Knitting Again

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Of all of the things I’ve knit, not that the list is very long, this project is one of my favorites. Actually, other than the blanket I made for my mother, it is my favorite project  so far.

Finished on 01/27/2011. I decided to cover my non-cover-girl legs and other items from the picture.

Details

Yarn: Cascade Fixation

Needles: US Size 6

Modifications:

Knit two repeats of lace pattern for leg rather than 3

I did the toe a little differently

I wore the socks to work today. They were comfortable and my co-workers gave me lots of compliments on them. Unfortunately, the socks were mostly hidden under the legs of my jeans and the humongous boot I have to wear over my injured leg. I’m hoping the next time I wear them I will be boot-free.

Since I was so pleased with these socks, I think I will eventually knit this pattern again. I would be happy to have more of these socks in different colors.

Next up for knitting is the Sweater Sampler from Jacqueline Fee’s book. I’ve gathered all of my supplies except for the buttons which I hope to purchase tomorrow. This project covers quite a bit of knitting ground and I think I’ll be a more confident knitter when I’m finished.

I’m probably going to cast-on for a pair of socks too. I’ve had some red sock yarn for a while that I’ve been wanted to use and February seems like the perfect time. I’m thinking of knitting the Smoldering Hearts socks. Once those are finished, I’m planning to try to knit a pair of socks from the toe-up. It’s still to soon to decide which types of toes and heels I prefer but I’d like to try several of them.

I’m learning and I love it. It’s going to be a great year of knitting!

I still have not finished the monogrammed coaster. I can’t decide if I want to make a new chart, monogram a different letter, choose a picture, or if I want to just leave duplicate stitch to those with more patience than I. Maybe I’ll decide something and knock-it-out on Saturday.

I need to make a new chart.

I needed something else to knit, something different, but useful, that wasn’t as large as a sweater. I decided to knit socks. I had some Fixation I bought from Ewe Knit Kits years ago and began the Dayflower Socks. I finished one last night and will cast-on for the second sock today.

First Finished Dayflower Sock

 

First Dayflower from a Different Angle

I’m enjoying the lace socks. I’m not especially experienced in lace knitting and these socks are, therefore, not the best traveling project for me. I feel like I need to carry a small project with me now, one that doesn’t require constant attention to a pattern. Maybe I’ll go back to knitting baby hats. Scarves seem like they would be perfect for me but I don’t really wear scarves regularly. The scarves that do appeal to me are usually not the kind that are a simple pattern repeat. 

I’m trying to decide if I want to start the sweater sampler from Jacqueline Fee’s Sweater Workshop next. Even if I only get short bursts of time to knit, I believe that I can finish the second sock this weekend. I really need to make these educational pieces so that I’ll be ready to knit one of the dresses I’ve been scoping and planning.

In the meantime, I’ll be trying to finish the second sock so that I can wear them. The incisions are healing pretty well and I think I may actually be able to wear the socks without getting anything gross from my leg onto them.

I’m already trying to decide on the next sock. I think I like sock knitting more than I anticipated I would. Maybe I’ll even try a toe-up pattern.

Finished Item Number 1

I finally finished my son’s sweater. Unfortunately, the grafted stitches under the arm on one side are hideous. I did something wrong and I’ve got to undo them.

Finally Finished!!!

Pattern: Child’s Placket Neck Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts

Modifications:

  1. Sleeves were lengthened by 4.5 inches and they are still a little shorter than I would like.
  2. Added collar
  3. Lengthened body
  4. Used worsted weight yarn rather than dk
  5. Lengthened placket slightly

I learned a lot from this sweater. I also know that there is still so much that I want to learn.

Now on the Needles

I’ve decided to try lots of new things this year so that I will have finished pieces that look good, that fit well, and/or are useful. There will be lots of swatching for gauge purposes and just to practice techniques.

My next learning piece is just that, kind of a swatch, in the form of a coaster, that originated as a dish cloth pattern. For this project, I’m practicing crocheting, which I haven’t done in years, as the edging is the single crochet stitch. Then, the center uses duplicate stitch.

I actually like this just to use as a coaster before the edging and the duplicate stitch monogramming but the purpose of the project, other than to give to a co-worker, is to practice crocheting and to learn duplicate stitching.

I think the single crocheted edge turned out pretty well considering I haven't crocheted since about 2005. I haven't added the monogramming because I haven't decided which co-worker will receive it. Each co-worker has requested a knitted coaster and I was planning to make each one in a different pattern.

Hoping the duplicate stitch goes well. I’ve looked at a little video on youtube and I’m feeling pretty confident.

Finished Item Number 2

The beagle coaster was finally finished. My mother decided she wanted it but just has it on display because she doesn’t want to  spill anything on it. I only have a crappy picture of it.

Pattern: That Old Beagle

Beagle in Sunglasses

Today I plan to cast-on for a pair of socks. After that, I’m hoping to start the Sweater Sampler by Jacqueline Fee. I’m determined to make 2011 my “Year of Knitting Knowledge.” Once I’m a little more comfortable with my skills, I’m hoping to knit a dress from Modern Top Down Knitting.  It’s important to me that this project turns out well and I’m hoping all that I do before it will help.

