The Story of the Dreaded Pocket

I’ll start with my own knitting, then… we will have story time!!
I’ve been plugging away at my knitting, little by little. Working on my Shibui gradient scarf, I have totally forgotten how amazing it is to knit with silk cloud.

Shibui Gradient-2671

It’s not a really common fibre so when I pull it out to work on it everyone goes “ooooooooohh, what’s that?” This is the third gradient scarf I’ve done and I’ve got enough to make another one afterwards. These scarves are the epitome of potato chip knitting. The pattern is free on Ravelry.
You have to hold three strands of this yarn together and knit in a seed stitch. After completing one colour block, you switch out one of the strands for another colour. The pattern is very easy and the yarn is a dream to knit with, so you find yourself saying… just one more stripe. Next thing you know it is 4am and you’ve finished off another season of something on Netflix.

Shibui Gradient-2668

I do have a funny knitting story to tell. A knitting friend, who wished to remain anonymous, came to me with a problem. She was knitting a sweater and could not make heads nor tails about the instructions pertaining to the pocket. I looked at it and had a hard time making it out. The ONLY reason I could tell what the designer was talking about was the fact that I had done this kind of pocket before. Basically, you knit your sweater till the place you want the pocket to be, you cast off stitches for the pocket. On separate needles, you knit a swatch the same amount of stitches as the ones you cast off for the pocket; knit until you have the depth needed for the pocket. At this point, when you’re purling back to the place where you bound off those stitches, you take the swatch that you knit (still with live stitches) and knit it in there. This creates a hole in the front with a flap; later you go back and sew the edges of the flap to the inside of the sweater. You can then put your hand in the hole and have a pocket! Victory!
I explained this, and she caught on; it wasn’t so difficult. The next day, she messaged me, upset and talking about ripping out several inches of knitting. I told her to wait and let me take a look. The way she described it, I didn’t think it would be necessary to rip out stitches. Sure enough, when I looked at it, all the stitches were fine and she had done the pocket totally and completely right. The pocket flap was on the outside of the sweater so she thought she would be sewing it onto the outside. She wasn’t visualizing the technique, but had done everything 100% correct. There was no problem with the knitting.
Afterwards, she felt really silly and that she should have seen that. I told her that I was impressed she had managed to get it right without knowing what the big picture was. That completely astounded me! I couldn’t believe she had followed those instructions without a mental picture of what it was going to look like! When she persisted that she really should have seen it, I said “well… at least you didn’t just rip it out!” The thought galvanized us into some very productive knitting for the rest of our hangout.
I didn’t manage to get any photos, but said friend told me to tell her story! Hopefully it put a smile on your face and gave you a pick-me-up on your Wednesday!

Technical Tuesday: Linen Stitch

A while ago I knit up the linen stitch scarf and it is probably my second most complemented hand knit garment. I think I originally didn’t go over this technique because I was afraid of giving away the secret sauce of the pattern.

Linen Stitch Scarf

The stitch is something that can be found in a stitchionary but a lot of people are intimidated by the pattern. It looks like a woven fabric, but is really comprised of knit stitches, yarn forward, yarn backward and slipped stitches.

In the video she notes that you want to keep a close eye on your pattern to catch any mistakes right away. When I was knitting my scarf I messed up and I didn’t notice until a few rows had passed. It would have been so much easier if I had noticed right away.

This is a really beautiful stitch and something that is not very common. Everyone has seen a stockinet scarf, so the next time you’re thinking about jazzing up a scarf give it a try!!

Technical Tuesday: Entrelac New Videos

I know I covered how to do Entrelac back in May but I have come across new videos that are really excellent. There are two parts and they are kind of long, so this might be something to add to your reading list for when you have time.

I really love how much time the video author takes to explain things. It’s so in depth and that is totally amazing for when you’re trying to learn a technique. Entrelac is not a really hard technique; it’s another one of those funny techniques that you think is going to be very very hard because it looks difficult, but it is actually quite simple.

These videos were produced by a woman named Beth who writes a knitting blog and dyes her own yarn! Check out her blog here!

Mine, Mine, Mine…. Not Mine?

I have been insanely busy this week again, but that has been on par for the past couple of weeks now. I think I am just going to have to get used to it! I’ve finished one of my Valentine’s Day socks and started the other. I’ve been working on another project too. It’s not a new project per-say, but it is new to me!

Valentine Sock

As promised, my finished sock! There isn’t really much to tell about these; they go fast and are lovely to knit! I absolutely love how the pattern knits up and am really looking forward to the second sock!

This reminds me, I have started to dye the replenishment yarn for the Creativ Festival coming up and I did a little bit of experimenting. I dyed a few random skeins of sock yarn for myself. Just trying out new colours and the like. I can’t wait to knit them up!

FFS Scarf

Next is my not-so-new project. It is a scarf that a friend of a friend’s sister had been working on. Unfortunately she passed away before she could finish it and her sister wants to see that the scarf is finished. It’s an interesting pattern and it didn’t come to me with a pattern for further instructions.
I have started to finish it off in the only way I can think makes sense and that is to do the 2X2 ribbing again and start the cables. I’ve only got one 50g ball of yarn and I am not sure how far this is going to go. The yarn is kind of obscure too, I did a Ravelry search and could not find the brand! I was going to check if there was any place I would be able to beg, borrow or buy, but it isn’t looking likely. Until I get there, I am not going to worry myself about it.

FFS Scarf 2

I also helped Liane finish her baby blanket this week as well. She ran out of yarn while she was doing the cast off, ripped it back and started to cast off again, and ran out of yarn just before the end. I ended up doing some clever knitting magic to finish the blanket without ripping it back or buying another entire skein of yarn. Less than a yard of yarn was needed so I would not have bought another skein

Baby Blanket Liane

At some point during the blanket’s tenure I wove in all the ends on the wrong side. The blanket was one inch from done and apparently I have an OCD that prevents me from leaving things alone that are that close to being done. All that needs to be done now is a good blocking!

Functional Friday: Bias Scarf

Another Friday, another pattern review! Ironically enough I got this pattern free with a couple skeins of King Cole Galaxy yarn. There was a choice of two patterns and there were samples of both at the cash area. For the life of me I can’t remember what the other pattern looked like, but I remember thinking it looked really easy and I could probably figure it out on my own. Hence, how I came to choose the bias scarf.

Bias Close Up

I had never knit anything similar to this scarf and I thought it would be a good idea to try it out. The definition of bias is something that is obliquely or diagonally shaped. The ends of this scarf come to a point and increase diagonally. Having said that, they are knit diagonally, there are no complicated increases or decreases to make this shape. It is as simple as a K2TOG on one side and a YO on the other side.

Bias End

The entirety of this pattern is written on a small slip of paper about four inches in length; it is obviously not over complicated. You know how I love things that look much harder than they are; this is the definition of this pattern. From the moment I cast on, I had zero problems with it. The right side and the wrong side are very clearly defined, they look quite different.

Bias Front and Back

I was on a kick with this pattern and used it for all the scarves I made in that short time period. It was really interesting to see the differences the yarn made. The first time I made it was with King Cole Galaxy yarn, which is quite thin; the next time I made it was with an aran weight baby alpaca blend. Soft as a cloud, but considerably thicker.

Bias Fabulous

Since I am not sure who wrote the pattern I got from the wool bin, I am going to link to Veronica O’Neil’s pattern on Ravelry. It is a free pattern and exactly the same as the one I got with my yarn.