Monday, December 07, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Are you attending any Fiber Festivals this autumn? If so, which ones and why?
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
- Using a contrasting waste yarn, cast on half the number of stitches, plus 1. So if your pattern calls for 100 stitches, you would cast on 51.
- Row 1: Now with your project yarn, *knit 1, yarn over* Repeat from * until 1 stitch remains, knit 1.
- Row 2: *Yarn in front, slip the purl stitch. Yarn in back, knit the yarn over* Repeat from * until one stitch remains, purl 1.
- Row 3: * Yarn at back, knit 1. Yarn in front, slip purl stitch purlwise. * Repeat from * until one stitch remains, knit 1.
- Row 4: *Yarn in front, slip the purl stitch. Yarn in back, knit 1. * Repeat from * until one stitch remains, purl 1.
- Row 5: *Knit 1, slip next stitch onto a cable needle, hold in back. Knit 1. Purl stitch from cable needle, purl 1. * Repeat from * until three stitches remain. Depending on how many stitches you cast on, your last 2 stitches should either be knits or purls. If they should be knit, k2tog, knit 1. If they should be purl, p2tog, purl 1.
- Continue on with your k2p2 ribbing as the pattern calls for. The waste yarn can now be removed at any time.
About 3 rows before you are ready to bind off, prepare as follows:
- Row 1 (Right Side): *Knit 1, slip next knit stitch to cable needle and hold in front. Purl 1, Knit 1 from cable needle, purl 1.* Repeat across.
- Row 2: Knit the knit stitches, and slip the purl stitches with the yarn in front.
- Row 3: Repeat row 2.
- Cut the yarn, leaving a length 3-4 times the width of the project to bind off with. Take two smaller needles and transfer the knit stitches onto own needle and the purl stitches onto the other. Thread a tapestry needle onto the yarn.
- Hold the needles in your left hand with the purl stitches on the back needle and the knit stitches on the front needle. The working yarn should be coming from the purl stitches.
- Insert the tapestry needle into the first knit stitch on the front knitting needle as if to purl and pull the yarn through. Leave the stitch on the knitting needle.
- Put your tapestry needle through the first purl stitch on the back knitting needle as if to knit, pull the yarn through, and leave the stitch on the knitting needle.
- Put the tapestry needle through the first knit stitch on the front needle as if to knit, and drop the stitch off the knitting needle. Pull the tapestry needle through the next stitch on the front needle as if to purl, leaving the stitch on the needle.
- Pull the tapestry needle through the first purl stitch on the back needle as if to purl, and drop the stitch off the knitting needle. Pull the tapestry needle through the next stitch on the back knitting needle as if to knit, leaving the stitch on the knitting needle
Repeat steps 3 and 4 until no stitches remain, and take care to keep an even tension on the yarn as you graft the knits and purls together. This bind off is a little tedious, but the end result is so worth it, in my opinion. And for what its worth, I didn't use a cable needle for the cast on or bind off. I'd say it all depends on how well your yarn clings to itself, and your confidence in your abilities :) Hopefully these instruction make sense. Please feel free to ask questions, and I'll do my best to answer them :)
Saturday, September 12, 2009
- Invest the bulk of it for our retirement, kid's college, and their future nest eggs.
- Give a chunk to charity
- Pay off our house (which we love, not selling), and buy some lakefront property with a great view of the sunsets and lots of trees. Someplace within easy driving distance of Tulsa, roughly an hour. Far enough to get away, but not so far that we couldn't come and go easily.
- Build a lake house, complete with a large crafting room for me, and an extra large garage for BHE. He'd probably stock with with a few cars too. The house would be large enough to entertain family and friends, but still have a cozy feel. The craft room would really be set up for sewing and probably have a long arm quilting machine. I'd do my knitting where ever the rest of the family was :D
- Help out family and close friends.
- Take a few extended vacations, all over the world.
- I'd probably keep working, at least part time. One, because I love what I do, and two, because I want to set a good example for my kids. Strong work ethic and all that, yada, yada, yada.
- Oh! I'd definitely hire a professional organizer to deal with the mess that used to be my sewing room. I am in dire need of organization for my books, magazines, fabric, yarn, and all sorts of works in progress. It is also my home office, so there's all sorts of paper in there.
- I also need a scanner to deal with the paper, and a temp to scan everything ;)
What would you do?