Thursday, 28 August 2014

Design Characteristics of an Easy Pattern

I have worked 42 rows so far!
The back panel of my cardigan is done (hooray) up to the start of the sleeve shaping and I am loving its easiness.

The Belcarra Cardigan is straightforward to work due to clever design characteristics.

If that's not enough for simplicity, use available tools (or create your own) to make it even easier to work and navigate your project.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Belcarra Beginnings

Hooray!  I sorted out the yarn, the hook; time to get started on my version of Robyn Chachula's Belcarra Cardigan.

Starting with the back of the cardigan, this post explains how to adjust the pattern for a different gauge.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Parcel of Pure Joy


I love meeting people and learning
about faraway places. 

Last week I was lucky enough
 to have a package arrive
all the way from
New Zealand
with the cutest and
most amazing contents.




Thursday, 14 August 2014

Hat Heads for Home

Meladora's Butterfly Stitch Slouch Hat
Version 1

My friend loves the colour and style of this hat but she discovered the band to be a bit too tight for her head.  Obvious solution: rework the band to make it larger and looser.

When my friend visited recently to try on her finished hat, we were both pleased that it fit her nicely.

Three cheers and a sigh of relief!

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

It's a Small World After All

I am fascinated by the internet's ability to connect us so easily no matter where in the world we live. If illness is a hinderance to travel, the internet is the next best way to find out about different places, cultures and ideas.

Lupey Loops has been an experiment of sorts to see how far and wide the words can spread via the blogosphere.  I have been keeping track and have some results to share.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Tension Headaches

Here are bunch of tension squares*, made over recent months to determine the best hook for the Belcarra Cardigan: usually the one that matches the pattern’s recommended gauge*.

Simple, yes?  Well, not this time. When one is in a hurry, lacking concentration or wading through fatigue fog, watch out; for hidden traps reveal themselves and come out to play tricks on you.
Small details can make a big difference.  Assumptions are the enemy!