Rapunzel and a Cast on

I am starting a new knitting project today.  It’s a craftsy kit I ordered a little while back called Rapunzel Infinity Scarf Kit.  It’s knit with Cascade Heritage (fingering weight). Here’s a picture of what it will hopefully look like when I am done!

rapunzelI just love this.  I love the big cable in the middle (Rapunzel’s braid!), and how it is surrounded by lace on either side.

So the pattern begins with a provisional cast on so that I can graft the ends together when I am finished.  I have always been a little chicken of provisional cast ons because they never come apart quite the way they are supposed to (likely because I’ve done something wrong).  I did a google search though and found a result titled “EASIEST Provisional cast on”.  I thought this is the cast on for me!

Sure enough.  This is an awesome video.  She explains and demonstrates the cast on very clearly.  I was able to follow along with no problems, and I now have my stitches cast on and ready to go!

Link to the video!  Easiest Provisional Cast On.

In Which I Sing the Praises of Craftsy!

I’ve decided I want to learn to sew.  I got out my sewing machine and was prepared to have to try to find some instructions online on how to thread my 20+ year old Pfaff (which I love).  But it all came back to me.  Like riding a bike.  Apparently, I have sewed more than I had initially remembered.   So I thought about it and quite awhile back, I did make a couple of quilts which I machine pieced.  I also made some flannel floppy Santa guys somewhere back in the 90s.  So I have some sewing in my past.  I’ve never made a garment though (by myself that is).

I decided to see what craftsy.com had to offer in the way of sewing classes.  Turns out they have quite a bit to offer.  I found a free mini class on how to make a tote bag.  It was great.  I can’t recommend this enough.  The teacher explained every step so clearly, and I just followed along with the video.  I learned to box corners.  I made a pocket.  I made handles. I made a lining, put the lining in the bag and successfully sewed it in!

The bag is not perfect, but I am pretty excited.  I had actually bought this material back in 2006 at a quilting show in Nashville.  I’d never gotten around to making the baby quilt it was supposed to become.  I was happy to get to use it for the bag.



I asked Davey to take some pictures of me with the bag.  It’s still hard for him to wield my good camera, but he loves to take pictures.  He much prefers taking pictures of me over me taking pictures of him.

proudSo I think I am ready (maybe) to take on my next project.  I got some material on sale at Fancy Tiger (love that place) and a pattern for some pajama style pants and/or shorts.  I won’t have a video to guide me through though.  We shall see how it goes.