Saturday, May 31, 2008

compost

I am completely smitten with this composter. It look so easy to use and saves me the trouble of lugging smelly buckets of fresh compost to my garden. Not to mention it claims to compost meat and other food stuff that you normally cannot compost outdoors because it attracts rats. How cool is that? Very cool!

Photography and texture


As I continue my quest to understand photography, I think about texture.



I love texture, be it cable knitting or admiring the bark of a tree. I love patterns. I think my sense of touch is the primary way I interact with my surroundings. If I can touch a thing it feels real to me, much more so than if I just look at it. This is why I love kneading bread and feeling the texture change from a moist, coarse dough to something smooth and elastic. It's why I cannot eat foods with a certain texture (like mushrooms, eggplant, or zucchini), no matter how they taste. It's all about the sense of touch and how to capture this sensation in a photograph.



Here is a photograph I took of a barn near Whippletree Junction.





I took it with a slight optical zoom (I've been told that optical zooms maintain better depth of field than digital zooms) and I think it makes a very nice photo. The barn has naturalized so it doesn't stand out much from nature, in fact the charm is that it fades into the trees a little bit. The texture of the wood panels of the barn is almost lost among the texture of the trees. The upright boards are echoed by the upright tree trunks, and the roof is very similar to the canopy. The colour is different enough to know that the barn is distinct from the trees, but it doesn't shout.


So I got out the old photo studio and made the photo gray-scale.




There is a stronger sense of divide between the barn and the background, especially now that the roof pops out at you. But still, the barn still attempts to fade into the background.




Here's another photo I took of the same barn, only with a slightly stronger zoom.




This time the barn takes a much stronger role in the photo. The texture of the barn in this photo is more distinct from the trees. I think the difference is that the barn is in the foreground whereas before it was more than halfway into the distance.







One of the most interesting textures I've come across lately is this albino seaweed at Rathtrevor Park.




It's so very photogenic. Here is a photo with bit of regular coloured seaweed next to the albino.




Now watch what happens when we lift it up and allow the wind to play with it.






The shadow against the sand is amazing.




It's like a beautiful lace scarf. This is what I want to be able to capture every time I take a photo of texture. I want to be able to highlight the depth and the empty spaces. I want to make a photo that would elicit the same emotional responce as if you were touching the object. I think, more than anything else, that last photo, where we only see the shadow, does that more than any other. Somehow by taking away the object and by making light the main focus of the photo, we learn more about the object itself.








Friday, May 30, 2008

to smock or not to smock

I've discovered compensation for not being taught how to sew. Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I found a video tutorial. Even if I'm not making the smock, the techniques are very useful.

Part one
Part two
Part three
Written instructions

All thanks to Sew, Mama, Sew!


Oh, and here is a fantastic tutorial on how to apply bias tape to the edge of a fabric.

sewing books and sunhat

The Blog-a-day holiday didn't last very long. I just needed a day or so of not having the computer on and not playing with the Internet. Do you ever get that way? Sometimes when I have a really good time with people I enjoy, but also one that was quite tiring, I find I need to just hide in my cave and do simple craft like things without any distraction from the Internet. I had a great time spinning at my house Monday night, but cleaning up the house and worrying about my baking (it sucks that I cannot taste what I made to make certain it was up to scratch) took a whole lot of energy out of me. Thus the computer was abandoned for a few days.




I was wondering about sewing. Reading sewing books I've noticed two main types: encyclopedia type like the Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing that are very useful references, but it's a bit like trying to learn a new language by reading a dictionary; and the 'starter' books that are supposedly for beginners, they even say they are for beginners, but they make a lot of assumptions. For example they use terms that are neither in the glossary nor in my other sewing books, or they say make the X, but give no insight how X might be created.


Both style of books seem to assume a basic foundation in sewing - a foundation that I do not have. So I ask myself, where do people get this basic understanding of stitches and thread? Could it be, that in this ultra-modern day and age where the majority place such a heavy value on consumerism, that mothers still teach their children to sew? This seemed highly unlikely. Even in my youth, mending one's clothes was seen as a sign of poverty and avoided at (quite literally) all cost.


Then I learned that most people were taught to sew in school. I'm not so lucky. It was considered too sexist to teach people sewing in school (even if they were to teach both genders). So that answers my question. Most people do have some background in sewing, provided you are old enough or that your school didn't take a distorted view of feminism.


