Well, perhaps not at the speed of light, but at least not at a snail’s pace.
I am wondering, Wendy, if you use the “cables without a cable needle” technique when creating such beauties as the Inishmore? That would certainly increase the speed!
Why, yes, I do. And so does L-B.
Cabling without a cable needle. One of the most useful techniques I ever learned. The concept was first introduced to me eons ago during a class at a TKGA convention. It was one of those “duh” moments — how come I didn’t think of that myself?
Since that time I’ve been cabling without a cable needle, even on complex multi-stitch cables. A while back I worked up a tutorial on how to do this. It is available here. In fact, one of the cables that I give step-by-step instructions for in the tutorial is a cable that looks suspiciously like one that is part of the Inishmore pattern.
If you’ve never cabled without a cable needle, I encourage you to give it a try. Start simple with a small cable and work your way up to the more complex stuff from that.
(P.S. to Teri: I’ll only be casting on for Inishmore at 12:01am on the 16th if I have insomnia!!)
How Much Yarn Do You Need to Knit a Sweater?
When you buy yarn for a top or sweater do you buy a certain standard amount if you don’t have a set project in mind? I know it must depend on the fiber weight and such, but do you have safe “amounts” that you try and buy?
Ooh! Good question!
The amount of each yarn I purchased at MDS&W was based on a very simple formula: in most cases, I bought all that there was of each of the different yarns.
1000 yards of lime mohair. This looks about dk weight to me, and I know (from my Grape Arbor Shawl experience) that I can get a good-sized triangular lace shawl from well under 1000 yards.
The 1100 yards of a wool/mohair/silk blend in worsted weight. I do need to swatch this to see if it really is worsted or could be knitted at a larger gauge. Not sure if I can get a whole sweater out of this, but upon thinking about it a bit, I think it would make a lovely shawl as well. I like the idea of making an office shawl out of this: neutral color, and it feels so nice and soft!
1000 yards of a wool/mohair blend from Tintagel Farm. Once again, looks like dk weight. This could become a vest or a shawl.
1500 yards of laceweight natural Cormo. Yup. You guessed it: shawl.
As I said the 270 yards of handpainted handspun Cormo will become a scarf or a hat. Should be enough left over for some mittens or fingerless mitts.
510 yards of Cormo/silk blend? Possibly enough for a short vest, if not, a scarf & hat & possibly mitten set.
If you do a Google search on “how much yarn do I need” you’ll get links to a number of sites that have charts for basic yardage requirements for different sizes in different gauges. If you are making a cabled sweater, the rule of thumb, I think, is to add 20% to the yardage needed. If the sweater is seriously kick-ass cabled up the wazoo, I’d add some more.
Inishmore Challenge Charity Raffle
We went over $1000 in donations today. All I can say is something I’ve never said before (so you need to understand the amount of emotion I’m putting into this pronouncement):
I finished the front of the Mahi Mahi tank.
Happy Lucy-versary to Us
Two years ago today Lucy came to live with me. I must meet her minimum requirements, because she is still here.
Her Auntie L-B very kindly knitted her a new catnip pillow.
Said catnip pillow is L-B’s gauge swatch for Inishmore! On one side is the large center diamond from the pattern, on the flip side, moss stitch. Wow!
When your office is in Washington DC, adjacent to the U.S. Capitol, the last thing you want to hear is airplanes overhead.
I had all these philosophical things to say, about fearing that this is your last moment on earth when you hear aircraft fly over your office. But I’m tired and battling allergies so I’ll just sum it up as eloquently as I can at this moment: