Thursday, August 30, 2007

The Continental Experiment

Or, "Lessons I learned about Gauge." Please amuse yourself with my first attempt at colorwork. These are Eunny Jang's Endpaper Mitts. Don't see it? Here's a closer look.

Significant difference, The left mitt is much looser. When I realized this, I scoured the internet for videos on how to hold the working yarn properly when doing two handed color work. Then I figured it out and my gauge got more consistent.


Finished Product with hand models on tap for tomorrow.
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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Modified Cable Twist Socks

Ta Da! I'm very pleased with this FO. The color absolutely makes me happy.

Here are the details:

Pattern: Cable Twist Socks from Hello Yarn modified to 70 st. for fingering weight sock yarn.

Yarn: J. Knits Superwashme Sock in the California colorway. I love the colors J. Knits offers, monochromatic hand dyes, and the price is great, I'm just not sure about the feel of the fiber itself. A little plasticky, maybe. They feel great on and turned out to fit perfectly but have not been washed yet so hopefully that will improve the feel a bit.

Needles: 2.25mm Size 1 Clover Bamboo dpns. I know that everyone has a preference for certain needles and these are definitely mine for socks. Metal is far too slippery for me, and I have yet to try wooden.

Modifications: Other than what has already been stated, I tried the Eye of Partridge Heel for these and liked it OK, but I think it will be more effective when used with a solid color.

I've got several other longtime projects that are being finished up so more FO posts soon. I will also try to get some "action" shots of the socks before too long.

TooDoLoo kids!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Mostly Finished

Cabled Cardigan. It's seamed, and the collar has been knitted on. Unfortunately, I am unhappy with the width of the collar and will be ripping the bind off and adding rows. I loathe ripping. Really loathe it. I get so relieved and satisfied when I finish a project that when I realize there is something wrong with it I get really irritated. It must be done though, because I actually want to wear this sweater. Other than the collar I am really quite pleased with it.

More fun FO's and a lessons learned in stranded knitting coming up. Don't' touch that dial.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Did anyone else notice...

.... that the Counterpane Pullover (fall 2007 Interweave Knits) and the Center Motive Pullover (fall 2007 Vogue Knitting, #28, pg 144. I skimmed the website and did not see a photo to link to.) are shockingly similar. They appear to be designed by different people, but I am surprised no one caught this. I mean, wow.