To any knitters out there. I am knitting my very first garment. It’s a dress for my niece. It’s all done except for the neckline and I have no idea what I’m meant to do. I would really appreciate any help or advice you could offer.
I understand that I should be picking up a certain number of stitches and then knitting some ribbing but as far as I can tell this doesn’t make a lot of sense.
It’s the Blossom Top/Dress on ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/blossom-top-dress
Here are the instructions:
With RS facing you , using 3.5 mm/US #4 needles, and starting at the back of the right sleeve pick up and knit 68 (72, 80, 84) sts, place marker and join for knitting in the round.
Work in 2x2 rib (k2, p2) for 7 rnds.
Bind off loosely.
And here’s what it looks like right now:
Basically, do any knitters out there know what I’m supposed to do? Do I knit from the top or from the awkward seem thing?
Also, can anyone tell me which side is supposed to be the front? I really can’t tell.
In short: please help me if you can.
Anonymous said: Who are some Wiccan/pagan authors I should avoid?
I don’t really recommend avoiding any authors, but I do strongly suggest that all books be read critically. Never take anything your reading says at face value unless there are reputable resources listed for the given facts or you are able to cross check those facts with multiple other books (which isn’t fool proof either). Be aware that books targeted to the pagan audience are often one-sided paganism of typically nature-centric soft polytheism heavily influenced by Wicca and filled with inaccurate information alongside the author’s opinions presented as fact. Go read everything, compare all you’ve read, and create your own opinions.
Be wary of:
I know some people still use $ilver’s Book of Shadows for the spells and Scott Cunningham’s Solitary Wicca books were my lifeline when I first set out on my path, so I really mean what I said above. Just be aware going in. Okay?
Edain McCoy’s work on ceremonial magics aren’t too bad, considering how fucking horrible he is when it comes to deistic stuff.
Scott Cunningham was oathbound in the Gardnerian tradition, and managed to publish dozens of books without breaking his oaths. Think of his works as Wicca Lite.
Conway just straight up made things up, Ravenwolf is the fluffiest and least connected to reality shit you’ll ever find and Moura is just poorly researched baloney.
Go for Galenorn, Starhawk, Valiente, Grimassi, Cabot, Holland and Coyle. Starting out, try Eileen Holland and Yasmine Galenorn, they’re both easy openers. Go more in depth with Doreen Valiente and Starhawk. For Faery Wicca, T. Thorne Coyle is amazing. Laurie Cabot will get you started on Traditional Wicca, and is a good lead in to the Farrar’s.
And then go wild with mythology. Start with Bullfinch’s and then go bug your local librarian. The Poetic Edda is more fun than the Prose, and read the Vedas! Hit Joseph Campbell hard, read all of that goodness. If you wanna go eastern, Anodea Judith is great on chakras and yoga, mediation, that sort of thing. Then go hit Pema Chodran and never look back…
If you want good magical bones, try Donald Kraig’s work, Gonzalez-Wippler, Waite, and a good symbol dictionary (the Penguin one is good, but pair it with Cassel’s dictionary of witchcraft for a more full picture.)
Cross reference ~everything~. Take notes as you go, and keep track of where you found what tidbit of information. People tend to remember the information and not the source, so you can read a shitty book and wind up remembering bad information but not where you got it from. Those notes are the backbone of your ‘grimoire’ or book of shadows. Try to get three sources on any topic, from different authors, and find the commonalities.
Read. Read it all, take notes on everything, and keep an open mind about stuff. Go wide afield, because paganism doesn’t have just one book, or one set of books to look to for the ‘way’. Think multi-disciplinary. Anthropology, sociology, psychology, spiritual stuff… it’s all useful. Read it all.
(It’s taken me decades to build my library, and I’ve gone through some bad, horrible books to get to the good stuff. But the main thing is, to read voraciously and often. Ask questions, take nothing as solid gold Truth, and demand solid research and resources.)