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Baby/Knitter Mystery Unravelled

May 18, 2014

I believe the baby and knitter from my previous post were fine at the time the progress on the baby afghan in question halted.  I am certain that I have solved the mystery. 

The knitter made a series mistakes while knitting the afghan. Interestingly, the same mistake was repeated in the same location as the afghan was worked. I believe the knitter did not know how to correct the mistake and did not was to undo the work that had been completed.

The stitch pattern was the two-row knitted ripple. The knitter had omitted a yarnover in the location for several rows and then it looked like the solution was to have added a yarnover, but it got added in the wrong location and consequently one vertical row of eyelets had taken a jog.

It took me a while to figure out the problem because there are 139 stitches across and they gather a bout to accommodate the needle length. I am not fond of ripping work with yarnovers because of the difficulty it can post when trying to pick up the stitches again. nor did I want to unknit the number of rows it required to fix the problem.

So, I found a quiet moment (moment here translates to two hours), ripped the knitting back down to where I could see the problem had started, reloaded the needles and then promptly knitted up the yarn I had ripped.

Since then, I have more than doubled the length of the baby afghan and can continue with the project. My gauge seems to be matching the original knitter’s, providing continuity to the piece. 




So, added to the benefits from my purchase preciously mentioned, I also consider it an inexpensive knitting lesson, or maybe a skills refresher course, if you will. First of all, I have never actually produced an entire project using the two-row knitted ripple, but was familiar with it. Secondly, It’s good practice to solve knitting problems, know different ways to solve them, to transfer those skills to other knitting problems, and then to retain the skills over time. Yes . . . I take knitting seriously in that regard.

Methinks the baby afghan knitter had another obstacle to a completed project on the horizon had the knitting continued, however. I can already see it, but I am going to continue knitting anyway.

Any guesses as to the unforeseen problem? Don’t look at the photo for a clue. Rely on what you know about obstacles to completing a project.




What Became of the Baby . . . or the Knitter?

May 17, 2014

Goodnight and I went to rummage sale at a nearby neighborhood church. We always like how the sale is laid out in different rooms. Goodnight heads for books and clothing and I browse every section.

The craft room at the sale has finished items made by members of the church and donated to the sale, but it also has craft supplies which tend to be mostly leftover from projects or cleaning out unwanted items that are still useable.

Tucked into the corner or the craft room, was a box that caught my eye. It was an unfinished knitting project,  still on the needles. The box wasn’t heavy enough for it to have been an unfinished afghan, so my first guess was a winter scarf. But I was guessing from the wrong paradigm.

When I spotted the box, I initially only saw the unfinished project and some used skeins of yard, but when I lifted the box up and poked around underneath, I found the pattern booklet. The unfinished project was supposed to be a baby afghan.



The original price sticker was still on the pattern and it had the name of a five and dime store that has been out of business for just under thirty years. I had never heard of that particular store, but I found it online. It doesn’t tell me how long ago the project had been started, however.

For the rummage sale price, I decided to purchase the box, bring it home and finish the baby afghan and put it in my collection of knitted items to donate.

I love this kind of challenge because I have to match the gauge of the knitter who started the project. I have done it before . . . even with a christening gown that had gone undone. Even though the project cannot go to the original intended recipient, the knitter’s best intentions get completed.

What do I think became of the baby? Or the knitter? I don’t know. I have certainly completed items begun by knitters who have passed away. I know it for certain because of the circumstances under which I received the yarn. But with babies . . . my first guess is that they just grew up too quickly and the knitter didn’t get the project done in time. That happens to the best of us.

Or . . . perhaps the knitter had a change of heart about the color choice. That happens to us, also.


So, for the inexpensive price, I get to have more entertainment than a movie, a new set if knitting needles, tip protectors, a pattern booklet that was previously not in my collection and a knitted gift to donate in the end.

I feel like a grammy bird . . . sort of

May 7, 2014

I just posted a link to a story about knitting nests for orphaned baby birds in San Rafael, California. In my post I also stated that I was going to start one as soon as I got home from work.

I did that . . . started and finished.

I don’t know any baby birds I could have asked to pose for a photo shoot in the smallest size nest, but I did borrow a stuffed mini-version of the Indianapolis Colts’ mascot, Blue. I bought it when I took Goodnight to the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl.

