Getting Ready For Class: SECOND

Today you will begin being a detective. Let me tell you up front, i plan to bribe you all onwards toward greatness! The person who prepares the most wins 1st prize!

Having that carrot out there to get all of you all excited and how I hope we have several competition loving knitters in the mix, let us begin:

  1. Grab any 2 skeins of yarn from the collection you amassed. Get the needle recommended for it’s use (oftentimes ball bands have a suggestion). Grab tea or coffee and smile. Seriously, smile. You are about to begin preparation for teaching a group of friends all about your pretty yarn. ou should feel stoked!
  2. Cast on enough stitches for 4 inches. Again, look to the ball band. If you see “somewhere around 5 stitches per inch…” written on that band, multiply # per inch by inches (for this example 5 sts X 4 inches which is our goal)
  3. Knit in stockinette for 4 inches. Bind off
  4. Drink tea.
  5. Cast on again with the same yarn the same number of stitches and knit as follows: Row 1: K, P, K, P, K, P to the end. Row 2: On this row you need to P the K stitches and K the P stitches. If you have an even # of sts you will work row 2 as you did row 1 starting with the K st. If you have an odd 3 of sts you will start Row 2 opposite of row 1. Begin your row with P (you will P, K, P, K, P…) across the row. This creates a nice texture!
  6. Grab another cup of tea, or maybe you’ll want something stronger….we have one last Investigative Tool to create! (yeah, these are not swatches my friend! These are hard core detective devices!)
  7. This last Investigative Tool is for you to work. Find a cable pattern, ANY cable pattern that you love—one that you also won’t mind repeating a few times…. Make a sample of this cable with the yarn you’ve been using. Make the Investigative Tool At least 3 inches squared.
  8. Set all of these guys aside.
  9. Dance like nobody is watching! YOU DID YOUR FIRST HALF OF TODAY’S TASK!

WAIT WHAT MEL? HALF? 

yup.

Remember that second skein I told you to grab? Repeat these last steps exactly as you did for the second skein. Don’t trade out your cable pattern. Use that again for this one.

Trust me. The bribes, er, rather prizes that are up for grabs are totally worth it.

Not to mention you are learning as you go! Remember, you don’t need to do this activity in a day! Take 2 or maybe you will do it all in a day! Be sure that as you work you are intentionally observing your yarn at work. Jot down some thoughts!