Knit 1 + Purl 1 = Seed Stitch

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When learning to knit, the knit stitch is the stitch you master first. That stitch by itself can keep you busy for years. If you have the desire to go further with knitting, next step is learning to purl. Some knitters stop there and create beautiful items for their home and family. The seed stitch is a 2 row combination of *knit 1 purl 1* repeated across the row, then reversed for the second row.

If you have the desire to take your knitting to the next level, the book “Seed Stitch beyond knit 1, purl 1”, with its texture and creative possibilities is a good place to start. Rosemary Drysdale will take you there with 30 projects and a 60 swatch stitch dictionary. There are projects for men/women/little ones and home decor. The swatch dictionary incorporates color work, lace (yo, increase and decrease), slip stitches and cables.

Patterns are easy to follow using charts and written out for those who prefer that method. The photographs are clear and detailed. Designer graph paper (one seed, one moss) and information is included to create your own designs. There are step by step photographs on color work and a section on the anatomy of the seed stitch. The cover is a combo between soft and hard covered (wish all books wore a jacket like this).

I like the ZigZag poncho for myself, as well as the linen Tote bags. The Scarf quartet will make a handsome gift to keep my guys warm this winter. Baby cardis make a quick gift for the next shower. Take a look inside this book and see for yourself the diverse patterns and pick your own favorites. This book is perfect for a beginner and will spark interest in an experienced knitter.

So, pick up your needles and start knitting. Get inspired to create your own designs with Rosemary’s tips and hints.

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Fiber Preppers

Knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning… your way through an emergency

Tomorrow we are expecting a snowfall and while it is good to have a shovel, candles extra food and water handy, you need to be fiber prepared.

True Preppers are people preparing for a catastrophic event, possibly even a doomsday scenario. Maybe as simple as watching your child’s hockey game or swim meet. If this is all new to you, you have had your head to deeply into your knitting. Don’t worry, by the end of this article you will be prepared. You may not be prepared for the end of the world but, you will be prepared for a natural event, an unexpected wait in a hospital waiting room, an evacuation due to flooding or even waiting for AAA to come fix a flat.

Cafe Press has a bumper sticker that says it all,”I am developing a post apocalyptic skill set”. The goal of a Prepper is self-sufficiency. Spinning today, knitting tomorrow. Maybe it is time to learn to spin. Then you would have no shortage of yarn to knit or weave. You could trade some yarn back to the sheep farmer for more roving.

The needlework community is close-knit and they support and respect each other. Knitting for charity is a part of who we are. So if the Mayan’s or the Prepper’s are correct…we will be in demand. Everyone needs socks, sweaters, scarves, towels, blankets…

Here are suggested items for your bug-out bag (the technical term Preppers use for their emergency kit). Your bug-out bag should be sturdy, have pockets, (if you can’t leave home with only a few balls of yarn…maybe it should have wheels) and large enough to fit everything comfortably.

The following items are recommended suggestions;

Bottle of water, energy bars and snacks

Cell phone (knitting apps) and charger

Computer and charger (to listen to fiber podcasts)

Flashlight (Knitting in the dark only results in mistakes)

Eyeglasses (extra pair)

Aspirins (in case you need to frog* your work)

Hand lotion, baby wipes and tissues

Pillow & blanket (unless you knit fast and are making an afghan)

Paper and pencil, tape measure

Pattern book, current knitting/crochet/spinning magazine

Drop spindle and roving

Yarn, several balls for the project you are working on, extra yarn for another project – sock yarn can act as a general all purpose yarn.

Yarn stash – teach a newbie to knit – a great way to take their mind off the situation. Teach the young children finger knitting.

Needles & crochet hooks- various sizes and several sets for teaching others.

Row counter, row markers, yarn needle, folding scissors

Pin loom for weavers

FYI: FEMA guidelines recommend stockpiling your pantry with three days worth of food in case of a natural disaster.

*frog is a knitting term meaning ‘rip it, rip it’

Have I forgotten something? Please feel free to comment and add to it.

Knit Turban

Turban doll

Turbans are this spring’s fashion hair accessory. Perfect for the bad hair day. Barbie has on a tuban designed in the 1940’s. You can see other knit items for Barbie here:

This is the pattern for an adult sized Turban, the one Barbie is wearing. It is worked on size 3 knitting needles and is knit in the moss stitch requiring 800+ yds of fingering weight yarn doubled throughout. The result is a thick and warm head covering.

 

 

Skinny scarf trending for summer

The linen stitch, knit into a skinny scarf is the popular summer trend. Worked in lightweight variegated yarns makes a splash of any outfit. Knit in silk, linen, cotton or a blend of these fibers will result in a scarf with nice drape. The linen stitch makes a compact but not rigid fabric.

Following is a pattern for the linen scarf that is worked lengthwise. Tip: Using circular needles as straight knitting needles might be the best way to work with the large number of stitches. Five to six feet is a nice length for wrapping around your neck a time or two.
Here for the pattern.

Knit Your Own Cat

Thirty-three percent of households in the United States own at least one cat. Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne have made it possible for you to own a cat without the care and maintenance. “Knit Your Own Cat” is their latest book after “Knit Your Own Dog”.

Knitters and cat lovers alike will enjoy the easy to follow patterns for 16 frisky felines. Whether you prefer a street cat or a pedigree like a Turkish Van, you can have one, both or all 16. You can knit them with step-by-step instructions. The cats cover all knitting skill levels.

For more info on knitting a cat or dog.

Superheroes take up the knitting needles

Superheroes possess extraordinary, often magical powers. Every knitter knows, that a piece of string and two sticks can create magic. See how Mark Newport takes knitting into the superhero realm.

Mark Newport has an exhibit “In Action” of his eight hand-knit superhero inspired costumes. He is a Detroit area artist and educator. Each costume is life-size and wearable. The installation “In Action” looks at what heroes are and how they protect people. It is currently showing at the University of Texas Downtown Gallery. For more superhero action

Circular Knitting Workshop

Circular Knitting Workshop by Margaret Radcliffe is filled with essential techniques to master knitting in the round. It is a comprehensive guide that is for all knitting levels. Margaret even shows you how to convert flat patterns to circular and make your own charts.

John Polak was the photographer of this book and he was very busy. You might think of it as as a picture book with words. The book is an over sized paperback with 300 plus pages. Whether this will be your first attempt or you have been circular knitting for quite some time, there is a lot you will learn step by step. read more