Monday, August 20, 2012
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Slide the stitches over to the right side of the needle.
Begin knitting all the stitches by bringing the yarn around the back and over to the first stitch on the right. Slide the stitches back to the right side of the needle and tug on the bottom of the cord to bring the stitches together snugly. Begin again. Knit all the stitches. Continue working the stitches-bringing the yarn from the left to the right in the back to work the stitches until you’ve reached the length of I-cord you want.
When you’ve reached the length of I-cord you want, bind off. Cut the yarn leaving a tail. Attach the tapestry needle to the end and thread the needle into the center of the cord. Go down about an inch and bring the needle back out. Tug on the yarn to tighten and bunch up the i-cord. Then cut the yarn close to the outside of the i-cord. And tug the i-cord back.
The yarn end disappears inside the i-cord. Do the same thing on the other end.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
The walkways have tile inlays brought over from ancient Rome. I love the flower in the center of this tile square. There is a peaceful quality to spending time outside looking at the gardens. This hallway is outside and runs along the main outdoor garden area. There are statutes every few feet nestled in greenery.
Friday, August 17, 2012
In an earlier post I talked about trying my hand at a pair of socks. I’ve finally finished the second sock. (Yes, I am a procrastinator.) When I made the first sock I inadvertently changed the pattern during the toe decreases. The first sock does not look nearly as nice as the second sock. You can see below how one sock has a definite point (see the picture showing both socks). Both socks have a pointy toe when not worn. That will teach me to pay attention to my pattern and that as much as I hate having to rip out-sometimes it is the best plan. I am going to leave the first sock alone. No going back to fix my rather obvious mistake. It will serve as a good reminder of what I've learned.
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
There are some really terrific exercises that you can do to ease the tension in your fingers, hands and wrists. Those combined with a day or two off enabled me to complete my projects. One of those projects was a test knit, called the Elfish Sweater. I don't believe that the pattern has been published yet, or if it has it's name has changed. But here is the link to my project: http://www.ravelry.com/projects/abingham/elfish-sweater. It's an Elfish Sweater because the sweater had bright colored stripes and a pointed hood. I choose to skip the hood in my sweater (just not my thing) and used different colors for my stripes. It's a great pattern. It's finished with a zipper.
It's such a rush to finish a project. I love binding off that last stitch and seeing all my hard work completed. I give myself a few minutes and then I start to feel the loss of not having a new project on the needles and begin my search for the next thing. It doesn't matter that I usually have 3-4 things on the needles at any given time. Or that I have a pile of yarn, needles and patterns ready to get started. Sometimes I look through those piles and choose one to start-other times I get on Ravelry or start digging through my books to find the next thing "I have to start NOW:.
This week I've finished a couple of projects-including my first pair of anklet socks. I've done a few pairs of socks in the last year, although I've always felted them. So this is really the first pair of regular socks. I've got one done and the other is currently on the heel flap. That's what really sucks about socks-you finish one and then you've got to start the next one. I feel that way about sleeves too. I finish one and still have to do another one. It's that mid-way point of a project, that plateau, it can be disheartening.
I choose the "An Anklet a Day" pattern from Jessica Marks http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/an-anklet-a-day. I choose this pattern because it looked straight forward and because I had a skein of yarn with 191 yards which meant that most sock patterns were out for this yarn. It's a nice variegated Shi Bui yarn. I'm not a big fan of the toe finishing. It's a bit too pointed. If I make these again, I'll still do the Kitchener toe-but I'll do a full 20 stitches for a regular flat front for the toe section. See my first sock below:
I love watching the Olympics and seeing what the Human Spirit can do.