Tag Archives: FOs 2008

sock fail

so, I frogged my Salto socks.  I tried them on after turning the first heel and had to face the fact they were just too small for my traditionally-built calves.  I will definitely make them again, either on larger (2.75 mm) needles or adding stitches,  and also shorten the leg.

Played my joker for the VG-along instead, my frosted berries hat.   I did originally cast this on before the KAL start date but have frogged it back a couple of times and the final version was only cast on after 1st Jan.  The original pattern uses two strands of yarn (one ‘plain’ and one kidsilk haze) but I just used one strand of variegated BFL.  I love how this stitch pattern works with variegated yarns, it really shows them off  (and stops pooling).
frosted berries hat, for me
pattern: Dusted Hat by Evi T’Bolt (96 st)
yarn: hand-painted Blueface Leicester Aran by Violet Green
needles: 4 mm

Oh and now that my mum has escaped from hospital and got home to open her Christmas presents, I can finally share her Christmas socks (which she says she loves but ‘they’re too good to wear’).
reason monkeys, for Mum
pattern: Monkey by CookieA
yarn: Stroud Supersock in ‘Reason’ Violet Green
needles: 2.5 mm

My current W-i-P is the Chapeau Marnier for a friend.  It’s in the round and I’m two rounds in and already hating the circular needle I’m using.  I hate it when the stitches ‘snag’ at the join between the needle and the cord.  Am in That London later this week and hoping iKnit have addis in the right size in stock ….


out with the old, in with the new

my final FO of 2008, finished on 31st Jan Dec, a shawl for my mum who has been in hospital for a bit and looked like she could do with something to keep her shoulders warm while sitting up in bed.
hostipal shawl 2
pattern: La La’s Simple Shawl by Laura Linneman (free ravelry download)
yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky in 07 Autumn
needles: 6 mm

…. and the first project I cast on in 2009, salto socks for the Violet Green group’s knit-a-long.
This was the progress I made on the first day. Then I realised I’d mis-read the pattern and had to frog most of it out. I am nearly back to this point now …

the inevitable knitting blog post-Christmas Christmas gifts special

Now that Christmas is over and most gifts distributed to their intended recipient I can at last show off the things I’ve been working on for months.  I actually started knitting for Christmas back in the summer (that was my excuse for slacking off studying to knit –  it wasn’t slacking off it was getting ready for Xmas).

As this is going to be long and picture heavy, I’m using the fold so click on ‘more’ if you want to wade through everything my friends and relashuns got for Christmas (apologies for some poor quality pictures due to grabbing last minute shots before wrapping)

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a quickie

There are some advantages to insomnia. Having got all the Xmas knitting out the way, last night I was able to fill son’s request for his own Calorimetry.  He’s wanted one since I made the first one for Vladimir, and has been asking if each one of Christmas Kureyon ones were his. Hmmm small boys and Noro mix not, hurray for King Cole.
modelling new calorimetry
camouflage calorimetry for Owen
pattern: Calorimetry by by Kathryn Schoendorf (80 stitches on 5mm needles)
yarn: King Cole Kwiknit in 326 Pasture

did I mention …

…. how I can make it at home for nothing? Passed one of the northern quarter’s fine geek emporia while on my way to Abakhan today and saw this in the window
s’not as cute as mine.

Still mostly all about the Christmas knitting at the moment, but it’s nearly over, only a quarter of a scarf left to go.  There has been a little non-Christmas knitting, my neighbour broke her ankle so I’ve made her a festive cast sock from stash oddments

cast sock, for Karina

And once I have the final scarf finished and blocking (hopefully some time tomorrow) I’ll be starting a shawl for mum, hence the trip to Abakhan for more marble chunky.

my clapotis is full of fail

I finished my great big clapotis.  I love the colours, I love the pattern, but the finished shawl/wrap just doesn’t work.  I think I’ve made it too big, it won’t sit right on me.

