Knitter, we have a problem.

by Cathy on July 29, 2014

Starting to see the beautiful pattern. And no holes.
Starting to see the beautiful pattern. And no holes.

So, I’m knitting on this Shibui cowl, so excited to be using this super soft yarn, and suddenly, I notice that my M1s are making holes. And I do not want holes in this pattern. I simply want increases. After some examination, I realize that I need to unknit a few rounds (of 260 stitches!) but be smart, I’m thinking. What will I do to stop the problem from happening again?

I try increasing with a standard M1R and I think this is too tight. So, I don’t know what I’m going to do but I can’t live with it the way it is. So, I unknit. I don’t mind unknitting because I am fairly quick at it, but three rounds of 260 sts each is a lot of unknitting. I did a bit at a time so I wouldn’t get frustrated. Then, I went ahead and knitted on.

Lifting the bar definitely ended up working because the bar was so loose and that was the real problem. I just couldn’t tighten up my stitches enough. My solution was to lift the bar for all M1s on one round, then do a backward thumb increase (as the pattern calls for) on every other round. This has solved the problem of gaping holes. There is a small hole here and there but I can live with that. I don’t want it to be too tight.

And now I am blissfully knitting in the round again, working on the second repeat of Rounds 1-18. I do love how this is knitting up.

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Shibui On My Mind

by Cathy on July 22, 2014

Shibui Mix No. 34 Working on first pattern section.

Shibui Mix No. 34
Working on first pattern section

I’m knitting with a super soft yarn combination and I’m so excited about it. One strand of Shibui Staccato and one strand of Silk Cloud in Ivory held together are making up the most beautiful and fun-to-make cowl.

Recently, I became part of the Shibui Spark program and I’m lucky enough to be knitting this brand new cowl pattern from this amazing yarn manufacturer.

My LYS, Jessica Knits, (where I work and teach) has a fabulous selection of Shibui yarns that you mix to make simple, classic garments and accessories. The store has a trunk show in right now and I am so excited about Shibui’s fibers. What’s amazing is how soft it all is. You can double up a fiber or mix two different fibers together. We just had a mix party at the store where customers knit a swatch substituting different fibers together to see how the combinations look and feel. Shibui makes it so easy to follow their recommendations for their patterns but it’s fun to mix on your own, too!

I’ll keep posting my progress on this cowl because it’s just too wonderful not to share with you all!

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #4

April 8, 2014

Oh me! Oh knitting! of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless faces of the failed, Of sweaters fill’d with errors, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more error prone than I, and who more knitterly?) Of needles that vainly crave the stitches, of the sweaters mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, Of […]

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #3

April 5, 2014

Two yarns I pulled from upon shelf And sorry I could not purchase both And be one knitter, long I stood And thought about what I might make With the skein I held in left Then took the other, just as fair, And having perhaps a better claim Because it was bright and wanted wear; […]

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April is Poetry Month! Poem #2

April 3, 2014

A swath of Yellow led the eye Unto a Purple thread Whose soft inhabitants to be Surpasses in my head If hue the silence contradict Or shade presume to show In that low corner of the Shelf Impossible to know. Original poem by Emily Dickinson

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Poetry Month

April 1, 2014

In honor of Poetry Month, the month of April, I will be posting poems that I have rewritten with a yarn theme. Enjoy! so much depends upon a red yarn skein spun with wool and cashmere waiting in the back Original poem by William Carlos Williams

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Your Summer is My Winter

July 25, 2012

What’s the best thing about waking up to 80 degrees and 42 percent humidity? Air conditioning! Grateful is merely the first thing you feel when you consider air conditioning. We could not live without it here in Phoenix – no way, no how. There is barely covered parking at major shopping centers, which shocked me […]

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How I Learned to Love Red Heart

April 22, 2012

Is it wrong to hate a yarn? Doesn’t every yarn have something to offer? Eyelash yarn was once cool. I knitted a few long eyelash scarves in my day. I’ve even seen it used effectively as an accent in a felted purse. And that popcorn yarn can be crocheted into an interesting necklace/scarf that makes […]

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Meeting an Idol

February 6, 2012

I was so excited to meet Ysolda Teague at our knitting store a couple of weeks ago! She is as charming and lovely as you would expect. She gave a talk about how she got started as a knitting designer and about her current projects, including choosing colors for Scrumptious yarns by Lantern Moon used […]

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