There has been steady knitting on my Black Water Abbey VICKIE sweater all week but I’ve deduced that, if I have any hope of finishing her before the year ends, I need to dedicate UFO Thursdays completely to her cables alone. All was not smooth sailing with VICKIE this last week. I was happily knitting along one day only to suddenly notice a substantial hole in the sweater. At first I thought I had caught it on something and ripped it. Then I realized that my ‘spit splicing’ had worked itself loose leaving a hole!
Spit splicing is one of the many techniques used by knitters to join the beginning of one ball of yarn to the end of the previous ball of yarn. Apparently, I did not fray the ends of both yarns far enough before spitting into my palms and rubbing them back and forth rapidly. I only ‘thought’ I had rolled the two ends of yarn together into one. What a disaster! What a lesson! The next time I have to spit splice I will make sure that the last two to four inches of yarn are frayed instead on 1-1/2 inches! I ended up frogging about three inches of knitting to recover from this fiasco.
How do you like my new STAR stitch markers? I found these in the beading section of a craft store and wasn’t sure if they would work as stitch markers. I discovered that they are IDEAL for this use, in fact they may be THE perfect stitch marker. With round markers you sometime find yourself ‘aiming’ at the marker with the point of your right needle before slipping the marker. With this five-pointed star marker, there is always a ‘point’ that your needle just happens to slip in to before you even are aware that it is time to move the marker!
Winter has arrived in my part of the country and with the shorter days and the colder temperatures the time has arrived to get very serious about Christmas knitting. I have three monumental Christmas gifts that I will be knitting for loved ones this year and I’m already feeling the pressure that usually sets in after Thanksgiving. I’ve made a Christmas knitting chart to keep myself focused on that knitting and, when all gifts are wrapped and shipped, I will add up the time spent on those individual projects to see how realistic my goals were this year.
How about you guys? Have any of you started your Christmas knitting yet?