Patterns sometimes just don't match the yarn.
I've wanted to knit the Wool Peddler shawl for a long time. I finished the garter stitch part and started the lace section earlier this week. It is just not doing it for me. In this yarn it just looks like a sloppy mess. I gave it a bit, since crappy looking lace can sometimes block into a thing of beauty.
I'm going to take it back to the garter stitch and do a modification I found on Ravelry. Well, it's not really a modification, since it leaves off the lace altogether. When the main garter part gets big enough, you do an increase row (knit, increase in the next stitch, do it over and over to the end), then keep knitting more garter stitch on twice as many stitches for a ruffled edge.
I know, I know. I said I was tired of garter stitch. I guess I was wrong.
Now to get that mess unraveled and back on the needles.
I'm a believer in setting achievable goals. Finishing those socks is my goal for this long weekend.
These are for John. The yarn is Lang Jawoll superwash. It is really nice yarn, if a bit boring. It knits up into a nice dense sock fabric that will likely wear forever.
I'll post progress reports over the weekend. The reward for finishing will be that I get to pick a lovely new sock yarn out of my endless sock yarn stash.
That's my Wool Peddler shawl. I finally finished the bazillion rows of boring garter stitch and have moved on to the lace part. Lace always seems like frosting to me. You eat the boring white cake just so you can justify getting the chocolate frosting.
It's a pretty easy lace pattern, and in DK weight yarn (moose lace!), so it is still mostly a mindless project.
This is really squishy soft yarn, and the color is growing on me. It's a nice neutral that will go with almost everything I own. I might not over-dye it after all.
It's finally warming up enough around here to get outside without being bundled up in wool. We had our first brunch on the deck this morning. This is my afternoon project:
No matter how many dozens of socks I've made, I am still amused by turning the heels. It turns a three dimensional piece of knitting into a two dimensional thing, then back into three dimensions.
For those of you who aren't sock knitters, the cuff of the sock is at the bottom of the photo, the heel flap (the part at the back of your heel) is at the top. You knit the cuff around until your sock leg is long enough, then knit the heel flap back and forth (the two dimension part) until IT is long enough.
Then the magic happens, where you turn the heel into the little part that goes around under your foot.
Then you pick up all the other half of the stitches and knit the foot.
*I didn't really finish that sock that fast, the last photo is the first of the pair.
After a long travel day Friday, we're back home from our cruise. Getting through Seattle traffic back home was the worst part of the trip. We got off the ship around 9:30, and didn't get home until around 5PM (usually about a 4 hour drive). We stopped in Bellingham for lunch, which accounts for part of that, and also picked up Lewey, which was a bit of a detour, but the whole trip back was just painful. Traffic around here is painful at best, and on Friday afternoon turns into horrifying.
I did stop at one yarn shop in Bellingham, but I swear I didn't buy anything. I wasn't really even tempted. Next week I'll hit 150 days with no yarn buying, and the six month mark is coming up.
We didn't do any significant shopping on the trip. I bought a few books in a shop in San Francisco. How can you NOT buy books in a nice bricks and mortar book shop with real people running it? Of course, I don't need those any more than I need more yarn. It's those little personal recommendation cards written by the book shop staff that get me every time. And yes, I have a Kindle, and use it, but there is something about “real” books that I adore.
Here are the other things I bought. We did a tour of the Queen Mary in LA, which was a bit cheesy, but fun.
And what is that little blue thing peeking out in that photo? Could it be a finished Hitchhiker?
We landed at our last stop yesterday afternoon, San Francisco. Yesterday we walked around and played tourist in town, and had dinner out. Today we took a tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito. Muir Woods might be my favorite thing about the whole trip. Even with all the other tourists, it was a very peaceful place.
Of course, the sock got in the act.
We leave here in an hour or so, and have two lovely sea days headed back home. We won't have internet access, so I'll see you on the flip side!
John and I signed up for a Princess cruise several months ago. This one leaves and arrives back at Vancouver, so we were able to drive up instead of flying, which made it a bit more economical.
It also had the attraction of four and a half sea days, which as you all know, means four and a half KNITTING days. I was very excited to see “Knitters and Natters Get-Together” on the daily program. There are a half dozen or so crafters on board, mostly knitters. We've been meeting every sea day morning and having a great time.
