Kelley's has a new granddaughter, and she's busy knitting her all kinds of little treasures. The latest is Candy Bear by Susan Hickson.
As always, Kelley has lots of useful tips and tricks for knitting this project. One of them is particularly great—how to avoid some of the seaming.
Some of us don't enjoy seaming, so Kelley decided to use Judy's Magic Cast-On to avoid seaming on the feet and ears of her Candy Bear. She demonstrated her approach during Technique Tuesday this week.
Another great tip from Kelley involves stuffing knitted toys. She brought up the great point that you need to think about who you're making the toy for. If it's a child, the toy should be stuffed loosely so it's soft and cuddly. If the toy is for an adult, stuff it firmly, because it's likely to sit or stand on a shelf.
Kelley is working on her Candy Bear this week and will be talking more about it on Technique Tuesday next week.
Here's part 2 where she shares tips on finishing the Candy Bear Doll + joining parts like the head and legs to the body with less seams using the kitchener and whip stitch
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Learn two techniques for making your sweaters look professional: using backing buttons and adding a phony seam. All sweater knitters should have these skills in their toolbox.
Kelley practiced them on a baby sweater, the Latte Coat by Lisa Chemery. Chidrens' sweaters are wonderful learning tools if you're a beginning sweater knitter, because you can try complex skills on a small scale.
Kelley just finished a pair of Skimmer Socks by Sheila Toy Strombetzg. These are great when you don't want your socks to show very much, because they're almost invisible under your shoes. I especially love this style because I'm a clog wearer, and these come up lower on the top of the foot, so they don't show. Yay!
These and the Turkish Bed Socks are my favorite knit sock patterns to wear with clogs.