Blazing needles

Blazing needles

Well, actually, they’re not. I had originally cast on with the lovely Rowan Calmer (thank you, eBay) for Blaze from I loved the idea of a relatively simple garment but with wonderful cable-detail.
It turns out that twisting a cable every other row was driving me crazy!

So, I ripped back, went surfing and found this: Nothin’ But a Shirt from the ever-lovely Alison. I’m making modifications (obviously); longer sleeves, a v-neck, all one colour, using several sizes to get a perfect fit (and re-jigging the numbers as a result) and adding short row shaping at the bust. Oh, and I joined another knit along! I’ll let you know how I get on!

[M. st. = moss stitch a.k.a. seed stitch]

Here, I offer a nugget of advice: it pays to wash your swatch. Before: 20.5 sts = 4″. After: 19 sts = 4″ (dead-on gauge). I’m sure that every other knitter in the world knows this but until recently I thought blocking was something to do with carpentry!

Thanks to the wonder that is James Bond, I finished the left front of Brigitte and succeeded in working a three-needle cast off (or three-needle bind off, if you like!) – pictures to follow when I’ve done the right front and tamed the curling.

In sock-related news, I finished my mum’s Birthday socks on time (woo-hoo) and they look mighty snazzy.

Those are actually my mum’s feet – you are lucky, lucky people. She doesn’t have grey legs, those are just her “under-socks”.

Computer-related stuff here: if anyone knows anything about JavaScript and can help me “do” pop-up windows can you leave a comment, or email me, please? I’d love to be able to give you bigger pictures without running into the sidebar!


2 thoughts on “Blazing needles

  1. Lol, this was something I was grappling with last night. Turning all square brackets into, er, pointy brackets (that you use with html, put in the following code:
    [a href=”the pics url eg. http:www….jpg” target=new_page] [img src=”the same url as before” width=362 height=254 ][/a] This will make a little pic (the size alterable by changeing the numbers in width and height – I normally go for half size of pic, but whatever you want, which when you clock on it will give a new window showing nothing but the original sized pic. Hope this is useful! 😀


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