Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Book Review Knitting: 200 Q&A: Questions Answered on Everything from Casting On to Decorative Effects [Spiral-bound] by Rita Taylor

I was recently gifted a real neat knitting book, 200 Q&A: Questions Answered on Everything from Casting On to Decorative Effects [Spiral-bound] by Rita Taylor  

It’s chock full of useful information and illustrative photos.  The book is hard-cover and has a spiral binding, which is good for a book that probably gets a lot of use as a reference. 


The table of contents covers such topics as:

Tools and Material

Casting On

Basic Stitches

Binding Off


In The Round

Working in Color

Cables and Twists


Other Decorative Effects

Picking Up and Joining

Hints and Tips

More Techniques and Some Fun

I like how everything is addressed in a form of a question and then there are detailed answers and examples are given.  For example, pg. 104:  Question 90:  “How do I turn the heel of a sock?”  The author gives a lot detail on explaining that there all different ways of making a heel of a sock, and then she has a separate box that titled:  “How it’s Done” and this has a practice pattern for making a heel.

Some pages have some expert tips on the side of the page as well.  

I’m so happy to have this book in my collection and so blessed to have such thoughtful friends who saw this book while they were out and about and thought of gifting it to me.   

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hats and Caps

I've taken a little break from knitting the sleeves of my Tea Leaves Cardigan.  My oldest DD went to an Autumn Festival recently and she returned home with a (hand-crocheted) cap that was from one of the craft kiosks.

To tell you the truth, I was a little surprised that she had come home with a hand made hat.  She had never really showed an interested in things that I've knitted to be worn.  Well, it has 2 brown buttons on either side of it, but one of them was working it's way off already.  DD asked if I could fix it?  Could I sew the button back on?  Oh....and also, could I make it smaller or make one like it?  One problem.....I don't crochet.

So, off I went looking for a similar knitted hat.  There are tons of hat/cap patterns all over the internet, esp.; at Raverly's site.

This is what I found....

It's called The Capitan by the Soapy Knitter.  I have to sew on the button strap as soon as I get some buttons.

The particulars: Red Heart yarn from my stash, about 1/3 of a skein.  Size 10 Cirs & knit in the round and used magic loop method for the decreases for the crown.

I chose this pattern, instead of some of the other patterns for this type of cap, because I like the way the brim is designed on this.  There is not a bunch of steps in it's construction and very little sewing.  It's completely washable.

No one was around to model the hats, so I did the best that I could.

My DD is very pleased and so am I.

Here's a crochet version if you're interested.  On Raverly, Semi Newsboy Cap

My Fair Isle Hat (Selbu Modern)