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Tuesday, April 7, 2009



bch-p1000051Fini: buttonbands, neck band, sleeves! All that’s left to do is finish the pockets, weave in the ends and sew on the buttons! I’m thinking of going with plain black to mirror the black banding in the piece.

Thanks to a sunnier (!) day (current temp: 30° with a wind chill of 22°), the camera came out and I could take some CU shots of the the colors in these yarns. To me, they are not opposites but more like the yin and yang of a similar tonal range. One encompasses the darker, as if in the shade, the other brighter, as in the sun.


Of course, the width of the stripes was totally at the mercy of the circumference of the garment. At the top of the sweater, in the yoke, the stripes were quite narrow, a function of both the latter and the color repeats of Yarn #1. At the time the division for the Body took place, Yarn #2 came into play, and it yielded wider stripes, as its color repeats were longer and the stitch counts less. The same dynamic happened in the Sleeves, where the widest stripes were formed.


Then there was the Lace. Wherever that happened, a little more yarn was used, and it shifted the tones even more. I especially love the area around the front bands who’s graceful lines wave in a delightful sea & sky kind of way like wind over water.


Monday, April 6, 2009

  Monday Morning Mirth  
from the wonderful Washington Post…

1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. Bozone (n..): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

5. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.

6. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

7. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.

8. Karmageddon: It’s when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, and then the Earth explodes, and it’s a serious bummer.

9. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you

10. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

11. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

12. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

This last one happened to me the other day. Turns out that little white thing that fell off my phone was merely a piece of rice that missed my mouth during a Chinese lunch…

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Always on the look out for new and exciting techniques, imagine my surprise when I found myself dusting off something that I learned (but rarely used) the other day.

I’ve reached the point in my Sandrine sweater where I’m now doing body shaping using increases. Now it’s a slippery slope in pattern writing to specify a type (of almost anything). It can open a literal pandora’s box of confusion with the most outspoken rallying around their favorite type and campaigning in my email for its use.

But no matter because I always encourage knitters to use whatever Their Muse directs them, because YOU get to make the call! If you like the particular look of a type of increase, decrease, cast on or bind off, nothing is written in stone on these types of techniques, so full speed ahead, my hearties!

Like many, I’ve been lectured (there is no other word) by complete strangers, even in public (!) about The Proper Way of “Fill-in-the-Technique Blank Here”. There is, in the knitting universe, always a few dedicated Missionistas determined to Convert All to whatever is the perceived “Standard”. Aye, maties, I learned knitting at my Grandmother’s knee as an imp and still throw the yarn around the needle just like when I was 10 (but I’m fast as all get out now!) This has perplexed some who were then “led” to show me the errors of my way. If you’ve been knitting for more than a scarf set, you’ve probably met this person, because, baby, they get around! ;p

Forget them! Do it however it rocks your world!

Usually I like to use some kind of directionally leaning M1 in a shaped area, but this time I’ve abandoned the M1 Family and am all aflame over a plain old Lifted Increase. This was something that was demonstrated during a class I took at Stitches Midwest in 2005 taught by the lovely and talented Margaret Fisher. She showed us how to do many tips and tricks (in fact she just came out with a book based on her popular class yay!) but this one type of increase just stood out for me.

Just a Nice Friendly Increase: I just knit it in on a whim and I’m in love! Now, you CAN make these Lifted Increases left or right leaning, but I don’t see much difference in how they look and am especially lazy as WINTER is still dragging on so I just fly through with right-lifted increases on both sides of the side markers.


This technique leaves a very small footprint and virtually no hole (or bump). When I have some free time, I’m thinking I’ll play with this on a raglan line and see how it looks in a repeated sequence. Hmmm…

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