Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Getting Seasick yet?

I decided that 44 stitches was too tight, so I frogged it and recast with 48. Look at what happened. It's still striping for sure, but in much broader swooshes with even some of the red (and I use that term loosely) ending up by itself. I'm so tempted to knit the second sock in a different stitch pattern. Incidentally, these colors are the closest to reality.

Stolen Post

Sorry that I haven't posted in a while. Later today I may be able to make a further post. For now, please enjoy this one which I had saved for just such an occasion.

I stole this from yarnthulhu. I linked to her from the Knitty Coffeeshop, but I doubt she's ever heard of me. I'd love to see my readers' responses to the list, if they feel like it.

But, look at all the stuff I’ve tried! It makes me feel better about my knitting ability/level. I altered the list a little. I hope the original author doesn't mind. I don't think that person is yarnthulhu, but it may be.

Bold for stuff you’ve done,

Italics for stuff you intend to do one day, and

Normal for stuff you’re not planning on doing.

Afghan/Blanket (baby) 70% done
I-cord edging
Garter stitch
Knitting with metal wire for Bev
Shawl simple stockinette w/ a few purls
Stockinette stitch
Socks: top-down
Socks: toe-up
Knitting with yarn made of camel, yak, alpaca, synthetic, sheep's wool, recycled, vintage, silk, soy, bamboo, banana, plastic bags, cut up fabric, cashmere, hemp, linen, wire, cotton
Mittens cuff up, Mittens fingers down
Moebius band knitting
Participating in a KAL-I signed up, then didn't KAL
Drop stitch patterns
Slip stitch patterns
Domino knitting (modular knitting)
Twisted stitch patterns
Two end knitting
Charity knitting
Cardigan working on an adult sized one
Toy/doll clothing
Knitting with circular needles
Knitting with your own handspun yarn-Do I hafta spin yarn?
Slippers bed sox & felted clogs
Graffiti knitting (knitting items on, or to be left on the street)
Continental Knitting My normal method
Designing knitted garments-Can't help it
Cable stitch patterns (incl. Aran)
Lace patterns
Publishing a knitting book--Yeah, right!
American/English knitting (vs. continental)-I've tried it & want to get better for color knitting.
Knitting to make money
Knitting for a living
Button holes
Fair Isle knitting
Norwegian knitting-just Norwegian purling
Dying with plant colors
Knitting items for a wedding
Household items (dishcloths, washcloths, tea cozies…)
Knitting socks (or other small tubular items) on two circulars
Olympic knitting
Knitting with someone else’s handspun yarn-The Reluctant Blogger's
Knitting with DPNs
Holiday related knitting
Teaching a male how to knit
Knitting smocking
Dying yarn
Knitting art (unsure)
Textured knitting
Kitchener BO
Knitting with beads
Long Tail CO
Entrelac Knitting and purling backwards
Machine knitting
Knitting with self-patterning/self-striping/variegating yarn
Stuffed toys
Baby items
Writing a pattern unsuccessfully, though!
Intarsia-no thank you
Knitting for preemies
Tubular CO (unsure)
Freeform knitting (unsure)
Short rows
Cuffs/fingerless mitts/arm warmers
Pillows-The Reluctant Blogger's patterns
Knitting a pattern from an online knitting magazine
Knitting on a loom
Thrummed knitting
Knitting a gift
Knitting for pets
Knitting with dog/cat hair-not intentionally
Hair accessories
Knitting in public
Knit a vintage pattern (over 40 yrs old)
Cross stitch/Embroidery/Needlepoint
Sew-like on a machine

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sweetness & Light

Just don't try and hold her for very long.

Post #50 Woo Hoo & La Di Da

I did a little experiment with pooling. I'm making a pair of socks out of Art Yarns Super Merino that I got on sale. The colors are bright pastels if that makes any sense. At first I was going to make Thuja socks when I found out that they used the exact brand and type of yarn. But mine is much brighter and differentiated than the original so I wasn't really satisfied. I had remembered the Crusoe socks because the yarn was also bright. They used a slip-stitch pattern. I assumed the gauge would be too small as my yarn is a light worsted and I knew they were made of Koigu which is smaller than worsted. I cast on the 44 stitches called for in Thuja and was almost finished with the one by one top ribbing when I was perusing the Knitty Gallery and was inspired by KnitKass and her post of some finished Crusoe socks to revisit the pattern and guess what? lt has a cast-on of 44 stitches! Thank you, KnitKass!(Turns out it would work with any multiple of 4.)

The top of Crusoe has a rolled edge and I already had a ribbed top, but I kept right on. I don't care for rolled tops on socks. As I got going I saw that things were looking very good. The colors were coming through in the design. This is good news as I had already tried 84 different things with that yarn. At about 2 inches of pattern I saw that the colors were forming a secondary pattern of nearly horizontal stripes around the sock. I had really wanted a true variegation with no detectable color patterning, but I'm not unhappy with it at all.

