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Still slipping….

What a weird day it has been.  I have been carrying on with my slipped stitch sequences and testing out a few so-called jogless joins.  While they work OK for stripes, none work in a way I like for the slipped stitch helix knitting I am doing.  So far, adding one stitch and alternating between slipping it and knitting it looks best to me.  But I am now thinking maybe I add say three stitches, maybe even three stitches between the font and the back needles when working magic loop.  Sort of setting off the strips of the sequences by bands of solid colour – maybe in purl  or even twisted knits!  Purl, Ktbl, Purl is something that occurs in the Japanese stitch pattern I am using for a pair of socks at the moment and it looks interesting.

 

That would serve to set off the slipped stitch sections quite nicely, I think. I might have a go at that and see. It probably rather negates the value of the repeated sequence but only by inserting a break, rather than completely reworking the sequence (more on that later.)

OK but here is the weird thing.  I was mapping the patterns with coloured blocks, just to get an idea of some of the variations, and to see where they might differ.  All of these are actually assuming you are working in the round.  Here is a selection:

I noticed a couple of weird blocks, that made no sense to me.  Look at these:

The bottom one explains – the slipped stitches should be getting lighter and lighter with each slipping.  You can see that in all of these charts, you get a round of your sequence: Knit 4, Slip 1, but when you move to the next round in helix knitting, knitting in the second colour and slipping the stitch from the previous round, all the slips stack up.  What is stranger, for at least one of them, does not act like what I have always been told with regard to patterns.

Both 15 and 19 are multipes of 4 +3 stitches.

15 = 12 (= 4×3) + 3 stitches

19 = 16 (= 4×4) +3 stitches

And yet the charts are totally different.  Look back up to (k3, s1) on 15 or 19 stitches.  They look THE SAME.  Read any stitch dictionary – they all specify pattern repeats as “multiples of x, + y extra stitches” and 99.9% of the time, it works.  For this method it does not.  The true weirdness came when I tried to explain slipped stitch helix knitting to my husband.  OMG.  He just could not get it.  He eventually created his own little chart, I grabbed my knitted sample, I talked him thru the way knitting, and in particular SLIPPING when using two colours and alternating rounds, works.  He just kept saying “But if you just add another slip HERE you can make it work!” and I kept saying “But adding stitches makes it not a sequence!” and he would say “It IS a sequence, just not the same one!” and I would yell “LOOK AT THE BOOK! It is called SEQUENCE KNITTING! It has to be the exact same sequence, over and over. The clue is in the title!” and so we sent, round and round, making no progress.

So that has been my Saturday.  <sigh>

 


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Another Nearly No-Sew Knitted Heart Pattern

I was keen to make another no-sew heart, with slightly different proportions and with a bit of texture.   It took me a few sample knits to get it to where I wanted it to be, but I am finally happy with the results. The original No-Sew Heart is very simple, a pair can be whipped out in and hour or two, if you do the two at a time, as you would socks. It looks like this:

I will add the NEW PDFs right at the beginning then get on with the explanation so I don’t get 100 comments or emails asking where they are!

The Nearly No-Sew Textured Heart

The Nearly No-Sew Subtle Textured Heart

The new, textured version has a few more rounds, and a few special tricks to make closing the gap in the middle a bit easier. Here are a couple of samples (the subtle version sample photo is right at the end):

 

 

On the last pattern I talked about the KFSB (knit front, slip back) alternative to KFB.  I explained how knitting into the front of the stitch, then inserting the needle into the back of that same stitch as if you were going to go ahead and knit into the back, but instead slipping that stitch over to the right  needle still produces two stitches but omits that little bar across the front you get with KFB. I offered the KFSB as an alternative to KFB, and said feel free to KFB if you prefer, it would be fine.

This one? Not so much. In order to make the pattern work, the increases need to be on the first and last stitch of the increase rows rather than one stitch in.  The KFSB give a far neater and snugger line of increases.

Can you see the KFB stitches (on the left) are just a little baggy and open?

This is the KFB seen along the edge – see the gaps above the “braid?”

and this is the KFSB seen along the edge – much tighter and neater!

I hope I have convinced you to give this a go!

One other small change.  When dividing for the heart bumps, in this version you will have an uneven number of stitches.  The round has 21 stitches and can’t be divided evenly.  This makes for a happy accident, I think.  When you begin heart bump #1, you will knit 10 stitches from the front needle, then slip on to waste yarn the heart bump #2 stitches.

