Hands-On evening – Joining pieces

We’ve got this meeting (on Tuesday 3rd November) down as a Hands-On evening to help with joining pieces of knitting together.  I’ve got some samples to show you as well – lots of different ways to join your beautifully knitted pieces together which can be worked by a machine or hand knitter.

So to join in – please bring either some swatches that you can join together or knit some small pieces.  They don’t need to be over large; just big enough to handle as you work.  We’d especially like to cover mattress stitch and grafting (kitchener stitch) as we know that some of you find them the most difficult.  For the mattress stitch, you’ll need two pieces of knitting both with closed edges.  For the grafting you’ll again need two pieces of knitting but don’t cast these off.  They can either be taken off on waste yarn or you can bring them on needles (one piece per needle please).  If you’d like to learn how to crochet a join then again two pieces of knitting and a crochet hook will be required.  Don’t forget to bring a needle and a little bit of yarn to do the stitching with. 

We’ll have a machine there too so we can demonstrate some of the joins on the machine.

Also, I have been asked to find a home for some yarn.  It should be coming to me on Tuesday morning. I plan to bring it with me Tuesday evening for you to all see and homefully take some home with you in exchange for a donation as usual.  I won’t know how much or what it is until it arrives.

During the course of the evening I will also be asking who is planning to come to our Knit-In on Saturday 14 November.

So it’s promising to be a busy evening.  Look forward to seeing you there – 8 pm as usual.
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The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 92 : Appreciating Helen

Episode 92


Purchase Wool & Wire HERE
Enter to win a beautiful Wool & Wire silver-chain stitch marker necklace designed by artist 
Sallee Anne along with 2 packages of stitch markers by leaving a comment below with your 
contact information by November 15th. Only one comment per person please. 
The winner will be announced in Episode 93.
Thank you for listening!

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A Trio of Headbands!

It’s almost Halloween!  Schnapps loves to sit outside and see all the kids in their costumes.  To us, Halloween is always the ‘kick-off’ to the holidays……it seems like Thanksgiving is right around the corner and Christmas is already less than 2 months away.
If you follow us, you know that we are trying to help the homeless this year too.  We made some headbands to donate and Schnapps wanted to share the patterns with you.  Really, they are just short hats without the crown decreases, but here are three different ones that can be made in any yarn, any color and made either cinched or not depending on your preference.  
We hope you like these.  They are perfect to use with those partial skeins that are left over from other projects.  Feel free to use the patterns to make gifts for this holiday season, but please be sure to make a few to donate to those in need also.

Join us in making a difference….one hat at a time!
 If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!
Schnapps in his thermal pj’s!
You will need between 25 to 40 yards of 6 weight yarn on size 13 needles.  Other yarn weights are explained below.
Braided Hope Headband
Braided Hope Headband:

                            Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Rows 1, 2 & 4: *p2, k2*; repeat around
Row 3: *p2, k2tog but do not drop stitches off  LH needle, knit the 1st stitch again, then drop both*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 – 4 until the piece measures  between 3 and 4 inches or longer is you wish.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise.

Karmic Kuddles Headband
Karmic Kuddles Headband:

                  Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Row 1: *k1, s1pw, k1, yo, pass slipped stitch over the k1 and the yo, k1*; repeat around

Row 2: knit all stitches

Repeat Rows 1 – 2 until the piece measures  3 to 4 inches in length.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise. 

Inspiration Headband
Inspiration Headband

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Pattern:

Row 1:   knit all stitches
Row 2:  *p1, k1*; repeat around

Repeat Rows 1 – 2 until the piece is 3 to 4 inches in length.  Bind off all stitches knit-wise.


 All headbands can be left plain or cinched.  To cinch, simply take a few yards of yarn and wind it tightly around a small section of the headband.  Secure tightly and weave in ends.

You can make the headbands wider for extra warmth.  Simply knit more rows.

All headbands are knit using multiples of 4.  If you want to make the band smaller, decrease the number of cast on stitches by increments of 4.  If you want to make the band larger, increase the number of cast on stitches by increments of 4.

