Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Here's the chart -
When you work someplace that's been in operation almost a hundred years, nobody really knows all the history. It's strange looking at old, handwritten tax returns that show pennies and old carbon-tissue copies of letters!
The new 990 is challenging to prepare completely and accurately. I will feel so good to have our two 990 returns done and filed!
A high point in my day was getting an email from the TSCPA that had the list of next year's nominated officers, and my friend Donna Wesling is going to be recommended to the membership for next year's Chairman-Elect. She has wanted this, is willing to do the tremendous amount of volunteer work and travelling involved. Donna has volunteered at both the local and state levels in just about every area, and I am elated for her. We're lucky to have her to lead TSCPA. Assuming the membership ratifies her nomination, Donna works for a year as Chairman-Elect and then the following year is Chairman.
Another highlight was scheduling a lunch with Gail Neely, whom I know from our Austin CPA chapter and have been hoping to get to know better.
Also, I got the drop stitch lace video done this evening and I'm uploading it. It was tedious for me because there weren't any built-in patterns for it and I had to fiddle until I got something that would show up on camera. I like how it turned out, once I finally got it done. Ribber drop stitch lace is very interesting, and if you haven't tried it, you need to!
Monday, September 28, 2009
I went to see the dentist today, who explained that I have a gum infection. I am supposed to take the rest of the penicillin and use Peridex with a syringe. Between the pain of her probing around, and the amount of bone damage on the x-ray, I was pretty miserable.
On the other hand, I felt better by the end of the workday. I had balanced the operating cash account and gone to a CPA luncheon, where we listened to a very interesting talk about Texas prosecutions of securities fraud.
Best of all, I got about 800 hits on the learn-to-knit videos in the last 24 hours, probably because the garter bar videos were mentioned on the Machine Knitting listserve.
It's time to finish up the beginning ribber course. I have been working on a slip stitch ribbing video and a drop stitch video. They're not ready to put up yet, though. I am debating about double jacquard - to do it efficiently, one uses the double bed color changer, and this class is just about ribbing. I think I'll do a little, but change the color by hand. The color changer needs to have its own lessons.
After that, do you think a few knit-with-me projects are in order? I've got some very easy ribber project ideas.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Normally I only read a couple books at one time, but this weekend, with my sick tooth, it certainly has been helpful to skip around between books.
I struggle tremendously with time management with all my activities, so I'm always interested in time management ideas. The two books about time management, Allen and Mahaney, couldn't be more different in their approaches. Allen has an efficient look-at-everything-and-see-what-needs-done approach that works extremely well at the office. However, Mahaney makes very important points about putting devotions first and then deciding what to spend time on - any time at all.
John Bunyan? you wonder. Well, a friend recommended it, and I am finding Bunyan's personal journey toward grace honest and beautiful.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
This is just about like main bed short-rowing. The big difference is that ribbing requires more weights, and as you take needles out of work, the part of the work you're still knitting gets baggy and needs more weight.
Just a few posts ago I have one called "Knitting Weights," with pictures of all my knitting weights and weight hangers plus how much each one weighs.
You can feel the fabric forming underneath the machine and tell that the part that's getting longer than the rest needs a weight. Use a narrow weight-hanger for a situation where only a few needles are still in work and a longer weight hanger for a situation where there are still a lot of needles knitting. Remember, it's the needles that are in work where you need the extra weight!
As you keep short-rowing, you can adjust the weights by removing the weight hangers and re-hanging them.
Here's the video. I hope you'll try it out!
Friday, September 25, 2009
We finished figuring out the budget numbers today, and it's Friday night, so I can relax on the weekend, and then on Monday, I'll have been on penicillin a while, and I'll see the dentist in the afternoon.
Monday, September 21, 2009
If you watch my videos, you see me use clothespins and weights quite often. This weekend, my husband and I photographed all the knitting weights I could find around my house, thinking this might be helpful for someone who is wondering what how heavy they are and how they're used. We weighed them all, too. You certainly can improvise and add more weights to your collection.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
On this video, I have several different increases in plain old knit 1, purl 1 ribbing:
Thanks for letting me know.
