Saturday, August 30, 2008

Turning the Corner

After a little trip into the woods (riding along in her Tink bag) The Summer Sampler emerges complete! If you are new to the party, take some time to review all the previous posts with "The Summer Sampler Project" label. Harriman State Park is a short drive away from my home, and a few miles hike into pretty camping. We have been taking my daughter and nephew here since they could walk, and it is a bit of a family tradition, S'mores and all.
The Tink is patiently waiting to select her tent spot...

Once the final stitches are used up from the second long side of the Sampler, you are ready to turn that final corner. Each corner uses one stitch on the last Corner Chart row EXCEPT the final corner. With the final corner, you join the last stitch on that row to the very first stitch from your very start.

This picture illustrates half-way through the corner chart, with 45 degrees of the turn complete. The corner technique I am using is a short-row miter. Using a series of short-rows, we will turn our work-direction 90 degrees. There are several other ways to do this, but this one is the technique I selected to use for this project. Another very common way to do this is to "gather" the edging into the corner. Jane Sowerby, in Victorian Lace Today, uses the "gathered corner" and has a decent description of that technique, for those of you who are interested.

Following is page twenty-one, with step-by-step directions for the remainder of our project.

Following is page twenty-two, our final chart. All the symbols are explained on the Key supplement from our earlier post on the edging. Be sure to save or print this page in "portrait" mode.

I will be back in a few days with blocking directions and some details about my Lacey Lamb contest! Until then, knit on (and on, and on...)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Yards and Yards of Edging...

Are you ready for an edging party? Yes? Well, here we go. Following are instructions to begin my Snake in the Grass edging. This post will get you started on the edging, and worked along one short side. If you are new to the party, please take the time to review all previous posts with The Summer Sampler Study label, and get up to speed. The edging has a four stitch cable, which I work without a cable needle for speed. Feel free to use one if you choose. I knit the edging using my favorite European Crossed-Uncrossed method, so those four stitches present themselves with the back leg available. I knit stitch three, I knit stitch four, I knit stitch one, I knit stitch two. I do all through the back leg. I slide them all off my left-hand needle and I have a finished four stitch cable.

The edging is attached to the main section on the final stitch on every even numbered row, by knitting the final stitch of the edging together with one stitch from the side of your main section, as a knit two together. This is clearly marked on the chart and has a special symbol.

Following is pattern page nineteen, which is a key supplement, and includes symbols specific to the edging charts. There are a few new moves, but I think it will be clear once you try it out.

The process is as follows: You have completed the instructions for the center section of The Summer Sampler, including the final, even numbered row in garter stitch. With the right side of your work facing you, and using a temporary or provisional cast-on (please see the beginning of our project for references,) cast-on 14 stitches. I used the same provisional cast-on I used in the beginning (thank-you, EZ) and the working yarn I just finished the center section with. I did not break the yarn. The chart on pattern page twenty gives you one set-up row, which you only work once. Both the cast-on and the set-up row are shown on the chart, and they are only knit once.
You knit the edging chart, rows 1-10, 18 times. You will have one stitch left over. This stitch is for the corner, so wait right there for the next chart! While you are waiting, you can pick-up the stitches we will use for the edging down the long side of your sampler. The garter selvage has "bumps" and "bars." If you look at it closely, I think you will see what I mean. If you pick-up the "bars" you will get the appearance of eyelets between the edging and the main section. If you pick-up the "bumps" it will appear more continuous. For this project, I suggest you pick-up the "bumps." It takes a little longer, but it looks nicer (IMO.) Pick-up 315 stitches along the closest long side, using a spare needle. By closest, I mean the one right there, that your edging will move onto once your corner is worked. If you followed my row repeats for the Sampler Study exactly, you will be picking up every "bump." If you did something else with the patterns you used or the number of repeats you did, please fudge it. Anything divisible by 5 will work.

Here are a few final camp shots for your enjoyment!

The Weaving Studio...
Inside The Weaving Studio...
Yarn stash at The Weaving Studio...
A Raku firing at Ceramics...

I'll be back in a few days with our edging Corner Chart and a discussion about various techniques for dealing with corners on a piece like this. Until then, knit on!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

The Cat is Back

And not a moment too soon! I know many of you have waited patiently for pattern twelve, while I was caring for campers. This one is a big one, mostly because it is THE LAST ONE! I call this one Field of Corn. It is a nice. I hope you like it as much as I do. There are no special instructions. Just knit it...
Pattern Page Eighteen follows. Included are instructions once you complete the final spacer chart. After you finish this page you will be ready for the edging, which will come in my next post. Next I will give you a few camp shots, so you all know what a good time I had, even if I lived in the infirmary (literally) and didn't get much sleep...
Glass blowing? Sure thing. I treated a few burns from that shop, yes indeed...
Ceramics totem pole. Nice, eh? I didn't see any burns from them, even though they made big Raku fires regularly.
I lived at the top of these stairs. You can see my bright green towel hanging outside my door. I had a great view of camp, but also got music from below when ceramics had a kiln burning into the wee hours. They had good taste in music, but sleep was hard to come by!
Here you see the stairs around the other side, leading up to the infirmary.

A fabulous mural. Enough said.
The Wood Shop, across from my "balcony." They didn't burn themselves, but the did cut themselve once in a while.
Julie, the nurse I worked with, is a quilter, and she finished this while we were there. Isn't it lovely?
Weaving from the Weaving Shop. The one smack in the front/middle was designed and woven by my daughter.
More pictures with my next post. For now, it is back to laundry. Knit on!