for B

October 23, 2010 § 1 Comment

My best friend’s mother bought me the blue Silky Wool and I had just over half a ball of the Felted Tweed (left over from Intuitive which I wore all day yesterday!). I thought a nice way to say thank you for the yarn would be to knit something for her, but two skeins wasn’t really enough for a scarf, but plenty for a hat, and who better to knit a hat than her first grandson. He’ll be a year old in about two weeks, so he definitely needs a hat to keep his bald little (big) head warm.

I used US3s for the ribbing and I used a tubular cast on from Ysolda. It takes about three times longer to get to the actual knitting, but the edge is so worth it. I’m very tempted to use it for my next pair of socks. For the body of the hat, I switched to US4, worked a couple stripes, then a traditional Norwegian star pattern, another stripe, and then I worked “2010” with intarsia. Then I used the crown decreases from Brooklyntweed’s Turn a Square hat.

I am very pleased with this knit. I have a second one in the works for another baby dear to me.


Sweater of Stripes

October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

I knitted this little sweater just to use up the yarn. The solid colors are Wildfoote sock yarn that I bought at least four years ago and couldn’t make it be anything I liked. I tried stranded mittens. The yarn ended up being too fine for my taste at the time. So, the yarn went back into hibernation. Then, my mom brought home three balls of Regia sock yarn from her trip to Germany to visit our old exchange student. I am not a fan of the pooling, so none of that got used up either. During the summer, while organizing my yarn stash, I realized that solid yarns matched perfectly with the browns and tans in the Regia yarn and inspiration struck. I have one little baby friend back home that I hope this fits.

Yarn: Wildfoote Luxury Sock from Brown Sheep (the solids, haven’t the slightest clue for color names because I acquired them pre-Ravelry)
Regia something or other (I had no idea how many colorways there were until I tried to find it on Ravlery!)
Needles: US 1.5
Pattern: Basic top-down raglan, four row stripes. I used intarsia to knit the button button bands. That was fiddly. Sewing the bottom hem was also fiddly, which is why I opted for ribbed cuffs. If it wouldn’t be such a pain to rip out the hem, I would, so everything would match.

Bottom line: I still have a bunch of yarn left over. Maybe the rest will be BSJs.

my short row predicament

October 16, 2010 § 3 Comments

A couple days ago, I wanted to blog about how my short row heels on my socks were kind of skewed, but wordpress was down for me for some reason. Since then, I’ve googled and re-learned the proper way to turn a heel.

A few years ago, I learned how to make short row heels because I liked not having to keep track of decreasing gusset stitches and I liked the look of them. But I must have retained the information incorrectly because this is how I’ve been making them.

I’ve done if for several pairs, actually. (These are the ones I have with me here at school.) At first, I thought it was happening with the blue socks because I knit them out of handspun yarn and that’s what was causing the biasing (which does play a part), so I just accepted that pair. Then when I knit the knee highs, it didn’t bother me much. Then when I sat down to knit heels on these little socks for a gift, it suddenly bothered me and I went a searchin’ for a fix.

And I looked at a tutorial that I remember seeing before on Laura’s blog.

I guess I had been picking up the wraps from which ever side I was working on, rather than picking them up from the right side only. This is how I was doing it:

and this is how it’s supposed to be done (this is only the first wrap, so I’m only picking up one wrap. most of the time, I’m picking up two wraps):

Problem solved!

like a machine!

October 11, 2010 § 1 Comment

I can’t stop knitting.

I made a pair of fingerless gloves for Cameron. (Don’t worry, the ends are woven in now and he’s in possession of them. It’s just not been cold enough *knockonwood* to use them to get a good action shot.)

I started another pair of socks to knit while I wait for the next TTL Mystery Sock clue. These will before my cousin’s daughter.

Finally, my experiment is closer to being finished. I’m still unsure about the fit, especially the top half and mostly the sleeves. I’m not great at designing; I just make it up as I go and so I end up with something not quite what I want, but I lack the patience and understanding of different sorts of shaping to figure it out.

The latest Mystery clue was the leg portion. My version is here.

a catch up

October 3, 2010 § 2 Comments

I’ve been meaning to blog since the middle of last week to catch up on the rest of September, but I kept putting it off in favor of spinning and knitting. And now I’m putting off homework, so here I blog.

Since we last met, I finished a pair of handspun socks, in record time for me, might I add. Just a week.

I knit a commission for a friend back home.

I decided to take Carrie’s advice and just knit my FC handspun into a hat, even though I have bad luck with hats. It fits! Who knew? The pattern is Felicity and I cast on 90 stitches, instead of the 70 in the pattern and used smaller needles to fit my pretty pretty yarn.

I went on a hike with Cameron and our roommates. The trees are even better today than when we went last weekend.

I spun some more yarn. I bought this roving at the Michigan Fiber Festival from Rainbow Yarns Northwest, who were in Michigan from Washington. This was my first time spinning polwarth and it was a treat. It’s a touch softer than merino and it spun up beautifully. I chain-plied it and got about 400 yards from the 4 ounces.

I’m trying my hand at design again. Most likely not for any real pattern to come of it, but just for something that I see in my head and I hope it works out.

And finally, I’m participating in Kirsten’s TTL Mystery Sock KAL 2010. I’m not going to put the sock up on my blog in case you want to play along and don’t have the time to start right away, but you can click through to my flickr and see my version here. Flickr will be a spoiler, so sorry about that if you’ve already been there before reading this post.

Happy Socktober!

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