Knitty Keen

Knitting, knitting, and some more knitting

Finished Objects and Fluffy Mail May 3, 2013

I finally have some FOs to post.  First off are a pair of socks.

Black Magic SocksOriginal pattern

Great Adirondack Yarn Co Caribou, Black Magic II

US Size 2.5 (3.0mm) Needles

They were my, “knit when I have five minutes to spare project,” which is why they took so long to complete.  I ran into a couple of snafus in the second sock where I had more stitches on my bottom needle than my top needle.  I of course found this out as I was half way through kitchnering the toe.  I just frogged back to the bottom of the foot and added another pair of decreases because I was not going to add in more yarn to do another two rounds so I could decrease properly.  A few years ago, that is what I would have done, but now it’s not like anyone is going to be looking that closely at my toes.  I did do something a little bit different, I did the heel flap 3.25″ rather than the 3″ I usually use.  I’ll have to wait and see if that makes any difference in how they fit.

Another project that’s finally finished after much frogging and gnashing of teeth is my Saroyan Scarf.

Saroyan Scarf stretched out

Saroyan Scarf detailSaroyan

Madelinetosh Pashmina Sport, Golden Hickory

US Size 8 (5.0mm) Needles

I ran into all sorts of trouble with this one, but it’s finally done.  The skein was definitely more than 100g — I weighed the scarf for the yarn marathon and it came in at 101 grams and I still have some left over.  I couldn’t get a good shot of the whole thing, but it’s just a bit more than the length of my sofa.  It grew a lot when I blocked it and it still curls despite the garter edge which I find annoying.  My main complaint with the pattern and something which would have made it so much easier for me to do was she charted the leaf pattern but didn’t include the increases and decreases on the chart.  As it turned out I ended up only doing 4 increases per repeat as opposed to five because I was having such problems following the written instructions.  I put in the decreases on the chart myself and when I was done after only five repeats (I used 8 in the increase section) I knew I was in trouble somewhere.  I had to frog back to the straight section and start all over again with four decreases per repeat.  I also changed where the decreases went.  In the increase section she has the MILs right before you started the leaf pattern but on the decrease section she has you do a k2tog, k1 before the leaf pattern.  I changed it so it would be even but if I were to make it again I’s do MIL, K1 and K2tog, K1 so there would be a solid edge running next to the leaf pattern.

All in all the leaf pattern is pretty and the yarn is so soft and warm so it’ll make a nice addition to my winter wear next year.  I ended up with 8 pattern repeats in the increase and decrease section and ten repeats in the straight section.

Now onto fluffy mail!

Knitpicks Stroll Tonal

This is for a sooper seekrit project so I can’t say more.

On the needles right now (aside from the green sweater I keep saying I’m going to start working on again) is a sock I’m knitting up using instructions from Socks From the Toe Up: Essential Techniques and Patterns from Wendy Knits by Wendy Johnson.

Toe-up Sock

The good news is that the stitch count she uses for her size large socks is just about what I use for myself when I knit with my US size 2.5 (3.00mm) needles, so I don’t have to change anything on that count.  This means I can knit all of the socks in the book without having to muss with the pattern repeats.  I’m doing the heel flap sample sock and the annoying thing is that I have to figure out myself how to accommodate my high instep.  I think I’m just about at the point where I would begin the gusset increases so I’m going to have to break out the book and figure out how to make the change for a larger gusset.

One thing this reminds me about toe-up socks — how much I hate M1Rs, especially with a blunt tip needle.  I have to say I’m very disappointed with my Knitpicks size 2.5 needle because it’s barely pointier than my Addi Turbo needle.  It is a bit pointier, which makes a M1R a bit easier, but it’s still a PITA.

I’m woefully behind on the yarn marathon, but I’m still not up to speed on my knitting.  If I can ever get than damned sweater finished, it will bump me up considerably, but as it is I’m lagging behind at not quite a mile.  So here’s hoping for getting my knitting mojo back.

