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Snap decision May 21, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

Yesterday while at work, Kim was looking at a Drops pattern book and telling me how much she liked the pattern posted by Melissa on our Free Pattern Fridays, I had to agree and then leaf through the whole thing. There are quite a few I would like to knit, but this little bag (a bag of all things, who’da thunk?) struck me as the perfect little project for right now. I bought the two…

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A Sentimental Journey May 14, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

Today I’m feeling a bit sappy and sentimental, please bear with me! I do not know about you but I do not have a lot of my own childhood toys left. I guess that it is normal, since once we have ‘outgrown’ our toys they get passed on to younger ones to enjoy, except for the few we cannot bear to part with. I yet have to gather the courage to give away the first…

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From all angles – decreases; part 3 May 7, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Double decreases Sometimes a pattern will ask you to decrease two stitches at a time with a double decrease. Most often it happens in lace patterns, but there are some garment patterns that include double decreases. In any case, it is good to know how to work them. I have not yet stumbled upon a pattern that asked to do double decreases from the WS (though I suppose they could be out there), every decrease…

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From all angles – decreases; part 2 April 30, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Last week I talked about single decreases worked on the right side (RS) of your knitting, which is what most patterns ask for. However, once in a while you stumble upon a pattern that makes you work single decreases on the WS. As on the RS you can work right and left slanted decreases. P2tog = purl 2 together looks exactly like k2tog when examined from the RS. Again, you do exactly that, you purl…

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From all angles – decreases; part 1 April 23, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Today I am going to tell you about single decreases. Meaning: how to get one stitch less in your knitting. Decreases are mostly needed when knitting a sweater, lace or any project that involves shaping at all. Decreases can be worked on the Right Side (RS) or the Wrong Side (WS) of your knitting, most commonly they are done on the RS. There are, however, some lace patterns where it is necessary to decrease on…

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Weekend Wrap April 16, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

Well, almost. I’m not quite finished yet, but I do think it is a neat little project with lots of impact. Knit on BIG needles, with not so big yarn. 12 mm needles, to be exact. The yarn is “Origami” from Berroco, ever since I laid my eyes on this particular colourway I wanted to knit something, I just waited for the right project. On a whim I cast on for the “Weekend Wrap” by…

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Sometimes you just have to April 9, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

I hope you had a relaxing Easter/Passover weekend, with everything good that should be involved! I’m taking a quick break now from doing my taxes to tell you about my latest project: I knit something last week that even a year ago I wouldn’t have thought I would. (Does that make sense?) Ever once in a while there is a big hype going on about one or other pattern, hundreds, if not thousands of projects…

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What comes after Finishing? April 2, 2012 – Posted in: How to, Mondays with Mona

Nothing, you might say. Not so! Let’s talk about blocking a bit. Lotte is done. After sewing her up and adding the collar she underwent some steam blocking to make her look even better. I find it is an important step in making a project look really ‘finished’ – the seams settle, anything that might look a bit puckered eases into usually flat fabric, in short: blocking makes your project look happy. You do not…

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Better late than never? March 26, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

Hello there. I forgot to blog today. Ooops. There is no excuse. However, I do have something to talk about, believe it or not. Remember “Lotte”? She is in the finishing stage. I’ve seamed the raglan seams (the pattern is written very well, it went as smoothly as it could) and am knitting the collar. To get a break from doing the short rows of the collar I seamed one of the side seams and…

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Cotton, Linen and the like March 19, 2012 – Posted in: Mondays with Mona

We have lovely weather here in Montreal today. The sun is out, it is warm – and one is tempted to put away the wooly sweaters for good. Together with the hats, cowls and mittens that have been our trusted companions for the last months. Though I have to admit we have been spoiled this year, it was not as cold, snowy and long as many Winters before. Knitters are starting to look for the…

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