Archive - Feb 11, 2006

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Dog Collar from BHG "Knit It" Spring/Summer 2006 Issue

This is the Fluffy Collar as modeled by Sadie, our 9 year old Italian Greyhound foster.  Doesn't she look fabulous?  This is my first attempt at knitting with two strands of yarn, and my first attempt at knitting with a novelty yarn.  I used Lion Brand Micro-spun sport in black, and Lion Brand Fun Fur in Purple on size 10.5 bamboo DPN's.  I've got two other female dogs in the house who are also getting this collar, and two males who will get the Supersoft Collar from the same issue, done up in the sage Lion Suede. 

Other new thing

Casting on with two colors separately

Recently I wanted to knit something using two colors of yarn from the cast-on row, but I didn't want to "wrap" the yarns. That is, I wanted to cast on 1 "stitch" of color A and then one stitch of color B.

So I did. I cast on 1 st of A, then 1 st of B, then 1 of A, then 1 of B and kept repeating that A/B/A/B cast-oning. (Might one call the Abba Cast-on?)

Then I PURLED the first row using ONLY color A. Then, turning, I purled right back in A on row 2.

Then for row 3, I purled using only B -- and purled back in B for row 4.

Two new things I've stumbled onto

Hey, guys.

I've "discovered" a couple of teriffic knitting "things" recently and I want to spread it around. Feel free to tell me, "Thanks, Jerry; you're the last male knitter on earth to have discovered these."

That possibility notwithstanding . . .

The "Mistake Stitch Rib"  (apparently also called Mistake Rib)

  1. # 7 using worsted for example 
  2. Cast on in multiples of 4 + 3
  3. Work a "normal" 2 x 2 rib (*k2, p2* 'til dizzyness sets in) EXCEPT MAKE THOSE FINAL 3 STS K2, P1.
  4. Turn
  5. Repeat numb 3 above EXACTLY.
    1. "Exactly" means pay absolutely no attention to the the row you just completed and you're now knitting into.
    2. I.e., k2, p2 across and working final 3 sts k2 p1.
    3. When (not if) you loose your place, either (a) review you k2p2 progress across the row and jump back in, or (b) figure out your own keep-track method relative to the row you're knitting into: your k2's are knit into a final k and a first p.
  6. That's it.  Keep repeating the pattern described in number 3 above.

This gives a beautiful and unusual sport look -- wider than regular 2 x 2 but still springy.  It's also the same on both sides (good for, say, scarfs scarves?)

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The 10 Year Old Afghan

(By which I am not refering to a chlld from Jalalibad!)

In 1996 working for the American Red Cross during a hurricane, I slipt and fell down a flight of exterior stairs, ending up with four torn ligaments in my ankle.  As you can imagine, I was laid up for quite some time.  Knowing I'd be spending a lot of time in bed with the foot elevated, I had the Best Beloved (1) move the tv upstairs to the bedroom and (2) go buy me a lot of worsted weight yarn, and I started work on the afghan pictured here (I imagine, 9child, that this is where I gained profenciency in knitting and watching TV!).  In time, my ankle healed, and the unfinished afghan got stuffed into a bag.

Felting

This afternoon, I have been experimenting with felting - maybe fulling.  Not intentionally you understand but on account of forgetting I had a sweater in the drum of the washing machine before putting on a hot wash.  Adding injury to insult I also washed several paper tissues with it as well.  The Cardigan I bought in Austria at Christmas is now several sizes too small, rather hard and has little bits of papier mache worked into the fabric.

Ulf - this is an old-english technique called not paying attention when doing the laundry.