After the Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, the Secular Coalition for America called on knitters and crocheters to craft “bricks” to be joined together to make a wall to support the separation of church and state. Surpassing their original goal, they received over 1,500 bricks and will be marching the “wall” to the Supreme Court on September 9, 2014.
This was a picture taken even before all the bricks were received:
Earlier this year, I was knitting many washcloths for a charity, and as I looked for patterns, I came across the Inflammable Hotpad which looked fun to make. A problem: I’ve never used the double knitting technique before. This technique allows you to knit the front and back of a piece at the same time. If you use one color yarn, you’ll end up with a tube. Using two colors opens up a range of patterns where motifs pop due to contrasting colors.
|Cell Phone Cozy
Pattern by Lucy Neatby
Since I wasn’t confident trying a project with the free instructions and videos I found online, I signed up with Craftsy to take Foundations of Double Knitting with Lucy Neatby. She provided clear instructions and helpful explanations, and after watching a few lessons, I knit one of the patterns that came with the course: the cell phone cozy. Having had such great preparation, I found completing this project was fun and easy. I still need to finish some of the lessons, though, and I haven’t worked on the other projects because they just aren’t to my taste.
When I purchased my Craftsy course, the site was running a sale, so I also enrolled in Adventures in Double Knitting. I am excited about this since Alasdair Post-Quinn seems to use many innovative techniques with interesting designs. I love cowls created with the double knitting technique, but I am hesitant to tackle double knitting in the round.
Craftsy classes don’t expire, so in several months, if I need a refresher, I can return to the courses to review a technique. The classes I’ve previewed have had excellent production values with valuable material presented in an organized and intuitive sequence. Many of the topics are not usually covered by classes offered at local knitting stores, and they are ideal for people who are visual learners.
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Stay tuned for updates about my other Ravellenic Games accomplishments!
From the Tretta Hat design by Grumpernia, available on Ravelry. Fun pattern. Might make another one, slightly bigger.
During the Olympics, as it has during the last two Olympic games, Ravelry is hosting a fun knitting event with categories like hat dash, toy toss, and wip wrestling. We can join teams and enter our project information into a virtual finish line, enabling participants to receive virtual medals of completion. I have taken over our living room coffee table for my staging area.
In previous years, the games have been called the “Ravelympics” but this year, the site received a cease-and-desist letter from the Olympic committee. The event was rechristened as the “Ravellenic Games” which is easier for me to say. (It’s all about me, you know.)
I haven’t read the text of the letter, but many have said it is rude and condescending. Business Week provided an interesting article on the controversy. I am trying to ignore that hiccup and get into the Ravellenic games. I’m meeting some other knitters at our local Panera Bread on Friday, so we can cast on during the opening ceremony. (With very specific exceptions, projects started before the opening ceremonies are ineligible for badges.)
These games, I plan on entering at least four events: toy toss, hat dash, wip wrestling (finishing a project that has languished since at least May 15), and single skein sprint (one skein projects), and maybe a neck or accessory event.
I made this hat for George using Steve West’s “Windschief” pattern. I’m not happy with my decreases, but it’s a cool design.