My current work in progress:

1. Ashburn, designed by Melanie Berg, knit from Woolfolk Tynd in colorways 6, 7, and 8 on a 4 mm (U.S. size 6) needle.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Knitting Cables

There have been a few questions in the comments about my current cabled project.

Like — how fast can I knit cables? The answer is — a lot slower than straight knitting. I never use a cable needle, so that speeds up the process, but of course the process of twisting a cable takes longer than just straight knitting, so a heavily cabled piece will take significantly longer to knit than straight stockinette.

There are many tutorials available online for cabling without a cable needle, by the way. Google at will.

Another commenter asked about the ruffled look of the bottom band of the piece. It looks ruffled because it is smooshed up a bit on the needle — said ruffling will go away with blocking.

When you are creating a cabled piece, you always need to increase stitches above the bottom band or ribbing because the cable “sucks” the piece in. I did increases to accommodate this, and when I spread the bottom edge out, said ruffling disappears.

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Look Ma, no ruffles!

I’ve not made a whole lot of progress since my last blog post. Strangely, spending evenings in a fugue state between sleep and wakefulness is not conducive to knitting. (It was a very busy, intense work-week).

Wednesday’s Book Giveaway

The winner of Quick Knit Flower Frenzy, is Pam Gardner, who has been emailed. To purchase a copy, either in hard- or electronic-format, go to Annie’s Crafts here.

Lucy sez:

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Relax!