Long Tail Cast On Tip

I was casting on my Throughstone Cardigan this morning and watching the Bluprint class that goes along with it. I didn’t think I would learn much from the cast on video, but figured it didn’t hurt to watch. Boy, was I wrong. I discovered a great tip from the class. When using the long tail cast on to cast on a large amount of stitches (I was casting on well over 200) use two balls of yarn. Tie a slipknot using both balls of yarn, using one for the tail and one for the cast on. You have two extra ends to weave in, but you don’t end up with a really long tail or a tail so short you have to start over. I will be using this technique the next time I have to cast on a lot of stitches.

Fun fact: once I had cast on all of those stitches I realized it wouldn’t work to magic loop the neckline and I didn’t have the right size needle. If Skein Shop isn’t closed I should have a new needle later this week.

Please note that the stress of COVID-19 is not getting to Wrigley. She is still able to nap in in any position she chooses.

WIP Wednesday

This week is flying by for me. Luckily, it feels like my knitting is flying along too.

I’m working my way down the leg of the second sock. I’m hopeful I’ll get to the heel flap today.

I’ve finished knitting the first pocket lining of the Throughstone sweater. I would be steeking it today, but I didn’t bring the right size of crochet hook to secure the steek. I used magic loop on this lining, but I’ll be switching to DPNs for the second lining. It is the first time I will have used DPNs in years, so wish me luck. I really like that the pocket linings are used as the colorwork gauge swatch.

What are you working on this week?