But where does that leave me? Well, I'll muddle through somehow, I always do. Like my sunhat. Have I told you about my sunhat? It was an adventure to make. The pattern peaces didn't fit together (printing error) and the instructions made no sense and I wanted a reversible hat not one that is lined, so with much perservierance, I made altered the pattern to make myself a reversible sunhat.


Very nice, don't you think?


And see, I did manage to make it reversible.


What a lovely finished hat. Now, time to try it on.


ops.


The brim is huge! Not my fault by the way. It's the only part of the pattern I didn't alter. It's alright with the edge turned up, so it's not a complete waste. But still, there must be some way of knowing the finished size of the pattern before you make it. The patterns say things like 'made for size X, with sufficient ease'. I miss knitting patterns which tell you the size of the garment and make you guess how you will fit into it.


But no matter. I completed a hat, and even if it is a bit odd, I'm very proud of what I accomplished. Now, on to the next challenge.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

blog-a-day

I'm taking a blog-a-day (blogging holiday) to enjoy the sunshine. It's lovely and warm and I have lots of things that need doing around here. I'll be back this weekend.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Knitting in Public (KIP)

Yarn Sale: One of my local yarn shops (LYS), Boutique de Laine, is having a sale starting today. Huge sale with discounts from 40% upto 70%. I really, really, really want to go as this is my favorite shop within an hours journey of my home and situated at the most beautiful Estevan Village. But I must resist the call of yarn. I must not go to the sale.


Now, back to the blog.










Knitting in public (KIP) is always a fun pass-time. It is even more enjoyable when a bunch of you gather together in a park next to the ocean on a warm sunny day. The cool breeze off the water prevents the wool from getting too hot to knit and a collection of towels and lawn chairs makes for a comfy afternoon of yarn and friends.




All in all there were 20 knitters, 3 kids and 3 husbands including this adorable little fellow (a newly finished object himself) wearing a pumpkin hat his mother just finished knitting for him.




I brought my lunch in my Tiffin of course and some knitting (BC Socks),




and others brought show and tell. What a beautiful afghan made from Noro. I might just have to knit something like that one day. Now, to win the lottery, then I could knit as much as I like (and afford to go to that sale).




It was a wonderful experience to sit in the park and knit with like minded yarn lovers. The kids and husbands running around playing in the park or swimming in the ocean. It felt like a community of old where everyone knew each other and did things together. Well, perhaps an idealised version of a community of old, but nonetheless, it felt safe to be there and that is a really nice feeling.




You can read more about the park-knit here, or learn more about the BB's (the local knit group) here.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Upcoming fibre and yarn events for Victoria and Vancouver Island

I thought I would let you know of a few local (Vancouver Island) yarn related events coming up next month.




  • Saturday, June 14th is WORLD WIDE KNIT IN PUBLIC DAY - If you live in Victoria, come down to lawns City Hall (big red building at the corner of Douglass and Pandora, or as I think of it, one block down hill from the Beehive yarn shop) any time between 1 and 4pm. Bring your knitting, show off your yarn, and share with the world what a wonderful activity knitting is. Bring a lawn chair, some water, and your knitting.

  • Speaking of Knitting in Public, the Victoria Fibre Festival and Knit-Out will take place on June 20-22nd. There is a dinner and fashion show Friday night. There are all sorts of classes on Saturday (did I ever tell you how the beginner spinning class I took last year changed my life?) and a yarn crawl when the local yarn shops open "their doors, throwing out the welcome mat, and offering refreshments to fibre fans who come to visit." And, as if that wasn't enough yarn for you, on Sunday there is the Knit-Out at Saxe Point. I'm told there will be vendors. If you haven't been to the Knit-Out before, or even if you have, I highly recommend it. It will happen rain or shine, so bring some knitting, spinning, weaving, crochet, or other yarn related activity. There will be lots to do, there always is.

  • If you can't get enough knitting, the Cowichan Valley Museum is hosting an exhibit called Knitting Together which runs May 2nd to October 18th, 2008. I haven't been yet, but it looks very interesting. As, perhaps, you know Cowichan is very famous for their sweaters (sometimes called Salish Sweaters).

(this sweater was knit by my G'ma in the Cowichan style)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Knitting and Sewing

Today I'll be knitting in a park enjoying the sunshine and a nice picnic lunch with these happy bees.


But, before I head out, I was wondering if anyone has either of these books and can tell me a little bit about them. Are they worth getting? (In theory, if you click on the photos, it should send you to the Amazon.ca page for each book.)



