Its also my sister-in-law's birthday...I always remembered her special day, because she shared it with Dad. To make a small world even smaller, my brother-in-law's birthday (her husband) shares the same birthday as my Mother, so I never forget his, either. Who would have thought?
Speaking of coincidence, my best friend was married on my daughter's birthday. Then my daughter had a friend who was born the same day as as my young cousin, who is my daughter's age. My nephew's birthday is the same day as my best friend's son. Too eerie...and there's probably more of these things I don't even realize! I feel like the old song, "I'm my own Grandpa!".
Here's to the end of a wonderful Thanksgiving! On toward the Holidays!
Posted by Kathy at 11/29/2008 Labels: Thanksgiving Cornucopia
Photo Courtesy of allrecipes.com
My mentor was not a left-handed knitter and I loved to watch her sit and knit all of the intricate patterns to create her beautiful sweaters and other knitted work. When I finally expressed a desire to learn how to knit, she gladly told me she would show me how.The first thing she told me to do was to go buy a pair of size 8 straight knitting needles and a ball of yarn (wool). When I returned, to my surprise...she told me to sit on the floor facing her, while she sat in her chair. I did this, but thought that the logical thing would be to sit beside her while she taught me. However, this was not the way for a left handed knitter to learn from one who uses the other hand dominantly.By sitting opposite of her, I did everything in reverse of what she was doing. If she used her right hand to do something, I used my left hand...and vice versa. Before I knew it, I had a grasp of casting on and was knitting and purling in no time. Then came the time I felt comfortable enough to try actually making something I could keep and reading a pattern to do it.
Now, if any of you are left handed knitters and have attempted to read a knitting pattern that was written by and for knitters of the opposite hand, you have probably felt intimidated and frustrated your first time, just like me. It can be a struggle to logically make sense of the pattern, because us lefty knitters go from left to right when we knit or purl. That makes the pattern backward to us and in the beginning, it can be hard to train yourself which way the decreases or increases should go or slant. In our left-handed knitting mind, we might be working the straight side edge, but in the knitting pattern, they are referring to the inside edge, such as a center front. Left-handed knitting can present problems when reading a pattern.The best way to tackle left-handed knitting is to take a good look at the pattern before you start it.
Many times, we have to compensate for our increases or decreases by adjusting the way we do them. If the pattern says, for instance, "knit two together", in order to make the decrease slant in the right direction, we left handed knitters might have to do a "knit one, slip one, pass the slipped stitch over the knitted stitch" or in the knitting vernacular "K1, S1, PSSO".I hope this article will inspire all of you who happen to be left handed knitters and have been frustrated by trying to learn how to knit or want to try more intricate patterns. Knitting can be one of the most enjoyable hobbies you can ever learn and give you hours of pleasure. I hope to write more knitting tips for all of us left handed knitters and also for those who may be of the other "handed persuasion". Happy knitting to all of you left handed knitters!
Here is the link for the pattern:
EASY BAMBOOZLE SWEATER
(Courtesy of Crystal Palace Yarns - Free Patterns)
Wish me luck! I will post pictures of my progress on it. In the mean time, I will try and get the crocheted buttons instructions posted, in case anyone wants to give them a whirl. They are easy-peasy!
Posted by Kathy at 11/13/2008 Labels: crocheted buttons, Knitting
I heat the wax in an old pan and an old electric frying pan. I've used the same brushes for years, they look gnarly, but once they heat up and the old wax melts, they work just fine! I like to use a blend of paraffin and beeswax. I have some tjanting needle tools, but I don't think they are as precise as using a brush. I always cover an old canvas board with paper and put my fabric over that, while applying the wax. It is easier for me to hold while I'm working!
All of the "dots", cheeks and the irises should stay orange. I now have it in the red dye bath. Hope to have it out and drying by the end of the day. Its looking pretty good at this point, don't you think?
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