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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

A Pear Cozy, No More!

I frogged the pear cozy. I just wasn't feeling the love and I started questioning the way it was going to fit, so it got frogged. Then I had to find a new pattern for the yarn (Cascade 220). So I wandered around Ravelry. I wandered around the Internet. I wandered around blogs and finally I stumbled my way back over to the Drops website. (If you've never checked out their website, go give it a peek. They have a HUGE selection of free patterns!) They have their new Spring and Summer designs up for 2008 and I found this one. So here is where I am at on it:


I've made one tiny change already. The pattern calls for a bobble in the center of the lace diamond shape. I usually have issues with bobbles on people over the age of 12, but there were so few in this design, and they were placed so well in the pattern that I decided to give them a try. I worked the first bobble and realized that it looked like a weird, little growth on my sweater. You know, the kind of growth that makes you call the dermatologist. So I frogged the bobble and started thinking of options. I could have worked a Yarn Over (and a decrease) at the center, but for some reason I didn't want a hole there. I could have placed a bead there, but I didn't have any beads the right size and color around and I wanted to keep knitting. I decided to look through my books and see what I could find, or if I could find some different bobble directions. What I found was a knot. It's basically a tiny, more tasteful bobble for grownups so I've got the same basic look as the original pattern had and I'm much happier with the look of it.

A couple of completely non related, random things:

1. Someone asked what kind of needles I use for socks - I like the Crystal Palace 6 inch bamboo needles. The bamboo flexes in my hands, they're very smooth, and the 6 inch length isn't too long (7 inch DPN's get caught in my left sleeve if I'm wearing long sleeves.)

2. For the last few mornings, Ramius has been sitting on the kitchen table next to Balto when we come downstairs. Balto is fine and Ramius hasn't taken the lid off, but I'm starting to wonder what's going on. Of course they could be teaming up against Finn, who knows.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is such a pretty design! I would put money on the fish and cat teaming up against the dog. I think the irony of the whole situation will create an element of surprise that poor Finn will never see coming! Mindy

10:13 AM  
Blogger Connie Peterson said...

I like bamboo 6" needles, too. My size is #4 - I can't do anything finer and it is a great size for mittens and gloves (my newest project). I also do socks once in a while, but rarely - why compete with an expert??

10:19 AM  
Blogger peaknits said...

This is going to be beautiful! Beats a pear cozy:)

8:10 PM  
Blogger Ronni said...

Oooh pretty! I've bookmarked that for sometime in the future. I like your modification though.

10:35 PM  
Blogger handknit168 said...

I always go to check the new patterns at DROPS website. And your chosen pattern is nice.

2:11 AM  
Blogger rabbitIng said...

maybe i missed something here, what is a pear cozy??

11:23 AM  
Blogger Marji said...

Bless you, My Child. I abhor bobbles. On principle, you understand -- but that eliminated many lovely patterns. Knots! You are brilliant!

1:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you explain the 'knots' you used instead of bobbles? I am thinking they might do the trick in something I am knitting as well.

10:07 AM  

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