techniques

One Down

One Down

Yikes! I forgot to post this one!  It’s been sitting around waiting to be published for over a week.  Last night (Sep. 27) I finished up the pink Ruby I’ve been working on. Project Stats: Yarn: Opal Petticoat 1295 and Shelridge Farms Soft Touch Ultra 3-Ply Fingering Weight Yarn in Thistleflower Pattern: Ruby (my own) My plan was to show you how I sew the sleeve in, but upon writing the step by step, realised it makes a read more

Avery update

Avery update

I’ve been working on a little of everything lately, but wanted to let you know how Avery is coming along. I’ve finished the front and blocked both the front and back. As you can see, I like to join the shoulder seam(s) before blocking. This size will have a button placket on the left shoulder to make the neck opening larger for those big headed babies, so the left shoulder seams isn’t joined. I like the contrasting colours that are happening in the read more

Winding a Centre-Pull Ball by Hand

Winding a Centre-Pull Ball by Hand

Sometimes you just need to wind up a skein of yarn when you don’t have access to a ball winder or swift. On a visit to my mum’s house, I improvised by devising a nostepinde out of a toilet paper tube.  I had seen it somewhere before and wanted to see if I could figure out how to do it.  Here are the steps. 1. Cut a small slit in an empty toilet paper tube (or any other tube).  Slip the end of the skein through the read more

Hem replacement

Hem replacement

A few posts back I talked about replacing an intarsia block of colour without ripping everything back.  The Lucy cardigan needed another fix.  The turquoise in the first six rows creating the hem also had to be replaced.  I took the time to tediously rip back only to discover that knitting doesn’t easily rip out from the cast on edge.  Next time I do this I’ll use scissors and cut it off. read more

Sliding Loop Technique

Sliding Loop Technique

I want to share a nifty trick with you.  I’ve discovered how to replace a block of intarsia knitting without ripping everything out.  After knitting most of the back of the Lucy design I decided I didn’t like my colour choices.  I wanted to swap out the turquoise for a rich bright pink.  Instead of ripping all the way back (the cast on edge also needed to be changed), I decided to try a little experiment and replace just the turquoise areas without ripping out any of the other knitting. read more

Block

Block

To update you on all the knitting going on around here in anticipation of the Victoria FibreFest and Knit-Out.  Aidan is almost finished, just some buttons, a few ends and a label to go.  Photo to come soon. Kieran is coming along nicely and is on the blocking board.  Let me tell you a little about how I block.  I like using blocking wires to keep the major sections straight and read more

Movement patterns

Movement patterns

In preparation for a little presentation to my Guild tomorrow night, I’m going through my swatches and notes for a workshop I teach, Strategies for Knitting with Self-Patterning Sock Yarns.  Some of my favourite stitch patterns to use with self-patterning sock yarns are what I call movement stitches.  I like to see the linear stripes created with these yarns changed around so they turn into zigzags or scallops. Grumperina published a popular sock pattern called Jaywalker on MagKnits about one read more