As far as knitting, I'm not changing... in fact, before I got the last post published, I did this:
Part One and Part Two. That's the shawl (Polaris) all bundled up in the netting. As I unravel it and re-knit it, I'm trying to capture the beads as they are set free. The purpose? I'm making a second attempt at a LOOOOOSE cast on. I use three different cast-0n's and I have NO idea which one I used. Lace weight... really difficult to see (so why do I bother?).
Tip for me and anyone else: if you are taking notes about your projects, make a note about what type of cast-on you use.It has been quite frustrating to find that it wasn't stretchy enough for beautiful points at the bottom of the shawl, and I discovered a strange phenomenon*: My cast-on stitches slide around. Hard to describe but on the two shawls I knitted this year, I discovered that I could pull the stitches from side to side, like they are sliding on a single strand of yarn. Some day I'll figure out what that's all about, in the meantime, it's no good for forming points on shawls.
here in video form. It IS very stretchy but since I haven't seen it before, it might be a bit... ummm, too stretchy, and odd looking. So I tried out number three which is a stretchy cast-on that I saw Nancy Bush demonstrate (Estonian?) for the top of socks. I've used it a lot, and it's very pretty!
|Estonian double cast on|
*Another phenomenon: I have discovered that I've been mispronouncing "phenomenon" and therefore can't spell it without looking it up in google. I always start with "phenomenom" and wonder what's wrong! Never too old to learn to speak and spell! happy new year!!