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Alas poor Saroyan, I knew thee well April 9, 2013

I was almost done, in the home stretch of the decrease section when I realized that I wasn’t going to have enough yarn to finish it.  I had placed a lifeline after the 9th repeat in the straight section (I had tried going to 10 repeats), so I frogged back to there and tried it again.  No go.  Very carefully I picked up the stitches after the 8th repeat in the increase section.  The good news is that at least now I have the damned chart memorized so I don’t need the instructions to knit it and it’s become a bit more portable.  The bad news is that I frogged 16 repeats.  I weighed the yarn and thought I had enough, but I never weighed the skein in the first place so it must have been more than 100g.  I’m going to go with 8 repeats in the straight section and 8 repeats in the decrease section.  If I have to frog again I might just cry.

Severely diminished Saroyan

Severely diminished Saryoan

In other news, it looks like the ship has sailed for my green sweater.  It was in the upper 70’s today and it’s supposed to get up to 85 tomorrow.  It will be a more seasonable 60 over the weekend but there’s no way I’ll be finished it by then.  I will however be working on the sleeve on Thursday because I have too many WIP’s right now and I need to get it done because it’ll count for a hell of a lot in a yarn marathon I’m participating in (it’s fingering weight held double).  I also just started the heel flap on my Black Magic Socks so something is going right.

 

Second Sock Syndrome and a WIP March 27, 2013

Black Magic Sock

 

This is the first Great Adirondack Yarn Co Caribou sock.  It’s just a simple stockinette sock with a heel flap.  I finished it last week but couldn’t muster the energy to cast on for its mate.  I decided to succumb to SSS (second sock syndrome) and do something else until I cast on for the second one.  After surfing through Ravelry for an hour last Friday night, I settled on Saroyan with the Madelinetosh Pashmina that I bought at Knitty City.

Golden Hickory Leaves

 

The pattern is written for worsted weight yarn and the Pashmina is sport weight.  I’m still using the US Size 8 (5.0mm) needles that the pattern calls for but I did 10 increase repeats to the 6 as written and will probably end up with about 14 repeats in the straight section.  I could have done a few more increase repeats, but I’d like to have a little bit of yarn left over for another project that is in the works.  I’m having the worst time memorizing the chart for the leaf pattern on the one side so it’s not mindless knitting since I have to pay attention to where I am in the chart.  I’ll probably cast on for the second Black Magic sock tonight so I can have something that I can just whip out and work on when I have a spare moment as opposed to having dedicated time to work on Saroyan.

In other WIP news, my green sweater has stalled.  I was all gung-ho about trying to get it finished in enough time to wear on my New York trip but when I realized that just wasn’t going to happen, I lost all my steam to finish it.  I’m planning on making some time this coming week to get the sleeves done so I can finish the body of the sweater.  The weather will be changing soon and I’d like to have it done to wear this spring while it’s still too cold to wear just a tee shirt but not cold enough for my coat.

 

Fluffy Mail March 15, 2013

I finally found someplace where I could order the Tosh Merino Light in the color I really wanted for a sweater, Eat.Sleep.Knit.  It was more expensive than other places I’ve seen Tosh Merino Light listed, $21.00 a skein to the $19.00 my LYS Loop charges, but it’s so hard to find any Madelinetosh in quantity that I just went with it.  My order got here super fast too, just three days turn around.

Tosh Merino Light, Golden Hickory

 

It’s the Golden Hickory colorway (the same as the Pashmina that I got at Knitty City) and I love it.  I’m planning another top-down raglan with a boat neck, 3/4 sleeves, and tunic length.  Of course I have to finish the green sweater before I cast-on for another big project, so I’m hoping to get those sleeves done this weekend.

As if yarn wasn’t good enough, I got a little “Yarn Lotto” card with my order and I won a $50 store credit!  So who knows, there may be another Tosh sweater in my future.  They also sent two mini skeins which I can use on my sock yarn blanket.

