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Monday, June 26, 2006

A beautiful day

It's a gorgeous monday morning here on the west coast. It is supposed to get much hotter later in the day but i'd feel guilty complaining about it when our weather is usually so good.
The knitting workshop at Hemp went great yesterday ! The women that came were all interesting and funny and easy going. Well, except when they got tense about the knitting :P. I found it really fun and hope they did too.
We've decided to have a knitting circle hopefully at
the Spiral Cafe a couple doors down from Hemp and Co. on sunday afternoons. Sounds idyllic to me :)
I can't get blogger to upload pix today, so for the knitting content of the day i give you a copy of the knitting workshop paper with 2 cloth patterns.One is very basic, the second a tiny bit more challenging for a new knitter. Enjoy!

Knitting with Hemp

Knitting Abbreviations:
CO : cast on
BO : bind off
K2tog : knit 2 stitches together
Sl 1 : slip the stitch
YO : yarn over the needle

Plain Garter Stitch Diagonal Cloth
Needles : size 4mm or 4.5 mm
Row 1: Cast on 2 stitches, knit these once.
Row 2: *Slip 1, Yarn Over, knit to end.
Continue in this manner, beginning each row with Slip 1, Yarn over.
You will be treating the Yarn Over as a regular stitch on each row.
Knit until the cloth is half the size you want.
Knit one row plain. ( remember to slip the first stitch)
Next Row: Slip 1, Knit 2 together, knit to end.
Repeat until you have 2 stitches left. Knit 2 together.
Slipping the first stitch of every row in a piece of knitting gives a firmer tidier edge.
Lace Edge Cloth
Needles : size 4mm or 4.5 mm
Cast On 35 stitches.
Row 1: Sl 1, Knit to end
Row 2: (K2tog)2x, * (YO K1) 4x, (K2tog) 4x *, repeat * * to last 4 stitches, ( K 2tog) 2x
Row 3, 4 , 5 : Sl 1, Knit to end.
Row 6: (K2tog) 2x, * (YO K1) 4x, (K2tog) 4x *, repeat * * to last 4 stitches, ( K 2tog) 2x
Row 7 : Sl 1, Knit to end.
Repeat Row 7 until it's as long as you like. Bind Off.
Optional eyelet row: About half to one inch ( 1.5 to 2.5 cm) before you want the end of your cloth.
Eyelet Row: Sl 1, K1, YO, K2tog Repeat * * to end
Next Row: Knit. Bind Off.

Online Knitting instructions:

Free patterns : just a couple to start with

Podcast links : remember to listen to podcast you don't need an ipod!

Blogs: there are many many knitting related blogs online.
Laurie Dolan White


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