Technical Tuesday: I-Cord

One of the most versatile knitting techniques I have ever seen is the i-cord. This can be used to create a nice edge either on the cast on or bind off side of things. You can also use it to create a stand alone tube which would serve well in any kind of toy knitting.

I think this i-cord bind off would look fantastic on the end of sleeves. In the video the maker mentions a whole slew of uses, any one of them would make hand made garments look more professionally finished.

This is the same cast on I used for the Tanis Fibre Arts Fiddlehead Mitten pattern. It was one of the first modified cast on’s I ever tried, but I absolutely love it! It gives such a nice clean edge, which I am always a fan of.

This is i-cord added on after to clean up the edges of your knitting. I would use this on scarves, button bands or anywhere you have an edge that you wish looked a little neater!

Finally here is the stand-alone i-cord. This is what I used for the arms and legs of the Mochimochi toys I was knitting in Chicago.

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There are thousands of uses and these are only four of the videos out there catering to i-cords. Give them a try and see where they take you. I feel like i-cords are something of a gateway to really interesting knitting. They look much more difficult than they are and look really great!

Psych

The newest TV show on the docket for my knitting is called Psych! This was recommended to me by a friend at work who, very energetically and enthusiastically, acted out most of the first episode. After watching said first episode, I was totally hooked! Later, Paul was looking through ‘best shows on Netflix’ and it was up near the top.

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This show is totally and completely hilarious; it’s really light hearted and actually laugh-out-loud funny. I would actually advise against drinking anything while watching just to avoid the whole soda-through-the-nose thing.

The show is about Shawn Spencer who is highly observant, thanks to his cop father. He is immature and unemployed, but makes a bit of money leaving crime solving tips at the local police department. Head Detective Lassiter and his partner bring Shawn in for questioning because his tips are just a little ‘too good’. Pressed for an explanation, Shawn claims he gets the information through his psychic ability… hilarity ensues.

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Now, when I sat down to watch episode one, Paul was sitting with me. Laying on the other side of the sectional in fact. I looked over part way through and saw he was a sleep… not only that, but he had a hole in his sock. For some reason, he has a hard time throwing out socks that have worn out. I decided to kill two birds with one stone and make it very easy to trash this sock and warn him about falling asleep too close to me in the middle of the day. Moral of the story, never trust a knitter with scissors!

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He has now started to build a defence… I’m not sure if this will work out better or worse….

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Epidemiology of Socks

If anyone is following me on Instagram or subscribed to the newsletter, you might have noticed that I finished my rainbow socks! When I was at the Creativ Festival, the finished sock was out on display and I was knitting the rest of the second sock. I had been planning on posting them eventually, but everyone loved them so much I am going to share early.

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I’m going to be posting 5 skeins of this self-striping sock yarn in our Sapphire base. The listing will go up on our Etsy store May 16th at 11am. I am going to release a different colour of the self-striping variety next month. I am not ruling out future skeins of the rainbow self-striping, but I have no solid plans to repeat it in the immediate future. I’ve been playing around with a lot of colours and combinations with self-striping yarn and it is a fantastic amount of fun! Keeping me vastly entertained!

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I’ve also been working on Paul’s socks. When we went to see the new Avenger’s movie, I brought them and worked on them diligently for a good two hours. After I got out of the theatre, I noticed that the colours were pooling very differently! A few people call these socks cousins instead of twins, but the colours were really different. They had to be more like 2nd or 3rd cousins on your step-father’s side.
I looked at my Ravelry notes and realized I had not only used the bigger needle size, but had increased the number of stitches as well. I usually use 64 but in this case I used 72. I had completely forgotten about this and was happily knitting along at 64 stitches. I immediately ripped out the 3-4 inches of sock I had finished in the movie and set it up so I could pick up and go when I was ready. With so little knitting time, it breaks my heart a little bit to frog so much work.

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To be completely honest there were an uncommon amount of mistakes in the ribbing, but I just kept repeating the mantra ‘I REGRET NOTHING’ whenever I knew I had messed up the ribbing.
I am still thinking about what projects I want to knit as samples for the next show. I am looking for some really good one or two skein projects. I think I’ve knit a great many socks, not that anyone could tell by the blog content, so I need something different; a pallet cleanser of sorts. Usually the best patterns are the ones you hear through word of mouth, so if anyone has anything they really liked, please comment or send me an email through the link in the side bar!

Playing Around with Colours

I mentioned a last week that I was going to be doing some experiments with yarn I began to play around with self-striping colours. While I was dyeing, I decided to try something a little bit, out there.

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I’ve been sticking with a two or three colours pallet, because it is a bit easier than going all in and doing 1000 colours all at once. I am dipping my toe, not hurtling myself into the deep end. I dyed this skein, which when knit up should look similar to the Harry Potter scarves in the later movies (The Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix).

Harry Potter Scarf!

I haven’t even had time to knit a swatch of that to see if it works because I have been working on the two other pairs of socks I showed you last week… AND this pair.

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Yes that is right! Already done one sock! Look out world!!

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Technical Tuesday: Toe Up Heel

I’ve started my pair of socks for April and decided to do these ones from the toe up. My friend, Lisa, gave me some great advice for toe up sock heels, so I am going to share it with you. The first thing you need to know about this particular post, is that I love heel flaps. I know a lot of people who hate to do heel flaps because they have to pick up stitches or they get holes in the sides, but I have this down to a science (most of the time) and I love doing socks this way.

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When I was discussing this with Lisa, she said she does her toe up socks with a heel flap as well; which, of course, made my day! If you refer back to this post the best cast on and cast off for toe up socks are there; all I needed was the middle bit!

You Should get that on a T-shirt

The latest thing I have been completely and totally obsessed with is going to be really good. I found this website that sells t-shirts and other merchandise. I normally love t-shirts with really clever sayings and this all started when I was looking for shirts with clever sayings for the gym. ​

 

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On my first perusal, I read a lot of shirts that had straight up, funny, gym sayings, such as the one pictured above. There are so many that I honestly could not choose just one. I really liked looking at the gender specific ones and imagining them on the opposite sex they were intended for. As well as the really general ones; of the general ones I think the Burpee one is my favourite, because really… who likes burpees?

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At this point I realized that were were shirts for the gym that have been inspired by some of the fandoms I participate in. I started looking up Doctor Who ones because it was the first thing that occurred to me. Things really snowballed from there.

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Once I got into searching the Harry Potter ones and texting them to my fellow gym-goer and fangirl, Sara, I knew I had stumbled upon something of a black hole. This is where all my spare time and money is going to go…I can feel it already.

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I know this might sound like a foreign concept to some people, but I am not a procrastinator. I usually don’t put things off to the last minute, ever. When I know I have something to do, I get it done and out of the way. Hence, when I have a report due at work or a blog article to post, I get it done as soon as I have time to sit down and work on it and BAM, done.

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A few days ago, I spent at least an hour looking through more and more of these t-shirts during time I had decided I was going to write. I had several things to get done and I really wanted to work on them, but I couldn’t look away from the screen. It was absolutely ridiculous.

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Mind you, I did come up with a plan to set aside change and save up to purchase one of these shirts as a reward for actually going to the gym. I am going to get a jar set up for it and make a list of the top shirts I would like to get. Making the list is going to be the hardest part because I am having a lot of trouble not BUYING ALL THE THINGS!!!

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There are even shirts, totes and phone cases with yarn and fiber arts sayings on them. I ENDORSE THIS SITE FOREVERRRR! I am really, very excited about everything this page has to offer and can’t wait to make an order!