Archive for September, 2007

Bits of Knitting Everywhere!

When I first started knitting, I was pretty linear.  I started a project and worked on it until it was finished.  Oh, I might have been thinking about the next project ahead of time … but there was no overlap.  Hah, those days are over!  In addition to the Mitten Experiment (now in a resting stage), I have two lace scarves and a mosaic swatch going.

All in all, there are going to be five lace scarves which will find themselves resting in pretty wrapped boxes under the Christmas tree.  Theoretically.  One scarf is done (“Vine Lace Scarf” in Flickr pix) and I have another going with the same yarn (“grapevine” lace pattern).  I was 2/3 finished with it when I realized that the scarf was getting looser and wider.  I guess I was getting looser; I’m pretty sure I was not getting wider!  Anyway, I ripped back to a good start-over point.  I must say, that dampens enthusiasm for a pattern pretty quickly!  So, that scarf is resting to allow the pattern to regain its allure.  In the meantime, I started another scarf.  This one is with the finest yarn I’ve tried to date, which is a challenge!  To top it off, it’s several colors and I didn’t like the way the first several patterns I tried worked with it.  The first (“crest of the wave”) was too open; with the multiple colors, it was just too busy.  The second, (“cloverleaf eyelet”) wasn’t really a lace.  I’m working with “openwork diamonds” now and it looks like a winner!

Finally, there’s the mosaic pattern.  It’s in regular worsted weight wool.  I wanted to try Patons Classic Wool and I wanted something relatively easy to work on when I’m kind of tired. (Lace?  I don’t think so!)

kk1  kk2  kk3

The lace will look lots better when it’s blocked (I hope)!


The Mitten Experiment

I’m amazed and impressed by some of the wonderful knitting blogs out there, but at the same time a little intimidated … will I ever get to the point where I can knit such wonderful projects?  Actually, I’m pretty happy trying out your basic techniques.  Hey, they’re new to me anyway!

Over the last week or so, it’s been “The Mitten Experiment”.  It seems that the unique part of making a basic mitten is the thumb and there are several techniques for that.  Not knowing where to start, I found a nice (free) pattern and tried it out.  The pattern is here:

and my attempt at it is here:

Mitten 1

I didn’t weave the ends in because this mitten is waay too small for me.  But it served as a good trial — got a feel for doing a thumb gusset anyway!  I decided to think out some adjustments for size and try again but just as in cooking, I can never do something the same way twice.  (Given that mittens come in pairs, this is not an auspicious sign, ha ha!)  I ended up with a totally different mitten.  It fits a bit better, but I think it still needs some refinement:

Mitten 2

I think the thumb could be smaller and the hand body could be wider.  Some day, I hope to knit a right-hand mitten too …

Please Pardon our Appearance …

Hah!  Got a test picture up at my new Flickr account … now to try pointing to it here:

 Alrighty, it’s a start.  Booooring, but how else to figger it out?

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