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
I am trying to make that easier with my new link list on the left hand side of this blog. First, there's a link to the YouTube Channel, if you want to hunt through everything.
Below that, I have links to special blog posts that contain lists of available lessons in a course with the individual links to go straight to the right video.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Beginners get horribly frustrated by trying to knit with inappropriate yarn. If you're an old hand with a yarn stash, please treat the beginners you know to some hand-me-down yarns that are easy for knitting!
If you're learning to machine knit, here are some tips on choosing practice yarn:
- Skeins of yarn are labeled with the gauge, usually how many stitches are in 10 centimeters, which is 4", so divide by 4 to get stitches per inch.
- As a beginner, get yarn for a standard gauge (4.5mm) machine knits to a gauge of at least 7 stitches per inch. I kind of like 8 stitches per inch for beginners on standard machines. More stitches per inch means the yarn is thinner.
- Got a 9 mm bulky? Get yarn that knits at least 5 stitches per inch.
- Got a midgauge? Try for 6 stitches per inch or smaller.
- Try to get some cone yarn. It's treated with wax to make it knit more easily, and besides, the people who sell cone yarn can steer you to the right stuff. Also, cones feed the yarn perfectly. Set the cone on the floor.
- Use a wax cylinder. Pick it up off the holder, thread the yarn, and then set it on top. It will turn slowly as the yarn passes underneath. If you put the yarn on top of it, it'll cut a groove in the wax.
- The yarn should be smooth and boring, not bumpy, kinky, laddery, eyelashy, furry or hairy.
- Avoid yarn that breaks easily.
- The yarn should have a little stretch and spring. Stay from limp cotton, linen and silk, for now. It should have more than one ply (strand) and some twist.
- There's nothing wrong with cheap acrylic yarn for practice! I'd like you to enhance your learning experience by making lavish piles of swatches.
- Get light colors.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Getting Started: Threading Machine, Preparing Yarn
Lesson 1: Open Cast On
Lesson 2: E-Wrap Cast On
Lesson 3: Diana's Cast On
Lesson 4: Latch Tool Cast On
Lesson 5: Plain Hem
Lesson 6: Mock Rib Hem
Lesson 7: Picot Hem
Lesson 8: Shortcut Picot Hem
Lesson 9: Latch Tool Bind Off
Lesson 10: Tapestry Needle Bind Off #1
Lesson 13: Crocheting to Cast Off
Lesson 14: Transfer Tool Bind Off, Chain Edge
Lesson 15: Transfer Tool Bind Off, Holey Edge
Lesson 16: Increase and Decrease
Lesson 17: Short Row Toe Shape
Lesson 18: Short Row Shoulder #1
Lesson 19: Short Row Shoulder #2
Lesson 20: Short Rowing a Dart
Lesson 21: Carriage Jams, Ripping Out, Dropped Stitches
Lesson 22: Kitchener Stitch Seams
Lesson 23: Mattress Stitch Seams
Lesson 24: Method One Shoulder Join
Lesson 25: Joining Shoulder, Method 2
Lesson 26: Idiot Cord
Lesson 27: Latched Ribbing
Lesson 28: Gauge Swatch
Lesson 29, Part 1 of 2: Divide and Knit Neckline
Lesson 29, Part 2: Divide and Knit Neckline
Monday, September 14, 2009
On the show, the contestants do various interior design projects and compete for their own show on HGTV. You begin to cheer on certain people and wish others would be kicked off by the judges. The very last episode is a big project with the last two, incredibly talented people, competing for it.
The person I was rooting for didn't win, but I certainly enjoyed the homes they redid.
