Wednesday, May 1, 2013

My new ride!

Meet Auntie Muriel She really represents freedom. More later (I need the following little square for a profile pic, if I can make it work...)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Only for Lies

My bobbin lace teacher Lies (Lee-sis, only one syllable, not untruths!), was going to knit a black Myrtle Leaf shawl from the book, Victorian Lace Today.   But the black knitting was beyond what her eyes could do...it is barely within what mine can do, right now.   So, I agreed to knit it for her.

What a challenge!   The pattern isn't that hard, although there is patterning on the wrong side rows.

First, I knit this, all cast on, following e chart, it is going fine, right?

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Wrong.   Not at all fine.  These are supposed to be leaf motifs, not sliced in half thingees.

So I finally ripped, thinking I had screwed up something in the previous repeat, and tried again, with a swatch.
Carefully followed the chart, I know I was doing it right, right? photo Still, wrong. See? One complete leaf, and one split. Checked for errata, and it made no sense, I must have the reprinted version, corrected, since the missing / mentioned were in my copy.

So I looked, and I looked, and I analyzed the chart, and I thought about suggesting I do a different pattern....but, not be able to knit a pattern? Me? No...gotta figure this out...there are plenty of lovely, correct, finished shawls posted on Ravelry, it is clearly possible!

Finally, the light dawned...there is no way the chart as printed will work. In the first repeat that / must be plain knits, and the subsequent repeats have it as the decrease! That would match the offset leaves, that looked right! That must be what the errata I wasn't understanding meant!

Once I have done a good swatch, I will make a comment on the pattern in the Ravelry database, In case others have the same issue.

Edited to add, I matched the dec that I changed to a knit with a dec at the other end, and that matches the pattern in my mom's book, which is a later edition.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Organizing my life

I am inventorying my stash, fabric and yarn.  It is all getting stored in labeled bins, more or less by type, and I am writing down each item that goes into a bin.   Since the notepad in question was 1) getting trashed, 2) constantly disappearing, as I kept using it in different places, and 3) not searchable, I typed it all into a spreadsheet.

You would think this was straightforward.   Nope.  Spreadsheets hate me.   Way back when, I could work spreadsheets and bend them to my will just fine.   Not any more.   But, I have a Champion!   He came to my rescue, and beat that spreadsheet into submission.

The final score was:
Numbers:                           1
Colleen:                            .5
Abe (aka Champion):        3

I got .5 for figuring out (by accident...lucky shot!) that dragging a static filled field bigger meant you didn't have to paste the label in them all of them, it just happened.

Now, my yarn spreadsheet is labeled by weight/type of yarn, box letter, number of skeins, and name of yarn.  I may go back and add in ball weight and yardages.

I need to fix the fabric spread sheet to reflect the box name and fabric content more elegantly, but the info is all there.

Now, I can search, I can even sort by weight.   If I go back and break it out, I could sort by fiber, but I can search by it, already.

Now....I just need to remember to delete the yarn from the spreadsheet when I take it out of the box!

notes from camp

Now that I am over the plague, with only some coughing left, I'm entering my inventory into a spreadsheet, but first, I need to save the notes on the pad I used.

So, here is a set of instructions from Knitting Camp, that I think is for the centered eyelet.

row -1 (ws):  double yo in the stitch above which you want the eyelet
row 1 (RS):  work to 1 before center
                     slip 1, insert needle p-wise into next stitch.  PSSO, partially slipped stitch
                     yo, k2 tog *next stitch and partial stitch)
row 2 (ws): K into Row below

so that I don't forget how to do this again, I'm putting it here, so I can find it!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Great Plague

                              Score. (running totals)

                Plague                  Colleen

Wed.         1                              0
Thurs         2                             0
Fri.             3                            0
Sat.            4                             0
Sun.           5                             0
Mon.         25                            0.   (plague cheated)
Tues.         28                            0
Wed.         28                            5
Thurs.       28                            28

We are into the tie breaker game....clearly, 6 hours of actual sleep gets Colleen a lot of points.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Join, being careful not to twist

People are always asking how to fix a twist, after they are a few rows into a project...and often call it a moebius (it is not).  I once hear a suggestion of using pins or clips to pull e edge into the middle, while the work was laid flat on a table.   I've been suggesting that ever since, but last week I improved upon it!

I was making my second Woobie stuffie/blankie, and I remembered from last time how frustrating casting on that many stitches was.  I had the hardest time getting the number right, then making sure there was no twist.   It just took forever.   This time, I had a clever idea.   First, I put a marker every fifty stitches, triple checking the numbers between markers (I still managed to mess that up, but wht can you do?).  Then I put a safety pin every 6 inches or so into the very edge of the cast on edge...into the knotty bits under the cast on.  (I cast on in long tail with waste yarn, to be clipped off, later, as a provisional cast on).   Then, before joining, I threaded a bit of waste yarn though each safety pin, and pulled them all to the Center and tied it into a circle, making sure that the work was untwisted.   This made it all much easier to see if the work was trying to twist!

It still looked twisted around the needle, until I got a few inches done, but once I had made sure that there were no twists, the inner circle wouldn't let the sts twist all the way around.   It worked great!

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Garden Party

It was a good party....
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The gown was DONE.  Totally done.   Not just wearable, but, rather, DONE!

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and for once, I wasn't portraying the "world's worst servant"!
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