Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wednesday Yarn Along

From Ginny: Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading, and the evidence of this often shows up in my photographs.  I love seeing what other people are knitting and reading as well. So, what are you knitting or crocheting right now? What are you reading?

Linking up with Small Things...

I can't believe it is Wednesday again already! I'm not quite sure where this week has gone, but I hope it slows down just a smidge over the next couple of days. We're busy spring cleaning for visitors due in this weekend and later next week!


When Lori mentioned knitting pockets for her upcoming trip to Africa, I knew it was something I wanted to take part in. Here are the ten pockets I worked up and will be sending to Lori tomorrow. I actually made another one for Chase to send to his pen pal in Alabama.

You can't tell from this picture, but there are two things different about my shawl. One, I am now on a 24 inch circular instead of a 16 inch (hey.. this is a big step!) and two, there is a strand of dental floss running through my shawl.

Have I mentioned before that Barbershop conventions are great for socializing with other knitters? I sat next to the wife of one of the chorus directors and we chatted between sets about all things knitting. She was working on a lovely dress for one of her granddaughters, I was working on my cardi. I had mentioned how I wanted to work more on my shawl, but I was afraid to take it out of the house for fear of a dropped stitch. Last week at knitting group, my new buddy was working on the last two rows on her shawl and she dropped a section (she was able to pick them up with careful work, thankfully!). And since this is the second go-round of my own shawl (thanks Wolfie!), I am babying it.

Well this wonderful woman said you never ever rip stitches out if you have a back-up. Dental floss. She said after each pattern section (so every 12 rows on this shawl pattern), run dental floss through the stitches and tie it off. Light bulb! Why hadn't I thought of that? When we got back from our trip, I quickly picked up my shawl and finished off the repeat section and strung dental floss through it. I felt so confident with this new tip that I actually took my shawl out to the coffee house yesterday morning and knitted for a bit.

So there you have it my friends. In case you didn't know, dental floss. :)

And yes.. I have started reading (and trust me, I'm only 20 pages in right now). I bought Wishes & Stitches by Rachael Herron a while back, but I hadn't actually started reading it until Monday evening. Again, distracted with projects and company, so I haven't gotten too far with it. We'll see if I can make a dent in it later this week!

Happy Knitting!


22 comments:

  1. Love your pockets. Fishing line works well too. Lifelines are very important!

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    1. Thank you! Lifelines! I knew there had to be a name for it. :) I bet fishing line would work really well, too!

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  2. The pockets are so beautiful! You know, I know about lifelines but yet live dangerously on the wild side and do not use them ;) The thrills I seek!!!

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    1. LOL! The thrills of a knitter! ;-) I just don't want to end up in tears over this shawl again because of a dropped stitch.

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  3. That is a brilliant tip! Doesn't help me at the moment but maybe I can spare myself some grief in the future.
    I love the pockets!

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    1. Thanks! See? I didn't know about them either! Glad I could share this tip with you. :)

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  4. Knowing and doing are two different things!!! How many times I wished I HAD put in a lifeline!!! good tip to remind us all! Love your pockets!!

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    1. Thanks Steph! I'm going to make sure if I am working on anything delicate like this shawl in the future, that I put in a lifeline. I lost count of how many times I restarted my stepsister's shawl because of dropped stitches. Whew!

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  5. Oh I love the addition of the hearts on the pockets! Dental floss would probably work well for knitting a life line...something that I need to train myself to do more.

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    1. Thank you! I thought the hearts would be a nice little touch to the love pockets.

      Yep -- definitely need to train yourself to do it!

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  6. The hearts on the pockets are adorable! Great touch! I also knit up a couple...what a blessing Lori is! :)

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    1. Thank you! I agree.. Lori is a real blessing to us all!

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  7. Loving the hearts you added to the pockets!

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  8. Oh yes - I found out about lifelines just a few weeks ago too - what a difference. Love your wee pockets - I wish I had had time to do this xxx

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    1. It makes such a difference! Your quilt pieces are wonderful!

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  9. So that's what a knitting lifeline is! Love the idea of using dental floss and not having to hunt down a specialist product.

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    1. Yep I agree! It's definitely something we have around.

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  10. Those pockets are adorable, and for such a worthy cause.

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    1. I agree. I think they're so cute. I am thinking I might knit them up for Relay for Life in June.

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  11. oh emily! look at those adorable pockets! thank you so much, i know i keep saying this but they are going to be so cherished.
    i'm glad you learned about lifelines. they have saved my life many a time. when my children were small and it was really hard to keep track and it seemed i never had concentration time to knit, using them plus a generous amount of stitch markers, was my saving grace. i didn't have such pretty ones as i do now, thanks to you and your mom!

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    1. Lori I have loved making those little pockets. I think it is wonderful that everyone has jumped in to knit them for you to take on your journey. We're such a close-knit (tee hee!) community!

      Lifelines are definitely a life saver! I'm glad I found out about them). I'm glad you enjoy your stitch markers!

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