Saturday, July 4, 2009

Episode #8 - The Vacation Show

In this week's episode, I'll share a bit about our 5-day vacation visiting family down at the coast, as well as continue with the Podcast sweater.


Ladies and gentlemen, we have another knitter!


Vancouver is NOT the land of snow and ice. Palm trees grow quite well in Vancouver, thank you very much! :)

Below are pictures of the pine beetle damage. You can see quite clearly how much of the mountain side has been ravaged by these tiny insects. All of the brown trees are dead because of these little creatures.


This picture shows quite clearly the extent of the damage in just one small area.


The green areas of the map show areas where there's more than a 10% tree kill due to the mountain pine beetle. You can see just how ravaged BC's forests are. The map shows only British Columbia, but you can be sure that the damage extends into Alberta on the east and down into Washington state to the south.

Click here to find out more about the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation.


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The Pattern… So Far

This pattern is sized for a 2 year old, approximately, with a finished chest size of 26”.

Yarn: worsted weight yarn, approximately 450 yards (405 metres)

Needles: 20” – 4.5 mm circular needle, 2 sets of 4.5 mm double-pointed needles

Notions: stitch markers, darning needle

The Body:

Using the circular needle and a stretchy cast on, cast on 112 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Knit every round (stocking stitch) for 10” or desired length. End the last round 3 stitches before the marker. Cast off 6 stitches; knit 49; cast off 6 stitches; knit 49. Set aside.

The Sleeves:

Using double-pointed needles (or method of choice), cast on 26 stitches. Place a marker and join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches. Knit every round until work measures 1.5”

Increase 1 stitch on each side of the marker every 6 rounds 8 times (42 stitches). Work even until sleeve measures 11.5” from the beginning (or length desired). End the final round 3 stitches before the marker. Cast off 6 stitches (36 stitches remain). Set aside and work second sleeve to match the first.

The Yoke:

With the right side facing, knit across 36 sleeve stitches, place marker, knit 50 front stitches, place marker, knit the 36 stitches of the second sleeve, place marker, knit remaining 50 stitches, place marker (172 stitches).

On the next row, decrease 2 stitches evenly (170 stitches). Work even until yoke measures 1.5”

First decrease round: *knit 3, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round (136 stitches). Work even until yoke measures 2.75”

Second decrease round: *knit 2, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round (102 stitches). Work even until yoke measures 4”

Third decrease round: *knit 1, k2tog; repeat from * to end of round (68 stitches). Work even until yoke measures 5.25”

The Neck:

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