Monday, March 10, 2014
Following the manufacturer's suggestion, once I started the plain stocking knit, I also began to use 2 skeins—working alternate rows with different skeins—K, k, P, p—is the easiest way with a circ—It has changed the pooling a bit—but there are still large pools of blue, and large pools of pink--
I don't think I am going to bother working with 2 skeins per sleeve—that is just to much—especial because I like to work the sleeves 2 at time (or in this case, 4 at a time!), in the round, with 2 circular needles.. adding 8 skeins of yarn to mix is just to much! Beside, the sleeves are so narrow—it won't make much difference.. there will be pooling.
I am going to make the sweaters long—and they will be hemmed, not finished with ribbing. The sleeves, too will be hemmed. Its hard enough to get little baby arms into sleeves—they don't need tight ribbing to make it harder. (as I am writing this, I realized, I will end the sleeves with folded back cuffs—the kind that will serve as mittens. A much better idea than either hems or ribbing.
But sleeves are a way off—first I have to finish the bodies of the sweaters!
Saturday, March 08, 2014
These egg hats have been done for almost 2 weeks now—well done-- but not deviled. I know I have some (a partial skein) of red yarn—but where it is? It is a mystery. I've done 2 projects, and started a third while I continued to look for the red yarn.
Yesterday—I gave up and took a partial skein of white (left over egg white!) and dyed it a rich dark red—so now I have only to knit the 4 little horns to have these hats finished. They are still a bit big, and while today is moderate (not quite 50°) there is still more cold weather predicted for next week—and the hats will fit for a while –so if spring rushes in, they hats will hold till the fall. But even if the weather gets warm, March is a windy month--and baby's need hats for the first two years in my opinion (My DD is not sure yet--but I keep her well stocked with baby hats, the girls will wear them!)
I'll finish the sweaters first. I just go a few row of the plain stocking knit below the arms done yesterday, so there isn't much of change to see—You'll have to wait till Monday. By then, I should have some real progress to show off.
Friday, March 07, 2014
Well to be perfectly honest—it's not quite done yet—I have enough to do one more row—and that row will be the division row—when I slip some stitches on to holders, for the sleeves, and start working the body of the sweater.
As for the lace—I think I will continue it into the body of the sweater—at least in the front. In the back, there will be a few short rows to make the back longer than the front—a better fit even for babies.
It will be easier to leave the back plain
The manufacturer suggest alternating 2 skeins as you knit—I didn't do that for the yoke—the increase naturally break up pooling a bit, but I think I might for the body of the sweaters.
As you can see from this small section, this side of the sweater is almost all blue and white—the right side (stuck in the middle of the circ cable) is mostly pink... I am not displeased with the results—These are baby sweaters—they will fit for a few months.. Late spring, cool nights in the summer, and then again in the fall.
Chances are they won't fit come next year –(though it is possible) Baby sweaters are well,ephemeral, almost! They will get fancy sweaters (read: stranded color work!) when they are aged 5 or 6—something that is big year 1, fits perfect year 2, and is (hopefully) beloved, and squeezed into year 3--
And there is a single sweater planned (to match one my M-I-L knit)--so they can have some cabled irish style sweaters.
There is an effort –with lace and pretty yarn—but I am not going to obsess over how the yarn pools for a baby sweater.
Thursday, March 06, 2014
In the clear light of day, I frogged, and then cast on again—perfectly--the first time.
I worked some ribbing, made some increases, and began an other version of a favorite pattern—well an adapted version of a favorite pattern. The pattern isn't as obvious as it could be in this busy yarn—but I am happy with the results—none the less.
Both sweaters are being knit at once--(just one in pictured)--and I am still on ball 1 (of 5 available) and should have plenty to finish both sweaters, and to make a hat, too.
I love this pattern—the sweater yoke is about 90 rows--(half of which are plain purl) the other rows? Each one is different! I have used this pattern in sweaters, and in hats, and shawls, and now, back to sweaters.
But for this version, there are fewer repeats of the petal like lace pattern--(3 teirs instead of 4 or 5)--so the 90 row yoke will be closer to 60 or maybe a 76 row yoke.
There are fewer petals, (pattern repeats in each row) too, so instead of the optimal increases (8 every other round) there are only 7--but babies have narrow shoulders and this shouldn't be a problem.--Plus--Lace is stretchier than stocking knit, so the lace will provide the ease needed.