In other news, the socks I’m making from the Great Adirondack Yarn Co Caribou are coming along nicely.  I’m just about finished the gusset so I should have the first sock finished by the end of the weekend.  I’ve also decided I’m going to frog the Rick sock.  I’m just not happy with the way it’s turning out and the unevenness of my yarn overs.  I’ll have to so some searching to find another good pattern to use with the Manos Alegria yarn.

 

New York, New York, what a wonderful town March 10, 2013

My long awaited yarn crawl of New York happened yesterday and here’s the woolly goodness I brought home with me.

First stop was Knitty City.  They had an incredible selection of yarns from ultra high end blends all the way down to Sugar ‘n Cream cotton.  The staff was super nice and they even had a “man” chair for my husband to sit and read in while I shopped.  I found 5 skeins of Tosh Merino Light in Stephen Loves Tosh for a sweater but I was unsure of the color (it was mostly golden yellow with a bit of purple).  I decided I would wait on it and check out the other store in the area, The Yarn Company, to see what they had.

We walked over to the Yarn Company but they weren’t open yet so we hung out at Starbucks for a coffee and a morning bun.  I talked to my mom while we were there and we both agreed that I couldn’t pull off yellow so sweater yarn from Knitty City was off the table.  After we were finished, we walked over to The Yarn Company.  I have to stay I wasn’t super impressed with the selection.  It was mostly high-end yarns.  They did have some Three Irish Girls and the Verdant Gryphon as well as some other exclusive yarns, but nothing really called out to me.  The store itself was very neat and organized, not like the barely controlled chaos of Knitty City.  I did end up making a purchase, some Great Adirondack Yarn Co Caribou superwash merino in Black Magic II which is a sport weight in 50g hanks.  It was much more than I would usually pay for sock yarn, but I really liked the colorway.

Great Adirondack superwash merino

We walked back over to Knitty City and there I grabbed a hank of Madelinetosh Pashmina in Golden Hickory (the colorway I really want to use for my sweater) and a bag of Koigu KPPPM mini skeins for my sock yarn blanket.

Knitty City Yarn

We hit the Lego store for the kids (and my husband) and then had Korean for lunch.  Our next stop was School Products Yarn.  Now if you’ve ever been, the store is not much to look at.  They carry a lot of imported yarns and some unusual fibers ( I still have a ball of baby camel from my last visit three years ago that I have yet to do something with).  I was hoping to score a cone of their Provence Lace Merino like I did three years ago, but they didn’t have any.  I did buy a cone of the Lace Merino in a very pretty blue.  The cone is a pound and a half so that works out to be 5,100 yards of yarn for $39.00.  It’s definitely worth a stop to see what they have on hand.

Lace Merino Cone

We did a bit more shopping and then ended up at Purl Soho.  It was nice, reminded me a little bit of one of my local LYSs, Loop.  They had a decent selection of yarns and in quantity as well, They were all arranged in the front of the store so you had to use a ladder to reach the upper cubbies.  There was also fabric and sewing notions in the back of the store.  I had some hope of finding my Tosh Merino Light, but they only had semisolids.  It was fairly crowded when we got there so I just didn’t have the patience to try and find their sock yarns.  If I’m in the neighborhood again, I’ll probably pop in for a quick visit but I don’t think I’ll go down there just to stop at their store.

There are a lot of places that I just didn’t get the chance to visit or were closed.  Seriously, who’s closed on a Saturday?  I’m hoping to attend Vogue Knitting Live next January which should keep me busy enough that I won’t have time to visit any place else.  All in all, I’m pretty pleased with my haul but a little bummed that I couldn’t get my sweater yarn.  I already have plans to do Citron with my Lace Merino but I’m already dreading all that purling.  I’ll have to look through my queue on Ravelry to find something to do with the rest of it, maybe something Estonian, I have a love affair with nupps.  Even after that, I should still have enough for another shawl, if not two so we’ll have to see.