Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Insanknitty, Fiber and Irregularity, Comfy Chairs, and LOTS of Cackles!

Went to Insanknitty last night at Yarn Haven and once again laughed myself to tears! I sat in the library with Becky, Karen and Sarah Lou, (we missed you, Patti), and thoroughly enjoyed myself...to say the least! I REALLY want one of those knitting chairs...it felt SO good! Hmmm...looking around the house to see what I can sell....

Okay...those of you who asked me about the Lucy...I told you the bottom can be a pain, but the rest is easy as apple pie....here is what I used to teach me the Emily Ocker Cast On. I have found it works best to keep a pillow in your lap while working it through the first five rows or so, and keep a nice even square as your center....in other words...don't twist it up.

So Ravelry has changed my life. It cut into my knitting time over the weekend, taking pictures of my stash and adding them and such, but it was all so unique! Ohhhh the fun and drooling to be had by all. These folks will be millionaires when it's all said and done! Oh, and if y'all can't find Dale Ann, she's Insanknitter...I think. Speaking of Dale, she gave me permission to post the pattern for the chemo cap that she's always used. Here goes:

Dale Anne's Chemo Cap

Size 8 - 16” circular needle, and either another size 8 circular

or size 8 double points for use when decreasing.

Worsted weight yarn.

Cast on 72 stitches.

K2, P2 for 6 rows.

K each row until cap measures

6-1/2” from start.

Begin Decreases:

1st decrease: *K6, k2tog* (repeat around). Knit next row.

2nd decrease: *K5, k2tog* (repeat around). Knit next row.

3rd decrease: *K4, k2tog* (repeat around). Knit next row.

4th decrease: *K3, k2tog* (repeat around).

5th decrease: *K2, k2tog* (repeat around).

6th decrease: *K1, k2tog* (repeat around).

7th decrease: *k2tog* (repeat around); then pull yarn through remaining

stitches with a tapestry needle. Pull end through to the inside

of the hat, weave in, and trim.

This an easy cap to make. If you’d like a tighter ribbing, use a size 7 circular needle. Also, to accommodate larger heads, you can add stitches in increments of eight. If making a wider cap, you may also want to make it longer before starting your decreases.

There is also a PSA (public service announcement) I promised to throw in...YARN HAVEN COLLECTS CHEMO CAPS FOR THE LOCAL AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY!

...the knitting...

Jessie's sport weight Lucy is coming along nicely. I've got the straps all set up, bound off, and started. I love the way the colors are striping on the straps...just gorgeous!

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I'm moving slowly on the Ice Cream Sundae Socks...but progress was, indeed, made...and this is only Wednesday. Actually, I just wanted to show you my cool new little knitting tote that I got at Yarn Haven. It will velcro through a belt loop so you can walk and knit! Yes, I tried it...only ran into one tree so far. ;)

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Hmmmm....let's see...what else? Well, my canning mojo seems to be calling out to me to throw some things in a jar. I canned this AWESOME Jalapeno Pepper Jelly this past weekend.

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See all 20 of those kiwi sittin' there? They're just softening up a tad bit more to go into Kiwi Jam! Then, of course, in the next few weeks, I'll begin APPLESAUCE!

Thank you for stopping by! Have a great rest of the week!

5 comments:

Karen said...

Watch out for that tree! LOL

So, you failed to mention, "Oh, honey, I'm sorry you couldn't get it up!" from Tuesday night. hehehehehehe I believe that is what caused all the cackling! ;-)

Patti said...

Hey there! Thank you for your hospitality last night! We had a GREAT time -- dinner was yummy! Thanks for showing me the Emily Ocker caston. Maybe next time I will "get it"! With your assistance, my Lucy is started and moving along!!! Sorry we stayed sssooo late. Smiles!! ><>

sunneshine said...

I am so glad that you liked the stitch markers!! You didn't answer my question - are you Cher's friend or is there some sort of thing about Geckos and Ohio?

And you ladies sound like way too much fun, when you are together!!

Patti said...

We sure did miss you Tuesday evening! I heard that you were able to stop by YH on Wednesday and buy yarn. Fun! Can't wait to see your geckos. Have a FANTASTIC trip! Lot of love to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patti said...

We sure did miss you Tuesday evening! I heard that you were able to stop by YH on Wednesday and buy yarn. Fun! Can't wait to see your geckos. Have a FANTASTIC trip! Lot of love to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!