Learning

I used to think that whole pineapple was way too hard to cut up yourself, so when I wanted fresh pineapple I’d buy it in a tub at the store.  Then one day pineapples were on sale for a buck each at the store, so I brought one home.  And I did the most logical thing that anyone would do–let it sit on the counter almost too long and then make your husband cut it up, duh.  So I was still afraid of trying it myself. 

In the last week or two, I got a little obsessed with a delicious stir-fry recipe involving cashews, quinoa, and pineapple (from Veganomicon, the greatest cookbook I’ve ever had) and there were no tubs of precut goodness at the store so I brought home another whole pineapple and guess what?  It is not hard at all to chop up! I am no longer a slave to the precut pineapple! Aren’t we “afraid” of the dumbest things sometimes?  And then you just try it and wonder what the problem was all along? (See also: short-rows.)

Now I’m out of quinoa and that means I need to make a trip to Whole Foods but that would require a shower and that all sounds like too much for today.  I was telling myself that I could go there as a treat after I finished up my submissions for Twist, but little Dax is taking another long nap and I don’t think we’ll make it. 

I don’t think Dax is feeling well; he grabbed his ear a few times and has been awfully sleepy.  I also just learned that ear infections are typically not treated with any medications? Of course if he is acting sick I will take him to the doctor, but I just assumed that ear infections were treated with antibiotics.  The More You Know!

As I mentioned, I just finished up some submissions for Twist Collective.  I was so nervous working on them!  I really want to get into the Fall issue and swatching didn’t seem to be going too great, but maybe I’m just being to hard on myself.  I had to dump one idea I had because the yarn just wasn’t right, but it was a felted skirt that I definitely want to come back to.  I also need to get Illustrator or something to put together a more polished pdf.  (PDF and chart design is something I know little to nothing about and need to investigate for self-publishing too.)

This weekend I’ve got to finish up the crochet knitscene project, then it’s on to starting a knit knitscene project which should go pretty fast.  Right now, someone is waking from their nap and probably ready to play!

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Oh, hai!

What’s that, Widget? You found something interesting to read?

Oh!  That looks familiar!  In fact, you saw me knitting that about a year ago, and now it’s on the back cover of Simple Style! It’s always a thrill to see my work in print and it was a nice surprise to see one of my projects on the back cover, and the other on the table of contents page:

Simple Style is the latest in the “style” series from Interweave Press.  I was so flattered when Ann Budd asked me to submit some ideas for the book; it’s a real treat to work with her and I’m so glad I could be a part of the book.  There are some really cute and innovative yet simple designs from great designers (if I have the time someday, I’d love to knit the Offset Raglan by Veronik Avery and the Guernsey Skirt by Kat Coyle) and I’m sure it’ll be another popular book. 

I also got my hands on this:

And it is so awesome!* I have only recently realized how fun sock knitting can be, and Cookie creates some fab designs.  As I mentioned before, I plan on knitting Monkey when my Scout’s Swag arrives, but I have some ShiBui semi-solid sock in the stash that may be the perfect yarn for these (I love the lace pattern and the unconventional placement):

Sock Innovation is a solid, informative book; I was totally surprised and delighted with the extensive design information in the front of the book.  Cookie covers topics from the basics of heel and toe construction choices to adjusting stitch pattern repeats for designing and customizing your own socks.  I know I’ll be going back to that section for reference and insight when I’m working. 

In other knitting news, I may have accidentally started a teeny tiny new project.  Oops!  I’m knitting Hansigurimi’s  Loch Ness Monster (rav link) for Dax. 

So far the pattern is fun but requires a lot of attention (as I expected).  Hansi Singh’s patterns are so smart!  Yesterday was my birthday and I decided I wasn’t going to do work, so I knit on this guy a little instead.  And I got a massage that I needed badly!  Hopefully I can do that more often.  My shoulders and hips are a mess and  I should also be doing yoga, but it’s hard to fit it in and classes are expensive.  Back to design work today!

*I feel like I just need to say that Interweave didn’t ask me to review or blog about any of this stuff; I do (obviously) have a good relationship with Interweave and do enjoy their publications.  I will talk about any good, interesting, cool stuff no matter the source; it just happened that these things are from Interweave.  (/end disclaimer)

Converting a triangle shawl into a square

So, I had some questions from readers and on Ravelry about how to turn the Shetland Triangle pattern into a square.  Start out by thinking about the triangle and the construction of the shawl.  The Shetland Triangle is a right triangle, and a square can be bisected into two right triangles.  So, to create a square, you are basically casting on two triangle shawls together and working them in the round.  Here’s a really crappy drawing of the concept:

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This type of shawl “grows” from just a few stitches at the center of the top edge and is worked in the direction of the arrows in the first image.  The Shetland Square has border stitches at the beginning and end of each row, creating a nice edge along the top of the shawl.  This needs to be adjusted when casting on for the square version of the shawl; the triangle version has a knit center stitch, so I left one knit stitch between the triangles (the double brown line in the second figure). 

If you’re working from a pattern that is cast-on at the two legs of the right angle and decreased to the top edge, the same basic idea applies. 

I hope that’s clear!  Let me know if there are any questions and I’ll add the answers to the post.