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

What’s With Yesterday? And, Lovely Linen Stitch

q~Yesterday were the stars and sun in the wrong alignment or what? There was something wrong with the communication gadgets I needed:

  1. Ok, I was able to capture a great picture of Lady Violet for the blog. Was I able to upload the picture? Um, that would be NO. I gave up after a few hours, Barb and I had big plans! Last night it worked just fine? Testing me?
  2. Around 9 p.m. decided it was time to try the upload again, now the entire blog I’d written was gone. Was I in the mood to be quite that loquacious again? Um, no. Short but sweet post. 😎
  3. The texts kept rolling in that it was my turn to play in Word With Friends. Slight problem, click on the link, game would not load. I’d either get an error message or that blasted circle just kept turning, turning, turning….. Tried to play using my iPhone, no go! It finally loaded around 10 p.m. last night right before I retired for the night. Nancy, my daughter’s m-i-l, said she couldn’t get to the game either. Good thing or I’d believe that some electronic hex was thrown at my gadgets! You’d think that three strikes and I’m out, but noooooooo. It continues!
  4. While sitting at The Office, aka Starbucks, I heard this music coming from my purse. Odd. It wasn’t the phone ringing and I hadn’t used the phone since early a.m. Ah, the sounds of Celtic music was blaring from my phone. Now, I had downloaded that tune as a podcast months ago and only played it once. Looking at the phone, the podcast was not on and the podcast app wasn’t showing up anyway. Is my phone possessed? Has someone hacked into my phone. What the heck? There wasn’t any way to turn the song off so I shut down the phone. Please explain. It wasn’t a pocket play since the podcast screen is quite a few “pages” back, and my phone was on the home screen. Hacker? And last, but not least…
  5. Using her phone, Barb took pictures of the lovely linen stitch we learned yesterday, since mine was turned off due to being possessed, and sent them to me. But…… one picture is totally grainy making it unusable and the other picture arrived with a big question mark icon. Even though I checked the pictures this a.m. that oddity goes towards weird yesterday!

The fun part of yesterday is that Curls and I got together! That always makes for a great day! Although it was technically my turn to go up to her house she lives in the mountains and it was WAY to cold, let’s stick with the 50’s down here in the Flatlands. Also, a trip to our favorite spots was in order since it has been MONTHS! After coffee and sharing magazines, projects, new life stories, etc with scrap, practice yarns, needles and linen stitch pattern in hand off we went!

  1. We had lunch at our favorite Golden Bagel, super yum Santa Fe Chicken melt.
  2. Joann’s was the next stop with flyer and coupons! Also, Simplicity patterns for $.99. Now they are not my favorite pattern company since they often tend to have an “unfinished” quality; neck edges and arm holes turned down instead of lined, etc. But at that price! Barb had to hold me back, there is the coolest printed burlap! I want, I want, but Barb reminded me of our “used up the stash” vow which meant that we could only purchase supplies needed to do a project. Fusible fleece is on sale right now for 50% off. The fleece is needed for bags we’re making so it’s on the “OK to buy” list. We used our 50% off coupon to purchase needle felting tools. I have a small one, so I bought the large one, Barb bought a multi-sized one. Gotta love the coupons. Barb said her son, Chris, went to Joann’s to purchase some Halloween costume fabric in October and the clerk was dumb-founded that he didn’t have a 40% off coupon!
  3. At last, The Office. We tried to sit outside but the wind chill made it too cold. Dummy brain, I forgot to bring a jacket and put on my beret. I’d even worn my lavender top so I could use the beautiful, woven shawl Barb gave me for Christmas. So we sat inside. (Side note: I was so happy to see my ex-student Timmy who works there. He is presently singing in the choir of the San Diego Opera. A wonderful, young man) Hurray! Two of the comfortable chairs were available with a table between, how perfect! We quickly found that there are two rows to the linen stitch which are repeated until either the width or length of scarf is reached.

Linen Stitch

linen_stitch

Linen Stitch. Q = left; Curls = right

Cast on an even number of stitches. You can either knit a long horizontal scarf by casting on a few hundred stitches, or cast on a shorter amount and knit until scarf is length your desire. For our practice we cast on 20 stitches.

These are the two rows: this really is a modified stockinette stitch. p = purl, yb = yarn back, sl1 = slip one stitch, yf = yarn front

Row 1: *p1, yb, sl1, yb*

Row 2: ” k1, yf, sl1, yb*

We found that with this stitch the fabric is stretch width-wise but not length-wise making this a good stitch for a cuff or edging to a sweater. Curls continued knitting using the same yarn so you could get the effect of the stitch. A perfect stash buster! After the first row of purl, knit two rows of one yarn, then the next two of a different yarn, etc for the entire scarf. If knitting a narrow scarf carry the yarns up the side, if knitting a long, horizontal scarf use the ends as fringe. If you’re so busy talking that you didn’t notice that an odd number was cast on (way to go Q), the pattern won’t work! I was using US 6 bamboo needles and horrid acrylic yarn and had a heck of a time knitting so I totally recommend metal needles and better yarn!

If you try this stitch, please share with us. Curls doesn’t have as many WIP’s as I, so she’ll get her scarf on the needles before I. I have finished: a hat, a pair of socks, and a pair of beaded cuffs so far this year! Hurray! The hat and cuffs were WIP’s from previous years so kudos to me! 😎 Now get out there and create!

Ok, today is a different day and it’s Spinning Class! Hurray. Has to be less electronically weird that yesterday.

 

Not Another WIP!

~Hey fellow bloggers, I’m retired! You have to quite posting such wonderful “things” which I, in turn, lust after! (Jump down a few lines Alan) And… then have to buy! A limited income only goes so far you know! So which one of you had a link to Grumperina? ‘Fess up! I saw the Volna scarf and loved it. Now, I did use my will power for at least a week before I bought it.

Before purchasing, I decided to browse the Volna projects on Ravelry, I noticed that someone had used Crazy Zauberball by Schoppel using US 6. That sealed it. The pattern was MINE! I just happened to have Crazy Zauberball in my stash. I bought it because I LOVE the colors, not because I had a project in mind.

If you knit this project, it is easier if you use pointed, lace tip needles. There is a lot of k2tog and picking up yarns. I only had a “fat” tip pair of US 6 and it does slow me down. Also, notice my two other knitting tips. 1. I tied the tail around a plastic bread tab. I always leave the tail so, especially in garter stitch, I know which side in the Right Side (RS). The hanging tail gets in the way. How many of you have accidentally started knitting using the tail? Sigh….. 2. The wave pattern repeats 5 times. Wanting a quick counter, I put 5 beads onto a safety pin. Reminds me of the abacus! Quick and easy.

As with any pattern, there are two parts: the instructions and the row patterns.  The Volna has three pattern parts: Wave A, Wave B and Main. Using notecards, I wrote each pattern on it’s own card. On the back of the card, I wrote the written instructions for that part, see green card. Love these cards!  So, with the fan on me I’ve been knitting yet another new project!

 

Fuzzy’s (aka mom) comment reminded me that not everyone is a member of Ravelry. So here is the picture of Volna from Ravelry: