Posts Tagged ‘malabrigo’

That Stitch Looks Funny

November 11, 2018
Being able to read your stitches is a skill that novice knitters learn sooner than they realize. “Something doesn’t look right, but I don’t know what’s wrong” is a common sentiment. The first step to fixing a mistake is realizing you made a mistake.  That’s what happened recently to friend Pat, who’s making a baby blanket and is convinced she can only knit while sitting at my kitchen table. Back at home, she discovered that her stitches had become super tight, making it difficult to even insert the needle. Here’s what she’d encountered.
knitting into the back of a stitch twisted on the needle
Unknowingly, she’d been knitting into the back of her stitches. This results in a twist of each stitch, making each one a bit too tight. Her knit stitches were sitting backwards on her left needle, making it awkward (kind of twisted) to insert the right needle. Once I pointed out the difference between a backward “sitting” stitch and one that sits properly on the needle, she was able to really see the difference. And now you can, too. Think of someone sitting on a horse; one leg on each side. In knitting, the “legs” are the sides of the stitch and the “horse” is the needle. When a stitch is on backwards, it’s as though the rider’s legs are on the wrong sides of the horse – making the rider backwards.
To fix a backward stitch, you simply pinch the stitch between your fingers, take it off the needle, turn it around, and put the turned-around stitch back on the needle.
In other knitting news, Mom finished her latest garter stitch scarf. This one in the rich green with blue tones of the Pines colorway of Malabrigo Rios.  She decided to blow a kiss when I asked her to model it for me.
I’m making progress on the Second Sock and have started the color block fingerless mitts in Shibui that I mentioned last week. More soon!      
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Bursting Out All Over

May 3, 2018

Spring has been a long time coming here in Greater Boston with last month’s temperature averaging a cool 55F (13C). If yesterday’s weather is any gauge, we’ve had the shortest spring on record and have jumped right into summer — sunny, dry, breezy, and a hot 88F (31C). I figure we’ve earned it and have vowed not to complain regardless of how much I’m sweating.

Mom and I took advantage of the day with a visit to the Arnold Arboretum, an urban treasure in her Boston neighborhood. We parked on the street and climbed the path past a Revolutionary War burying ground. As you’d expect in an arboretum, all the trees are labeled so you needn’t keep saying, “I wonder what kind that is.”

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We discovered that we were in the honey locust collection although there were other trees nearby — some buckeyes and some other specimens that I promptly forgot!

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The “summit” of Peters Hill includes many granite slabs that serve as welcome resting spots from which to marvel at the Boston skyline.

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Since she’d closed the window shades before heading out, Mom’s apartment was refreshingly cool. She’s started a new knitting project, a garter stitch scarf (or maybe it’ll be a neck warmer) made from some luscious Malabrigo Rios that she got at the grand re-opening of JP Knit & Stitch.  If you’re visiting Boston and looking for a LYS, it’s a definite must-visit.

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I’m still alternating between the Sunshine Coast sweater (photo soon) and the yoga socks. On a work conference call earlier this week, I worked a few rounds in between comments and note taking. Ah, the benefits of being a freelancer!

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Spotted at the Miami Airport

April 26, 2018

I love when friends send me photos of yarn bombings or other public displays of knitting that they’ve seen on their travels, near or far. Kathe was passing through the Miami Airport earlier this month and came across Knitting as Poetry: Reflections on the Natural Environment in a corridor gallery.

First, can we acknowledge how cool it is that the airport has art exhibitions? Miami isn’t the only airport to do so, but it’s worth reminding ourselves that public art enriches our lives — and, when it’s in an airport, provides a diversion from the long waits inside terminals.

knitting-as-poetryThe artist, Evelyn Politzer, is a native of Uruguay, so it’s only appropriate that the exhibition is supported by malabrigo, a family-owned yarn company in Uruguay.

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Described as “suggestive of aqueous elements,” these droplets are “a reminder of the importance of water conservation, a major issue in Politzer’s immediate community [of Miami].”

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These looser, less contained creations are described as “tender and sensual, their color range suggesting warmth and nurturance.” I can see that.

What public fiber art or yarn bombs have caught your eye? As I did last year, I’m working with our local cultural arts organization on a yarn bombing project. More on that in an upcoming post.

I’ve recently started some yoga socks — basically, socks without the heel and toe (aka the fun bits!). It’s my traveling project, seen here at Mom’s hair salon.

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Know What’s Fast? Arm Knitting (seriously)

December 11, 2013

Inspired by Skye, an extraordinary young girl at the Friday knitting group at JP Knit & Stitch, and by a recent Wall Street Journal article and video, I decided to try something new.

As we sat together on the window seat last week, Skye created this loose, chunky, oh-so-soft scarf.

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Totally intrigued, I bought a skein and the next day made a chunky circular scarf in about 30 minutes using only yarn and my arms. Look Mom, no needles!

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I cast on (using the long-tail method) 6 stitches and used two strands of yarn. I chose Malabrigo Rasta in Soriano, a lovely black-purple-gold combo that I hope will look good on the recipient, who has a new black down coat (to keep out the icy winds of NYC) and who wears a lot of black as she moves from dance class to stage and back again. Taking one strand from inside and one from the outside of the ball ensured that I ended up with the same amount.

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It took me two attempts to get the hang of the “knitting” so the total time was closer to an hour. Looking back, I think that I got the stitches and movements right but it looked so different that I thought I’d made a mistake. Stitching together was pretty straight forward (no needle involved).

I generally don’t care how long a project takes and have been known to rip out projects twice or even three times in order to get the finished product to come out right. But I must admit that a bit of instant gratification now and then can be quite exhilarating!

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