Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

Frogging and FOs January 27, 2013

Reclaimed YarnThis represents what was once my almost completed Giselle sweater.  It was a good try but in the end it just wasn’t going to work for my body type.  My biggest problem with the pattern was the ratio they used for the bust and arms of the sweater.  I have a large bust but do not have the large arms that come with following the pattern as written.  The sleeves were huge on me and there was just no fixing that, so I frogged it.  I decided on making a top-down raglan sweater using The Incredible Custom Fit Raglan Sweater pattern.  I cast on for a 24″ neck with 5 rounds of 1×1 rib and then a few short rows to bring the back up higher.  I was going to go with an EZ EPS Sweater and got about 8 rounds of ribbing done before I found out I had twisted my stitches.  I’m a bit afraid that I’ll run out of yarn on this one, so a top-down raglan would suit me better and it’s harder to twist 108 stitches (although I did manage to do it on the first try).  The yarn is from School Products Yarn and is their Provence Lace Merino doubled and worked on size US size 8 (5.0mm) needles.   I’m going to NYC probably the first weekend in March and I really want to have it finished by then so I can wear it on my trip when I visit the store and hopefully score another cone.

Thing 2's MittensThis is a pair of mittens I made for my youngest.  I used US size 6 (4.0mm) needles and Peace Fleece from stash.  They are a little big on him (my own fault for winging them without a pattern), but he adores them and has asked me when I’m going to “needle” him a scarf to match them.  I think I have some navy Caron Simply Soft in my stash somewhere or I may need to head to AC Moore to get him some or Paton’s Classic Wool so I can get it made for him.

No Purl Monkey SocksI finally kitchnered the toe on the second sock and finished my No Purl Monkey Socks tonight.  I made the leg much longer than I normally do and it fits nicely.  The foot of the sock is a little long because of the way the repeats worked out, but only by a bit.  I should have finished these ages ago, but I haven’t been knitting as much as I should.  I used US size 2.5 (3.0mm) needles and Colinette Jitterbug 400 in Lilac.  I made a mod to the chart by adding a stitch to either side of the chart and consequently adding two rows to the bottom of the chart.  I’ll try to post the chart later this week.




First Finished Object of the New Year! January 6, 2013

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Sock Yarn Slouch Hat

Sock Yarn Slouch Hat

US Size 2.5 and 3 Needles

Noro Kureyon Sock

I used a US Size 3 (3.25mm) 16″ circular needle and a US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) 40″ circular needle to work the pattern.  I changed the cast on to 150 sts and the increase to 50 sts.  I worked the rib for 15 rnds.  After the increase, I worked the body of the hat for 5″.  I decreased first from 200 sts to 192 sts, k 2 rnds, then followed pattern decreases except only doing 2 rnds between decrease rnds.  On final decrease rnd, I had 18 sts, so I did 3k2tog and 1k3tog on each needle (magic loop).

If I were to make this again, I think I’d do the pattern as written but use size 2.5’s instead of my size 3.  I definitely won’t be using Noro Kureyon Sock again since it just has no give and doesn’t lay well for this type of work.  I’m really unhappy with the way the ribbing came out although some of that I have to chalk up to using Norwegian purling on a round or two which doesn’t play well with the Noro.  I think I’m going to try it again but with a different tonal yarn as I’m not thrilled with the color of the yarn I used.  All in all, it was a quick knit — I cast on on Friday and just finished it tonight without working on it every waking moment.


Finished Objects at long last! December 18, 2012

I started winding the yarn for this pair of socks back in March of 2011 and last night I kitchnered the toe on the second one and wove in all my ends and they are now on my feet.

ImageThey are made with Three Irish Girls yarn on size 2.5 needles.  Nothing fancy, just plain stockinette socks using my own pattern to fit my freakish feet.

This pair I also finished last night and are to be gifted to my mom for Christmas.

ImageThey are the No Purl Monkey socks done up in Knitpicks Stroll Tonal using a size 1.5 needle.  I actually cracked the needle knitting these and unlike addis, the kintpicks needles don’t bend.  I’m going to be calling customer service to see if I can get a replacement, but I don’t have high hopes of it holding up any better than the first one.

Right now, I’m swatching for a pair of plain stockinette socks for my dad, who even with his size 10 feet the socks will be smaller than the ones I make myself.  I have a ton of appointments this week so I’m going to have to really buckle down if I have any hope of finishing these by Christmas.


Stash Game May 3, 2010

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I’ve been playing along in a stash game on one of my message boards and for now it’s very slow going because the two WIP’s that I am working on the most are HUGE projects that take lots and lots of time.  Aside from those, I have a ton of UFO’s that I want to get done.  Here are the ones I’m at least willing to admit to:

  1. footie socks
  2. Aoelian Shawl
  3. Giselle Wrap
  4. swallowtail shawl (needs to be blocked)
  5. Thing 2’s Gansey (needs to be blocked)
  6. Traveling Woman shawl (needs to be properly blocked)
  7. Lacy Whisper Cardigan
  8. Devon socks
  9. Thing 1’s Gansey
  10. The Husband’s fingerless flap mittens
  11. The Husband’s felted slippers
  12. 3 moebius baskets (need to be felted)
  13. Easter eggs

Finished Objects!
4/18 – Crochet Flower Hotpad (4) +40pts

Yarn Usage
WW Cotton from stash – 240yds

Check the sidebar and my weekly updates for progress.  I have a ton of stuff that I need to finish so I can felt it, so hopefully I’ll be able to add a  lot more FO’s and yarn usage to the list.