Muddars Are Finally A Finished Object

q~Muddars = Swedish for cuff. I love making beaded muddars. For some reason, the first cuff knit up so well, the US size O needles and beads flew into a beautiful cuff. The second cuff was pure torture to knit. I admit to tons of cussing and ribbiting while doing this cuff. What the heck? Ok, truth be told I finished the first cuff a few years ago. But, DONE! And, given to sister Barb. She mentioned that she needed some new fingerless gloves and told her I was finishing a pair just for her. She told me that she loves them warts and all!

She gave them a “test run” on our hike Tuesday. She’s trying to key out  the the birds we saw on our hike into Ramona’s Grassland Habitat Preserve.

Barb wearing the beaded muddars Q made for her.

Barb wearing the beaded muddars Q made for her.

Materials Used:

  1. My pattern
  2. Needles: – US O
  3. Yarn – GGH Woolywasch
  4. Beads – Size 8

BTW, I got the t-shirt for her when visiting Wildseed Farms which is a wildflower farm located in Fredericksburg, TX. The shirt has beautiful butterflies on both the front and the back. It’s really a deep purple. Don’t you love digital cameras which turn purple into a royal blue color?

 

FOfridayI’ve added our name to Finished Object’s Friday at Tami’s Ami’s site. Visit to see other wonderful Finished Objects.

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Throw In A Bit Of Mystery Shawl With Some Tips!

~Remember my mentioning that fellow bloggers just lead me into temptation? Well, because Peacefully Knitting has mentioned being in a KAL for a Mystery Shawl I though ,”What fun!” and coerced Barb into  joining the Fall 2012 Mystery Shawl KAL. Funny thing, when I joined I found it was the same person who sponsored the last mystery shawl I did about 5 years ago! At least for this project the pattern is free and I had the yarn and needles, so cost = $0!

I have finished Clue 1 and this is what it looks like so far:

I have a few tips for knitting lace and adding beads:

1. After trying many markers, I found they were all to “heavy” for lace weight yarn. So I make markers out of embroidery thread. They’re “light” and don’t weight the yarn down.

2. I like a smaller sized bead with lace weight yarn. None of my crochet hooks fit through a size 8/0 bead. I know other people use the stiff dental floss, I don’t like it. It is perfect for threading my Baby Loc though. Instead, I cut the end off of a beading needle. Really easy with wire snips. I also do a small snip to the other end to blunt it. See how nicely the needle opens? You can trim the needle shorter if you’d like.

 

A. Open the wire and slip through the stitch:

B. Pick up the bead.

 

C. Pull the bead down the wire and the stitch.

D. Place stitch back on left-hand needle.

Now your ready to knit the stitch with the bead.

Lastly, I use a pdf app which allows me to mark up the pattern. This helps with reading. This Mystery Shawl only has charts, so I make notes on the chart. This is my Toshiba tablet and I use the RepliGo PDF editor. You can see how I’ve marked the number of stitches on the chart. Also / = k2tog. If this were a written pattern, I’d block differ areas and fill with color. (Yes, you can see my reflection.) When I use the iPad, which is technically Hubs, I use GoodReader. Neither app is free, but well worth the money!

 

I have to go on the record saying that I really do not like knitting with lace-weight yarn! Peacefully Knitting and I agree on that point! But, I did go through a period 5 years ago when I was in a lace frenzy. As a result, there is plenty of lace-weight in my stash, so…….

Oh, I hear my California Towhee in the back chipping at me. Time to go out and throw some seed at him.