Tweaking A Pattern

I wanted to knit another double-thick potholder and realized that I didn’t write it down in One Note where I keep notes on knitting patterns. Having forgotten that I made a blog post on this pattern, I grabbed a size 7 needle to start another potholder. I finally thought to look back thru my posts and discovered that I’d used a size 5 needle before.

So, I’ve started a One Note page in my Knitting section and I’m writing down the pattern from the beginning, starting with the provisional cast on. I’m working on 90 stitches with the size 7 needle and I think it will be fine. I had cast on 100 stitches for the first one.

I love knitting and I often change up patterns but don’t always think to make notes or write down patterns. I’m going to start writing a list of Knitting Rules and number one will be: Write Stuff Down! My memory is improving due to the supplements I’m taking, but still…over time I forget how I tweaked a pattern and going back after the fact and trying to figure it out is a pain. Sometimes I get ideas for patterns and just start knitting without making any notes at all. I always regret that.

I thought I’d had enough of knitting with coned cotton but apparently I was wrong. I grabbed a cone of variegated denim blue, like the potholder above, and started crocheting a double-thick potholder and got tired of it since my wrists were bothering me. I’m going to unravel that and use it for knitting washcloths and potholders.

I know I’ve already made a lot of stuff for the kitchen using left-over yarns, but I really like the looks of the variegated blue yarn for some nicer stuff. I’ve got three cones of this yarn so I might as well have fun with it. If I could find some variegated cotton in shades of rose I would use that as well for the kitchen.

We just had a small thunderstorm go over us, not much to it, moving pretty fast. I’ve been watching the weather reports and getting updates on my phone and it didn’t seem that we were in for anything severe, unlike Monday night when Brad was headed home from Ladonia.

We’ve had the house open all day and enjoyed the mild weather and fresh air. The wind finally got a bit much so I was closing the house when Brad got back from the gun range. We’ve got the A/C on now. After the cold snaps lately it is really nice to have some real Spring weather for a change.

This time change has us both off kilter with regard to meals. We are eating later now than usual, but it doesn’t seem to be a problem since we’ve been staying up to nearly midnight some nights. We settled for left-overs this evening and lunch was later than usual today so we weren’t terribly hungry anyway.

I’m still making progress with my Spring cleaning, tackling dust and clutter. Good thing I keep antihistamines on hand because all this cleaning and stirring up dust has my allergies kicked in overtime. One thing I’m working on will require help from Brad. Well, three things actually: Cleaning off the dining table, dusting his bedroom furniture, and cleaning behind and underneath the washer and dryer.

The three plastic boxes of stuff on the dining table all came out from under his bed when we got new beds. At the end of November. Yup. It’s past time to clean off that table. And as for dusting his bedroom furniture, he has at least as much clutter in that room as I do in my workroom: Knick knacks on top of dresser and book cases, stacks of paperwork and other odds and ends on open shelves on one wall, and so forth. Between us, we have too much stuff lying around to catch dust and it’s time to contain it and put away the clutter to make it easier to clean.

I’m going to get back to my knitted potholder and make notes as I go this time. Have a blessed Thursday evening, ya’ll.

Published by thenerdyyarnlady

I am a Native Texan, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Catholic Convert residing in rural North East Texas since 1975 when I married my husband and this small town girl became a country girl. I was taught to knit at the age of ten and discovered the writings of Elizabeth Zimmerman shortly after I married. I learned to ‘unvent’ things as I went along, to create my own patterns and generally have a blast with yarn and needles. In the mid 1980’s I explored the idea of spinning my own yarn and eventually got interested in weaving on a floor loom. I have three spinning wheels and a 24″ four-shaft Herald floor loom that I purchased from a friend in the 1990’s. I also enjoy sewing, tatting and making rosaries. I have a work room that contains my fiber, yarn, floor loom, sewing machines, serger and rosary making supplies. I have a spinning corner in a bedroom next to my work room, both with north windows looking toward the creek.

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