Saturday March 8, 2014
Most people know the standard bind off as a way to finish their knitting, and maybe a couple of other specialized bind offs like the three-needle bind off for special situations.
I Love Bind Offs
by Liat Gat.
But there are a ton of different ways to bind off your knitting, and it pays to at least think about and learn some of the less-common ones that might be perfect for a particular project.
Did you know, for instance, that there are bind offs that look more like Garter Stitch? Or bind offs you can work in two colors? Binds offs that are super stretchy and others that make ruffles?
You can learn about all of these and more in Liat Gat's video e-course I Love Bind Offs. The guide features 45 different bind offs and is full of tips and techniques to make your finishing better. And not only are there videos for each technique, you'll also find written instructions with pictures and an animated video of the key parts should you need a refresher without watching the full video.
This guide is a great resource that you're going to want if you're a visual learner and you want to put a little more thought into how you end your projects.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
This pattern, in my mind, was called Snow in May, because I actually started it back in May of last year, when we had a freak snowstorm in the first week of May. It took me this long to get around to finishing it and sewing the button on, but the good news is it's a really quick, simple, meditative project that will not take you nearly a year to knit.
The Basketweave Cowl/Collar. © Sarah E. White.
It's just a big rectangle worked in Basketweave that has a buttonhole so you can use a big colorful button to close and embellish it.
I worked it in a very special yarn from Clara Parkes' Big White Bale, but you can use any pretty, bulky yarn you have on hand. The more natural looking it is the better, though, I think.
This little bit of knitting is like having a warm hug over your shoulders all the time. I think I may wear it around the house.
Check out this project on Ravelry.
Tuesday March 4, 2014
It's been cold and snowy here again (actually so much ice it looked like snow, and then snow on top) and I'm cold all the time as it is just in the house. So my delightful husband has taken most of the playing outside duty this storm, while I've been (let's be honest) sitting on the couch knitting.
Me wearing the Garter Stitch Striped Cowl. © Sarah E. White.
It's been so cold even he, who doesn't own a scarf, has been getting bundled up in his warmest. And my warmest, too, since he took my Garter Stitch Striped Cowl to wear one one walk around the neighborhood.
This cowl is big enough to wrap around three times, which makes it a great way to keep warm when it's really cold out. And it's pretty simple to knit, too, whether you do it in controlled stripes, as a stash buster or even in a solid color.
How are you keeping warm these days? I'd love to hear about it!
Monday March 3, 2014
My daughter has had a love for rainbows for a long time. She's had rainbow-themed birthday parties two years running (though I'll admit to not being as creative as I could be in the decor). She has a rainbow skirt I sewed her and a rainbow scarf I knit.
My daughter's rainbow scarf. © Sarah E. White.
I made the scarf kid-sized, of course, but you could continue to cast on stitches as long as you like to make an adult-sized one. Beyond St. Patrick's Day, when everyone seeks the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow, this scarf is great for bring color to any day (and for pride events or any other time you want to celebrate in full color).
This is a pretty quick and easy project because it's knit horizontally. The fringe is optional but adds to the fun.
Have you ever made any rainbow-themed projects? I'd love to hear about them!