Stitch Markers? Check.
(Please to note that my stitch markers now live in the tiny Spongebob lunchbox that dear Greta gave me last weekend. I went “Squeeeeeeeee!” when I saw it!)
Row Counter? Check.
We’re cleared for take-off!
Yep, the Inishmore Challenge starts tomorrow, May 16th. Barring any unscheduled insomnia, I will be casting on at approximately 4:30 tomorrow morning. I will probably manage two or three rows before I leave for work, then I’ll knit on the train going in, at the office during my lunch break, and on the train coming home. I’ll take a photo at that point, before the evening knitting commences, and post it tomorrow.
We will gratefully accept donations for the raffle up until we declare a winner, however, your guess for who will win and when will only be considered if you get it in before 5:00pm EST tomorrow, May 16th. We won’t accept any guesses after this point because we’ll be posting updates of our progress that could give later guessers an unfair advantage.
To recap, for every dollar you donate (all donations will be sent to the Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation at the end of the Challenge) you will receive one entry in the raffle to win one of the three prizes. The link to donate is over to the right in my sidebar.
And just for fun, I am offering a yarn prize to the person who guesses (before the deadline for guesses, above,) the winner and comes closest to the date and time of completion of her Inishmore (as indicated in the comments field on the paypal form you fill out when you donate).
I’ll be posting a page with the names of the donaters soon. Have a look-see and make sure your name is how you want it to appear in the letter I will be sending along to the Susan B. Komen Foundation with the check from all of us. I know some of you might have your Paypal account in your husband’s name, business name, etc., so just email me if you’d like to make a change to the name I use.
I am very excited about this! I can’t tell you how pleased and thankful I am for all your generous donations.
And Now For Some Q&A
I noticed you have cast mahi mahi aside. At what point do you decide that you don’t really like working a pattern, or that it doesn’t suit you? Do you finish it no matter what?
Okay, I shouldn’t have said “cast” aside. I should have said “set” aside. For I picked Mahi Mahi up this weekend and finished it. I’ll show you a photo later this week.
But it’s a good question nevertheless. I very rarely cast anything aside completely. If I start knitting something and the yarn isn’t working for whatever reason, I figure it out early on and stop. Rip out, use the the yarn for something else.
I do sometimes get sick of something and set it aside. But I almost always come back to it. I think I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of knits I’ve abandoned.
On another topic, Donna asked:
I am making a sweater with a 12 st cable (6 over 6) in a worsted weight yarn that doesn’t stretch much. I am finding it impossible to get into the 2nd 6 stitches while leaving the 1st 6 on the needle. I tried pulling the 1st 6 off and pinching with my thumb and forefinger while going into the 2nd 6 stitches, but the last stitch keeps raveling down before I can get to it to pick it up. Any tips?
Another interesting question. I thought about this one for a while, because I’ve never had the experience where I can’t jam the tip of my needle into the stitches to cable without a cable needle.
But. I think this has something to do with how one knits to get gauge. I tend to knit loosely on smaller-sized needles to make gauge, while some people knit more tightly on larger-sized needles to achieve the same gauge. Know what I mean? In my knitting, I always have plenty of “give” in my stitches. But I’ve noticed some peoples’ knitting is much tighter on the needles.
That’s the best explanation I can come up with, anyhow. I think if you are having trouble getting the tip of your needle in the stitches, you are better off using a cable needle. After all, the point is to make the process easier. There are some situations where a cable needle will be easier. And faster.
P.S. to Polly: Yes I very well might start a lace shawl when I’ve got the Inishmore Challenge done!
A Tisket A Tasket
I knitted my Nantasket Basket.
Here it is pre-felting:
I used Lorna’s Laces “Bullfrogs and Butterflies” (wool/mohair belnd yarn) in the Somerset colorway, with some blue Brown Sheep Naturespun worsted for the edging.
Here’s a close-up of the knitted fabric before felting.
And here’s the basket after felting. I love it.
Because I used two different yarns, one a wool/mohair blend, and one 100% wool, they felted slightly differently, so my basket does not have perfectly straight sides. This occured to me before I started. I have no problem with the way it looks — I still think it is way cute!
Now I’m gonna go rest up for the start of the Inishmore Challenge.