Because of the shape it is (parallelogram rather than rectangular), it was hard to know when it was long enough, and now it’s too long.  I’ve added buttons, which help but don’t solve the problem. So I will have to rip out the end and do it again, but not right away.  Am going to set it to one side for now and get back to the Christmas knitting.

clapotis, for me
clapotis, for meclapotis button

pattern: Clapotis by Kate Gilbert
yarn: James C. Brett Marble Chunky shade 03 Wild Field
needles: 1 x 6 mm + 1 x 5.5mm (because I couldn’t find a pair of 6mm)

Evenstar Gloves

Evenstar Gloves
I’ve now knitted a second pair of these, and written up the pattern as I’ve gone along.  There are some minor changes from the originals, but the finished glove is pretty much the same. Click here to download the pattern pdf (updated 15 May 11, download now includes chart).  As usual, please note that some rights are reserved and in particular that no commercial use is permitted.

29 January ’10: this pattern is now also available as a free ravelry download

29 August ’10: a chart is now available for the cable pattern, thanks to the very wonderful geneticsgirl click for chart

15 May ’11: pdf download now includes geneticsgirl’s chart; pattern also now available in Italian, very many thanks to ravelry user Ekeloa for the translation

evenstar detail

These long, fingerless gloves were originally created during our Lord of the Rings extended editions watch-a-thon, and are inspired by Arwen as I imagine her from the books.  The beautiful silvery-blue yarn made me think of starlight and of the Evenstar of her people.

You will need 2 x 50g Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in shade 008 (pattern uses approx 170 m of yarn) and a set of 3.25 mm dpns (or smaller/larger to adjust glove size).  The finished glove fits my traditionally-built arms (wrist = 21 cm around) and the arm measures approx 12 cm to the wrist.

The thumb is made using Elizabeth Zimmerman’s ‘thumb trick’; if you need more information on this see Knitter’s Almanac or this photo-tutorial from A Kitten Knits.

I’m still new to pattern writing so please let me know if there are any errors or problems.

Evenstar Gloves

my first flip-tops

I made my first pair of flip-top mittens back in May but couldn’t post about them earlier.  I mistakenly thought the recipient’s birthday was in August, but it actually wasn’t until October, so these have been sitting in the FO box for a while.  They are for a trainee primary school teacher; I thought they’d be good for playground duty, so she can keep her fingers warm most of the time but still be able to pick things up and take down names.
tropical flip top mittens, for Topsy
Pattern: based on Broad Street Mittens by Janis Cortese (from knitty.com)
Yarn: Zwerger Garn Opal 4-fach / 4-ply, colour Doctor Fish
Needles: 2.5 mm (3 mm for bottom half of flip-top) bamboo DPNs

And by coincidence, when I went button shopping Abakhan had these super-cute Doctor Fish that match perfectly
tropical mittens button

What I like about the Broad Street pattern is, it makes a really nice pair of convertible mittens. The I-Cord loop on the top is particularly cute. I made mittens in 4 ply sock yarn using 2.5 mm needles and ended up with a pair that are a little snug on my big-girl hands but fit the recipient perfectly.

What I don’t like about this pattern: normally I wouldn’t criticise a free pattern, I think it’s great that people share their ideas and designs and for free patterns, I can cope with doing a bit of filling in the gaps / interpretation / interpolation myself (and I know my own pattern attempts are far from perfect). But this is a Knitty pattern and it’s not of the standard of pattern writing I’ve come to expect from Knitty. Some of the instructions are incomplete, and the hand waving ‘reverse for other mitten’ is OK for an experienced knitter but not helpful for a beginner.

So maybe one day I will write up my own convertible mittens pattern …. including the new(?) way of adding the flip-top bit I used. I wanted to make the stitches from the back continue into the the top, instead of going back and picking them up later (with a view to being able to incorporate some patterning in later mitts) so tried making extra stitches. I’m pretty pleased with the result, almost seamless. Am not going to claim an unvention (yes I did read EZ on holiday) as I’m sure this has been done before.
mitten top

water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody

Mark Twain clearly never blocked Noro Kureyon.

