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.

 

 

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Foreign Concepts January 5, 2013

I’ve heard of Norwegian purling before but never went any further to investigate it.  I found a YouTube video tutorial for it on one of my knitting groups and since I was doing some 1×1 ribbing I decided I would give it a shot.  I’m sure it’s because I’m new at it, but I’m not seeing any time difference over bringing the yarn forward.  It also may have been the yarn I was using (Noro Kureyon Sock), but my Norwegian purls seemed looser than my regular purls.  Again, it could totally be the yarn, Kureyon Sock is by no means smooth and it was from a frogged project so it was a bit wavy to begin with.  I’m going to wait and try it with some worsted weight yarn and see how it goes, until then the jury is still out.

My No Purl Monkey socks are moving along nicely.  I’m into the instep on the first one and I’m loving the way the Colinette Jitterbug is working up.  The yarn is nice and springy and the colors are fantastic.  Here’s a picture of it before I finished picking up the heel flap stitches.

WIP No Purl Monkey socks

I haven’t made much progress on the socks because I’ve been cheating on it with the Sock Yarn Slouch Hat.

Sock Yarn Slouch Hat

 

I’m using some Noro Kureyon Sock that I’ve had in my stash for ages and doesn’t match anything I own, but I like the colors and I need a hat in the worst way.  I’ve made a few changes to the pattern.  I’m using a size 3 (3.25mm) needle because that’s the smallest 16″ circular that I own.  I changed the cast on to 150sts to accommodate my gigantic head and changed the increase to 50sts so I got a nice even number.  I have about two more inches to go before I start doing decreases.  If I can keep up the pace, I should be able to be done with it by Monday or so at the latest.

 

 

 

To knit a sock December 30, 2012

Firstly, I wove in all the ends of my dad’s Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts, so I’ll be able to get pics of them today and post the pattern later this week.  Secondly, I’ve been having a doozey with some socks I’ve been trying to knit.

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This once represented a skein of the old Colinette Jitterbug (tells you how long I’ve had it).  There was a weak spot in the yarn while I was doing the cuff and I prayed it didn’t mean what I thought it meant.  I moved on and by the time I got to the fourth repeat of the No Purl Monkey socks, my fears were realized when I had two more weak spots within a couple of rounds — moths had gotten to my yarn. Granted, this was old yarn — I have no idea how long ago I even bought it and it was back when Jitterbug came in about 320m skeins, not the handy 400m skeins it comes in today.  I’m lucky.  I got two 30g balls, a 21g ball, a 17g ball and some odds and ends — more than enough to do a simple pair of fingerless mitts out of for myself (probably just the female version of the Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts pattern).

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This one hurts a little bit more.  I’m just finishing the fifth repeat of the No Purl Monkey socks in the new Colinette Jitterbug 400m yarn in lilac and I have made the decision that they are indeed too small for my feet.  I can get the cuff on, but just.  I’m going to have to frog it and start over again with 72sts to the 64sts I have here.  I did this for my mom’s socks, so I’m familiar with the change up.  It adds a stitch on each side of the first row of the chart (you have 4sts before and after the decreases as opposed to three) and it add two rounds to the chart, so not a huge change.  This should fit my foot so much better.  It’s hard to frog it, but at least it’s an easy pattern and works up quickly — I did the above yesterday afternoon and last night.  I’m bringing it with me to my mom’s this afternoon so I should be able to get some work done on it there.

 

Needles December 26, 2012

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I made my first call to Knitpicks customer service today for my bent and cracked needle.  You can definitely see the bend in the needle, but I couldn’t get a shot of the hairline crack.  The customer service representative I spoke to sounded a little dubious that the needle had bent and cracked in regular use but they are going to send me a replacement needle.  I’m hoping I can loosen my grip a bit so this doesn’t happen again but my Addi needles all have similar bends in them so I’m not too hopeful.

I love the pointy tips on the Knitpicks needles, so much nicer for increasing and lace work than the blunter Addi needle tips.  I dread doing the thumb gussets on the Joe Schmoe Fingerless Mitts because a M1L is doable, but a M1R is a massive PITA with a blunt tip needle and there are ten of those suckers.  I have a 36″ size 1.5 Addi lace needle but it’s too grippy and I don’t like the way the brass smells when I’m using it.

As long as I’m griping about Addis, I will also add that I hate their new cables.  The nicest thing about Addi needles was the gold cable.  Now they all seem to have monofilament cables and they just aren’t as supple as the old gold cables, another thing the Knitpicks needle has going for it.  For sock yarn, I have two hanks of Colinette Jitterbug, a hank of Madeline Tosh and one of Malabrigo in my stash to be used.  I’ll be using my Addi size 2.5’s for all but the Malabrigo, so I don’t have to worry about the Knitpicks needles for a bit.  I want to replace my 40″ Addi sock needles with Knitpicks needles but I’ll have to wait and see how this second needle holds up before I make a decision.