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A Great Tip on Buttonholes

March 10th, 2012

Placing buttons can be a pain. Here’s an awesome tip from EunnyJang at Knitting Daily.

And Now You Know the Rest of the Story…

July 19th, 2011

Am I the only one old enough to remember Paul Harvey? Anyway, looking through my blog posts I realized I havent’t posted all of my youtube videos here on my blog. I left off at three-needle bind off–whoa! There’s lot’s more. I’m loading the rest (i.e., the rest for finishing the sweater) into this one post.

After seaming shoulders with a three-needle bind-off,
you will start the Sleeve Cap (Part 1):


Followed by the Sleeve Cap, Part 2

Then work the rest of The Tapered Sleeve, Part 1:

And The Tapered Sleeve, Part 2

Almost done! Finish up the the Neck Ribbing, Part 1

…and Part 2:

Stop the clock!

Sweaters for Babies, Children and Men

June 11th, 2011

I’ve had several requests for videos on knitting sweaters for children and men (have NONE of you heard of the Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater?) And yes, I’m planning to create those videos, but leave us face it (as my MIL used to say), I’m slow at cranking these things out. And I just answered a question on Ravelry about this very subject, so I thought I’d make it available to everyone. To keep things simpler, I freely reference my knitting videos on youtube. Here is a very abbreviated version of what I call Knitting for Everyone Else.

You may find it useful to have a chart of sizing standards that The Craft Yarn Council has published here.

Cast On for K1P1 Rib

May 27th, 2011

Berroco has come out with another excellent video, this time on casting on for a K1P1 rib.  It’s nice because the cast on edge matches the stitch pattern more closely than other cast on methods, and it maintains some stretch.  Which, if you’ve ever ruined a piece of work with a cast on edge that is too tight, is one of those small but really important details for a successful garment.

Of Thumbs and Thumb Drives

April 1st, 2011

It’s been a long three months waiting for the pain in my thumbs to recede.  I can’t tell you how much fun knitting ISN’T when it hurts.  The verdict is in–I have arthritis in both hands–damn!  According to the doctor, what can I do to prevent/reverse/slow it down?  Nothing.  Take ibuprofen for the pain.  Get fitted for compression gloves. What I have to learn to do is pace myself when knitting. No more than a half-hour or so at a time. Crap.  Crap crap crap crap crap. Deep breath and deal with it.

I have also been struggling a bit to finish the final video in the series–or should I say my first series.  My video editing software suddenly slowed to unusable as I was in the final stages of my video on neck ribbing.  I have had several requests from youtube subscribers for this video (very flattering!) and so wanted to get it out there.  It would also mean completion of a project (not my long suit!) begun…can it be two years ago?  That will feel good!

Waist Shaping

February 11th, 2011

I received an e-mail from Ann who asked about waist shaping when designing a sweater. My answer ran to several paragraphs, so I thought I’d share it, since I seem to recall interest in the subject…
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Knitting Out of Africa

February 8th, 2011


About three years ago at a Nordic Knitting Conference at Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum, I took a class by Danish knitting designer Marianne Isager. I didn’t really know who she was then, and had no idea what a treat I as in for. We had a really enjoyable class, but the bonus was being introduced to Isager’s work, which typifies everything that is good about classic design. She understands color and structure, and designs sweaters that are artful while still beautiful to wear.

One of the really juicy part of classes such as these is all the amazing knitted samples the instructors bring along. This class was no exception–included in the items shared were African textiles that inspired sweaters from one of her books, Knitting Out of Africa: Inspired Sweater Designs

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February 4th, 2011

http://easyknittingdesign.comFinally got my entrelac scarf blocked–I have been wearing it unblocked all winter (and still getting compliments).  But the blocking tidied up the edges very nicely.

In case you’re wondering, it took two skeins of Crystal Palace Mochi Plus.  This color is (I think) Tapestry Rainbow, but any color of Mochi Plus would be yummy.  And the self-striping causes non-knitters to think she’s oh-so-clever and what-a-great-eye-for-color-she-has.  Never one to keep my yap shut, I always explain about self-striping yarn. And they’re so amazed–it reminds me of what a terrific invention yarns like this are.  I used the Entrelac Tutorial & Scarf Pattern by knittyotter.  My first entrelac project, and I have to say, I’m pretty pleased.  Even if I couldn’t  crop my ratty sweatshirt out of the picture.

Andrea’s Sweater and…Grounded!

January 31st, 2011

Andrea wore the sweater I made her to a family get-together on Saturday:

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Gray sweater in Cascade 220

In the meantime, I’ve determined that the shooting pains in my wrists and thumbs were not arthritis, but tendonitis, brought on by a pre-Christmas blitz to finish Annabelle’s jacket (picture coming soon). A little research online brought me to the horrifying news that I need to cease the offending activity for THREE WEEKS. Icing, stretching and no knitting. The good news is, of course, that it’s not the deterioration of actual bone and joint, but muscle soreness–all fixable. But still.
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Andrea’s Sweater–The Before Picture

January 17th, 2011

What am I thinking? I have pictures taken of Andrea’s gray sweater that I finished last spring, and I haven’t posted a

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thing. Andrea (twenty-something) told me she wanted a sweater that was skin tight (her words). After clearing it with her mom
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