The guy I wanted to win, Dan, made such a beautiful difference in the house he redesigned that I wish he could work for me! I had my husband John look at the finished house pictures, and he liked it, too. In fact, we liked everything he did, which is unbelievably rare for us. Dan used a color palette anchored by a strong lilac color (John and I both like purple). I liked every piece of furniture he chose! He put travertine tiles in the kitchen and gorgeous dark wood cabinets. What really grabbed me were the following beautifully executed ideas:
1. He reinvented a very small teenage daughter's bedroom by putting in a small couch for her friends and putting the bed up on top of drawers and pull-out desk surfaces. I had no idea such a great teenager's bedroom could be put in that little space. Plus, the colors and patterns were lovely and the girl was crazy about it.
2. Got the utmost out of a small and awkward master bedroom by turning the head of the bed onto the narrowest wall and putting cabinet built-ins around it plus at the foot of the bed. He dressed that room up beautifully, too, elegant and cozy. Those bedrooms went from tiny and shabby to jewel boxes.
3. He hid a flat panel television by building a shallow cabinet over the fireplace covered with beveled mirrors. He used beveled mirrors at one end of the living room because the teen likes to practice dancing there, and he used custom-cut mirrors on the recessed closed door panels. The small house was brightened a great deal visually with those mirrors.
4. The house had lots of space problems, including a closed-in kitchen with an ugly laundry center. They ended up with lots of cabinet space, and best of all, he put a good-sized stacking washer and dryer out of sight inside one of the rich dark cabinets. He also opened the wall between the kitchen and the living room.
The guy who won did some funky, loud colors and pieces that I wouldn't want to actually have to live with. The judges like his personality and his edgier design ideas, and he might be wacky to watch on TV, but I doubt if I'll ever wish I had the rooms he did.
I've always loved textiles. In my case, clearly, I adore the colors, textures and fashion designs. I also hand knit, sew, crochet, needlepoint, make rugs, quilt - you name it. I do it all fairly well because of my great enjoyment of fiber arts and my love of solving each interesting puzzle. I owned a yarn shop for eight years from 1978-1986, which I sold when our older son was little. As a shop owner, I learned continuously. The customers taught me, and I learned by doing research to answer customer questions and solve problems.
I do more machine knitting than other needlework because I'm a busy mom. I mean BUSY, ridiculously willing to bite off more than I can chew. My time checkers never cover the whole board! I have always had all kinds of projects and volunteer passions, and as I've mentioned in the blog, I am a Certified Public Accountant (a designation I earned in my 40s) and work full-time as a non-profit controller.
Machine knitting is fascinating, and because it is so fast, you can experiment, rip and redo, design your own thing, aiming for exactly what you want.
It could be lonesome having a hobby that not many people have, but I found a group, and I hope you can, too, plus there are great communities on the internet. And isn't it just a little intriguing to do something not everybody knows how to do? We don't have a secret handshake; we ask people if we can turn their sweater edges inside out and see how they did it.
The things you can make are terrific! I make incredible soft, warm socks on an antique circular sock machine and John and I rehabbed, and people love to receive them as gifts. I like making baby blankets with the new baby's name knitted into the center on my garter carriage. I make lace shawls, tops for the office, sparkly things for evening, tote bags, pillows, afghans, whatever I please, and I manage it within the little bits of time I can find in the corners of my life. It might take me a month to do a project, but if I were handknitting, that might be several months.
Most clothes don't fit me correctly, and they never have, no matter what I weigh, even though I am an average height. A big epiphany occurred when I was watching What Not to Wear and discovered that most other women feel the same way! I thought it was just me, but I hear these other ladies saying that clothes don't fit them in some of the same ways they don't fit me.
With the knitting machine, I can fit myself. I will be doing some lessons on the KnitLeader. I have my body block drawn on the mylar sheet, and as long as I do the steps, I get one garment after another to fit. I get the length, width, shoulders and neck I want. If something isn't right, I can always rip, or just start over. I have my shape patterns in DAK, too.
