December 2008

Curvy seam allowance, straight seams

Curvy seam allowance, straight seams

Recently a knitter asked me about how to seam the Peacock sweater. Great question, Beryl! Especially since the seams are all wavy as the peacock lace stitch distorts the rows of knitting. Naturally you don’t want a scalloped shoulder seam–the ideal is for it to be straight–and the same goes for the armholes. To avoid unsightly scalloped seams, sew straight across the shoulder seams and sleeve tops and don’t be tempted to follow the bind-off edges. For these seams I really like crocheting them together because I can match the two sides up stitch by read more

Peacock Race

Peacock Race

This sweater needs to be finished tomorrow. As always, I knit it quickly, then stalled on the finishing. It’s blocked and ready to go. Just need to do some fancy seaming. The Peacock edges are scalloped, but I don’t want scalloped shoulder and armhole seams. I’ll photodocument my process. The sweater’s for a baby who was born almost a year ago and our baby present is long overdue. We’ll be ringing in the New Year with her tomorrow evening, so that’s my deadline. read more

Knitterly Christmas

Knitterly Christmas

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season. I was particularly blessed this Christmas with family, friends and some wonderful gifts a knitter would love! Look at what my husband gave me! A custom fitted, handknit sweater! I must admit I was a little confused at first, especially when there was extra yarn in the bottom of the box. Rod likes to confuse me and kept on insisting that he knit the sweater. I finally got to the bottom of it and discovered that his co-worker (and knitter), Kelly had auctioned off her services at a read more

In the classroom

In the classroom

I have been volunteering in Devan’s class again this year and it’s been really nice to get to know his classmates. Devan is in a grade 2/3 split class and I’ve been showing them how to make pom-poms and most recently we’ve been spool knitting again. Yesterday I taught them how to make flowers with the i-cord they’ve been knitting with their knitting spools. It’s a fairly simple project, but I didn’t anticipate how challenging sewing the flower together might be. This would read more

Brain Age

Brain Age

I was playing with Devan’s DS last night and Brain Age came up with this pithy little bit of information. Did you know that knitting can activate your prefrontal cortext? Using both hands to create something can be a stimulating brain activity. All right, I won’t … needle you about it again! Hoo hoo ha? I don’t need to be told twice. Time to go stimilate my brain! As an aside, it’s interesting to note that a little computer screen does not scan well. Hm. Sorry about the quality of the read more

Mystery Yarn

Mystery Yarn

Miss Terwilliger, as any one from Centerburg can tell you, is one of the town’s best known and best loved citizens. She runs knitting classes and in years past has taught almost every woman in Centerburg how to knit. She is a familiar sight on Sundays, holidays, and at social functions, dressed in a robin’s-egg-blue dress which she had knit years ago when she first started her knitting classes. … The matter of style doesn’t bother Miss Terwilliger. If short skirts are the latest thing, she merely unravels a few inches from the bottom read more

Tangled swatch

Tangled swatch

The swatch using larger needles for the Tangled Yoke Cardigan is done. I’m not completely convinced this will solve my puckering problem. It still puckers a bit because the sts that comprise the actual cables are pulling tighter than the background st st fabric. Before ripping and reknitting the cabled yoke, I’m inclined to try wet blocking and I’ll really stretch the cabled area out. In the meantime, I’ve started on a sweater for friends who had a baby—oh, about 9 months ago! The baby was a little premature and read more