A Great Tip on Buttonholes

Saturday, 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…

Tuesday, 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!


Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

yarnbomb at public library I was sitting outside one of my favorite coffee places this morning thinking the trees outside needed some decorative knitting. My next stop was the library, where I found a lovely example of knitting graffiti.                

Sweaters for Babies, Children and Men

Saturday, 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.

Waist Shaping

Friday, 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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Andrea’s Sweater and…Grounded!

Monday, 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

Monday, 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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Magical Thinking

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

I always caution against what I call magical thinking.  I’ve said it on my youtube videos, in my e-book, to new knitters–if there’s a problems, STOP.  Continuing to knit, hoping the problem will solve itself, is magical thinking, and it doesn’t work.  Is your gauge wrong? STOP–your sweater won’t fit.  Have you reached the armholes of your sweater (the halfway point) but two-thirds of your yarn is used up?  STOP–call your yarn store NOW and see if they have any more.

And yet, in spite of all my well-intentioned advice to others, I did it again.  
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Some Very Cute Mittens

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

I haven’t tried mittens yet, but after attending the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle last month, I may tackle it. I have been assured they’re not that hard. After looking again at pictures of these mittens, brought by teacher Carol Rhoades, I am tempted. Then again, I may start with a wrist warmer, like one of these, from the same class. knitting patterns

Three-Needle Bind Off

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

I like a three-needle bind off at the shoulder seams because I think it makes a neater looking seam. This means my shoulder stitches must be live, which is why I do all that horsing around with short rows for shoulder shaping that you saw in the previous post. Another way to work your shoulders is via binding off stitches, and then grafting the seams or sewing them with a backstitch, but try as I may, mine always look messy. That’s why I like the method I’ve shown. Three-Needle Bind Off


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