Works In Progress: Update One

Yay!  I finished my lacy poncho!  It’s done!  But, I found another project that I had completely forgotten about in my one project bag.

I had started this scarf as cables practice back in October/September.  I had started it over because I was doing the cables incorrectly.  So, I did that.  And never finished the scarf.

Well, I’m working on finishing it now.  One problem:  I threw out the pattern.  D’oh!  Eh, I’ll just wing it.  I can follow the ribbing pattern by the stitches themselves, and I’ll just twist the cable stitches whenever I dang well feel like it. 

So, one down, another found.  I will get there.  One day.

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Learning Cables, Part 2

After knitting those swatches last week, I decided to do a simple project involving cables:  a scarf.  I found an easy pattern on Ravelry, and hunkered down with some yarn that I otherwise had no idea what to do with. 
Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.  It’s a simple pattern to memorize, and I would recommend it for anyone who wants to learn cables.  I recommend using a pattern with straight needles to start with has not to get a jumbled up with a circular or DPN’s.  At least that’s what seems to be helping me out.
I’m still having a little trouble juggling my regular needles with the cable needle, but I’m getting better at it.  It’s all about practice.

Learning Cables

On Wednesday I got six pain management shots in my back.  Yeah, it is as fun as it sounds.  Last time, it was eight.
Later, after all the sedation and had worn off, I found myself on the couch watching daytime TV, as that was pretty all I was allowed to do that day.  I was restless, so I decided to teach myself a new knitting technique.
Cables!  They always scared me.  How do they twist?  What makes them do that?  How on earth am I going to manage them?  I had cable needles, so I decided to take the plunge.  I grabbed some yarn and went for it.
Turns out, easy peasy, at least the basic patterns are.  What was I so afraid of?
Now, I still had a little trouble juggling the needles and yarn, but I’ll learn.  Practice, practice, practice!
Here are two of the swatches I managed.  One is a basic cable, and the other is braid cable.  I might tackle a real pattern with cables this weekend or sometime in the near future.  Here’s to learning!