Friday, July 21, 2017

Stitch Markers Rock

Many of you commented on the challenge of casting on 472 stitches for my Winter Ridge Cowl Shawl (that is really a poncho). Vicki noted that she uses stitch markers every 20 or 25 stitches. I couldn't cast on a lot of stitches without markers!
For this project, I used stitch markers every 50 stitches. Using them every 25 stitches would have given me too many markers to keep track of.  It was painful, but it worked out. And I'm very happy with the project so far.
I am a true believer in the long-tail cast-on. I was taught by a Norwegian woman when I was 10, and I can do it in my sleep. It is flexible and looks great. But even I don't want to try to figure out the tail for 472 stitches especially with yarn that ain't cheap!

For this project, I used the cable cast-on (which has nothing to do with cables, as far as I can tell). I don't think it's as stable, but it did the trick.

Update: I had my staples out today, and the healing is going well. The nurse warned me that it will take a full year for my incision to heal! But I should be able to drive soon, so I'll settle for small victories.

Have a great weekend!

17 comments:

  1. Every day is one step more towards full recovery. That was my mantra when I had my surgery! Hope yours goes quickly and well.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  2. Great progress with your project so far and great news about your stitches and driving soon! Take care, happy knitting, and continued healing!

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  3. I am a huge believer in stitch markers too. When I have to use them with a large amount of stitches-like in a pie shawl, I use a long piece of kitchen cotton to break up the section for easier counting and then I just pull it out and use it in the next section.

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  4. The shawl/poncho is looking fabulous! I have more stitch markers than I could ever use, but it's a comfort to have them if I need them. I use markers for lots of projects and especially like the removable ones.

    I'm thrilled to hear that your recovery is going well. I started driving this week, and it feels good to have some independence back. I have learned to celebrate the small victories, too.

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  5. The knitting is fantastic; I use a lot of markers, too! I prefer long tail cast on but you were smart to use the knitted cast on for this project-can you imagine coming to the last 20 sts and being short! Ack! Keep behaving and healing!

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  6. I too prefer the long tail cast on, except when it comes to casting on more than 200 stitches. Your cowl/poncho is already looking amazing.
    May you continue to heal quickly and celebrate those small victories love...you are inspiring. xo!

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  7. So glad your healing is going well & the staples are out.
    As for the stitch markers, I do the same thing. I use them every 25 stitches for projects up to 200 cast on & every 50 for projects over that. Makes the process SO much easier!

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  8. Since I can't seem to count to five on a regular basis without making a mistake stitch markers have often saved my life.

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  9. Hi!! This is your swap partner for Kathy's swap!!! I'm so excited to swap with you!!!! My email is kbshee AT comcast DOT net so if you'd like send me your contact info there!!!

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  10. A trick for long-tail casting on a gazillion stitches: tie the two ends of your center-pull ball of yarn together and use that. Cast on an extra stitch; when done, cut the yarn that goes to the outside of the ball and drop that extra stitch.

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  11. Hooray for your stitch markers and Your STITCHES COMING out. This is a stitch post. in every way.
    The thought that it takes a year to fully heal is not new to me. I had surgery once that took 6 months to heal. I was so so careful. It was all internal stuff, and I never wanted to go to surgery again so I lived by all the rule.
    Hope you FEEL well !!!

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  12. hurray for the stitches being out - looks like you are on the mend and all is well. I use stitch markers all the time, I use them instead of pen and paper.

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  13. Well... hurrah for all the stitches in this post! The ones cast on and the ones "cast out"!! And, I really love your yarn choices for your cowl, errr poncho!

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  14. Beautiful knitting - am loving watching this one grow. So glad your staples are OUT/GONE and that you will be driving soon. Each day is a victory!!

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  15. Hi Deborah! I am typing to you from NE. I just read through your posts from this week and am so glad you are healing well, but sorry that they predict a year for the incision to heal. The blue shawl is so pretty, and I love seeing the latest painting you shared...and the mention of the type of pencil you used which is unfamiliar to me. We stopped to visit the Crazy Horse monument in SD and were inspired by the whole site and the artwork we saw. I am such a slow crafter I might never finish something to donate to the Ravelry site you linked to, but I was glad to read about the project and interested to note that the owl symbolized death to the Lakota people so not to use that motif. Your mushroom is colorful! Bravo for your new project and all your good counting 🤗

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  16. So glad you are healing well.
    I too am a fan of many stitch markers, saved many a lace project!

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  17. glad to hear that you are progressing....one baby step at a time and before you know it!!! :)
    about casting on a gazillion stitches using the long-tail.....I tie two skeins together (or two ends from same skein)...make a slip knot at the tied spot....then 'go for it' on the long tail---using one yarn from the each side. When the stitches are cast on....I cut off one yarn and continue knitting with the other. No yarn chicken cast on for me!!!

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