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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Begin Again

Diane lost her place in her Asymmetric cabled wrap that she is knitting with Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky (bulky weight, 100% alpaca, 108 yards).  I counted back her rows using the method below (from Knitting Daily)

Place the tip of your needle at the hole in your cable (where it twists). That is your cable row. From there you can count rows up or down (see the illustration at left). Count each V from the row after the crossing row (where the point of your needle is) including the stitches on your needle-here there are 5 rows after the cable row. You don't want to count the cross row itself if you are trying to determine how many rows have been worked since the cross.
You can also place a stitch marker in the last stitch of the cable when you work your cable cross row. Count the Vs worked since the marked stitch to check which row you're on. Just remember to place a new marker each time you work a cross row. If you're working multiple traveling cables, this is very helpful. Place a stitch marker in each cable.
She finished her Baby Eyelet Cardi, it is darling!

Diane began the Welted fingerless gloves and was having issues with the M1L and M1R.  She was ending up with holes which is a very common problem. 

After a bit of practice, she totally got it. 
Beautiful! Not a hole in sight. 

Shirley brought her English Mesh Lace scarf, she's knitting hers in Mirasol Nuna (sport weight, 40% Silk/40% Wool/20% Bamboo, 191 yards). You're looking at one end of the scarf where it is beaded and the beading is decreased into a point.  She's on the reverse end and begins with one bead and increases out to resume to beaded part of the pattern.

This is a great beginner lace pattern whether or not you bead it.

Elizabeth began knitting the Postwar Mittens pattern with Regia Angora Merino (fingering weight, 65% Merino/25% Nylon/10% Angora/ She is on a #000 zero needle.  That is painfully small!  I've had to go to as small as a #00 needle, and I thought that was bad.

Lois is 60% done knitting her Anthro Branch Cowl 
with Madelinetosh dk 
(dk weight, 100% merino, 225 yards). 
How does she know it's 60% you may ask?  
Because the pattern is written out in rows.
She's really enjoying both the yarn and this pattern.

Linda and I are beginning to think that The Patterned Kimono Jacket is jinxed. She was knitting along on her left front when she realized she had made a mistake.  She ripped it back on her own (something to be applauded) and reknit it.  When we laid the front and back pieces next to each other we discovered that her pattern segments were off and the pieces wouldn't seam up evenly.  We ripped it out again and she began again.  THEN she realized that she stopped doing the neck shaping before she was supposed to.  She has to rip it back AGAIN.  A lesser person would call it quits, but not our Linda.  She is forging ahead!

Marjolijn took the Chain Lace Big Fat Scarf class at Westport Yarns last week.  She has some very special Trendsetter Tonalita yarn (aran weight, 52% wool/48% acrylic, 100 yards) that she wanted to used for the pattern. Since the pattern is written for fingering weight yarn, she had to crochet a swatch so we could modify the foundation chain.  I love the contrast in the colors she is using.

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