Monthly Archives: April 2008

New things!

As of today, I have a new knitting trick up my sleeve: Entrelac.

I used the center part of this pattern to try my hand.  I really like it.  I knit this bit with some of my own handspun, as I wanted to see the effect with the color changes.  Very very cool.

New thing #2:

My local yarn shop got in their shipment of Noro sock yarn.  Katie and I went down to the shop and did a fair amount of drooling. I’ve admired Noro colors for a very long time, but this is a big day because it marks my First Ever Noro Purchase. (insert party noises)  I love the vibrant colors.  I’m looking forward to testing this, too, as I’ve heard dramatically opposing reviews.  It’s very rough, but I’ve heard it softens with use.  If not, these socks may be used for disciplinary purposes…”NO NO! Not the socks, Mom!  I promise I’ll keep my room clean just DON’T MAKE ME WEAR THE NORO SOCKS!”

Reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated

Well, I’m still out of HatAttack!, but you might have been tempted to think, from the lack of activity on here, that I’ve been knocked out of blogland, too.  It’s been a busy spot, full of sample spinning, homeschool co-op activities, and then travelling to Texas with the munchkins to stay with family friends.  I’ve puttered around on my “two socks on one circular needle” pair, but most of the knitting time has been spent making and writing the pattern for this:

 I hope to list it early next week.  It’s named “Christian” in honor of my friend’s baby who will be appearing in just a few short weeks!

A Time to Knit, and a Time to Be Slaughtered

Timeline (all times approximate):

10:30pm Tuesday night, the subject was given permission to cast on a new hat in place of a missing WIP for her 6th target.

10:30:03pm Tuesday night, the subject grabbed a nearby hank of Malabrigo Worsted in Indigo and cast on.

12:11am Wednesday morning, the subject reportedly went to bed, laid awake for approximately 30 minutes, and then returned to the squishy blue lovely hat of destruction.

2:00am Wednesday morning, the subject went to bed again with only the decreases remaining on the hat.

Too Stinking Early am Wednesday morning, subject was awakened by a snuggly 4 year old, and after some drowsy cuddling, returned to her knitting.

9:00am Wednesday morning, the subject completed her 6th hat for HatAttack! and prepared it for shipment.

 Fire Six!

9:30 am Wednesday morning, the subject’s husband took possession of the weapon and transported it to the nearest FedEx facility.  The subject and the subject’s children left the home to run errands.

11:30am, Wednesday morning, the subject was found in this position.  She was taken out by an excellently knit wool weapon, and was found clutching her Addi Turbo needles and her pattern for the Binary Cable Hat.

Out of 353 warriors, the subject survived to become one of the Magnificent Seven before meeting her doom.

Fight on, brave warriors.

Maid Marian

This, dear readers, is a hard colorway to photograph!  This doesn’t do justice to all the variations of green in Meg of Twisted’s dyeing skill. She and her people are working on a brand new website, which I’m sure will be amazing.  Anywho, the fiber is a blend of merino wool and tussah silk.  It came out to about 172 yards, navajo plied, and looks to be a worsted or heavy worsted weight.  It was a nice one to spin! The name is a tangent from Meg’s name for her colorway: Sherwood.

In other news, my latest Hat Attack!  assassin informed me that she’s mailing my hat of doom today in the mail.  There are fewer than 10 of us left alive, I believe.  I’ve knit five weapons and there’s a slight chance I might get to knit one more before the dreaded package arrives.  I’ll be making out the will…if you want anything, let me know. 😉

Isabella

This hat was designed and knit in honor of our church’s newest newborn baby. 

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The bottom lace is inspired by a flat lace that I converted to in-the-round knitting and tweaked to make more suitable for a hat.  I played with the border where the lace meets the “plain” part of the hat to give it a little visual flair, and then engineered a pretty decrease detail on the top of the hat.

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It is 15″ in diameter, and the lace is very stretchy, so this hat will go from newborn well into the first year.  I put it on Ellie to get an idea of the stretch of the lace and I’m pleased that this proved to be a versatile pattern that will hopefully last Isabella for some time.

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This one’s for the little wee darling, but if you’d like to make your own, I am selling the pattern.

The good fairies at Paypal tell me that clicking on the button below will take you to a magical page where you can electronically send $3.  They will send elves to inform me of payment, and then I will email a PDF file to the email address you used with Paypal. I am sprinkling fairy dust on the computer for good measure.

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Finish, schminish…

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 These socks are also made from yarn with the colorway “Tuscany” but they are much less tomato-y.  It’s Lorna’s Laces from my Christmas yarn from Mom & Dad.  I love it.  But that means I’ve got 2 different tuscany socks in progress.  That’s a whole new level of cast-on-itis, I believe.

I do have a plausible excuse for casting on this pair, though:

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Shortly after finishing (yes, sometimes I really do finish projects) my first pair of socks using the Magic Loop method, I was intrigued by the idea of Magic Looping two socks at once on the same circular needle.  It would certainly cut down on the dreaded SSS (second sock syndrome) that sometimes threatens sock knitters. 

The first trick is in casting on properly.  To make the magic loop work, you can’t cast on all the stitches for sock 1 and then all the stitches for sock 2.  It won’t work.  Ask me how I figured that out.  Well, don’t, really.  What you want to do is cast on half the stitches for sock 1 (with ball 1 of yarn) and then all the stitches for sock 2 (with ball 2 of yarn) and then the remaining half of the stitches for sock 1 (with ball 1 again).  It’s a little mind-numbing for the spatially challenged among us, but if I can do it, so can you.

The second trick is keeping the separate balls of yarn from getting too friendly with one another as you knit.  Snarls happen. (This is the first try on Regia, and I like it so far!)

The third trick is looming ahead of me:  how to do the heels.  I think I’ve got a plan.  I think I can just work back and forth on half of each sock’s stitches.  If I’m wrong I’ll do an afterthought heel.  I think.