Keep in mind that I am very new to this sewing thing. I'm the kind of learner that likes to know how everything fits together and have a lot of trouble just following step by step instructions. I know my library would probably carry the books, but I can't go in there due to my allergies - as it is, I have to read any book in a well ventilated location (like outside) and entering a book store or library to have a browse through the books would do me in. So, I will rely on you wonderful people to tell me what to buy (don't get too drunk on the power I'm giving you).

Friday, May 23, 2008

intarsia

I've been working on a secret project lately. I'm trying to design a pattern for a little something with a specific logo on it that people can knit up and wear to certain events. However, this involved learning intarsia.


I wonder how I managed to get this far with knitting without learning intarsia. This method is perfect for putting a coloured image in some knitting. For example, do you remember those knitted Christmas sweaters with a picture of a reindeer in the center front? I think there was something like that in the movie Bridget Jones' Diary. That is just one of the things you can accomplish with this technique.


In truth, it's not that hard to knit this way, it just takes a bit of focus, a whole lot of patience and these:


I found this idea at Learn Intarsia Knitting. It works wonders, but even with getting everything else right, perfecting the technique, &c. I discovered that the graph I was working from will end up being three times two tall for what I aim to make. So much for taking short cuts.


Back to the drawing board.


Wednesday, May 21, 2008

ramble, summer, fibre festivals, sewing, and random thoughts

I cannot think of anything specific to blog about today, so I'll take you on a ramble through my current thoughts.



I love the way the air feels in the early morning Victoria, BC, summer. We live near the ocean and it often provides us with a soothing breeze so that about 4 or 5 in the morning, even on the hottest of days, the air is crisp and clean and cool enough that one can do all their daily tasks before the mid-morning siesta. I'm not a hot weather person, or much of a cold weather person for that matter, but at least in cold weather one can wear knitted sweaters to keep warm. But in summer the only way for me to feel cool is to get up absurdly early, make certain the fan is on and the blinds are closed to keep the sun out, and drink lots of hot tea (a little trick I picked up in South America: a hot drink for a hot day).



Thinking about summer makes me think about fibre festivals. I'm actually very pleased that there are not so many fibre festivals for me to attend this year. I'm trying to save up as much money as possible for my trip to Gibbson's in August. but, due to my illness, I have no source of income at the moment and I am rapidly running through my savings, despite all my attempts not to spend money. Little things like loosing so much weight mean I have to buy a new wardrobe worth of clothes every two months, and since my illness makes me sensitive to scents, I cannot enter a second hand shop or the mall without loosing consciousness and likewise, I am unable to wear the more affordable synthetic fibres and must purchase the natural ones (better for my health, but not so good for the savings account). Therefore, I buy new, expensive cloths every couple of months. This leaves very little money left for spending on my hobbies or buying treats for my friends and family.



I wonder if there is some way to use my sewing machine to make my old clothes smaller but still look okay? I mostly wear blouses and jeans these days but I am thinking of moving to skirts because if I shrink any more (not my fault by the way, it's from being ill - I don't recommend this as a weight-loss programme, it sucks) I can just add pleats (I know how to do that now). Wearing skirts is also a good excuse to knit kneehigh socks.



Speaking about socks, I'm participating in my first full sock exchange. It's done through the local guild and I am most excited about it. I will knit a sock for someone with a wide foot so I was thinking of knitting Monkey. I have a narrow foot and wear tight socks, so I'm not certain what would be the best pattern for wide feet. I could always try to design one, but I'm not really in the designing mood right now; not for socks anyway.



As for today, today I'm sewing with Y. I might try my hand at a sun-hat, but the instructions are impossible to follow. I think I'll use the pattern paper to cut out the bits from the fabric, then sew it up how I think it should go. If I do this right, it will be a reversible hat.



I find sewing has started to become almost as soothing as knitting which is not too bad considering that a week ago I couldn't sew two bits of fabric together without having a huge fight with the machine. I wonder if there are any online tutorials that I can read to improve my sewing?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Wool Cutter

Any thoughts on what this is?


Some friends of mine picked it up for me because they know I love playing with yarn. Now, to figure out what it does.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Victoria Highland Games


It is said that there are non more Scot than the Scots abroad. Attending the Highland Games, it seems to me that this is a very apt observation. It is as if someone took all the best parts of what it means to be Scottish, put it in a stew pot and rendered it down until only a thick essence remains, then took a great big butter knife and spread this Scottish stew all over the park. It may seem a strange description, but once you realize that one, I like stew, and two, I think that Scotland is one of the nicest places in the world, becomes quite beautiful.



