Monthly Archives: January 2013


Published / by Mary / 9 Comments on Aspen!

It’s very beautiful but I’m feeling the altitude. We didn’t get a chance to get out yesterday after we arrived but the views from the hotel are gorgeous including this one from our room. Some XCountry skiing on today’s agenda and a little time to explore Aspen.


On my design wall

Published / by Mary / 7 Comments on On my design wall

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.

I’m SO bad

Published / by Mary / 11 Comments on I’m SO bad

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.

Do you use knitting charts?

Published / by Mary / 21 Comments on Do you use knitting charts?

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?

On my needles

Published / by Mary / 2 Comments on On my needles

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.