Thursday, January 31, 2008

Polish Eagle for Knitting...Armenian Technique


(This chart is 8 spi x 6 spi, for a Jumper/DK weight yarn)

This chart is for Armenian knitting...a technique that uses 2 colors. Your main color is the background color and then the pattern is done in the carried color.
I added the crown in another color, because it is small enough that the crown and claws could be done in duplicate stitch.
If this chart is to be used as an afghan I would suggest you trap after 2 stitches...this will make the loops in back much smaller and I doubt you would have to then "cover" the back.
I suggest you use wool and you work in the round on circular needles. I beleive to steek you need to use wool and that is why I say this. If your blanket is to be 300 stitches wide...then knit 300 + 3....the 3 will be for steeking. Once cut you can then add an edge of choice.
My choice of colors would be Main color white and the Eagle done in red or black. The Chart is an outline so the Eagle will be white when done.
Now for the technique. I suggest you order the book from http://www.schoolhousepress.com/ The great thing is then Meg will sign it for you. OK, your in Poland and can't get the book...Schoolhouse Press does ship over seas.
You could also, go to Boarders for the afternoon and read the book and lean to do the trapping while there...but the book has some amazing patterns and constrution techniques well worth the price. You could try the local Library too...but since it is a new book...I wouldn't bet on it...u could ask them to order it or to interloan it.... The fastest is order from Schoolhouse Press...you would have it next week.
I will be posting a small video with the trapping technique in the future sometime...we are having capture card issues with my new computer...Well, it is capturing the video...just no sound!
If you click on the chart, a very large version for printing out will pop up.

Now with that said...Let's get Knittin







Monday, January 28, 2008

Somedays...Taking up Drinking might HELP




OMG...Murphy is here today....no matter what I try to do...it is a disaster.

Woke up, worked on my Armenian, Sailor, Flapper Sweater...say that 3 times! I had started this sweater last week and had gotten about 7inches done...in the round. Kept thinking it looked a little small. However, I knew it should fit...I had more stitches to the inch then I needed....WRONG. The more stitches per inch the smaller the gauge...if you don't knit...it's a long story...and those that knit are shaking their heads saying "What a dummy"!

Well, the sweater was too small...I wanted baggy and I was going to get normal. FROGED. Ripped out for the rest of the non knitters.

Ok, so I restarted it and caught up...but went too many rows...i should have started my pattern about 7 rows back...OH FuddleDud!

Ok...go redo the pattern...I have printed out so many versions because I keep missing little math/stitch calculations...I have to get this just right or my graphic on the sweater will be off. I think I have that now. Ignore any red or yellow lines...they are for my reference points. Well that is the sweater design. The sweater will have a ballet neck...lightly scooped...drop sleeves which will cuff so they will be "poofy" at the cuff. the top will also be banded and gather at the bottom, like the flapper blouses...
Well, Knitting wasn't going so good, so I decided to work on baby stuff. I am doing a blanket and I put one piece of the binding on and was going to put the second one on when I noticed that the colors didn't match...I checked...the color codes were the same, the name was the same...but the colors weren't...I am taking it all back to the store and having a hissy tomorrow!
Ok, cant work on baby things, will work on Sue's project...NOPE. Ron has built me a new computer up stairs for my sewing machine...I have one I can create embroidery on...My soft softwear needed to be reinstalled...so I started...but now it won't run... OMG...WHAT ELSE?
And I am driving poor Tami nuts at SHP, I want to do some baby knitting and I want the right yarn...so now I have her going crazy...I am going to have to invite her out for a drink, when I go to camp this year...That poor child had to start the week with me....sorry Tami.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Camp video from Wisconsin Public TV

http://www.wpt.org/npa/ram/inwisconsin/IW413_knitting.wvx

This link will open the video on your computer...I think you will need Windows Media Player for this to work.

