Breakfast when the cat's away
I pulled an all-nighter last night frantically trying to finish up a couple of late late projects. Ends are all woven in now on both projects and buttons remain to be purchased for the second. I've already polished off the donut and hope I don't accidentally spill coffee on my late night work.
As a designer, I'm doing things I've never done as a knitter. I'm particularly proud of something I've learned in the past few days - the tubular cast on and the tubular bind off (also known as the sewn bind off). It makes for a very neat, elastic edge in ribbing. And it's so pretty :) Here's a peek at the project I used it for:
Jodi gives a really great tutorial for the bind off on her blog. It's a pain at first, but you really get into the rhythm of it after a while. Still, it's much slower than a traditional bind off, but the final product is really really nice. I used it because my design has a very deep scoop neck that would have been too floppy if bound off in the customary way.
Sorry for the lack of coherence. I don't weather all-nighters like I used to. I'm getting old!
Edited to add: Oh, and the yarn I was working with for one of the projects is so delicate that it was felting like a motherf****r while I was working with it. Picture me on my sofa at 4 a.m., X-files playing in the background, trying desperately not to handle my knitting too much while I was picking up and knitting a border. I tried doing it with gloves, I tried doing it with Kleenex cushioning either side of the work area, but finally gave up and just attempted to keep my hands very very dry.