Sunday, May 19, 2013

Thing A Month - May - Knitting Backwards

Dear Neuro,

I'm so glad you suggested that we make Grey Gardens!  It's a terrific pattern with very helpful details.  I not only learned a lot about the construction of entrelac, but I also had the chance to practice on bigger yarn and needles.  The knitting backwards part was pretty easy in the end (thanks to VeryPinkKnits) , although it was often times way less fiddly to turn the work (especially at the edges) than to attempt a backwards K2tog.  Here is Kylie modeling the finished item:

I gave up on the original pattern I'd selected for the entrelac socks, and ended up fashioning my own, using some tips derived from the combination of several different patterns.  With a bit of puzzling as to how to do this in the round, and with the realization that entrelac is knit on the bias so some creative decreasing/increasing is needed at the cuff and ankle, I am off to the races:

It's funny how the self-striping yarn makes these color changes look deliberate!  It is such a cute and jaunty thing, I'm having a hard time putting it down!

I hope you're able to have some yarn fun once you finish with your very busy time!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Oh, That's Something

Drachenschwanz, made with Cherry Tree Hill Fingerpaints in Pacific Rim (it's a little greener than it looks here):

Yarn for Entrelac socks, patiently awaiting a provisional cast-on (you have heard of cuff-down, and toe-up, but this one is "heel-out" - starts at the heel and works up and down - fortunately not at the same time!):

Yarn for Grey Gardens, patiently awaiting my decision regarding needle size:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Thing A Month - Decisions

Dear Neuro,

Not only do you make beautiful placemats and scarves, but you are also very wise!  Your post about beginning new things but not necessarily finishing them has freed me from inkle loom despair.  I'll tell you some more about this shortly, when I've done it right and actually produced something, but for now let me just say that my heddles are too long, and I need a do-over.

In the meantime, I'll be making these with this, after I've practiced on this with this.