There were more clan tents than you could shake a caber at, pipe bands, dancing, military reenactments, cannons and musket fire, and a collection of spinners and weavers (aka, us) out enjoying the day. The park was filled with people, and at almost every moment there was a considerable que to get in the gate.






Can you believe they have been doing this for 71 years and it's still going strong?

I brought my walking wheel to the demonstration. It is still a bit tetchy from not being used for so long but A Rose managed to get it working quite well.




A little while later Mr. Kitten had a go on it and between the two of them, they managed to produce quite a bit of yarn.




As for me, I was playing with my new Hound Dog drop spindle and a wee bit of merino-silk blend I bought from Hummingbird (both local purveyor of fibre and yarn related goodies).








Saturday, May 17, 2008

Where I learn that sewing machines are not possessed by demons after all and discover that in fact, they can be quite lovely.

I was jealous of Y's success with the sewing machine.




I've tried to sew many, many times, but never managed to get the hang of it. Every three months or so, I got out the fabric, the thread, and everything else I needed to sew, but the sewing machine hated me! It would tangle up the thread and pull the fabric. Sometimes nothing would happen and the machine would just sit there producing acrid smoke when I tried to make it go. After a few hours of saying very unladylike words very loudly, I would put the sewing machine away. I was defeated by the evil that lived in my sewing machines. I felt worthless because I knew that other people can sew wonderful things. I should be able to sew, but it never worked. I was a sewing failure.




Did you notice how I used the past tense there? "I was a sewing failure." I noticed something the other day. Y was able to use the same sewing machine that caused me much grief, yet, it did not result in much wailing and gnashing of teeth. Y did not subcome to saying many unladylike words. Instead of manufacturing failure, Y made sewing! This amazed me.




For many years, I was confident that all my sewing failing could be traced to my machine, so I bought a different one, and later on, when that machine produced the same results, was given yet another one. Non of which were of any help to me. This lead me to the belief that all sewing machines were inhabited by some sort of evil and you have to live a very good, sin-free life in order to make them work.




Something exceptional happened this week. When Y came over to use my machines, I watched what she did and suddenly, I realized that I could do that. There was not anything exceptionally different in what she did, only she was a whole lot calmer. I thought perhaps that was the key.




So I cut out some fabric, and very calmly sat down at the machine.




It worked. I sewed fabric! Never having achieved this before, I felt elated! I sewed well into the night and made an apron. And then the next day, I rose up early and made oven pads. All in preparation for future dyeing (with an 'e') adventures.




I also attempted to make a pincushion, but circles are a bit harder than anticipated.




They aren't the best sewn things in the world. In fact, I'm glad that they are designed especially for getting messy. But you know what, for someone who cannot sew, I think I did a damn fine job.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Y was sewing at my home

My darling friend Y invited herself over for a craft day. This kind of behaviour I highly encourage from her as she is inspirational. She is full of so many ideas and such a huge amount of energy. Having her in the house is like dancing under a crisp, clear flowing, mountain fed, waterfall - invigorating.


Y sewed me an apron to match her sushi apron. I gave her a couple of meters of fabric a while back, one red and one in sushi print, and she made herself an apron with the sushi print trimmed in red. With the left over fabric she made me my very own sushi apron as well, this time in red with sushi print trim. She also made some place mats for eating sushi off of. Now all we need is a make-your-own-sushi party. Yum!


I have such great friends.


(Y is still looking for love by the way)

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Colour and photography

I've been very intrigued by colour lately.



Considering how visual our language is, I find it incredibly difficult to describe this feeling I have about colour. It is not that I'm interested in the science of how colour goes together (although it is something I suspect I will be researching soon enough), nor am I interested in making new colour combinations. I actually don't want to knit any colour work at the moment (although I am working on a top secret project that involves learning intarsia). Knittingwise, I'm still very much into making things with texture like cables, and G forbid, even lace. But still, I find myself obsessing over colour.



It seems to be about colour that I find around me. I'll call it found-colour. And this feeling seems to be about how do different and unusual colours come together. Why do colours that appear in nature fit better than most manufactured colours? Most importantly, how can I capture this colour with my camera (and perhaps one day, how do I capture it with yarn?)?



For example, hand spun silk and merino yarn sitting on my desk:



This first photo is nice enough, you can see that there is red yarn, a lamp, headphones, &c. But there is nothing really special about it. The image is captured in low light so my camera automatically uses the flash. But, what happens when I turn the flash off?



