Just a quick ramble to catch you all up on my recent making. I haven’t been very productive with knitting recently, as the weather has been so warm that I haven’t wanted to even look at yarn for a while. But we’re having some unseasonably cool weather before the next heat wave sets in, and today I’m working on the red socks, which are now solid red.
No pictures to share this time. I’m still working on this log cabin square project bag, and I’ve progressed to joining the two squares into a bag. Now I’ve picked up stitches at the top of the bag for a drawstring casing. I plant to finish the entire knit portion of the bag, and then block it before measuring for a cloth lining with pockets.
It seems to be a sign of the times, not the knitting times so much as the economy and post-pandemic shuffling of our world. Knitter’s Magazine was the first knitting publication I subscribed to, back in the 1990s when I learned to knit. I still have dozens of issues of the magazine and some of their books. To me, investing in a magazine like that is the same as investing in books, and the past issues are something to be treasured.
In the past two months, in addition to lots of other books I reviewed over on Mystery of a Shrinking Violet, I tried out a number of books about crochet, which is a craft I love, but it had been so long since I’ve crocheted that I felt I needed a refresher. I crocheted a lot when I was young, but had to give it up in my 30s due to tendinitis. I want to take crochet up again in a small way.
Just a quick share after viewing this interesting video from Roxanne Richardson, covering Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and discussing the difference between socks and stockings. A trip into knitting history.
The Clasped Weft Join is similar to what I already do when joining a new ball of the same color, where I knit a few stitches with both yarns. But this is better, because it appears to keep everything more snug, and it can be adapted for color changes as well.
This is what I’m working on at the moment, the pattern that Lion Brand calls a Simple Raglan Cardi. It’s a basic lightweight cardigan for those transitional times in the year when it’s not really cold and not really warm out.
The Knitty Stew is a flight attendant for a Canadian airline, and a seasoned knitter. Hers is a fairly new channel compared to prior YouTube channels I posted about, but she’s not new to knitting.
For my second installment in my top favorite YouTube knitting channels to watch, I want to recommend the wonderful series of videos by Stephanie at Edible Thoughts Makes.
Patty Lyons’ Knitting Bag of Tricks is packed full of tricks, tips, information. Now there’s to be an ebook update to fix the fixed format and make the text flow and scale for Kindle. Here’s the video where she explains the update.