CLABBERS's blog

What I am currently reading

Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe. It's new out this year and has a lot of what I have been looking for in terms of taking traditional flat designs and using circular techniques to make them in different ways. I got a really good deal on the $24.95 book at Amazon.com offering it at $16.47. It's 319 pages long (softback) printed on beautifully lush paper and bound very well. In order to get my order up to the $25 for free shipping, I also bought The Very Easy Guide to Cable Knitting by Lynne Watterson (144 pages softback) also printed on excellent paper stock.

Quick Finish - Scrabble Bag

The Scrabble Bag was a quick knit but an enjoyable one. In addition to the cable fun, is the i-cord. It was much easier to make than I thought it would be and I think it turned out pretty well. The cabling is on both sides. I think I will make another one using some entrelac stitching and put a Scrabble tile on each side. But, for now, this is in the mail and Mom will have something other than an old worn out plastic bag.

Celtic Knot

I am looking for a pattern for a Celtic knot to put on the sides of another Scrabble bag that I am knitting in the round. The bag is 40 stitches wide using an acrylic/wool blend yarn that is 6 sts/inch on US5 (3.75mm) circular needles. It would like the knot to be about 2" x 2". I have looked online and in a book, but can't really find one I like that is self-contained. They are all repeated patterns. I would like a knot that I could just plop down in the center of each side of the bag and have be a focal point.

Scrabble Tile Bag

I had some leftover Peruvian Wool roving yarn so I thought I would make something practical. Nothing special, just something for my hands to do. I didn't block it simply because it's going to live in a box and used only once a week.
Mark

Strengthening a Stitch

I am working on a shrug and I am doing the sleeves without a seam by knitting with circular needles. I am just about ready to switch from knitting in a circle to going back and forth to create the center portion of the shrug. I am concerned that when it is worn, there may be a lot of strain put on one single thread that is the last stitch in the row when I stop and then start knitting back and forth on the needles.

I am attaching a photo to let you see what I mean.

Hiking in wool

Cold weather brings out the best in wool, don't you think? It was a beautiful, sunny 30-degree day here in Chicagoland. The critters in the forest that were foraging for food, stopped and applauded my knitting prowess! LOL.
Stay warm.
Mark

Kindle Fire Sock

I had a lot of fun making this. I have a friend who bought a new Kindle Fire but didn't get a case for it. So, I thought I'd make one for him. I used Peruvian Highland Wool, 4.5-5 sts per inch. I didn't take a picture of it before I sewed the bottom shut and blocked it, but it really did look like a sock, thus the name. I decided to put a flap with buttons so he wouldn't pick it up upside down and risk having the Kindle slide out. I learned button hole making on this one and, of course, always enjoy making things with cables in it. This is my own design and I'm very happy with it.