Need a holiday handknit? Time for a Schmatta!

Mr. De Mille, I’m Ready for My Closeup

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Dear Kay,
Well, I am relieved finally to have a place to store my denim rag balls.
This Monteagle Bag (free pattern here) was diverting. This one is Euroflax Sport Weight in Terra Cotta. I immediately cast on for a second bag, in that OCD way that hits sometimes. I may get two bags out of this skein. It’s going to be close.
As I knitted these very, very strange stitches, I had forgotten how they worked, so it was a new experience all over again.
A reader asked what a “double wrap” is. You do double wraps in a couple of places in this pattern. Instead of wording you to death, I realized I could make a little movie of this admittedly peculiar little maneuver, which is part of the Twisted Cross Stitch. I just posted a blurry, murky YouTube of it. It’s no Charlie Bit My Finger, but I hope this helps.
Here ya go:

Next time maybe the needles will stay in the frame better. FIRE THAT DIRECTOR!
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I like the way the Horizontal Stitch looks. HEY! You’re knitting sideways! WATCHOUT!
Thanks, everybody, for all the good wishes about the book. Please let us know how it’s going . . .
Love,
Ann
P.S. Vegetarian Knitter Kate (who knits with carrots, to judge by her blog banner) just finished hers here. Fab!

54 Comments

54 Comments

  1. Wow, that was great… love the YouTube. I think I may be able to do this, I admit it was confusing when I read it, but I’m not the world’s most advanced knitter….love those bags…thanks, Wendy

  2. Fire the cameraman instead? I just watched that and it was SO freaky hearing your voice come out of my computer! (Instead of coming out of you, in person, I mean). An excellent tutorial, even given dodgy camerawork.
    Well done Miss Ann.
    B x x

  3. Thanks ever so much for posting the pattern and the tutorial – I’m going to have to wait a bit for the book, but I got to start the bag today!

  4. Hi Ann & Kay
    Last night at our S&B, your book was the much-discussed topic, as there was only one copy of it on the shelves of the Barnes & Noble. We all perused the book, all fell in love with many of the patterns, and all decided to purchase them from our LYS since nobody wanted to be the one to take the only copy and leave the rest of the group without.
    Thanks for the tips, the free pattern, and for a great book!

  5. I haven’t looked too closely at the pattern, but can’t wait to start it. This will be the perfect “gotta have something for my hostess” gift to tote along to Vermont at Thanksgiving.
    Is this knit in the round from the bottom up? Is there a reason the bottom has to be sewn shut? Would a magic cast-on work instead?

  6. Ding Dong. Santa Claus wear a brown uniform here in NJ and today he bought me your new book. Gals you have out down yourselve bu still kept true to your roots. Love the new warhrags!

  7. Ding Dong. Santa Claus wear a brown uniform here in NJ and today he bought me your new book. Gals you have out down yourselves but still kept true to your roots. Love the new warshrags!

  8. My book is in the may-el, my book is in the may-el! Seems like Christmas morning, sure enough, because it will be FUN! Already is.

  9. Love the video, they could use talent like that over at knittinghelp.com where they have lots of fab how to knitting videos.
    But you and Kay are just killin’ me with the spoilers!! I have ordered your book but in my frugal style I ordered something else too and have to wait for my Free Super Saving Shipping from Amazon to get it her. Free does not mean fast.
    Amy

  10. Garbo talks!

  11. Thanks so much for the double wrap instructorating. I dove right in to the bag pattern and hit the wall at that point (“Double YO? Double wrap like a short row? Huh? This is NOT gonna work…” ).

  12. Were you holding the camera in your teeth? I’m only waiting for the yarn before casting on for my shopper.

  13. Were you holding the camera in your teeth? I’m only waiting for the yarn before casting on for my shopper.

  14. Were you holding the camera in your teeth? I’m only waiting for the yarn before casting on for my shopper.

  15. Sorry – I’m not malicious – just incompetent!

  16. Look at amazon, you are a “hot new release”. Hope it keeps up. I love this bag.

  17. cool video–neato stitch.
    I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my book. I pre-ordered and I got a message that it had shipped. Maybe I’ll go look now and see if I can track it!!!