I decided to make a calorimetry headwrap as a quick gift for a friend, and thought this would be a good opportunity to try out the Kureyon, a yarn which is [legendary/infamous]* on ravelry. Now, from reading around ravelry about Calorimetry I knew people find it tends to come up big.  But as I’m knitting it for a large man with a lot of hair and I know my tension tends to be a little on the tight side, I thought I’d be OK with the full 120 stitches.  And it was OK, perhaps a little large but certainly wearable by a large man with a lot of hair.  But then I showed it the water.  And got my comeuppance for risking the wrath of  knitting goddesses by ignoring their first commandment ‘Thou Shalt Always Swatch & Wash’.

I washed it very gently in tepid water and ba-boom it grew 15 %.  That’s insane.  I do love the Kureyon colours and I can forgive its eccentric spinning and occasional bits of twig.  But I can’t live with it growing that much with water.  I will use it again for small things like calorimetries and maybe felted things like tea cosies but not any kind of garment with it.

Anyways I frogged the original calorimetry and tried again with a fresh ball of Kureyon.  I went down two needle sizes to get a firmer fabric, and cast on less stitches (96 instead of 120).  After 10% + growth on blocking, it was perfect.  I hope it keeps Vladi’s head warm in the world’s colder trouble zones.
calorimetry, for Vladimir
Pattern: Calorimetry by Kathryn Schoendorf (mods: 96 st & 4 mm needles)
Yarn: Noro Kureyon 52
Needles: 4 mm straight

Calorimetry itself is also [legendary/infamous]* on ravelry.  Some people are incredibly snotty / snarky about popular patterns.  ‘Why oh why does everyone think [pattern x] is so great?‘ they wail ‘am I the only one who has never knitted  calorimetry/clapotis/monkeys?‘ For which read, ‘I am such a superior knitter, vastly more creative, talented and original than you poor sheep‘.   Yes that’s right, I only knit patterns because everyone else does.  Hmm could there be a reason these patterns are so popular?  Is it just possible that people keep making them because they are well written and produce great FOs, rather than just because everyone else is making them too?

* delete as appropriate

a brief history of sockoholism

I finished another pair of socks.  That makes 25 pairs in the last 18 months, 25 pairs since I decided to dabble in socks knitting.  It started innocently, with a training sock, but quickly spiralled into full-blown sock addiction and I’ve been turning them out at a rate of over a pair a month ever since  ….
a short history of socks

1. bedsocks for gran, 2. socks for Rob, 3. tiger feet for me, 4. Kilimanjaro socks for Bobby, 5. jaywalkers for Osiris, 6. jaywalkers for me, 7. jaywalkers for Chrissie, 8. walking socks for mum, 9. ladybird jaywalkers for Brenda, 10. Jaywalkers for Ethel, 11. scar socks for Rob, 12. tiger feet for Owen, 13. stripey socks for Owen, 14. pomatamus for me, 15. gentleman socks for Dad, 16. red cabled socks for Rob, 17. green & black socks for Owen, 18. waving lace socks for Brenda, 19. Lancre Witch’s Stockings for me, 20. go with the flow socks for me, 21. surprise stripes socks, for Rob, on Rob, 22. irish flag socks, for Owen, 23. little cotton socks, for me, 24. amethyst monkeys, for me, 25. shap socks, for me
Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

The latest, the Shap Socks (named for Shap pink granite), are walking boot socks I improvised / designed myself because I couldn’t find a pattern for what I wanted. I may well write up and publish the pattern when I get some better photos.
shap socks
pattern: to follow
yarn: Opal Rainforest Flamingo
needles: 3 mm dpns (2.75 mm for toe and heel)