May 2010

Picot Cast-On

Picot Cast-On

While Two! is drying on the blocking board, I have a moment to pull together a tutorial on the picot cast-on that I call for in the girl’s version of the One! Two! Three! and Four! Five! Six! patterns. The picot cast-on is worked using the cable cast-on. (Click on photos to make them larger.) Cable cast-on starts with a slip knot. read more

Creative Ennuie

Creative Ennuie

What do you do to energize yourself and get your creative juices flowing? I’ve been completely uninspired lately. I’ll sit for long periods of time without knitting. This no knitting thing is kind of bizarre for me. It’s not completely true that I don’t want to knit, because I do. I just can’t decide what to knit or more accurately, where I should focus my attention. So perhaps this is more of an issue of indecision. I have been working on a few things lately—most of which are not finished. This pile of recent UFOs read more

The many necks of Avery

The many necks of Avery

Simply making everything proportionately larger did not work for upsizing Avery. Some changes and experimentation have been necessary. The neck was a major challenge. First I knit the same neckband as called for in my pattern: corrugated ribbing with a standard bind off in the solid colour. It’s too floppy and I’m not 100% pleased with it. Next experiment was to knit a rolled hem above the corrugated ribbing. read more

The knitter’s son

The knitter’s son

Poor Devan, I rarely knit for him any longer. Long ago he outgrew my children’s patterns. So last summer I decided it was time to upsize one of my favourite sweaters for him—Avery. My pattern goes up to a size 4 and I’m resizing to an 8. I started on the corrugated ribbing last summer at Sock Summit and it drew lots of interest. Then the project languished: first there was our move, then Devan’s eighth birthday and Hallowe’en, there were other read more

Spotted

Spotted

I snapped this picture at a recent Guild meeting. Yvonne is knitting an Avery and she’s done a great job on the corrugated ribbing. It’s so effective combining the self-patterning yarn with a solid for this stripey ribbing.

Pick a colour

Pick a colour

Time to choose a coordinating colour for the edging on the pompom baby sweater. I now know that the baby is a boy and I need your help to choose an appropriate colour.    sky blue    cornflower blue    orange    russet     turquoise    purple What do you think; which colour would you choose?

Intarsia Recap

Intarsia Recap

Had a great workshop today with some of the Guild ladies. They asked some really great questions and I’m always so happy to share my knowledge. I recreated several intarsia samples that were lost during our move last fall. I even worked on a new one that I think really shows just how many balls or bobbins/butterflies of yarn are required when working an intarsia motif. The sample’s a bit ugly with all those colours, but illustrates the point read more