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Row, Row, Rowing Out May 22, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

No boat, no water, just knitting rowing out. Remember when I talked about the ‘wrong side’ of knitting? The following comment was left by gnochistickate (I am assuming her name is Kate, and she seems a knitter who knows her stuff!) Neat pairs of rows – 2 by 2. We are trying to avoid that. “One thought about why people shy away from the ?inverse?: a lot of knitters have trouble with their reverse stockinette…

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Knot True!* May 15, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

*A sentiment that you might have while reading this post. Hello there. I’m back. We went to TNNA (it was great!) and I do hope you are going to enjoy the new yarns that will be coming in for Fall – and yes, I know. How can you even begin to think about Fall when we only had a few weeks of nice and warm weather here in Montreal? So let’s concentrate on other things…

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Still Not Pastry April 24, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

When I posted about Brioche knitting, someone left a question if this stitch could be worked in two colors. (Whoever asked, I am very sorry that I cannot seem to find your comment!) Here is the answer: Yes, you can. For a small moment I considered leaving it at that and just telling you that I will be away next week, meaning blogging will most probably re-commence on May 8th, after we’re all back from…

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In The Spirit Of The Easter Bunny April 17, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

My daughter is convinced the Easter Bunny is real. She does not, however, believe in Santa Claus. How did that happen? She happily dyed eggs and decorated them, and right now I think that is all that matters. I did have a look around ravelry and found some hilarious egg-related projects. Crochet outweighs the knitting today, since I do not have to explain anything, I think I will be ok. I found some easy ones…

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Testing 1, 2, 3 April 10, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

Actually, I should call it ‘Swatching 1, 2, 3’ since that is what I am going to do. Knit one yarn with different kind of needles and show what it looks like. An experiment, yet not really because I already know that I do knit differently with different materials like metal, bamboo or wood. Let’s see how it turns out. (It is absolutely possible that this post doesn’t prove anything but the fact that I…

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Summer Sweater 101 April 3, 2014 – Posted in: Project Ideas, Thursday This and That

When I am looking outside my office window right now, I can see blue sky. The sun actually provides some warmth and it feels like we are finally on the way to warmer weather. (The wind is still a witch with a b.) It seems my strategy of knitting a sweater in linen while Winter is still raging is paying off – it will be indeed done by the time the weather lets me wear…

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Inversions March 27, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

One week into Spring now and, what can I say, it does not feel like Spring at all. We have all the summery yarns you could want, and yet the weather really does nothing to tempt us into Summer knitting, does it? I am stubbornly knitting away on my linen sweater, just because I know (I just have to, otherwise hysterical cackling will set in) that the warmer weather is just around the corner. There…

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A List Of Useful "How To's" March 20, 2014 – Posted in: How to, Thursday This and That

It doesn’t feel like it but it is the first day of Spring. Let’s hope the weather gets the memo soon! We at Espace Tricot are all set for warmer weather, except for a couple more deliveries we have all the Summer yarns we planned to get in stock and I, for one, have been happily knitting away with linen. Well, I did think it a teeny weeny bit pathetic, knitting a summer sweater when…

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This Post Is Not About Pastry March 13, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

There is a technique in Knitting that is called “brioche” – and as much as I would love that, it is not edible, yet almost as delicious as the pastry of the same name. It is also not half as hard to make yourself as the edible version. (Just try to avoid making any mistakes.) Brioche, Fisherman’s Rib and Shaker knitting are all the same thing – the result when knit is a cushy fabric…

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Through The Loops – Front Or Back February 27, 2014 – Posted in: Thursday This and That

If you google “tbl” you get a whole lot of explanations what it could mean – from ‘text back later’ to ‘the bottom line’ etc. Those are meant for the real world. In the knitting world, the geek speak of ‘tbl’ is an abbreviation for ‘through (the) back loop’, and, to my surprise, that explanation shows up, too. When you knit a stitch into the back loop, the following happens: The legs of the stitch…

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