CLABBERS's blog

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.

American Beauty Rose

I am looking to find the American Beauty Rose pattern for afghans. Does anyone know what it is? I found it online in Ravelry and it references the book The Ultimate Book of Afghans, but I was wondering if that particular pattern can be acquired without buying the entire book. If not, then I'll probably spring for the book. Thanks.

Mark

Christmas Scarf

I got my wife's red scarf finished with a whole day to spare before Christmas. It's in the feather and fan design and it is 6 feet long, so my wife can fold it midway and then tuck the ends through the center in kind of a half Windsor knot. The second picture is more true to the color. I used Knit Picks Shine Worsted Serrano, 60% Pima Cotton, 40 Modal. It's incredibly soft and a real pleasure to handle.

Mark

Joining a new ball of yarn

As you all know, I've done a good number of projects since I first started knitting 15 months ago, some large, some small. I always run into the same problem. When it's time to add a new ball/skein of yarn (same color), I struggle with how to secure it. I have watched videos about the Russian method of weaving two pieces together, an invisible method of braiding, even spit splicing! Is there a simpler way to do this. Right now, I pretty much just tie a tiny knot and weave in the ends, but that leaves what I like to call a "scar" effect.

A Simple Christmas Baby Blanket

Hello Guys,
I hope you are all getting your projects finished in time for Christmas. I still have a couple more to go, but got a baby blanket made for my bosses new baby girl. It's just simple washcloth design done on a bigger scale with 55% acrylic and 45% cotton. To even out the stitches, I threw it in the washer and then the dryer and it came out softer than when it went in.