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Wednesday, July 03, 2013

One More New Thing!

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After I finished my Rondelay last week, I cast on for a Pogona.  (See? Casting on what ever I want, picking projects willy nilly, no rhyme or reason or rules!)  I started it as the pattern is written, but I wasn't liking a few things so I checked Ravelry.  I pulled up all the Pogona projects that had been marked as helpful and started reading notes.  I figured out what would fix things to my liking, frogged my first start and restarted.  Now all is right with the world, or at least Pogona - I'm not fixing the world today.

The edging as written just wasn't looking nice for me, so I'm doing a K2, Kfb...(work the middle part)...Kfb, K2.  I'm also working the single stitch between increases as a Ktbl.  If you have the pattern, this will all make sense.  If you don't have the pattern, don't worry about it until/if you're ready to knit it.  I'm going to add these notes to my project page on Ravelry when I set it up in a few minutes, so they'll be easy to find.

Can I just take a minute to express how wonderful Ravelry is and how much time it has saved (and wasted) for me as a knitter?  I love you Ravelry!

Oh, and just in case you were wondering, I'm knitting this in Tempted Prissy Grrl Sock in Echo.  This is my first time to use this yarn and it's super yummy!  It's 70% Baby Alpaca, 20% Silk and 10% Cashmere, so I really don't see this as a great sock yarn* but for shawls and scarves it's great!

*When you knit socks, you need a fiber that stretches and has memory - alpaca, silk and cashmere don't really do that.  You could use them for socks, but you'd need a stitch pattern that provides the stretch, and you'd still have problems with the socks stretching out.  These three fibers are soft and drapey so they're really happier in garments that are soft and drapey - not fitted as socks need to be.  If there were wool in the blend, that would provide elasticity and memory.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Amy said...

Yes, I love Ravelry, too! A great time waster (at times), but sooo valuable to look at other people's projects for color and fiber ideas, as well as huge helps when they've written comments about changes they've made! :)

10:39 AM  
Anonymous Jessica said...

Ravelry is the best! As an intermediate knitter (whose always a day late and a dollar short), I've gotten to where I check it first for any help or advice I need for projects. Plus, I LOVE looking at all of the patterns and the way others have changed projects to fit their needs/tastes.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have pagona in my cue--could you link to your ravelry notes? I like the look of your edge.
Thank you!

6:17 AM  

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