I decided to knit something totally different this time and I bought the Debbie Bliss book on teddy bears and clothing for them. I have always admired the knitted toys done by other MWK members and a teddy was challenging for me. However, I cannot get the proper gauge/tension required by the pattern. I spent 2 days making swatches, trying all sorts of needle sizes but had absolutely no luck and I'm not talking about a 1 stitch variance here. Has anyone had experience with the patterns in this book? I've given up and put the book away in exasperation.
Knitting on Plane.... by Grandcarriage
I can`t believe it.
ARE YOU REALLY DOING THAT?
Yes, double seed stitch.
I"m doing a Sophie Purse out of Lopi. Its a really coarse wool. Felts great though. Anyway, I usually do a Norwegian long tail cast on. It was harder than heck to pick up my bottom edge to get it into the round. I fought it for like an hour. Learned an invisible cast on last night and started another purse, and man, what a difference. I can't believe I hadn't learned another cast on before now. I'm on a roll. Made 3 purses in the last 4 days. I might make my Christmas deadline! :-)
Coffee Shop blues, a poem by Grandcarriage
Here I sit, brokenhearted.
Came to knit, but
this Shrug is made from Baby Alpaca Grande yarn with size US11 circ. Pattern is fairly easy.
CO 120 (I used long tail/slingshot)
K2P2 Rib for 7.5 inches
Decrease to 60 stitches using K2tog,P2tog
Continue Pattern of K1P1 Ribbing for 16 inches
Increase back to 120 stitches by
K1, M1-kwise (bar increase) PF&B across.
Continue in K2P2 ribbing for 7.5 inches, bind off.
Your piece now looks like an odd hour-glass. stitch sides up 9 inches from C/O-B/O edges. (top right to bottom right, Top left to bottom left. The narrow portion which is now left open are the armholes.
So, for those who don't know, I live on an agricultural island 10mi N. of DT Portland, Oregon. Usually pretty sedate, around this time it becomes the land of pumpkins. Combine 3 truck farms with one bridge, (currently being replaced) and you are looking at a line of traffic 3+ miles long waiting to get off the bridge. 1 HOUR, 45 MINUTES for what usually takes 3 minutes, tops! Thank god the knitting was in the bag next to me: Knit 30 stitches, move 5 feet. Knit a row, move 20 feet. I'm getting to the point where I NEVER want to be without at least a sock to work on. Wasted time drives me NUTS! My Ranger isn't a very roomy place to work in, I have to admit, especially with the gym bag, change of clothes, knitting bag, portfolio, laptop, jacket, etc etc etc on the seat next to me. Bob: The homeless knitter living out of his car. Sometimes it seems as such. sigh...
Today, I learned how to do the Norwegian purl stitch (continental) after an embarrassingly long time of watching and rewatching the instructional video. I then practiced it, trying various combinations of knit and purl stitches (again, continental) along with my usual contintental purl stitch. I must say that after a few hours of practice I was able to get my gauge (and "tension") under control and am now quite pleased with doing this purl method, preferring it over my old way of purling. There are a few more hand/finger movements involved but I think it's easier to execute.
Anyone else using this purl stitch?
Has anyone noticed that some sweaters create a man-boobie effect? I think it is especially apparent if the sleeves aren't shaped at the top, or on a fitted sweater with stripes. All of a sudden, you look like a b-cup. (and in a bad way). Has anyone else noticed, have any insight in eliminating the heartbreak of man-boobies, outside of diet and working out?
It took forever, but I got a zipper band that I am very happy with for the sweater: I picked up stitches through the inside edge of the cardigan, and knit 8 rows in stockinette stitch on the outside and 3 row's +cast off on the inside (same pick up stitches) to form a "V" in which the zipper sits. The outer band rolls back on itself just shy of the actual zip, and looks like a double I cord band down the center of the cardigan. Looks great, won't catch, and is finished on both inside and outside. Hooray.
I am thinking about going to the dark side and learning how to spin. Any input and/or advice you might have would be most appreciated.