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My Amish Mistake

I wrote a report on the Amish and Mennonites when I was in middle school. I was bothered by one of their practices to purposely make a mistake in their work based on the belief that only God can make something perfectly.  This really irked me because if only God could make something perfectly, then there was no need to make a mistake, because one would naturally happen.  Their “logic” annoyed me to no end.  As you can probably tell, it still bothers me.  Now, when I make a mistake I usually just refer to it as “my Amish mistake” and carry on with my project.

At what point does one really need to undo the work and redo it?

I have started knitting a 47″ wide Missoni Inspired Chevron Blanket because I am insane and didn’t learn my lesson about doing large projects with the Poncho I recently finished.

My Amish Mistake

This is the pattern picture, i.e. what it’s supposed to look like at the end.

There are 361 stitches, and I repeat the 60-stitch pattern 6 times.  It will be beautiful…when it’s finished….

My Amish Mistake

It took me some time to get the M1 stitches correct, but I figured I could carry on and when it was blocked the rows would come together.

My Amish Mistake

I dropped a stitch at one point and pulled the others up through it.  There was still a slight hole but I figured I could go back later with a needle and yarn and make it look normal.

My Amish Mistake

A lot of work!

BUT THEN….I dropped a S1 K2T PSSO stitch.  Damn! There was no way getting around this one.

My Amish Mistake

The one that could not be absolved.

RIP!  Funny how RIP-ping a piece out also stands for Rest in Peace.  Funny or sad.  Knitting humor. Or not.

Get out the Kleenex.  For the tears while ripping out rows and rows of 361 stitches.

Time to start anew.

My Amish Mistake

My Intro to Beading

I have been talking a lot about beading and knitting, learning beading to incorporate with knitting, but I haven’t shown you anything yet. I think my Intro to Beading stage may last a while, here is my first report!

You may recall that I took Laura Nelkin’s introduction to beading as one of my classes at the Vogue Knitting Live event in NYC in January. She taught us the basics of (1) putting the beads onto the yarn and sliding them into stitches purlwise and knitwise and in placement on which “leg” of the stitch and (2) adding a bead onto a stitch without adding them all to the yarn first.

My Intro to Beading

Laura Nelkin Butin Collar Kit

From there, I bought her Butin collar kit, but was unhappy with my results. I had trouble with the cast on and thus ran out of working yarn, and it turned out that the color combination I chose (“Montane”) tended to look dingy.

Not deterred, I decided to play off her design and use it to play around with other beads and colors. I used two strands of crochet string – yellow and white – with the same color beads and a silver rose bead at the base. I drew out the design and strung the beads onto the threads.

My Intro to Beading

Beaded Design

My Intro to Beading

Stringing the Beads

Casting on was difficult because the pattern uses the backward loop cast on, which I find makes the stitches really tight.  I got around this by using two needles together. You can see that each stitch is two strands. I use a marker every 10 stitches so that it’s easier to not lose (or add!) any stitches.

I followed my pattern and then had some more fun with the clasp.  I decided to put some beads in the stitches that attached the clasp.   The hardest part was making sure that I was attaching the two pieces in the right direction on each side! I am happy to report I (concentrated, paid attention and) didn’t make any mistakes and only had to sew on the clasp once!

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I used the blocking wires I bought at the Vogue Knitting Live Marketplace in January. These are long bendable wires that are woven in the knitted piece and then pinned down for blocking.  They worked really well and helped maintain the curve of the necklace.

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And the final product!

My Intro to Beading

My Intro to Beading

Knitting Patterns! Chart vs. Text

Knitting Patterns: Chart vs. Text

Corrected Pattern - Errata

Corrected Pattern – Errata

Knitting patterns are usually presented either in text or in a chart, or both.  I’m sure each Designer or Pattern Writer has his or her own individual preference, as does each Knitter.

Lion Brand Pattern

I do like charts for patterns with colorwork/intarsia, and have even created a few. I find charts very easy to follow, and I just cross off each row as I finish it.  Working a charted color pattern in the round is extremely easy as you don’t have to think about what direction of the chart to follow. You just keep going in the same direction, and only knit too. Very simple!  Going back and forth is not really that complicated, you just have to pay more attention. Follow the row in one direction for the knit row and back the other direction in the purl row.  It makes total sense (which doesn’t necessarily mean that mistakes aren’t made!).

I made a scarf for a friend, and knit in her initials.

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I used the Tricksy Knitter free online tool to make the pattern.  I made the design small so it was easy to follow (and didn’t overwhelm the scarf).

I have a photograph from a trip to Mexico that I want to make an enlarged pattern of for a sweater.  This too should be fairly simple once I decide how detailed I want it.

2013-11-29 15.50.28 Mexico Flavors

I recently started a new cabled cowl pattern (Shhh! Don’t tell my daughter as her cardigan is still not complete) that has the both text and charted instructions. Craftsy Cowl Knit A LongFor me, I find that instructions for cable stitches are better off clearly written.

Cable Pattern

I cannot really remember the abbreviations used in the text format, but the charts just leave me dumbfounded!  I consider myself a visual person, but do not have the strength or desire to keep remembering the differences of the stroke angles to distinguish cable needle in front versus cable needle in back.

If the pattern is a color chart WITH a cable, then I will sometimes just write the cable instructions near the chart so that I don’t have to keep turning the instructions back and forth.

Isn’t this one of the many things that is just so great about knitting? Everyone has their own preference and way of doing things. Someone can suggest a different way to do it, and then you can decide what works for you.  Pretty much like life, but you also get to play with yarn!

It’s Addictive

I LOVE KNITTING. It’s addictive! The tactile sensation of the knitting fibers, the gorgeous colors, the ability to take a piece of string and make it into something useful, the combination of stitches to come up with new patterns, it’s exhilarating!

With all that said, I must tell you that I am not a prolific knitter.  I am a prolific planner. I love to think about knitting, be enticed by all the beautiful colors, and imagine all the possibilities.  I am also a collector of future projects (i.e. stash).  I love to read about knitting and look at other people’s projects.

Now don’t get me wrong. I do knit.  I have been knitting a cardigan for my daughter since…November? My goal is to have it done by the time she goes back to college in the fall.  I have been very strict with myself to not start any new projects until the sweater is complete.  That is not to say that I haven’t purchased yarn and patterns for future projects.  But I have steadfastly been keeping my word to only work on this one until complete.

I spend more time not knitting than knitting. I love to knit at meetings. I volunteer on the Executive Committee and Board of a local organization. I love to knit there. At the end of each meeting, I show my progress to my peers and remind them “at least I have something tangible to show for my time!”  Of course, we are volunteering for the greater good of the organization, but the meetings tend to go off in many tangents “at times.”

I would love to knit in meetings at work but it is frowned upon there. They just don’t understand that some people focus more on the conversation when doing something with their hands. Some training classes include fidget gadgets on the tables for this very reason!  But somehow knitting is perceived differently.  We’ll have to work on that.

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