Thursday, 4 April 2013

April Snow Showers?

I should be thinking about warm weather designs. Light, breezy suitable for a summer's day.

But it's snowing outside. So instead I have ragey mitts (well one so far, I think in the round and duplicate stitch rather than flat, seamed and intarsia might work better).

Excuse the camera phone picture. It's not exactly the weather for faffing about trying to get a good photo. At least not while I only have one mitt and that's the subject.

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Radio Silence

Apologies, I have actually been knitting. I've some adventures coming up that hopefully will lead to something to blog about. Now if it could just stop being good weather when I'm knitting, and raining when the pieces are finished and ready to photograph... all would be well with my little world.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Photography fail again

I really struggle to get good shots of knitted items. Poor light, contorting myself to be both photographer and model, it's just a headache.

After yet another failed attempt to take photos of socks, not helped by the light being so poor by the time I got outside that the flash was firing I decided to have a go at photo-shopping what I had onto a different world.

Switched to black and white, with a reddish tint, then painted over the original background and added light and shadows (yes I do like the airbrush tool). It needs some more tweaking, but it definitely knocks the socks of the photo I started with.

Monday, 4 February 2013

How to: Tubular Cast on for 2x2 rib in the round

For a tubular cast on, begin with waste yarn.
Cast on half the number of stitches required plus 1. The extra stitch is required so that you have the correct number of knit stitches after the cast on is complete. 

The example shown begins with 21 stitches, for a final 40 stitches.

Join in the round and knit three or four rounds then cut the waste yarn leaving at least a 15cm (6 inch tail).

Join the main yarn and purl two rows. On the last row P2Tog the last two stitches. This will ensure you have the correct number of purls in the final work.

Now those bumps at the bottom are going to be picked up to form knit stitches thus:

Inserting the right needle tip from below knit through the bump, then purl two stitches from the left needle. Pick up two more bumps and knit them, and continue around alternating 2 purls and 2 knits.

After a few rounds of ribbing has been completed, the waste yarn can be removed

And a very stretchy cast on revealed (excuse the strange looking hand)

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Stash Gone Wild

Get 50% off Stash Monster patterns for the first week of February. £1 for a single pattern, or get both for the normal price of one.

The offer runs from midnight tonight until midnight 7th February.

Stash monsters are quick and fun to make. Using DK the finished monster is 6 inches tall and uses just 100metres (109 yards) of various wools. For more monster ideas, see the ravelry projects for these Stash-busting Stash-eating little critters. 

What lurks in your yarn stash?