Today, me and my daughter went to Color Me Mine. If you’re not familiar with them, they are a pottery painting place. You go, pick a piece of plain pottery, paint it with color glazes to your liking, and then they fire it for you.
I picked a chopstick bowl to paint. I’m not going to use it for eating, though! I’m going to be using it as a yarn bowl! It will take about a week for me to get it back. I’ll be impatiently waiting for it. 😀
Needless to say, we had a wonderful time, just Mom/Daughter time!
The Unique Sheep is having another MKAL, starting May 20th.
It’s based on the story, Heidi. Here is a picture of my yarn and beads that I will be using for the knit-a-long:
I got it from the Unique Sheep. It’s lace weight on their base called Eos, which is half wool and half silk. The colorway is called Tranquility.
Craftsy blog posted this post on the 15 most common knitting problems. I concur with them! Most of them are frustrating!
1. Running out of yarn just before finishing a project! To get around this, I’ve always tried to over estimated yarn (my husband hates that I have a box of scrap yarn!). Sometimes, depending on the project, I buy a full skein of excess yarn. That way I know I won’t run out. It has saved my bacon 3 times I know of in the past.
Here is a close shot of the finished Cowl. It is currently being blocked to make it look pretty :).
Oh and if you wanted to make sure that it is for certain a mobius cowl:
there is the twist for you! I’m blocking it on two rolled up towels to stretch it out because you can’t really pin it on a blocking board very easily. It was the suggestion of Laura Nelkin, the pattern designer.
The Stash and Dash pattern by Annie is free for a limited time (October 1, 2015, I believe!). They also sellers finishing kits (one in nickel, and one in antique brass) for $14.95. They include everything you need, other than the fabrics (which everyone wants to pick their own anyway!), and also you get to choose your zipper color from 48 different colors to coordinate with your fabric choices.
I made the above stitch markers to help me keep track of individual stitches as I knit. I find them really helpful, especially in patterns when the stitches are really small. They are real helpful when designing your own pattern!
They aren’t hard to make, nor are they terribly expensive. All you need are shrinking plastic, permanent markers in several colors, a single hole punch, scissors, Locking stitch markers, and a shape to trace that is about two inches by two inches (I used a salt shaker which has an octagon for the bottom).
So, yesterday, I talked about what a lifeline was and why it was important. I failed to mention how to insert a lifeline.
You’re thinking there is only one way to put in a lifeline, right? Thread a needle with some contrasting color yarn (I use lace weight yarn! You can use dental floss, embroidery thread, etc, what ever you have at hand!) and carefully weave it into all the live stitches (missing ALL of your stitch markers, don’t forget!). You can certainly do it that way, the hard way, but some interchangeable needle companies have come up with cheats.
A lifeline is a scrap piece of thread or yarn, threaded through your work, as a holding point. It is used to protect your work from dropped stitches, and if you have to frog your work back if you have an error.
Here is a youtube video by Knitpicks.com that goes through exactly what it is and why a lifeline is important: