Weird Knitting Trick

I discovered something bizzare the other day. I was unraveling another failed attempt at a Tunisian crochet baby sock, when the whole thing suddenly turned into knit stockinette stitch.

It turns out when you pull one of the two strings necessary for Tunisian crochet in the round, it leaves you with a knitted cylinder!

Here’s what mean. Behold the sacrificial Tunisian crochet cylinder.

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You pull the second strand, the one that’s been drawn through two loops over and over. And it leaves this.

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Wacky, right?

I need to keep messing with this and find out how to use this trick. I’m thinking next time I want to knit a hat, I’ll crochet it!

Happy Yarning!

This Is Not Knitted

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While my Hufflepuff scarf gradually grows, I’ve been practicing with color. I can now keep two separate strands tensioned on my left fingers while I crochet. Yes, the above swatch is crocheted! Tunisian knit stitch makes for a bulkier textile than I usually like, but it looks very neat. Rather than the “k”s of Tunisian simple stitch, it makes “v”s!

And Camp NaNoWriMo is going swimmingly. I’m even a bit ahead of schedule and having bunches of fun with my lovely cabin mates.

Things Have Been Rather Yellow and Black Recently

I don’t tend to do a lot in yellow or black, but by coincidence both the hat I crocheted last week and the scarf I’m now knitting are in those colors.

The hat was a present for my nephew.

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And the scarf is for me.

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The scarf has a story. It turns out four members of one of my writing groups are all in different Hogwarts houses (according to Pottermore). Back in elementary school and junior high I liked to think I was a Gryffindor, in high school I prided myself on being a Ravenclaw, but I have recently come to accept and embrace that I really have been a Hufflepuff all along. If you will, I’ve come out of the Hufflepuff closet.

On an unrelated note, Featherfolk is gliding along!

Happy Yarning.

Big Changes

You may or may not have noticed I’ve posted nothing about writing for a while. Truth be told, I allowed myself a hiatus from noveling the last several weeks. It’s been good for my stress levels.

But besides going on a crocheting and knitting binge, I wrote a few flash fiction stories and ran them by my writing groups. I have one piece awaiting review over at Daily Science Fiction. We’ll see if that ends up being its home. I’ll keep you posted on my submission journeys.

Now that I have a newborn, we’ll see how much time I can find for creative pursuits, but I expect I won’t be able to stay away from my novels too much longer.

For sure I’ll continue to update this blog Tuesdays and Fridays.

Happy Yarning!

Intarsia Hat

It turns out intarsia is quite fun!

Only, don’t try to do it in the round right off the bat.

My husband asked for a haircut so he wouldn’t “look like a bum” in all the pictures with our newborn. Of course, the morning after the haircut, when he stepped out into the frosty weather, he asked for a hat.

(This sounds like a children’s book I could write: If you give a husband a haircut, he’ll probably ask for a hat.)

Anyway, he wanted a Minecraft creeper hat. So I went to the internet, learned about intarsia–knitting large blocks of color–and then learned some tricks for making intarsia work in the round, because it doesn’t actually work in the round.

This video by planetpurl was helpful.

Then I proceeded to blunder through this hat. Ta da!

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(Here’s the back side and inside.)

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I can think of all kinds of projects where intarsia will come in handy. I’m glad I’ve begun to learn it.

Happy Yarning!

Ripping Out

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I learned to crochet first. When I began knitting, I didn’t know I could use a crochet hook to fix mistakes several rows back. I thought that a purl, which should have been a knit, would remain forever a mistake, unless I was brave enough to try ripping out the last few rows (and by some miracle get all the loops back on the needle). I thought fixing mistakes in crocheting was easier, because after you rip back to the error, you have only one loop to pick up to start again.

Now I know better.

As I ripped out line after line of Tunisian crochet back to the place where I went from 24 to 23 stitches per row, I wished I was knitting.

Sometimes editing is like knitting. Sometimes there are things that can be fixed without taking a whole scene or a whole chapter apart.

Sometimes, editing is like crocheting. Rip out and redo.

I ripped Featherfolk down to the base chain when I started draft II.

Ah well, back to work.

Happy Yarning!

Completed: Green Twill Blanket

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Yesterday I finished up the light green baby blanket I’ve been working on. Still with a month to spare!

I thought a round, frilly border would be a good accent for this very geometric pattern, so I whipped up some shells around the edge. The border went so quick that I somehow felt I was cheating or being sloppy. I guess crocheting still comes easier to me than knitting.

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I used size 6 (4.25 mm) needles with light weight yarn, so it turned out quite stretchy and light. Then I went and used some huge crocheting hook (size K, 6.5 mm) for the border so it would be as stretchy as the blanket.

It also makes a nice sort of wrap to wear.

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Anyway, it has Pippin’s approval!

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Happy Yarning.

Knit Newborn Hat

The nesting urge is real. Lately it’s got me replacing dead light bulbs around the apartment, putting up Halloween decorations, and knitting. Here’s the hat I made on Wednesday.

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I used light weight acrylic yarn and size 2 (I think) double-point needles. I made up the pattern with the help of these handy sizing measurements from Bev’s Country Cottage website.

It was very satisfying to finish a knitting project in one afternoon. I can’t wait to put this on a tiny little head!

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Happy Yarning.

(Still) in Progress: Green Twill Blanket

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Remember that green blanket I was knitting back in June? Well, it’s almost finished. I took some long breaks from it to sew Medieval garb, but now I’m back on the knitting horse (nesting might have something to do with this).

As soon as I finish the big green square, I will crochet or knit a thin white border around the edge. I’m inclined to crochet the border, because I know more tricks with crocheting than knitting, but I’ve heard that I’ll have to be careful since the two types of work stretch so differently. Anyone have experience mixing knit and crochet? Any tips you can offer?

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Happy Yarning!

In Progress: Green Twill Blanket (and Baby)

I’ve crocheted or knitted a number of baby blankets over the years, but this one is extra special for me, because it’s the first that I intend to keep. My husband and I are expecting our first baby in November.

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I still only have a vague idea of what that actually means. But I do know one thing–I’ll have a captive recipient for all sorts of knitted and crocheted projects during the next few years. Mwahahahahaha.

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As you see, I’m using the twill pattern I developed back in April when I got a knitting itch. Three guesses why I was itching to knit.

Happy Yarning!