It's great fun to knit gifts, but it's also very gratifying if you decide to knit for charity. You could never get the same volume of "good stuff" done if you were handknitting or even crocheting. Some of my friends knit because they know that all around us, there are people in need. Austin has a mild climate, but for us, coming from Southern California, we were surprised at the winter cold. When we first moved here, I recall driving on a blustery winter day and seeing a little boy who had no jacket, just a T-shirt and jeans. He had pulled his arms inside the T-shirt and was hugging himself to keep warm. Well, maybe he forgot his jacket, or maybe he didn't have one. The Junior League in Austin collects and gives away a massive number of children's jackets every year, and I've got a friend who actually knitted hundreds of stocking caps each year for several years, along with other knitters, so the kids could have a warm hat as well. I've got another friend, an older lady with a very modest lifestyle, who knits dozens of preemie hats. Premature babies have problems with body temperature, and the hospitals have discovered that hats help with that. I know another lady who knits garments for little preemies to be buried in; it's very sad, but those parents know that somebody cared about them and and made something lovely, new, and personal for their little one.
Machine knitting can also be very economical. At least, that's true if you are a normal person and not continually collecting equipment as I have. (Surely it's my husband John's fault, as he has always indulged me with knitting machines. When I got a yen for a Passap E6, he watched for one for me, and we drove all the way to Morgan City, Louisiana to pick it up.) Once you have your basic rig, yarn isn't very expensive compared to its entertainment value and its value made up.
Let's see, two weeks ago, I was in California. I didn't go to Weight Watchers that week.
Then I came back from vacation and went on Tuesday after Labor Day, because my regular class was closed on Labor Day. It was very discouraging to gain 1.2 pounds on vacation, but I determined to get right back to work. We had gotten together with friends and relatives on vacation by taking people to restaurants, and most days ate both lunch and dinner out. It was a fun, easy way to reconnect, but even though I tried to choose the low fat, healthy options and watch portions, I gained weight.
Tonight I checked in again after a week of behaving myself carefully, and I am down 2 pounds, losing the weight I gained on vacation and down just a bit more.
Altogether, I have lost 20 pounds in 12 weeks. I have to continue with this quite a while longer, but it feels quite do-able.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Barbara's granddaughter, Tiffany, was spinning, too!
Mildred showing Mary Page her knitting, and on the right, Mary Page showing us her incredible, soft roving from her own alpacas!
On the left, Balkan hats and a wrist warmer that Pat Tittizer knitted, and on the right (gee, I wish the picture did justice to the tiny, shiny beads), Pat's incredible hand beaded work. She and Sara had gone to the Campbell Folk School, and Sara learned to embellish gourds while Pat was taking a course in intricate beading. I wish I had some gourd photos!
More show-and-tell from Pat Tittizer! On the left, Norwegian mittens and wrist warmers, and on the right, a closeup of two of the gorgeous beaded projects.
Tiffany wearing a sweater made for her by her grandmother, Barbara, on the left, and on the right, another amazing tote bag that Mildred Beeson made. Mildred lines her totes, adds pockets inside and out, puts a clasp on top, and often embellishes them, as well. This one has filet crochet on the outside pocket and was made from drapery fabric.
This one's done on the machine. Next, I'll teach the same thing but done with waste yarn, so that the loop-thru-a-loop part is done later, away from the machine.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
I read at least a dozen commentaries on the Obama speech this week, listened to excerpts (we weren’t home Wednesday night), read the fact-checker commentaries, including the one from Associated Press, and of course, glowing reports in the Austin American Statesman.
Of everything I have read, this is the one that resonated with me the most:
I don’t agree with her, though, about tort reform, since here in Texas, it helped a great deal. I doubt if any tort reform proposals will actually come from this administration or the congressional majority leadership who are pushing HR 3200. Despite what he said in his speech, his having Katherine Sebelius as the cabinet member looking into tort reform means to me it’s a non-starter - she used to be the chief lobbyist for the Kansas Trial Lawyers Association.
I have wondered about what to cover in this ribber lesson series, and after giving it considerable thought, I keep returning to the concept that this is another beginner course. I started doing this in the first place because I met beginners who have no local teacher.
The purpose of the ribber lesson series is to cover the essentials to give beginners a working knowledge of the ribber, the ability to incorporate ribbed knitting in garments, and help them to follow ribber instructions in magazines and knitting books. I want them to reach the point where they are excited about what it will do and comfortable with using it. (By the way, according to YouTube, the ribber lessons have more male viewers than any of the other lessons. Guys must find the ribber interesting.)
