October 3, 2009

Shawl of Cables – Post 4

Posted in Alpaca With A Twist, knitting, Online KAL, Yarn Shop activity tagged at 6:18 am by outdoorknitter

Greetings from the land of cables! 

I hope everyone is moving right along and has now settled into the rhythm of this shawl.  I have found it to be a very relaxing knit, yet there’s enough cabling going on to keep the doldrums away. 

I just love this color of Highlander and I had forgotten what a pleasure it is to work with!

There are several things that must be worked every row and sometimes it is difficult to remember them all, so I thought it would be a good idea to display them in a chart.  It might help those that work better from a visual, versus written instructions. 


Since the chart does not display here in it’s entirety, I’ve provided a link to the same chart on Flickr.

 While working along, I found I wasn’t really paying attention to the number of stitches between cables.  For example, the reverse stockinette stitches on both sides of the cable on the right panel, should match up and have the same count as the reverse stockinette stitches on both sides of the cable that is on the left panel.  Should is the key word here. 

I highly recommend that you check this on occasion and most important, before you start the next set of written instructions that introduce the lower cables.  If you look really close at mine, you might find a couple of m1-p’s and k2tog to get the stitches back in sync.

My favorite teacher once told me…”it doesn’t have be perfect, it just needs to look perfect!”


September 20, 2009

Shawl of Cables Knit-A-Long – Post 3

Posted in Alpaca With A Twist, knitting, Online KAL, Yarn Shop activity tagged at 6:36 am by outdoorknitter

Fall is in the air

Fall is in the air, even in NE Florida!

The  direction of the sun has changed and leaves are in fact… falling.  However,  the cool weather that most Northerners enjoy has still managed to elude us.

That absolutely does not stop us from our Fall knits!

We cast on in the shop today for the Shawl of Cables (Ravel It), pattern #5 in the Fall Vogue Knitting.  For anyone that might be joining us from the online community, we have some great tips that we’ll be sharing along the way.  

Requirements for joining our online KAL?  There are none…well except for one – you must have a copy of the Fall 2009 Vogue Knitting magazine.  I might add, that if you do not have the pattern in front of you, a lot of these notes may not make any sense.

Before we cast on, I want to share a few tips that might help you along the way:

1) Most everyone knows that when you change from a knit stitch to a purl stitch (or vice versa), that you move your yarn between the needles to position it for the next stitch.  For example, after a knit stich, yarn is positioned in the back.  Bring it between the needles to the front to prepare for a purl stitch.  Well, add a cable on top of it and you might find yourself concentrating on the cable and not the yarn position, end result is an unwanted yarnover.  It’s very easy to do, so watch for this.

2) If you have read over the pattern, you’ve realized that you are working 3 panels; right, center and left.  The right and left panels always have 2 increases on the RS rows.  A yarn over at the outside edges and a M1-P at the marker edge.  Keep on top of these by making sure the number of stitches are always the same when comparing the two panels, and that they are always an even number (for now anyway).

3) It might help for you to keep your place in the written instructions if you have a post-it note or some highlighter tape.  They are fairly wordy and you might find that you are spending more time trying to figure out where you are in the instructions, than you are knitting!

So…here’s the cast on, and without giving away details of the pattern, I’ll let the picture do the talking.

i-cordI found it necessary to do 13 rows of i-cord in order to pick up the required number of stitches. 

cast on 2

Heres how we picked up and knit the stitches

After you have worked a few rows…you will find that you have to do a double increase to one stitch, twice.  That doesn’t mean 4 increases to the same stitch, but 2 increases to one stitch and 2 to the next.  You end up with 6 sts where you used to have 2.

Here’s Mom showing us how to:

Knit into the front

Knit into the front.

Knit into the back

Knit into the back.

Knit into the front again

 Knit into the front again.

