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02 Nov '12

Turnagain Tips & Cast On

I put my latest Turnagain on the needles yesterday, and since I took the time to figure out exactly what part of a crocheted cast-on to pick up for easier unraveling at the end I thought I'd share a few photos of picking up: Using an appropriately sized crochet hook (G, I think) and some smooth cotton yarn (Tahki Cotton Classic leftovers, in this case) I chained one more than necessary, then broke the yarn and closed the last loop. I found it easier to use this provisional cast-on because it is easily removed, easier to count stitches, and far easier to start with a short tail and keep chaining than long-tail cast on 200+ stitches with the hopes that my tail was long enough. Picking up the bump on the back of the chain. I did several small swatches to figure out exactly what part to pick up since I didn't remember how to do this properly for my first knit sample and wound up having to unweave all the provisional stitches. Here are the bumps up close. I picked up with the right leg of the bump at the front of the needle, but even if you pick up with the left leg at the front, you can still knit into the leg of the stitch closest to your right needle. Here's today's progress: I love to see the way the colors start to come together in these first 20-ish rounds. I can do all the theoretical color combinations in my head, but it just doesn't compare to actually getting the yarn on the needles. Curly little booger, though: It needs holding down to be able to see those first few rows. Don't forget to share you cast on photos either here in the comments, or on the Ravelry thread. Only those who have cast on and finished object photos in the appropriate time frame will be eligible for the prize! I'll be announcing the details of the prize near the end of November, or in early December.
31 Oct '12

Ready To Cast On?

I've chosen my colors for my "official" (not testing) version of Turnagain for the knit-along: My main color will be Beach Glass (color C), my 3/4 skein is Butterbeer (color D), and my four highlights (A & F 1/2 skeins, B & E 1/4 skeins) are Saltwater, Little Mouse, Saffron and Marcia. I originally wanted a dark blue-green for my main color, but the yarn hasn't dried in time so I'm going with what's on hand. This time instead of Pebble Sock, I'm using Merilon because I want to see how the texture and drape turns out with a nylon-supplemented 4-ply yarn. Can't wait to see how those kits I sent out knit up! Be sure to post a picture of your cast on here! There are also still kits available, with and without patterns.
17 Oct '12

Finished Turnagain

My Turnagain tester is done! I love how soft and squishy the two layers are together. This cowl is going to be the perfect cool-weather knit. I've listed (and sold) several more kits in the last week - click here to see what is still available. Don't forget to check in with my Ravelry group to hear more about the knit-along guidelines. Also, keep checking back this week for more kits of different kinds - half skein combos and gradients!
02 Oct '12

Testing Turnagain

This many colors can't be a bad thing: Color A: Dahlia (1/2 skein) Color B: Silverlight (1/4) skein) Color C: Toad Lily (Full skein) Color D: Amethyst (3/4 skein) Color E: Nautilus (1/4 skein) Color F: Ceilo (1/2 skein) Turnagain is going really well, in fact I think I'm 1/3 finished with the knitting part, but I'm only surprised because I had a slightly rough start. I cast on with the wrong needle size and length, then found after 10 rows of knitting that I'd also twisted my work. I ripped back, restarted with a crocheted provisional cast on on the right size needle, and things have gone quickly every since. I'm glad to be knitting through the pattern before putting kits together as I'm having all kinds of inspiration for how to make the kits more visually appealing. I have some wilder ideas as well as some pretty normal ones, but here's what I think really works so far: Neutrals Color A: Little Mouse Color B: Earth Color C: Natural Color D: Antique Color E: Inkwell Color F: Willow Autumnal Color A: Butterbeer Color B: Nutmeg Color C: Earth Color D: September Color E: Warm Glow Color F: Olive Wild Thing Color A: Pretty In Color B: Natural Color C: Inkwell Color D: Green Apple Color E: Good Egg Color F: Robin's Egg Plum Purple Color A: Sonata Color B: Aquifer Color C: Black Jewel Color D: Margeaux Color E: Luminence Color F: Zinfandel Jewel Tones Color A: Dragon Color B: Charcoal Color C: Merlot Color D: Ultramarine Color E: Little Mouse Color F: Indigo Most of these colors can be found here on my website's list of colors, but also on my Pinterest page if you want to see them organized by color.
27 Sep '12

Paper Camera

I've been messing around with a new app today called Paper Camera. I had to try out a shot of my dye studio: Way more entertaining than Instagram. I also tested out some colors for someone who wants a Turnagain kit in Lilt, and these are my six favs. Left to right: Saltwater, Little Mouse, Merlot, Chelan, Ultramarine, Beach Glass. Dyed but not shown: Inkwell, Sivia, Iced Teal & Turquoise Gothic. You can cruise over to the alphabetical gallery if you need to see what each of these colors looks like.