Sunday, 11 September 2016

Well, this is embarrassing... Firefox always tells me when it can't connect me to my chosen website.

A couple of weeks ago, the SixtyMillionTrebles facebook group was discussing flipping and skewing. As in, when you're crocheting a granny square blanket or similar, do you go round and round forever in the same direction or do you get to the end of a round and then flip your work over so that you're crocheting back the other way? I must say this latter option sounded bizarre to me, but seemingly it stops the centre of your blanket from getting skewed. Oh, I said, airily, I don't flip, but I don't get skewed centres either. I wasn't smug exactly, but I was quietly confident. And then today, I finished this - my third Sixty Trebles blanket - and look at what we have: a skewed centre! Only in a minor way, but definitely skewed. That'll learn me.

So, there you are, an easy way to avoid getting skewed.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Getting a bit backendish

Well, it will be soon, and we all know knitted goodies don't just magically appear at the first sign of autumn - they have to be worked at for a little while beforehand. So, if you have your mug of hot chocolate/glass of Pinot at the ready, maybe you'd like to try this very simple autumn cowl idea. Not heavy enough for the snows of winter, but perfect when you just need a little extra warmth...

Basically, you make a 16 inch square and sew up the cast on and cast off edges. I suppose you could choose any lacy stitch pattern but I like to make every row: p2, then (yrn, p2tog) to end. See, couldn't be easier, could it? It's light and flops down alluringly. That's what I tell myself anyway. I like a good flop.

I put a row of buttons on my first one, originally intended for fastening it - the lacy holes make great buttonholes. But then I

 realised I didn't need them and sewed up the edges. Can't decide whether to leave them as decoration or to remove them.

Any yarn, any needle size, but I'd avoid superchunky... (The yarn I used is a bit thick and thin - that's not really rubbish knitting you're looking at!)