Saturday, June 29, 2013

Finished on Time!!

I finished my scarf  by the deadline on Friday! 
Another Knitter and I knit this scarf during the month of June.  So here we are showing off our finished scarves at The Wool Boutique's knit night.
This was a really fun pattern designed by the talented Lucy Neatby.

Pattern - Fishtail Scarf
Yarn - Kauni sport weight
Needles - 3.5mm circular

Here is an in progress picture that shows the colour of my scarf better than the top picture.  This was a fun pattern to knit and I will be making more of these for sure.

Marjorie and I each have close to 50 grams of wool left over so our next challenge is to knit ourselves a pair of fingerless mitts to match our new scarf.  Wish us luck.  There will be pictures in a few weeks.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Knitting Needle Trouble :(

Do you ever think that the Knitting Gods are against you? 
I have experienced the "black hole" of knitting where you knit and knit and knit and your knitting doesn't seem to grow.  You can even measure it and it stays the same but this isn't the case this time.  The scarf is knitting along just fine and it's getting larger with each row.
Then I made the big mistake.  At Monday Night Knitting I declared that I would have the scarf finished by Friday for our morning knitting group.  
I know you should never tempt fate but I was feeling super confident.  I had it all worked out that if I knit 5 rows of 300+ sts a day I would have it finished.  I was actually ahead of schedule by a day and a half so what could go wrong, right? 
Well, let me show you.
I was just knitting a plain knit row.  Nothing fancy and SNAP.  Sigh.....
 I went in search for another needle and what do I find.  A BENT needle.  Really??

Thank goodness my stash of needles is almost as big as my yarn stash.  I've found another needle in perfect condition and I'm ready to continue knitting.  I'm still sticking with my Friday deadline.  What else could go wrong, right?  

Monday, June 24, 2013

Knitting Goddesses June Meeting

Last Wednesday was our last official guild meeting date until September.  What better way to close out a great guild year than by learning Lucy Neatby's Magic Buttonholes!
I was super lucky to have taken this class in person with Lucy a couple of months ago at the Wool Boutique just outside of London. Lucy has graciously given me permission to share her techniques with my students and guild members and I knew that the Magic double band buttonholes were going to be at the top of my list because they really are magic!
With this double buttonhole there is no casting off and on and there is no cutting your sts to make a hole.  The picture below shows a double band that would be an edging on a cardigan with the buttonhole half finished.  The purl row in the middle of the band is the turning row and gives you a wonderful finished edge on your sweater.

The four red sts will become our buttonhole.  The green yarn secures all the stitches around our future buttonhole.

These Knitters I am sure are deep in thought about the number one rule when securing your stitches.  "Go back where you came from!"

and here are the finished buttonholes that look as good on the right side as they do on the wrong side!! Everyone had success learning the techniques and we had a fun night learning something new.

If you have a chance to take a class with Lucy, I highly recommend it.  The next best thing is ordering one of her DVDs or a digital copy of the DVD from her website.

Happy buttonhole making!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Knitting Weekend!

Last weekend three of us headed up to the cottage for a relaxing long weekend filled with lots of knitting time.  The first stop - the Spinrite Factory Outlet!

I knew that I wanted to try the new Patons Metallic yarn.  I debated between the green and the blue and as you can see, the blue won out. Isn't the colour amazing!! I haven't decided on a pattern yet but I have a few shawl ideas in mind.

The weather was perfect for fitting in some nature walks when we took a break from our knitting.

The water was amazing with it's various shades of blue,

it's hard to imagine the incredible force of nature it took to make these stone caves,

and the beautiful late Spring wildflowers in bloom.

We left a little art work on the beach,

and this was how we spent the rest of our time - knitting and eating chocolate :)
A long weekend away with great knitting friends.  What could be better......

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Knit In Public Day

Last Saturday the Knitting Goddesses kicked off Knit In Public week by meeting in the park beside our local library.

The weather certainly didn't cooperate. It was cloudy, cold and windy but it didn't rain so our group of die hard Knitters dressed warm and we had a fun day knitting together.

Thanks to everyone who came out to spread the love of knitting!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Patons Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting - 4th Finished Project!

The next project in my year long knitting challenge was this wonderful I Heart Fair Isle Hat knit with three colours of Patons Classic Wool.
The colours I decided on for this hat were Aran, Royal Blue and Aquarium.  I love how the finished hat turned out, below are some in progress pictures.
Once again, this project was knit in the round.  Knitting this hat  allows you to practice knitting from a chart with a longer repeat and stranding the unused yarn. Repeating the chart 4 times completes one round of knitting. The excitement really begins when we start to shape the top of the hat and have to work decreases within the colour pattern! 

One thing that I did that the pattern doesn't call for is adding markers at the end of every chart repeat.  With the markers in place it lets you know right away that each repeat you have knit is correct or not. 

 When you finish knitting a chart repeat you should be at your marker. If you are short sts or have extra sts you know immediately that you have misknit somewhere within that repeat and can quickly unknit back to the mistake as opposed to knitting the entire round and then finding out you have extra sts or are short sts and having to pull out multiple repeats to fix the mistake.

You can see in the pictures that I have used a different coloured marker to mark the beginning of the round.

The pattern book Next Steps Eight Fair Isle Knitting shows you how to make a pompom without using a pompom maker.  It is super simple and fast.  I made this one with their recommended 30 wraps but if you want a larger pompom feel free to increase the amount of wraps.
What do you think looks better, with the pompom or without??