|(Pretending to have a beard like Daddy!)|
|Spring Tulips Shawl - made from lightweight Noro and Spring colours|
|Stitch Sampler Shawl in Autumnal colours and cuddly Mille Colori|
|Sweets for my Sweet Shrug to cover t-shirt sleeves in the Spring & cool Summer evenings|
|Easy Eva Tunic cover-up for September chills|
|Pixie Moon (and her subsequent clothing and frivolities)|
|Beekeeper's Quilt (WIP)|
I'm delighted to be back to The Farseer Trilogy with part 2 - Royal Assassin after spending a few days reading the book club book I mentioned last week (I was right, not my kind of book at all and I didn't really enjoy it but finished it ready for the group discussion).
Hoping to catch up with the other posts at Tami's and Ginny's later in the week to see what you're all up to! I'm especially looking for books that may be suitable for book club discussions - any suggestions would be great. Have a great week xxxx
|Image reproduced from 'Posie Gets Cozy' with kind permission of Alicia Paulson.|
|Ravelry Project Page|
In fact, aside from displaying my wedding rings and stopping my watch from dropping off, my left hand has always been pretty much useless....until I learned to crochet and it was needed to hold/tension the working yarn. That was definitely the hardest thing to get right.
I looked up Ambidexterity on Wikipedia and it mentions knitters which had me wondering...
Ambidexterity is the state of being equally adept in the use of both left and right appendages (such as the hands). It is one of the most famous varieties of cross-dominance. People that are naturally ambidextrous are rare, with only one out of one hundred people being naturally ambidextrous. The degree of versatility with each hand is generally the qualitative factor in determining a person's ambidexterity.Of course my right hand is still much more dominant but the dexterity and strength in the left is noticeably improved, resulting in it being unconsciously used it a LOT more now. Has anyone else noticed anything like this after switching to continental knitting, or becoming a crocheter? I'd love to hear your experiences.
In modern times, it is more common to find people considered ambidextrous who were originally left handed and who learned to be ambidextrous either deliberately or during childhoodinstitutions such as schools, jobs where right-handed habits are often emphasized or required. Since many everyday devices (such as can openers and scissors) are asymmetrical and designed for right-handed people, many left-handers learn to use them right-handedly due to the rarity or lack of left-handed models. Thus, left-handed people are much more likely to develop motor skills in their non-dominant hand than right-handers (who are not subjected to left-favoring devices). Right-handers may become ambidextrous due to an injury of their right hand or arm. Ambidexterity is often encouraged in activities requiring a great deal of skill in both hands, such as knitting, typing on a computer, juggling, swimming, percussion, keyboard music, baseball, lacrosse,surgery, boxing, martial arts and basketball.
MAKING: 1. A decorative 'something' for the kitchen (crochet & fabric)
I can't tell you much about the sweater yet as I've only managed to cast on so far, but this yarn has been sitting here a while with my name on it (since I decided Chele needed something with more drape). The little kitchen decoration is hopefully going to be finished this week so I'll save the details until then.
PS I've linked in with Frontier Dreams' Keep Calm Crafting on today - you can see more posts here.
Which needles will I need? And what's the gauge?
You'll need a circular needle of 80cms or more to hold all the stitches, but will knit it flat.
The gauge isn't crucial but the size of the finished shawl will vary if you don't match the stated tension which is: Using 4ply and 4mm needles = 20 sts and 40 rows to 10cm/4" of garter stitch.
Which yarn should I use?
That is totally up to you. The pattern is written for 4 ply and if you would like inspiration for colours and blends or brands of yarn, I'd suggest taking a look at the Ravelry projects page where over 2,200 Stripe Study Shawls are already pictured. You'll see that you need two colours and a 100g/400m skein of each will be enough if you're using 4ply as per the pattern. I'll be sharing my yarn choice on Tuesday's update post!
You can download the pattern at Veera Valimaki's Ravelry pattern page. The pattern is also available from Nimu Yarns who are offering KAL participants buying the pattern and suitable yarn from them a 15% DISCOUNT on that purchase. This offer runs until the end of May 2012. Either Isel or Ullscarf will give you sufficient meterage to complete the pattern. Use the code STRIPEKAL to activate the discount on your order of these products. Edit: this has now been extended to include Langstrath, Mickleden & the Different Lines pattern.
Will I need anything else?
Just some stitch markers (or scrap yarn to use as stitch markers).
I'm in, what are the rules?
That's easy, there aren't really any rules - just knit along with us, tell us about your progress. You can do this on your own blog, by commenting on one of our blogs (we're posting our updates on Tuesdays), on twitter using #SSSKnitalong and you can also post to Instagram using the same tag. I've already cast on and posted a few sneaky pics.
Feel free to use the images we've provided. If you're in the the Southern hemisphere, you may prefer these which don't include "Spring 2012"!
EDIT: I'm an idiot! Half of the images had the wrong text, they have now been updated!
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