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winding CO

I came across this cast on somewhere in the vast knitting universe on the web when I first took up lace knitting  — and completely bungled the crochet cast on.  (I had to disentangle each and every stitch by hand for my first “real” lace project, the gorgeous Muir by Romi. I had knit into the wrong loop of the crochet chain… with fussy mohair yarn that didn’t want to be set free. Since then, I have indeed found a crochet CO that works — by the very same Romi.)

I have not been able to find my way back to what I now call the Winding CO. It’s out there somewhere. However, it is so incredible simple, that once you’ve learned it, you don’t need to look it up again. I now cannot quite understand why we struggle so much with twisted loops and strands and crochet chains. They probably have features important for certain kinds of projects that I don’t yet know about. I am willing to learn.

In the meantime, I have put together my own How-To page for the Winding CO. Right here.

dido

Dido in Scrumptious 4ply from Fyberspates

Thanks to the brilliance and generosity of Natalie Fergie of The Yarn Yard and Pete and Clare at MSF (Médecins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders), knitters are raising much-needed funds via p/hop — Pennies per Hours of Pleasure. Knitters donate patterns, knitted items for raffles, yarns, pattern books. These are made available to other knitters (or non-knitters for that matter)  in return for a donation to MSF — as much as they think the item is worth or as much as they can part with.

dido

Dido in Clan from The Yarn Yard

Dido is one such pattern. If you would like to knit it, you can find it now at p/hop (along with other interesting patterns).

Dido can be knit as stole (requiring about 700-800 yards/metres of fingering yarn) or as scarf (requiring about 400 yards/metres).

There is more information on the pattern here (as well as a link to p/hop and the download link).

dido in fybersspates scrumptious

Dido in Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply

v i t a m i n s

February 9, 2010

February screams for colour. And vitamins. Perhaps I’ll make a new batch of Seville Marmalade before the Seville oranges rot and we slather the last from last year’s batch on a piece of toast.

Nah. I’d rather knit.

And finish the chart for no hesitation gloves.

It is necessary to knit.

February 8, 2010

My knitting obsession fervour has lately morphed into a desire to design things. I still like to knit other people’s fantastic patterns. And I still waste hours trying to work out a pattern I’ve seen — not because I’m cheap and don’t want to pay for it, I’ll have you know, but for the challenge of working it out.

The latest challenge is to start from nothing. Nothing?! I’m lying. Nothing comes out of nothing. There’s always something. Such as a fantastic YARN in a fantastic colourway, that lands next to another colourway — and ZOIIIIING!

A glove. Callisto.

callisto glove

And a mitten. And a mitt. And so on.

callisto

My obsession can perhaps now be called a worthy (pre)occupation.

callisto mitt

With a big, big thanks to Natalie of The Yarn Yard.

(It’s all her fault you see.)