It was an incredibly busy, but very fun, weekend. I got to meet Aaron (AMBush) in the midst of all the chaos, in addition to a whole slew of knit bloggers, some of whom I read religiously (Yarn Harlot!) and some not so much. Being there as a vendor made it a bit difficult to get out and about to really see all the other vendors, but I did manage to bring home some goodies, including a Hitchhiker spinning wheel so I can do some spinning when I have down time at work (or anywhere else I decide to take it). I have a more or less full accounting and photojournal of the weekend here, but I'd love to hear about other folks' experiences of the weekend.
Kiwi asked how to do this. You use a crochet hook. You make a slip knot around the crochet hook, then you hold your knitting needle in your left hand, you reach around graby the yarn, pull it thru, then flip the yarn over and around the needle and keep doing it. If you need to cast on say 50 stitches, then put abbout 53 stitches on your needle by this method. You just use throw away scrap yarn, you arent' using your main yarn for this. Then you take your second knitting needle and go into these fake stitches and actually do your first row of knitting. When you get to picking up the bottom row, picking up going into the round, you just pull out on the fake stitch, pick it up, and pull out the fake yarn It just unravels. I hope this makes sense. There probably is a great video of it on knittinghelp.com. I just had the owner of my local yarn store show it to me and it really really works well.
So i went to the Rhinbeck NYS Wool and Sheep Festival this past weekend and got some really fun fobers to spin and knit etc. First i fell upon some great merino/silk blend. Nice, but not too oout of the ordinary.
Then i found some Yak Fiber and freaked out a little bit inside. So bought it.
Then the last thing i found that knocked my socks off and took my breath away was something called EcoSpun and its 100% Recylced Plastics Soda Bottles. Consequently, i cannot wait to get it on my wheel, then on my needles. Gotta be cool.
Ok Next i was wondering if anyone knows of a University or specialty school where i can receive a BFA or degree in Fiber Arts...? I found a program at Syracuse University and may visit to see how the program is. If anyone has any other suggestions let me know please:) thanks. and done.
I decided to knit something totally different this time and I bought the Debbie Bliss book on teddy bears and clothing for them. I have always admired the knitted toys done by other MWK members and a teddy was challenging for me. However, I cannot get the proper gauge/tension required by the pattern. I spent 2 days making swatches, trying all sorts of needle sizes but had absolutely no luck and I'm not talking about a 1 stitch variance here. Has anyone had experience with the patterns in this book? I've given up and put the book away in exasperation.
Knitting on Plane.... by Grandcarriage
I can`t believe it.
ARE YOU REALLY DOING THAT?
Yes, double seed stitch.
I"m doing a Sophie Purse out of Lopi. Its a really coarse wool. Felts great though. Anyway, I usually do a Norwegian long tail cast on. It was harder than heck to pick up my bottom edge to get it into the round. I fought it for like an hour. Learned an invisible cast on last night and started another purse, and man, what a difference. I can't believe I hadn't learned another cast on before now. I'm on a roll. Made 3 purses in the last 4 days. I might make my Christmas deadline! :-)
Coffee Shop blues, a poem by Grandcarriage
Here I sit, brokenhearted.
Came to knit, but
this Shrug is made from Baby Alpaca Grande yarn with size US11 circ. Pattern is fairly easy.
CO 120 (I used long tail/slingshot)
K2P2 Rib for 7.5 inches
Decrease to 60 stitches using K2tog,P2tog
Continue Pattern of K1P1 Ribbing for 16 inches
Increase back to 120 stitches by
K1, M1-kwise (bar increase) PF&B across.
Continue in K2P2 ribbing for 7.5 inches, bind off.
Your piece now looks like an odd hour-glass. stitch sides up 9 inches from C/O-B/O edges. (top right to bottom right, Top left to bottom left. The narrow portion which is now left open are the armholes.
So, for those who don't know, I live on an agricultural island 10mi N. of DT Portland, Oregon. Usually pretty sedate, around this time it becomes the land of pumpkins. Combine 3 truck farms with one bridge, (currently being replaced) and you are looking at a line of traffic 3+ miles long waiting to get off the bridge. 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES for what usually takes 3 minutes, tops! Thank god the knitting was in the bag next to me: Knit 30 stitches, move 5 feet. Knit a row, move 20 feet. I'm getting to the point where I NEVER want to be without at least a sock to work on. Wasted time drives me NUTS! My Ranger isn't a very roomy place to work in, I have to admit, especially with the gym bag, change of clothes, knitting bag, portfolio, laptop, jacket, etc etc etc on the seat next to me. Bob: The homeless knitter living out of his car. Sometimes it seems as such. sigh...
Today, I learned how to do the Norwegian purl stitch (continental) after an embarrassingly long time of watching and rewatching the instructional video. I then practiced it, trying various combinations of knit and purl stitches (again, continental) along with my usual contintental purl stitch. I must say that after a few hours of practice I was able to get my gauge (and "tension") under control and am now quite pleased with doing this purl method, preferring it over my old way of purling. There are a few more hand/finger movements involved but I think it's easier to execute.
Anyone else using this purl stitch?