A Lesson In Existential Knitting by Knitzsche

The Sentinels, formidable ktbl stitches, kept a firm control over the knit and purl rib.

The Ribellion Cable

One day the rib stitches could take no more and after a fierce battle with the Sentinels, made a bid for freedom.

The Ribellion Cable

Their victory was short-lived. The Sentinels quelled the rebellion and bought the rib stitches back under their control.

The Ribellion Cable

This epic saga is retold in The Ribellion Cable. Now you too can relive the battle everytime you knit the pattern, and with each row, remember the bravery of the oppressed rib stitches.

The Ribellion Cable
The Ribellion Cable

The Ribellion Cable

k – knit
p – purl
st/sts – stitch/stitches
ktbl – knit through back loop
ptbl – purl through back loop
CR6b – sl next 2 sts to cable needle, hold at back of work, p2, k2 on left needle, ktbl2 on cable needle
CR6f – sl next 4 sts to cable needle, hold at front of work, ktbl2 on left needle, k2, p2 on cable needle
CR6B – sl next 4 sts to cable needle, hold at back, ktbl2 from left needle, p2, k2 from cable needle
CR6F – sl next 2 sts to cable needle, hold at front, k2, p2 from left needle, ktbl2 from cable needle

Cast on 24 sts.

Row 1: P5, ktbl2, (p2, k2) twice, p2, ktbl2, p5.

Row 2: K5, ptbl2, (k2, p2) twice, k2, ptbl2, k5.

Repeat rows 1 & 2 three more times.

Row 9: P5, CR6B, p2, CR6F, p5.

Row 10: K7, p2, ptbl2, k2, ptbl2, p2, k7.

Row 11: P7, k2, ktbl2, p2, ktbl2, k2, p7.

Repeat rows 10 & 11 once more, then row 10 again.

Row 15: P5, CR6b, p2, Cr6f, p5.

Row 16: As row 2.

These 16 rows form the pattern.

© Shana Rae 2016


The first of a hundred waistcoats

I am now the proud (also toasty 🙂 ) owner of a woollen waistcoat that Shana has spent quite a while knitting. Shana certainly had her work cut out for her, what with having to put the knitting to one side for some considerable time, due to a mega spell of mystery illness. It was a sizable task too as, without giving away my waistcoat measurements, I can safely say I am definitely not a size zero. (Or even single figures, come to that 🙂 )

I won’t say too much for fear of causing a stampede, because now I have one, everyone will want one. However, I did help to choose the colours. The back panel is a sort of variegated light and dark brown (made from Emu yarn, no less) and the front is in a lighter contrasting hue.

As usual, when Shana has made me something, whether small or large, I often say, ‘Excellent. I’ll take a hundred of them please.’ This is a risky strategy though. One day, Shana may take me at my word and what will we do then? Only one thing for it: we’ll have to get our own flock of sheep and I’ll have to look up instructional vids on how to shear them!

The curious case of the missing crochet mojo

It was sometime after I’d published the pattern for my Crochet Hook Tidy that it happened, my crochet mojo left the building, I couldn’t even face looking at a crochet hook 😦

I’m not the kind of person who can just stop being creative, so I turned to knitting. My Grandma taught me to knit before I started school and I think she was always a little disappointed that I never got into serious knitting. Well it’s never too late, I’ve now taught myself the Magic Loop method, much easier for knitting socks than fighting with DPN’s, and I’m in the middle of knitting Chris a nice warm woollen waistcoat, as well as a pair of socks and a cowl for myself.

Maybe one day my crochet mojo will return, but for now I’m a nutty knitter instead (or as well as) a crazy crocheter!


Allergic to Crochet

I was recently asked what brand are the hooks that I used in the picture of my Crochet Hook Tidy, well the simple answer is they are a cheap non-branded variety. I would love to own Addi hooks, but finances will not permit such luxury, besides there is a reason why I chose these hooks.

For many years I’ve been allergic to man-made fibres, but until recently I’d managed to crochet with acrylic, to a point, but slowly I’ve moved towards cotton/acrylic mixes, or cotton if I’ve been able to buy up bargains on eBay! On the whole though I’ve managed to cope.

A few weeks ago my allergy developed into really nasty patches of eczema, and despite restricting contact with acrylic, it did not seem to be improving. The rash was worse around the area where I held my crochet hook, and slowly, very slowly, it dawned on me, my earrings were irritating me, now my hooks…it was nickel-allergy. This was almost the final straw, I already couldn’t use acrylic, now I couldn’t use my hooks.

With limited funds I had to search for alternatives, I’d bought bamboo Tunisian Crochet hooks from Creativity by Knitbag on eBay and found she stocked some generic hooks with plastic handles, yes they still had metal ends, but I wouldn’t be holding them, I like bamboo but not the hook ends, I prefer the sharper metal ones. The set of 6 hooks cost a mere £5.95, they’re 5.5″/14cm in length and because of the way I hold my hook, are absolutely perfect for me.

At the same time I bought some plastic earrings, and combined with the new hooks, and avoiding acrylic wherever possible, I have, for now, tamed my crochet allergy.


I am NOT bobblehead!

Ever have one of those days when a design does not go as planned? Do you get an overwhelming urge to destroy not only the offending object, but shred every ball of yarn within a 100 yard radius? *sighs* Today is one of those days for me…this was supposed to be an angel…looks more like ET *sighs even more*

Chris says I should embrace my failures as part of the learning and growing process…pah…I’m going to burn it!!