Moving right along…

                            If you look at the instructions just prior to the paragraph labled Beg long cables (pg 107).  It reads sm, p12, sm.  This is incorrect (ERRATA), it should read sm, k3, p6, k3, sm.  This has been confirmed with Mari.    Same page, instructions for Row 2, it says to work row 2 of chart, then row 1 of chart.  However, it should refer to Row 2 of chart throughout Row 2 instructions. 

After you complete row 4 (bottom of pg 107), you enter into a new stage.  Written instructions no longer exsist (not for a while anyway) and you have your chart and a few “regulations” (regulations are listed under the stitch key at the bottom of pg 108).

Here are the regulations in a nutshell:

                 On a RS row, do the following, always:   start the row with Sl 1, k1, yo; M1 p-st before the first marker and after the last marker; end with yo, k2. 

                 On a WS row, do the following always:  start the row with a Sl 1, k1, end the row with a K2

                 For the stitches between the charted cables and excluding the stitches mentioned just prior, work in reverse stockinette.  (That means to purl on the RS and knit on the WS.)

Here’s a sample of 2 rows to help you understand: 

                            Row 5 (RS): Sl 1, k1, yo, p3, work row 5 of chart, p7, M1 p-st, sm, p2, work row 5 of chart, p2, sm, M1 p-st, p3, work row 5 of chart,  p5, yo, k2–52 sts.  Row 6 (WS):  Sl 1, k7, p3, k2, p7, sm, k2, p3, k2, p3, k2, sm, k8, p3, k2, p3, k6.

Additional Tips –   Using the copier, we blew up anything we could (ok, so I’m middle-aged and can’t see).  We especially blew up the chart (first 56 rows).  We also marked on the chart, the notes from pg 107 ( labled Beg long cables).   For example, I hand wrote on Row 3 of my chart, RC to the right and LC to the left (to indicate that when on the right panel, preform RC, when on the middle and left panel, preform LC).  Row 12 reads (CENTER ONLY for M1). 

A few more pictures from the day:

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Homework assignment!  Work thru row 56 of chart.    Join our KAL Ravelry group (linky), so we can communicate better and let me know how soon you want another installment. 

I love the yarn selection, Alpaca With A Twist Highlander is very warm and soft!  The pattern is unique in the way it begins as well in it’s style. 

Pictures can also be viewed from flickr.


 ~ Joan

September 16, 2009

#5 Shawl of Cables KAL – 2nd post

Posted in Alpaca With A Twist, knitting, Online KAL, Yarn Shop activity tagged at 10:39 am by outdoorknitter

We are just a few days away from casting on for this stunning shawl at The Local Needle! 

Shawl of Cables
Shawl of Cables

              Before we start, you’ll want to make sure you have all your ducks in a row…

Yarn — Vogue Knitting, Fall 2009 issue — Size 10 Circulars (or size to ga uge)  — A few markers — A gauge swatch!

Now, for a few notes regarding the above:

I’ll be using Alpaca With A Twist Highlander in color 3015 highlander 3015, Hebrides Rose.  A few nice ladies at the shop helped me choose it.  The original color used in the magazine is 5013highlander 5013, Fritillary.  It reminds me of a spiced pumpkin, where 3015 is more of a brick red. 

Other colors being used…highlander 3016  3016, highlander 0299  0299, highlander 0096 0096 (there may be others, these are just the ones I’m aware of).  All colors can be viewed here.

The pattern calls for four size 10 circular needles, however I’m quite sure that’s overkill!  Just a long size 10 circular is all you need.  You might want a shorter one to work the shawl when it’s not so big.

Make a guage swatch, stockinette is fine.   Adjust your needle size up or down as needed to get gauge.  

Here’s a cute little tip for knowing what needle size you used in your swatch.  When you start your swatch, note your needle size by incorporating the same amount of yarnovers as needle size.  For example, if I swatch using a size 10 needle, I would k1, (K2tog, yo) 10 times, k to end of row.  Then, work pattern needed to measure gauge .  If  I switch to a size 9 needle, I would then do one row of k1, (K2tog, yo) 9 times, k to end of row and work pattern for gauge.  You can now view your entire swatch and see exactly where you changed needles.

