I'll be back.

Hello old and new friends. My blog has been inactive but I am still around. I loom-knit, weave and have picked up the sticks to needle knit, too! My patterns page links to Ravelry and I will answer questions about those. Maybe someday I will be back to write more. We will see where life takes me.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Friendly Scarf Project, Square 2/10

My reference book calls this stitch "Diagonal 7 (to the right)." But that's only because it's the 7th diagonal stitch in that section. And it's really just a coincidence that it uses a multiple of 7 stitches. So I'll just use my blogger's license and rename it for the purpose of the scarf project.

Diagonal garter rib
Transferred back to needles for the next knitter

Diagonal garter rib

Diagonal garter rib (right leaning)
Multiple of 7 sts. + 1 edge st. on each side / worked flat
Row 1: SL1, *P4 K3, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 2: SL1, *K3 P4, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 3: SL1, *P2 K3 P2, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 4: SL1, *P2 K3 P2, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 5: SL1, *K3 P4, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 6: SL1, *P4 K3, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 7: SL1, *K1 P4 K2, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 8: SL1, *K2 P4 K1, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 9: SL1, *P3 K3 P1, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 10: SL1, *P1 K3 P3, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 11: SL1, *P1 K3 P3, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 12: SL1, *P3 K3 P1, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 13: SL1, *K2 P4 K1, rep from * 3 times, K1
Row 14: SL1, *K1 P4 K2, rep from * 3 times, K1

Diagonal garter rib
Is it wrong that I like the wrong side more?

Monday, January 24, 2011

The Friendly Scarf Project, Square 1/10

Whaaaa? I'm knitting on needles?

Transferred to needles

Nope, not quite. I just transferred my loom-knitting over to the sticks. I'm working on a new collaborative project with my Saturday Nuts for Knitting friends. Here's how it works. We each start a scarf with our choice of stitch count, pattern and yarn. Then we trade our squares every Saturday and add onto a friend's scarf. That step times 10 equals an almost-complete scarf returned to original owner, who then knits the last square and binds off. My patchwork scarf will be bursting with my friends' personal touches of style every 6 inches. They are mostly using a worsted weight yarn with size 8 needles so I will be working with my DA Looms Adult Hat extra-small gauge (ESG) loom.

On the loom

I just have to add that extra step of switching over my loomy swatch for my needle-knitting friends.

Here's a tip if you ever have to transfer from the loom to needles for your own reasons. Unless you're using double-points (DPNs), make sure you start from the opposite side of your working yarn. When you transfer your loop to the needle, the right side of the loop should be in the front (the right side) and left side of the loop should be in the back. For me, I had to remove the loop and enter the front of the stitch so it wouldn't twist. Thanks to my friend, Zoe, for helping me understand how stitches should rest on needles!

Transferred to needles

This collab will be a great opportunity to try some out some new stitch patterns. The first one up was the Pique Rib 1 stitch.

Pique rib stitch

Worked on a multiple of 3 stitches.
Row 1: (K2 P1*) rep. from *
Row 2: (K2 P1*) rep. from *
Row 3: (K2 P1*) rep. from *
Row 4: P all

For my scarf, I cast on 28 stitches and added a 3-stitch garter border on each side plus a P1 at the start of each row pattern after the garter.

You can also check out the swatch over at Loom Knitting Central's blog. Our minds were thinking alike last week.

I *should* have weekly updates of stitch patterns as our scarves grow. I've cast on a diagonal rib for square 2/10 so stay tuned!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stitchin' some ... graphics

I've haven't been twiddling my thumbs for the past couple months. Instead of knittin', I've been clickin' more on the computer making some graphic designs for some good people. And I've been working part-time as a consultant for a local newspaper group.

Loom Shop logo

First up is an identity package for the Loom Shop/Loom Knitting Central. Loomy friend Stasia is doing an awesome job with this! I'm looking forward to her contributions to the loom-knitting community. The website is still under development but you can follow her on Facebook for tips and project sharing.

Stitch 1, Stitch 2 logo

The next gal wanted to reinvent her shop with a new name and look. Brenda is a loom-knitter turned needle-knitter and sews, too. She wanted something whimsical that represented both sides of her business. She's currently selling on her Facebook page.

My logo-makin' has been mostly a 2nd- into 3rd-shift job. During the day, I've been working for a group of weekly newspapers. I'm helping them make the shift from one page design program (QuarkXpress) to another (Adobe InDesign). It's been a wonderful experience getting out of the house for a bit and working with some amazing, hard-working people. I'm talking to people instead of the bunny! (Don't worry, Willow still gets some playtime.)

That job is winding down, too, so I'm winding up some yarn! Watch for some new patterns and projects in the coming weeks. PLUS I'm getting ready to head to California to work as a yarn rep for Interlacements Yarns at Stitches West. It's going to be a fun couple of winter months! Stay warm and keep crafting!