Friday, August 31, 2007

Your Mission, If You Chose to Accept It....

Each week, T. and I will be giving you some guidelines as to how much we'll be knitting. My plan is to knit ahead so you can have some idea of what your week's knitting will look like before you begin. I will hopefully help you to avoid some pitfalls. Some other eager knitters have posted their advice which I know will be greatly appreciated.

Week 1

You're going to cast on doing that funky bead thing. I have never used beads and I found it a little fussy but once I got going I was fine. You'll want to sit somewhere quiet to do this. I'd hate for you to try to cast on with beads in a busy coffee shop or on public transit. Your beads will be everywhere!

Keep following the pattern. You will do 6 rows of garter stitch and then you're into the basketweave portion of the event. Melanie recommends stitch markers and I do, too. They are annoying sometimes because you'll have to move them but I found that they were helpful in keeping track of where you were in the pattern and may be useful in avoiding mistakes. For this week, try to do 2 pattern repeats of the basketweave section. You will have knitted about 70 rows by that point.

As always, feel free to knit at your own pace and do variations on the pattern as you like. I can't wait to see what you're up to. This is what I've been doing once my little one is in bed.

(You can't really see my beads but trust me, they are there.)

So Cast On and flash me your Hanamis, will ya?


Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

quick question - is this going to be about the 'standard' amount of rows every week?

I'm hoping to be able to keep up. The end of Sockapalooza and the start of MS#3 colided and I had too much OTN at once. Hope to avoid that this time around.

J. said...

I think most weeks will have about this many rows. We tried to be reasonable about the rows without making the whole thing drag out.

erica said...

I'd like to add a small suggestion--use a life line! I started my Hanami before the KAL existed, and I can't tell you how many times the lifeline came in handy. Actually, I think I can honestly say I'd never be knitting lace if I hadn't seen the idea of a lifeline.