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A Mobius Fail, a Knitting Group and New Needles!

It’s been a busy week this one but I have still found time to whip out the needles when I can. My mobius cowl didn’t turn out quite to plan, I cast off at the weekend but it soon became clear that I had cast on far too many stitches and after 2 hours of binding off I was left with a cowl that hit the floor when I put in on! I thought it was a bit too thin just before I ran out of yarn and cast off but I convinced myself all would be ok. But it went from this…

Mobius Cowl

….to this! I may be smiling here but inside I was preparing myself for the frog! Oopsy!

Mobius Fail

So anyway, frog I did and recast on with a lot less stitches. Fingers crossed for attempt no.2!

I am really happy this week as I have found a local knitting group 🙂 Through the powers of Ravelry I found out that there was a group not to far from me, so on Weds evening I packed up my newly cast on cowl and headed down to meet some fellow knitters. There were only 3 of us knitters on this occasion, plus 2 other halves but everyone was lovely and I felt lucky to have met some local like-minded knitterly people.

I have also had a few ‘presents’ through the door this week. During the recent knitting weekend in Ammerdown I was introduced to some 6″ knit pro needles, perfect for swatching! I ordered some from the Knitting4fun website just to try them out. A perfect size for handbags, they are going to be brilliant for knitting swatches on the go.

Speaking of handbags, one of the ladies at Ammerdown was in possession of this little beauty, the Thames Knitting Bag . This is so on my Christmas list!!

Thames Knitting Bag

I also ordered a fixed Addi Lace needle after hearing some good reviews. I have yet to try it out though.

The other purchase was a Fair Isle knitting book.

Fair Isle Book

So I have lot’s to keep me going. Plus this weekend I really need to knuckle down and finish module 4 of the C&G course. After stalling for so long and seeing what is coming up in the next module I have set myself the deadline of the end of November to complete it. And now I have said it, it has to happen!

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C&G Hand Knit Textiles – Module 1

So module 1 is completed and I passed, yay!

There were 9 activities in this module broken down into 2 sections, Knitting and Underpinning Knowledge.

Activity 1 – Samples of Cast-ons and Cast-offs

In this activity I had to work a number of cast-ons and cast-offs. A real eye opener for me as I had always stuck to the same method for each before.

Sample 1 – Long tail cast-on / Knitted cast-off – these are the 2 methods that I had always used.

Sample 1 - Long Tail Cast on / Knit Cast off

Sample 2 – Knit cast-on / Knit 2 tog cast-off

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Sample 3 – Picot stitch cast-on / knit and purl cast-off

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Sample 4 – Invisible cast-on / Sewn cast-off / Knit 1 Purl 1 rib

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Sample 5 – Knotted edge cast-on / Picot edge cast-off

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Sample 6 – Cable cast-on / Double crochet cast-off

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Activity 2 – Selvedges

Another new area for me.

Sample 1 – Chain Selvedge

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Sample 2 – Double slipped garter selvedge

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Sample 3 – Picot selvedge

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Sample 4 – Eyelet selvedge

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Sample 5 – Double chain selvedge

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Activity 3 – Hems and Edgings

In this activity I had to work a number of edgings, hemmed and decorative.

Sample 1 – Hemmed Edge

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Sample 2 – Seed stitch ruffle

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Sample 3 – Picot wave hem

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Sample 4 – Petite Shells Edging

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Sample 5 – Scalloped leaves

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Sample 6 – Fan edging

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Activity 4 – Tension Swatches

This activity explored how to accurately measure tension using different yarns and stitch patterns.

Sample 1 – Smooth Yarn

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Sample 2 – Textured Yarn

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Sample 3 – Textured stitch

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Activity 5 – A Test Sample

Here I used a number of different needles with the same yarn to swatch the best gauge.

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Activities 6 and 7 looked at underpinning knowledge. I had to report on any exhibitions, museums or galleries I had visited and take lots of photos for future inspiration and start a reference file of local yarn stores and collect items that I might consider for future use.

Activity 8 looks at Designer Makers – I chose to research Steve Plummer as I was inspired by his ‘Illusion Knitting’ techniques.

Here is a sample I made from Steve Plummers ‘Squares that Look Round’ wall hanging pattern. When viewed straight on the circle cannot be seen, however through the use of raised stitches when viewed from an angle you can clearly see the shape.

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Activity 9 – Yarn File

This activity focuses on the properties of pure wool, mohair and silk. A report was written on each fibre detailing how they are produced, their properties and care.

Wool Sample 1 – Chunky wool

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Wool sample 2 – Merino wool

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Wool sample 3 – Chunky stitches

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Wool sample 4 – Fine wool stitch sample

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Mohair sample 1 – Basic sample

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Mohair sample 2 – loose gauge

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Silk sample 1 – Basic sample

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Silk sample 2 – Lace

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Overall I really enjoyed this module and although it’s only the first one I learnt so much! I have now completed module 2 and will post pictures of this once it has been returned from assessment.

If anyone is considering undertaking this course I would highly recommend it! The course I am doing is run by Fiona Morris at ‘Distance Knitting’. There is a lot of work involved but if you love knitting as much as I do then you will really enjoy it.

Module 1 – Completed!

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