This is linked to a video that Public Tv made of Meg Swansen's knitting camp...enjoy then go join up...lol

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Rapid Death of Brain Cells

I was just wondering how many brain cells does one have to lose to make them think they can catch a falling egg with their hip...against the cabinet. A RAW EGG...OMG...I am going to need a full time nurse at this rate!!!

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Spanish Peacock Progress

I mentioned I abandoned the trial Peacock since it was going so well and have now started the red one. I just started it and I am amazed how much easier it is to knit it up in wool rather than crochet thread...

Here she is in all her glory.

Armenian Knitting and out right babbling

Now this has got my attention...I love it. If you don't know about it...get the book from Schoolhouse Press and check it out. Using this technique opens all sorts of creative doors for knitters. The technique is so easy to learn...it also improved my 2 color knitting.
I used this technique in my knitted banner above. I have have so many ideas for designs...I will be knitting with this technique a lot this year.
On Ravelry we are doing the black and white flapper sweater of Elsa Schiaparelli, she designed this black and white sweater using this technique back in 1920...something (it is 6 AM I can't remember right now the correct date). I am doing my own version of this...and I will be doing mine in blue and white...
Back to the book...it will have you ooooing and ahhhhing. The colors and charts are amazing...some of the sweat constructions are over my head yet...but I will work on that esp since I want to do sevral of the designs in there. For now it is my flapper sweater...I should get my yarn next week. I am so glad I decided to do the Christmas stocking with Meg Swansen because I then had my swatch and am ready to go when the yarn gets here.
Well, those that know me, know I babbly...always have...so let me tell you what else I am knitting.
Before my "must use wool" days, I purchased some Red Heart for a bunch of vests I wanted to make. Then I found out you can't or shouldn't do steeks with arcylic....Since then I started to make the Rib Warmer...now this is not a pattern I was drawn to...matter of fact I doubted I would ever make one. When I went to camp and saw it on Meg, I thought hmmm looks really nice....this might be a possibility. So as the weather got cool and I wanted to try to knit with the unspun...the Rib Warmer became the best solution...quick and not much wool involved. Not only is the Rib Warmer a quick knit it has some cool techniques for shaping and you really get to practice your wrap and turn. Once blocked I wore it EVERYDAY...EVEN ON CHRISTMAS. Ok back to the Red Heart....so now I am knitting up all my Red Heart into Rib Warmers...
OK...break time and I need more espresso!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Time to Post...

INKY checking out the printer....his latest trick is to turn off the kitchen light when I am in there...he knows now when he does this to me I will chase him...wasn't very smart of me to start that...now it is a game.
I love my Rib Warmer...now everyone is getting one for Christmas next year...Tami wants a pink one with silver...OK TAMI...right...lol
I was having problems with my Sheepsdown getting all twisted after I balled it...so Meg said she knit it off the swift...so with my stepstool I now can knit in the den...however, this also intrigued the kitten.
Last year for the Sept Mini camp one of the assignments was a Meg's Spiral Neck Sweater...I made mine adult size however, I tried to fudge with the gauge and wound up with a rather large sweater. When I got home I frogged it...now I am redoing it with the correct gauge and I have added subtle corragated ribbing. I am using Regal, Grape... Plum for accent (www.schoolhousepress.com). I havent decided what I am going to try with the spiral neck...use the lt color for the sprial, or do purls or knit the spirals and do the light inside the spirals...so many choices.
As of tonight I have already inserted the short rows for the back and am just short of the arm pits.
Watch cap This week I worked on my Aran and it was going very good...until I found out the dye lot I have is gone and now I have to redo what I have done...I'm not too bothered by this...I took the yarn I had and knit up a watch cap for one of my sons...he wore it the next day...it was 8 degrees, so I know the hat came to good use. With the other skein I have, I will chart out some of my cables from my coat for a hat to go with my coat...even if the dye lot doesn't match no one will be able to tell. The watch cap is P1, k1b ribbing...I love that k1b...I have it all over my Aran coat.