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So I got another wonderful colorway from Bohemia Fibers.  It’s called Atomic Limon and it’s quite brilliant.

I nearly messed up with this yarn.  I bought the first skein without checking the yarn requirements of my project, so then I bought the second one separately.  You guessed it, the dye lots didn’t quite match.  So I put a note in my Ravelry stash description that I’d just alternate skeins as the stitch pattern changed and that I was pretty sure that would work out.  As it turns out, Amy from Bohemia yarns saw the note and offered to swap the two skeins for two new ones.  She even told me that if I put a note on the skein I preferred she’d see if she could get the skeins she sent me more like that one.  Talk about amazing customer service!  So I made the swap, and I’m absolutely thrilled.

The website says it’s blacklight reactive.  I haven’t had a chance to test that out yet, but as you can see it’s pretty bright.

Limon WInding

I wound the two skeins of fingering weight yarn on the nostepinne. Limon Swift I actually dug out the swift for the second one, which took a bit of hunting, but was oh, so worth it.  I had been resorting to using the back of a chair, volunteers hands, or even looping the yarn around my neck for a while.  That was ok when I was winding the diadem yarn, which is super soft.  Not so much for superwash wool…

I had actually forgotten how much easier it is to use an umbrella swift.  The second skein (on the right) took about a third the time to wind that the first one had.  As you can see the shape of the two balls is a bit different.  I think that has to do with the angle I’m winding the yarn onto the ball at.  I’ll have to experiment a bit and see if I can get it consistent.  In any case, they’re both perfectly useful center pull balls.

Limon Cakes

I cast on the Belle Greene shawl from Stitching in the Stacks. The pattern was inspired by an historical figure I’d never heard of before, but she sounds fascinating and the shawl will be amazing.  I’ve finished the stockinette section and have put together an image which shows how the yarn reacts to sunlight – LimonAtomic

No image manipulation, just two pictures taken on my iPhone 5 in burst mode as the car rode under a bridge on a sunny day.  So, yeah.  I figure I’m going to use very bright beads on this baby, because subtle is l-o-n-g gone.

Missed Projects

I’ve made two more Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns.  The Tomten jacket for my two year old niece Margaret, and a co-ordinating Baby Surprise Jacket for her newborn sister Anne.Orioles BSJIn case you hadn’t guessed, the family are huge Orioles fans.  The BSJ is as much fun as I expected, and very simple to knit.  It took a little bit to figure out how to seam it – just a brief struggle followed by an “ah-ha” moment.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I entered to win a skein of Madeleine Tosh Vintage yarn from Lisa Bogart (end of March).

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I happened to be drivifastenersngby G-Street Fabrics with my daughter this week, and we stopped in for a look around.  We each walked out with a grab bag of stuff.  She got ribbon remnants, and I picked up a miscellaneous couple of pounds of fasteners.  I can’t figure out how several of them work, and some seem to have only one side of a pair, so there may be some off-label use in the future, or I may end up throwing some out.   It was a nice thought, anyway.

Current Project

handle

The plastic is really much more of a black than a blue, but the flash here really brings out the glittery yarn I used for the top and handles.

There was one pair of fasteners in the grab bag which almost matched.  I used them with the Nightvale bag, crocheted around them, and attached handles.

The bag itself got a bit weird.  I used a lovely chart by Becky JC, but got lazy with the stitch counts and ended up inadvertently decreasing.   It’s a nice effect, but not terribly practical.

Night Vale 2

Missed Projects

I don’t often repeat patterns, but I did use a Zimmerman hat ‘recipe’ twice.  One for making a reversible hat.

PSP hat FOMy younger daughter goes to Ohio University and joined the Phi Sigma Pi honors fraternity.

I charted out the letters, and used some color patterns from 150 Scandinavian Motifs to complete the hat.

The same pattern book helped me make the other reversible hat – one with penguins and cats and traditional holly designs for my husbands (January) birthday.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good pictures of that one to upload as well.

