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Giveaway and the Springtime Bandit Finale!

12 Jun

The time has come my knitting peeps, to talk of many things – but I’m done on the Springtime Bandit! Almost. This is the last installment about this pattern and my adventures in advanced lace knitting.

Let me start off by pointing out the edge chart shows both RS and WS rows, which means you have to pay attention to EACH row. (Really, you get the hang of it after a couple of WS rows. Just don’t  get lazy!) The reading of the pattern is still the right side only before you have to go “backward” once you get to the middle (green) square. Let’s take a look at the chart, shall we?

The mighty third and ending chart

Doesn’t look intimidating AT ALL. I decided from the beginning of this chart to show it who’s boss and I took some strategy methods to make this crazy chart portion one of the least mistake and problem sections of this project. How did I do this? So glad you asked.

First, I wrote on every row of the chart and marked the K stitches so I wouldn’t count incorrectly in the “moment” of the row. Look closely at the first few rows (you can click on it for a closer look):

“Write” out the pattern

You will see that I wrote a number in the center of the K stitches and ran a line through the rest. This helped me know that I had to do so many K stitches before moving on to the next type of stitch. When you do this, be sure to use a non-black ink pen (pencil runs when highlighted and is hard to see), ensuring you don’t confusion your K shorthand with the actual pattern. Then, I wrote on the side of the main chart how many stitches are in each section before and after the pattern repeat (sill 14 stitches for repeat). This helped me know when I was getting to the end of repeating and needed to have enough stitches for the last portion of the row. I did all of these notations before I even started this chart because I knew I would get overwhelmed and wouldn’t want to start and stop between knitting rows.

Another helpful tip was to use a two color highlighter system. I highlighted the row I was on alternating colors making sure I didn’t confuse what row I was on by accidentally looking at the one below. One color was for the RS and one was for the WS. Of course after I did this chart I found out about a new discovery - highlighter tape. I was floored! You can put down this piece of tape, then pick it up and move it up a line. I really want to try this for next time.

To finish out, I steam ironed it which worked wonders with the cotton. I’ve washed it since I’ve ironed it and it really maintained its shape. Look in awe at the end result!

FINISHED!

The Prize

(GIVEAWAY!) To celebrate the end and for my loyal readers, I have a giveaway! I’m giving away a large skein of Lily Cotton, Sugar ‘n Cream Twists. This skein is 603 yards of cotton possibilities and with this size you can make a shawlette or scarf and still have enough left over for a washcloth! This giveaway is open until July 9, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. To enter leave a comment telling me your favorite lace pattern and whether you love or hate lace. For extra entries, follow me on twitter or retweet a post (leave another comment letting me know your Twitter handle). I will announce the winner on July 10, 2012.

Loving my lace fever,
-Stacy C.

Take THAT You Muggle Knitters! :-p

24 Apr

I get a hard time from friends for my yarn crafting – shocking, I know. But it really irks me at times, I can do something they can’t and it’s like a beautiful work of art! Don’t hate, Stockin-ate! :-p

Well, I found something I can do that’s not only useful, but can only be easily done with knitting needles that those muggle-crafters can’t do! What could this possibly be, you ask?

Restringing a hoodie!

*Crickets*

You don’t seem duly impressed, but you really should be. For those that are awing, I applause your insight.

To better get you on my inspiring page, imagine this: Have you ever had a drawstring hoodie that for some unknown reason – or worse, you see it happening and can’t stop it – suddenly has two feet of string on one side and a gaping hole? Well, fear not any longer as I have the perfect solution!

What you need:
14″ knitting needle size 6 or smaller
Ability to tie knots
Nimble fingers

The first step is to take the drawstring completely out (don’t panic, it will work).
Then you tie one end of the drawstring around the base of the needle taking care that the knot is tight enough not too fall off the back end.

Step one

Next, insert the needle on one side of the hoodie and scrunch up the hood fabric all the way onto the needle (hence why you need a long needle).

Step two

Pull the needle through the hood fabric tanking care to pull gently so as not to force the knot off the needle and/or snag on the little strings inside.

Voilá the hoodie is restrung, untie the knot; and for the symmetrical freaks, like myself, adjust the string to even length and be amazed at your McGiver abilities.

Voilá

Not the most invigorating post, but this was really a two part DIY and stick-it-to-the-yarn-bullies. To all you mockers, I’ve got skills McGiver ain’t even seen – so don’t come asking to use my needles when you need help! (But really, I totally would because if someone needs my needles I would feel super cool.) Hope this DIY was not only entertaining but useful.

Off to figure out how one can use a circular needle to cook a turkey…
-Stacy C.

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