With a lace-weight swatch in hand, it's back to the drawing board. The warmer weather and a new yarn line have me inspired to knit something light and airy to throw over a camisole or tank. Cotton yarns are hard on my fingers so I've been avoiding their use even though I have a sweater-quantity… Continue reading Lace Weight Design Ideas
The back piece of my dragon sweater is off the needles and blocked. I couldn't seem to follow my own directions and had to rip out the entire thing back to the underarm bind off. Apparently I cannot watch TV and knit at the same time. I've noticed lately that many of my favorite shirts… Continue reading Back Neck Shaping- A Stab In the Dark
After taking measurements from a favorite store-bought sweater and ordering "the softest and fluffiest yarn ever," I've finally settled on a motif – dragons! I wanted something to wander up the front of the sweater but didn't really want anything floral or too sweet. This is where Pinterest comes in really handy! I've been collecting… Continue reading Bad Ass Dragon Sweater- The Beginnings
After four separate attempts, I've finally produced a wearable sleeve cap! It's a little embarrassing that I totally overlooked taking the around-the-arm shoulder-to-shoulder measurement and kept producing silly narrow sleeve caps, but at least I figured it out! In case you missed it, you can catch up from my previous post, the sleeve cap nightmare.… Continue reading Plotting a Succesful Sleeve Cap- What a Learning Curve!
As my newest sweater piece came off the needles, contradictory advice on wet blocking swirled in my head. I've been on a bit of book binge and have purchase some new knitting books: "Finishing School" by Deborah Newton and "Knowledgeable Knitter" by Margaret Radcliffe. Ms. Newton is a pattern designer and declares that "less is… Continue reading How Do You Really Block a Sweater?
For the most part, I'm a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants knitter. When I finally reached the arms on my newest sweater, I decided at the last minute to try out a new-to-me sleeve technique that I refer to as the "after-thought set-in sleeve". After seaming the shoulders, I picked up stitches around the armhole and knitted an arm… Continue reading After-Thought Set-In Sleeve Is a Success
I love mittens. They keep my hands and fingers so much warmer than gloves but I rarely wear them because I cannot answer my phone or use the GPS while wearing them. Fingerless mitts solve a lot of this problem but my fingers are still COLD. The solution? Finger holes in the mittens!However, the holes… Continue reading Tech-able Mittens