Friday, December 02, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
There was a question about this pattern last time I blogged it. I mentioned that the pattern was written toe up, but I'm knitting it top down. The question was about reversing the stitch pattern. In a stitch pattern like this one, I didn't worry about it being reversed because it's essentially the same whether you knit it top down or toe up. If it was a more complex stitch pattern it would be a different situation. When you're looking at reversing the direction of the knitting, the easiest way to see what the stitch pattern will look like upside down is just to flip your iPad upside down. If you don't like what it looks like upside down, you can either choose a different stitch pattern or knit in the direction the pattern is written. Some stitch patterns can be "reversed" but it's not always as simple as it sounds and you'll need to double check with a swatch. I'm usually too lazy to bother switching things on more complex stitch patterns so I'd just knit toe up.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
What Do Middle Earth and Seahorses Have In Common?
We ended up eating our sack lunches (you always have to bring a sack lunch on a field trip, right?) in Rivendell and then tea and afternoon snacks were in the Woodland Realm. In between all the meals though, I worked on Sepp the Seahorse. He's my last project for Loopy Academy this semester and I need to get him finished. I got quite a bit done yesterday in between the orcs and the spiders and the battles, and I've actually finished his body! I'm ready to begin his head now, but I've got to find his eyes before I can start working on his head. I think they're upstairs somewhere. I've still got his head, hood, arms, and fins to make. Then there's his baby. Finishing his body means I'm most of the way done, but there's a lot of small details that get added before he's completely finished. I've got one month to get everything done (oh, and there's also Christmas and four family birthdays in there too). I better get hooking!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Gray. Stockinette. Rectangle.
This is currently my only completely brainless project (my current sock is pretty easy, but nothing beats stockinette), so as you can imagine, it got some needle time last week in the chaos that is Thanksgiving. Now that I'm past the neck, I'm working both the front and back on each row, but it's still super easy and will be faster in the long run than seaming the front and back together. If I was working a yarn that might stretch out with wearing (100% alpaca or cotton), I might rethink the seaming because the seam would give the garment some structure and keep the growing in check. For this project (one yarn is 100% wool and the other is 50% wool/50% alpaca), I'm not worried about it.
Monday, November 28, 2016
I plan on keeping this as my only blanket project until it's finished. Two blankets going at once feels like a bit much for me. I'm really enjoying working one square at a time versus knitting rounds of 1000 stitches each. Also the fingering weight yarn in crochet feels very different from the bulky weight yarn in knitting. I prefer the smaller yarns (although the finished Carson Throw is super squishy and thick). I'll weave in the ends from this row before I start the next row, I just haven't gotten to them yet!
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
It is Finished!
I will be back next week after Thanksgiving, after the turkey coma wears off, and the stretchy pants are again optional. Have a great Thanksgiving if you're celebrating this week!
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
I'm going to continue updating when there is visible progress, but since this is all I'm knitting right now, blogging will be random and sporadic. Once I get this finished (and it has a proper TA DA! post) I'm going to take next week off. Thanksgiving dinner is at our house so there's a lot to do!