Tuesday, May 30, 2006

OTN: Branching Out scarf for DD. http://www.knitty.com/issuespring05/PATTbranchingout.html

For MIL's socks, I'm pretty sure I used DGB 'Confetti' selfpatterning sock yarn on the cuffs and toes, but I can't find the ball band for the colourway #. It may be that the band was missing as it was the last ball at Birkeland Bros.

The quilt was also a birthday gift I made for her a few years ago.

Monday, May 29, 2006

I finished these 'Stitches of Violet' last Saturday for MIL's birthday, (2 days late.)
Changes I made;
- used a 3/1 rib instead of 7/1
- didn't use the patterned yarn for the heel
These socks were knit one at a time because I had only one ball of each yarn. My tension on the second cuff was quite a bit tighter, but still will go over MIL's instep.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Finally blocked FF&L for Mom.

- 72" wide, across the top
- 42" center back, from top to bottom point
- 54" side edges

I used Mom's stash of straight needles and some T-pins to block the shawl, worked better than circulars for the straight edges.

Mom's socks finally done, 5 days late for Mother's Day.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Stitches of Violet Old Shale Two Yarn Sock Pattern

Kroy self patterning and grey Scheepjes

2.25mm, 100cm Inox circulars, Magic Loop, combined method

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Test blocking

Another photo of test/blocking. I starched just one end of the border/edging.

The next day: the edge still lays flat and the fabric is quite crisp from starching, (even with handling/scrunching.) Blocked larger than suggested final gauge, so will try blocking to gauge next time to see if edge still lays flat.

Monday, May 08, 2006

SLS test block (Shetland Lace Shawl)

So far, so good. The 'lengthened' diagonal edge lays flat. Will see if it stays flat after relaxing a few days without being stretched to the max. Starched with potato starch.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

I'm using the Magic Loop technique to knit 2 socks at the same time on the same 100cm length needle. So cool!

The 2 balls of yarn are in separate plastic bags inside the small shopping bag. I've threaded the yarn, 1 through each handle of the paper shopping bag, to keep the tangles to a minimum.

Hope the 'lengthened' edge eases in when the FO is blocked. I have my doubts. (Sponge Bob's laughing at my efforts.)

Yay!!!! Spring is finally here. (Actually, the blue scillas were out last week.) However, the dandelions are making a comeback in a big way, so I was out painting them with weed killer earlier today.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

A Big Swatch

- using a needlepoint chart and PW's method, (Philosopher's Wool ,)

- the knitted 'plate' is not round, too short.

-final gauges all different;

2 strands - 5.25 sts/in : 5.5 rows/in

3 strands - 5 sts/in : 5.5 rows/in (bumpier texture)