It represents the last two days of my life. It is full of promise, it speaks volumes of progress…
This rack was a wall of yarn (and more) in Studio Chic until yesterday. You might’ve seen it before and know the reaction:
“Is that your stash in the background???? The new cardigan looks nice too.”
Today this rack is waiting in my closet to hold all my sweaters. Of course, on the hottest day of the year so far, my friendly organizer, Lulu & I will be moving Ton-O-Wool from the armoire they were living in to the closet rack.
But, this creates a super-crisis! On the second-to-last shelf of the unit, I had ALL of my incredibly huge collection of circular needles. They lived in the litte triangle areas: nicely, quietly, numbered and sorted, waiting for their inevitable call to action.
Even though I’ve been panicking about every hour or so during this downsizing process, this one bludgeoned me right upside the head! I just couldn’t visualize how I was going to store these anywhere else.
They need to be a Quick Draw. Can’t be living in a jumble in some drawer or box or dresser.
And as they say, Necessity is a Mother! And she lovingly saw something else that was going to stay in the room that could be repurposed with something that was in the Recycle Pile.
Here is a Plant Stand where one of my mannequins lives. It is now Needle Island.
I attached a rogue CD (remember those? I’ve got a whole box of those that are exiting the premises) rack that was in my office with trusty twist ties to the frame and moved the little number labels to their new home and VOILA!
Now, if only I could pack FASTER I could get back to my knitting!
How to Measure That Huge Piece of Knitting April 27, 2012
Even in the multiple WIP deadline reality over here at Studio Chic, we’ve had to make time lately to get our space ready to move.
One of our friends has been working with us to de-clutter the whole house and it’s kind of amazing what keeps surfacing.
In the middle of all this, because even a work horse has to occasionally stop moving so much and chew or flick, I’ve been making progress on my cotton/wool Vonica.
It’s at about 3″ after all the yoke pieces are joined together and now that there’s some fabric to work with, it seemed like the natural time to STOP and check the garment dimensions.
Here’s how I do it:
– I almost always knit things using circular needles, preferring them because they allow for a comfortable, flexible pile of fabric that can rest in one’s lap, even when something has lots of stitches.
- To get this ready to measure, I took another needle and knit half the row. Doing this allows the fabric to really spread out and not be all bunched up. Some folks like put their stitches on some scrap yarn to do the same thing, but since I had an extra needle, this saves that tedious task of putting the stitches back on the working needle later…
- Then, I spread it out on a cushion. Using my hands, I position and pat out the fabric so it’s as flat as I can make it, rolling the excess whose bulk rather anchors the fabric.
- Now, the garment is secured at several points with one of my favorite tools: corsage pins.
- Then, using my trusty tape measure, I check the cross-back measurement.
This wonderful fabric tape measure popped up while I’ve been de-cluttering the studio. It was in a box I’d dragged home last year from my mother’s house and it had: my first communion purse (that had a little prayer book inside); my junior high school clarinet; my high school year books; and a wicker sewing box full of this and that.
What makes this sort of incredible is that it is actually from my sophomore year Sewing Class!
Mrs. Patten was my teacher and the class was in Room
But I digress…
Back to my knitting: it was with great pleasure and relief to read the result on the tape.
Since I’m making a finished measurement of Size 36, the Back would be 1/2 of that or
You know what’s really funny? Everytime I type “2010″ I get a little keyboard giggle going. It’s a little like typing hahahahahahahaha – try it – that one key repetition just tickles me. This is probably the first time in my life I haven’t been using the previous year’s name over and over again by mistake in the new year because the new name is just too much fun!
Also big on the Tickle Front here at Chez Chic?
Learning a new cast on.
January 19th, 2010
“I make the crochet stitch OVER the knitting needle for the provisional cast on. No need to pick up stitches; I just knit that back loop for the first row. Still unzips just as easily, but you save a step.”
I’d been crocheting a chain and knitting into the back loop of the chains to pick up sts, but it was slow and tedious. Time for something new! So, having a new project with a looming d.e.a.d.l.i.n.e. I decided to see if I could just do it. I remember trying this technique a loooong time ago but ended up being all thumbs and getting frustrated. (Here’s where you insert what you hear lots of people saying about knitting: “I really love knitting but I just don’t have the patience for it…”)
But in every cliche there shines a kernel of truth, and I met mine that day when I most likely threw the needles under the couch and went back to a method I’d used for a long time: merely casting on with a simple loop cast on using scrap yarn, then starting the piece by knitting a row and purling a row with the garment yarn. Then, when you want to use the reserved stitches, you just clip-n-pick out the scrap yarn.
But that idea of just zipping off the scrap yarn and revealing the new stitches just became a real dare! I could do this.
I went and read Jennifer Hansen’s tutorial (again): you can find it here on the Stitch Diva website. Thanks!
Then I went looking for videos. But I always stumble with this medium, probably because that’s my day job, and I can’t help but find lots of glitches and flaws and audio & lighting issues that take away from my learning experience. I confess; I just see the seams. You might notice that my one and only video is a testament to all of these problems!(Pot-Kettle-Black!)
But cameras keep getting better and better in low light and teachers keep practicing their deliveries and focus and there are more quality tutorials out there than ever before. So I went looking.
First stop: YouTube.
Here you have what some people considered one of the Top Ten Defining Moments of the first decade of the 21st. And I have to agree! People were downright GIDDY when they figured out they could post their personal movies and cell-phone flicks and others would watch and comment and even LOVE ‘em. Just mesmerizing — as someone who actually enjoys other people’s vacation pictures, I had to jump right in.
Using the phrase “Provisional Cast On” returned 84 results. You can see in the picture, I was offered more as soon as I started typing. But I just wanted what I typed! In the returned results, for some silly reason, when you re-sort them by “View Count” you get 91. At any rate, too many for me to sort through (waawaawaawaaa…)
Second search phrase:
Much better! Narrowed down to 18 videos!
I immediately looked at the View Counts, then
Most viewed: Lucy Neatby’s lovely demonstration with over 54,000 views. You can see it here. Very nice.
Second, was Knitting Daily’s demo — but it had three types of cast ons and I didn’t want to swim through the whole thing to get to the goods!
Further hunting revealed Garn Studio’s video:
I like — thanks so much! Although this video has no sound, by 26 seconds in, I’ve gotten all the info I need and am on my way to make my very first attempt at this cast on. Big points given for focus, clear lighting and large visible tools. Maybe becasue I’d “primed the pump” with my back-end researching, I was ready to rock and didn’t need the play-by-play as much at this point.
And about my work? Again, I seemed to be all thumbs during the first 5 or 6 sts cast on, but after about an inch of work was on the needle, I was off!
Here’s attempt #2 — the stitches are evenly spaced and ready to launch!