  18. Drat!!! Can you hear the gnashing of teeth over here????
    My order was delivered today!! BUT, I had it sent to my work address!! AND, I’m working from home today and for the rest of the week.
    So much for pre-ordering to get it first!!

  19. Way cool! Thanks for the very explanative video. Your book is arriving (in my mail) next week, and I remain dangling on tenterhooks (crochet hooks?) until then.

  20. Haven’t got my hands on the book yet (here in Southern Ontario), but I have found the cotton to make the bag!! Thanks for the tutorial – very helpful.

  21. Great video (yours and Charlie)! I got intimidated by that double wrap and knitting through the stitch business when I read it. So helpful to see it done. Thanks and I can’t wait to get my book.

  22. Great video (yours and Charlie)! I got intimidated by that double wrap and knitting through the stitch business when I read it. So helpful to see it done. Thanks and I can’t wait to get my book.

  23. Hi,
    Thank you so much for the video – it all makes sense now!
    My much awaited copy of The Book arrived this morning from Amazon UK, I was very surprised and delighted to get it so early, I thought it would take much longer to reach me in England lol! I have a question on the binding to finish the Baby Dotty blanket, do you knit a binding onto all four edges or just the two with raw stitches where it has been cut? Cant wait to give it a try!
    Katie

  24. The book is so much fun and I’m especially inspired by the Liberty Blanket (I’m a sucker for any light blue/deep red combo)! I find it hard to believe that I’ll be able to do Fair Isle, but I trust you and am willing to give a whirl. I have lovely mustard-olive heathery green arriving tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes…

  25. Dear Kay and Ann (hope you don’t mind me calling you by your first names),
    I have been salivating over a Nina Shawl all summer, waiting for our fambly finances to improve such that a Knit Picks purchase would not put us into the poorhouse, and then last night was at B&N and found your book on the shelf. It was all I could do to keep a getting-dusty credit card from jumping out of my wallet. Instead I made a note to hubby that this book is all I want for Christmas – and I only got to thumb through a few pages. Can’t wait to see the contents beyond page 42. Congrats on another winner. And your post-opening ceremonies post is still the funniest blog post ever.
    Your fan in Charlottesville, Virginia (where Needle Lady is my LYS),
    Debbie

  26. I probably shouldn’t say this, but when I came here today,and scrolled down to where the date was just at the top of my screen (which is set low-res for my poor feeble eyes) I saw this thing, with two balls sticking out, and they were blue, and I did not want to go there.
    But I did, and it’s all right.

  27. Congratulations !!! On the new book that is.
    My copy should be winging its way to me. Slow post of course so it will take 3 weeks or so to get here. Looking forward to curling up and having a read.
    Cheers >^..^Congratulations !!! On the new book that is.
    My copy should be winging its way to me. Slow post of course so it will take 3 weeks or so to get here. Looking forward to curling up and having a read.
    Cheers >^..^<

  28. My wonderful UPS man (one of my favorite men in the whole wide world) had your book waiting for me when I got home from work yesterday. It’s such a terrific read – I got no sleep last night! Before I left for the office this morning, I hauled out my collection of yarn from its many stashed spots just to check colors – you two are the only people who have ever made me want to knit fair isle! and blankets! Good heavens – I live in the desert!
    Congratulations on another winner. I feel like I’ve won a prize, with all my knitting for the immediate future is right here in front of me.

  29. How lovely to finally hear your voice, Ann. And the video, in all its fuzziness, was a great idea — very helpful.

  30. Oh gosh. A little sample of your voice and now I can’t wait for the reading here. Such a brilliant counterpoint to anyone saying anything political. (Though I do. I am opinionated. And I am excited to make a Monteagle bag. These things may or may not be in any way related.)

  31. Thanks for that video – I plan on making that my give to everyone gift this holiday so knitting with the laptop on my lap should be interesting.
    Making a scarf in the errant sock pattern. Almost emailed you a couple of times to say – What are ya crazy?? When.it.clicked. Wow – so cool – And I actually figured out by myself that I needed to do the even rows opposite since I was flat knitting. At least I hope that was right – too late now – not frogging!
    This is just too much fun – start writing number 3 like now!!!

