Monday, March 30, 2009

The Letter "I"

As in I'M still smiling no matter the weather!

I'm back at the alphabet blogging! (You missed me, didn't you!?)

"I" is for I-cord! Such a cool technique for a lovely smooth knit cord. And what a brilliant idea!!! You can knit a cord alone, or knit an I-cord edge onto a project. I like that it is not widely known as 'idiot-cord'....terms like that are funny once, but seeing it over and over gets old (like those "Windows for Dummies" books--you won't catch me buying a book that starts out calling me stupid!)

Anyway, I digress :D
Have you heard about Meg Swansen's method of knitting glove fingers the I-cord way, instead of with multiple dpn's? Looks pretty cool to me. And, here's a link to crocheted I-cord, which seems like a no-brainer, but I hadn't thought of it myself :)

I is for Intarsia! I have never knit this way, but it's on the list of techniques I want to learn. Specifically, this coat I blogged about in early days, that I still want to make....

BTW, I am a coat fanatic. I need 10 million different jackets and coats. Yes I do; I must, otherwise why would I spend my life making so many for myself? I was a fleece-jacket sewing fiend, and a blanket-jacket sewing fiend, and now I am a jacket-knitting fiend! I'd better move up-country when I relocate to the islands, otherwise what in the heck am I going to do with all these jackets and coats?!!! Turn the AC up really strong ='>

Heh. Anyway, here's a cute pattern for a charted landscape pillow. Fun! I think that counts as an intarsia project!

I is for Increase: there's make-one, there's knit(or purl) in the front and back of the next stitch, there's yarn over. Did I miss any? Probably...I just seem to know the basics, kids =) But in "The Principles of Knitting", June Hemmons Hiatt gives 10 pages of different increases, and then another whole chapter on decorative ones! Whew.


Junie Moon said...

What a great "I" list. I've never made I-cord (have been stalling on learning that) and intarsia knitting is way out of my league, but I love that jacket photo and landscape pillow project you've shared.

Opal said...

i used to have the book by june hiatt but i sold it when i was strapped for cash. it sure sold for a pretty penny!