Knitting In The Round Is Not Flat

The weekend temperatures in Northern California were in the triple digits.  Today, Monday should be the last gasp of hot summer heat.  I took advantage of the heat over the weekend to block a lace cowl “hot” off the needles.  September Circle designed by Melissa LaBarre ” is a seamless loop scarf that combines a self-striping sock yarn and larger needles for a perfect fall accessory.”

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The patterns suggests Schoppel Wolle Zauberball Crazy (100 g/459 yds 75% virgin wool, and 25% nylon), which I found tucked away with the rest of my sock yarn.

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I’m a newbie to lace knitting, so I decided to use stitch markers after each 12 stitch repeat. This project is a perfect “in-between another” when you’re looking for instant gratification. For bind off, I (k2tog tbl, slip the st back to left needle) to end of round.  I find this particular technique results in a looser BO, compared to (knit 2 stitches and with left needle, pass first stitch over and off needle).

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Because of the characteristic of knitted lace, I needed to figure out how to block in the round.  I browsed through a couple of books and looked online and came across an interesting technique using two knitting needles.

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After following the steps of wet blocking, knitting needles are inserted and pinned at each end to the finished size measurement.  Take a look at Lisagrace Alsbury’s blog http://thegoodlifeiniowa.blogspot.com/2012/01/crafty-christmas-herringbone-cowlhow-to.htm

Blocking a Cowl

I’m looking forward to an almost twenty degrees cooler Tuesday.

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Summer is definitely here on the West Coast.  A time when I don’t conform to a schedule or a list of “have-to’s.”  It’s a time for staying up late, sleeping in, reading, and doing whatever.  I continue to knit, but my choice of fiber changes from animal fiber to plant fiber.

Lately, I’ve been thinking about exploring polymer clay again.  In the 1990s, I sold my designs at various trade shows, local yarn stores and had a “pinch me” moment during a trunk show at Nordstrom.  How did I get the opportunity at Nordstrom?  In retrospect, I’m still amazed every time I think about it.  I walked in and basically told the jewelry rep, “I have unique objects of adornment, which you need to see.”

Time passed and my direction changed.  I found my way back.  Have I come full circle or just visiting for a moment?  Is this a Deja vu  moment?

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Using various tools imprinting designs in polymer clay replicating the Mokume Gane technique.  A technique that does not require perfection, keeping in mind the importance of negative space.

Mokume Gane #2_1Imprint designs are sliced with a blade, and applied to a polymer clay stack.

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Each time I work with this medium, a surprise element appears.