You will move 11 from the second half of the front needle and then 10 from the beginning of the back needle. You will then begin heart bump #1 with a K2Tog, which brings the two halves together, beginning to close the gap.

Once you complete heart bump #1, and are ready to begin bump #2, you will need to join your yarn in the middle.  Re-organize your stitches so there are 10 stitches on the front needle and 11 on the back needle,  BUT you must then move the extra stitch in the middle from the BACK needle to the front, to then K2tog in the same way.

This seems like a bit of palaver but it helps to both simplify stitch pattern AND results in fewer sewn stitches needed to close the gap.

Now, I don’t have an issue stuffing the heart nicely thru the open bumps and the centre gap, but it IS easier if you fully stuff the tip and lightly stuff up to the gap then do bump #2 and finally fully stuff the bumps before you fully close the gap.

I was lucky enough to get a fellow Ravelry user, who knit the original, review the pattern and knit a sample.  I think her sample photos show the superior look of the KFSB along the side edge as well!

Many thanks to  MingleYarns  for her help. It is much appreciated!

As a bonus, there is yet another way to make this pattern that you might prefer.  The texture is more subtle, but if you hate purling then this will be better. All you need to do is read every PURL stitch as a KTBL (knit thru the back loop, or make a twisted knit stitch, as you prefer.)

With this very simple change, and making only knit stitches (well, sort of!) you get texture like this:

I went ahead and did a replace P with Ktbl  edit and created what I am calling A Nearly No-Sew Subtle Textured Heart Pattern.  Just know that that is quite literally the ONLY CHANGE in Subtle Textured vs Textured – just substituting a knit thru the back loop for a purl.

Lastly, if the proportions of the textured versions are more pleasing to you, you need only add 5 knit rounds after round 18 on the original No-Sew heart pattern.  The original is as streamlined as I could make it for charity knitting, but the textured versions (and the + 5 rounds version) are great for any other heart-as-gift.


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Internet issues

Sorry all.  I have no email at the moment and I depend on email notifications to alert me when I have a comment I need to respond to (for the DASH planner link or for a book folding template.)

 

I will TRY to go back and find all comments I have not replied to but if I miss you please comment again here and I will try to monitor it.

Hope you are all staying safe, washing your hands, and practicing social distancing! One of these may help…..

 


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Wreath Calendar done!

I have been working on the wreath calendars and have the one most people seem to like better done. I did play around with the fonts a little and like the vibe of this font :

You can download the PDF here.

I have been clearing up my craft spaces.  I finally have the sewing room sorted, mostly because I found an alternative for the storage of my son’s drum kits (one proper drums, one electronic, both HUGE) and that has allowed a better placement of furniture.  It really doesn’t help that that room is tiny, and has a sink in it – unlike most of the rest of the rooms there is not a fireplace in there.  This house has eight sinks upstairs (only three in actual bathrooms) and seven fireplaces in all, plus another 4 that have been blocked off or walled over.  It makes furniture placement a challenge! One thing I unearthed is a stash of clear CD covers, like I used to create the CD calendar project:

And this one:

I am about to start a major clear-out and re-org of my scrapbook space. This is likely to take some time LOL! My hope is that once the space is usable again I can actually get on with some crafting.  And I think I might have to do another CD calendar as my first project. Although, given the state of this room, it might by 6 months into the year before I manage it.  DOH!


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That Doily calendar – onesheets for 2020 thru 2022

I am always amazed at the number of requests I get for the same calendars over and over again.  The Doily calendar is one of those – although I think the pretty circle CD one is still the most requested one.

As I have been doing, I’ve made these for 3 years.

Small but enough for you to see what they look like, I think

You can grab the PDF here.

On a side note, I have noticed a number of posts on various blogs, doing a round up of 2020 calendars.  I’ve noticed this in previous years as well. The thing is, they all seem to repeat the SAME calendars across the board.  I usually have a calendar on those lists, and this year it is the leafy circles one:

In past years it has been this doily one, or the doily cards one.  But every year it’s the same.  One person posts a list and 10 other bloggers just shuffle the order and re-post the same darn calendars.  I make SO many calendars, it can’t be that it is always, year after year, that every round-up blogger picks THE SAME ONE.

But hey, if that is the style that is trendy, so be it.  At the very least it made me want to play around with the wreath concept a bit more.  Here are two I like, although I feel the fonts need to be changed, maybe.  Which do you prefer?


