YOP Week 7

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Seems like the year is just zipping along.

Today I have a knit trick to share.  I am working on  My Cup of Tea Socks and I just restarted.  Today.  I never try on socks until after I am finished with the gussets and I felt these were a wee bit snug going over the heel.  So there you go.  Back at the beginning.  Not that waiting until gusset is finished is my trick. I shared this trick when I used to blog via iWeb or whatever that blogging platform was and all those posts are lost.  I remember really liking the picture on that post but oh well–no sense in crying over spilt milk and all.

Despite not considering myself a sock knitter, and compared to several I really am not, I do have a sock knitting trick I haven’t seen elsewhere.  Basically I lose track of how many heel rows I have knit.  All that slip 1, knit 1, purl back repeat 16 times instructions… I tend to knit in darker colors and I used to knit socks out of Mountain Colours Bearfoot sock yarn which is fuzzy due to mohair content both of which would make counting rows difficult.  I also find counting the slipped stitches at edge difficult which is odd considering I have no trouble picking them up.  Go figure.  So my trick was to slide my double pointed needle along the furrow that was created by the slipped stitches on wrong side.  My needles are often much lighter than the yarn and it would make counting the repeats easier.  Picture to illustrate:

DPN ran under slipped stitches of heel to count repeats.

DPN ran under slipped stitches of heel to count repeats.

As you can see there are 16 columns of yarn running along my needle.  These columns represent 2 rows or one repeat of the above slip 1, knit 1 purl back instructions.  The yarn is the carried yarn that runs behind each slipped stitch between 2 knit stitches.  Not sure if all that is clear but I hope it helps anybody else working with dark, fuzzy, or highly variegated yarns.  I know that it certainly helps me find my place!  🙂

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

 

PS I am going to MidAmericon next week and may not post Sunday.

YOP Week 6

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Hurray!  I finished Kokkeluri.  Not much more to say about either the yarn or the pattern I haven’t said before…. tempted by the ‘blousy flower’ I had to cast these on.  I didn’t enjoy the knitting at all in part because it breaks the rules: maintaining color dominance in stranded knitting, and length of carries.  The non repetitive nature of the flower meant I was tied to my chart AND I should have strayed from my dpns to some other method of circular knitting.  I did enjoy the palm pattern, have done the braid before and always love it, and think I may prefer the i-cord cast off over the i-cord cast on.

I was surprised by how much I disliked the knitting.  I have knit neep head and enjoyed that process.  Usually if I like one thing a designer does I like everything.  Not because these designers don’t branch out of my comfort zone, they do, but because how they tend to think about and present the process works for me.

My husband and children both exclaim about how beautiful they are but my eyes zero in on the uneven knitting.  I don’t recall ever having such problems before so part of me blames the pattern although it could just be me and my rusty knitting skills.  Either way, I will rely on EZs comment on years and multiple washings curing such faults.

Anyway I finished these up Friday night.  I broke up the remaining bits into small nightly chunks.  Monday get to decrease section of mitten body, Tuesday finish decreasing mitten top, Wednesday do thumb, Thursday do i-cord finish, Friday weave in ends and soak.  The mittens are still damp and are being guarded by my mitten monster:

Mitten Monster guarding Kokkeluri while it dries

Mitten Monster guarding Kokkeluri while it dries

 

The mitten monster is also a sock monster and sweater monster and shawl monster.  He is a general all purposes blocking, drying guard.

