Archive for November, 2007

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Thine Covet

November 30, 2007

I am sure it must be the something in the air, like sales fliers. I have been wasting my valuable time, voluntarily stepping into the black hole portal know as the internet, for items I wish to have but probably would not buy for myself. I literally just snapped myself out of a trance and thought, ‘Share with the knitting world!’. Immediately afterwards I thought, ‘Great idea! Post one item a week to share! This will keep me posting on a mo’ regular basis, right?’, we will see. So, without any further adieu…

Bo Peep's Sheep

Are these not the cutest things you have ever seen? Sheep Soap! from CooperPot on Etsy . I received a message from Copperpot, on Ravelry, and thought I would check out her site. Not only does she spin her own yarn but she also makes her own soap! These are just precious, I am having a tough time resisting them. Each baaa-r ;) is 4+ ounces and costs $10 for the four baaa-rs you see above. Lavender – Lavender/Vanilla, Rose – Rockin Raspberry,
Cream – Toasted marshmallow, Green – Eucalyptus/Mint scents.

 

 

 

 

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I knit, You knit, We all knit for Stitch Gauge!

November 27, 2007

Since I have learned nearly all of my knitting from books and other reference sources, I have a micro-LP spinning in the back of my head, ‘Knit for Gauge’. Any time I fall in love with a piece in IK, Vogue, Rebecca, KnitSimple, KnitScene, etc, I look for the suggested yarn and wonder if I could substitute (because, Ow!, sometimes my purse does not agree with designer tastes!) and I hear it, ‘Knit for Gauge’.

Other times, the pattern I may be following might have been designed by a very loose knitter and so I hear the lines of the record, ‘Knit for Gauge’. Needless to say, I nearly always knit for gauge. The times I do not? When I knit multiples and use the exact same yarn and needles for the exact same project, Christmas Hats, for example. There is no question about it, Knitting for Gauge Stitch can be a Life Saver to a knitter. Little had I known that there were times I should have been knitting for gauge in a specific manner.

So there I was, feeling not at all smug but rather, pleased, with myself as I knit for gauge in preparation of knitting for my Husband, a pair a boring grey socks. And yes, I am a dork as I enjoy following the rules, usually. I knit my 4×4 -inch block and found that I would be knitting these boring grey socks at 6 stitches per inch. In an effort to challenge myself, I decided to use the Middle-Eastern Cast On, didn’t go so well. So, used the Easy Toe, by Wendy Johnson.

I finished the toe and foot just as my husband walked in – great timing as a fitting was needed for my confidence. He complained that his toes were squished together. Impossible, I knit for gauge. He told me that I should try it on myself, so I did. It fit my foot perfectly. How was this possible? I packed the socks away and tried my best to not think about them.

About a week later, I opened my email and there was my Knitting Daily newsletter. Wouldn’t you know it?; the topic was all about gauge! After reading the article, I learned my BIG mistake. I had knit my gauge swatch flat, when I should have knit it in the round. This was one of those ‘rules’ that I always considered optional, I mean how much of a difference could knitting a swatch in the round make? Apparently, enough of a difference to make my husband’s sock too small.

When we knit a swatch flat, we are knitting on one side and purling on the other. Whereas, when we knit a swatch in the round, we are only knitting. ~ Duh, we all know this. Surprisingly though, our gauge changes when we switch back and forth, something I had read oh-so-long-ago but never believed it to apply to me.  Why?  I dunno.  Well, after re-reading this bit of info, I knit another swatch – this time in the round – learning that the knit/purl tension difference was indeed the issue.  Hallelujah!   Boring Grey Socks are back on the TBK list ~ oh yea.

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Interweave Knits Winter 2007

November 9, 2007

I saw the sneak peeks online and immediately feel in love with

the Henley Perfected by Connie Chang Chinchio and

the Celtic Tote by Jennifer Tallapaneni

When it arrived in the mail, I made a nice cup of English Breakfast, turned on the brain drain for the kids and found a nice quiet spot in my office to thumb through the pages of Interweave Knits Winter 2007. ~Ah, Heaven. IK does not fail to excite my senses with each issue and I can count on falling in love with at least a few of the pieces.

Eunny has made the love affair that much easier as the photos seem to be truer to the pieces, in that, we can now see the stitch definitions clearly. Past issues of IK have fuzzy or unfocused pictures on the piece, hiding what we knitters hold dear. So I have fallen for a few more pieces since I am able to see the pieces.

Namely, the simple yet luxurious Sweater Girl Pullover by Liz Nields

the cute and textural Bubble Cable Dolman by Sarah Barbour

the shapely and oh-so-practical Ivy League Vest by Eunny Jang

the cute and casual Gathered Pullover by Hana Janson

and the cushy looking Tilting Cable Socks by Chrissy Gardiner

Have I mentioned that I haven’t even begun my IK Fall Projects?

I can not help to mention that the pictures are so clear and true to the pieces that I spotted an unweaved end on Eunny’s Ivy League Vest, at the model’s left armpit, page 55. While it was surprising to see, it is also reassuring to learn that Eunny, the ultra knit talent, is Human too! :)

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Holiday Knitting Stats

November 7, 2007

After much angst, I have decided to frog the October KAL piece for two reasons.  First, the yarn I am using is not suitable for the piece, as the worsted weight takes away from the airy feel the stole should have.  Second, If I have to frog that far down, I might as well start over.  However, I will not re-knit this stole at this time.  Instead, I am going to try a scarf (yes, another scarf) using the Drooping Elm Leaf pattern from Barbara Walker’s, A Treasury of Knitting Patterns  with the same yarn.  Wish me luck!

Wow, we are already through the first week of November! Luckily, for me, I have nearly all of my obligatory knitting finished. That does not say much for my October KAL for Breast Cancer Awareness though. I have made some progress but I am just under half finished. I might have it finished by this week except that last night, when I thought I would have a marathon knitting night, I discovered a mistake waaaayy down in the beginning of the piece. If this were a cable or knit/purl piece, I would simply drop the stitches up to that row – easy fix with out major tinking. But no, this is a lace pattern so, I have to THINK about how I want to tackle this issue.

I showed WMH this morning, he doesn’t even see the mistake! That is not saying much though, since he doesn’t even notice when I’ve moved the furniture around or have had a haircut.