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February 3, 2007

My So Called Scarf


It's my first My So-Called Scarf!

I started out knitting this on 11's like the pattern says, but it seemed kind of tight so I switched to 13's (I don't think I have any 12's for some reason) and those gave me a fabric I liked a lot better. Once I got the hang of how to manipulate the stitches I enjoyed knitting this. And each row is pretty much the same so there wasn't a lot to remember which is nice.

The yarn I used was from my aunt. She wanted me to make her socks and my standard response is "buy me yarn, I'll make you socks." She picked out some yarn and sent it my way, it was rather too thick though so I found sock yarn in similar colors for her socks and decided to use this yarn for something else. This yarn would be two skeins of Lion Brand Jiffy in colorway #325 El Paso.

I finished it January 12th after about a week of working on it and then mailed it off to the Red Scarf Project.

The colors are more accurate in the... Close up!


Aunty Patty's Gedifra Socks


These are the socks I made for my aunt. I thought the colors matched well with the yarn she sent me. For some reason, even though the two balls I used were from the same dye-lot they seem to have different color repeats, which I find interesting and a tad confusing! It was a little bit scratchy to knit, but the socks don't feel scratchy to me and I'd be willing to bed that they'll soften after they're washed.

They took about 2 weeks to finish, ending on January 23rd and I really need to mail them so my aunt can enjoy them! They are for her after all.

The stats:
Needles: size 0
Yarn: Gedifra Fashion Trend Sportivo, colorway #5712
Pattern: generic toe up, 3x1 rib at the top, sewn bind-off
Sizing: 12sts/needle for toe, increase to 32/needle, 8" until heel, 8 wraps/side for the heel
SPI: 8

Packers Socks


Miss Lime mentioned this yarn a couple podcasts ago. As she said, even though it's called the "Oregon Ducks" colorway, it's just about the perfect Packers colors. My best friend happens to love the Packers. How could I resist this yarn then? It's DK weight yarn which I don't think I've ever used for socks. I used Lorna's for my first pair and have pretty much stuck with the skinny sock yarns ever since. The knitting sure went a lot faster with the thicker yarn! They took maybe 4 days to finish and that's really fast for me. (Finished around January 28th)

This stuff is wonderfully soft! My only complaint is that some of the green came off on my needles (and my fingers!) Not a ton, just enough to make it annoying. But oh well, the end result is really soft and yummy and pretty so I'm ok with a little green here and there!


The stats:
Needles: Size 1
Yarn: Fancy Image Yarn, Oregon Ducks colorway
Pattern: generic toe-up, about an inch of 2x2 rib at the top, picot bind-off
Sizing: 10sts/needle for the toe, increase to 26sts/needle, 7.5" until the heel, 6 wraps/side

February 4, 2007

Cabled Shawl


It's my first clothing item that isn't either a rectangle or a sock! I worked on this pretty much exclusively (which is pretty rare, I'm usually doing multiple projects at once) for the first couple weeks of December.

I started with the basic construction of a Stahman Faroese shawl, but instead of lace I stuck cables all over it. The neck band is a simple little 4 stitch wide cable, then that follows all the way down both sides and eventually across the bottom of the finished shawl. There were a couple stitches worth of reverse stockinette on either side of the cable, the "outside" side was whipstitched down so the rope is the very outside edge of the finished product.

A little futzing in Excel and I came up with a chart for the dimensions and where the increases would go, and then I sketched cables. Lots and lots of cables. That part was incredibly fun, something about figuring out how to get them to fit where I wanted really appealed to my geeky little self. Once I had that all figured out I just followed the chart that I made. I did the chart backwards on one of the sides so that the cables mirror each other from the right to the left.

When I was starting this I decided to figure out the "cabling without a cable needle" thing. I am very glad that I did! That made this go a lot faster. I also completely fell in love with cables while knitting this. I like the way they look, I like knitting them, I like figuring them out and creating them from knotwork... they just plain old make me happy!

I used Cascade 220 in colorway #9456 which is a pretty heathery blue, and a size 8 circular needle. This used about 5 and a half skeins.


February 13, 2007

Sock it to Me Puzzle Socks


More socks! What can I say? I like making socks! Elann had a sale a month or so ago for a bag of 10 balls of this yarn for 20 bucks. How can you resist that? So I found a bag that had a colorway I liked and a colorway that Keva liked. Since I was buying it regardless I figured I'd make sure someone else liked the colors so I wouldn't have 5 identical pairs of socks! So these are for Keva.

This wasn't one of my favorite yarns ever to knit. It's not uncomfortable to knit or anything like that, it's just very string-like. It is 75% wool, but it has very little give and just about zero sproing factor. But it was really cheap so I'm not complaining!

I wanted to do little bitty picots across the top, but when I did picots by casting on one and then binding off 3, it did give me subtle little picot bumps, but the edge was really un-stretchy. So I decided to try the other method of picots. So after the inch of rib at the top I did a row of *yo, k2tog*. Since I had issues with the sewing down portion last time I did this I knit a good inch of stockinette to fold down inside the sock. That worked a LOT better. Having that extra fabric to work with made it not flare out weirdly. So yay!

These were started January 23 and finished February 11.

Close up!


The stats:
Needles: Size 0
Yarn: Elann Sock it to Me Puzzle, color #717
Pattern: generic toe-up, inch of 2x2 rib, picot bind-off (yo, k2tog method, inch of selvage)
Sizing: 14sts/needle for toe, increase to 30/needle, 7.5" till the heel, 7 wraps per side on the heel
SPI: 7.5

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