After that, logically, I need to cover the charting device and some patterning. The charting devices are the simplest, cheapest way to get started with knitting garments to fit.
The lessons are designed so that by watching each lesson in order, then practicing that technique while it’s fresh, you can master the basics and start knitting the projects that inspired you to buy a machine!
I like to understand why I am doing each step of anything I do, not just follow a list of instructions. If I push a button, I want to know what that button is doing. It’s easier to remember that way. I give as much background explanation as possible in the lessons. Of course, as the lessons get more detailed, I have to assume people have watched prior lessons and omit some information, or else I couldn’t move forward. If you discover that I’m going too fast, check out the prior, similar lessons in that same series. Or send me questions or comments, and I’ll respond.
Another thing I mull over is how many projects to put up along with the basic courses. The lesson groups consist of sample after sample, but sometimes you just want to actually make something. Surely everyone wants to say, “I made this!” In that spirit, I think I’ll put some more projects up before the charting device lessons, particularly projects without complex fitting. Most of the knitters I know, even the most advanced, like to collect and make simple, practical projects. We knit them for charity, for quick gifts, or just because we’re in the mood for the tried-and-true project, not a big challenge. Speaking of gifts, it’s already September and the holidays will be upon us soon. We’ve gone from incredible heat and drought in Austin to shorter days and even rain.
I am careful about copyrights. I only put up my own designs or designs with permission, and you’re welcome to knit them, for non-commercial use.
It’s so exciting that I’m working my way through these essential lessons! After they’re online, it will be great fun putting up more unusual and advanced technique videos.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
English Rib looks great! I've used it in quite a few situations, and in particular, I have an easy sweater on http://www.knitnatters.com/ that uses English Rib to good advantage. Maybe I'll make a video about how to do that sweater. If you haven't tried it, please do. It might be listed in your manual as "half fisherman's rib." It has a different look and texture from ordinary fisherman's ribbing, though.
Lesson 8 - English Rib, 1x1 version
Do version 1 and then version 2. I went fast on the version 2 lesson, because it is incredibly similar to the first one, but I wanted to show it and show how different the stitch looks in the smaller gauge.
Ribber Lesson 9 - English Rib, Full Needle Rib Version
Monday, September 7, 2009
It begins with a zigzag row, then carefully insert the comb so that the comb will be supported when all the ribber stitches are dropped. The comb will need to be inside the V formed by the yarn going from each knit (main bed) needle to the ribber needle below and back up to the next knit needle.
After you knit the zigzag row and drop the ribber stitches, you do another zigzag row and the rest of the circular cast-on, just like any other circular cast-on. Finally, when the piece of knitting is finished, you will need to remove that first row of yarn by pulling it out on the side opposite the loose end.
I hadn't been there in several years, so the changes in both places and people were profound and often upsetting. In just a week, we stayed in San Bernardino, Huntington Beach and Simi Valley. We visited both my sisters, my younger brother (the older one doesn't live in that area), John's brother, sister, and mother. The easiest way to get together was to take people to dinner, so it was something of a restaurant tour. (Fortunately, according to my bathroom scale, it wasn't a complete disaster, but we did eat a lot.) We also shopped a little for real estate in the beach communities.
We got home last night, according to our plan to have Labor Day off to recover.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Say a little prayer for me - that I'll be a blessing to my friends, family, coworkers and anybody else I somehow touch, and that I'll behave with integrity and compassion.
Things are going very well for me - but for some of my oldest friends, they aren't going so well just now. We all have our times when a child is sick, or a job is lost, or health is damaged, or some other hardship comes along, but at present, I am grateful for good circumstances, and best of all, I am loved.
