Sunday, September 3, 2017

Steotchalong 2017: Clue #5

I worked on this clue in a rose garden in New Hampshire.

And in the forest. This piece is sure getting around!

Definitely letters this time, and I know what it's going to say!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Goodbye August

Yet again, so many things worked on, so few yards of yarn completed. I forgot to actually post my Stash Dash finish (I thought it ended later than it did!) but I hadn't quite hit the 5k finish line, even with a bunch of spinning from Tour de Fleece. That means that I actually knit much less than my average over the summer (or at least didn't finish all that much!) and that number is not going to get any better now that classes have started!

I did finish a few pairs of socks, but then I bought the last of the yarn needed for holiday sweaters for nieces and nephews. Time to start knitting all those holiday gifts! Quick, before the next yarn order arrives!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5D Giraffe, continued

Still going on the giraffe! I had enough of a fever to make me completely useless, so watched Grey's Anatomy and worked on the giraffe some more.

I still love it to pieces.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

5D Giraffe

I love giraffes. I love making things. When I found a shiny 5D/Diamond Painting multicolor giraffe for $3.70 with free shipping on Amazon (here), this was a thing I needed. Deeply.

It shipped surprisingly quickly and came with everything needed to make a multicolored, shiny giraffe.

So much fun!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Steotchalong 2017: Clue #4

Over halfway done! I've been lagging a bit but I also managed to work on this clue while on the beach at a conference in Florida.

More letters!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

How I Bead: Adding Beads to Knitting with Wire Tutorial

People have all sorts of different methods to put beads onto their knitting. There's the crochet hook method, get a tiny hook that will fit through the bead to hook it on, the Fleegle Beader, basically taking that crochet hook method and modifying it to make it easier to bead, using dental floss threaders, and my preferred way, using beading wire to slip the beads onto the stitches.

I like this method because it's cheap, it's easy, it attaches to your beading container, it allows you to count out the beads per row, and it's easy to fix if it breaks or gets a rough spot.

I get a strand of beading wire and attach it to the bead container, then bend the end into a hook.

I then put all the beads I need for a row onto the wire. That way I know I made a mistake somewhere if I run out or have beads left over at the end of the row.

To place the bead, I grab the loop of the stitch with the wire hook.

Then I close up the hook and slide the bead over it, down onto the stitch.

Once the bead is on the stitch, I put the stitch back onto the needle and keep going.

Simple, effective, and no difficulty getting a crochet hook into the bead or picking up the yarn!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Maybe this should be the Error Blog

I was about five rows from the end of this project, and the count was off.

Apparently, the instructions have a small change for the setup of the last two pattern repeats. That's fifteen rows, with beads, to rip back. Fifteen! With beads!!!