Monday, June 3, 2013

Pink Lemonade Scarf-Part 2

In Pink Lemonade Scarf- Part 1, I showcased my new scarf pattern that you can find on Ravelry, Craftsy, or my Knitting Designs page.  Today I wanted to share how I knit cable stitches.  I knit the stitches in order to create the twist, seen in the pictures below, without using a cable needle.  I'm not a fan of the cable needle, you have to keep track of the needle since once you are done using it for a particular row, you put it down and don't use it again for another several rows-I always lost mine.  Once I learned how to cable without the needleknitting cable stitches became so quick and easy.  I have to admit, the technique does require some practice, but once you master it, you'll never go back to knitting with a cable needle.  Try it!

Here are some examples of knitted cables


Knitting with a cable needle.  The knitting needles are in red, and the cable needle is in gold.

Gumperina, from, has a great tutorial on how to knit without a cable needle.

Domiknitrix, does a fantastic job of teaching you how to knit with a cable needle and how to knit without a cable needle. Check out her video tutorial..

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Pink Lemonade Scarf-Part 1

Just wanted to share with you that my new pattern Pink Lemonade Scarf is published!  You can find it on Ravelry,  Craftsy,or just go to my KNITTING DESIGNS page.
I initially knit this cable stitch pattern as an infinity cowl for Madeline.  I used this yarn......but it wasn't stretchy enough or soft enough to wrap around and look scrunchy.  It just lay flat.  I found this yarn....., it contains 10% Nylon and when you squeeze it it's just soft and rebounds on itself.  Words can't describe how much I love this yarn.   The color is fantastic, the yarn has been  hand-dyed so it has a variegated look to it.  The yarn really took to the cable stitch pattern.  What I also love about this stitch pattern is that it looks just as pretty on the right side as it does on the wrong side.
Besides knitting lace, cables are one of my other favorite knitting stitches.  I get bored easily just knitting stockinette stitch (just knitting the knit stitches), that knitting something different becomes a mental excercise or a spark from the boredom of knitting just the knit stitches.
Knitting cables is just a matter of placing a certain number of stitches on a cable needle, knitting the stitches on the knitting needle, then placing the stitches from the cable needle back on the knitting needle, then knitting those stitches, thereby creating a sort of twist.
In my next post I will write about how I knit cable stitches....without a cable needle.  Once you get used it to it it's really not that hard...stay tuned.!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

U:Unravel A-Z Challenge

Unravel, to rip up,  to undo.
There are many reasons why someone would unravel a knitted item.
Maybe you found a sweater made out of a great yarn. The sweater doesn't fit, but you have visions of  that wool cashmere blend being turned into a perfect hat and mittens set. Or, you're working on that great shawl and half way through you realize that the knitted lace pattern is way off and you can't stand looking at it anymore, so you unravel until the point where you made the mistake.
In the beginning I wouldn't dare unravel the knitting project I was working on....after all that work, I just couldn't bring myself to unravel it.  Now, I unravel away....unless it's only obvious to me and no one else...!

Have you ever had to undo or unravel a project?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

T: Time A-Z Challenge

Time, we all need more of it and can't seem to find it.  Time.  I need more time to write interesting posts, more time to spend with the girls, more time to craft, more time to run...time.  Where does it go and how can we get it back?  Time.
When I'm out and about with knitting in tow, people come up to me and comment "Oh, I wish I had more time to knit?"  I can't tell you where to find the time, I can only share what I do.  When it comes to knitting, or even quilting-two of my favorite hobbies, I make the time-even if it's just 5 minutes knitting a couple of stitches-I make the time.  I'm a better person for it.  If I don't make the time, even if it's a few minutes, I get overwhelmed by the lack of progress I've made on the project, the lack of time I have, etc, etc,  a spinning wheel of whirling negative thoughts, and the project gets forgotten. So by doing a little at time in even the smallest chunks of time, before I know it I'm getting closer and closer to finishing the project.

So why don't I take my own advice when it comes to writing.  I enjoy writing.  Words on paper, emotions out of my head, it's cathartic and empowering.  Is it because writing on a blog doesn't produce a touchable, product like knitting?  Is it lack of interesting tid bits to share with you?  I don't know.  All I know is I could have done much better at scheduling time to write, especially for this challenge (A-Z Challenge).

