Friday, February 27, 2015
I got a kick out of the article. I read the part about "higher cognitive functioning" to my husband, and he said we probably have higher cognitive functioning than dead people!
Of course, the article is about hand knitting, but most of us MKers hand knit, too, and we sew things together by hand. I find knitting incredibly soothing, especially hand knitting, and especially if the yarn is a yummy color and texture.
Oh - while you're over at Canadian Living, check out their hand knitting patterns! I've never seen this online mag before, and I like what I'm seeing.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Thank you, Tom, for all you do for the machine knitting community!
Monday, February 16, 2015
There's a photo of the mittens inside-out.
My original reaction to these mittens was that they look big, like oven mitts. Well, that roving is the reason why.
Yes, I think we can easily do this on the machine. Hmm. So many ideas, so little time!
Friday, February 13, 2015
Here are some thoughts about how to solve this problem:
For a perfect finish, check out my golf club covers – done exactly like a hat top, using a garter bar to make nicely even decreases, here:
Although my photo has them lying on a table, so there are some wrinkles, they're smooth with the proper circular decreases for a fitted hat. No gathers!
This is a lot of stitches to move, though. By the time you finish a golf club cover, you're have had a garter bar workout.
4. You can make your hat sideways and short-row the crown, as I did in this short-rowed baby hat, pictured in shades of light blue and green.
Well, I went wandered right off my plan. I had a seminar or two to do, and then a wonderful trip to Israel, and then the flu, then the holidays, and then year-end close at work.
So, this week I went back and took stock of where I was on the project. I scarcely recalled the work I did, ending back in October, but there was about an hour and a half of finished, edited video showing a ridiculous number of seams and grafts, in addition to a bunch of other video lessons that weren't yet edited when I got interrupted. I was editing them and adding them to the course in a sort of logical order, and then next logical thing was grafting (Kitchener stitch) for knit two, purl two ribbing.
I had endless video showing that, and I watched them and saw why I kept re-filming. Some of the videos had a bad picture - too-dark yarn, maybe, or a poor contrast between main and waste yarn. In addition, those days that I was filming, I made every possible speech mistake and finger fumble. But, if at first you don't succeed, try about fifteen more times and you'll get there. After watching all this terrible dreck, I decided I don't like any of it, so I knitted new samples and re-filmed it. Tonight I finished editing that technique demonstration, plus another one showing knit three, purl three ribbing, illustrating how you can graft any ribbing invisibly if you graft the beginning live stitches of one piece to the ending live stitches of another.
And that fills disk one, putting me at the halfway point in the process! Now, on to the second disk, starting by going through the video I filmed in the fall. This project gets the award for the most goofy-looking little samples, lots of little squares sewed together various ways.
Also, recently, I've come up with a couple new demos for this year's YouTube videos and my local knit club. I've also knitted, but not assembled, two new sweaters for myself. I've got a different way to do an industrial neckband, which I tried on one of my sweater projects and find quite satisfactory.
Knit a little every day, that's my motto. Or, how about this one - any day is better, if I can just get a little while to knit.
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
BTW, I'm getting February's video uploaded. It's a very interesting panel join that almost looks braided, but is kind of like doing worm edging. I'll embed the video, as usual, as soon as it's up.