Category Archives: cables

A sock for every mood

A couple of weeks ago, Glenna C. posted a note on how she decided to keep two pairs of socks on the needles at the same time. One would be an "easy" sock while the other would be a more challenging sock. Her theory was that she would then have a sock to knit when she needed something "mindless" and another sock to serve as a mental distraction.

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White Caps Fingerless Gloves

Capretta is my favorite yarn and Harbor is hands down one of my favorite blues so when I found a skein of it in my stash I couldn't wait to make something with it! I'd found Simone Van Iderstine's free White Caps Fingerless Gloves pattern on Ravelry earlier last weekend and thought that would be the perfect, easy mitten pattern for the weekend.

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My Five-Way Cable Shrug is finished!

I'm beginning to appreciate the knitting side benefits of my gluten-free, bake-free lifestyle. Two weeks ago I was feeling a bit like a mad, obsessed knitter. That was before I began to see the results of the hours and hours of knitting.

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Success!

After two and a half months, nearly a mile and a half of yarn, and about 100,000 stitches, the hubby's sweater of doom is DONE! I can hardly believe it. This was quite the monster undertaking.

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So close!

Sleeves... check. Body.... check. Front to shoulders... check. Back? working on it! (Sorry about the grey-on-grey - I didn't pick the color of the blocking board, unfortunately!) All I have left to knit on hubby's sweater is the upper back! I'm already about two inches into it. But, because of the sheer beastly size of this sweater, progress has been slowed. It's just so hard to carry the darn thing around at this point that I've actually been working on a couple of other, smaller projects as well.

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The Coast with the Most…

..patterns! It's not rare to love the Oregon coastline. It's an amazing place. Rarely, though, does a collection of knitting patterns inspired by that coastline get released. But, I'm pleased to announce that that's exactly what I just did! Introducing the Rocky Shores eBook.

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Podcast Episode 182: Rocky Shores eBook Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny gets a chance to catch up with Knit Picks designer Kerin to talk about the newest eBook, Rocky Shores! Each pattern of this stunning collection reinterprets the ideals of Aran patterns with modern updates, all while influenced by the coastlines of the Northwest. The eBook includes patterns for three women’s garments, a men’s vest, a wrap and a purse. Hear all about Kerin’s design process, inspiration, and challenges that ...

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Fifty Percent!

I've been working on my hubby's sweater now for a little over a month, and I've just passed 50% completion! Both sleeves are finished, and the body is currently 8.5" long - just over a third done. For me, this is where the hard part begins - the monotony of the next 23"! Luckily I've only got a foot left until I break for the armscyes... yipes. My attention span on a project is usually two weeks or so, so looking headlong into another month of knitting this one project is daunting, to say the least. To keep my mind busy, I've started timing my rounds. It takes about 10 minutes for non-patterned rounds and up to half an hour for patterned rounds. So, with about 75 rounds to the armscyes, that's 25 hours and ten minutes max. I could totally do that in a weekend, right?

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Wait, did I say ‘simple’?

I'm now three weeks into the knitting of hubby's new sweater. That's about the longest I can usually pay attention to a project - but I'm only through the sleeves! I think this proves a couple of rules of knitting for other people. 1: Don't underestimate how long things take to knit, and 2: If you let the recipient pick the pattern, be prepared to face the consequences! I did some pre-searching through all of my pattern books and found several all-over cable designs that were nice and rhythmic and easy to memorize. I presented these to my hubby, and his reaction was pretty dry. So I let him look through my books, and he picked quite possibly the most difficult cable pattern he could have! It's the Baroque Cable from Barbara Walker's third treasury.

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A journey of 100,000 stitches…

Begins with a single slip knot! The yarn for hubby's sweater is here! I think he was even more excited than I was when I first opened the box on our couch. He grabbed it and took a deep whif of its woolly goodness. I've trained him well! Now for the fun part - designing the sweater!

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