I have recently heard of some knitting techniques that I hadn't heard of before and now it is really bugging me that I don't know how to do them.
Firstly there are all the techniques used in Orenburg shawl making that Franklin has recently been trying out. What was especially intriguing was the grafting technique to complete the border. I have had to put the book he was using on my Amazon wishlist - isn't it Mothers' Day or something soon?
Another technique was helix stripes for making circular stripes without the dreaded jog spoiling them. I was beginning to feel despondent about finding out how to do that because all the links I could find were to classes where it is taught, when I found this link - Athena - Helix Stripes. I will have to go and try it out.
The other one has been around for a while, but I still don't know how to do it - reversible cables. This Scarf says it has reversible cables, but actually they are just separate cables worked alternately on each side. This Afghan is more what I mean. Lily Chin is the designer. it looks like the cables are made from ribbing so they are truly reversible.
Today I must finish Gary's Shadow Sweater. I am at the sewing up part now. Sewing the sleeves in is being a bit of a pain because the shadow pattern is quite stretchy and it is difficult to gauge the rows/stitches ratio where you are sewing vertical to horizontal knitting. It was definitely no good trying to do it on my lap, late at night while watching Footballers Wives (BBC America). The Shadow pattern is another fascinating technique that I have only recently learned.