Tuesday, December 1, 2009
I chose a super-soft yarn by Misti Alpaca. It feels like it will be really toasty, which is just what she wanted.
So today is World AIDS Day. The folks at Starbucks emailed me to say they're giving five cents for each drink ordered today to an AIDS-related charity. That's a nice gesture, but I decided to just make my own chai at the office and give the whole five bucks to the Colorado AIDS Project. So there.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I started right into a cabled design after casting on - here's the cast-on end, sans blocking.
I realized that it would look nicer ending with ribbing instead of just letting the cables fall off the end. The pattern below is exactly what I did. If I did this again I would probably start with 5 rows of ribbing and then switch to the cable repeats to make the ends symettrical. It hardly matters, as the cast-on end doesn’t show when you button it up.
I would enjoy seeing other folks’ ideas for a neater transition from cable to rib, or just more variations on the Pidge Podge theme.
Cabled Pidge Podge:
Cast on 20 stitches.
Rows 1,3,5 (WS): p1, k1, [p4, k2] 2 times, p4, k1, p1
Row 2 (RS): k1, p1, [k4, p2] 2 times, k4, p1, k1
Row 4 (RS cable): k1, p1 [c4f, p2] 2 times, c4f, p1, k1
Row 6 (RS): repeat row 2
Repeat these 6 rows 11 more times, until work measures about 25 inches.
Repeat Row 1.
Rows 1,3,5 (WS): p1, [k2, p2] 4 times, k2, p1
Rows 2, 4 (RS): k1, [p2, k2] 4 times, p2, k1
Bind off in pattern.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
I was hoping that the impressive size of this ring would keep the two strands separated. It certainly does that, but the stretchy band is just sticky enough to catch the strand that runs behind the ring. Drat!Over lunch at work, I arranged with the ever-helpful Mary Carol of the Lamb Shoppe to order a yarn guide. It's on the way. Meanwhile, I wondered if I could improve on the original design. While glancing around my cubicle for parts, I set upon on a piece of plastic spiral binding. But how to attach it? Scratchy wool yarn? A quick rummage through the desk drawers unearthed an old name badge with elastic lanyard still attached. Yes!
Witness Exhibit B, the new and improved yarn guide:
It works so well that it may actually outperform the Clover model. I'll report back when the order arrives.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
- Cast on xx stitches. Join into a round, being careful not to twist.
I hate that last part... but then, I suppose nobody likes a Mobius strip hat. Last night I had to rip out several rows of knitting I had finished before noticing my twisted cast-on. Luckily we had a church council meeting, where I was able to reknit those rows plus a couple more.
Our dear friends Bob and Michelle are thorough newspaper readers, and apparently spent much of an afternoon giggling over the new moniker Ms. Greene ascribed to me in the article, which appeared on New Year's Day. So there you have it.