Yesterday was filled with a busy work day and a Presidential debate (NOT a good time to practice new skills!). Today, when I picked up my work to tackle Day 4’s challenge, I was happy to find myself falling easily back into cord-making. Today’s challenge was making a cord with pre-strung beads. Look at what […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on #7DayLucetChallenge Day 4- Look what I did!
Adding beads to the cord, now. I don’t have beads large enough for the worsted weight yarn, so switched to the leftover yarn and beads from the Rock the Kasbah shawl. The finer yarn is trickier to work with, and I had to practice on tension, but it didn’t take long to get my rhythm. […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on #7DayLucetChallenge Day 3 –
It took me a few tries, but once you get going, this cord is amazing. It looks just like i-cord, and is much faster to make. I used Lamb’s Pride worsted, always my go-to yarn for trying something new. My hairspin lace loom works great. I know this is the first step to making cord, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on #7DayLucetChallenge Day 2: starting to make cord
My friend Jennifer, aka Stitch Diva (www.stitchdiva.com) has started a 7-day Lucet challenge. Every day she will send an e-mail with instructions on braiding with a Lucet. If you don’t know what it is and don’t have one, no worries, she teaches you how to make one with stuff you have around the house – […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on This week in knitting: Lucet challenge and new socks on the needles
This has been a difficult few months for me, as I fight to keep up with everything I need to do at work and home, and try not to be distracted by the US election histrionics. Knitting has been my drug of choice. I’ve been working on one project at a time, and as soon […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Knitting binge – antidote for anxiety?
One of my favorite patterns in “Annetarsia Knits” is the Rose City Hat. I have knit several of them, and for a quick knit it packs a lot of visual punch. After I had the pattern thoroughly memorized, I decided to mix it up and use different yarn and stitch patterns. The result is another […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on “Stumptown Slouch”- a fun, fast hat to knit for the Fall season!
My friend Susan Anderson released a pattern for a smooth stockinette sock which showcases self-striping yarn. I happen to have a stash of such yarn, and jumped at the chance to check out this pattern, the Smooth Operator sock. The yarn is by Canon Hand Dyes. I don’t know the colorway, but it is a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Smooth operator Socks – a Fun summer knit!
I have found, over time, that the sweaters that I wear most are lightweight, which means thin yarn, small needles and lots and lots of stitches. Fortunately, I am knitting all of the time, anyway, so lots of stitches don’t scare me. Agate Ripples is a lot of knitting, but I enjoyed working on it, […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Agate Ripples is finished, and I love it!
I have finished knitting Agate Ripples. (pattern by Laura Bryant, Knitters Mag Fall 2015) Stripes are easy to knit, but it takes practice to not worry about how it is going to look when done, as you randomly select each yarn and how many rows to knit with it before changing. You also can’t bother […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on The consequences of Stripes
Working with yarn in lots of different ways keeps crafting fresh for me. I was inspired to make Marly Bird’s “Lacy Pineapple Shawl” when I saw her wearing it at Stitches South, and when she made a YouTube tutorial for the pattern that was a clear sign to go for it. I went up to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Ode to Crochet