February 17, 2014

How to Knit a Small Yarn-Over Buttonhole

 It's been awhile since I've knit a buttonhole, so I needed a refresher's course. There are lots of ways to make them, for all sorts of purposes, and if you are following a pattern, it will tell you which is needed. I'm making a teething bib for a shower, inspired by a beautiful set of bibs a friend sent me when Evie was born. I'm using a yarn-over button hole. It's super simple, so even if you are teaching yourself to knit (like myself), it's super easy. Once you reach the place in your row where you need a buttonhole, knit two together. If you are following a pattern, it's probably abbreviated "k2tog." 

Knit 2 stitches together

 To yarn over, all you have to do is move the string from the back of your work to the front. 

 Then, continue knitting to the end of the row. When you turn your work, knit all the stitches. 

 And that's it! Another job well done.

February 6, 2014


 It began this morning at the breakfast table. If you looked closely you could see falling snowflakes every few seconds or so. By the time we started school, it was steadily coming down. When we woke up from our nap, there was at least an inch. And still it continues to fall. I love it. It's beautiful and peaceful. Thankfully, we are all safe and warm. I watch the snow piling on the trees and I remember college days in Ohio where snow was a permanent feature on the lawn during the winter. Here, it is a rare and well received occurrence.   

 I had to suit up and play in it.  Besides, I needed to thaw the hummingbird feeder and rescue the poor little fellas. St. Francis would be proud. 

And now, after thawing out my fingers, I'm ready to get back to work.

It's a gift I'm trying to finish by Valentine's Day.  I'll show you the new technique I'm going to learn once I complete the final stitches.