Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Location: Northern Detroit Metro area, Michigan, United States

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Tagged Again

I wandered over to Sallee's KnitNana site to check out the message that she'd updated and wandered right into a new MeMe complete with instructions: "If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged!" Ok, Sallee, you got me again!

4 jobs you have had in your life:
teacher (history, art, geography)
machine tool control detailer
software programmer (4 flavors of BASIC)
printed circuit board designer

4 movies you could watch over & over:
The Lion In Winter
The Wind & The Lion
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Gone With The Wind

4 places you have lived
Berville, MI
Pontiac, MI
Walled Lake, MI
Lake Orion, MI

4 TV shows you love to watch
West Wing
Desperate Housewives
Grey's Anatomy

4 places you have been on vacation
Salisbury, MD
Twin Lakes, MI
Finley, ND
Crestline, CA

4 websites you visit daily

4 of your favorite foods
king crab steamed with butter for dipping
chicken marsala
fresh baked bread
home-made soup

4 places you would rather be right now
Sorry, can't think of anywhere.........

To expand on the last, I'm sitting here at my computer which is my window on the world, I have a cat in my lap, my DH is just across the hall, and I have lots of yarn, quilting fabrics & books. I'm not a traveller, so I'm happy right where I am.

I spent almost three hours last night tinking back on the Wool Peddler shawl because of an extra YO in the first row of the 4th lace repeat. I have that row redone (correctly this time) and I'm now trying to add in another lifeline in the following purl row. I can see where a life line would be extremely handy, but putting one in is a pure pain. The first one before I started the lace was done by knitting each stitch with the shawl yarn and the lifeline (LL) yarn held together and then at each stitch, pulling the end of the LL yarn through the stitch before knitting the next one. This time I'm using a yarn needle to run the yarn through the stitches on the left needle before I knit them. It's working a bit better but it's still not easy. It took me over half an hour to get half way across the row. The jury is still out on knitting lace - I love the look of it, but I'm questioning the hassle. Still, that's probably because I haven't knit anything challenging for quite some time (knitting for charity means getting things done in a hurry rather than spending a lot of time so the hats, scarves & shawls are pretty mindless and can be knit almost on automatic.) I'll keep going and I hope someday that I'll learn to love lace as much as some of my knitting friends do.


Blogger KnitNana said...

Sorry, Jane - didn't mean to tag you indirectly!
Why don't you run the lifeline thru all the loops on the left needle before you knit them? That's what I do and it's not too bad to knit that stitch afterwards (I usually do this right before I knit the rest row...)

4:28 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

That's what I'm trying to do, but I can only get the yarn needle to slid through about 3 stitches at a time and then the angle is wrong. How do you do it??

6:53 PM  
Blogger Lorette said...

Try a smaller lifeline. I use dental floss and the smallest tapestry needle I have. After I'm done, I go back across the row with my fingers and the tip of the sewing needle, working the floss to the "away" side of the left needle so it doesn't get in the way.

2:44 PM  
Blogger Pola said...

Just a hint for you. You don't have to tink back to a undo an unwanted yarn over. When you discover it, you can do one of two things. First, you can simply transfer all the good stitches back to the left hand needle until you get back to the unwanted yarn over and then simply drop it off your needle. Ta da! All gone. Then simply transfer all your good stitches back to the right hand needle and then keep knitting. Or, second, you could mark the unwanted yarn over with a stitch marker (you know, one of those that looks like a safety pin), and then continue to knit until you come to that marker. Then simply unhook the stitch marker and drop the stitch then. Either way, you never have to tink to get rid of an unwanted yarn over. Also, handy to know is if you ever miss making a yarn over, simply note to yourself where you want to install one, keep knitting, and then simply pick it up from between stitches on the previous row where you wanted the yarn over to be. No tinking. This will help you in your lace knitting, saving lots of time.

12:54 AM  
Blogger Jane said...

Thanks, Pola.. I've used both those techniques when I've discovered the mistake in the 1st or 2nd row after, but this goof was about 6 rows back so tinking was the most practical solution rather than trying to work row after row of extra yarn into the adjoining stitches. I don't think I'll ever be a lace knitter but then I said the same thing about socks and I'm on my 2nd pair and have yarn & needles for several more pair in my stash.

8:54 PM  

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