Sunday, September 20, 2009

I love technology

On the left is the chart I am following for my hat. I kept ripping out the same three rows and finally figured out that my brain didn't like switching...dark yarn light squares...light yarn dark squares.

So- I opened it in PhotoShop and swapped the colors. Then I enlarged it. So much better! I think technology and good knitting go hand in hand.

The chart is obscured to keep it a Christmas surprise. You can see the full Monty in my projects on Ravelry.

I finished the lovely scarf. This photo doesn't really show the gorgeous colors. I decided not to block it. It's all soft and unstructured, I am looking forward to cooler weather so I can wear it!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Gauge Gauge Gauge

I'm starting a Christmas present. A hat for a friend. I'll have to disguise it a little to keep it secret. (If you are really curious you can see the entire chart on Ravelry)

Sally Melville said "The decisions made in the first hour are hugely important to the success of the finished product."

I think she was being optimistic on that time frame.

She's talking about that gauge swatch. It's something that no one likes to do, yet it is so important! I thought I could use that worsted weight yarn on the left. You see the resulting swatch. I did the math and had my friend measure his head and found out that I would have had to do a major alteration to the chart to make it fit.
So I chose to change the yarn. The DK weight on the right (Berroco, Pure Merino DK) should be the right choice. I am still going to swatch it up to make the final decision on which size needle to use.

I'll be happier with my finished product because I am doing this work in advance!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

No knitting: KITTY shenanigans

I got such a kick out of this Kitty I thought I'd share it with you.

If you don't like cats, move along...nothing to see here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Wee toe-up

When I am not working on the two scarves I've been writing a pattern for a toe-up sock class. Here is the wee sock that we will make in class.

The one on the bottom has a stretchy bind off. I put a backwards loop in between the knits and purls in the row before the bind off. You can read more about it here.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Knit me out to the ballgame!

A quick post. I am on my way to a Doger game this afternoon. I'm looking forward to some funky stadium food and good company and that long drive with two hours to knit!

I have made some progress on my scarf and started another (for the shop) The red one is Twisted Sister's "Mirage" yarn ...the pattern is called Gilda. I am having issues with the fact that the pattern says it uses only one skein of yarn and I am certain that this scarf will be quite short. We will soon see.