Arcadia Knitting

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Monday, November 26, 2007


Three big boxes of Malabrigo: worsted, thick & thin chunky, and lace weight!

Plus, great new Jitterbug colors!

Come n get it!


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Monday, November 19, 2007

You didn't make a mistake - the pattern is wrong

When you're having problems with a pattern don't assume you're the problem. Most likely, it's the pattern. With the growth in demand for knitting patterns, designers and publishers are having a hard time keeping up. Mistakes happen a lot.

So here are some basic hints. Check the publishers website for corrections. Check an online community like Knitty, Knitter's Review or Ravelry and see if others had the same problem.

My most memorable pattern issue was with a pattern from Scarf Style. Some one just couldn't get past row 5. Count wasn't working. I made three passes at it and I couldn't get anywhere. Finally, the knitter (a librarian who knows how to get and use information) called the designer and asked her. The designer swore there was no problem - if - if - you realized that to make that double decrease you would have to steal one stitch from outside the repeat line.

Okay. If there is a line that marks the repeat, I respect that. I would never have thought to steal a stitch.

So, it's not you, it's the pattern.


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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tip: Knitting with two circs, & Lace row counters

These tips are courtesy of Robbi Eklow, genius.

Denise Needles has come out with needle sets with pink cords. If you have an
old set of Denise Needles and the new pink cord set use one set each of
the pink and grey when using two circs in the round. One color designates the beginning of the round.

If you're a beader, hang beads from rings. Make one ring with one bead to indicate row one, two beads from the next ring to indicate row 2, 3 for row 3, etc. The rings are strung together and you hang the proper ring on each row.


Netflix and socks go together. I don't ride public trans so I don't have that time to work on socks. But I have found that socks and Netflix go together perfectly. I can pop in a disc and knit along.

Right now I making a version of the Annetralac socks from Interweave Knits 2007 Holiday issue. I am mixing three yarns: Interlacements Tiny Toes, Regia Kaffe Fassett and Dale Baby Ull. Every row of entrelac is a different yarn. It is a very loud combination that I will wear when I run away to follow the Greatful Dead...I mean Phish...oh, whoever.

I decided from the get go that I was not going to turn the socks around to purl. Instead I have been knitting backward and it goes so much faster that way.

If you are interested in seeing or learning the technique, drop in the store.