  32. Hi Ann and Kay,
    Loved your video – it was clear and well-framed to ME, anyway!
    Got your book today, and I think I have some mitered hanging dishtowels in my future – oh the possibilities! KAL anyone?

  33. I can’t wait to get the book this weekend! I spent countless hours with the last one, reading it over and over while knitting a log cabin blanket…
    Just wanted to say I love the Monteagle Bag. I jumped immediately on it and knit one (fun stuff about it on my blog if you are interested) and can’t wait to knit another one. Thanks!

  34. I am so excited to pick up a copy of the book this weekend. I spent countless hours with the last one, reading it while knitting a log cabin blanket…
    Just wanted to say how much I love the Monteagle Bag. I was so excited I knit one ASAP (I posted pictures on my blog if you are interested). I’m looking forward to knitting another one, and I’m eagerly anticipating seeing which projects in the new book I’ll want to knit.

  35. I ordered the book from Amazon and it actually arrived on Tuesday. Do you think my boss understood when I said I had to take Friday off from work to start my Monteagle bag?
    Thanks for the fun!

  36. My book arrived yesterday from Overstock.com. I’ll admit that I felt giddy tearing apart the box it arrived in. My teenage daughter was just as excited as I was for the book’s arrival. Her knitting horomones haven’t fully kicked in yet, so she was reading for the entertainment value.
    You ladies have outdone yourselves; the book is absolutely wonderful!

  37. Waa, the video is gone!! Loved the ‘Charlie Bit Me’ video, but no help with double yarn overs!!
    I’m waiting for my book to arrive, and going out to lunch…maybe Ill just have a cracker and come straight home!!

  38. Insert happy sigh here, the video is back!! I can do that!! Thanks! Maybe I just won’t go to lunch…

  39. Just a quick note to thank you for the latest M-D book. I’m a newish knitter and your first book changed my knitting life – gave the confidence to try new stuff, mess with color and have a darned good time knitting. I am confident that your new book will do the same for me again!!

  40. Dear Ann and Kay,
    I initially became aware of “Mason-Dixon Knitting” way back when I saw your first book at Barnes and Noble. I’ve got to confess that you’re now #1 on my computer’s “Favorites” list, so that I’ll have no trouble finding you each day.
    I am SO enjoying your new book, which means even more to me now that I have a history of visiting your blog.
    May I also say how very touched I was to see that dedication to your mothers. Seeing their pictures, their adoration of their little baby girls, just kind of choked me up a little, you know? And, you were such sweet babies, too!
    You guys feed, inspire, and support my passion for knitting through your own example. For this, I have been so grateful.
    LoveDiane

  41. Awesome book – Ann & Kay have done it again! One request…I still love and the hardbound book but could we get a slightly smaller copy either paperback or spiral bound to make it more portable? The big book, while lovely, is HEAVY in my knitting bag.

  42. The new books is entirely responsible for the quantity of coffee it’s taking to keep me upright this morning (okay, really it was the new book + my father-in-law needing a ride to the airport at an unholy hour this morning). Kudos, ladies. Expect a Don’t Shoot Me, Cheney orange Monteagle to pop up at my blog soon – you’ve helped the eyesore in my stash to find its destiny!

  43. Your book is hysterical. I started reading it at 11PM when my husband was asleep beside me. I had to keep my mouth shut while laughing and thus was rocking the bed. My husband could not figure out what was waking him up!
    I’d forgotten about “that beige unironed dress”. I had one also. The color charts really woke me up to the fact that I love green also. I couldn’t figure out why when opening my box of Peaches and Cream it was mainly shades of green, oh and the new kitchen we’re putting in is green grey. You gave me permission to just give my self over to this love of green. Delightful book with inspiring patterns and learning. Kudos!
    Sandy

  44. The You Tube was great – definitely easier than words on a page! And the book is even better than your first, which I didn’t imagine possible. I got mine 2 days ago, took it to show off at the LYS yesterday, and already everyone is anxious for their copies so they can knit the bag, the coat, the sweater…. It’s a hit round here!

