These are my second and third attempts at making hats (which acutally had an end result) and my first times using circular and DPN's. Hat #2 was done with Cascade worsted Peruvian Highland wool on size 7, and the pattern was Bidda's Headhugger which I believe I found a link to on here somewhere. It doesn't look like much, but it was good practice with the circular and DPN's, and getting the hang of the decreases at the top of the hat. My first attempt at doing this ended badly so I unravelled the whole thing and tried a different pattern.
I decided not to sign up for the Knitting Olympics because I wasn't sure my wrists would hold up, but I still decided to go ahead with this Unlympic project. These are double layer mittens - baby alpaca inside, hand-dyed & handspun border leicester/blueface leicester cross on the outside. This is the first project I've ever made for myself, and I'm very happy with the results.
Last week was our 25th anniversary (there were times I thought I'd never see it) and I gave the love of my life a V-neck jersey he'd admired in a pattern book. I secretly knitted it in Sept/Oct '05 and saved it until now.
The jersey is a lovely burgandy wool and done in a rice stitch. I've taken a close-up photo of the stitch and put the picture in the attachments file. That picture shows the colour a bit more accurately. This was my first attempt at working a V-neck and I was surprised to discover how easy that is to knit. The neckline looks so difficult but as long as one has marked the center stitch, it works up easily. It is a Patons pattern. I must say they do some nice men's conservative patterns. I panicked when I looked at the photo and saw the "flaw" in the lower right hand corner. I raced for the jersey and was relieved to find out that it was just a product of the light and that the stitches are all fine!
Weekly Topic #11
The "Womb" is just something I don't get......at all....I totally respect the creativity......but then what do you do with it after it is knitted up? Anyway that being said....Have you ever seen something someone is knitting or has knitted and thought...."Oh my God.....what were they thinking?" If so....what was it?
Thirty-two members of the glbt-knit listserv made squares for a love blanket for one of our own who was diagnosed with lung cancer. I haven't really kept up any posts on the project on here, but the blanket was delivered today and was a much-appreciated surprise. One of our members started a blog so that we could keep a record of the project. I'm so glad to have been a part of something so wonderful.
In other news, what I've started calling my "Knitting Unlympics" project - the mittens - has been progressing along. I'm currently working on the cuff for the outer (and final) layer of mitten #2. I didn't sign up for the Knitting Olympics, but I'm hoping to finish this project by the time the flame goes out. After that, I'm not certain. The Malabrigo hat has been fulled but needs some remediation so that I don't look like this:
Next question: WHY?!
I made her several pairs of hand-knitted Socka Fortissima socks, and she put one of the pair I made for her (FOR CHRISTMAS) in the washer AND DRYER when I told her not to. Nooooo, hubby is dumb, she knows more than he does. She can't knit, but she knows more about hand-knitted socks than I do. And she spins our fleeces and she also felts projects so she knows what kind of disaster she is wreaking on my hard work. So she tosses them into the washer AND THE DRYER and what happens? Besides getting all pilled and fuzzed (and pretty nasty-looking) there's a friggin' HOLE in one of them from getting snagged by something else she washed them with. The hole isn't in the bottom of the foot or the leg, where it would be easy to fix, but noooo, in the GUSSET. She didn't even bother to put them into a garment bag to keep them from getting BLUDGEONED by the the washer and dryer, just tossed them in like they were store-bought. And they're RUINED!! Dammit, all my hard work -- you wouldn't believe how AWFUL hand-knitted socks look after going through the washer AND THE DRYER just one time!!
Thinking about making a hood or hat in the Patagonian style. (Sorry, best words for what I have in mind.) Just a close-fitting hood with long strings that tie under the chin. Anyone have a pattern? I haven't been able to find one on the net and not sure where to start with the design. Any ideas? Anyone?
Do you get advice/help mostly from books, online sites, local yarn store or friends?
Hey men! Well I've become addicted to knitting babysocks. They're so damn cute I can't stop! (check out the first pair at kilgoretrout.wordpress.com/test) My problem comes in when I turn the heel. Like many sock knitters, I end up with a series of holes going up the gusset as I "turn" the heel. I've tried knitting this tighter in that area, and asked many knitters, but they answer I get is the same: "I have that problem too, not sure what to do, just sew up the holes at the end". Yes yes, sew up the holes, that's what I'm doing. It only takes a few minutes and the finished product looks presentable, but theres GOT to be a way to knit a heel without these holes! any ideas?