Knitting Again

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I cast-on Saturday for the Sweater Sampler. Originally I had planned to use a different yarn. When I later discovered I had enough of it to make a project in my queue, I decided to use a yarn for which no project is designated.** Although the yarn is categorized as worsted, I think it’s a lighter worsted.

I’m using a size 7 circular, 16″. I had to cast-on 80 stitches rather than 64 to be able to knit comfortably and for the stitches to actually meet. Fewer stitches than this and I would not have been able to knit circularly.

So far, it’s going well.

Time for Short-Rows

At this point of the project, I haven’t done anything new, but I’m still learning things. I’ve got several stitch patterns together with one another to look at how they behave and how/if my knitting changes when I form those stitches. Although I had tried the cable cast-on before, this time I actually kept at it until I got it right. It was slow-going but now I can really see if I like the way it looks.

Coming up next are short-rows. I’ve used short rows in socks, coasters, a hat, and in swatches but I still feel like I need a little more experience with them to know how to place them on an item that might not necessarily have them in the pattern. When this project is finished, I may play with a few short row swatches again, depending upon what I learn.

I’m looking forward to raised stripe. I’ve never learned to work that type of stripe. Since I also have limited color work experience, I’m hoping this project will also give me a little more comfort in that area as well.

I have the red yarn for my socks in my knitting bag but have not yet started them. I think today is the day. It’s looking a little dreary outside and I need to work with something in a cheerful color.

In health news, I am now cast-free AND boot-free! The doctor says my x-rays look good and that I am healing well. Now, I have to build back the strength and flexibility. Exercising will resume today. I’m thrilled!

Happy February! 

**The yarn was originally a yarn I considered using to knit a project for a friend with cancer. I decided it wasn’t as soft as I would want for him, going through chemo. It’s been waiting to be used for over 4 years.

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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!

It seems that there has just been so much to do that I have had very little time for knitting or blogging. As a matter of fact, I began writing this particular blog entry on December 8. Since that time, I’ve made no progress on the sweater for my son. I haven’t even finished ripping out the sleeve.

Big Sleeve
Sleeves for a Big Guy, not a Little One



***Please note the arm pictured inside of the sleeve is my arm, not my son’s arm.
 
Part of the reason I haven’t undone the sleeve is because my son says he thinks it’s a good size for him. He’s not really old enough to be a great judge on fit but he can determine if something looks like a clown on him.
 
I will decide today what to do about the sleeves. Either I’m going to undo the knitting to the seed stitch cuff or I’m going to completely start the sleeve again. Before deciding, I’m going to have the child try on the sleeve again. This will give me peace of mind as I embark on what should be a very simple decision.
 
As I think about this project, I realize I’ve never really knit a complete sleeve by itself. The only sleeves I’ve completed were those of the Baby Surprise Jacket by Elizabeth Zimmermann and they aren’t knit separately. They are actually knit as part of the garment. Maybe part of my problem is just plain fear of the unknown, fear of getting it wrong, fear that it won’t fit…but…it’s only knitting. If it’s wrong I can just pull it apart and do it again. I enjoy knitting so the idea of doing it again shouldn’t be such a tragedy to me.
 
I’m back to knitting coasters again too. Unfortunately, I ran out of yarn while knitting the last one.
 
Like others, I really have a hard time finding the time to knit. Between daily responsibilities and human interaction, I just seem to have quite a bit going. When I feel like I might have a little time to knit, I’m either to tired or too guilty.
 
As I sit here recovering from surgery, I’m going to try NOT to feel guilty about knitting. I’m on bed rest. What else do I have to do besides read, surf the net, and talk on the phone? I’m going to just try to enjoy some knitting time, time where I do something for me while still doing something for someone else.

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.