I'm pretty happy with my first shot at Navajo plying (also my first time plying on my wheel). By the end of the bobbin, the hand motions became pretty automatic. Sometimes I had trouble keeping the tension on the strands of the loops so they wouldn't ply back on themselves. If I had a real lazy kate to get more distance between the bobbin and my hands it might help. Anyway, I love getting the rounded look of a 3-ply while keeping the color changes in the single. Alden Amos calls Navajo plying "more of a stunt than a technique," but who cares? The big question is what to do with it. It's only about 60 yards.
Knit on the bias with an eyelet border, this mid-length scarf can be worn in multiple stylish ways. I was looking for something classy but a little rustic & funky for a small skein of handspun yarn. I was well into knitting this scarf when, thanks to Cecil B. Demented, I realized how the eyelet border reminded me of perforations on movie film. Ravelry details here
Finished Measurements 3.5" wide, 42" long Materials 84 yards handspun merino (on the light side of worsted)Size 7 US needles (4.5mm) Crochet hook (I happened to use a K, but H is more commonly used for worsted yarn) Tapestry needle
Gauge 10 sts per 2", 14 rows per 2" Exact gauge is not important, so feel free to experiment with different yarn weights and needles. Pattern CO 19 sts using long tail method. (WS): K2, P to last 3 sts, K3 (RS): K2tog, YO, K2tog, [YO, K2tog] tolast st, YO, K1 Scarf body- Row 1 (WS): K2, P to last 3 sts, K3 Row 2 (RS): K2tog, YO, K2tog, K to last st, YO, K1 Repeat rows 1 and 2 until work m…
Whoops! I accidentally a whole year!
Here's some stuff I made. Unfortunately I don't remember all the exact details of issues I may have had/modifications I made.
Seaglass Shell from Interweave Knits Summer 2012, design by Daniela Nii.
Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina in Norway Spruce, 3 skeins for 3rd size.
I ran into some problems that required some minor fudging at the shoulders for my size. The serious problem was how enormous the hips run in this design. I was devastated when I tried the FO on and it looked horrible. I had to unseam a few inches of the front and back and then rip them out from the cast on edge for several inches to get rid of the excess fabric, then knit straight down and cast off again. It worked and looks great now. For anyone who isn't extremely pear-shaped, just cast on fewer stitches on all pieces to begin with and skip most of the decreases.
Low Tide Cardigan by Tincanknits
Yarn: SweetGeorgia Tough Love Sock in Tourmaline, 2 skeins for 40" size (…
Here's some of what I've been doing with the fruit from my friend's backyard and from a trip to Gizdich Ranch this summer! Cherries- BBQ sauce for chicken wings
ribs (see blackberry ribs recipe below for method) paleo cherry crisp Blackberries- pork chopsribspie - This is my old favorite pie recipe. This time, I used the gluten free frozen crust from Whole Foods. You can substitute almond flour or whatever gluten-free flour you have for the topping. If not using rhubarb (works just fine with just berries), you can use about half the amount of sugar it calls for. Peaches-peach cobbler - Also one of my old favorites. I used the all-purpose gluten free flour in the green box that looks like this. I also subbed a buttermilk + water blend for the 1% milk. The batter got super fluffy from the acid in the buttermilk (I guess), but it turned out great!