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Old 02-05-2018, 05:57 AM   #1
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What I did with Santa's gifts - part 1

Well, as you know, Santa brought me some lovely yarn.
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When yarn is in a skein it can get tangled while you knit with it, so the first thing to do is put it on a swift:
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and wind it using a ball winder:
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into a neat ball ready for the next step.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:35 AM   #2
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It's good to have the right tools.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:09 AM   #3
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You have neat balls.
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:30 PM   #4
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I also like Limey's balls.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:13 PM   #5
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I love that colour!
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:40 PM   #6
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I love that colour!
Yes, BigV hit the spot with that, for sure!
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:36 PM   #7
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Here we have some more tools. The beads are in my grandfather's old inkwell (ideal to prevent accidental spillage). And the world's teeniest crochet hook. I don't crochet but it is the perfect thing for adding beads to knitting as you go.

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Old 02-12-2018, 04:30 PM   #8
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And here we have some beads knitted into the knitting. I shall have to work out how to show you the process. It's a little fiddly even without trying to take photographs!

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Old 02-12-2018, 05:14 PM   #9
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Wow, that looks tedious. Not something that you can add to multitasking.
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Wow, that looks tedious. Not something that you can add to multitasking.
Goes well with audio books, radio plays and music. Though we were listening to some rather distracting early polyphony just as I was getting started which didn't exactly help ...

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Ehrmagerd, beards!
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Old 02-13-2018, 08:26 PM   #12
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limey, I'm delighted to see you making such beautiful things with the materials I gave you. It makes me happy. I wish you could visit the shop where I got the stuff (the fibers, that is. The music shop is not nearly as impressive but just as local and independent.) The proprietor told me she'd dyed that skein herself very recently. I doubt there's a freshness value to it but I did like the fact that she'd done it. I like meeting the makers, the builders, the artists.

I'm excited to see the progress of your artistry too!
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And here we have some beads knitted into the knitting. I shall have to work out how to show you the process. It's a little fiddly even without trying to take photographs!

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as for how... I know bupkis about knitting but I won't let that make me stick to my own... hahahah


It looks like you push a bight through the bead and then carry on knitting/purling (just words I parrot without knowledge), instead of threading the yarn through the bead like pearl on a necklace. That makes sense to me since where would you start with the threading?? At the beginning and then keep pushing them up toward the ball until you need just one? That doesn't seem workable.

Anyhow, I look forward to more pics of your work in progress. I love progress pics!
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as for how... I know bupkis about knitting but I won't let that make me stick to my own... hahahah





It looks like you push a bight through the bead and then carry on knitting/purling (just words I parrot without knowledge), instead of threading the yarn through the bead like pearl on a necklace. That makes sense to me since where would you start with the threading?? At the beginning and then keep pushing them up toward the ball until you need just one? That doesn't seem workable.



Anyhow, I look forward to more pics of your work in progress. I love progress pics!


Your bupkis assessment is about right. I use the teeny crochet hook to pull the “bight” (that’s a nice nautical term! We knitters say “stitch”) through the bead. Yes, some knitters thread all the beads on the yarn before they start knitting but I’ve NEVAH been able to get my head round that ...



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Old 02-15-2018, 09:24 AM   #15
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Here are a couple more progress pics. You can begin to see the pattern emerging. And the beads are nicer than they look in the pic - a sort of matt iridescent blue and pink.

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