Picking, knitting & watching

I’ve picked up the stitches along the neckline of my ribbed jacket to knit the collar. I worked out a simple way to make sure I have the stitches evenly spaced out around the neck and managed to get it right the first go too! Yay!

This how I did it. I divided the neckline into sections using stitch markers. Firstly, I folded the neckline in half to work out the mid point. So now I have 2 sections. I folded again to work out the mid point of these sections. Marked them with stitch markers. Now I have 4 sections. I repeated this step again until I get 8 sections.

Sectioning neckline

A little bit of maths helped me work out how many stitches I needed to pick up for each section. I tried to divide the total number of stitches as evenly as possible between all the sections. Some sections had one more stitch than others. Generally, it’s much easier than trying to eyeball 116 stitches around the entire neckline!

A little knitting maths

Then I picked up right number of stitches for each section. That’s it! So much easier dealing with a small section at a time. Phew! Glad that’s over though. I’m happily knitting my collar now and it’s going quick. 🙂

Picked up stitches along neckline

Oh and while I was picking and knitting away, I had one eye on this…

Olly dreaming of Charlie

It’s a little hard to concentrate and count when at any moment, Olly might wake up from his feathery dream and make Charlie his midnight snack!

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Need help sewing in sleeves onto your sweater?

I’ve got a cheap and easy solution to help you seam your knitted sweater pieces together. I’m very sure someone has thought of this idea before but I have not come across it in any book or blog recently. So I thought I’ll share it here.

Well, ever heard of Knit Klips? They are clips that help you align your items together before sewing up. Cool product but quite expensive for my minimalist budget. So I bought a pack of 8 small butterfly hair clips for $2 instead. Cheap as chips!

Seaming up tools

I aligned the sleeve opening to the armhole and used the butterfly clips to hold them in place. As you can see, using the butterfly clips makes realigning easy peasy. You can tweak to your heart’s content without having to undo any sewing.

Clip edges together

Then I just sew the edges into place, removing the clips as I get to them. For seaming the sleeves onto the jacket, you can’t go wrong with the mattress stitch. This Knitting Help video is excellent if you’re not familiar with this finishing method.

Seaming using mattress stitch

And that’s it! Here are my sleeves sewn onto my almost finished jacket. I have the collar to knit and buttons to sew on. The next step is to pick up stitches along the neckline. Does anyone have any tips to ensure my stitches are evenly spaced and I have the right number of stitches at the end?

Sleeves sewn on!

P.S. That’s right ladies. I’m wearing my pajama top underneath my half finished jacket! The sheepish face should give you a clue that it’s the end of the day and smiling is not feeling natural anymore. Zzzz…

P.P.S. If you like my happy green sewing-up needle, I have them at my shop here. Lots of new products recently added! Plus, free shipping worldwide. Yay!


P.P.P.S. Get those WIPS finished this weekend. You’d thank yourself for it later. Happy sewing! 🙂

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Party Time!

I have a few girls coming over for some knit and natter on Sunday. So I brought home some yarn from work aka Ecoyarns for us to fondle and oogle over.

I brought home some organic wool, cotton and alpaca. Deliciously soft, of course.
Organic cotton and wool yarn

There’s also some gorgeous hand dyed yarn. Such yummy colours!
Hand dyed yarns

I didn’t forget to include the more exotic yarns as well – stainless steel blends, natural silk, linen and even sock yarn blended with crab and shrimp shells!
Unusual yarn

We’ll be doing some spinning so naturally there will be fibre to play with. Oh what joy!
Fibre

In case you were wondering, I will be serving food and drinks as well. Eye candy doesn’t really give us energy to knit, crochet, spin, chat and be merry. 😉

Hope you have a cheerily knitty weekend too!

P.S. Ecoyarns do ship internationally if you’re suddenly tempted to buy some.

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Progress is painfully slow

A month ago I told you about my ribbed jacket I was planning to wear this winter. I thought my knitting was on track to get it finished by the start of June. Well, it’s almost the end of June and the jacket is still not finished!

Ribbed Jacket WIP

I have just finished one sleeve since the last update and starting the second one. Progress is slow for two main reasons:

  1. Regular measuring really breaks my flow. For the sleeves, I have to increase every 3.5cm so I’m constantly checking to make sure that I’m adding stitches at the right length.
  2. Reverse stockinette is not fun on circulars. I feel like it just rips the joy out of knitting in the round. I’m purling and purling and yes, more purling! Grrr…

On a more positive note, the sleeve fits nicely and the reverse stockinette is an interesting look.

I’m making sure I’m knitting a bit every night because I really want the jacket finished. I’m so tempted to put it aside but I’m close to the end and I’m too much of a control freak to let this thing get the better of me!

What projects do you have lurking around that are tormenting you slowly?

P.S. I’m behind on replying to comments. Life has been busy this fortnight! I will get them all done by the end of the week though. Thanks for the comments and keep them coming! They brighten my day! 🙂

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Beautiful Grey

Lace Keyhole Scarf

Grey does not mean dull. Grey is not sad. Grey can be pretty, especially when it’s soft and lacey. I love grey. I think its beautiful. I hope my friend does too. What about you?

Lace Keyhole Scarf (close-up)

Lace Keyhole Scarf

Free pattern: Keyhole Scarf (Registration required)
Yarn: Jo Sharp Alpaca Silk Georgette
Needles: 3.75mm knitting needles
Mods:

  • To get the pattern to look the same on both ends, I knitted both ends to the middle and then grafted the two pieces together. Pattern says to knit from end to end. (See photo below)
  • Scarf is 97cm long. Pattern says to knit to 84cm.

Lace Keyhole Scarf (grafted join)

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