1. Use skinny yarn! It doesn't hurt a thing to use thinner yarn than necessary when working with your machine, especially when making practice swatches; however, if the yarn you use is too thick you will be terribly frustrated! It may jam, or it may not knit at all. You want a yarn that is smooth, too - no bumps, hairy stuff, or crimps. The easiest yarn to use as you are learning your ribber is thin, cheap, acrylic yarn. Set a cone on the floor for best flow of the yarn through the tension unit.
2. Consider making your swatches and keeping them rather than unravelling and reusing the yarn. You could staple them to pieces of paper with a label of what yarn you used, what technique, and what machine settings.
3. Use enough weight. You will gradually develop a good idea of how much weight to use. Most ribber manuals have a chart showing how many weights to use for different numbers of stitches. As you begin, refer to that chart.
4. Balance the ribber comb! What I am mean is that the ribber comb should stick out the same amount on each side of the stitches. Here's how to do that - if you want to knit 60 stitches of ribbing, center them by using needle 30 on the left to needle 30 on the right. Then, when you put the ribber comb in, hold it against the bed first and see how long it is, then put it in so the right edge and left edge are at about the same needle numbers. A shortcut I use is to have the center of the comb marked. I hold the comb with my thumb at the mark and put that at zero.
5. Take your time, and after each change in settings, compare them to the book so you don't forget to change a setting.
6. Have faith in your ability to gradually memorize all of this. Because you will do a bunch of short lessons, these things that are peculiar now will be habits later. It gets easy, I promise!
7. If you look in the book and think one of the ribber techniques isn't very interesting, or you look at my lesson and say, no, that's not for me, think again. These things are often much more interesting in your hands than they are in a photograph, so try them anyway and feel them. It will spark your imagination and you'll start having ideas as to how to use the different stitches. Don't be surprised if I act excited about a particular stitch and you think it's nothing special - that's the fun of it, that we're all different.
8. Go on over to http://www.knitnatters.com/ and look at the English Rib Child's Sweater in the free patterns. There's a photo of it on a cute little girl on the Free Patterns page. Here is an entire sweater, intended for beginners, made with the ribber! I think this is such a good teaching project for ribbing that I may do the whole thing on video, and rechart it for the bulky, besides. It's just rectangles. Honestly, this is a MUCH easier sweater than the V-neck raglan beginner sweater I put up on video with the beginner lessons! There is no shaping whatsoever. You can knit these sweater pieces at an amazing rate, and they really do fit and look cute on children. A favorite trick of mine is to use a fun, variegated yarn for the yoke and make the rest plain.
9. Do play around with using the techniques for full needle rib as well as 1 x 1 rib. The difference between the two is simply gauge. You'll be able to use more kinds of yarn, and you'll get more effects.
10. Look through your things and find your "fine knit bar." This is just a long, somewhat flexible piece of plastic that you slide between the main bed gate pegs and the main bed needles. It helps the stitches knit off, and is very helpful for some stitches and gauges. In fact, sometimes I like to use it when just doing main bed work.
11. Swatches are a wonderful way to learn. If you do swatches ahead of a project, you avoid all kinds of unpleasant surprises. I hope you'll do a swatch for every single lesson!
12. Make sure your ribber comb wires are in good condition. Insert the comb, then grab the bent end of the wire and pull the wire out just enough to get the comb in place, then push the wire back in. It certainly is much easier than removing the wire all the way, then trying to hold the comb with one hand and rethread the wire with the other.
13. After the cast-on is done, for the next 8-10 rows, watch and make sure that the comb drops as the ribbing lengthens. This was one of my biggest issues when I was learning my first ribber. Apparently, there wasn't much room for the comb to drop and it would just sit there, either not moving down or only moving down on one side. I was probably using yarn that was too thick, too, my biggest beginner mistake. You can give it a gentle tug downward after each of the first few rows and make sure it isn't sticking.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
For the typical beginner, machine knitting is intimidating. There's a reasonable fear of breaking or bending something, and the general sense that you don't have enough hands! But please persevere...I just had the lovely experience of handing my niece two machine knitted blankets for her beautiful new baby, and I didn't tell her how quickly I whipped 'em out! After all, I work all day and can't sit for hours with knitting needles, as much as I would like to.