To use 4- weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80 stitches.

To use 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 64 stitches.

To use 3-weight yarn, use size 6 needles and cast on 96 stitches.


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The orange cast of thought

The cardigan I wrote about in my previous post is finished. I liked the wool a lot, Yaku from CaMaRose. It was sligthly worrying when I washed and blocked it, because it grew like mad when wet. Fortunately, it gradually shrank to exactly the size I had knitted.

There was enough green wool to make a hat; I used a pattern from the same book by Danish designer Lene Holme Samsøe. The cable pattern is the same that is used between the cardigan raglan increases, although you can’t see them in the photos above.

All of a sudden it dawned on me – it will arrive just in time for Halloween! The poor baby will look like a pumpkin wearing the cardigan and hat at the same time…

Speaking of Halloween, check out this post at Bent objects!

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Loom Knit Sweater Poncho

Sweater Poncho
150 peg 1/2 gauge S loom
60 peg 1/2 gauge loom
3 skeins of Lions Brand Scarfie Yarn
Looming Hook
Crafters Needle
CO: Cast On: E-Wrap the amount of pegs it calls for.
EW: E-Wrap: The process of taking the working yarn and wrapping from back to front and back again.
P: Purl: The process of taking the working yarn pulling it up through the bottom of the stitch and taking the original stitch off and placing the new stitch on the peg.
D: Decrease: The process of taking the end stitch and placing it onto the next peg with a stitch on it.
ID: Internal Decrease: The process of taking every other stitch and placing it onto the next peg. When you are done every other peg should have 2 stitches on it. EW all the pegs with stitches tossing both loops over.
COF: Cast Off: The process of EW pegs 1 and 2, place loop 2 on peg 1, toss bottom loop over. Move loop 1 to peg 2 and EW pegs 2 and 3, move loop 3 to peg 2, toss bottom loop over, move loop 2 to peg 3. Repeat till done.
Panels: 150 pegs: Flat:
EW CO 30 pegs
Row 1: P1 EW1
Row 2: EW1 P1
Row 3-15: Repeat rows 1 and 2
Row 16: CO 58
Row 17: EW88, CO58
Row 18-38(20rows): EW146
At this point Decrease by 1 on each end EW the row, then EW a row, repeat this till down to 64 pegs. (Note: you are decreasing by 2 every other row.)
place stitches on a stitch holder.
Repeat another panel like above.
Neck: 60 pegs: Circular:
Then place your stitches on the 60 peg 1/2″ gauge loom, 2 stitches on each side will overlap each other. Make sure when placing the stitches on the loom that the right side is facing you and the wrong side is facing the inside of the loom. EW1 P1 for 50 rows, COF.
Sew up the front, back, and cuffs of the poncho.
You’re Done!!!

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Uncle Asplund

Earlier this week I suddenly had to drop all my works in progress and get some new wool. A friend of mine wrote to tell me he and his wife are parents! We were really close friends when we were both students in the 1990s – well, we still are, but they live in the States, so we haven’t seen each other for several years now and our correspondence (always handwritten letters!) is quite irregular. Not that such things matter when it comes to genuine frienship – and his way of expressing the news was a delight to read: you’re an uncle! (Neither of us has a biological brother.)

Normally, I want to make garments for adults, so this urge must be caused by some natural, avuncular instinct. As I admire Lene Holme Samsøe’s designs, choosing one of her baby cardigans was an easy decision. (Ravelry link here.) The stranded garter pattern is my modification, which I added mainly to add the name to make it more personal. They must be excellent parents considering they’ve chosen a name that is easy to knit, right?

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The Secret Garden Shawl Kit

Early on in the year I was invited to be part of something very special.
I was invited by Anne Vally of littleskein.com to design a special shawl pattern inspired by the book  The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
I jumped at the chance. 
I not only love the story, but as you know… botanical inspiration is sort of my thing. :)
Immediately I thought of the ivy-covered stone wall surrounding the forgotten garden.
Adapting one of my favorite stitch patterns, I created this delicate textured shawl with the lovely Western Sky Knits Magnolia Sock yarn in the Misselthwaite Manor colorway.
And.. I love it!

