Did you know?

That you can get a daily dose of Samuel Pepys?
Pepys journaled the details, sometimes intimately, of his life in London from 1660-1669. During this time span many significant events occurred including the great plague of London and the Reformation of England.

From time to time I’ve picked up Pepys’s diary and it rides a wave of being fascinating to downright tediously boring. Historically speaking, it’s illuminating.

I wonder though what Elisabeth St. Michel Pepys would have written?


Talented – isn’t she!

Just have a moment for a post before heading back down the dirt road but I wanted to show off the lovely brooch my daughter made for my birthday. I think it will be wonderful on a shawl, or maybe a sweater…..

Close up on beading technique

Per Request!
Here are a few close up shots of beading with the dental threader. Notice the end of the stem is bent to create a hook. This helps to pick up your beads and grab the stitch. Click on the photos to enlarge.

First – the threader with beads strung.

Second – the hook grabs the stitch.

Third – the hook pulls the stitch from the needle.

Fourth – sliding the bead over the hook, which is pinched to the threader stem.

Fifth – placing the stitch back on the needle. Then release the hook and knit into the stitch.

I’d highly suggest practicing your beading technique on a pattern swatch. One of the differences betwen having beads on the working yarn and adding a bead via a hook is where the bead lands on the stitch. You may need to adjust up or down a stitch for the bead.
Another thing to keep in mind is if you are knitting a border that is bound off then stitches picked up along the long edge. The beads will be going in different directions if the border was knit one direction and the body another.

Chris just told me it’s a good thing that my nails were clean! Oh boy, I hadn’t thought of that!


Girls Gone Wild!

Dudes – what happens when two reasonably intelligent knitters have that second glass of wine during knit night at the wine bar? One finishes a single row of beaded knitting on her shawl, the other traipses through the intricacies of Entrelac. They discuss wine, imported cheeses, travel, and then they pack up their knitting and head for the local bookstore where they buy big 700 page books on history.

Sometimes I’m just too weird. Thank goodness I’m not the only one.