Health News

My leg and ankle are progressing. I go back to the doctor in a little over two weeks. I’m hoping to ditch the boot after that appointment. I’m a little concerned about the rate of healing but I’m going to just try to follow the doctor’s instructions so that I can make as full of a recovery as possible.

Work in Progress

The sweater for my son had to be put on hold. I couldn’t find my size 7 dpn’s. I’ve looked and looked but they are gone. I don’t know if I gave them away, lost them, or what. I was planning to replace my all my dpn’s as previously I was using Clover and the tips just weren’t working for me. I had replaced a few sizes but maybe I got rid of the 7’s and never replaced them. 

I dropped into a yarn shop yesterday and picked up some Brittany’s in size 7. I’d really rather have the KnitPicks dpn’s but they’ll take to long to get here. I’m hoping to cast-on for the first sleeve so that i can get this sweater back on the burner where it belongs.

During these few days without the proper needles for the sweater I missed having something to knit. I think I prefer working on one  project at a time but I needed something to knit. I didn’t think I’d be without the size 7’s for long, requiring a small simple project.

Heart Coaster at Work

Cute Coaster for the Office

Hence, the heart coaster was knit.

Given the size, it took very little time to knit but the color and the shape are just so doggone cheerful. It’s now on my desk at work and the ladies there want me to make coasters for their desks. Maybe coasters can be my filler projects when I’m in a “knitting jam” or just need something quick and portable.

The pattern, actually written for a dishcloth, can be found here on Ravelry. Written by, Cathy Mangaudis, it’s really a pattern for a dishcloth, but I doubt the dishcloth police will come get me for using it for something else.

Hopefully, I’ll be back to knitting my son’s sweater tonight.

I’m still getting used to WordPress. I’ve got to look into paragraph formatting and spacing. I’d also like to add some other things to the side bar. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that I want to do.

Vicarious Knitting

Over at Like the Queen 2, I’m following along as Bess knits a dress from Modern Top-Down Knitting, by Kristina McGowan. I want to knit this dress and a few other  garments  from the book. I know the short row shoulder shaping will be new to me and Bess has it down-pat. I know I need to brush up on short row shaping and going back through Barbara Walker‘s Knitting from the Top are probably prerequisites for me before starting. In the meantime, I’m learning just from watching Bess. Thanks Bess!

Finished Item
I’ve been wanting to get a good picture of the vest. Unfortunately, I either leave the camera at the office or I just forget. Finally, Friday, when my son wore the vest to school, I quickly grabbed the camera before we left. We were running behind and I told him we only had time for one quick picture. I happily snapped the picture and we went about our hectic day.

Later, when I decided to upload the picture, I realized I had taken the memory card out of the camera and the USB cord was at the office.

Soo…I had to figure out how to get the picture into my computer to be able to post it since he won’t be wearing it again for at least another week. I finally figured it out today.

Off To School He Goes

His father didn’t know I’d dressed him in the vest that morning. He was excited and took a picture of him at the barber shop wearing the vest. I asked my child why in the world he had on the vest with his gym clothes. He said, “…because I like the vest and I wanted to wear it all day.”

My husband made him take the vest off while he got a hair cut. Then he left it in the barbershop.  😦 Even though I don’t have the vest, I have a fuzzy phone picture of him wearing it in the shop.

He didn't want to take off the vest. Photo taken with car phone camera.

In the Barber Shop

Unfortunately for me, my gauge in stockinette worked in the round is noticeably different from my gauge when knitting stockinette back and forth. I don’t know how I didn’t see it before looking at it in the photographs. I will have to try to find a way to compensate in future projects.
 
Work in Progress
With the vest finished, I have begun a sweater for my son. Of course, now that I’m making my way through the sweater, I’m finally finding a few sweaters that are one color. This means I have less required knitting and can move on to knitting at least one thing for myself this year. Since, however, my son is so appreciative and willing to wear what I make, I’ll finish his sweater and continue to make things for him. I decided to be a part of the NaKniSweMo, though I don’t know how yet to put all the information up on my blog. I’ll figure it out sooner or later.
 

Progress as of Nov. 13

 
Up next for him is either a hat or another vest for school.

Up next for me…I haven’t decided yet.

The vest is finished!

I don’t like the way the neckline turned out but since my son is happy I’m going to leave it alone.

Pattern: A Combination of Gauge, Measuring My son and the patterns Ring Bearer Vest and Knit Kid’s Vest

Yarn: Cotton Worsted Weight (my son can’t wear wool)

Size: Approx an 8, made vest more in line with his measurements than the actual size in either of the patterns

Modifications:

  1. Only 2 rows of ribbing on the neckline and arm holes
  2. Only 2 inches of ribbing on the waist
  3. Length was based upon measurements of my son
  4. Width was based upon gauge and my son’s measurements
  5. Based arm holes on my son’s measurements instead of those indicated in either pattern
  6. Used worsted weight yarn (one pattern calls for dk)
  7. Avoided decreasing using the first stitch of any row

Pictures tomorrow if I”m able to get decent natural light.