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I want to share with you a little tidbit that I learn just recently. I was reading my favorite knitting resource blog, when I came upon a post about what to do when you need to start decreasing on an uneven stitch count. I have this problem all the time. I like to keep my intervals at 12 stitches for all of my different size hats, but for the smaller sizes, I would have to change it and have an extra stitch.

For my example, I made a 64 stitch hat, and I want to have 12 stitches per interval. 64 divided by 12 = 5.3. Obviously it doesn’t work out. The nearest number divisible by 12 is 60. So I know I have 4 extra stitches. (64-60)

Now, I could randomly decrease 4 stitches, since 64 divided by 4 is 16. But, unless you have a super bulky yarn, I wouldn’t do it, because decreases cause a disturbance that will be visible in lighter yarns.

I need to set the decreases in the same columns, 12 stitches apart. Now, you know that there will be 5 columns of decreases, with 4 extra stitches. (64/12=5.3333 and 60/12=4)

I need to get rid of the 4 extra stitches, and I will do this by dividing my round like this: 4 columns of 13 stitches apart and then 1 column with 12 stitches apart.

Top bar is my uneven decreases. The green bars are the stitches that are knitted together (k2tog) and as you can see, after my end of round (in yellow) I have four stitches left. I count my first stitch, since in reality I making a circle, but this would work if you are knitting flat as well.

The bottom bar is where the magic happens. I DO NOT k2tog  my first decease, and add one stitch to my next decrease columns. So I have instead (4) 13 stitch intervals and my end of round has 10 stitches, because since it’s a circle, the first k2tog that I left alone is my 5th column. You can add markers after sts 16, 29, 42, and 55.

This is all good, if your k2togs are slanting to the right. But for me, and maybe some others, I slant to the left. Here’s how to fix this problem.

You’ll want to knit sts 14&15, instead of 15&16, 27&28 instead of 28&29, etc. When you come to decrease again on another round, I will decrease by knitting two together the new stitch and the one to the left of it.

I have some pics of the hats I made with this technique. This first one shows that the first decrease I made is slanting to the right, and then I did my next ones slanting left. Doesn’t look so invisible, does it?

This one, is my solution. Plus, you can see , or not, the decease I left out.


I love my end result! It really is so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it first 😉

I hoped this has help you, and if you have any questions, please comment below! PS, those hats will be available soon!!

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Unplugging

This past weekend I took off with my family and visited the Nation’s Capital : Ottawa. It was pretty much planned the day before we left, but there were reasons that I won’t get into… so anyway, we got a package deal of two museum visits. We chose the Science and Technology, and Agricultural Museums.

Now, at the back of my mind I was thinking about what am I going to do with my emails and facebook and artrepreneur and my blog and … you get the point. My husband didn’t want to bring my laptop and he points out that going on vacation is to get away from all that, right?

Yes, and we did bring his little laptop, for all the kid movies that we have. What helped even more with my unplugging was that the hotel charged for an internet connection. Sorry, but facebook is not that important.

It felt really good to get away from my computer- but I also felt bad because I did have a schedule of blog posts that I had to postpone- so we stopped at a cafe so that I could make an update. 

After every unplugging, I get a surge of new ideas, and little more clarity. I recently had a period of not knowing what I was doing any more, because there is so much that I want to do, and I was researching it all at once. Now I realize that for me, the best thing thing I can do for myself and my business is to take the weekend off – close my computer, read my favorite books, play with the kids, eat lots of Popsicles, write down my goals, personal and professional.

Here’s what I need to do more:

1) Write in a journal. I have been writing in a journal since I was 8 years old, and I find that writing to myself is very liberating and insightful. I’ve also read that keeping a creative business journal is another way to keep track of goals. I have a notebook that was made in the likeness to Twilight, and I have started to mark down ideas for my blog.

2) Make more time for family. Afterall, having a home based business was to complement my life, not take it over.

3) Brain storm for new products and make a plan for my upcoming craft sale.

Since today is Monday, this posts comes in right on time. My new goal, that I’m setting right now, is to unplug every weekend, at least one day, and I’ll write up my experience on Monday.

I challenge you too, to unplug. Let me know your experiences, and if it has helped you personally or professionally.


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Saying Good-Bye

Before you get all nervous and start yelling at your PC, I am not saying goodbye.

Today my husband’s family said goodbye to Edith, a grandmother, mother, who lived a long life, but ended in the throws of pain and sadness. She had been hooked up to Morphine and she also had Alzheimer’s and I am uncertain what she knew at the end. I only met her once, just after ( I think) I got married. She didn’t recognize my husband.

Yesterday we took the boys with us to see the viewing, since I was unable to go to the funeral today. I was a little nervous that my 4 year would get scared by seeing someone he didn’t know in a casket, so I explained a little why were going- that Daddy’s- Daddy’s- Mommy died.
He wonders why we die, and where do we go? I explained that we get old and when it’s our turn to go, we die, but our spirit moves on. { We go into Space? } he asks. It’s funny, but I do tell him that we go live on a different planet. He likes that answer. {When you get old you will die and become a ghost and live on another planet? } Yes, and then we’ll all be together again. He’s sensitive to the fact that his dad and I will leave him, but reassuring him that we’ll see him again puts a smile on his face and he says { ok mommy}.

I can’t help thinking about when my grandparents died. I was 15 when my grandmother died, and it didn’t affect me the same way that finding out that my grandfather died. I saw my grandmother getting sick, I even saw her a couple days before her death, in the hospital. I did not know that when I was getting married and preparing my wedding photos to send to my grandfather, that he had fallen ill and had passed. The best day of my life- I couldn’t share with him. It’s really heartbreaking. 😦

So yes my son, we will die and you will be sad, but we’ll see each other again- 🙂 Love you

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My hats on Rogers Cable 20

I had the honor of being talked about on TV, via Bass Giraffe, a mommy blogger I met through Follow Me I’m Canadian Community. http://youtu.be/V10nRa6MiLk

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I’ve just uploaded this template- pretty awesome if you ask me! Just like facebook.. lol..

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I’m excited to be here, but also not ready to fully use this blog. Sad, I know. But just take a look around- I don’t know what I am doing!

Please bare with me, the more I use it, the more I will get used  to it!

I will repost my posts from Blogger to here, to keep you all updated. Sounds good?

See ya later ~~ Lisa

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