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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Knitting, and Knitting, and Knitting...

Naturally, as soon as I finished the St. Patrick's Day Socks, I started another pair. These are my socks from the Harvest yarn. On Caleb's socks I used size 1 needles and did a standard heel stitch heel flap. For mine, I'm using size 2 needles and I'm doing an Eye of Partridge heel flap. Not that you can really tell, the colors and fluff of this yarn kind of eats patterns. I actually started knitting a texture pattern on the first sock, but then I realized that I couldn't see it so I frogged back to the ribbing and restarted in plain stockinette. I'll have to get a picture of Caleb's socks with mine when I finish them.

Care Bear made a comment yesterday about how one side of her gusset always looks better than the other side. I have noticed that the K2tog decreases make a smoother line than the SSK decreases on the other side. Over time, as the socks get washed and worn and the stitches kind of get settled into each other, this seems to even out and there is a less noticeable difference. At least it seems that way to me. Anyone else noticed this?

On a completely non sock note, remember back in January, I started this cropped cardigan? Well, after the Knitting Olympics, I got it back out again, intending to work on it more. It sat there, and I ignored it. I kept knitting more socks and ignoring the cardi. Well, it finally dawned on me why I was ignoring it. At some point, possibly during the Knitting Olympics or just after, it occurred to me that that cardi might make me look like I was wearing an afghan as a jacket. I think it has something to do with the aran weight yarn (possibly too chunky for a lace garment in my opinion). I like the general shape of the cardi, and I've seen a couple of people who've knitted it and it looks cute, but for some reason, I can't get the afghan image out of my head. I know myself well enough that even if I finish it, I probably won't wear it because my head's all messed up about it now. So, I will frog it today and I will use the yarn for something else. I'm thinking about doing this hat and possibly the Irish Hiking Scarf to go with it, or some other cabled scarf. I have 7 skeins of yarn (600+ yards) so I figure I'll start with the hat and knit the scarf with whatever I left. I realized this Winter that I had lots of scarves and a couple of hats, but none of them really went together and as cold as our Winters are here, I should have at least one matched set, don't you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the cardigan...it reminds me of the wrap you made me. I don't think it looks like anything but a cardigan, but I totally understand your block. I also think a matching hat and scarf set would be a no-brainer! I can't wait to see what you choose! Mindy

10:03 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am knitting the same cardi!!!! I know what you mean about lace patterns and aran/worsted weight yarn, but the funny thing is, it actually does look really nice once it's all blocked. I discovered this with a lace shrug I made for my neighbor. It felt awkward knitting it, but the finished garment was stunning!

If you haven't made an Irish Hiking Scarf yet, you will love it. It is such an easy pattern and the results are beautiful!

12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to knit the same cardigan but using a lighter weight yarn, as I thought it looked too chunky in the aran weight.
Have no idea how it will go as I haven't knit lace before.
Have to try socks one of these days too!

12:31 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

To even out the lines in the gusset, do your SSK thusly: Slip 1 knitwise, slip one purlwise. On the non-decrease rounds, knit that stitch through the back loop. The line will be "perfecto" :-)

5:00 PM  

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