Square Knitting Needles
I needed 3.5mm knitting needles for my Hitchhiker Beyond scarf and all of my other needles were occupied (I think I only have one other set), so I found these ones – they’re square!
I don’t know if you can see it in the image above but they’re Kollage Yarns. I can’t remember buying them… I don’t notice any difference between these and normal round needles, but I have read that these are easier on your hands.
I am really loving this pattern – easy to do but not completely mindless.
Knitting while watching Kristy Glass interview MDK
It’s raining – I am in bed, with my wheat pack, knitting and watching Kristy Glass interview Mason Dixon Knitting.
I have started a new project. I love my hitchhiker and thought I would make another one using a green/blue yarn and then I came across Hitchhiker Beyond! It’s symmetrical!
It is an easy but amazingly effective pattern – made even better by Misti Alpaca sock yarn.
I have been watching The Collection
A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers.
It is beautiful and sinister and there are mysteries and secrets to be revealed.
Finished Arachnid Mitts
I learnt a bit on the second one – I put all of the stitches of the spider pattern on one needle, so I didn’t have to cable and swap needles – genius! This one progressed quickly because I was watching Halcyon – any excuse to watch a bit more – I haven’t finished yet.
The costumes and settings…
The pattern is Arachnid. The yarn is patonyle ombre in coral (I used two balls, but there is heaps left you could probably get by with one ball).
Second Spider Mitt
I am still working on these – I have made it to the second mitt.
This is my second attempt. I made it to the spider’s bum and then it all went pear-shaped and I thought given it is in the middle of the spider my dodgy extra yarn overs might be noticed. I attempted to save it, but it just got worse and worse – like being in quick sand. So I cut my loses undid the whole thing and started again – sometimes you need to know when it’s not possible to rescue something (bit like life really – the things knitting can teach you)
My Arachnid Mitts
It was Miss P’s turn to select something to be knitted. I let her browse Ravelry and these were the ones she found – Arachnid by Karen Fournier.
So far this is a great pattern – very easy to follow. I am using double points, but magic loop might have been better (at one stage I had to cable across needles).
The yarn is Patons Patonyle Merino Ombre in Coral.
Blank Canvas being blocked
I finished knitting my Blank Canvas – I have mixed feelings. This yarn has been around for a long time (I tired to knit the February Fitted Pullover, but it had been in my stash for a long time before that) I wanted it gone. I felt weighted down by it and, as is so often the case, I didn’t like it anymore.
I enjoyed the knitting – coming to terms with LLI and RLI (Left lift increase and Right lift increase) and wrapless short rows.
The neckband was a disaster – the first time (for which I blame Luther) was too tight and I couldn’t get it over my head, the second version, which is the current version, is all loose and wobbly. There might be a third version, but my enthusiasm is waning and I am wondering if, even if it is perfect, will I wear it? And here is my fundamental conundrum – I have knit something in a colour and yarn weight that I would never choose to wear. This is a common problem – I get seduced by the colours in the yarn store (and fabric store and sometimes clothing store) and buy it only to realise later that I only wear colour in accessories – scarf (maybe socks at a pinch). My wardrobe is full of beautiful prints and colours that languish unworn.
Also, I don’t like 8ply – it seems a bit inelegant and chunky.
I think I wanted this to be quite a simple, structured garment and it is pink(!) and a bit too drapey. I have chosen the wrong yarn and/or the wrong pattern.
On the other hand, this is the first time I have knit a full sized jumper! So I feel that I have crossed some kind of personal rubicon – and as the Yarn Harlot says in Knitting Rules
Don’t expect too much of your first sweater. As a general rule, they get better, and each one can exist simply to teach you something.
Blank Canvas Progress
I have reached the point where I join the sleeves to the body. I am concerned it is about here that things normally go pear-shaped. It is all of the shaping and the ‘doing this while at the same time doing that’. I am trying to stay calm, read all of the instructions (although the bit about wrapless short rows has me worried).
There are a lot of ends to weave in as well and I wonder if I should do a few of those now rather than saving them all for the end?
Two Hats and a Sock
It is school holidays here and we went away for a week – to here
It was a lovely week away.
Anyway, it meant I had a bit of knitting time.
I knitted two more pussyhats (some friends had asked for their own hats) and then I wanted to knit something that wasn’t pink! I have been knitting a very generic sock – although it seems to be a bit saggy despite my reducing my calf measurement by an inch. Swatches lie!
The yarn is Wendy Roam Fusion (Colourway Force).
I have started work on another hat – this will be my fourth.
School is back and it is taking me a while to settle into the new routine. I have finished a sleeve – but interrupt that to work on more pussyhats …
At the end of Friday’s embroidery class I unpicked almost all of the day’s progress… I think things are going to be like that for the next few weeks – not getting much done and then when I do I stuff it up.