Monday, April 27, 2009

Knitting Goddess's Road Trip

What a fun day we had on Sunday at the Creativfestival in Toronto. There was so much to see and do! My day went something like this.

Tunisian crochet workshop
Needle tatting workshop
Shopping for Tunisian crochet hook and needle tatting supplies
Had a quick bite to eat
Bead knitting seminar
Yarn shopping
Seaming workshop
More yarn shopping

We ended the day by taking some time to sit and knit and see everyone's purchases before heading out for supper. Definitely a great day!

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Good morning fellow knitters! For everyone who has tried to leave a comment and was unable to, I hope I have solved that problem. Leaving your comments should be much easier now.

Have a great day. May it be filled with lots of knitting time!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Knitting The Sock Leg

Hello fellow sock knitters! How are your socks knitting up? Isn't fun to see your sock growing with every round. If you are using a variegated or self striping wool are you finding yourself wanting to knit "just one more round" to see the colour change?!

If you have had time to work your way through the ribbing, it should look something like this (picture #1). Once your ribbing is the length you like, starting with needle #1 switch to straight knitting for every round.


* When knitting in the round purling is not needed to produce stocking stitch.

* Now it is even more important than when you were knitting the ribbing to tighten your stitches to prevent the ladders.

* When you pick up your knitting you want the "right" side facing you so your knitted sock is coming toward you. Like this (picture #2).

* When you pick up your knitting you do not want to see the "wrong" side with all of the bumps facing you. Like this (picture #3).

Now, relax and enjoy the calming effects of knitting as you knit the leg of your sock to the length you would like it. The pattern says to knit it 8" from the beginning. This means from your cast on edge. You decide how long you would like the leg. You will have enough wool to knit it a bit longer if you like.

Happy knitting ladies!

Monday, April 20, 2009

Welcome To Sock Knitting 101

Well ladies you are off to a great start! What a fun class we had tonight. Sock knitting is great fun especially during the summer. It is great to have a small, light weight, portable project to take with you where ever you go. This absolutely includes the beach (ignore the complaints of embarrassment from your children).

Tips for working the ribbing:

* Remember to knit the knits and purl the purls.
* Holding all four dpns does get easier I promise!
* Remember at the start of each needle to knit the first 2 sts tighter
* Work the ribbing for 1 1/2 - 2" or until you like the length of it
* If unsure of what needle you are knitting, find your tail. The needle to the left is needle #1, the needle with the most sts (32) is #2, & the needle to the right of your tail is #3.

If you have any questions or just want to share your progress, feel free to leave a comment.

Good luck and Happy Knitting!

Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Little More Catching Up

This is the sample hat from March's class. The pattern is from the Patons book The Big Chill. The snowflake hat was knit using Patons Classic Wool. I modified the pattern so it could be knit in the round using the two handed fair isle method. Yes, that is right, you knit with BOTH hands. Each one holds a different colour. This was a quick knit. The sample hat was knit in two evenings and all of the students who where beginners with this technique have all finished their hats as well. One student enthusiastically has finished two!! You all did an amazing job! We had so much fun with this pattern that it will more than likely be offered as a beginner class again next winter along with another intermediate project for anyone looking for a challenge.

The long awaited sock class is starting tomorrow night!! We are going to have so much fun. Socks are the best! Happy knitting everyone!

Monday, April 13, 2009

Mystery Project Is Finished!!

This last month was so busy with knitting deadlines that I had NO time to post the progress of any of the projects. Don't even ask me (or my husband!) about the housework and laundry that has piled up!

The big mystery project is finished and it was done on time and with hours to spare I might add. How many times are we finishing a project in the car as we are on the way to the event where we are giving it away as a gift? (Please tell me I am not the only one). This project, a wedding gift for DragonflyGirl, was a sampler afghan. I had so much fun knitting this gift. Choosing the patterns for the blocks meant a lot of time looking through stitch pattern books and even buying one or two more just to be sure I had enough to choose from! In the end I decided to knit 10 blocks in the same dot pattern and knit the remaining 10 blocks all in different patterns. The first block was started exactly four weeks before the wedding and I had complete confidence that I could knit 20 12"x12" squares, join all of the blocks and put a boarder around it in this time frame. I think some of my fellow knitters had their doubts (everyone always seemed shocked by how soon the wedding was) that I could stick to the tight schedule that I had worked out as to what blocks needed to be knit on what day. It soon became apparent that life, family and work didn't seem to want to cooperate with my knitting schedule and yes, I got behind. I found myself saying many, many times that I was a block or two behind but that was ok because I could make it up on the weekend. We will never know if I could have finished it all by myself on time or not. I still firmly believe that I could have but admit that I would have had to pull a couple of all nighters to get it done. An amazing knitter offered to help me (came to my rescue lol) join the blocks together. We devised a plan so she could take a row home with her to join while I worked on finishing the last few blocks and started the edging. I am sure we had her neighbours talking as we had some early morning and late night exchanges of bags filled with the different rows of squares! The last exchange was getting close to midnight on the night before the wedding.

Thanks for all your help Rebecca. We really do make wonderful friends through our love of knitting. DragonflyGirl, here is to you and your new hubby. Enjoy all the ups and downs this new adventure will bring.