Saturday, October 27, 2012

Stitch Saturday

For a while now I've been doing a "Block of the Month" for Stitches magazine and I thought it would be nice to share some of them here.



Slip Stitch / Mosaic Knitting

This method of knitting allows you to have more than one colour in a row but work with each colour separately. This means that one colour at a time is used by working the stitches in that colour and slipping the other stitches purl wise. Each row is only completed once all the colours in that row have been worked. Using contrasting colours works best.

The patterns for this type of knitting are usually charted with the black squares representing your darker yarn and the white squares your lighter yarn. A column of squares, usually on the right hand side of the chart indicates the colour yarn to be used in each row.  The rows are numbered on both sides, odd numbers on the right and even numbers on the left. You will notice that each row is numbered twice, this is because each is worked twice, first from the right, following the stitch pattern on the chart and then from the left working the same stitches again.

You will need
Yarn of your choice – one light colour and one dark colour
Knitting needles to suit your yarn

Instructions
The pattern worked here repeats over 10 stitches and 24 rows.
Using your light colour; cast on a multiple of 10 stitches and work in stocking stitch. Work 2 rows then continue repeating the charted pattern as many times as is necessary until you have knit a square. Cast off with your light colour.

If you prefer, cast on 2 extra stitches which will be worked as edge stitches on each row in your light colour.


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Enjoy!

Monday, October 22, 2012

My "New" Studio

It's been chaos here in my normally peaceful neck of the woods, a few weeks ago we had a hail storm that lasted all night and the weight on my studio roof seperated the the roof sheets from the nails and so the water poured in. I was very lucky though - everywhere it leaked wet only the floor, missing all the important stuff like books, yarn, fabric, furniture ... some one was looking out for me :) anyway, I had to move out while it all got fixed and so I took the opportunity to get the walls painted and some new shelves put up and a new desk.. now I'm all reinstalled in what feels like a brand new space and I love it!

The veiw from my desk - looking in to my top space

 
Where all the yarn gets dyed
more workspace in my top space

my bottom space

for whatever reason, this photo will not load upright!