The bottom has a lace-border while the sides of the shawl are done in garter stitch which can be folded down and worn in a shawl collar style. It can be wrapped around your neck, fastened with a shawl pin, or you can use the optional button-closure in the pattern to wear it in more of a capelet style.
Anne has kindly created a great video showing a few styling options HERE.
The Secret Garden Shawl is currently available exclusively in kit form through littleskein.com in the following gorgeous colorways from Western Sky Knits.

I especially love this green!
 The kit arrived at my doorstep packaged beautifully. With every Secret Garden inspired element developed by a different artist, this kit is so truly special. I am so impressed by the amount of detail included in every last little item.
I am so grateful to be a part of this project. It really has been a treat.
More information about the Secret Garden Kits from Little Skein in the Big Wool can be found HERE.
Look for the individual Secret Garden Shawl pattern to be released in November!

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Introducing Hyperbola!

The weather is finally starting to be a bit cooler here in Delaware…..not cool enough for us yet, but at least not so hot.  Schnapps came up with this hat in this fabulous shade of blue during a Football Sunday.  It’s made with 6-weight, super bulky yarn, but there are instructions for all yarn weights too.

 It’s the last week to get a chance to win!  Raffle tickets can be purchased online – just email robin@delawareheadhuggers.org and let me know you are interested.  Raffle tickets are $1 each and 6 for $5.  Once I receive payment, I will email you the ticket numbers that are for you.  Payment can be made via PayPal.  The drawing will be on October 17, 2015 or a few days later depending on if we are waiting for people to pay.  We don’t want anyone to miss out.  You choose which of the items below you want your tickets to go towards.

Operation Bottle Beanies is going strong…….it’s growing slowly, but we are happy that it’s taking off!  New businesses may be added soon too!  Remember, we need LOTS of tiny hats!  We need themed hats for Fall and Winter such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and more.  We need farm themed hats like bee hives, pumpkins, apples, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables.  We need adorable hats of any theme or type!  Sizes vary since there are many different items sold in the store; apple butter, local honey,  jams, oils, pickles and so many other yummy things.  Please help us with this special project that is very important to Schnapps and me.

Join us in making a difference….one hat at a time!
 If you’re not a fan of Delaware Head Huggers yet, stop by and “Like” our Facebook page.  Help us name the patterns and see all the beautiful hats that are donated.  Stop by Kozy Kovers for Kids Facebook page too!  We welcome everyone to join us.  Stop by and say hello.  You can always reach Schnapps or me at robin@delawareheadhuggers.org too!

You will need 6-weight yarn and size US 13 needles or some combination listed below.
CB4:  move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to back.  Knit 2 from left needle, then knit 2 from cable needle.

CF4: move 2 stitches to cable needle and hold to front.  Knit 2 from left needle, then knit 2 from cable needle.

p2tog:  purl 2 stitches together as one

Cast on 48 stitches, place marker and join, taking care not to twist stitches.

Work Brim: 
Row 1:  *k2, p2*; repeat around
Repeat Row 1 for 1.5 to  2 inches

Work Pattern:
Foundation Row:  purl all stitches
Row 1: k4, CB4, CF4, k4, purl to end
Rows 2, 4 & 6:  k16, purl to end
Row 3:  k2, CB4, k4, CF4, k2, purl to end
Row 5:  CB4, k8, CF4, purl to end

Repeat Rows 1 – 6 until piece measures 7.5 to 8  inches in length. 

Decrease Crown:  use dpn’s when needed
Row 1:  *p2, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 2: *p1, p2tog*; repeat around
Row 3: *p2tog*; repeat around

Finish: Cut working yarn, leaving a 6-inch tail.  Draw the tail through the remaining stitches, cinch closed and secure.  Weave in ends and give it to someone special who may find themselves wandering a curvy path these days!

 If using 5-weight yarn, use size 11 needles and cast on 64. 

If using 4-weight yarn, use size 8 needles and cast on 80. 

