Just in the Knit of Time
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Started this post yesterday, but I didn't get around to finishing it til today (so it's dated Saturday, but actually it's Sunday morning.)
I finally got the second bag knit so I could felt the Booga Bag I finished the other day. Diagonal felted bag in Patons Classic Wool sage green. Booga Bag in Patons SWS natural green. This Booga is striped identical to my Booga, even though I didn't plan it that way.
My overstuffed Booga on the left, the new one on the right. Look at how much brighter the new bag is! There can be a BIG difference in dye lots, that's for sure!
I used two skeins, same dye lot, for the new bag's body. I had half a skein left from my bag, so I made the handle out of that. Look at the difference in the yellows between the two dye lots!
I am to the heel on my first Tropicana sock, but I had to put it on hold while I finished the baby blanket from hell. (Which I did get finished last night, wove in the remaining ends this morning, and now it's ready to go to the shower today. Pics to follow next post.) It turned out better than I thought it would. The yarn wasn't very co-operative when it came to putting it together, so I wasn't very happy with it. It will do. So maybe tonight I'll get to sit at the computer and try this short-row heel tutorial so I can continue on with my socks. (If I can't make this one work I'll try another one. There's tons of 'em out there!)
Knit Nite was fun last week. Heddy popped in for a little bit but couldn't stay for it all. We had a new face this week, which was nice to see. Nova Knitter was there with her gorgeous vest. She said how she threw out all of the ends she had left over, and she wished she had kept enough to make a little i-cord button loop for closure in the front. The new knitter was like, "What kind of Noro is it?" It was Silk Garden, and she reaches in to her tub and hauls out some leftover SG in the same colorway! That was too cool. (And both ladies have same first name. Even cooler! And I call her "new knitter" as in new-to-Knit-Nite. She's by far not a new knitter and what I class as a professional knitter. She makes lots of stuff for these guys, and by the looks of her stuff she had with her she can knit anything. Plus she knows how to do short-rows, so I know where I can get help if I can't figure it out myself!) We are on a hiatus until November 14, then it resumes every Wednesday night from 7-8 at the Liverpool Superstore Community Room til December 19. Hope to see more faces there. There are a couple of ladies who expressed interest in coming, so hopefully we'll see them there. (I made little slips with the time/place/dates on it to put in our yarn customers' bags.)
The Oldest One started curling Saturday. Last year was the first time they started the Little Rocks program here, and he wasn't old enough til this year.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
What I'm Taking to Knit Nite
Tonight is Knit Nite at the Liverpool SuperStore Community Room from 7-8+. Last one til November 14th! Ga! If I can get this stuff wound into balls before it's time to go then I will take it with me. These will be work socks for my step FIL. I'm using the Briggs & Little Heavy Socks pattern and their Tuffy yarn. (80% wool, 20% nylon). The red should be enough to stripe several pairs. I chose red since a lot of work socks have red stripes, plus it goes with all of the grey Tuffies, the brown, and some of the blues. The other color is called smoke. Hubby will get some of these this winter, too.
Monday, October 22, 2007
Seventeen of Fifty-Two
I finally got outside on this gorgeous, sunny day to take a picture of the cabled baby sweater from this post. At least now you can see the cables. Darned indoor photos with flash! (It's over +20C today and nothing but blue sky! I love it!)
I also finally have my October socks and pair number 17 of 52 finished. I cast on the first sock at the end of September. I finished the toe on Saturday, cast on the second sock, and had the second sock finished on Sunday! Two days for the second sock, woo hoo! Doesn't happen very often.
Austerman Step sock yarn in color 11. I made the pattern up as I went. Here's how I did it if anyone is interested:
Cast on 64sts using 2.25mm needles. Round one and all odd rounds K3, P1. All even rounds just knit. Do this til you reach your desired length. (I knit a total of 88 rounds.)
Heel over 32sts. I did Eye of Partridge this way: Row 1 -- K1, Sl across. Row 2 -- Purl. Row 3 -- S1, K1 across. Row 4 -- Purl. I did these for a total of 43 rows, ending on Row 3.
Turn heel: Row 1 -- K1, P17, P2tog, P1. Row 2 -- K6, S1, K1, psso, K1. Continue in this manner til all end stitches are used. You'll end up with 18sts, and the last two rows end with P2tog and K2tog. (I only knit the first stitch on that first row, all other purl rows are just purled across. You don't have to knit that first stitch if you don't wanna, I just followed the turn from another pattern, and that's how they did it.)
Pick up 18-20sts for the gusset. Make sure you pick up the same amount on each side. (Sometimes I end up with one more stitch picked up on one side than the other, so I just have to remember to decrease that extra stitch on the first round after the pick-up.) You should have 32sts on one needle for the top of the foot, and the gusset stitches and 9sts from each side of the heel on the other two needles. Do standard gusset decreases til you have 16sts on each instep needle. (Needle 1 -- Knit to last 3sts, K2tog, K1. Knit across 32sts from Needle 2. Needle 3 -- K1, SSK, knit to end of needle. Knit one round.)