I still have the 10-minute limit on YouTube, which is okay with me, because I don't want them to be long and boring. But it does mean that I can't show the beginning steps over and over again or let the camera run for long while I am pushing the carriage back and forth.
The lessons are begining to get interesting. For instance, the e-wrap cast-on that I just put up is something that you won't find in your manual, yet is easy to do and makes a very nice edge. It is also practical when you have to cast-on additional ribber stitches in the middle of a project, for instance in the Almost Seamless Baby Sweater.
I keep changing the links on the left margin of this blog to make it easy to navigate to the different groups of lessons that I have put up. First of all (and down the list) is a complete beginner's machine knitting course for the person with any flatbed Japanese knitting machine. Above that is a link to the beginner's project, which is a V-neck raglan sweater. Above that is the complete garter bar course - quite fun, and I bet I've got something in there you've never seen before. Now I'm on the ribber, and the course so far can be reached by clicking on the "click here" in that top link description. Here's my rationale: if I were a beginner, what order would be good to acquire and learn equipment? I imagine I'd start with a main bed, then I'd try to get my hands on a garter bar (because it's relatively cheap and does so many useful things), and then I'd try to purchase a ribber. Or, maybe I'd have gotten the whole works from some knitting nut and I just wouldn't know where to start! So here's a plan of attack.
I think charting devices are the next useful thing, where you can trace on a pattern and then knit to fit, but that won't be for a little while because there are so many amazing ribber techniques. I've got plans for lots of ribber lessons.
I do love to hear from you, and this time, let me throw out this question - what kinds of patterns would you like to have? Do you knit gifts, or things to sell, or what? Let me know... For instance, I was thinking about putting up a garter bar watch cap with garter stitch around the ears for warmth and then garter bar decreases to make it fit the head. To design something and double-check, to proofread it carefully, takes a little work, so I'd like to know what people need.
Ribber Lesson 1 - Circular Cast-On
Ribber Lesson 2 - Full Needle Rib
Ribber Lesson 3 - Knit 2, Purl 2 Ribbing, Regular Version
Ribber Lesson 4 - Knit 2, Purl 2 Ribbing, Springy Version
Ribber Lesson 5 - E-Wrap Cast-On for Ribbing
Ribber Lesson 6 - Broken Toe Cast-On for Ribbing
Ribber Lesson 7 - Knit 5, Purl 5
Ribber Lesson 8 - English Rib, 1x1 Version
Ribber Lesson 9 - English Rib, Full Needle Rib Version
Ribber Lesson 10 - Fisherman Rib
Ribber Lesson 11 - Circular Knitting
Ribber Lesson 12 - U-Shaped Knitting
Ribber Lesson 13 - Loop Through loop Bind-Off for Ribbing, on Machine
Ribber Lesson 14 - Loop Through Loop Bind-Off for Ribbing, Off Machine
Ribber Lesson 15 - Smiles & Frowns Cast-Off
Ribber Lesson 16 - Smiles and Frowns Cast-Off for Knit 2, Purl 2
Ribber Lesson 17 - Edge Decreases in Knit 1, Purl 1 Ribbing
Ribber Lesson 18 - Different increases in Knit 1, Purl 1 Ribbing
Ribber Lesson 19 - Casting Off Part of a Row of Ribbing
Ribber Lesson 20 - Racked Ribbing Pattern
Ribber Lesson 21 - Short Rowing Ribbing
Ribber Lesson 22 - Pintucks
Ribber Lesson 23 - Ribber Tuck Stitch
Ribber Lesson 24 - Drop Stitch Lace
Ribber Lesson 25 - Slipped Ribbing
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
And, here's the embedded video:
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
This next lesson is knit 2, purl 2 ribbing, also called 2 x 2 ribbing. I've put it up on youtube at:
And here it is, embedded: (My darling nephew Thomas showed me how to get the embedding feature to work again!)
This one is pretty darn easy - do it with your ribber manual at hand, because the settings are different from one machine to another. It's absolutely an essential, basic lesson.