Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Rocky Yarn

Can someone explain this to me? "Stone chips" my ass. Those are rocks.

Yarn? With rocks in it?

What's next?

The blue sweater continues to progress. I am attempting combination knitting now that I have split it at the underarms. No matter what I try, I end up with one row of twisted stitches when I start, that I have to frog back.

Le sigh.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

A Letter to My Knitting

Dear Little Blorp of Lace, Supposed to be a Scarf:

Please stop adding and subtracting stitches to and from yourself at will. I bought some of this lovely stuff in to make you, and only the finest needles will do. So why do you behave in such a willy-nilly fashion? I am at my wit's end!

My cousin Phyllis has a birthday is in a few days. Did you hear me, little blorp of lace, supposed to be a scarf? For the love of God, I’m begging you!



Sweaterly Things

So, Terrie wants a sweater. A navy blue sweater in a cotton or cotton blend so that she can wear it year-round in Los Angeles. This is what Terrie will be getting, knit in this. On these needles (size 9).Of course, it took me forever to find a pattern I liked and wanted to use. I wanted a pattern with either a raglan or set-in sleeves (no drop or modified drop), long sleeves, with some shaping, at about 4.5 spi. Oh, me oh my I spent a lot of time looking. Poring through pattern books, and my own extensive book collection. Finally I decided on a new pattern from Knitpicks. I adapted it for knitting in the round, because I'm just that kind of gal, and I'm almost up to the split for the underarms. So far it's turning out well.

I can't say enough about Goshen, the yarn I'm using. Cotton, microfiber, and silk. It's a bit splitty but that's to be expected with cotton. It's just so sooooooooft and wonderful to work with. I think it will hold up well enough. Maybe not as well as Rowan Denim but well enough.

It also took me forever to find the right needles. When I first started knitting, I thought "well, who cares what kind of needle it is so long as it's the right size?"

HA HA HA HA HA! The ideas of slipperiness of yarn and sharpness of needle tips didn't occur to me then. The last time my husband asked me why I had so may goll-darned needles, I launched into a 15-minute monologue about how different yarns behave with different types of wood, metal, and plastic. Then I went on about the various sharpness of needle tips for another 15 minutes. Suffice it to say, he doesn't ask me about why I have so many needles anymore.

For the sweater, I went through testing regular addi turbos (waaaaaaaaay too dull and slick) to addi bamboos (better, but not quite there) to my flawlessly wonderful plymouth bamboos (the sister set). Just the right point. Just the right stickiness. I was lucky enough to score one of these on ebay for about $35 (they were unnamed, but they were the sister set). But they're fully worth the $85-$100 they cost at retail. Fabulous Yarns has them for $85, btw. They can also be had at Woodlandwoolworks.

I know all about the many other sets out there. I'm not entirely happy with Knitpicks needles. The larger set of dpns that I have is developing some roughness at the edges, and they're hardly used. Also, it seems a very elaborate operation to tighten the needles in the cables, from what I've heard. With the plymouth sister set, a little twist and you have the smoothest join imaginable. And the set itself is about the size of a pda! Incredible! I love 'em.

In f.o. news, I have finished Brian's socks. Knit on number 3 needles with Brown Sheep cotton fleece. He has size 12 feet and I used just over a skein. The socks are actually greener than they look. Very woodsy. The boye needles worked very well for these socks. I think boye needles are highly undervalued in the knitting world, but that's just the femiknitzi's opinion.

You can prolly figure out the pattern yourself, because I didn't really use one. CO 56, knit some ribbing, knit a few rows of stockinette, slip stitch the heels (28 stitches), turn heel, pick up gusset stitches, etc. etc. etc.

A nice "man sock". I do have a little tip I like for keeping the holes out of the gussets, but that will have to wait!