I love this photo. The shadow and the light, the brass colour of the base of the lamp against the garnet red of the yarn, the black and silver of the headphones, the slight marble texture of the computer desk - all these things come together somehow to make a far better photo. There is even something in how the cord of the headphones sets off and highlights that this is a photograph of yarn. The angle of the light somehow enhances the texture of the yarn and it becomes the focus of this image.



I wish I understood how this all happened.



And then there is this image:



A wheel from Whippletree Junction. The red and the yellow of the building somehow communicate with the old red and faded yellow of the wheel. The almost straight lines of the building, the horizontal edges of the siding and the vertical forcefulness of the window-frame and the veranda supports, seem somehow to make the wheel more round. Somehow the almost straight edges of the building makes the wheel more predominant even though it does not have as strong colouring as the building.



Take this photo of the same wheel. Just by coming a little bit closer, the entire feel of the image changes. The wheel no longer has to fight to be the center of attention, we still have the three primary colours (red, yellow and blue) with the bluebells/hyacinth contributing more blue than in the previous photo. Yet, somehow in this photo, it is the faded colour of the wheel that takes precedence and the strong colours of the building fade into the background.



How is it that two photos of the same thing, taken in the same light at the same time, only at slightly different distances have such strong differences in how the colour is perceived?



I have one more for you taken near Victoria City Hall. I cannot figure out why it is so pretty. Perhaps you can tell me why.



Brick reds and hot pink should not go together. The hard angles of the bricks contrast against the soft lines of the rhododendron. But even with the green in it, that shouldn't be enough to make these colours go together. There is something very hypnotic about the colours in this photo, but I couldn't tell you why.





I think I take fairly good photos. Some of they suck, some of them don't. I wish I could take better ones. Most of the photos I take never make it to my blog, but sometimes, I take a photo that even I find breathtaking. I wonder if I should take a course on digital photography. Or maybe, there is someway I can learn about photography online. I see it's going to be an afternoon with Google (and perhaps CNet) to see what I can learn.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

If I was me...?

If I was me and I cleaned up the house because my most favourite group of spinners was coming over to spin at my house this month, where would I put my second most favorite set of double point needles? I know I put them somewhere where I wouldn't forget. Somewhere obvious. Any thoughts on where that might be?


Update: They were in my handbag! Of course they wold be safe there, that's the last place in the house I would ever look for double points that were not attached to yarn.

Knitting stocking stitch

Knitting stocking stitch can be the most fulfilling experience when the yarn is right.


I started these socks some time ago and they quickly became my take-with-me knitting. The yarn is Arucania Ranco Multy from Fun Knits. The yarn is hand dyed and makes a random colour pattern in the fabric like looking into a long lost lake hidden in the mountains of South America. Every stitch is like a new adventure because the colour changes so frequently. The texture is soft, but strong just like sock yarn should be.


I'm actually kind of sad to finish these socks because it means no more knitting with this yarn for a while. I do have quite a bit of yarn left over, so perhaps one of my friends will get married and have kids so that I can knit baby booties out of the thrums.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Free Rice and Vocabulary

Ever since I first heard about freerice.com, I've been very intrigued.





It's a game where you can practice your vocabulary skills and learn the meaning of nifty words like mackinaw, trundle, hireling, chiromancy, and the ever exciting omphaloskepsis. What's more, apparently for each word they donate 20 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program(me). It made me wonder if they have rice to give away, why not just donate it to some hungry people? Here's what they have to say on the issue (from the FAQ page).





FreeRice is not sitting on a pile of rice―you are earning it 20 grains at a time. Here is how it works. When you play the game, sponsor banners appear on the bottom of your screen. The money generated by these banners is then used to buy the rice. So by playing, you generate the money that pays for the rice donated to hungry people.




Now 20 grains of rice is not that much. I eat a lot more than that a day. In fact, 100 grains of rice isn't that much either. So, I think (or should I say ratiocinate) if I was playing the game just for charity, it wouldn't really be worth my while. Yet, by playing the game for just a short time, I've learnt several new words that I wouldn't have come across in my daily activities.


