On The Go

I’ve recently started to knit a sweater for my niece. I’m knitting the sleeves using double pointed needles. The project bag that I’ve been using to keep everything (yarn, WIP, needles, measuring tape, etc) together is great but it’s difficult to keep track of 2 sets of DPNs. So I remembered I had this:

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It’s a cute Mini Cozy from Namaste and comes in a great variety of colors (mine is Eggplant):

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via Namaste

Initially, I received this as a bonus from a LYS and I couldn’t imagine storing DPNs long term in this because, let’s face it, we all have so many. But using this case in my project bag is perfect. No more hunting for DPNs on the bottom of my bag. Yay!
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Knitty Confessions #5

I only recently discovered the Long-Tail Cast-On and I really enjoy this method of casting on. You can find a great teaching video and instructions here.
When I cast on for socks, I like to put all the stitches on one needle. I think that keeps the stitches more even.

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Then, I divide the stitches over three double pointed needles. I find that using four double pointed needles to knit socks is rather cumbersome. I just adjust patterns to accommodate the three needles instead of the usual four.
What adjustments do you make in your knitting to make the process easier for you? Share here!

Fave Friday – The Dude Sweater

My college-age son is a big fan of The Big Lebowski. He loves the sweater that Jeff Bridges wears in the film:

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via Oregon Live

The original cardigan from 1972 was made by Pendleton Woolen Mills. It’s recently been updated and is available on their website. The new version looks a little more fitted than the one Jeff Bridges wore in the movie.
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via Pendleton Woolen Mills

I’ve found a similar pattern, The Dude by Andrea Rangel, on Ravelry. I’m a little nervous about adding a zipper but I’ve already found this great tutorial. I think I’ll try to modify this pattern to give it a modern, more fitted look too.

Shhh! This is going to be a stealth project! It should be easy enough to keep it a secret from my son since he just went back to school. I’ve even already purchased the yarn!

20140827-141222-51142798.jpg It’s Cascade Ecological Wool from Jimmy Beans Wool It’s a heavy worsted yarn so I’m hoping that it will be a project with that will move along pretty quickly. As soon as I finish a sweater for my niece, I’ll be starting this project.
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Knitty Confessions – #4

Honestly, I never ever would have done this in my early days of knitting. (There’s probably quite a lengthy list of things that would go on that list). But today, I took the sweater that I am knitting and pulled part of it off the needles. Really. I did this to get a more accurate idea of the width.

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Turns out, my sweater is wide enough and my gauge is pretty close to the pattern requirements. I was afraid that it was too small which almost never happens to me since I don’t knit too tightly. But all is good.
By the way, in her book, Knitter’s Workshop, , Elizabeth Zimmerman suggests in Lesson One that we measure sweaters this way as we are knitting in order to get a correct fit. :) It’s a little intimidating to take my knitting off the needles, but I’ve been able to pick up all the stitches without any problem. Of course, I’ve only tried this with the sweaters that are heavy on stockinette stitch. If I were knitting a sweater with a lot of cable or lace stitches, I’d probably wait for a plain row or as plain a row that I could get before I’d take some stitches off the needles. I think that would make it easiest to get the stitches back on.
Do you do anything as an experienced knitter that you never dreamed of doing as a beginner? Share here!

Fave Friday – Peerie Flooers

The other day, I came across a really lovely colorwork knitting pattern via Gilly (@TicketyB on Twitter). It’s Kate Davies Peerie Flooers, which is such a cute hat and comes in two sizes. In the Shetland dialect, Peerie Flooers means little flowers and this pattern has an abundance of pretty colorwork flowers. There is also a matching Peerie Flooers Mitten pattern. Both of these patterns can be purchased on Ravelry.

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Kate Davies Designs via Ravelry

DIY – Crafty Day

I took a day off from knitting but still had a lot of fun the other morning with the following crafts:

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DIY Coasters – I used inexpensive cork coasters from the craft store and beach-themed stamps.

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More Stitchmarkers – well, you know, the craft store was having a sale on beads and I couldn’t resist the turtles – a fun reminder of our many trips over the years to the North Carolina coast. And I needed to make the smaller stitchmarkers for sock projects. :)

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DIY Beaded Necklace – when my daughter saw the turtle beads, she immediately showed me a picture of a necklace from Pinterest? Instagram? Twitter? Another quick trip to the craft store, a few fasteners and voilĂ ! She loves them! Quick and easy!

What non-knitty projects have you been working on? Share here!

A Little Help from My Friends

I’ve started knitting a pair of socks with lots of cables and twisted stitches. I like to use a cable needle since I’m not at a point where I’m comfortable with “knit into the 2nd and 3rd stitch through the back loop and then purl the 1st stitch and then slide all three stitches off the needle”. Problem is I haven’t found a small enough cable needle and using the extra DPN has proven to be quite cumbersome. So what’s a modern knitter to do? First, ask your twitter friends!! :D

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Even though it was fairly early yesterday morning, I got quite a few wonderful responses including using a paper clip, a plastic darning needle, a skewer and a 4″ DPN. I’ve tried them all this afternoon and they all work great. (I also tried a coffee stirrer but it was way too big for my project). Thanks everyone! Your suggestions were great!
When you find yourself in a similar situation, give some of these readily available items a try to see which you like best!