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Nancy Marchant’s Double Tuck Stitch

From Nancy Marchant’s Tuck Stitches, this stitch makes a beautiful and stretchy fabric. One side looks like a checker board while the other has small v’s of the contrast color regularly spaced. This tutorial is worked in the round, however it’s easily worked flat.

If you like this stitch and want to knit more like it, be sure to check out Nancy Marchant’s awesome book!

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Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Cast On

This is a tutorial for Jeny Staiman’s surprisingly stretchy cast on. She also has a surprisingly stretchy bind off, which I will hopefully write a tutorial for someday soon.

This cast on is my go to cast on whenever I want something to be stretchy! It’s great for socks, hats, sweater necks…everything! Because this cast on is essentially a series of slip knots, you’ll need a smooth yarn, as a bumpy yarn will catch as you go along.

Video Tutorial

Photo Tutorial

  1. Make a slip knot and place it on your knitting needle.
  2. Take the working yarn, and from the inside of your left hand toward the outside, bring it between your middle and index finger.Frame-23-02-2018-10-07-01 2.jpg
  3. Loop the yarn around your left thumb by laying it over the top and bringing it around the other side.Frame-23-02-2018-10-07-10 2.jpg
  4. Lay the yarn back on top of your left index finger.Frame-23-02-2018-10-07-44 2.jpg
  5. With your needle in your right hand, bring the tip of the needle around the back of the strand of yarn farthest from you from the top.Frame-23-02-2018-10-07-54 2.jpg
  6. Reach under the further strand and grab the strand of yarn closest to you with the tip of the needle. Frame-23-02-2018-10-08-10 2.jpg
  7. As you bring the near strand back under the far strand, twist your thumb away from you so that the yarn forms a loop over the needle and your thumb.Frame-23-02-2018-10-08-27 2.jpgFrame-23-02-2018-10-08-33 2.jpg
  8. With the needle tip, reach up over the back of strand on top of your index finger and bring it through the loop that is around your thumb.Frame-23-02-2018-10-08-47 2Frame-23-02-2018-10-08-57 2
  9. Keeping your yarn snug, release the loop that is around your thumb and pull it tight. The loop will form a slip knot at the base of your needle, and you will have a stitch cast onto your needle.Frame-23-02-2018-10-10-03 2Frame-23-02-2018-10-09-12 2Frame-23-02-2018-10-10-13
  10. Repeat steps 1-9 until you have the desired number of stitches cast on.

Sometimes even with the best of tensions, the loop doesn’t want to close nicely. You can try to pull it down a little bit and loosen it again with your right hand and then try to pull it snug again, or you can simply take it off the needle and try again. This cast on feels very fiddly at first, but with practice, it’s a very fast cast on!

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Knitted Picot Cast On

This knitted cast on creates bumps along the cast on edge. It’s stretchy, so it’s great for socks, hats, sweater necks and anything else you need to be stretchy!

One note of precaution-it does take a little while to do, so settle in with some music or Netflix!

Video Tutorial

Photo Tutorial

  1. Make a slip knot and put it on your needle. This is a knitted cast on, so knit cast on 4 stitches including the slip knot. Frame-23-02-2018-08-31-16.jpg
  2. Knit the first 2 stitches from the right needle. (2 stitches on the left needle and 2 on the right.)
  3. On the right needle, slip the right-hand stitch over the left-hand stitch and off the needle. (2 stitches on left, 1 on the right.)Frame-23-02-2018-08-31-43.jpg
  4. Knit one more stitch from the left-hand needle. (1 stitch on the left, 2 on the right)
  5. On the right needle, slip the right-hand stitch over the left-hand stitch and off the needle. Transfer the remaining right needle stitch back to the left. You should now have 2 stitches on the left needle, and 1 picot bump.Frame-23-02-2018-08-33-25.jpg
  6. Knit cast on 4 more stitches.
  7. For an even number of cast on stitches: Repeat steps 2-6 until you reach the desired number of stitches.
  8. For an odd number of cast on stitches: Repeat steps 2-6 until you reach one less than the desired number of stitches. Knit cast on one more stitch.

