Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I have plenty of plain knitting in my future. Of course there is baseball for my oldest son. My youngest daughter in an Irish Step Dancer. With St. Patrick's day coming up she has tons of extra classes and rehearsals. 5 performances in 4 days over that weekend. LOTS of knitting time.
I am practically stalking the mailman for my new Rockin' Sock Club kit. I think they were mailed yesterday. They are mailed from Oregon, I am in Washington, how long can it take? The reality is that I can not have 3 socks on needles at one time. Needle supply is an issue, but there is no way I can keep 3 patterns straight in my head. I would have to keep looking at charts and all knitting would become very inefficient. If I am one thing it is efficient.
When I first began knitting, 7 years ago. I used Brittany Birch needles. I knew that I did not want metal and the birch where the only other option from my LYS. Since then I discovered bamboo from Crystal Palace. My almost LYS carried them and it was love at first feel. For circulars I use Addi Turbos because I really like the cable. I recently purchased a few pairs of the Knit Picks Options but have not taken them out for a test drive. The pointyness looks very nice to work with and now I am rethinking my "no metal" dp rule and am wondering about the Knit Picks dp's. Anyone out there have an opinion? I appreciate them all.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
So pretty. This is what I have learned while knitting, reknitting, and knitting the damn sock once again. The yo's between the knit and purl stitches are a pain. First I tried them the traditional way and the holes were too big, then I tried them without the extra loop of yarn and they were too small. Lastly I tried ignoring them. On the row with the ssk where I am suppose to yo before the last purl, I did not. Instead on the next row I did the repeat by p1, k5, M1 the wrong way, p1. This worked great! The purl yo's are tidy, and a much better match size wise to the knit yo's. I am very happy with myself for having thought of it. If you are going to knit this sock and want better details let me know and I will shoot the whole thing in close up.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Anyway, while at the yarn shop I picked up this
Louet Gems, fingering, Citrus Orange. This will be my second pair with this yarn. I really like it. I almost bought a purply color to use for a wrap, but managed to control myself. Something unplanned did make its way into my bag. This
A TON of great patterns. I subscribe to Interweave Knits and have knit some of these socks, but there are new ones and older ones that I have not seen, or forgotten. Also 2 of my favorite patterns are in the book, Retro Rib and Merino Lace. I ripped the pages from the magazines and have knit them both 2 times. Now I do not have to worry about losing the magazine pages.
So the questions for today are, #1 will I be able to stop the plain socks and cast on something new, #2 Will the new project be Hedera or Waving Lace Socks, the cover pattern?
Thursday, February 15, 2007
I am in love all over again with Hedera. After seeing Cookie A.'s new post I immediately cast on for a pair. I had a skein of sock yarn from Cookie A's stash sale that has been saying "pick me, pick me". Well, after a few inches it was obvious that yarn was all wrong for the project. Too dark and busy. So that yarn is becoming a pair of plain socks and the yarn I am buying tomorrow will become Hedera. I am going to need to either finish the current socks before I cast on for the new pair, or I will need to pick up another pair of size 2 DP. I have big feet and knit tight, so I always go up a needle size. The safe money is on another pair of needles.
Cherry Tree Hill yarn, African Grey. I am doing toe up so that I can put a cute picot edge at the top.
Today is the first day I have felt like my old self. I am even having a glass of wine, which is something I have had no desire for this past two weeks of sickness. I had purchased a case of wine for the Super International Pajama Day party. I was sick and the party was cancelled. I now have a case of Lambrusco in the kitchen. Gee, I wonder what will become of it?
Here is a close up of the diamond pattern on the back of the hand. Because you are using 2 strands of yarn and dragging them across each other the the details are different and very cool.
This my friends is what the inside looks like. Isn't that what it is all about?
My oh my. Every stitch twisted.
Monday, February 12, 2007
This question was posed to me and my response was I would pay off the house. Apparently that does not count because I already bought the house, just have not paid for it. I suppose the same logic works with credit cards. So then I had to think, well, what would I buy? Something that would be a lifestyle change but not too extravagant, because I am not an extravagant sort of gal. A gardener...named Juan...no, no I am getting sidetracked. The services of a gardener, or a landscaper is probably what is actually needed. I have all this green stuff surrounding the house and it grows, and really, someone should pay some attention to it all.
Saturday, February 10, 2007
This is becoming a shawl. Once finished I will block it to open the stitches. The colorway is Mustang Sally from Blue Moon. I am using a pattern from Victorian Lace Today. The instructions are vague and the charts do not match the written instructions. Luckily this is a very simple pattern and did not take much to figure out the error. This is hands down the easiest thing in the book, the error makes me wonder about trying something more difficult. Anyone out there used a pattern from the book?
Then there is a mitten and 1/4. This also uses Blue Moon STR, the colorway is Rare Gem and it was the bonus skein from our December mailing. Every club member received something different and one of a kind. Very cool. I am making these mittens using the Tvaansstickning method described in the Jan/Feb Piecework magazine. The work is slow. Every stitch is twisted over every other stitch. Unlike colorwork where you can alternate the twist of the stitches to keep the working yarn smooth, tvaansstickning has you twist every stitch in the same direction. This means you have to drop the needle every stitch to lift one of the yarns over the other. It also means you have to stop and untwist your yarns every round, then pull out and secure just enough yarn for the next round. The upside is they fabric is very warm and not too bulky. Will I make something like this again? Doubtful.