Archive for January, 2013
I’m in the process of sashing these blocks … The rows are together and now I need to add the horizontal sashing. I was determined to use the green dot as a border but now I’m pretty sure I’ll use about 4 inches or so of the same brown I’m using for the sashing just to frame the whole thing.
It was dark when I snapped the photo but even allowing for that the sashing isn’t going to be really prominent. Luckily I’m liking these blocks better.
That purple scarf is never going to get finished unless I get more disciplined. I should be knitting that if I wanted to knit something.
I’d actually intended to work more on sashing the blocks on the design wall tonight but I couldn’t resist casting on a scarf — it’s going to be my trial in knitting from a chart.
So here’s the pattern – free on Ravelry and one with lots of details, written instructions and a chart.
I’m using sport weight yarn and size 9 needles
I downloaded a free app (JKnitHDLite) to track my progress on the chart. Gotta love that there’s an app for everything! I can import my PDF pattern easily into the app and if I wanted to upgrade, I could add more options but for now all I want to do it keep my place on my chart.
I consider myself a beginning knitter … Maybe an experienced beginner at best. I taught myself to knit from books and have occasionally searched the web for a video of a technique if the written explanation wasn’t clear. I feel like I need to take the next step and learn to knit from charts … It doesn’t seem like it should be difficult but …. It is.
After all who would write a chart using a symbol that changes whether you’re working on the right or wrong side? The symbol for a knit stitch should be the same symbol in the same chart no matter where the knit stitch occurs… Right? Except it isn’t. And I get that you read the chart from bottom to top and then from right to left …. Except wrong side rows (when charted) are read from left to right …. Oh except when working in the round?? Then all rows are right side rows? Really it’s way more confusing than it has to be and so far has had me avoiding patterns that aren’t written out.
I think I’ll pick a pattern that doesn’t chart the wrong side rows to avoid some confusion for my first attempt!
Do YOU knit from charts? Any tips for me?
I’m using a cold as an excuse to be lazy the last couple days but I’ve done a little piecing, a little knitting, and a little binding. I want to start another hat but I’m trying to resist the urge while I work on my fisherman’s rib scarf and these socks. I have less than an inch before it’s time to start the toe decreases.
I started a set of Courthouse Steps blocks from my string bins and as I put them up on the design wall I thought they were kind of blah set side by side. I’m not making them with a light and dark side so I decided they needed a narrow sashing. I have the perfect dark brown in my stash and then I’ll add a border from the green dot or maybe I’ll just use the brown. Once I get the blocks made I’ll decide.
I’ve got enough of this brown for a set of HeartStrings blocks too.
This week I’m back downstairs in the longarm room. This was a donated HeartStrings top but offhand I’m not sure who sent it to me — quilted with some simple freehand swirls. I try to be good about tracking where these come from but sometimes a top doesn’t get labeled.
EDIT: Becky R in IL wrote to let me know this was her HeartStrings top. I’m so sorry I wasn’t able to identify it when I first posted it.
A simple swirl creates nice texture and is quick and eases me back into quilting!
I seem to be on a night schedule again so I’m going to head upstairs now and work on the string Courthouse Steps blocks I started last night. After working on HeartStrings blocks over the New Year’s holiday weekend, I realized I need to make some inroads into my string bins before they overtake me. I’m going to participate in our 365 challenge which means that I’m going to attempt 365 string blocks of some sort in 2013 although I won’t stress if it takes me longer than a year. I’m starting out with 48 blocks from this HeartStrings top.