This week's show features a quick project to keep your neck warm and a chat with Joe Wilcox.
Does anyone else remember my Ouroboros stitch pattern? Well, I decided to bring it back, in a quick neckwarmer pattern for Spring.
The yarn I used for this, Jitterbug by Colinette, is absolutely scrumptious. But, any soft sock yarn would probably work very well. The red I used actually has a slight variation in tone. It's too slight to show up in the photographs, but it does give the pattern a nice depth. Plus, the fact that it's merino wool makes it actually cozy, even though the cowl is narrow and somewhat lacy.
The pattern includes a note about where to switch colors, if want horizontal stripes in yours.
I used a stretchy bind off for this pattern that consists mainly of using a cable cast on to add one stitch, then casting that stitch off, followed by casting off three more stitches and starting over. A cable cast on is worked by placing your needle in-between the first stitch and the second stitch on the left-hand needle and drawing a loop of yarn through. You then place this loop on the left-hand needle, which adds 1 stitch to your work.
I don't know where I got the idea for this cast off, but I also don't remember just thinking of it. So, if you know, let me know and I will add the thank-you to that person.
Joe Wilcox, otherwise known as QueerJoe, was kind enough to chat with me this week about antique knitting machines, socks, sizing, and feeling comfortable among your "normals".
The KnitList is no more, but you can still get some patterns from it here.
If you do an online search for "museum of circular sock knitting machines", holey moley, you are in for some of that. I don't know which one Joe meant, exactly, so dive in.
If you search "DoublePointed" in The Knitting Vault, you can see the designs Joe was talking about when he mentioned that he designed under that name, for a while.
The NYS Sheep and Wool Festival is what most knitters are talking about when they say "Rhinebeck"
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