Total Depravity and the like

I learned a new skill last week, and it was due to Heather Ordover of Craftlit. I had commented earlier to her about a theological issue  because she is leading us through The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthore, and a couple of podcasts ago she put out a call to me on her podcast to send her some information about sin and evil.  I emailed her my stuff, and then she said, oh, so casually, why don’t you send me an audio file?

Well, since i’m a pastor,  I do speak for a living every Sunday, so I know my voice is ok.  And then I discovered that in fact, my little 13 inch MacBook can record my voice and everything! So, if you go here, you can hear me talking about, sin, evil and total depravity.  Ah, yes, I’m so cheery about it all too!  The Fun thing in the podcast is that there’s another graduate of theological studies who Heather quotes, and it’s a great complement to my stuff.

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Cable Connections

I love my Knitpicks Options set. I’ve bought the basic nickel-plated steel set, along with a pair of the Harmony wood tips in a size I use a lot, and I’m seriously looking into the clear Zephyrs. Knitpicks has done an awesome job of creating a “build your own” set at a reasonable price.

Unfortunately, they do not carry this:

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It’s a set of three cable connectors for the Options cables. I don’t know the whole story about why Knitpicks is not carrying these; maybe they don’t meet the quality control they want, or maybe they want customers to buy every set of cable lengths (I hope it’s something like the former). Anyway, apparently they are sold in Europe under the name KnitPro, and I bought a couple of sets from a lovely British online seller p2tog.com for less than $5 a set. I bought two sets, knowing that at least one of the knitters in my knit group would probably want to purchase another set, and that happened within a week!

Here’s what I doing with it at the moment. My blue project doesn’t require a cable length longer than the 40″ cable that I own, but I did use it to take off a tip, screw on another cable in order to see how the garment might be fitting – there’s plenty of extra length in the cable for stretching, and one could even add the stopper on the end if you were worried about it. Sure, I could take the tip off, add it to another cable and knit part of the row – I’ve done this in the past. But this solution to the “trying it on” worked very slickly without any problems, and it is much faster!

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It’ll take another project to see how the cable connector performs with actual knitting, but it looks like it would be ok for most projects.

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Something Blue

I’m starting back to bigger projects (although I think I’ll cast on for some socks or a scarf for knitting relief). I’m working on something blue:

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More details to follow. It’s something I’m designing, and we’ll see how it works out. Let’s just say that I’m in the “process knitting” mindframe as I work on this. A book that I bought a while ago to help me is Sweater 101 – I highly recommend it!

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A great way to start the week

I’m sitting at my computer with my coffee at home, and the phone rings. For a moment, I wonder whether to answer it, and then I do. A chirpy voice asks for me, and I say “Who’s calling?” even though this is not the usual hour for telemarketers calling, and the reply is “This is Lucy Neatby.” And then I remember that I left a voicemail to order some DVDs from her! How delightful to get a call from one of the Knitterati on a Monday morning!

BTW, Lucy’s DVDs are fabulous, and she has a great special going. If you order one of her new DVDs, they are slightly cheaper right now (long story on the problems she’s had in getting them produced), plus free shipping, and if you order any of her older ones, they are at the regular price, but also have free shipping. This will only last for a couple of weeks at the most, so order now!

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FO: Kiri Matching Beret

The Ishbel matching beret and shawl by Ysolda got me to thinking about my beautiful Kiri Shawl. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a matching hat for it?

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I still had a bunch of the Dream in Color Baby yarn leftover from the shawl, and looked on Ravelry, and found that someone had done a beret hat recipe with the Kiri lace pattern that became my starting point.

The Ishbel beret has a hem for the band, which is good with fingering and lace yarns, and I repeated that feature. Then I increased a bunch, did the Kiri lace pattern for a couple of repeats, then gradually decreased in stockinette – with the lace yarn, I wanted a more substantial fabric than a lacey pattern would give me.

Once blocked, it still had a wonderful sheepy quality to the yarn because I soaked some of my handspun at the same time. Brandy has laid claim to it:

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Who could resist those eyes? It’s hers.

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FO: Pomatomus Socks

I finished the Pomatomus Socks:

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And I really love them. I did these toe-up, since I wanted to use as much of the yarn that I could. Actually, I ended them before I ran out of yarn, because they were pretty long!

Method I used is similar to that of domesticrafts.com. I used Judy’s magic cast-on for a total of 30 stitches (15 stitches on each needle) increased every other row (using Wendy Knits k/f-b for the first time, which means there are no gaps, and quite lovely) to having 32 stitches for the sole, and 36 stitches for the instep. Then I started Chart B in the Pomatomus pattern, making the change in the first decrease in the first row to a K2togtbl. Halfway through the second repeat, i began increasing along the sides of the sole stitches every 3-4 rows for 4x times, for a total of 38 stitches (I wanted plenty of room for the heel). Then I did a short row heel, and after a few rows on the back side, I started the twisted rib – with an unintentional variation – I twisted the “wrong way” on the purl side. It looks cools to me – almost like a braid:

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Anyway, I love them so much that I’m doing another pair in Shibuiknits sock yarn. I guess I’m a little bit addicted.

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A few yards

Well, the Ishbel Beret hat is done, and here’s what I had left after finishing it:

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Yeah, only a few yards left of the 130 yards for the beret. I did do one thing to help stretch the yarn. I knit the inside of the hem in another yarn (Opal sock yarn in this case):

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Now, I only did one full repeat of the lace pattern, but then realized as I knit the top of the hat I had enough yarn, so I added in 4 more rows total to give the hat a bit of slouch. All in all, the calibration between the pattern and yarn came out about as close as I like to cut it!

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