Well, I've finished the second (or rather third) clog. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the outcome!
I made the clogs out of Rowan Magpie (a discontinued yarn which I purchased on eBay.)
I've had so much fun with this project that I bought yarn, needles and another copy of the pattern. I'm giving them to my partner's ex-wife as a birthday present today.
Felting is amazing (especially for us perfectionists - felting covers a multitude of mistakes!)
I've actually created 3 clogs. The first clog I made was the version with the bumper. I messed up on the second clog and didn't knit the bumper. This gave me an opportunity to try both styles. I decided that I didn't like the feel of the bumper version because I supinate (my foot actually rolls out when I walk.) As a result, the bumpers started to roll out as well. So, when I knit the third clog I knit it without the bumper.
Ok, I am really fed up with this bullshit spam business. Mr. pitch and whatever as well as Miss tinywoofuckingwho. They need to be trashed big time, sent packing and kicked in the ass until their nose bleeds!
I think it upsets me!
I'm putting together a scarf for myself (based on a Saxon Braid design I found in a book) and I'm thinking about putting tapered ends on it. However, I don't really feel like figuring out the numbers for the tapered bits at present, so I thought of doing a provisional crochet cast on and coming back to it later, once I have the body of the scarf done, so I can figure out excatly what I need. I'm wondering if that would be odd though, picking up a provisional cast on and knitting back in the reverse direction. Are there any difficulties, does it give some odd looking join or anything?
This does look fun!
I've decided to fight through the cotton/wool yarn I described earlier. The problems I encountered were that the ribs were very loose, and the leg was very tight. I've decided on a small needle for the rib, and a larger one for the rest of the sock. Wish me luck, men!
In the mean time, while pondering my next move with the yarn from hell, I set out to practice entrelac, since I never was able to master it before. Well, I found a pattern at my LYS, set to work, and finally was able to get it! I actually got it!
Now, if i could just figure out how to use it in something more than a small handbag!
Despite my deep eagerness to move onto something big, I have ultimately decided to keep my first project simple. I am knitting a scarf with some leftover yarn I had sitting around the house. I am using a Caron(R) Simply Soft(R) yarn. The color is Dark Country Blue, which I love because it is the closest thing to my favorite color that I could find in any of my local craft shops. I'm ribbing the scarf, alternating 1 purl, 1 knit stitch for a smaller rib. I'm not quite sure how this will turn out, but I will be certain to keep you all updated on my progress.
this is my first sweater, it's going well i suppose. i have the sleeves and hood left, then i'm done! here's a picture of the front portion during blocking. i hope i did it right... not sure. if you have any suggestions, let me know! i designed the middle pattern myself, based off of a scandinavian rose i saw in another pattern. hope you all like it! i'll be sure to post more when i'm finished.
This is my version of 'Leda's Dream' stole (which was the yahoo groups Mystery Stole #1) - I started it as a Christmas gift for a co-worker/friend with whom I do a Dicken's Festival during November and December - but got sidetracked. Since she also is Queen Elizabeth at my summer job I picked it up again (having stopped it Dec 22nd) on July 8th and have finished it.
Rather then knit it in one direction and then just add the edge to the provisional cast-on I knit the pattern in both directions from the cast-on. Since I used a larger needle then most who knit this shawl I got away with only 3 repeats of the main chart rather then the 5 most people knit. It was done in Alpaca Farms 'Suri Elegance' - the colour is 'Purple Majesty' (appropriate, no?) and I used US #6 needles.
After a little trial and little more error, I was able to get some decent soles on my clogs.
I used rug backing with about 1/2 a bottle of black paint mixed in, and made the templates from heavy duty cardboard - the sort used for book binding. This stuff is a pain in the (wherever) to cut, so i changed my original Dr. Martins type design for one with minimal turns and curves. I cut it with a dremel, and managed to keep all appendages.
Just back from a knitting-free weekend in Barcelona (lots of other fun, though) and I'm feeling a bit dispirited about the clogs. So far I've only managed half of the first one, which seems to have an extra stitch in it somehow, but I'm assuming that I can carry it through and just shrink a bit more when I eventually get round to the felting. The thought of frogging through all that short row shaping and working out where I am on the pattern is just too much.
Am I the only one who hasn't finished the first clog yet? Everyone else seems to be doing so well...