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Blocking Uneven Ribbing

Knitting nice uniform, even-looking, ribbing is a big challenge for me.  I realize it has to do with the varying tension of my knits and purls when ribbing back and forth, but the nature of some yarns make it difficult to get uniform ribbing even when ribbing in the round. At the moment, my best option is to fix the …

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Reinforcing a Steek in Bulky Yarn

This is by no means my first steek… but I still consider it new territory, because it is my first steek in BULKY yarn (Alafoss Lopi). a) I chose not to machine-sew these steeks as I sometimes do with small 2-3 stitch steeks.  My walking foot doesn’t lift high enough above the thick fabirc, and the double-layers of yarn through …

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Fairisle Mittens: Crochet Weave-In

Since I had to re-knit my mitten due to my dissatisfaction with the original result, I also got to retry my attempts to weave-in the ends using a crochet slip-stitch. Last time, if you’ll remember, I reported that my attempt was inconclusive.  This time, I can conclusively say:  This method is THE method.  Forever. 1. Pull all the ends down …

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Shetland Mittens… Starting Over!

Well mitten #1 is complete, but I’m not happy with it.  I’ve re-designed it and re-charted it and am ready to start re-knitting it.  I think I have EXACTLY enough of the “Dewdrop” colourway left to make 2 mittens, based on what my scale says I used for the first mitten. Things that didn’t work: 1. I don’t like the …

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Fair Isle Concept Development

If you like fair isle and you like knitpicks you are most likely familiar with the drool-worthy centrefold that comes in most Knitpicks catalogues: I have been struggling for some time to come up with the best way to choose fair isle colour schemes.  I’ve played with excel… and with copying colour swatches off of websites…  All too slow and …

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Back to Fair Isle

Now that Christmas is over I can post pictures of the gifts I made, without giving away the surprise to the recipients. First off is the ‘Abies Dickey’.  My dad wears dickies to keep his neck and chest warm when he is working outside in the winter.  Thankfully he is one of the few males I can knit for, that …

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Towels on the Embroidery Machine

I’ve spent the past month, re-finishing my sewing/guest room.  While I love the now bare pine floors, shelves-all-around etc., I sorely missed my workspace (not to mention the creation time.)  The room refinishing is only 90% complete, but that’s complete enough to work in, and I really needed to take a break and enjoy it.  My oldest friend also just …

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Fabric Edging on Hand Knits

A useful technique is using a sewing machine to line the edges of hand knits with fabric bias tape.  This is a good way to keep knit edges from curling up, and to strengthen and stabilize an edge that has to support button holes or other load-bearing features.  It can also be very decorative if you find a complementing fabric. …

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Pouch Night

Tonight’s accomplishment is 4 more pen pouches off my “production line”. And by the way, if you need gift ideas for a man, my husband makes the most masculine, elegant pens (www.aureliuswood.ca).  See for yourself. I embroidered his business name in silver metallic thread (using a Janome memorycraft 350E.)  I then pinned my hand-drafted bag pattern onto the fabric so …