So, mini-Blue is sitting in my first little bird nest. I used two different colors together as the pattern calls for two strands. I like the randomness of the design that showed up as I worked.


I love how knitting keeps me connected to the world.



May 7, 2014

I had a rare free moment to surf the internet today and I came across a community service knitting project that I am going to participate in, beginning the moment I get home.

San Rafael WildCare is asking for volunteers to knit nests for orphaned baby birds. San Rafael is in California. Click the link for more information.

Toward the bottom of the page, there is a link to get patterns and instructions.

It sort of fits with my inspirational word for 2014, which was HOME. I actually never specified that it had to be MY home that had to be the focus for the full year, but I really don’t need a reason to support a community service project, do I? Officer Friendly would have loved this! He was a bird nerd.



I Love to go Meandering

April 29, 2014

I finished knitting another scarf. I was playing with ribbing at the time . . . actually diagonal ribbing, when I decided to widen the ribs and make it zig zag. I zigged. I zagged and then just kept going. I like it. It’s done and ready for my donation pile. Before I show you a photo of my scarf, I should add this disclaimer.

After I finished the scarf,  played with a few search terms as I browsed the internet, I did find an online pattern for a scarf that looks very much like mine. So . . . there you go! My fun idea was something that someone else thought of, too . . . before I did. Check the link and get the pattern from Lion Brand Yarn if you want to knit the scarf pictured at the link.

I did not add a garter border to my scarf because I liked the softness and less formal look to the edge. Soft and less formal can also seem less finished to some knitters. I appreciate that perspective, but for this scarf, no garter border.

I don’t have the pattern from the above link, so I don’t know the knit and purl numbers for their ribbing. I used 5×5 and just jogged over one stitch on each front row only.

The photo below shows my finished scarf. The scarf in the photo is folded in half on the table, but is 76 inches long and 8 inches wide with the ribbing not stretched and 9 1/2 inches wide when the ribbing is stretched. There is enough of the green yarn left to make either a hat or mittens yet, but I want to work with a different color for a while first. Because I am going to be working all summer on whatever I can knit before next winter, there is time to come back to the green.


The next scarf on my needles is red!!!

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April 18, 2014

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A Rare Weekday Morning Off

April 15, 2014

I have a rare weekday morning off. I have a late start and then I work through the dinner hour. I don’t mind. The reason for the late start is a project I have been involved with. In the meantime, what to do with a quiet morning?

I am roasting a carrot for dinner. Sound like a light dinner? No worries. Check out the carrots I found. They are pictured with my 20-oz. water bottle. It might be hard to tell, but the carrots are as thick as the water bottle, too. 



While the carrot is in the roaster, I am knitting a winter scarf to donate. It will get added to a pile of knitted goods that I tend work on between March and October for each oncoming winter.  I like the rhythm of the garter paired with a 2x2rib.


As I knit, I am listening to a music program called A Musical Feast for Passover narrated by Itzhak Perlman. I am not Jewish, but I must admit to being appreciative for such a well-done program. The music is lovely and I have always respected Mr. Perlman. If you find yourself with a quiet hour and would like to hear the program, click the link. You will see a blue audio box with three sections of the program and their corresponding run times. Start at the top and when that one ends, click the next section, etc. It’s appropriate for Holy Week, too. It’s really  a very lovely program.

I also have a good cup of coffee by my side!


I hope you find ways to enjoy your day, too.



Illusion Knit Easter Egg Face Cloth – Solid Color Egg

April 8, 2014

I took the time to re-work the Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth and make it less expensive for knitters who might want to make one with a solid color egg.

I asked my Granddaughter to choose the colors for this project. I am making some to send to her great-grandmother (my mother).

When viewed from an obtuse angle, the Illusion image is visible as in the photo below.


If you view the knitted piece while you are knitting the front, or at a 90-degree angle, the image is hidden in the stripes used to make the image. See the photo below.


If you would like to try the Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth Solid Color Egg, click the link to get the pdf.

Happy knitting!


Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth -Striped Egg

April 7, 2014

With Easter just around the corner, I came up with an Illusion Knit Easter Egg Face Cloth. I was highly influenced by the four pastel colors of Bernat Handicrafter Sweets and Delights Cotton in 12-ounce skeins that was on sale when I wandered around the craft store this afternoon. If you plan to make only one, then use approximately half an ounce of each of four colors.