We are casting on in the shop this Saturday (9/19/09) and for those that are joining us online we will have a new post available by Sunday.  There’s still time to join us!

August 24, 2009

Vogue Knitting Fall 2009 #5 Shawl of Cables KAL!

Posted in Alpaca With A Twist, knitting, Online KAL, Yarn Shop activity tagged at 10:03 pm by outdoorknitter

Join us September 19th in the shop, or September 20th here on the blog… while we cast on for this beautiful shawl designed by Mari Muinonen and seen in the Fall 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting.

Shawl of Cables
Shawl of Cables

The shawl calls for 8 skeins of Alpaca With A Twist Highlander and we have every color available on our shelf.  Also, you must have purchased a copy of Vogue Knitting, Fall 2009.  We might be blowing up some charts on the copier, but you’ll need proof of purchase before we share. 

This garment is perfect for the cooler Fall weather!  Hope you can join us!

August 11, 2009

made in Brooklyn, by Jared Flood…at The Local Needle.

Posted in Yarn Shop activity tagged at 3:48 pm by outdoorknitter

These lovely pattern booklets finally made it into the shop and online!  Jared Flood has teamed with Classic Elite yarns and designed the patterns that make up the booklet.  The photographs are examples of his usual quality… makes the knits real yummy!

The Beaumont and Seneca are two of my personal favorites!

Classic Elites made in Brookly, by Jared Flood

We also received in theClassic Elite’s Fall 2009 booklets, enough to keep us all busy for quite a while! 
You’d think it would be kind of difficult to be considering Fall Knitting, it IS in the 90’s today.  However… I’ve certainly got the bug, I always pick up the bug when something new and exciting comes out!

June 23, 2009

Stitch N’ Pitch, Jacksonville Suns

Posted in Events, knitting, Stitch N' Pitch, Yarn, Yarn Shop activity at 3:30 pm by outdoorknitter

Local Shops in the Jacksonville, FL area teamed up with the Jacksonville Suns for the area’s first ever Stitch N’ Pitch!   

The Suns were matched up against the Carolina Mudcats and although the game was a loss, it was still a win for stitchers.  AND…we learned that a mudcat is a catfish that lives in muddy water (I’m not so sure I’d name a team after that tho).

 Like any good Stitch N’ Pitch, goody bags are a requirement! 

Stuffing Goody Bags

L to R: Sharon (Hanks Yarn & Fiber) April, Kaycee (fans of The Local Needle)

 Not only would we like to thank the Baker County Chamber of Commerce for letting us use their facilities,  we’d also like to thank the following businesses for contributing to our local Stitch N’ Pitch event:

A Stitch In Time
Country Crossroads Quilt Shop
Fran’s Knitting Boutique
Gloves In A Bottle
Hanks Yarn $ Fiber
Plastique Recreations
Rocket Yarn
The Local Needle

It was a breezy, warm and rainy day at the park and it was all we could do to stay dry.  However, with the tarp in place and the game delayed, we were able to get in a little more knitting time!

Knitting during rain delay.

Approximately 35 showed up for the game… not the numbers we were hoping for, however those that came had a great time.  A perfect day for a hot dog and some knittin’ & stitchin’. 
1/2 the group

1/2 the group


and...the other 1/2 of the group
and…the other 1/2 of the group
Beetlejuice casting on for next years garment
Beetlejuice casting on for…perhaps next year’s garment?

The NeedleArts Mentoring Program (NAMP) will be receiving upward of $150.00 from this event – well done everyone!

Our goal for next year is to have it earlier in the Season (hoping for April!), set back under cover a bit more (in case it’s another rainy day)  and to double the number that attend! 

Thanks to everyone that participated and attended!

March 24, 2009

Namaste Bags in Eggplant!

Posted in Yarn Shop activity tagged , , at 10:45 pm by outdoorknitter

Coming to The Local Needle soon!

Preorder HERE!

March 11, 2009

They’re Here! Ty-Dy Socks!