So these sweaters will have a yoke with fewer repeats--and shorter--than I've done in the past--but i think they will be just as pretty.
Here is another versions-- one in a heathery wool, and another version in green cotton-- (the green "Artichoke" version was knit for my first grand daughter (she's now a teen!)
Once I worked out the pattern, it's been easy to adapt, and do again and again. The first row is the hardest—getting things set up—after that, it is—to me—almost mindless knitting.
The girls will end up having various versions knit for them again and again--
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
But last night wasn't the night. I started a pair of baby sweaters—top down raglan's—and cast on 72.
72 is the wrong number to cast on! I needed 71, (the pattern is a multiple of 10 +1)--but I needed some more stitches for the button bands--I totally forgot to include button band stitches in my initial stitch count.
72 is also wrong for 1 X 1 ribbing—I like my button bands to start and end with Knit stitch—and I need 12 stitches for the button bands—I work the button bands in a slip stitch pattern, so they aren't nearly as wide as they sound like they would be.
I also decided for some stupid reason to start them sweaters not together, but separately. And that caused further problems, when I couldn't (well I couldn't last night) get the sweaters to match up—and have an equal number of rows, and the same side out on the cast on--which matters with the cast on I used--it is one with a definitely side A and Side B (I won't call them right and wrong (both sides are interesting, but not identical)
And in spite of this, I kept knitting, thinking it would be OK... but when it came time to do the pattern—well I didn't have the right stitch count--D'oh! (but it did take me tinking counting and reknitting the row before i realized what was wrong!)
So this AM I gave up. The ribbing you see is gone—the work has been completely frogged, and started over again in the light of day, with just a brief bit of figuring.. and now, 3 rows of ribbing completed.
Next up the first button hole, and soon after that, the pattern will start.
By tomorrow, there will be something to see. A completed neck band, and a few rows of the pattern established.
The yarn is Adrialfil's IMPULSO—a machine washable wool and nylon blend—that was a special at one of Smiley's sales a few seasons ago. I have 10 50g balls—they suggest 9 for a medium womans sweater, so I think I'll have enough for two little sweaters. The lace will make them girly—and if I have extra, they will get hats to match—more likely, they will get pink hats—trimmed with some of the Adriafil yarn—not perfectly matched hats, but coordinating ones.
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Yesterday—Today, a long narrow mobius scarf. It's about 40 inches long—and folds up nicely to an 20 or so inch cowl. I don't much like tight scarfs around my neck--(I don't really much like cold weather scarf to be honest) so this cowl is a nice fit for me.
It look bigger on the dress form—but remember, the dress form is a teen size one –and a small one at that. The last few yards became a little flower for a stick pin—I still need to sew it on to a pin—it's just pinned in place here.
Next? Um—maybe another UFO will be tackled—There are enough of them! Soon a sweater mate for an Aran sweater, and then a pair of lacy baby sweaters in aran weight machine washable wool...Maybe before either, a pair of lucky green hats....
Monday, March 03, 2014
The Pieces of Eight mitts are done—and finished, and ready to wear. I love how they look, and they were a fun bit of knitting.--They are however very difficult to photograph!
The pattern is free, and not the best written—and to be honest, I didn't really try to follow it. I did follow (for the most part) the photo's—which were excellent. My mitts are much bigger (but my yarns was heavier (sports, not fingering) and so were my needles (US5 vs US3)--but I like fingerless gloves that are more like gauntlets and cover half the arm.. (If it's cold enough to add fingerless mitts over gloves, it's cold enough to need something that come half way up your arms!
I didn't quite have enough of the Lane Mille Colore partial skeins—so the mitts were finished with some chestnut brown hand dyed Lamb Pride. I had 2 50g skeins of this yarn--Lovely stuff, but there is a limited amount of things to be done with 100g of sports weight yarn--especial a solid. There was more than enough to finish off the mitts, though
Once done, I still had 1 full (50g) skein of the Mille Colore plus 2 partial skeins of the Lambs Pride. So a cowl—I kept thinking I wanted a figure 8 cowl—but in the end, settled for a mobius cowl. It's been a good number of years (10? 12?) since my last mobius—so it was time. The cowl is about 36 to 40 inches (I can't really be sure till I bind it off!) so it can easily loop like a folded figure 8—which will be a good go with the mits.
By the end of the last night, all of the Mille Colore was gone, and the edging of chestnut brown Lambs pride was started. A few more rounds and this tangled mess will be a matching mobius cowl.