Stained Glass Cowl KAL – September 1

September 1 and the beginning of the Stained Glass Cowl Knit Along is fast approaching. Tomorrow I will do a post with a link box for adding links to your yarn choices.

Denise has an excellent post that you should read but then, you should read all her posts every day! Seriously, Denise is a much better knitter, quilter, person (except when I short sheeted her bed and she didn’t even notice!) than I am so she will be our go to person with help or questions.

Also, Sandie, a blog reader, sent me this very helpful e-mail.

Just thought I would share a trick for joining insanely large numbers of stitches for knitting in the round as we will be doing in the KAL. I had never done a provisional cast on or color work and I had a feeling I was going to have some trouble, so I cast on last week with some practice yarn. I used the crochet chain method and tried to be careful and thought I had joined without twisting, but after stitching 4 rows, I could see I had messed up and was knitting a möbius. Did that three times before out of desperation I called my LYS and got Kathy’s advice. Instead of joining in the round at the start, use waste yarn, and a provisional cast on and knit 5 or 6 rows flat to give your knitting the weight and length it needs to hang from the cord instead of twisting around it.  Then join in the round with no fear of twisting! Saved me from tears and giving up, and may be of help to some others too. Also used a Norwegian knitting thimble and a clover yarn guide to make the color work less likely to tangle. Both do the same thing but are styled a little differently. After I found a comfortable way to get my tension right they made it very nice to do the color work.

I have had occasions when I knitted a few rows before joining in the round. You can use the tail to go back and tack them together and it will never show. I haven’t tried it with provisional cast on but I know it has to be easier than trying to get 500+ stitches joined in the round without a twist in them.

On this pattern, if my quick review is correct, you only have one round of knit stitches before the color work begins so any additional knit rows will look a bit different from the pattern. If I were to knit a couple of additional rows using the main color before getting into the colorwork, I would again knit those additional rows above and below the turning round, and again at the end. I don’t think that will make a difference in the appearance and I believe adding the additional solid knit rows will keep it balanced . . that’s up to you if you want to try it. 

If anyone sees anything grossly wrong with my thinking, please post in the comments and I’ll revise this post so no one follows my advice and screws up right off the bat.

Watch for the post tomorrow and link up with your yarn choices. This will give Denise and me an idea of how many participants we’re going to have.  

Menu Plan – Week of August 29, 2016

I’m going to try to keep posting my menu for each week for two reasons. First, it’s easy for me to find it, even if I’m away from the house and (2) it might help some of you who are wanting to do less cooking but eat more at home. Remember, I only do menus for Monday – Friday. That way, if for some reason we don’t eat at home one day, we will eat our missed meal on the weekend. Otherwise, it’s leftovers or light fixings, plus we usually grill one day on the weekend.

Week of August 29, 2016:

Roasted Chicken with Lemon and Rosemary
Sweet & Sour Carrots
Hash Brown Casserole
Sliced Tomatoes

Out – No lunch at home

Flat Iron Steak
Sweet Potato Casserole
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Tabbouleh Salad

Mongolian Beef with Broccoli
Twice Baked Potatoes

Corn & black bean salad with leftover flank steak, avocados and flour tortillas
Salsa & Chips

Tuesday, since Vince won’t be home for lunch, I’ll have leftover roasted chicken – maybe chicken salad.

On the Needles – August 26, 2016

Whew . . time got away from me this morning! Two things I’ working on, hoping to get at least one of them finished before time to start working on our Stained Glass Cowl KAL. I’ll do another post on that this afternoon or later this morning.

The second Diamondback Sock has been started.

Diamondback Socks

Diamondback Socks

I couldn’t wait any longer. I had to cast on for the Briochealucious shawl.