Sunday, August 30, 2009

Cable cast on for stretchy edge

This cast on creates a solid edge. It is quite similar to the Knitted Cast On. The difference is in where you insert your needle and draw the loop through. In the Knitted Cast On, you are drawing it from the previous stitch. Here, we draw it from between the two previous stitches.
Make a slip knot and slide it onto one needle. Create a second stitch by using the Knitted Cast On method.
Insert the tip of your right needle between the two stitches in your left needle.
Wrap the yarn around and draw a loop through.
Insert your left needle tip into this loop from right to left and remove your right needle from the stitch. (I find that this is easier if you use a crochet hook to maneuver the yarn through the cast on process)
Repeat these steps to create the appropriate number of cast on stitches, lightly tightening the stitches as you go along.

Monday, August 17, 2009

In Laws

"You know, I was worried that we wouldn't have anything in common -- that it would be awkward to be together for a day or two. But they are really okay! I mean, I like them a lot and this is not going to be bad at all. I feel much better!"
"You know, they can hear you -- we are in the same car."

Friday, August 7, 2009

Bits of stuff for the book . . .

I am not even sure what her name is -- she goes only by her stage name which is Tamale. She is an MC for Drag King shows and has a bustier tatooed from her hips half-way up her back -- front and back.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Sewn Cast off for stretchy edges

Preparation: Cut the working yarn leaving a tail three times the length of the item you wish to cast off. Thread your yarn tail into a yarn needle.

Step 1: Working right to left, pass needle through the front leg of two stitches, as if to purl: Pull the yarn through and make it snug, but not tight.

Step 2: Working back to the right, pass the needle through the front leg of the first stitch as if to knit. Pull the yarn snug.

Step 3: Slip the rightmost stitch off the needle.

Repeat steps 1 – 3 until all stitches are cast off. When working in the round, I just close the gap by inserting the sewing needle into the work at the beginning of the round as in step one, then back into the work from the front, and weave in the end. Tah-dah!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Generic short row heels

Description of how to make a short row heel for socks without yarn overs or wrapped stitches:


Maybe not really for public consumption at all . . .

I really would like a place to store things that I would like to "clip" and save from Internet browsing and increasingly I realize that this would really be a simple vehicle to do that. It is not my intent to share this with the world, but I guess that I will, in fact, be sharing it with someone otherwise why save the stuff? Unless it is just saving for the saving and I am becoming a digital version of my mother-in-law . . . Come to think of it, she was a reasonably happy gal.