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Tip: Lace frogging

If you have knitted lace and made a mistake you know how frustrating it is to frog it. It’s always a chance you accedentally miss an yo or a ssk and get lost in the pattern. Trust me, I’ve been there…

So I was very glad when I read about how not to loose your lace when frogging. It takes a little thinking ahead…

Take a thread or a laceweight yarn and thread it through the little hole in your interchangeble needles. Some people use dental floss but I’m not a fan of menthol in my lace so I use thread or laceweight yarn. Let’s call this extra yarn/thread our helper-yarn.

Knit as usual. See how the helper-yarn goes into all the stitches on the needle.

When you have reached the end of the row, tie both ends of the helper yarn together.

Leave the helper-yarn in and keep knitting. If you find a mistake you can frog your work and it will never go lower than the helper-yarn. That way you can frog and then put the stitches back on the needles without loosing yo’s, ssk’s and k2tog’s!

Here you can see the stitches on the helper yarn after frogging. Now the stitches can be moved back on the needles without dropping or getting lost :)

Use as many helper-yarns as you want. Leave them in until you are sure there is no need to frog. Then remove it and enjoy your lace project :)

(If you don’t have interchangeble needles just thread a tapestry needle with laceweight yarn or thread through all the needles on the hook, tie both ends together and knit as usual.)

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Knitting accessories: Stitch markers

Knitting accessories are, in my opinion, just as necessary as good knitting needles and beautiful yarn. Knitting becomes more personal and fun if you have nice things in your knitting bag. You’ve all got knitting bags, right? With an unfinished easy project (that you can knit while participating in a meaningful conversation), scissors, tape measure, stitch markers, and lip gloss. I think everybody should have at least one of those bags. They are really great and every time I’ve lost a project, I find it in one of my knitting bags!

Stitch markers are one of the accessories I use very much. When I was younger I just used a short piece of string in a different color but as I got older I grew love for beautiful stitch markers.

I use two types of stitch markers:

Markers that you put in the project.
These markers are usually plastic and are used to mark the beginning of a row, where increasing/decreasing begins, where to measure from and so on. You put the marker in the project and leave it there until you don’t need it there anymore. Here you can see this type of stitch markers.

Markers that you keep on the knitting needle.
These markers are often beaded or with some cute decoration and are kept on the knitting needle. This type of stitch markers is good to use in lace projects to mark the beginning of a row, the place where you increase/decrease in every row etc.  The marker is moved along the needle just like the stitches. Here is an example of stitch markers on the knitting needle.

Knitting with Mr. Fibonacci!

Fibonacci was an Italian mathematician born in 1170. He is known for the Fibonacci sequence of numbers where every number is the sum of the two previous numbers.

It starts like this:  0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233… etc.

So… why am I, the knitter, going on about some Italian that loved numbers?

Because the Fibonacci numbers are BRILLIANT for striped knitting! Yes, by using these numbers to help us decide when to change colors you get a garmet that is random in color without looking like you where really confused when choosing the colors.

This is a vest I made, using Fibonacci’s numbers with the striping:

Pattern:  Vesti goes hipp from the book Prjóniprjón
Yarn: Létt-Lopi from my stash
Needles: 3,5 and 4,5 circulars, 60 cm.

Here is the project on Ravelry.

On the needles now is a shawl. The pattern is from the book Prjóniprjón, the needles are 6.0 mm. KnitPro’s and the yarn is my very own hand dyed Eigingirni. Here is what it looks like now… just a few stitches on the needles:

So many patterns, so little time!

I LOVE yarn and everything that goes with it. I even try to like weaving in ends – weaving in ends means that the garment is almost ready to use!

Because of my yarn love I spend a lot of time reading about yarn and knitting, looking at patterns and thinking about my next masterpiece. I my search for next piece I use the internet alot!

Ravelry is yarn-heaven! I loose track of time when I browse through endless patterns, yarns and discussions. I love the possibility of seing hundreds of versions of the same pattern!

Garnstudio is a pattern heaven in many languages.

Sometimes, when reading a new pattern, I come across things that I don’t know what mean, have never tried and so on. In these cases, KnittingHelp and YouTube have many great videos that explain step by step. On YouTube I recommend The Knit Witch. She has good tutorials that are simple and easy to follow.