Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I enjoy sharing our projects with each other and I learn something new from her all the time. The last time we got together, was grand! I really loved seeing and touching her fabulous knits and quilts, including a big box of socks! I learned something quite valuable about knitting at this last visit.
Simply put I was knitting TOO tight. That doesn't sound like much, but when I looked at her knits, you can really see the loft of the yarn. I was knitting so tightly that I was stretching out my yarn. Now, when they say to check gauge (which I always do) they tell you to adjust needle size to obtain correct guage. When I would change needle size I would end up with "open" stitches, yuck and would always opt for the smaller needle and just do the math to make the adjustments in the pattern for my smaller gauge. What no one tells you is that the loft of the yarn is so important in the quality of the knitted stitch.
So, changing needle size does not always solve the problem, sometimes we need to pay attention to tension. As soon as I stopping stretching the yarn as I knit with it, I noticed an immediate change in my swatches. I can now make a swatch that has the correct gauge using the right size needle, I no longer need to go down needle size. And the stitches look wonderful. Wow, wool really has a lovely effect when knit with it's intended loft in tact.
I am now making some socks and really enjoying the yarn at the same time. Completely different yarn behaviour than I was used to. And, the best part, if I drop a stitch off the needle it doesn't automatically unzip 5 or 6 rows. It just sits there and waits for me to pick it up again. Another bonus is the cramping in my hands and arms is no longer there.
Thank you so very much, Pat, for this valuable lesson. You are an inspiration and without you I would never have gotten this far in my enjoyment of Fiber Arts. I can't wait till we can get together again! Coffee? Tea? Lunch? Can't wait to show you my new socks....... :-)
Monday, August 20, 2007
Pattern: Girls Raglan Cardigan from Knit It! Magazine, Spring 2007
Yarn: Reynolds Saucy
Modifications: knitted top-down in the round, steeked front center.
Comment: knitting from the top-down changes the shapes of the flowers along the bottom, because the v's run in the other direction.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Sock on the right has the BasketWeave, and sock on the left is flipped over to the sole, showing no knitted texture.
Pattern: mSKS Six Stitch Basket Weave (page 90)
Yarn:"marks & kattens" clown 1854
Needle: one circular 2.25mm Hiya Hiya
Started: August 16th
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Sunday, August 12, 2007
This summer when we went to visit my Brother in MS, my Nieces expressed an interest in knitting. Well, I didn't have much time to teach them, although I tried. To hopefully encourage their desires, I have made this sweater for Madison and will ship it with the pattern, a childrens knitting book and the left over yarn. I hope she will enjoy it.
Pattern: Sausalito size 8
Yarn: Schachenmayr Crazy Cotton #87
Needles: size 5
Buttons: Walmart, believe it or not, they are really cute!
Modifications: Did a scalloped edge in front & back, added 1 1/2" bands on sides under arms, and short row sleeve shaping.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The back is cute; however, the front is not in the least flattering. And the way in which you make the curve with the front pieces makes a little "bubble" effect. I think that is why in the book, all the pictures are taken with the 2 "bubble" spots hidden. I think I did a very good job of easing the knit so as to avoid that, but I think it is unavoidable. Maybe some short-rows would have worked better there!
The yarn is lovely, in the fact that it is very soft and not itchy. I enjoyed the feel of it while working with it. Karabella yarns seem to be soft and luxurious, although expensive. Maybe I can turn the shrug into a pillow case and snuggle up with it on cold days is front of the fire (lol).
I must say, while I was making this it make me think of a cozy bath mat. I need a new one in the guest bath, too bad it is the wrong color.