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January 23, 2018
We just finished our first knit along of the year (kal).  What fun that was!  Here is a pic of the reversible scarf that we knit.Reversible Cable Scarf
We even had people join that had never knit cables before, never mind reversible ones.  We did a lot of learning, a lot of knitting and had a lot of fun!
We’ll be having another knit along soon.  Watch for the announcement.  If you have a project in mind that has a specific technique that you’d like to learn, be sure to contact me via Facebook.  What do you think about learning entrelac or single color brioche?  Are you ready for that?
December 12, 2017
I look back on the year and see that we focused mostly on lace this past year.  Sometimes I get stuck in a rut like that.  At least I wasn’t stuck on the color purple all year.  That has happened.  To get out of the lace rut, I’m going to start the new year with a reversible cable scarf kal.   Tons and tonnes of fun!
In the knitting4knots group, we are going to start the new year with fair isle gloves from the 1940’s.  That one will be led by Sue.  I’ve already done my reversible cable scarf so I can participate in Sue’s kal.  I can’t wait, I’m so excited!  Squeeeee!
My goal this year is to have a steeking class in knots… no I won’t be cutting up my fair isle gloves for it.  Franklin Habit is teaching steeking at the Knitting in the Heartland seminar and I plan on being there.  Plus we have a new member who is more experienced at it.
October 15, 2017.  In knewbies, I want to expand on some of the other things we’ve already done.  For example, a more advanced fair isle or an intarsia class, more complicated cables and maybe even a little brioche and double knitting.  We’ll have to see how brave everyone is!
Love you all, see you next year!
October 15, 2017
We started the Christmas Elf kal today!  It’s going to be lots of fun!  I finished mine because as usual, I knit ahead to make sure there are no major issues with the pattern that we use for the kal.    It’ll be a great learning experience in how to break down the instructions and turn what looks complicated into a simple step by step project.  Nice way to control those feelings of being overwhelmed by complicated looking instructions.
October 2, 2017
We are having a knit along!  Just in time for Christmas.  We are going to be knitting a Christmas elf.  For many, this will be the first time knitting a soft toy.  It will involve lots of increases, decreases, shaping, seaming and stuffing.  Lots of fun!  When we get through, we can give our elves as gifts, use them as a shelf elf to keep naughty children in line or decorate the tree with them.
The knit along starts on October 15th and goes to October 29th.
On another note, we recently hit a new membership level.  We now have over 2500 members!  Watch us grow!


Sept. 10, 2017

Chart Reading

Here are a few tips about reading charts.
1. Imagine that you lay your left needle down in front of you. You’re ready to start that first chart. That first stitch is the lower right hand corner of your chart. Because you have to knit from the further most right hand stitch to the further most left hand stitch. The first line of your chart will always read right to left. ALWAYS.
2. Charts are always read bottom to top. Think about how your work progresses. That very first line is always on the bottom of your knitting. Everything you do after that first line is stacked on top of it. And so it is with a chart. First line is on the bottom and everything you do after that first line is stacked on top of it.
3. If you are knitting flat work, the second line of the chart will always read left to right. Why? Because you have to turn the work and go back across the same stitches and the chart is a picture of the front side of your work.
4. If you are working in the round, the chart will read right to left on every single row because you are always facing the right side of the work.
5. Charts that include a row of purl (blank box) in every other row will often leave that out and so you will only see odd numbered rows that are the front of the work. These will always read right to left.
6. Chart symbols are pretty standardized but we knitters can be pretty creative and will always manage to come up with a new one. There should be a chart legend provided with every pattern or at least once in a pattern book.
7. The dreaded black box. You see it in the chart. It says ignore that stitch. How do you ignore a stitch on your needles? You don’t. You are only ignoring the boxes on the chart. The very next stitch on your needles is the very next charted box on the chart no matter how many black boxes you see.
8. Charts do not have to be square. The boxes do in order to visualize the chart but the chart as a whole can take on any form that your knitted piece takes on. This is especially true with lace charts.
9. One box = one stitch rule. It doesn’t matter if you are knitting 3 stitches into 1, that symbol will take only 1 box. If you need to know what your stitch count should be on that row, count your boxes. There is an exception. The double yarn over as displayed by the infinity symbol (sideways 8) will go into a single box. In some patterns, it will actually count as 2 stitches and in others, it will only count as 1, so watch for it. You may come across it in lace patterns.
10. Don’t ignore the written pattern just because there is a chart to follow. Very often, there will be specific instructions in the written portion that are not included on a chart. If the written instructions match exactly what the chart depicts, then you can follow one or the other and you don’t have to follow both. Read your pattern completely before beginning to knit!

Sept. 8, 2017

Seed Stitch v. Moss Stitch

Seed stitch vs moss stitch – It comes down to visual effects. If you think about what these things really look like in life. Seeds are tiny little individual bumps and moss is little clumps of similar texture. It takes a very discerning eye to really see the difference in knitting but the pattern, is very different. With seed stitch, you have two options. If you cast on an odd number, then you have a single row pattern. Every row will be *k1, p1, repeat from * to last stitch, k1. If you cast on an even number then you’ll have a 2 row pattern. Row 1 will be *k1, p1 to the end and Row 2 will be *p1, k1 to the end. Moss stitch is worked over an even number of stitches and it is a 4 row pattern. Row 1 – *k1, p1 to end: Row 2 – *p1, k1 to end: Row 3 – *p1, k1 to end: Row 4 – *k1, p1 to end. This creates the little clumps that resemble a bed of moss. FYI – British call our seed stitch, moss. I do not know what they call our moss stitch

Sept. 7, 2017

Today I just made an announcement in k4k that there will be a holiday themed kal coming up in October, just in time for Christmas.  Recognizing that we have all kinds of religious and non-religious members, rest assured that even though it is Christmas themed, it will not be a religious theme.