When the completed face cloth is viewed at an obtuse angle, the egg image is clearly visible, as in the photo below. Just set the piece down on a flat surface and step back a bit. You’ll see it!

Easter Egg Face Cloth Egg Image

When viewed at a ninety-degree angle, the image disappears into the stripes used in the Illusion method as you can see below.

Easter Egg Face Cloth Stripes

To knit the Easter Egg Illusion Knit Face Cloth Striped Egg, click the link to get the pdf.

NOTE: In the file I uploaded yesterday, I had skipped two lines of knitting. I inserted them and then changed the subsequently affected line numbers. The link above is the corrected file.

The directions are for the knitted portion of the facecloth itself. Borders may be added as you wish. I have made some with knitted borders, some with crocheted borders, and left some plain. Start to finish, plus typing the pattern, I completed the project after dinner.

Happy knitting!

All Twisted Cords Are Not the Same

March 8, 2014

I have been using my yarn remnants to make twisted cords to have on hand for gift wrapping or other ties as needed. It occurred to me that two of the cords I made might be easier to figure out how to make than the third kind. None of them are difficult, the process is just different.

The first cord is one color and when the one color twists back on itself, it is still one color.


The second twisted cord is a two-color cord that when twisted back on itself can resemble a chain with links of two alternating colors. It is easy to make a two-color twisted cord the same way as the one color cord.


Of course a twisted cord can be made with more than two colors for an entirely different look and thickness. More strands twisting back on themselves affect the diameter of the cord. I made a cord with three colors as an example: two strands of different greens and a white strand. The cord in the photo below was made the same way as the second cord


The third twisted cord I make is a two-color cord in which the colors twist back on themselves and resemble a candy cane. This particular cord may not be as intuitive to figure out how to make, so the directions follow below.


Candy Cane Twisted Cord (I know it should be red and white, but I had orange yarn to use up.)

Cut two equal lengths of yarn. I start with long lengths because I want a long finished cord that I can cut to the length I need for wrapping, so my initial lengths tend to be nearly five yards long. I set them side by side on the floor.


Knot one end of each color together, then run one unknotted end through a drawer pull, around a chair post, chair leg, banister post, etc., or however you want to anchor your yarn. Knot the other ends of each color together. Adjust the loop so the two knots are in the center of the open space between you and where you have anchored your yarn. In the photo below, the orange end went around my banister post and then I twisted the cord from the white end.


Twist the yarn using whatever method you prefer.* At this point you are NOT twisting two colors together. You are twisting two strands of one color together at one end and two strands of a second color together at the opposite end. The knots you see in the photo below become one end of the completed cord.


I like a dense twisted cord, so I twist until I get the look and feel I have in mind. When I have twisted the yarn enough, I double the white end all the way back to the orange end at the banister post and that’s when the orange and white twist on each other, giving the look of a candy cane.


Both ends of the completed cord need to be knotted to prevent unraveling. Each time you use a length for a gift or tying something, re-knot the remainder.

My finished cord was just over five feet long, so the length was reduced by nearly one-third with the dense twist. Twisted cords can be used as drawstrings, purse handles, sweater closures, necklaces, gift-wrapping, scarf fringes, fun shoe laces, drapery tassel cords, and so on.

Note: I’m adding the following section per a question from a reader.

To make cord that looks like chain links of alternating colors, prepare yarn to look like my miniature sample in photo below. One knot will be at the anchored end and cord will be twisted from the other knotted end. One color will twist over the other. when you double back the length, the effect will be the chain links.


To make the cord that looks like a candy cane, prepare the yarn as in my miniature sample below. The knotted ends are simply in the middle now. You still have to anchor one end and twist from the other, but now one color will twist over itself and the other color will twist over itself. The candy cane look happens when you double back.


The only difference between the cord that resembles a chain and the one that resembles a candy can is where the knots are when you twist with two colors.

Let me know how you use your twisted cords.

*Twisting can be done with just your hands, or by inserting a knitting needle or other straight object into the free end loop and using the needle as a crank to turn the twists, or by using a hand-held mixer and attaching the free end to the beater and using the electricity to twist your cord very quickly!  :-)


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