  45. Dear Ann & Kay: This Christmas will be the two-year anniversary of my mom teaching me to knit (mind you, I’m pushing 50). I was a dyed-in-the- wool cross-stitcher (well, that’s not the right term, is it?) but I became obsessed with how two long sticks and yarn somehow came together to create fun stuff. And I was on a mission to learn – I checked out all the knitting books from our library. I browsed online for fun patterns and how-to videos. I collected three binders worth of “gee, I hope some day to be able to knit this” projects. The first knitting book I bought was Mason-Dixon Knitting Part 1. I liked that the projects were mod and not typical knitstuffs. I made probably 30 ball band dishcloths, a few handtowels, bibs, and an ill-advised baby kimono (I think I was too new to know what I was doing – I’ll go back & try again). A year ago I started the mitred square blanket for my daughter’s dorm room. I thought of her with every stitch, cried thinking about her leaving home as I K2Tog, got through many a rush hour traffic jam with squares in hand, and I am now finishing the border on those 80 squares and cannot believe I did it! Your second book has me pondering my “next big thing” – Thank you for making knitting so creative & fun. You are two extremely talented, humorous, and intuitive women who make me laugh every day with your blog exploits. THANK YOU THANK YOU! Mary

  46. Sorry to not email you, but the server here at work wouldn’t do outlook, or whatever the side bar wanted to do. On the Baby Dotty blanket, I know we’re independent thinkers, but I work in a LYS and I know people are going to ask: what colors of merino stripe were used in the pink and green one. “Pink” and “Green” are not what Crystal Palace are calling them and there are a couple of pinks. The green I’m thinking is the fern, the pink I can’t decide on. Love the book. Cast on the mohair cardigan last nite-I have nothing else to do, ya know!

  47. Dear Ann, Thanks for the video. Seeing it makes it much easier. I’ll cast for the bag in the weekend. Have a wonderful day and happy knitting.

  48. Ann –
    You have a GREAT voice.
    Thanks for doing the show-me-how video.
    It really helped.
    XO.
    Maryanne

  49. Thanks Ann! That clears everything up nicely. I emailed a little song for you to enjoy. (The guy’s no Merle Hazzard, but then Merle is as unique as a unicorn.) (Or, you know, something unique and one of a kind like that.)

  50. your book is simply divine! thank you for this pleasure!!!

  51. Can anyone explain the next step, where you “knit each stitch of the round by inserting the right needle knitwise between the two wraps on the left needle, knit the stitch and drop the second wrap on the left needle As you pull each stitch off.” What is meant by the “second wrap”? i am working through this pattern and am stuck on this point. Everything seems to just fall off the needles when I knit into the second wrap of each individual stitch. What would be the stitch count at the end of round 6? Are we back to 84 or at double that number? Need more you tube! Thank you! On my way to buy the book tomorrow!

  52. Can anyone explain the next step, where you “knit each stitch of the round by inserting the right needle knitwise between the two wraps on the left needle, knit the stitch and drop the second wrap on the left needle As you pull each stitch off.” What is meant by the “second wrap”? i am working through this pattern and am stuck on this point. Everything seems to just fall off the needles when I knit into the second wrap of each individual stitch. What would be the stitch count at the end of round 6? Are we back to 84 or at double that number? Need more you tube! Thank you! On my way to buy the book tomorrow!

  53. Can anyone explain the next step, where you “knit each stitch of the round by inserting the right needle knitwise between the two wraps on the left needle, knit the stitch and drop the second wrap on the left needle As you pull each stitch off.” What is meant by the “second wrap”? i am working through this pattern and am stuck on this point. Everything seems to just fall off the needles when I knit into the second wrap of each individual stitch. What would be the stitch count at the end of round 6? Are we back to 84 or at double that number? Need more you tube! Thank you! On my way to buy the book tomorrow!

  54. Ann, thank you so much for the video. I was actually going to request a video because I was hopelessly stuck at rounds 5 and 6 and had put it away until I could find someone to explain it to me. I actually did round 5 like you showed in the video but got stuck on round 6 like Maryellen. Everything fell off of my needles too when I followed the directions literally. I went back to round 5 and tried again following the directions exactly. I got the two double wraps but was lost with “and transfer both stitches to the right needle.” It just felt natural to DROP those stitches and I couldn’t figure how to transfer them. I was relieved to see you DROP the stitches in the video. Round 6 is simply knitting each stitch and letting the extra wrap drop off. Finally, I’m on my way to a finished bag.
    Thanks,
    Francie