Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Frogging is Knotty

After much internal debate, I decided to frog the knotty or knice socks. I just couldn't imagine myself doing that cable pattern over and over for an entire pair of socks. I feel kind of bad about being a quitter, but I'm stressed out right now about my job and I need a non-stressful knit to relax with. So, I frogged and picked another toe-up pattern to try. I was originally going to try to preserve the toe that I already knitted, but the new pattern I picked called for a less pointy toe and I liked that look better, so I just frogged the entire thing and started from scratch. Now I'm making a simple pair of diagonal lace socks. I'll post more details and pics later.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Baby's first magic cast on!

Since I am currently obsessed with knitting socks, I decided it's time that I try to knit some toe-up. Yesterday I grabbed some lovely yarn and did my first magic cast on! Yay! Observe:

The CO itself really wasn't that hard, but it was a little challenging to knit the first few rows because the stitches were pretty tight. I followed these instructions from Knitty, as recommended in the pattern I got from an old issue of Interweave Knits - Knotty or Knice Socks.

However, on the sad side, I think I may end up abandoning these socks because the cable pattern is already getting on my nerves and I haven't even made it through one repeat. Maybe I will rip it out, but try to preserve the toe and pick another toe-up pattern. Here is what I have done so far.

It feels like a shame to rip this out, especially since I'm so proud of my cast on. I'm really undecided because the finished socks look so cute and I could really use more experience with cables, but on the other hand, I'm not really in the mood for a "hurts so good" project right now.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

FO: Hearts Baby Blanket

Oh, how I loathe making baby blankets... but I love them so much when they are finished!! I think this is my cutest one yet!

And here is a close up of the trim and heart pattern:

yarn details
Berroco Comfort in Pretty in Pink (9705)
Worsted Weight
50% Nylon, 50% Acrylic
dye lot V1532
Machine wash on gentle cycle in warm water. No bleach. Tumble dry on low heat. Do not over dry. Do not iron.
$?? per 100 g /210 yd ball

project details
pattern: "Lace Heart Chains Baby Blanket" by Regina Fulton, available as a $4 Ravelry download at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lace-heart-chains-baby-blanket
size: one size - measures 39'' long x 34'' wide (with trim)
needles: size 8 knit picks options nickle-plated circulars for blanket, size 7 aluminum straight needles for trim
gauge: 17 st x 27 rows over 4'' in heart chain patternyarn used: 4.87 skeins (1022 yards)
time span: June 25, 2011 to November 6, 2011
  • The lace trim was knit separately and sewn on at the end using whip stitch... what a pain in the ass! But it really looks great - lots better than a knit-on trim would have looked. And it was a good learning experience.
  • The lace pattern was kind of hard to get the hang of because the stitch counts shift with each repeat so you can't use stitch markers. To keep my sanity, I place a life line every 10 rows... luckily I never had to use them! Twenty-four life lines in a single baby blanket might seem a bit excessive, but it's really easy to throw in a life life when you are knitting with interchangeable circulars because you can just thread a piece of thread or floss into the hole at the base of the needle and then knit the row as usual. So I figure, the more the merrier.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I blame the Wraith

As we all know, the first rule of Kitchener stitch is that it requires your complete attention. That is why I only have myself to blame for the boo boo I made while grafting up the toe of my latest pair of socks. Observe:

Was I knitting under the influence? In a sense. I happened to be watching a particularly intense episode of Stargate Atlantis and apparently slipped as if to purl when I should have slipped as if to knit. Shame on me for not paying closer attention to what I was doing!

I have decided to leave it as it is, because I'm afraid I'll do more damage than good if I try to rip it out and start over. The rogue purl stitches on my toes will forever serve as a stern reminder to never underestimate the power of the Kitchener and the cardinal rule to turn the TV off before you attempt. Lesson learned.