Monthly Archives: September 2009

Back to School

School started up again yesterday, and in its honor I created a free pattern. This Eraser knits up quickly and can be tossed in the wash when it needs cleaning. Make one for your favorite student or teacher.

eraser for pattern
Pattern available for download on Ravelry and below.

MATERIALS
Sugar n Cream [100% Cotton; 200 yds/184 m per 113g skein]
1 ball (Far less than that really. I used leftovers from another project)
NOTIONS
US 7/4.5 mm
Sponge approximately 3” by 4” by 1/2”. Cut in half to make 2 pieces 3”x2”.
SIZE
width: 2”
height: 3”
Depth: 1”
GAUGE
20 sts = 4″ in stst
PATTERN
Cast on 6 stitches.
Work back and forth in stockinette for 2 inches—knit the right side rows and purl on the wrong side rows. Then along one long edge, pick up and knit 8 stitches, continuing around pick up and knit 6 stitches and then pick up and knit 8 stitches along the opposite long edge. Work in the round as follows:
k6, p8, k6 p8
Knit
Repeat these 2 rounds until the piece measures 3 inches long.
Slip the cut sponge into the pocket you’ve made. Then working back and forth on the 6 stitches on a short side—
sl1, k4 k2tog (the k2tog will use one stitch from the adjacent long side). Turn and
Sl, p4, p2tog (the p2tog will use one stitch from the adjacent long side).
Turn work and repeat these two rows 7 more times, or until all the stitches from the long sides are used up and only the 6 stitches on each of the short sides remain. Using one stitch from one of the short sides, and 2 from the other, work in i-cord for 5 inches (k3, slide the stitches to the other end of your DPN and k3 again). Then starting with the 3 stitches from your i-cord and using Kitchener stitch graft the two short sides together.

© Le Ton Beau Designs 2009–All rights reserved worldwide For private, non-commercial use only.

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Good Habits

Guess who finally came to the Pacific Northwest? Franklin Habit!
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That’s me with him. He actually recognized the name Le Ton Beau. (Not that I got excited by that or anything.) It seems Dolores made it out here too, but she was at an Ashram in Oregon.
He came to Renaissance Yarns in Kent. Renaissance Yarns is a fantastic yarn store. Nancy, the owner, is always wonderfully welcoming and she’s a great supporter of local artists. She had several yarns this time that I’d never heard of before. That’s quite a feat by the way. I’m not saying I’ve used or even touched all that’s out there, but it’s rare for me to find something foreign in a store. If you’re anywhere near Kent, Washington, it’s worth the trip.
The staff went all out to welcome this knitting celebrity. There were gifts…
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And custom cupcakes…
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Franklin was as friendly and funny as he is on his blog. He signed many books and read then “Knittin’ with a Whip” to us. His voice was pitch perfect. I’d love to have an audio book version to listen to as I knit.
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All in all it was a lovely evening.
Thanks for coming Franklin! Be sure to come back soon.

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