Overall, there is some advantage to this game. I have the opportunity to increase my vocabulary skills and do a (very) small bit to help hungry people somewhere in the world. A few minutes of this game each morning and my mind will be awash with new and exciting words.




apparently:

mackinaw = wool coat

trundle = roll

hireling = mercenary

chiromancy = palm-reading

omphaloskepsis = navel-contemplation (I'm really tempted to re-name my blog this)

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Rib Warmer by Elizabeth Zimmerman

There is something extremely elegant in the simplicity of Elizabeth Zimmerman's designs. I've always been captivated by how different yarns capture the texture of garter stitch. This rib warmer, as EZ calls it, takes full advantage of the most primary of knitting stitches.





Knit on 5.5mm needles, in Briggs & Little Heritage, it took just under two and a half skeins of yarn (about 500m), but turned out considerably larger than I hoped. It just goes to show you that one should always check one's gage, no matter how simple the pattern or how excited one is to knit it. If I were to knit it again, I would knit it in a smaller gage.





Over all, I really like how it turned out. It is surprisingly warm to wear, extra comfortable and only took a week to knit. I think I might add a clasp so that it doesn't look quite so large on me.

Now, I'm off to make something out of rhubarb.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Wanted: Sugar-free rhubarb

Help! I need some sugar-free rhubarb recipes. Chutney would be nice. I have so much rhubarb in my home, but I can't eat sugar. The house is overflowing with rhubarb. I really want to eat it.

Please share your sugar-free rhubarb recipes with little old me.

Edit: it's cane sugar I cannot have. Things like honey are fine.

Friday, May 09, 2008

How to use Mattress Stitch to sew together Garter Stitch fabric

How to use Mattress Stitch to sew together Garter Stitch fabric









Imagine you are faced with a puzzle. You have two pieces of knitted garter stitch fabric and you want to sew them together side to side. How do you do it?



It's surprisingly easy. You use your knitting super powers and come to the conclusion that mattress stitch will give you a nearly invisible, but surprisingly strong way to join the two fabrics together.



Start with a long piece of yarn. I make mine three times as long as the seam I want to sew. It's best to use the same yarn that you knit the fabric with. If you don't have any left, perhaps you could find something roughly the same weight and similar colour.



Next you need a blunt (darning needle) just large enough to fit the yarn through the hole. I actually have only two blunts, one large and one small. The small one I use for socks and small yarned projects, whereas the larger one is perfect for sweaters, hats and projects with larger yarn . There is no real hard and fast rules here, you can use just about anything to pull the yarn through the loops. It is easier, however, to use something with a blunt tip as you want the yarn to flow between the stitches of the knitted fabric, not splitting through the yarn that makes up the fabric. You'll see what I mean once we get some more photos.



Lastly, some garter stitch fabric is good, also something to cut the yarn with at the end, is also quite useful.






Now for the fun part.


Lay the two pieces of fabric, Right Side Up, next to each-other, on a flat surface. Place them how you want them to be together once they are all sewn up. Take some care at this stage, it is surprisingly easy to get something backwards or inside-out. Really, this is the hardest part, so check, check and check again. When you think you have it perfect, walk away and go make yourself a cuppa tea. Once the tea is in hand, check one more time to see that the fabric is exactly how you want it. I'm not trying to be patronizing, I always mess up this part and have to un-sew it and re-sew it and all that work is annoying. Please, learn from my mistakes.



(Those with keen sight will have noticed that this fabric is actually the wrong side up. It just goes to show you how easy it is to get things backwards, up-side-down or wrong-side-up.)

Now we are ready to sew up the seam. Thread the blunt and fasten the yarn to the corner of the fabric nearest to you. You can use the left or the right fabric, but what is important is that you leave at least four inches of yarn to weave in later. I use a half hitch at this point as it is easy to undo if something goes horribly wrong yet is firm enough to hold for any knitted fabric.



Do you see how the garter stitch fabric is made up of ridges and valleys?





We are going to work with the ridges.





First put the needle through the bump nearest to the edge on the right side of the fabric.





Pull the yarn through so that it is firm but not taught. If you pull through too far, the fabric will bunch up, if you don't pull it through enough, then the seam will drift apart over time. The ideal tension is as close to the knitted fabric as you can get. This takes practice.



Now, on the left side of the fabric, do the same.





Keep on keeping on. This is all there is to it. Once you get the feel for what you are doing you can seam both sides at once as shown in this next photo. It makes it go twice as fast.





Once you get to the end of the seam, fasten the yarn with a half hitch and weave in the ends.



The seam will be almost invisible on the right side of the fabric, and will look like this on the wrong side.







Once you do it, it is surprisingly easy. In fact, it took me more time to explain how to do it than it did for me to sew up this vest.