WIP Friday #46

Happy Valentine’s Day! No matter what you think of the holiday I hope you have chocolate or plans to acquire chocolate later today.

I am now at the point where I have tons of ends to weave in. I’ve finished my Follow Your Arrow shawl. I just have to weave the last of the ends in and block. I know I should just grit my teeth and weave the last 5 ends in but I think I am going to let myself procrastinate for a bit. Recently I’ve been very good about weaving in ends immediately after finishing a project so I can afford to give myself a bit of slack. I am planning on getting some nice pictures after blocking. I’m not showing it now so it’ll be a big reveal when it’s all done.

I also powered through the cowl I was thinking of making on Wednesday. I still need to weave the ends in on this too. I decided I liked how the seaweed stitch looked so I ran with it. Sixty-six stitches on 5.5mm needles goes fast.

camel cowl

 

Even though the ends aren’t woven in I’ve worn this cowl around the house. I’m not sure that cowl is the proper name for this; it’s more of a soft, light, neck furnace. It weighs next to nothing but I swear it generates heat on its own. Perfect for a day like today when the rain is pounding and the wind is blowing.

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On-line Stitch Dictionary

I love stitch dictionaries. Before last year I either had to rely on stitch patterns from projects I’d already made or come up with my own. Then I discovered something wonderful, a free online stitch dictionary. While I now have my own beloved copy of one of Barbara Walker’s stitch dictionary, I like being able to reference a different one. I am also horribly lazy. If my big heavy book is hiding in the other room I’d rather look up stitches online instead of hunting for a book. What online references have you found helpful recently?

Knitting Bags

I don’t normally use specific knitting bags. I don’t carry a large handbag or many pens so I feel comfortable with throwing my projects in my bag when I go out. When I can’t fit my project in my handbag I put it in a cancas carrier bag from my yarn store. But I saw these on Not on the High Street today and I love them.

This seller has a few of them and all are that are hilarious.

 

I am beginning to rethink my decision to go without project bags. I would get great enjoyment out a few of these.

 

Weaving in ends as you go

I abhor weaving in ends. I will go to great lengths to avoid having to weave ends in. It is so tedious especially in stripes where you have to break your yarn after each colour change. Most of the time I just a spit join but that doesn’t work when  you need a sharp transition between to colours.  My most recent project with this problem is the Follow Your Arrow MKAL. I’ve heard mumurs of a technique that allows you to weave in ends as you go with colour changes but I’d never figured out how. I was extremely happy when I found this video. Another tool in a arsenal to avoid weaving in ends!

 

Moth-proof Storage

I know its still winter but I’m starting to think about how I will safely store all my yarn and handmade items over the summer. Last summer, moths ate holes in so many of my hand-knits. The thought of another year like last makes me want to cry. So I will not let it happen again. Let me detail my plan for going overboard and keeping my wool safe.

Currently I have moth killing sachets in with all of my woolens but that was not enough. I’m thinking this year I’ll use the sachets with an overabundance of plastic. I’m thinking vacuum storage bags with the sachets inside. I want to be sure that any eggs on the wool in the bag gets killed, hence the sachets. Then the vacuum bags will prevent any moths from finding the wool. Once I have my wool all safe in the vacuum bag, I will put it in a moth-proof storage bag. If the vacuum beaks I want to make sure everything is safe. I’ve never owned a vacuum bag and my research suggests that there are many brands with varying levels of quality. Currently I’m leaning towards John Lewis’s brand. John Lewis is known to have a good return policy.  

At this point I would like to ask for input. I’ve only dealt with moths for once. I could really use some stories of triumphing over the little devils and some good darning tutorials.

Happy New Year!

It is now 2014. Yesterday, my husband and I went to one of our favorite places in London, The Natural History Museum, then out to dinner, and finished off the night with a bit too much champagne.  A good way to start a new year. Last year was good. I started this blog and published my first two patterns. It’s also had it’s downs, for example all the clothes moths. I’m still finding things they’ve eaten. It is so disheartening to find something you love, and spent hours making, that’s been destroyed. I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions but I hope that next year will have lots of knitting, more patterns, and fewer moths. Happy New Year everyone!