Our ports of call so far have been Long Beach, Catalina Island, and Santa Barbara. My favorite has been Santa Barbara. Catalina is lovely, but I'd been there once before so knew what to expect. Santa Barbara is a gorgeous city with miles of beach front. We were lucky enough to have a sunny day yesterday and took a trolley tour of the city.
We land in San Francisco this afternoon, and will be here all day tomorrow as well, then two more of those lovely sea days to get us home again.
I apparently am knitting all blue things. The projects that Sweetpea is helping me with up there are my Hitchhiker, which I may finish one of these years, my new lace shawl, and a pair of socks for John. I finished the first one earlier on the cruise and am well into the second one. I have a spare ball of Opal sock yarn “just in case”, but that's likely optimistic. I also brought two spindles with me.
Here's a photo from our day in Santa Barbara.
Old Ben is an even slower knitter than I am. He wasn't much help.
We're off to lunch, then an afternoon in port!
*And no, I haven't done any yarn shopping so far.
Thirteen years ago today, I hit the “save” button on my first blog post. I've had lots of fun and learned a lot about knitting in that time. Here's to at least a few more years blogging.
There's not much new going on at Chez Knitting Doctor. I haven't gotten alot of knitting done this past week, but finished adding length to one half of John's sweater. I'm working on the other half. It makes good basketball knitting.
Oh my. I got a wild hair this morning and figured I'd share it here. I did start that pretty lace shawl Thursday, it's coming along nicely. I'm about 35 rows into it. Of course, there are about 344 rows in the whole shawl, which doesn't sound like much until you realize that by the last of those rows, there are 693 stitches on the needles. This one will be a long, albeit pleasant, slog.
That wasn't my wild hair. Here it is.
This is a Peace Fleece sweater that I knit for John a couple of years ago. It has always bugged the shit out of me, since it's an inch or two too short for him. Every time he wears it, which is a lot, I notice it and it annoys me that I didn't fix this at the time.
I have plenty of that yarn left, so this morning I started it. After a little googling, I found a video by Eunny Jang that shows how to lengthen or shorten a piece after the fact. Since this is just straight stockinette, it shouldn't be that complicated, right?
You start by undoing the seams at the sides. I'm pretty enthusiastic about weaving in ends, so this took a bit of work to get started.
Then you pick up a row of stitches where you want to add length. Eunny shows it in her video, but basically you pick up the right side of the “v” on each stitch, making sure you stay in the same row.
Once you have all the stitches on a needle, the fun begins. You snip (CAREFULLY) the stitches in the row above the one you just picked up, pulling off the ribbing piece as you go.
Which leaves you with live stitches on your needle. Then you just join the new yarn, and knit it as long as you need, knit new ribbing, and Bob's your uncle. Do the same on the other half (remind me to make them the same length), fix the seams, and you're done.
I had a brief thought to save the ribbing piece and just graft the two together, but came to my senses on that one. I could probably knit a whole damned sweater in the time it would take to graft that much neatly.
I'll let you know how this goes. I might need whisky before the day is done.
All done except for the seams and buttons.
I've been getting myself through the last bit of this with little rewards*. On Friday, John and I had the pleasure of meeting Jennifer AKA Major Knitter for dinner. We had a fine time, and she brought me a yarn** gift as a party favor.
Here's the yarn:
That is 1600 meters of stunning lace weight yarn, enough for a huge shawl. And I have just the pattern for it.
I've had that shawl in my pattern library for years, waiting for the right moment and the right yarn. It is Longest Night, by Lori Law.
I've been rewarding myself for each little step of that baby sweater with a little teaser. I now have the pattern all set up in Knit Companion, ready to go when I sew on the last button. I don't really “need” a new lace shawl on the needles right now, but I'm doing it anyway.
Jennifer and I did wear our Faery Ring sweaters to the restaurant. Here we are.
I'm off to sew seams!
*Sort of like “Survivor”. “Wanna know what you're playing for?”
**No, that doesn't mean I fall off the Cold Sheep. Unsolicited yarn gifts don't count. Now, if I gave my husband a list and said “why don't you buy me a yarn gift”, THAT would end the no-buying streak.