Continue until you are about two inches from desired foot length to start the toe. I did not continue the pattern on the top of the foot for this pair but just knit plain old stockinette. You could continue the pattern if you want to. Knit the toe down to 20sts and graft. (Standard toe. Needle 1 -- Knit to last 3 sts, K2tog, K1. Needle 2 -- K1, S1, K1, psso, knit to last 3sts, K2tog, K1. Needle 3 -- K1, S1, K1, psso, knit to end of round. Knit one round even.)
For this pair I did something new, too. I will wash and wear them a couple of times first to see if I like it or not. I find that my Austerman socks and any other thin sock yarn socks (like Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock) always look like I have holes coming in the toes. I go to work, come home, take my sneakers off, and it looks like holes in my toes. (I do keep my nails cut, too, especially when it's hand-knit sock season!) Once they're washed they seem to go back to normal, but I'm afraid one of these times it will not be so. Sooo, for the heck of it I knit the toes of these socks with two strands of yarn. I found the spots I needed in the skein to match where I was at the toe. They don't look any different to the eye, but of course it's much more "stiff" at the toes. I haven't washed the socks yet or wore them for longer than what it takes to snap the pictures. I won't knit any other Austerman socks (cuz I have two more skeins!) til I have washed and worn these ones and see if I like the doubled toes. My feet are always cold in the winter, especially my toes, so it shouldn't be a bad thing, I don't think.
Got the new stickers on the truck. Hubby went to work yesterday for the first official day with the new company.
No more headache rack -- bye, bye, flatdecking!
The Boss Lady ordered some of that new Kertzer sock yarn, too. I heard third-hand that it was ordered, so I'm not sure what's coming other than variety bags. I think there's a variety bag of solids and two of the stripey ones. Plus the other lady that works there got the Boss Lady to call them back and tell them to send the bright ones since we have a bunch of blue and brown Austerman already.
Hope to have a diagonal bag finished and ready to felt tonight or tomorrow. The body of the bag is almost done, and the i-cord doesn't take that long.
I added a new link on the sidebar to another local knitter who attended Knit Nite last week. Check it out. Also did you see this neat sock pattern? I think I need some bright, firey sock yarn for a pair of these babies.
Also, pop on over to Dipsy's to spread some love. Her dear cat, Lady, passed away at age 18.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I started an Odessa hat the other night, right before going to Knit Nite. This was the progress yesterday afternoon.
Bag from Japanese Handmade, an Etsy shop. Perfect size for this project!
Finished Odessa last night. Sorry for the crap picture, but y'all know my camera needs to be replaced, plus it's hard to get a shot of the top of your own head. The top picture is pretty much the true color.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
FO and a Half
Long time, no post. There really wasn't much going on, well, not in the knitting world. Last week was a crap week all around, this week isn't shaping up to be much better. Knit Nite was fun, though. Hope more people come out tomorrow night. I think I'll take a pair of socks to work on since I gab too much to take anything that requires much concentration.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Happy Thanksgiving, Canada
Hope all you fellow Canadians had a nice Thanksgiving today. We went to my BIL's for turkey dinner. Had to do it early this afternoon. Hubby is switching trucking companies and has a 7+ hour drive tonight. He starts his training tomorrow morning. The new company puts him in a hotel room for two nights and pays for his meals and travel.
I also picked up three skeins of the cotton for three dishcloths for one of the people on my Christmas list. This is Soft Violet, Floral Prints, and Robin's Egg.
Friday, October 05, 2007
I have a flurry of FOs this week. Flickr is not co-operating with me at all tonight, so there's a few pictures I wanted to up load that I can't. (I keep getting, "Image not available at this time" kinda thing. Never happened before.)
First up are my new slippers. These ones are the old faithful Fiber Trends clog pattern. I used Patons Classic Wool in Bottle Green. Last time I used Briggs & Little and did the two-color clogs. They were a pain to felt, and they only lasted four months. I'm interested to see how long these last before I wear out the bottoms. I've been told that CW slippers last a lot longer than B&L.
I really like working with the SWS, but the first ball of the Natural Earth had about ten knots. That yarn can be quite knotty, and usually they mess up the color sequence.
Monday, October 01, 2007
Official End of Summer
This past weekend was the last weekend for camping for the season. Summer is officially over. Everything is packed up, and a couple of friends winterized the camper for me. All over til the long weekend in May. I took knitting with me, but I didn't finish anything while I was there. It was mostly a working weekend, especially since hubby is still away. I did get most of a new bag knit. I still have to do the handle and then felt it, and I started these socks for me. It's a modified ribby-type pattern. If it works I'll post the pattern. I did get another brown stripe done on these after I took the picture. (It's Austerman Step.)
This child falls asleep in the weirdest positions. This was Saturday night at the campground. (I did put him in his bed. Didn't want him rolling off and hurting himself.)