Sunday, September 30, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I generally don't mind working with a cable needle, but I've been swatching a stitch combination for a sock. Since I'm an unreconstructed dpn user, that leads to close quarters with a lot of needles ends already. I didn't feel that I wanted to introduce still another. So I decided it was time to learn a new skill - cabling without a cable needle.
I spent some time with Grumperina's tutorial. It took quite a few pattern repeats of blind following before the logic of it sunk in. Now I can do it pretty smoothly, though it isn't quite automatic yet. It does seem quicker than picking up and putting down (and then searching for) the cable needle. So having semi-mastered a 2 over 2 Left Twist, my next challenge is to progress to a Right Twist.
My tulip bulbs arrived yesterday, along with some crocus. Planting bulbs is my annual "faith that spring will come" ritual.
This lot includes some purple, some orange and a bunch of mixed color Darwins.
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Monday, September 24, 2007
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Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Well, I thought I might as well write up what I'm doing for the Red Scarf Project. I chose a reversible stitch pattern The New Knitting Stitch Library (Lesley Stanfield, Lark Books), and worked two repeats with a garter border. While the 16 row repeat may look daunting, this is a very logical, easily learned pattern. The sequence of stitches remains the same. It just shifts to the right for the first eight rows, then to the left for the next eight rows.
You can click this picture to make it larger.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, the pattern is a rib variation and draws in while working; but when done in 100% wool blocks flat very nicely. The pattern stitch was originally given in charted format only. I've translated to line by line directions, but there's also a chart at the end.
Approximate Size: 8 x 59 inches
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
At a certain point, the question of toes arises.
Now I'm thinking about spirals....
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Suddenly it's Fall. After a day of gentle, steady rain on Monday the air turned clear and crisp and windy. As it's now not too hot, wet or buggy, I've spent most of my time out in the yard trying to catch up on two months of deferred yard work: pruning, grubbing up weeds, edging (driveway, sidewalk, around trees and flowerbeds).
The flagstone walk between the back door and Mr S's work shed had been almost completely obliterated by grass. Voila!
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Saturday, September 08, 2007
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Thursday, September 06, 2007
I haven't really dropped off the face of the earth. I just got diverted. Mostly, I've spent the last week out in the yard pruneing back overgrown foundation plantings, "re-grading" around the house with spade and rake in an attempt to ensure that surface water doesn't pool around the house, caulking some cracks around the front step, fighting off mosquitoes..... I'm determined to get this wet basement thing licked. If this doesn't do it we'll have to bring in the contractors.