If using 3-weight yarn, use size 5 needles and cast on 112 stitches. 

The pattern is worked over 16 stitches.    I prefer the look of the one design, but you can repeat the design if you wish.  The way the pattern is written, you can repeat it 3 times.


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147 Gnomes, Bunnies and Tribbles

Latte: Melissa is working on the Morehouse Farm’s Batwing Poncho and the blanket that she is knitting for her nephew. Abby is making the Gecko Scarf, also from from Morehouse Farm. She’s making it out of Cascade 220, on Lantern Moon mahogany dpns. Abby mentions that she got three scarf kits from Morehouse Farm: the alligator, Cat/critter, and frog. She’s also STILL working on the first part of Hitofude, but closing in on at least that part. Grande: Melissa finished a totally cute pink miniature Cthulu. Abby finished, as promised, a Mochimochi Gnome from a pattern by Anna Hrachovec. She used the help of a Wanda to get the arms through the body. We mention Huge and Huggable Mochimochi also by Anna Hrachovec. Bitter Cup: Melissa has found that the Batwing poncho will not exactly fit her, but thankfully, there are nieces who can enjoy it. Chai: We went to Rose City ComicCon, where we saw Nichelle Nichols and Walter Koenig from Start Trek TOS. Some of our favorite artists were: Fanboy Museum, Pixelosis, Caged Fairy, and many others. We saw incredible Lego creations by the Portland Lego Users Group. Some great comics we discovered were: Marbles by Ellen Forney, Devil’s Panties, Oh Hell, The Comic Critic and Krampus. Geek Chic tables are beautiful and to be lusted after. We also attended the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival. Melissa tried spinning on a Jenkins Turkish Spindle and on the Hansen Mini-Spinner. Jody MacDougall makes fantastic glass buttons. We both bought Felted Possum Yarn from Fly Designs. We fell in love with the angora bunnies. Dave Yocom makes truly beautiful turned wooden yarn bowls. Brewing: Sewing obsessions! Authentic Star Trek patterns. Melissa talks about a Victorian/Star Trek mashup. Abby has become obsessed with Alabama Chanin sewing and wants to make a whole new wardrobe of hand sewn clothing. Rachel Herron recently made an Alabama Chanin dress for herself and it is stunning. Sofa: We talk about TV, especially Documentary Now!, Drunk History and Scream Queens. We’re looking forward to Supergirl and the new season of The Walking Dead. Edibles: We talk about what it’s like to live in Oregon now that weed is legal.
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The accidental lens louse

A few days a week I work in a yarn store – today a customer surprised me by handing me a crossword featuring a photo from one of my workshops! (I seem to be writing more about turning up in media than about my knitting these last few posts. Well, it is a fairly new thing for me, so I hope you’ll excuse me that I get so excited!)

Now I’m rather curious what the yellow boxes will say when they’re filled in. “Triumphal march of the alpha males”? Other suggestions?

“Alfahannarnas paradmarsch”?

A funny thing is that I was actually wearing the very sweater in the photo at work today! Not that it’s such an unusual thing: I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy with a sweater as with this particular one, Hanne Falkenberg’s Studio Long, and wear it if not daily at least every week. And some weeks daily: this time of the year it’s perfect instead of a jacket.

Over to some comments/questions on my previous post:

AlpakkaAnna: ja, det var synd att vi missar varandra på syfestivalen! Men du kanske hinner titta in i butiken på fredagen? Då är jag där hela dagen.

Salve, Sarah! You’re quite right I taught Latin – how nice to have a knitter Latin colleague! I got the yarn and pattern through my local yarn store in Stockholm. As I understand it, you can only get them through dealers, not her website. Try www.swedishyarn.com, which seems to be her North American representative. Feliciter!

Thanks for telling me about Jan Brett, knitbrei! Haven’t heard of her before – always nice to learn something new!

Inge: to be honest, I’m not sure myself! I’ve never met anyone called Lavold, only heard her name pronounced by other people – and some say Lávold while others say Lavóld… Maybe someone who reads this will know for certain?

Thank you, Christine! You always write such kind comments :-)

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