Thursday, August 22, 2013

Yummy Gradient

I have been a little obsessed as of late with gradients. I am presently knitting a Spunky Eclectic triangular shawl that came with some fibre I purchased from, you guessed it, Spunky Eclectic. It is a progressive  handpaint on Romney called "More Coffee" and the shawl pattern "Moth Eaten Shawl"was free with the purchase (I ordered in March and the free pattern was for a limited time only). It wet my appetite for similar but on a larger scale. Say for a circular shawl.I am relatively new to dyeing fibre and I felt I would need to dye about 8 ounces of wool or about 5 to 6 ounces of lace weight. Egad! I finally found a site that sells beautiful gradient yarn and they even sell kits. So today I hunkered down and decided between their numerous colourways. Oh the site is The Unique Sheep the kit is Evenstar which is done in Eos a wool and silk blend. The colorway is a gradient named Viola. It is spectacular and I can hardly wait for it to arrive. Finally another little obsession taken care of.Tee-hee!

A bit of sad news.Our beloved Kiki is MIA. While I was at work on Monday the sun room door blew open and she bolted. We caught a brief glimpse of her Monday evening but have not seen her since. We have combed the area and asked around but she is simply gone. :(

We will meeting at Reads on Tuesday, August 27th. See you there.

Cinna

Friday, August 16, 2013

You Tube Videos for 2 Colour Vertical Striped Socks

It was a busy week. I worked 3 evening shifts with 2 of those shifts having hours of overtime. Yesterday I went up to my mother's. DH did some jobs she had been waiting all summer to have done. After which we had a lovely supper and came home. This morning I managed to put some order back in the house, get laundry done and we went for a short buggy ride. This afternoon I updated my You Tube videos that show how to cast on a toe up sock using Judy's Magic Cast On, Magic Loop and 2 colours for a vertical striped sock. It has been a real challenge making those videos. I started last week and used my laptops web camera. The quality was less then stellar. DH then used his camera and video taped it but we couldn't get the accompanying audio file to upload. Grrr! Finally we used my iPod Touch and downloaded You Tube's Capture app. Yeah! Success at last. You can watch the new videos at Cast On and the second one is Increases . I hope you enjoy them.

There are some lovely patterns available for socks that have vertical stripe toes on Drops Designs. I am currently working on a pair using Magic Loop, 2 socks at the same time on 1 circular needle. Basically I went up some needle sizes to a 2.75mm needle.Why! I did this because carrying the yarn can make your sock a little tighter so going up in needle size seems to counter act that effect. Then I just used Judy's Magic Cast on and used the 2 colours as demonstated in my videos. I am using a plain sock pattern. It is the one in my head that I use all the time and have been teaching it for several years now at Cricket Cove in Moncton. I will do a short row heel to preserve the colour sequence and then just knit around until I feel like binding off.

There is so much you can do with this coloured cast on. You stripe the toes only, stripe toes and heels and I know you can cast on  rainbow vertically striped socks by using 4 or more colours! DH pointed out that then you would be working with multiple balls of yarn. I say Pah-shaa to that. Just do it. Imagine making an 8 coloured rainbow vertically striped pair of socks. Just cast on 8 colours on each needle and knit 1 round plain then start your increases making certain to follow your colour sequence, too easy.

We will be meeting at Reads on Monday the 19th. See you there.
Cinna

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Breakthrough

For the last few years I have been unable to figure out a way to cast on vertically striped socks or mittens from the toe/tip up using magic loop . Well yesterday morning as I was sipping my morning coffee on the sundeck it came to me. I must confess I have been a little obsessed ever since.

  You may ask,"Why is this so important to you?"

 I suppose it's the challenge of teaching myself a new knitting technique.I worked at it for a bit. As knitters will and was astounded at how frigging easy this is and dumbfounded as to why I wasn't able to do it before. I promptly emailed Judy Becker the originator of Judy's Magic Cast On to seek her permission to upload a few videos to You Tube. I was delighted with her yes reply.

Unfortunately my cameraman is working today and, me being me,  I made 3 videos using my built in web cam so the quality is not great. I'll redo when my cameraman is available. I just really wanted to share.

So if you are interessted you can Google "Cinnaknits" or try this link

Happy Dance
Cinna