain't fun. 

Perhaps Trivial Pursuit would be more enjoyable to me, nona, if one of the Popular Culture categories was changed to Knitting.  Then I could be the one to roll my eyes and declare, "Too Easy!", when reading questions such as: 

Question:  What happens when the yarn-overs in a lace pattern are not immediately next to their paired decrease?

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As fate would have it, I was just thinking about undulating, rippling lace fabric while stewing over Veronik Avery's Woolen Gloves pattern.  I love these gloves, but want to modify the pattern so I can knit the gloves from the top down -- fingers to cuff.  The long lace cuff, however, features just such an undulating lace fabric and I'm afraid knitting it in the opposite direction would ruin the effect.  What's a girl to do?  I-cord fingers on one hand -- pun intended -- and proper looking lace on the other.  Since my Grafting Epiphany eliminated all fears of grafting, I'm planning to work the gloves in both directions and graft the halves together at the wrist.  Who knows if my approach will work, but the attempt will certainly be more fun then a snoring game of Trivial Pursuit.

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Working up from the cuff and down from the fingers.
Here's to meeting in the middle!




Under Gloves & Over Mitts

2007-11-05T04:51:08Z

It was love at first sight. The perfect mix of color, lace, fingers, and thumbs -- practical and versatile, yet fun loving. Have you seen Veronik Avery's Woolen Gloves and Latvian Fingerless Mitts from her new book, Knitting Classic Style?...

It was love at first sight.  The perfect mix of color, lace, fingers, and thumbs -- practical and versatile, yet fun loving.  Have you seen Veronik Avery's Woolen Gloves and Latvian Fingerless Mitts from her new book, Knitting Classic Style?  This dynamic duo has been designed to be worn separately or in combination -- mitts over, gloves under.  Come on, my friends, this is too cool to be resisted.  I've ordered the yarn, knit the gauge swatch, and am poised to cast on.  For those on Ravelry, I'm using these projects as my first foray into the mix -- check them out here.

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I've found through experience that I'm one of those knitter's whose gauge differs when knitting in the round verses knitting back and forth.  It's most certainly related to my tendency to row-out and to purl purls slightly bigger than I knit knits.  One advantage of my self awareness is that I now know to knit my gauge swatch in the round for in-the-round projects.  The gloves and mitts each call for a slightly different gauge even though they use the same yarn.  In an attempt to front load my swatching, I knit this swatch for both project using three different needle sizes -- US2, US1, and US3.

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Swatching in the round on US2, then US1, then US3.




An Old Favorite

2007-10-30T04:44:05Z

Today was the first cozy sweater day of the season -- overcast with a bit of rain, chilly but not cold, and a bit of breeze here & there. Time to pull out the wool sweaters and to put on...

Today was the first cozy sweater day of the season -- overcast with a bit of rain, chilly but not cold, and a bit of breeze here & there.  Time to pull out the wool sweaters and to put on one of my absolute favorites.

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If memory serves me -- which it doesn't always these days -- I finished this sweater at the turn of the century.  Sounds longer than 8 years ago, doesn't it!  It's the "St Brigid" sweater (sans fringe) from Alice Starmore's Aran Knitting.  I love wearing this sweater almost as much as I loved knitting it.