Friday, April 14, 2017

Back in the Saddle

IMAG2749.jpgBefore I started knitting I sewed.  Garments, quilts, toys, etc. Sitting in front of my sewing machine was fun.  Then I had kids and sewing for any length of time just wasn't happening.  It's been awhile since I last made anything out of fabric.  A friend showed me a tutorial to make dpn cozies and I thought -- hey I've got stuff for those.  I dug around the stash and found fabric, snaps, dusted off my cutting mat and sewing machine. It took a bit to find everything, like my rotary cutter and the right ruler.  Then I had to get reacquainted with it all.  How did my sewing machine work again?  Will it work?  It did.  And while I had a full range of snaps and a setting tool, I never used it.


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While I was making the cozy I saw that it was too small.  It turned out I cut it 1" short.  I had cut enough for two cozies (both short). Remember the rule, measure twice, cut once?  I just cut twice.


The day was half gone and I had nothing to show for it so I flipped the other around and ended up making a cable cozy for my interchangeable needles instead. So all wasn't lost completely and I got to try out the snap setter.  I'll try the cozies again another time, with the right measurements.

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Maybe I should stick to knitting.  That's my Fiber Arts Friday.  How was yours?

Friday, March 03, 2017

Another pair of socks on Curved DPNs

I started another pair of socks on curved dpns.  This time they are ones I bent myself.  I got past the heel of the pair I was working on with the Neko size 0s.  Here's how that looked:
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And then well, this happened:

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So a friend suggested I try bending my own using Susan Bates aluminium dpns and the result:

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They work beautifully too!  I'm loving them, not as flexible as the original Neko's but not breakable either!  I've got several youtube videos uploaded on how I started these socks.  More to come.

IMAG2615.jpg  These socks are the Rose City Rolloers available on Ravelry. My knitting spindle tray is from Wool Tree Mill and very handy.  Gotta get my gadgets in one of their tool caddies or a palatte for my mug! And Fiber Arts Friday is back!  Thanks to Kathryn's Brain you can join here!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Fiber Friday: Old Dogs, New Tricks

IMAG1910.jpgAs one of the yarn docs (fiber therapists? I help people with their projects) at the LYS where I work, I'm asked how to do many things, most of which I know.  The other day I was stumped and had to ask a co-worker to switch with me so she could do it.

I learned to knit socks with dpns (double pointed needles).  At the time it was the way to do knitting in the round, for sleeves, hats, mitts. Later someone discovered that you could use 2 circulars and do two at the same time.  I tried and liked using 2 circulars and I go back and forth between the two methods.  They have their issues, pulling out the wrong needle (dpns), using the wrong needle (two circs).

Then came Magic Loop. I've tried magic loop on hats (when I didn't have the right sized 16" needle) and it was ok, but pulling that cable just seemed to stop my rhythm.  So I never tried it for socks and since I generally am a 1 sock at a time knitter, I never tried 2 socks on either 2 circs or magic loop. For two circs it's pretty straight foward, cast-on half the stitches on needle 1, then the other half on needle 2, repeat with sock 2, Not so with magic loop. 

I used the instructions from Spinfoolish so I won't repeat them here.  What I do want to say here are my feelings on this new-to-me method of knitting.  Call me a curmudgeon (not the knitting curmudgeon, that's someone else), I'm all for progress and all, but I'm not so sure this is for me.  I can't help but feel like that guy that thought that cars were too fast, what's wrong with the stage coach? You get to see so much more of the scenery.  Bah.  Progress.

Seriously though, I'm glad I at least tried it and can now show someone else.  It's great that with this method more people can enjoy sock knitting, or any knitting in the round without hating dpns (they're not that bad really -- try the curved ones if you like, see last post).  For myself, I'll stick to dpns or 2 circs.

Happy Fiber Friday folks!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Fiber Friday: Curved DPNs

I got a new toy.  Introducing Neko Curved DPNS.  You only need 3 to knit in the round, 2 to hold the stitches and 1 to knit with.  The curve holds the stitches nicely (the needles don't fall out).

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They're also easier to hold.  These are size 0, and because they're plastic, a little flimsy.  The bigger sizes are more rigid.  To knit, you slide the stitches to one side of the needle and knit them onto the spare needle.

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They're made in Germany and there are a couple places you can get them in the States right now. Deramores US and Etsy.  I got mine on Etsy.  The sizes are limited, I'm not sure if that's because they're plastic or because they're made in common German sizes.  There are videos on youtube as well (in German, but knitting is knitting in any language).

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Here's what it looks like mid-way through knitting a side. Sock pattern coming soon. Yarn is White Birches in Sparkle Pony.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Fiber Friday!

Finally a link party to join!  Okay, this is what I've been working on this week.  I bought the class Modular Knitting on Craftsy and am knitting the Four Triangle Taj.  It's starts out with one triangle
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then each subsequent triangle is built from that.  It's done in two colors, so I decided to use a different color for each tirangle and a multi-handpainted color throughout. Ravelry link to my project above.
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It's quite colorful, I'm on the last triangle which will be purple! I've purchased several classes on Craftsy, I think it's a neat way to learn.  I've done one on-line craft class before Craftsy and really loved how you can chat and share your progress.  I think it's great that you can fast forward, replay and go over anything you want at anytime! 
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It's nice that both Ravelry and Craftsy store your purchases for you.  Over the years I've gone through many computers and would have lost it all!

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