Knitting, New Tools and New Yarn

03 Nov

1   I finished a new project today, using a new technique I learned while with my Sister-in Law in Atlanta, Georgia. I had to revise cable stitch and learn three needle cast-off – all very satisfying and I put the little hat in the post today for Grand-baby B.

Owl hat

Owl hat

2   My SIL taught me how to knit in the round – previously I had changed all patterns to flat knitting –  and she lent me her interchangeable needles to get me started on the little pants that I made for my Grand-nephew and which I posted about here. While we were away in Hawai’i, a set of interchangeable needles with brass connectors was delivered for me on my return.

Interchangeable needle set in a pouch

Interchangeable needle set in a pouch

3   In Truro this afternoon, in my favourite shop, Truro Fabrics, I had the usual friendly and professional help and now have some beautiful cashmere merino yarn for a very special secret project which I shall start tonight. You’ll see it when it’s done! I am a very happy bunny with a new project to work on!

Beautifully soft new yarn

Beautifully soft new yarn


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10 responses to “Knitting, New Tools and New Yarn

  1. djdfr

    November 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    The three needle bind-off is my favorite for shoulders. All the stitches line up. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 4, 2014 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you for that – I shall try it. From the inside of the garment or the outside? 🙂

      • djdfr

        November 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

        That depends on the desired effect. The first time I did it, the pattern called for wrong sides together which put the seam on the outside, giving a decorative line along the shoulder. With right sides together, the seam is on the inside and gives a very smooth finish on the outside.

        • mybeautfulthings

          November 5, 2014 at 10:17 pm

          Thank you very much for that. I shall try it each way on different garments in due course. Thanks again 🙂

  2. Shelagh

    November 4, 2014 at 8:40 am

    This will revolutionize your knitting life, Sally! can’t tell you how many sets of interchangeables I have in my tool collection. Haven’t used those unwieldy single points in YEARS. Not only that but I alter flat patterns for round needles…. Hooray for your SIL.

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 4, 2014 at 10:34 am

      You are right! No more sewing up (or much less anyhow) and that’s the bit I hate the most!
      I shall turn to you too for encouragement when I need it. At the moment I am finding the circulars a bit unwieldy but am determined to get to grips with it. 🙂

  3. utesmile

    November 4, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I always use round needles and that set looks brilliant. Change when needed. I just finished my snoot, for myself. The owl looks great!

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

      It’s a big discovery for me and I think it will be a brilliant one – so much less sewing up! Bet your snood is beautiful too. 🙂

  4. The Twisted Yarn

    November 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    My goodness, that hat is beautiful! Love the owl!

    • mybeautfulthings

      November 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

      That’s what I thought whe I saw the pattern and I just had to have a go. I think if you are familiar with the techniques, it would probably only take an evening. It took me two on this first attempt. 🙂


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