Wednesday, December 30, 2009

DK Caston

I've been thinking about methods to cast on for double knitting, and also have looked at cast on methods for double knitting on the internet.

One method I tried was to longtail cast on twice the stitches of the pattern, and then introduce the second color on the first row. I did this method on my pink scarf:

Another method I tried was to longtail cast on with both yarns, treating them as one, and then picking them apart for the doubleknit portion. This example has 2 rows of garter stitch with both yarns treated as one before I picked them apart:

The next method is difficult to explain. I made a slip knot in each yarn, then used the longtail cast on. I put both slip knots on the needle. I cast on one stitch with color 1. I pulled color 2 between the two yarns of color 1 and cast on one stitch. I pulled color 1 around the outside of color 2 and cast on one stitch. Repeated this until I had the required number of stitches on the needle. It was a real pain to do. I wish I had taken a photo of this immediately after cast on, but I didn't. Here is what the cast on looked like after it was knit up.

edit 1/17/2010
I found a really sweet caston by Oftroy on YouTube. Oftroy can be found on Ravelry and has a blog called Golden Apples as well as a flickr account.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Snow Birds

It snowed here before Thanksgiving. My birds were especially grateful for the feeders when all the natural food was covered up.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Red Yarn

I bought some red boucle yarn that looks pretty in the skein. When I tried to knit it up it was not pretty. I tried using it with several other yarns I have and it was still not pretty. Then I saw this on Etsy:

EXCEPTION TO CC-ZERO!!! This picture was copied from and is probably copyrighted.

I cannot afford the yarn the version was made from, but I did have some odd bits around so I am making a knock-off:

Those lovely wood needles you see were a gift from Jim, he made them for me!
Here is a pic of my friend wearing the scarf the day I gave it to her.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Myrtle Beach State Park

We are going to stay in Myrtle Beach SP in South Carolina this spring.

These are pics from our trip there in the fall of this year.


GAUNTLETS: I read over several people's patterns, and then started knitting. This is fun!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Move On?

I want to move on to more complicated projects, but these simple ones give me so much trouble I don't know if I can make lace or work on a stranded project. I have frogged or tinked more stitches in this scarf than I have knit and purled.