Otherwise known as me attempting to write a post for the sake of blogging daily when I have nothing especially fascinating to share. But a few people have asked questions recently and I thought my anwsers might be helpful to share.
The long tail tubular cast on tutorial:
Q. so, question, when do you transfer to the circulars? after you do the two set-up rows and before you rearrange into 2×2 rib? or after you rearrange into 2×2 rib?
A. It doesn´t actually matter, it´s really not going to make any difference to the result. I usually work the rearranging row with the circular.
Q. Why do you need to begin on straight needles before switching to circulars?
A. This isn´t so easy to explain, but because the cast on has no firm bottom edge once you slide it onto the cable there won´t be anything to hold the stitches in place as stitches. Not one to blindly follow advice I have tried this, resulting in a horrible tangled mess.
Q. The directions are the same for people knitting continental style correct?
A. Yes, basically. If your are knitting combined or another style make sure that your stitches aren´t twisted.
Not a question, but Marnie helpfully shared another way to rearrange the stitches. There is an implied question about why I do it the way I do there though and the answer to that is simply that I find it faster and less awkward. This is mostly just one of those personal preference things, but each method probably works better with different yarns.
No one asked this, but you can use one of the other tubular cast on methods for 1×1 rib, Italian, yo etc and rearrange the stitches in the same way.
Q. Can I request a light circular cast-on video tutorial?
A. Yes, I was planning on doing it next anyway. I know that the tutorial referenced in the Elijah pattern is pretty brief so a video would help. Personally I got it much more easily when I read the instructions for the non circular method of the cast on.
Any other tutorial requests?
My accent, I had so much fun reading the responses to my question of where you thought it might be from. Scotland does have many very different strong accents, but mine isn´t one of them. No English heritage though, just Scottish and Irish. I quizzed a few friends and apparently the video features my `clear teaching voice´rather than my normal one, which is pretty changeable anyway. I do get asked pretty frequently where I´m from, and America and Canada are usually suggested, but I have no idea where I picked that up from. Too many movies?
Q. Can you share the pattern for your dress?
A. Er no. I sort of made it up as I went along and have almost no pattern drafting experience even making things for myself let alone sharing them. I am planning on doing more dressmaking soon, I say that all the time but I really mean it! So if I do I might try and share what I did.
Q. Will you be selling the Coraline pattern?
A. Yes, absolutely, and I´m sorry it´s taking so long.
Q. What yarn are you using for the Print O´ the Wave Stole?
A. It´s custom dyed from Posh Yarn. Of the top of my head I think it´s Cecilia, cobweb weight 50% cashmere and silk. There´s a silly story behind the yarn, but I want to write up an actual post about the project.
The Wardie cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up. When the front and back are complete they're joined at the shoulders and then the sleeves are worked from stitches picked up around the armhole. The shoulders are shaped at the back, with neat cabled decreases and the bound off edge of the front pieces wraps over the shoulder to join the decreased edge. This style of shaping is known as English tailoring and gives a beautiful fit and a neat finish that's often found on high end ready to wear knitwear.
If you're interested in knitting Wardie but aren't sure about the finishing here's how the shoulders and sleeve go together.