Pencil Sketch Magic


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Here’s a handy little tool in MSWord 2010 that can turn a photo of your knitting into a pencil sketch. It’s a great way to generate sketching details for submissions to make sure all of the proportions and major details are correct.

Found on the Format tab (when a picture is selected in your document):

Word Artistic effects

Clicking the Artistic Effects drop-down arrow opens these options:

Word Artistic effects menu,jpg

Using the Pencil Sketch option will turn this (leg detail from my Go Lassie Go socks (which were part of our last Mystery KAL):

GLG Shelridge Clue 4 ext 20150916_5

into this:

GLG leg artistic effect pencil sketch

Puzzle me this!


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Tryout out the Jigsaw Planet code here – I love to use their puzzle interface to offer sneak peeks of what I’m working on or just lovely wonders I’ve seen around the city.

Here’s a puzzle of a sneak peek of our next test knit (which will be run in the Impeccable Knitters Gathering Place Ravelry group starting Sep 30, 2015).

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Celebrating Arcuate and Cabling Without a Cable Needle


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Meet Arcuatemy design for the Louet North America Fall 2015 Collection.

Photo: (c) Louet North America

For a chance to win a copy of this pattern – come visit the Giveaway thread in the Impeccable Knits Ravelry group.

I’m so excited to have my Arcuate pattern published by Louet North America as part of their Fall 2015 collection! The Louet Gems Fingering yarn was a dream to work with. Arcuate is a toe-up sock pattern with luscious cables and so I thought it would be a good time to revisit the Cabling without a Cable needle topic.

There are a variety of different methods but this is my personal favourite. The pictures below show a 2 over 2 Right Cross (sometimes noted as C4B).
Getting Ready:

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There is a full picture tutorial on the Impeccable Knits website that shows this and a 2 over 2 Left Cross (C4F) with explanatory text.

Thanks for stopping by and celebrating this wonderful occasion with me!

4 i-Cord Cast On Comparisons


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I love the polished look of an I-Cord Cast On.

But, an I-Cord Cast On (link goes to picture tutorial of basic cast on for #3 below) often leaves a row of very loose stitches above the cast on. However, how you create the increases during the cast on does affect the looseness of those stitches. Here are 4 examples.

▼ Cast On #1: uses a kfb (knit into the front and back of the first stitch slipped back to the Left Needle), so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, kfb, k2.

I-Cord Cast On kfb20150818

▼ Cast On #2: uses a YO (yarn over) after knitting the first stitch, so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, k1, yo, k2.

Notice how this version removes the line of right-leaning loops at the top of the I-cord. The ‘long’ stitches above the cast on in this version are not as long as the ones in Version #1.
I-Cord Cast On YO 20150819

▼ Cast On #3: uses a kbf (knit into the back then front of the first stitch slipped back to the Left Needle), so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, kbf, k2.

Notice that this version adds a left leaning leg to the top of the I-Cord creating a criss-cross effect; the long stitches on top of the I-Cord are a tiny bit shorter than those for version #2).
I-Cord Cast On kbf 20150820

▼ Cast On #4: uses an Ryo (reverse yarn over – bring the yarn from the back of the needle, over the needle and to the back of the work; the right leg of this yo will be at the back, left leg to the front), so:

Slip 3 back to Left Needle, k1, Ryo, k2.

When slipping the Ryo back to the Left Needle, slip with the left leg in front as shown below; the Ryo will be knit through the back of the loop so you don’t even need to remove the Right Needle when slipping this stitch back to the Left Needle – simply insert the Left Needle tip to start the slip and used the Right Needle to complete the ‘knit through back of loop’.
I-Cord Cast On Ryo step 1 20150821 I-Cord Cast On Ryo finished 20150822

Conclusion: For me, #4 produced the tightest cast on. As we all have our own unique way of knitting, YMMV (your mileage may vary), of course but hopefully you’ll find a variation that works for you.


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