Knitting Monkey

1.24.2006

Updates

Well, I am working on the Mermaid Socks from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet." I had this brilliant idea that I would stop doing the spiraling on the bottom half of the feet (ie the sole) so that it would be smooth and longer wearing. Since the stitch count remains the same each row, I just stopped doing the pattern on one half of the sock.

So I am knitting along for about an inch and a half and then I notice that my sock is skewed. It literally is developing like a 45 degree angle. Now I know why the spiral pattern continues all the way around the sock. Doh! I tried frogging which was a big mess. I couldn't figure out how to frog this particular pattern...so I unknit the inch and half back down to the heel. Since I'm in grad school and only work on the socks on the bus, this was a weeks worth of work. Bah.

But...now I am done and can resume knitting with the pattern running all the way around the foot.

In other news, my cardigan is coming along and I have about 7 inches done! The leaf pattern is showing up nicely now and I had to join in a second ball of Woolease. When I buy more batteries I can post another picture.

1.16.2006


This is what I am currently working on: a top-down raglan cardigan. I am using up my stash of woolease that I bought when I first started knitting about 9 years ago. I intended to make my husband (then boyfriend) a sweater and started four or five different times before finally making him the red gansey below. Now I have all the blue woolease left. This picture is of the right front panel that has a twining leaf cable motif. That blob in the center is my first leaf, nearly completed.

I really need to straighten up my knitting on this one. I have laddered down and reknit this section a couple of times since I read the chart wrong. More than once. :P The pattern for the cable is from "The Harmony Guide to Aran and Fair Isle Knitting" by Debra Mountford.

The pattern for the cardigan is basically: Using crochet cast-on, crochet a chain long enough to fit around my neck. Divide into five parts (2 for front, 2 for sleeves, 1 for back) and increase each part every other round. Knit until it's long enough. Join into tubes for sleeves. Knit those until they are long enough. Knit the body until it's long enough. Knit in the Twining Trees pattern on the back. Do some kind of edging. Add buttons and reinforce button band if necessary. Sew in ends. Wear. You can probably tell I hate swatching and like to figure out stitch number from crochet chains. :)

I like to knit all in one piece. The special property of knitting as a fabric is that it can be shaped as you are creating the fabric itself, so why not take advantage of it? Thus, I tried to figure out crochet steeking so I could knit this in a big tube an then cut up the front. Unfortunately, I think I did the steeking right, but woolease is not suitable for hand-steeking being largely acrylic. Or, I could just be doing the steeking wrong. The central parts of my swatches held really well, until I yanked on it really really good and then the ends at the hems popped out and the swatch began to unravel.

I decided I didn't want to risk it on a finished garment, so I am knitting back-in-forth. At least I have finally gotten relatively fast at continental purling. I can knit "backwards" too, but my purling is still faster. For clarification, I knit right handed in continental, with my yarn wrapped twice around my left index finger.Posted by Picasa


Here is an absolutely terrible picture that shows off the texture quite well. Just pretend that it's technicolor on purpose... Posted by Picasa


Here is my favorite project to date - my Muted Musician's Gansey for my husband. The sweater is not sparkly, his white shirt just shows through. This is a pretty accurate replication of the color. Posted by Picasa


Here's my coffee cozy on an actual coffee cup. The color is VERY off. It's actually a dark purple instead.  Posted by Picasa


Here is my completed coffee cozy. See my first post from 9/13/04 for the pattern. The purple is richer and darker, and the novelty yarn matches better in real life.  Posted by Picasa


Here's the phone attached to my purse. The holder works really well. To attach it, loop the holder through the i-cord strap around the handle of your purse.  Posted by Picasa


Here's the cell phone holder I made. See my 10/03/04 post. I never wrote the pattern down, but this is roughly what I did. I knit a small garter stitch rectangle in the main color. I knit it so that it would fit the bottom of my phone. When it fit, I stopped. I then picked up stitches around the rectangle and joined them so that I could knit circularly. I switched to mosaic garter stitch in three colors and kept going until the bag was big enough to cover my phone. I then bound off three of the top "edges" of my bag and knit a back flap. I did the shaping by decreasing until I liked the way it looked. I applied a garter stitch edging to the front flap and made a strap out of I-cord. I put my phone in and figured out where the antenna needed to come out. I pried apart my knitting here (meaning that I jammed the antenna between the stitches), marked the spot and stitched around the impromptu hole to strengthen the edges. I did the same thing for the buttonhole on the front, but my button fell off and I haven't replaced it.  Posted by Picasa


Here's the toes on the regia socks. They are the bosnian garter stitch toe from Lucy Neatby's "Cool Socks, Warm Feet." Posted by Picasa


Two unfinished socks. These will be short socks as I will run out of yarn. They are the leftover Regia Ringel (?) from another pair of socks I made and gave away. Posted by Picasa