You’re done! Congratulations!

Puyallup Fair
Curiouser & Curiouser

Starting Again

I figure it’s time to start writing again. My fiancé, Jonathan, was recently put on swing shift (3:30pm-12am, I didn’t know that before he was put on it) and my once pleasantly full evenings are pleasantly quiet for the time being. It’s been 55 days since I arrived back in Washington State, and it’s 43 days until our wedding. To start my writing (hopefully) habit, here’s a list of everything that’s been going on.

  1. Wedding planning. My mom thinks that I need to be doing more of it. Apparently, I’m keeping her awake at night with my apparent lack of planning.
  2. Home buying. Jonathan and I found a house to buy in the same city that he works, about 15 minute bicycle ride away from his work. We like it, we’re hoping the bank appraiser likes it enough to tell the bank to give us the loan.
  3. Spending time with Jonathan. This should have come first on the list. It’s very nice. 🙂 We go to his trumpet lessons, watch movies/TV episodes, go places and eat good food.
  4. Losing weight. The happy fifteen has struck. It’s a bit early considering we’re not even married yet. I’ve used MyFitnessPal consistently (15 whole days!) for the first time in my life. We’ll see how long that last. Apparently, I’m supposed to fit into my wedding dress.
  5. Playing with kittens. This is also very nice. There’s currently nine on the property, five hellions who are terrified of people and four munchkins who lick your ankles, they like you so much.
  6. Church and community group. We’re worshipping, learning, praying and studying with some very lovely people at Seaside Community Church.
  7. Crafts. I knit a rug/floor mat out of fabric. I also just carved a crochet hook. I also made some flowers out of tissue and crepe. I need to make a bazillion more.
  8. Time with God. I’ve been struggling with this one since being home. Focusing on relationship with God is a lot easier when you’re surrounded by people who are also focusing on him. I’ve come to the conclusion that we’re not meant to walk by ourselves. God has still managed to get in some good conversations with me when I wasn’t ignoring him!
  9. Communication. Oh…well, right. That hasn’t been happening, at least with people outside of the ones who are face to face with me. Sorry, I suck. God’s been talking to me about it, and I’m working on it. I feel like I’m always working on it!
  10. Is there supposed to be a number ten? There’s no number ten. You have before yourselves a complete and sum total of my life so far. That, and I want to go read a book! Laters!
Puyallup Fair
This is colorful and fun. We went to the fair, which I’ve been looking forward to for a year!
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Explore!

As a team, one of the things we’re trying to do this year is get out a bit more and explore the beautiful and interesting places in our back yard. This week, we went to Nant Mill near Wrexham, and walked to Minera. It was the perfect day for me!

First of all, we don’t have enough space in our car to fit everyone, so I got to go by bus with two other people. Normally, this wouldn’t be so wonderful of a thing, but this time around, I didn’t know how to get where we were going. I love adventures where I don’t know the way (entirely). We managed to find the rest of the group at our starting point at Nant Mill without any problem though, thankfully.

Once we got to Nant Mill, there was no plan. (Hooray!) I love it when there aren’t any plans. We decided to walk where most people hadn’t been before. (We had taken them to Nant Mill for the team building day, but they had walked through the Plas Power Woods.) There was lots of stopping for photographs, laughter and conversation as we walked along. When we got to a field that had some cows, we decided to pray for England and Wales and for reconciliation and blessing for both nations.

And then we decided to walk all the way to Minera! There were sheep and cows and a horse along the way, and we had fun exploring the old lead mine. Sadly, the information centre isn’t open, and hasn’t been open for a long time, as far as I could tell. There were cobwebs growing on the door handles.

When we got back to the Nant Mill car park, we decided to go for coffee in Coedpoeth because we had some extra time. Again, due to lack of space in the car, three of us walked up to the village. Along the way, we took a detour through an odd-looking door…we found fields and a partridge! We also saw rainbows, and we ate some delicious apples that we found fallen off of someone’s tree.

It’s just so good to enjoy the small surprises that lie along the way!