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Leap Year calendar one-sheet and updated Project Life graphics

I am working on the Doily one-sheets, as requested by an anonymous commentor, who says she has used them for the lat few years and wants the 2020 version.  Like with the month cards, I am doing 2020, 2021 and 2022.  A number of people have said they like to make 18 month or 24 month calendar gifts so it makes sense to do that.  ANYWAY, just a reminder – if you make a request, do be sure you add your info so I can get back to you.

In the meantime, I updated some old (2012!) Project Life cards and made a one-sheet calendar for leap year.

It has been AGES since I made any Project Life things and I am not sure how popular it is at the moment.  Comment if you still scrapbook that way.  These cards are slightly less than 3×4 so you can maintain the black border and (I think) round the corners of your base cardstock if you want to mount them on a colour.

Hope they are useful.  Hands up anyone who DIDN’T already know it was a leap year….

 

😀


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Year end goodies – just a couple

Hi all.

Hope your holiday season was a happy healthy and joyful one.

Looking back over my in-process stuff, I find a couple of things I mean to add and never did.  First, a sheet of book-folding fillers motifs.  People often find they have pages leftover, or maybe have a book that is bigger than needed for their project. These will help.  Also, maybe to add between two letters instead of a & for example.  I have a few sizes all on one sheet, just cut the one you want out!

and the other is a one-sheet calendar for 2020.  I found a glitch, where one day was in the working file bit for some unknown reason failed to appear in the PDF.  VERY weird.  I thought it was going to be a hunt to figure out what was making it happen, but in the end all I had to do was re-save as PDF and there it was.

Or at least it appears to be there – do tell me if 31st May disappears when you print it…..

Have a Happy New Year if I don’t get back before then!


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A little Christmas Round-up

Hi all!

I have been a bit useless this year in creating printables but in looking back to print my own Christmas goodies, I can see that many of my previous efforts are still useful and cute.  I thought I would add them in one place, as a sort of curated list.

But first, a new printable that we used for Hipp!!Bones fundraising – slightly sarcastic gift tags:

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Always the most useful printables this time of year! Links are first, images follow!

Cartoon style – found here!

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Traditional colours (seen at the top) – Download them by clicking here

Modern colours (seen at the bottom) – Download them by clicking here

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Download these by clicking here

Xmastags

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Cute trees:

Cards

Need a last-minute gift AND a card?  Make one of my ornament cards.  This post (with the red and white Scandi-style cards) has links to three different printable versions.

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The flat ones make up in minutes!

kidcards

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Just need a quick card?  The word-search ones are cute and they are in 4 x 6 or 3 x 4 sizes. This PDF has both sizes on a kraft card colour background, and this PDF has the three shown here on a white background.

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Print, cut and stick to a card blank.

and lastly, these.  Download the PDF, then cut out and stick to a card.  You can add a patterned paper background, and ribbon or a gem, if you have the time!

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3×4 printables but they work for quick card toppers too:

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Slightly geeky Christmas card is here

And although I showed this as a holder for swapping ATCs, I think it words perfectly as a gift card holder.  You can find the post on Twisted Cards here and here. You can see in the second link how to adjust the folding to accommodate a sideways card, which would pretty much equal a gift card.

And finally, a book fold of Rudolph!

Happy holidays to all!


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Some printable wine bottle gift tags

Hello all.

As mentioned I made a fair few things for the Hipp!!Bones fundraising efforts and we did very well at the craft fair and selling at a few other craft groups.  The Lump of Coal chocolate orange covers were very popular!

As that is done now, I thought I might offer as a printable the funny wine tags.  A bit of a play on the This wine pairs well with fish…red meat… turkey…. As you can see vaguely from the not great photo, I tarted them up with metallic disk stickers, bakers twine and some glitter snowflakes.

There are three pages in the UK-centric version:

There is one with a Frozen vibe:

One with a traditional Christmas vibe:

and a more quirky modern version:

I also made a USA-centric version, which leaves out BREXIT, but includes Impeachment (be careful you are very sure the recipient shares your views or sense of humor when attaching either of them to a gift!) and which subs sweater for jumper and fruitcake for pudding and omits crackers.  Are Christmas crackers a thing in the USA now?  I know I tried to send some back as gifts at some point and since they have a teeny tiny bit of explosive to make the SNAP when you pull them they are banned from mailing.  

Just a bit of fun and a few that are unique to others I’ve seen. They are sized as they are to fit my tag-top punch but they can also be cut as is and stuck to a luggage tag or you can cut and round the corners.

We give out many bottles during the holidays and a tag like this just adds a bit of fun. Hope you enjoy them!