Short DPN Fix

Fix for short DPN

Fix for short DPN

On our farewell visit to Hawaii last November, the youngest LL decided that the QR hat I made for Mason, his brother, belonged to him.  Solution: make a hat for LL. My daughter said it had to be the same size as Mason’s hat, his little three-year old head loved the ten-year old hat size. Luckily, I blogged about Mason in QR Code on Oct 12, 2012 and had included the pattern on the tutorial. One drawback, they lived on the windward side of Oahu and the only “cheap” source of yarn and needles was at Ben Franklin. Unfortunately, the selection of acrylics was negligible, so I had to settle for Red Heart. A three year old’s hat must be easily cleaned. Since all of my good needles were back home and I certainly did not need more DPNs I bought a set of Boyle. The DPNs were too short for all of the stitches which needed to be on each needle. I found this out after the stitches kept falling off. My solution? I used some of my granddaughter’s hair bands to hold the stitches on the needles. I would knit a side, put the hair band on, take the hair band off of the next side, etc. It took longer this way, but after learning the hard way that the stitches would fall off, this was a perfect solution. Also notice, for those of us with arthritis who have a harder time moving stitch markers I like to use a charm clipped to the start side so I know when I’m back at the beginning. I found a free QR code generator online and after graphing the QR code for LL’s name I began knitting. Very quick knit.

QR Hat

LL and QR Hat

Of course, as a typical 3 year old, LL was not about to put the hat on properly. He liked it sticking up on his head with his ears showing. Loves the hat. It was 80 degrees yesterday at the park, but he did not want to take the hat off after the “photo session”.

Mason's QR code hat

Mason’s QR code hat

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Long, Black Snake; Not a Shawl

q8~My s-i-l asked me to make a black shawl for her so she can wear it to different functions. While she was visiting, I had her peruse quite a few shawl patterns I have. She selected Brickless by Martina Behm. I saw this beautiful shawl on Janet’s Pixelknit’s Ponderings and fell in love with it. S-i-l lives in Montana and wanted a heavier yarn so Encore Tweed by Plymouth Yarn was selected. I increased the needle size to accommodate the worsted yarn. After knitting through one and 1/2 skeins of yarn, this pattern is looking more as if it’s a long, black snake than a shawl. It’s a beautiful pattern and I’d like to try it again in a finer yarn and end up with a scarf or “shawlette”. Poor Hubs, I told him that since the shawl is for his sister, he had to frog the entire shawl while rolling in a ball back on the skein.  Nothing like free labor!

Brickless turning into a long, black snake.

Brickless turning into a long, black snake.

Looking through the shawl patterns again, I chose Faraway, So Close by Carina Spencer. This shawl is knitting up beautifully since the pattern is perfect for this pattern. All of the textures are quite wonderful. It’s a very easy pattern to follow and will be perfect for today’s flight. I’m flying off to Oahu again to visit my daughter’s family. I’m called “Granny Nanny”. Yahoo!! I’ll be gone for a week.

Faraway, So Close by Carina Spencer

Faraway, So Close by Carina Spencer

This pattern is so easy to follow, there are a few main patterns to follow for the different rows. I wrote down the row patterns on an index card, using an arrow tab to mark the row I need to start knitting. This has made the project quite portable. I have the pattern open in GoodReader on my iPad so I can make notes on it. When flying, or in the car, using the iPad is not feasible so the note card is perfect.  Loving this pattern.

Tip: use notecards to write down row repeats. Use an arrow to show starting point.

Tip: use notecards to write down row repeats. Use an arrow to show starting point.

I’m headed to the airport now. I find it difficult to post while on vacation, so I’ll write when I return next week.

Tip Thursday

q~To keep the alliteration going between WIP Wednesday and Finished Object Friday one has to have Tip Thursday. I’ve found an item which have made my knitting life easier.

Tip: This was really a Christmas present to daughter Em from her husband Steve. He knows that she loves to read in bed and purchased this perfect gift for her; a MYlight HUGlight. The light is hung around your neck and points downward. I asked where he bought it so I could grab one for myself. He purchased a two-pack at Costco. Sweet daughter insisted that I take one of hers. That totally earned her a spot in our will. (Family joke). This is the BEST knitting tool. I can now knit at night, these old eyes were having problems knitting with regular lamp light. The sides are “bendy” so I can position them to fall onto the knitting. I have even been able to knit dark yarn at night! Hurray! It also doesn’t get hot the way the Occulite does. You need one! (That’s Steve’s grandma Joyce’s beautiful, knit, table cover in the background. I was so touched when she gave it to me. It has a place of honor in most of my fiber pictures.)

Mylight HUGlight

Mylight HUGlight

So what gadgets do you have that make knitting or crocheting at night a heck of a lot easier?