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Re-styled clothing with your needles March 11, 2012

Filed under: Knitting Projects,The Repair Pile — cydknits @ 4:26 pm

I have recently gone on a clothing purge, the rule, if it does not fit I need to get rid of it…or make it fit. After the ordeal of evaluating everything in my closet I was left with a pile two feet high of clothing that I needed to alter or it was to the donation pile for them!

The first item is my favorite fleece orange pullover.  The issue: To short, has been since I washed it a few times. So the thought process began. I came to the conclusion to add a ribbed 2×2 cuff at the bottom. I selected a multi sock yarn.

Step one of this process it to base stitch with the yarn around the bottom of the sweater where you want the cuff to begin. Trying to keep the stitches small and close together…and in a straight line. Make sure that the stitches are not bunched. When you get completely around tie a square not snugly, but not tight enough to distort the bottom of the pullover.

Now that we have what we will be attaching the cuff with, we need to something to knit into. After much thought I decided to single crochet two times in each stitch, and chain one between the stitches.  So for every base stitch you would have three stitches.

I chose to use size 3 needles with this yarn, so now we pick up stitches in each of the crochet stitches all around.

Once done, begin to K2P2 around for the desired length. I worked for 5 inches and ended with a bind off meathod called “Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off” as seen on http://knitty.com/ISSUEfall09/FEATjssbo.php

Using the same technique I also added fingerless gloves to the end of each sleeve which I find ties the whole thing together. Now I am thinking of adding a hood, because who doesn’t like a hood?


Make yourself a record of your knitting history… October 4, 2011

Filed under: Journal — cydknits @ 7:41 am
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It is like your very own biography all about your knitting career.  I ask you: Who wouldn’t want a book about themselves and knitting? I flip through mine and it is like a walk through memory lane. Ah, I remember making that bag felted bag, I used the yarn I got for Christmas in 2008 from my husband and daughter, and made a matching flower at the spur of the moment because i saw it on Knitting Daily when I stayed home sick. I know all of this because I wrote it down.

Do you document what projects you make? Well if not you should, besides a portfolio of your work, you can keep track of the particulars of a project such as needle size for the correct gauge, or if you made any alterations to a pattern. Or perhaps remind you why you do not like certain methods or techniques; I find it helpful to remind myself why I don’t work Fair Isle when I think about trying it again at a whim.

My knitting journal is a spiral bound book, it is nothing special, just a blank journal. You could also use a 3 ring binder and sheet protectors there are so many options. I first include the pattern name, or I name it if it is my own creation. Next, I mark the date I started (and because usually have waited to do this until my project is done, I also include the finish date as well.). I always include a pattern copy, on my own creations I write the pattern in the book, that way if you want to make it again there is no searching for that Spring of 2007 magazine or the slip of paper you jotted notes on as you made your sample.

Don’t forget to log the yarn you used for the project. I always include a yarn label and a bit of yarn, enough to use in case there is a future surgery needed. I also include the swatch with the correct gauge, noting the gauge, I like to have it there, I think it is better to see and feel the actual yarn knitted up, then just a picture of the piece. I simply staple or tape the items into the book along with my writings.

I think it is necessary to include pictures of the front, back and any detail that is on it such as pockets or embellishments. The more, the better; especially if you plan on selling the item or giving it as a gift. I always include who I sold it to and how much I sold it for.

I hope I have inspired you to create your own knitting history book. In fact, writing this has given me a brain storm, the cover customized with selected pictures from inside.  Hmmmmm, just what I need is another idea!


Traveling Sweater….again. September 13, 2011

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I gave my completed Traveling Sweater to my Mom, only fair since she gave me all the yarn, and it certainly did not fit me. Upon receiving the sweater, though she sewed up the thumb holes that I left, she said that she would purchase me yarn to make another sweater, this one big enough for me.

As promised I received a box from my Mom a week or two after the Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon where she purchases her Blue Moon Fiber. I opened up the box to find 5 hanks of the same beautiful grey Woobu that I had made the first one out of. I will admit to giggling with glee on the sight of the yarn.

I spent that afternoon rolling all the hanks with my ball winder and the swift that my husband made me. If it wasn’t for that swift I would probably never get all that winding done. I began as soon as the last ball was wound.

I cast on with the same size 3 needles and began plugging along on the collar/body. I had completed 2 complete wedges before I noticed the issue that I was creating, of course I was in denial for a few rows.

Every knitter has the moment they realize there is a problem, but deny any acknowledgment of said issue because it will work out. That is where I was when I realized that the collar was turning too much, the area for my back and shoulders was the size of an arm hole, and after only knitting 2 out of 8 wedges I had a half circle.

After consulting the pattern I discovered that i had only put 3 rows in between the short row work, instead of the required 15 rows, needless to say the problem could not be fixed, nor could it be ignored.

Luckily I only stayed in the denial stage for a short time and moved onto acceptance that I would have to rip it out down to the first wedge segment I completed. I put it aside for a week, the thought of ripping out work made me sick, and it was best that I tackled this task with a clear mind. Thank goodness that I marked the last stitch of the first wedge segment. I have gone back and ripped out too many rows to count, but have been unable to pick up what I have left. So much for having this sweater for fall.


There is a knitter at the beginning of all great things. January 19, 2011

Filed under: Knitting Projects — cydknits @ 12:18 pm

Here at the beginning of the year I want to start something new, and I hope an interesting read for knitter and crafter alike. I will be writing about many other things then just Knitting, I am a crafter to the core.  My projects are numerous at any given time, including dying yarn and silks, sewing, beading, polymer clay, photography, crocheting, and I am sure there are a few more that I have absentmindedly omitted.

I was raised in a house that valued the arts, my Mother is the one who taught me to knit, but not as a child. I was never interested in anything like that. Of course I did make the crochet chain that went halfway to China before I gave up, but never thought about turning around and crocheting back.  It was only 7ish years ago that I learned to knit, my mother instructed me on a simple blanket that started in the corner, and increased up, then down. That was September, and by Christmas I had knitted 6 blankets for Christmas gifts, my love of knitting was born!

I am a selfish knitter. I have since gotten over the insane urge to knit for gifts, it always starts out like a good idea, “Sweaters for all!” then you go yarn shopping, and that just feeds the crafting high, you become bold and pick out patterns that include massive amounts of color work, and perhaps patterns that look good to you but send your loved one running for the door, but of course, you don’t notice the futility of this massive project you have taken on until you approach your deadline and you only have 3 of the 10 sweaters done.  In my situation, I get frustrated and stop all together, running out to the store to buy gift cards.

I have sold my work. I have given up on that, mainly because the obligation made me hate every stitch I produce. I send my time thinking about all the other things that I could be knitting, except knitting the one thing that I committed to!

In 2010 my goal was to knit for myself. I found that, though knitting for quite a few years, I had yet to knit anything for me besides my trademark fingerless gloves. You would never know I was a knitter if you didn’t catch me in the act.  I feel that I accomplished that task, my closet now contains 2 camisoles, 2 sweaters, a shrug, hat and scarf, bags and more fingerless gloves.

In 2011 my goal is to document my continuing struggles in knitting, and introduce myself to new things in the process, while finishing all the UFO’s (Un-Finished Objects). I hope you knit with me.