Big is back

An article crossed my desk last week and at first I dismissed it, but since starting this blog, I have noticed that yarns are getting thicker and patterns similarly, accommodate these thicker yarns.

Personally I have always gone for the finer yarns, in many cases preferring to wear machine knitted garments over the bulkier hand knit.

Being small, I find the thicker yarns make me look bigger than I really want to look.

However, it seems, I have to find a compromise as according to the dictates of fashion, big is back.

Mind you, some of these designs leave a lot to be desired and by the look on the models’ faces, I feel they think the same. However, it is interesting that this could be the way we are headed.

Click here to read the article and check out more of the designs. Leave me a message, I would love to know what you think.


Round the clock: The clock tells the time over 24 hours with each stitch representing half-an-hour, producing one row every day.

The 365-day “knitting clock” uses nearly 1,500ft (457.2m) of yarn to show the passing of time and will leave you with a 6ft 7in (2m) scarf by the end of December.

The 24-hour clock, created by designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen, knits one stitch every half-hour, adding one new row every day.

The full article, including a little video explanation of how it the clock works can be found at the UK Daily Mail‘s website.


 

If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands?

Milton Berle

Many women discover their urge to knit when expecting a baby. It seems like the right thing to do, knitting little baby things to wrap your new arrival in. When you think about it, being a new knitter and being a new mother are a lot alike. Both activities get better with practice, both are awkward and bumpy at the beginning, and both yield lovely results using common materials.

Done right, motherhood and knitting are both creative acts.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee



 Yarns from knitpicks.comWe haven’t had a knitting milestone from the Guinness Book of Records for a little while so I thought I would have a look and see what I could find.

I was blown away to find Australia holds the world record as the fastest team to knit an adult jumper straight off the sheep’s back to the shearer’s back.

The record has stood since 2004 when a team from Merriwa in NSW, the Merriwa Jumbucks, set the record of 4 hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds, while also raising $15,000 for cancer research.

A Netherlands team, of which the world’s fastest knitter Miriam Tegels is a member, has won many of the competitions, but to date, has still some way to go to beat the Australian record.

A team consists of a sheep, a blade shearer, and seven spinners and knitters. The team can nominate timekeepers, assessors and coordinators to monitor teams competing at each venue. Teams follow identical rules and patterns.

The closest the Dutch have got to the Australian record is 5hr 01min 07sec, but as you can see, they are closing in. They have won the challenge every year since 2012 and each year, they get closer to the Australian record. For more on the challenge click here. Aussies beware!

This is Dutch team after its 2013 win at Tuin Pension, Groenewoud, Swalmen in the Netherlands. The team was multi-national, albeit all European, and consisted of shearer Albert Koopman, spinner/knitters Elma Bartels, Hannalore Hemmingway, Miriam Tegels (Netherlands), Astrid Schramm, Martina Hoffman, Elisabeth Gutschow (Germany) and Freyalyn Close-Hainsworth (UK). Officials on the day were Elske Post (Netherlands) and Steve Plummer (UK).

Easter surprise

With Easter getting closer, these cute little blankies caught my eye. Something for the littlies at this time of celebration.

This is a free pattern and is available for download from Ravelry.com

This is a direct link to the pattern, unfortunately due to copyright restrictions, I was not permitted to upload to Grammazoo for distribution. Undaunted, you still get the pattern, albeit from the original source.


Zig zag stitch

The zigzag stitch, also known as chevron stitch, is a great stitch for home decor and accessories and also looks fab as an edging. It is very easy and I think, very affective. I have already imagined a use for this stitch in a project for next summer, hmmm, we shall see.

For the full tutorial, with detailed photographs by Anna Nikipirowicz from loveknitting.com click here.


Weaving ends

Aaargh, weaving in ends is a job I really hate, particularly if you have had a number of changes of colour in your project.

This short video from very pink knits makes weaving ends easy. There are no knots and the finish is invisible.

For garter stitch

And for stocking stitch


We are about halfway through the series of yoga videos for knitting and this stretch I am sure we all could have used at some time.

Carpal tunnel, we have all heard of this painful condition, and I bet, many have had the operation to release the pressure on the nerves that run through the wrist.

This simple movement helps to stretch the wrist and may alleviate some of the pain caused by the syndrome.


To finish this week, I have something different just for you.

I love quizzes and thought that you might like them too, and what better than a knitting quiz for a knitting blog.

I did this one a couple of weeks ago and got 10 out of 12.

I knew I had blown at least two of the questions as I really had no idea and simply took a guess. Below is the link, have a go and let me know how you go. Good luck.

http://quizpug.com/can-you-answer-12-basic-knitting-questions/

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