Friday, November 6, 2015

Still here . . .

I'm still here.
Knitting and knitting because I like to knit.  As I looked through my knitwear draw I realized I have knit a lot of things because I like to knit but I have not wore many of these things.  What to do - do I give them away or unravel them and use the yarn for something else?  Not sure what to. So for now I have a pile of things that sit neatly folded on a chair awaiting their fate - to be given to someone who might love and wear them or to be knit into something else that I might love and wear or give away. Ugh - all life decisions should be this perplexing.  Stay tuned while I make up my mind.
But in the mean time I am knitting a Baby Surprise Jacket for a future Grandchild who is not even in the making yet.
And having a second go at "Stole".  This time in a non-felting sock yarn version.  Only its turning out to be heavy and large.  So "Stole" might turn into "Blanket".

Thursday, April 30, 2015

It's been a while

It's been a while since I wrote a blog post. I guess one could say I have a lot going on right now but I am still knitting like a fool on yarn fumes.

I finished the waistcoat by Franklin Habit for my son just in time for spring.  It came out very nicely.

Then I decided to make a quick pair of socks.  I used an invisible bind off for the top cuff.  I was so excited to learn how to do this kind of bind off.  I'm not so happy with it at the top of my socks.  Its sort of saggy.  Not enough structure.  Next time I'll save it for heftier yarn or the cuffs on sleeves.

And last but not least I decided to add to the baby clothing stash by making a little one skein sweater. This little charmer is so cute and knits up faster then socks.  The pattern is called Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee on Ravelry.  I made this from one skein of medium weight Socks that Rock.  Love this stuff.  One day I will make myself a sweater out of it.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Third Times the Charm

I have knit a couple of fair isle items - mittens and hand warmers.  Both small projects.  I knew I had a lot to learn and more then a few hours of practice before I would be happy with anything I made by this method. But why let a little thing like that stop me.

I saw and fell in love with a vest from Vogue Knitting Early Fall 2014 - The Waistcoat designed by Franklin Habit.  I loved the vest and thought of my son when I saw it. 

I immediately ordered "Bugga" yarn from Verdant Griffon in Black Hole Evaporation (black) and Persephone (red).  I walked over to the yarn store and bought the 2 needles I would need.  The yarn came, was wound and I cast on.  I knit and knit and knit.  

And it puckered.  It didn't seem like it was puckering as I knit it but it puckering snuck in when I wasn't looking.  So I frogged the thing, rewound the yarn and cast on for the second time.  I knit and knit and knit and knit.  It didn't seem like it was puckering.  I searched the web for any tidbit of info I could find.  I read enough to convince myself that it wasn't puckering too bad and would come out in the blocking And so I kept knitting.  Then I had to start decreasing for the arms and back.  As there were less stitches on the needle the stitches started to stretch and I saw, for the first time, what fair isle is suppose to look like.  So I frogged the whole thing, again. 

I rewound the yarns, again.  And for a third time I cast on.  I am taking care to spread my stitches this time.  At the same time I'm trying to keep the proper yarn tension so I don't get wonky stitches.  It is slower then plain stockinette but oh so pretty.  

And my concerns over blocking it out have disappeared.   
Good thing too because I can just see the look on my sons face as I try to explain blocking to him.