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In the round short rows with no holes!!!

So my lack of posts relates to my continued need to knit Elijah elephants. The stalk is still working overtime in Middle England. It’s really makes for boring posts so I just haven’t bothered however I’ve come across a new technique that I want to try out. One thing that has left me unsatisfied with my elephants is the little holes in the trunk when I’ve been putting in short rows to add a curve to the trunk (an adjustment I’ve made to the pattern). Because they’re knit in the round using the usual technique you get these slightly annoying holes. While looking for a solution I came across this on YouTube. I’ll let you know how I get on.

Update 31.12.17

So I’ve dropped some short rows into the back of Elijah’s trunk. I’m pretty sure I’ve not quite done this right on all of the turns as it looks a little messy to me. A bit more practice needed I think but it’s a promising start.


Woven Basket Stitch

I’ve been more prolific than usual in the knitting department and have been a little tardy with my blog posts so if you follow my Instagram or check out my Ravelry projects you’ll find the next few posts are somewhat out of sync.  Oops. must try harder in future.

This is another one of them ‘written for me’ posts so I can find the instructions for the great  textured basket stitch the next time I want to use it.

A good written and pictorial guide to this stitch has been written by  Froginette and is found here on her old blog, and the comments include a video to help.  Now all I need to find out is how to unknit it when I’ve made that inevitable mistake.

Casting on… Magic Cast On for Toe Up Socks

Baby’s hat is blocking so it’s cast on time again. I love cast on time and this time it’s a new cast on for me. I’ve picked a pattern with a number of new skills this time so there’s likely to be a few posts about it that get my blog back to it’s orginal purpose of keeping all my knitting ‘stuff’ in one place so I can find it in the future.

A magic cast on for toe up socks. “But you hated knitting socks” I hear you say puzzled. Well don’t worry, I haven’t lost my mind and decided to knit socks again.  I won’t be using this for socks but for the hood on a cardiagan/coat for my little wriggler that still has about a month to cook.

I found a number of versions of this cast on. What seems to be the original posted online is from Judy Becker published here on knotty.com known as Judy’s Magic Cast On to the web (recommended by the pattern I’m following). Then there’s another version from Curious Knitter known as Judy’s Magic Cast On a la Jeny. Both are really well illustrated and I didn’t need to resort to YouTube to work either of them out.

Plumping for the original, just because it’s the first I tried, rather than any preference for the technique and the result is a very boring invisible cast on at the top of the hood on Baby’s cardigan. So boring in fact that I’m not even bothering to photograph it!


Jogless stripes in the round

The ombré blanket hasn’t materialised.  Why I hear you ask? Well the pram arrived and it wasn’t the colour I was expecting and that kind of threw me and now I don’t know what colour to use.  Leave me to think on that one for a while please.  I probably just need some new inspiration on the colour and then I’ll get my ombré mojo back.

Instead, I’m planning something smaller… much smaller. No idea where the inspiration came for this one but I want to make a hat for Baby Cosmo.  I’ve got left over Baby Cashmerino from two Hermione Hearts Ron hats I previously made that I’ll use so this is a destash project as well as the first piece of knitting for my own little baby boy.  I haven’t used left overs for so long I’m calling this a little victory.

So the pattern? No pattern! This one is coming from my head. Flying by the seat of my pants as they say.  They do say that right?

In my quest to keep discovering new skills I’ve been inspired by a Pinterest Pin on jogless stripes knit in the round so this is going to be a stripy hat knit in the round.

Following the pinterest link, I find myself back at the TECHknitting  blog. A three part series none the less with Differnt methods all clearly explained with pictures.

I settled to try helical stripe. This means a continuous candy stripe of each colour knit continously from two balls of wool (or more if you’re feeling adventurous) with no cutting or joins. That means no weaving in the ends!!!

And this is what it looks like…


The Sewing Café

Off the knitting theme but still on crafts, will you forgive me?

Last Saturday, two of my friends and I embarked on an adventure, an adventure in sewing.  I’m not completely new to sewing; I learned very basic machine skills at school and even managed to throw together some costumes very roughly for a ‘freakers’ party at university (the less said about that the better I think).  Now comes the time that I learn this skill properly.  I’m all about doing things properly at the moment.  I wonder if this is something that comes with age?

Back at Christmas time, we booked a class at The Sewing Café for very beginners.  The Sewing Café façade hides a treasure trove of beautiful fabrics and hidden at the back is a small workshop with a number of sewing machines available for hire.  This is the café part of The Sewing Café – think of it a little like an internet café (do they still exist?) and not the type of café where you can order a latté.

The reception was warm and after being ushered to the workshop we were asked to choose two fabrics from the shop.  This really was the hard part; how do you choose just two from all that they stock with their bright, pastel and monochrome colours and the massive array of patterns.  Aiming for something that matched one of our rooms at home I chose a printed brown and pink and a darker plain brown fabric.  Boring in comparison to the multi-coloured deckchair stripes one friend chose.  Tea and biscuits were supplied

Armed with our fat quarters we were talked through the process of cutting the pattern and the fabric.  We were then very patiently taught to thread the machine and how it works.  After some time practicing on scrap fabric, and the a tiny bit of ironing we put the real fabric into the machine with some trepidation.  Working much slower than on the scrap material a hush fell across the room as we all concentrated.  A few corrections needed but ta-dah … we made something that resembled a cushion that doesn’t look like a five year old made it.  Much of this success is down to The Sewing Café for their patient instruction.  A big thanks from me to you.

As a result I now have a sewing bug and I’m dreaming of making my own clothes being slightly smaller than the average person, wouldn’t it be brilliant to whip up custom fit clothes when I couldn’t find anything to buy in the shops that fits.  Note to self – learn to walk before you can run!

Italian Tubular Cast On

I like to think I choose patterns that will enable me to learn a new skill or trick but maybe I’m just a sucker for punishment! One lovely new pattern chosen (a hat to go with the coat I am receiving as a Christmas gift from my parents) which requires one new cast on to be learned this time … the Italian tubular cast on.

From reading a little I have learned that this cast on gives a nice ribbed edge and is quite stretchy.  Perfect for a hat, or the cuffs of a jumper.  It’s not dissimilar to the long tail cast on so once I’ve got the hang of it, it should be quite a quick cast on.

The first video I watched made a great explanation of the cast on while casting on with the needles but I simply couldn’t remember the process while being able to count my stitches! I have however found a video that on YouTube by lunaknits that explains the cast on perfectly.  The working yarn always goes over and the tail moves behind the needle like a metronome.  The (non-practising) musician in me likes this explanation.