What do yo do to make time for blogging?  Do you schedule the time on  your calendar?  Or, just write when you can?

Monday, April 22, 2013

O...interrupted A-Z Challenge

Sewcarolinaknits interrupts the regularly scheduled A-Z Challenge to bring you the following:

What can I say about the letter O regarding knitting?
Oh I love knitting
Obsessed with knitting
The colors of yarn have me Overjoyed!


Instead I have to get the following off my chest.

I'm angry, angry that two men decided to make homemade bombs and then set them by the finish line of the Boston marathon.  Angry that so many people were injured and angry that innocent people lost their lives.
I remember what it's like to run a marathon.  The training involved was hard, the long runs were done on the weekends and it took time away from family.  The end result was so worth it!  As we lined up in our corral with thousand of others, Mary, Sally and I were nervous. Would we finish?  Would we finish in time?  Yet we were also excited that finally the day had come, we were going to run the Marine Corps Marathon, we were going to run it together and finish no matter what.  We took off at a good pace and commented on the slogans and memorials written on the back of race shirts and the number of spectators out to cheer the runners..  Mary and I lost Sally somewhere around mile five.  There were still many runners around us during the first few miles.  Mary and I lost each other at about mile eleven.  We had stopped at a water station, she for Gatorade and me for water.  I turn around and she was nowhere in sight.  I never felt I was running solo, the crowd support was amazing.  There wasn't one spot on the race where there wasn't at least one spectator cheering me on.  I remember as I turned the corner toward the finish, the last 1/4 mile was uphill-I love running uphill.  As I ran and gave it all I had, seeing the finish line banner made me very emotional.  Marines in uniform were lined up along the finish cheering me on and all I wanted to do was stop and take in that lovely view...the finish line!  I not only finished, but finished strong!  I had run 26.2 miles and I felt great!

While the news replayed the footage of the runners about to cross the finish line at the Boston Marathon as a bomb explodes to the left of them, my heart went out to them.  I could feel their pain, yet exhilaration that just yards was the finish line.  Then to have the joy of crossing the finish line taken away from them.....words fail me.
My running buddy and friend was there with her family cheering her husband.  The Bostoon Marathon was a birthday dream for him.  He did finish before the first bomb went off, but every year he will be reminded of what happened on that gorgeous day. My friend was thrown off her feet when the second blast went off.  She has a broken leg and will be in a cast unable to run for the next six weeks.  Yes, I'm thankful that she is alive and that this injury will just be a minor setback and she will be out running again, but I'm still angry.  She and I had gotten into this rhythm in our workouts, just days before they left for Boston we had run eight strong miles.
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest......

N:Needles A-Z Challenge

Knitting and Crochet needles come in various sizes and are made from various materials.  There are aluminum,



and even square knitting needles.  Yes, square knitting needles!

I used to preferre plastic knitting needles, they were lighter in weight and the yarn would move with ease, then I found circular knitting needles

Circular knitting needles are great for any type of project, from socks to heavy blanket with many stitches.  With a circular needle, the needles or sticks are connected by a cable,  the stitches are distributed throughout the cable as opposed to one side with straight needles.
But let me get back to the square knitting needles, my favorite needles.  Several years ago I found that after knitting for several hours my hands and wrists would begin to ache.  Giving up my favorite past time was not an option!  A display at a yarn store intrigued me, and after purchasing a pair I took them home home and tried them out.  These needles are fantastic!  I can knit for hours and not have the ache in my hands and wrists that I experienced in the past.  The cable is firm, yet flexible, and they come in various sizes.
Do you have a favorite type of knitting/crochet needle?

M:Mohair-A-Z Challenge

Mohair is a type of yarn made from the hair of an Angora goat. Mohair fiber will keep you cool in the summer because of its wicking properties and will also keep you warm in the winter.
Mohair grows in diameter as the goat grows in age. Te younger goat hair is used in clothing, while the older goat hair is used in carpets.
Mohair is a durable and resilient and produces a nice sheen and luster, because of these qualities it is used to blend with other fibers.