I"m doing a Sophie Purse out of Lopi. Its a really coarse wool. Felts great though. Anyway, I usually do a Norwegian long tail cast on. It was harder than heck to pick up my bottom edge to get it into the round. I fought it for like an hour. Learned an invisible cast on last night and started another purse, and man, what a difference. I can't believe I hadn't learned another cast on before now. I'm on a roll. Made 3 purses in the last 4 days. I might make my Christmas deadline! :-)
Coffee Shop blues, a poem by Grandcarriage
Here I sit, brokenhearted.
Came to knit, but
this Shrug is made from Baby Alpaca Grande yarn with size US11 circ. Pattern is fairly easy.
CO 120 (I used long tail/slingshot)
K2P2 Rib for 7.5 inches
Decrease to 60 stitches using K2tog,P2tog
Continue Pattern of K1P1 Ribbing for 16 inches
Increase back to 120 stitches by
K1, M1-kwise (bar increase) PF&B across.
Continue in K2P2 ribbing for 7.5 inches, bind off.
Your piece now looks like an odd hour-glass. stitch sides up 9 inches from C/O-B/O edges. (top right to bottom right, Top left to bottom left. The narrow portion which is now left open are the armholes.
So, for those who don't know, I live on an agricultural island 10mi N. of DT Portland, Oregon. Usually pretty sedate, around this time it becomes the land of pumpkins. Combine 3 truck farms with one bridge, (currently being replaced) and you are looking at a line of traffic 3+ miles long waiting to get off the bridge. 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES for what usually takes 3 minutes, tops! Thank god the knitting was in the bag next to me: Knit 30 stitches, move 5 feet. Knit a row, move 20 feet. I'm getting to the point where I NEVER want to be without at least a sock to work on. Wasted time drives me NUTS! My Ranger isn't a very roomy place to work in, I have to admit, especially with the gym bag, change of clothes, knitting bag, portfolio, laptop, jacket, etc etc etc on the seat next to me. Bob: The homeless knitter living out of his car. Sometimes it seems as such. sigh...
Today, I learned how to do the Norwegian purl stitch (continental) after an embarrassingly long time of watching and rewatching the instructional video. I then practiced it, trying various combinations of knit and purl stitches (again, continental) along with my usual contintental purl stitch. I must say that after a few hours of practice I was able to get my gauge (and "tension") under control and am now quite pleased with doing this purl method, preferring it over my old way of purling. There are a few more hand/finger movements involved but I think it's easier to execute.
Anyone else using this purl stitch?
Has anyone noticed that some sweaters create a man-boobie effect? I think it is especially apparent if the sleeves aren't shaped at the top, or on a fitted sweater with stripes. All of a sudden, you look like a b-cup. (and in a bad way). Has anyone else noticed, have any insight in eliminating the heartbreak of man-boobies, outside of diet and working out?
It took forever, but I got a zipper band that I am very happy with for the sweater: I picked up stitches through the inside edge of the cardigan, and knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch on the outside and 3 row's +cast off on the inside (same pick up stitches) to form a "V" in which the zipper sits. The outer band rolls back on itself just shy of the actual zip, and looks like a double I cord band down the center of the cardigan. Looks great, won't catch, and is finished on both inside and outside. Hooray.
I am thinking about going to the dark side and learning how to spin. Any input and/or advice you might have would be most appreciated.
Rhinebeck (aka New York Sheep & Wool Festival) starts tomorrow! David drove down yesterday evening to get our booth set up, and I rode down with a friend this evening. We're going to be headquarters for Rhinebeck Blogger Bingo and Ms. Stitchy McYarnpants herself will be signing books at our booth both days. If you're going to be here, please stop by and say hello. We're in booth D in Barn 39. There's a map of the fairgrounds here.
Going to tour the condo this afternoon at 5pm. I feel good about it. Plus!!!!! My 'date' of Friday the 13th called last night and we talked about an hour. WooHoo!
Going to have to hire a shepard to get all the wool to the new place if I buy it.
Happy knitting to all!