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So Much Knitting!

27 Jan

I have been commissioned to knit up 7 pairs of Bronco colored wrist warmers. I am currently halfway through the last pair!!! When all is said and done, I will have spent close to 55 hours on these gloves in just over 2 weeks, over 2 skeins of yarn, and I’ll be happy not to knit wrist warmers for a while. =OP
My fingers ache, my head is in a whirl, but I have had a chance to finish a few amazing audiobooks! Got through the last 2 Maze Runner books and found them quite thrilling, though at times I got angry at Thomas. Won’t spoil much for you guys in case you haven’t read it, but it’s called trust for a reason. Other than that, it’s the only issue I really had with the story line. One of my co-workers said he didn’t care for the series about halfway through the second book. I loved it. Though the last book could have done without most of the last few chapters (the Rat Man really started pissing me off), I did not find myself losing interest. In my opinion, it was better than the Divergent series (I couldn’t even finish the last book), which makes it immediately good.
Started on The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstein, read by the charming, handsome and brilliant Jim Dale. I’ve read reviews saying the book is slow moving and kind of boring; the characters aren’t easy to fall into. I have found it quite the opposite. The story isn’t slow. Descriptive? Maybe a little, but I challenge anyone to call anything descriptive after they’ve read The Gormenghast series…The Night Circus is perfectly descriptive meaning it tickles your senses enough to make you feel like you’re there. The story takes place in the latter part of the 1800’s, and mostly centers around the circus which is glorious, mysterious and wonderful. I am especially enthralled with the clock that keeps time using almost everything. Magic is the next level to the story. A duel is the next. I haven’t read enough of the story to grasp the full concept of what both characters are going to do, but I’ve read enough to say I can easily like both sides. It rushes through their adolescence, harboring now on the characters being in their late teens and their involvement in the circus. There are plenty of interesting characters that also fill up most of the pages. All of it is a story I keep going back to excitedly perched to hear the rest. Maybe it’s because I love Jim Dale’s narration; finding his voice comforting and the characters he plays realistic, or Jim Dale in entirety making this story one of the best I’ve read in a while. Whatever it is, highly recommended and I do agree with a bunch of other reviews liking it to a dream.

My thoughts and prayers are with those on the north east part of our country these next couple of days, but wherever you are, I hope this update finds you well, safe and happy!

Illusion Scarf

9 May

So I’m working on an illusion/shadow scarf…if you couldn’t tell from my last post.  I figured I’d post a pic of what it looks like!  This was just a tester swatch that i bonded off and gave to my friend, Jo. 

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When views straight on, it appears as stripes.

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From an angle, the pattern shows!

This is a really super easy scarf to make.  Beginners can also do it, as it only uses knit ans purl stitches.  No fancy work.  As i stated in my last post, it can be confusing when you start, but once you get the hang of it, it is super easy.  I think it knots up quick only because of the pattern.  The picture show about a pattern and a half length–just enough to wrap around Jo’s neck. 

I haven’t attempted making any patterns of my own yet, but it seams simple enough that I’ve already started a few that i can’t wait to try!

Happy crafting everyone!

Illusion Knitting

6 May

Knitting up my very first Illusion scarf, i came to the conclusion that all the instructions are confusing for beginners.  I can’t tell you how many times i ended up unraveling my work just because i couldn’t figure it out.  I searched pages and pages of instruction.  Some of them said to read the pattern from the bottom.  Some said the top.  Some said read it like you would a regular pattern; left to right and right to left.  Others said read only from left to right while others contradicted it even further.  One thing for sure, they all agreed on one thing.  Each line of pattern consists of four rows.

So, i have decided to write my own blog post for those who have suffered through hours of agonozongly confusing video tutorials, through painstakingly contradictory on-line tutorials, and make it easy and simple to understand.

We’ll be using the pattern i am using.  It is not my pattern, i believe it belongs to Wooly Thoughts. 

For this, you will need two yarn colors, preferably complimentary colors.  Color A will be the background colors (the white keys) and color B will be the raised colors (the black keys).

Before we get into reading the pattern, i have to introduce you to the four row pattern you will become best friends with during your experience.  We’ll call them Rows 1-4.

Row 1 (color A): Knit.
Row 2 (color A): Knit the light squares, purl the dark squares.
Row 3 (color B): Knit.
Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares.

That is it.  The hardest thing you will have to remember.    I promise!

Before i post the pattern, let me explain a few things.  This pattern is numbered on the top and bottom. This makes it easy.  Start in box 1-1.  For the pattern, i will refer to the rows as lines as this is all that matters.  Each square represents the kind of stitch you will do, so talk about columns really is not necessary.  Just concentrate on the line you are on.

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So here is the pattern. The only thing critical about the columns is knowing how many there are, to know your cast on number. In this case it is 25 stitches. You can either cast on 25 and count it as your first row, or cast on and start your first row. In my case, i counted it as row 1.

Row 1 (color A): Knit (or cast on, but ONLY THIS ROW – all other repeated row 1’s will be knitted).

Now, instead of worrying about line 2 of the pattern, imagine line 1 magically duplicates itself 3 more times…as it will for every line of the pattern. Line 1 gets repeated with your 4 row pattern.
So…

Row 2 (color A): knit the light squares, purl the dark. (In this case, all the squares on this line are light, knit them all).

Row 3 (color B): Knit.

Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares (all squares are light, so you’d purl).

Line 1 is finished. The magical duplicated rows receed back into itself, and you can move on to line 2. (Line’s 2 and 3 are the exact same process; both lines are light colored, so just repeat line 1).

Line 4 is where it gets fun! Here, color is introduced, and, if you’re anything like me, is where your understanding of illusion knitting will blossom.

I think its also a great time for me to remind you that this pattern is read, ALWAYS, from left to right. This is also a great example to use when i say that all you really need to care about are rows 2 and 4. Row’s 1 and 2, no matter the color, no matter the pattern, will ALWAYS be knitted…unless otherwise noted.

So…
Line 4.

Row 1 (color a): Knit.
Row 2 (color a): Knit the light squares, purl the dark squares (in this pattern, the first 10 squares are light, so you’ll K10. The next 15 squares are dark so you’ll P15).

Row 3 (color B): Knit (once again, the pattern doesnt matter here. Knit across).

Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares (this pattern has 10 light squares so you would P10, and 15 dark squares so you would K15).

Line 5.

Row 1 (color A): Knit.
Row 2 (color A): Knit the light squares, purl the dark squares (purl across accrding to the pattern).
Row 3 (color B): Knit.
Row 4 (color B): Knit the dark squares, purl the light squares (according to this pattern, you’d knit across).

Work in this manner for all the lines, and repeat until desired length.

I find it helpful to keep a pen and paper nearby to tally the lines and rows. I also have found it helpful to write down the instructions (because i often get confused when just reading the pattern).

I hope this has helped anyone finding themselves confused with illusion/shadow knitting! I know it was fusturating finding the same instructions that were unhelpful over and over again.

If you need further explination, please leave a comment and i will try to help you to the best of my ability!

Until then, happy knitting!