I have cast on some socks for myself: My Cup of Tea designed by Robin Lynn.  The lotus pattern  used on front of socks remind me of dragon scales 🙂

 

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

 

Hunter Hammersen

Hunter Hammersen has been on my radar for a while.  I first noticed her due to her then free sock patterns Slant and Popped. Note they are no longer free but Hunter has gone from a one size pattern to multi-sizing and gauging which understandably requires more work. Then, my green love, had me drooling over Propitiate and if you peek into the comments section I was begging for the pattern to be written up.  It was and has since been taken offline.    Back then I used to download all the patterns onto my computer and print them out, remove the download so as to not clog up my computer, and begone.  Or even not do anything at all since the pattern was free and I figured I could just open it up whenever. Since then I have learned to save everything into my Ravelry library.  I never did buy her Silk Road Socks book, being unemployed at the time with 3 children, but I have purchased her self published Knitters Curiosity Cabinet Vol 3.  I think it was just about this time of year and I discovered the joy of having an electronic version of a pattern to work on while on the road.  I signed up for her newsletter, I believe, after purchasing her book.  I really tend not to subscribe to feeds or newsletters or anything else because I am bad about reading my emails and great about shopping 🙂  I mention this because Hunter frequently offers a discount code for patterns through her newsletter and this week she is offering a free pattern to subscribers!

Welter Pattern is a cowl worked in worsted weight yarn and looks like it would be good for gift giving.  I think this is a nice way for those who are not familiar with Hunter’s work to get a feel for her patterns.  So consider this my PSA of the week 🙂 Her blog/website is Violently Domestic which is easy enough to remember.  If you are a sock knitter I think her work is worth looking into although she has branched out and offers smaller shawls and fingerless mitt type of things… basically nothing too yarn or time consuming that would be perfect for wrapping up and giving to others….last year I gifted a secret pal some fingerless mitts and they were very fun to knit.

yarny days and knitterly evenings.

Elka

YOP Week 5

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Yes, I skipped week 4.

 

To be totally honest I do not look forward to knitting these mittens.  I may have hinted, if not outright declared, that they are not fun knitting.  Nor are they something I see myself wearing and I cannot think of a suitable gift recipient.  Therefore I haven’t been working on them at all. Week 3 I said they looked basically the same and I think it is because I had convinced myself I had knit at least one round of them over the week.  I am not sure that is accurate.  What I am sure of is I definitely didn’t knit a single stitch during week 4.

I tried, I really tried, to spur myself onward via project monogamy. I looked at the sock yarn on my desk thinking about casting on for socks when I was done with the mittens.  Surely socks would be more entertaining.  And oh yeah socks are next in queue due to the YOP list of knitting all those socks … I will  have to do socks between every project to get those done by year end.  My progress on socks have been made solely because I cast them on, and finished, while procrastinating on the mittens and that just will not do.

Sadly I do not consider myself a sock knitter.  Right now I am not a knitter of any sort.  Luckily my shetland yarn arrived Friday and I did pick up my needles Saturday for about half an hour.  I am trying really hard to bribe myself thusly:

  • finish mittens
  • knit socks
  • yay shetland yarn

This is, understandably I hope, leading to a lot of soul searching.  Mutability on lists is one thing.  An enormous stash is another.  I just hit up Google for an article I read about how knitters rarely reach into their stash {I may be misremembering} and came up with Fringe Association’s post on subject.   That wasn’t the original article which I think may have been on Twist Collective but my Google Fu is failing in finding it and well I am trying to post here.

It is not that I begrudge my stash in any way shape or form, although I have over the years whinged a bit about being overwhelmed or needing to conquer it, but rather that I tend to buy stuff with an idea of what it will become and am thrown for a loop when I don’t want to knit said item.  Case in point the mittens.  They are gorgeous and my hands do feel nice and warm in them.  Actually the yarn feels great when worn.  Really stupendous.  I just don’t want to knit them.  But here I am one mitten completed, the second at mitten top {I have reached the decrease section this weekend} leaving only a few rapidly decreasing rounds left on mitten body to be followed by thumb and i-cord edging.  It makes so much more sense to just complete them and would only require a day at most but this theoretical day has already dragged out through 2 pairs of socks and 2 idle needle weeks.

Week 5 therefore is a week full of soul searching.  And for that I can thank the YOP–I don’t think I have ever really sat down and thought about what or why I was knitting previously.

yarny days and knitterly evenings

Elka

PS for the curious I started said mittens on JUNE 6th.