Blog Contests and Giveaways

I entered a giveaway from Susan B Anderson’s blog for a skein of arne carlos regia sock yarn. Two skeins of hand dyed worsted weight yarn from Chauleur Life (16 March).

 

 

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So I’ve been working on Eunny Jang’s Endpaper Mitts.  It’s a pretty involved two color project, worked in the round, and I’m doing both at once on two circs (see the picture below).

A Stray Thought

"A Stray Thought"

Since nothing is ever complicated enough, I’ve decided to use this opportunity to try a new technique.

I have a vague suspicion that when I first started knitting (ages ago) I learned English style (holding the working yarn in the right hand, along with the front needle).  Like many people, I re-taught myself as an adult, and at that time I learned Continental style (holding the working yarn in the left hand and the front needle in the right).   It cuts down the number of movements per stitch and goes faster.

As you can guess from the names of the two styles, each is associated with a particular region and history.  According to Elizabeth Zimmerman there have been class prejudices associated with the styles, and she describes having been chided for knitting Continental style as a child, in a way I’d find hard to believe if not for some experiences with my daughter’s elementary school teachers. (No, you do NOT have to master phonics in kindergarten, just trust me on this one).

Anyway, Zimmerman, and a lot of other people, have recommended knitting both at once for two color work, so I’ve been using this as a practice project for that.  Knitting Help has videos for both methods, which I’ve found pretty useful.  So far I’m getting a lot out of it.

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“A Stray Thought”


Tubular cast on for endpaper mits

Originally uploaded by efbq

I’m currently working on Eunny Jang’s “Endpaper Mits” using Poems and Pace sock yarns. The yarn weights are slightly different, but when worked about 50/50 they give gauge. I double checked and the Poems (which is lighter) still works for the ribbing.  Went with a different version of the tubular cast on than Eunny suggests, since I just couldn’t make hers work.  (Good old Zimmerman)

I’m really loving the look and feel of this one.

Now to get back to writing.

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OK, I think i’ve got a handle on it this time.

The thing is, I’m trying to do a non-standard cast-on.   It’s a modified version of Elizabeth Zimmermans (EZs) “invisible cast on” for ribbing,  Zimmerman, for some reason, knit several rows with her waste yarn before switching to the working yarn.  Then she knit several rows of stockinette with the working yarn (how many depended on the weight of the yarn in question) and, while on a reverse side row, alternated between knitting the working stitches with the ‘live’ stitches revealed when she removed the waste yarn.  She alternated between knitting and purling and set up her rib pattern that way.

Use a contrasting waste yarn to make it as easy as humanly possible on yourselfRather than knitting several waste rounds, I started with a crochet cast on, and knit three ‘set up’ rows using the reverse of the knit/purl pattern I would normally use for a set up.

I worked more carefully than I usually do with crochet cast ons.  I made sure to pick up the stitches only through the back loop of the chain, and I marked the ‘end’ of the chain with a knot in the yarn.  Then I oriented my knitting so that it would unravel in the direction of the knitting.  The tail you see at the left of the picture is the end of the knitting round, so it’s the beginning of the chain (the side which wasn’t marked with the knot).  Note the neat and even chain?  That’s your check that you only caught the back loops of the stitches.  It makes the chain much easier to remove… Trust me on this one.

Insert needle in bottom loop just freed from the crochet chain.

Once you’ve got enougth knit, pull the crochet chain  out s-l-o-w-l-y from the knotted end.  As in, one stitch at a time.  Pick up the freed stitch with the right needle, and slip (as if to knit) it onto the left needle.  Then knit (or purl) it together with the stitch next to it.  Since you’re pulling the stitches around towards the front of the needle, the ‘right’ side of the stitches will be on the inside of the closed tube you’re making, which is why you worked the opposing stitch from the one you would need in the set-up row.  If you lifted the stitches to the back, there wouldn’t be any need to reverse stitches.   It sounds easeir, but I found it to be counter-intuitive.

In the end, you have a more or less neat edge, with the ribbing pattern part of the cast on.

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