Apparently unable to leave well enough alone, I began to wonder how it would have looked in stockinette. Would it swirl or zig-zag or make splotches and puddles? So just for curiosity's sake please examine the pictures. Each is a different view of the same sock. On the right of each is the ribbed cuff section. The middle has the slipped stitches from Crusoe and the left end, next to the needles is stockinete. You can see that there is pooling on the cuff and in the stockinette section, while the center section of slipped stitches is making light and dark stripes that swirl slightly diagonally. You can see from the pooling in the stockinette and ribbed sections that these socks would be different depending where the dark and light sections ended up in the finished sock. The slipstitch patterning saves the sock. I'd use it again.

In other news, here is a picture of the red potholders. They are made of 3 scrap yarns, one cotton worsted, one cashmere dk, and one wool sock weight, held together and knit on size 5 needles. Garter stitch was used throughout. One was knit horizontally, while the other was knit vertically to make the ribbing go in different directions. Yes, I'm up there with the big designers. While they were a work in progress, they were literally a pain in the arse as they and their 3 balls of yarn kept invading where I was trying to sit to knit other things. Insistent is what they were. Uses: 1; Number of near burns: 1; Having the couch back? Priceless.

Monday, May 14, 2007

EH, nothing really new

So why post then, right? I guess I just want to keep it going. Keep something up for a change.

What am I knitting lately? I haven't worked on it in a few days now, but I actually hauled out the sleeves to my oldest UFO and restarted them. Restarted them twice. I am now happy with the further apart increases that start sooner after the cuff that I made on the second try. I had to resort to knitting one sleeve at a time because one of the size 11 circs I had was so long and curly that it was just too obnoxious and tangly with the other circ and the 4 balls of yarn. Yet it was not really long enough for 2 on magic loop on that many large stitches. I could have used it for knitting one of the 2 sleeves and knit one on the 16 incher that I have. However, when I moved one to the 16 incher it was so much more pleasant that I decided to do both on that needle. Therefore, I'll have to finish 1 before I can do the other. It should be ok though, because the cuff is done and the increases are very obvious since I am knitting stockinette and doing kfb increases. I should be able to duplicate the math on the 2nd sleeve. The picture was taken sometime before I frogged. Now I am mostly done with the 1st sleeve. I have also sewn up the cuffs.As usual, the color is inaccurate. In real life it is much richer and has shine and depth. The blue is greener and the green is somehow livelier. Spelling of livlier? It's Brown Sheep Company's Lamb's Pride worsted. If you know that yarn, then you know what I mean. It remains my favorite despite all the many wonderful yarns with which I've had the pleasure.

In other knitting news, I finished the red potholders. I used up the rest of the ball of cashmere and needed 1 row plus the cast-off row worth of a replacement. I used some blue doubled leftover Trekking from the pink/blue/more pink/lavender pastel socks. It was the perfect weight and looks fine. The question now is, should I try washing them? They were kicking around under the futon for a little bit. I won't try to touch food with them, but the idea of using them is grossing me out a little. Well, there's my answer afterall. Wash them.

Here's something interesting. On the Knitty Coffeeshop Yarn Sale Spotters' Forum somebody posted a site that had sock yarn for low prices. I checked it out. They had grab bags of Opal and lots and lots of Opal. Maybe there was something else, but I don't remember anything but Opal. The price on Opal Hundertwasser was only $11.00 per skein through May 5 or so. It was marked 14 something which was already 6-7 dollars cheaper than I'd seen it anywhere. It usually costs 20 or 21 dollars. (I'm having trouble finding the dollar sign. I always do.) They had 6 different colors. I bought 4. Anyhow, it arrived Saturday in a big box which fooled me into thinking it was shoes. But I didn't get the Hundertwasser. I got the 10 skein grab bag. So after e-mailing back and forth, I'm going to keep 2 skeins of it to pay for return shipping and they're going to mail me the Hundertwasser. It's going to be really hard to pick! The name of the shop is The Sheeps Tale. The site doesn't seem to be working right now. Something about "provisioning." But here's the link: www.thesheepstale.com .

The last bit of knitting news is no news in a way. I've started a bajillion other things. That is not newsworthy. But let me expand on this a bit. I'll exemplify what I mean by K.A.D.D. (Knitting Attention Deficit Disorder) Yesterday alone I started a pair of socks, a mohair lace scarf and began frogging the fuchsia shawl for which purpose I remounted my swift on a chair so that the rack part is perpendicular to the ground. The yarn coming onto the wheel doesn't have to change direction and the bonus is that it spins much easier. This is important because I still haven't devised a crank. I might be a crank, but I haven't devised a crank to turn the swift for yarn take-up.