Posted in Yarn Shop activity tagged , , , at 8:36 am by outdoorknitter

The Local Needle now presents…..

Ty-Dy Socks…from Knit One Crochet Too!

Ty-Dy Socks

Ty-Dy Socks

All nine colors, including 3 new ones; Panama, Butter Blue and Grapes:
ty-dy socks new

ty-dy socks new

November 2, 2008

Just a Wonderful Day!

Posted in Yarn Shop activity tagged , at 8:05 pm by outdoorknitter

Saturday was just a wonderful day at The Local Needle.  The only  thing on the schedule for the day was our 2nd meeting for the knit-a-long we had started 2 weeks prior.  We had all cast on for Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Adult Surprise Jacket. 

At approximately 10:30 that morning Kaycee popped in with some yummy broccoli cheese soup.  She then let out a “Happy Birthday”!  My birthday was coming in a few days, but she couldn’t know that, right?

When Mom stepped in with a crock full of chili, I knew something was up.  Mom does not cook in the morning…unless it’s to make pies for the Holidays! 

Next came Patty and Jeff, hauling nothing but a delicious Subway sandwich platter (I ended up having two of these!)

What’s a birthday without a cake?  Homemade sour cream pound cake arrived with Carol.

Last, but not least in any way…April brought Nacho fixin’s (which I ended up enjoying the most at 10:00 that evening, they hit the spot!)

It was a good day…

We had some new visitors too!

 Diane brought in a couple of her babies for P & J to see.  They are Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, just 4 weeks old.  Another way of making the day special.

And let’s not forget why we were all there…our KAL.

Diane says this is what happens when you socialize more than you knit!  She is using Alpaca With A Twist Highlander for her jacket.

Patty who had a math mishap, jumped back in with both feet!  She’s holding Dream In Color Classy in Spring Tickle.

Jeff as usual is doing a wonderful job and is also using Dream In Color Classy, but in Chinatown Apple…notice puppy in lap, heading back to Mama!

Kaycee is using Jojoland’s Rhythm color M10:

And April is using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky:

And Mom the same, but a different color and she is striping with some Mango Moon Recycled Viscose.

Raeleigh and Sarah made another visit to the shop:

Diane getting a little guidance from “the master”:

And puppy meets her new Mom.

A very special thank you to all that made it the perfect day!  And…it didn’t end here, leftovers were taken home and I enjoyed a break from cooking dinner, which allowed for a very relaxing evening, perfect for knitting. 

You guys managed to give me the one thing I needed the most, time!

Halloween ’08

Posted in Holidays tagged , , at 2:42 pm by outdoorknitter

We had a nice Halloween.  It was fairly quiet and this was the first year EVER that we haven’t decorated in some fashion. 

Daughter brought Grandbabygiraffe by the shop for a surprise visit:

 We have now lived in Macclenny for 4 1/2 years and I’m still amazed at how Tricks or Treats are “done” out  here.  Most likely due to the fact that it’s a very rural area.

We live in a neighborhood and just past 6 PM, this begins to happen:

Cars, Trucks, Trucks hawling trailers… all hauling Trick or Treaters.  Some park inside the entrance of the neighborhood and get out and walk, others drive real slow as their child goes from house to house.  Needless to say, more than half the neighborhood turn their lights off and fake a “not at home”.   We choose to participate until the candy is gone, then do the same.

I thought it was a perfect time to work on a little knitting between treaters.  We started a shop KAL at The Local Needle for EZ’s Adult Surprise Jacket.  I chose Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky in Grey Heather. 

It kept me warm, laying over my lap, but wasn’t too long to cover up my boney feet.

This was how our cute little deranged giraffe looked most of the time…One hoof kept falling off and the hat would slide down where she couldn’t see.

This was one of the best costumes of the evening…my kind of mom!  Two brothers dressed up as pirates and this was their ride!

October has already come and gone.  Looking ahead tho, we have some major knitting months approaching, gotta love it.

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