Tuesday, December 27, 2005

heresy

It is heretical, it seems, to be even a tiny bit unhappy with one's Clapotis.....but I hereby confess my bit of unhappiness. I was thrilled to be starting this pattern. I did it in a 100% merino colorway dyed by ebay seller Lotusblossom. From the project's beginning to it's ending, my guage changed pretty drastically. I never technically measured, but I could tell by the amount of daylight shining through the work at the starting end and at the working end that my knitting was seriously looser. I tried to keep it the same as when I started it, roughly, by eyeballing....but it just wouldn't remain steady. So, this resulted in a clappy with one paralellogram point being 'neat' and snug around the edges (far left)...and one being loose and floppy (near left). Not to mention it is seriously wider at one end than at the other end(right). I was trying to explain the angst I was feeling to my husband, but it wasn't working--he wasn't buying it. He thought it was silly that I should worry about this. Maybe it was silly that I was indeed tossing and turning all night, wondering what I could DO to the clappy to fix it...but it really bugs me. Then, brilliant as he is, he pointed out that you cannot see the difference very clearly unless you have it spread out on the floor or hang it in the window. And, he pointed out, how often was I going to wear it that way? I agreed with him...but still, it bugs me. Would you frog it? I thought that maybe I could dunk the wide end in hot water and shrink it? Ideas? Help!

Happy points: I really do love the fabric....I LOVE the curliness of the edges, and the way the dropped stitches curl up and peek looking at). At first I didn't like how all of the individual plies seemed to separate in the dropped ladders, but now I love it. (Maybe I can learn to love the funny ends...?) Then I started draping the clappy around me....I soon left my 'ends angst' behind me. So warm, so cozy, so pretty....I love alternating the 'sides' of the fabric as it wraps around my neck and flows over the shoulder....and I decided that Iout of the purl background (or dissapear from the stockinette background, depending on which side you are definetly have to wear it purl side out. The ridges of ladders are just too pretty! I was also very happy that some of the pooling that occurred as my gague went off into outerspace was 'diluted' by the laddering effect of the dropped stitches....

Notes: Done in worsted weight 100%merino from ebay seller I did start with the markers on the first few increase sections until I got the hang of the pattern. I also did the 'mirror twisting' from Clapotis Notes on both sides of the work to prevent gaps between the twisted stitches and the regular stitches, but it wasn't completely effective-because it took a lot of time and was tedious to do, I think I'd skip that on my next one. Verdict: Success! Summary: I had sworn I'd never do this pattern again....but I just HAVE to....

Thursday, December 22, 2005

It's not like I have not been knitting I promise....but between builders, Alexander being ill and having four molars coming in, nightweaning him, and basically being completely shattered on the run up to the holidays, I have not been blogging. Bad me.
But I am very excited I got this juicy stuff in the mail today from Hipknits.....handdyed 100% silk by fabulous Kerrie Allman (who also does MagKnits) See it and drool!

I am not certain what I'm going to do with it.....I'm open for suggestions. The beautiful buttery yellow is about 180m per hank, the blue/silver is 320m, and the multi orange/yellow/green is about 180m....

On the more knitterly front, I have been doing SOME. I finished Misty Garden, and I am now 80% finished my Clapotis. I was hoping to finish by Christmas but it isn't going to happen!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

I am still working on the stash-busting-holiday-gifting spree and have a couple of new WIPS but no new FOs and in general not alot of progress. Alexander has been a bit higher-than-usual-maintenance which usually means no knitting!

I started the Saxon Braid Scarf from Knitting On The Edge in Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, and it's turning out very nicely. I am still relatively new to cables, and I am having a bit of trouble with the right purl crosses...the last knit stitch of that cross ends up pretty 'loopy'-you can see one or two of the extra large legs of that stitch in the photo. Not sure what to do about fixing that problem--suggestions are welcome!!!

My second new WIP (gosh have to update the progress bars!) is the Misty Garden from Scarf Style in Touch Yarns(NZ) mohair. I forget the name of the colorway but it is really pretty in this pattern, looking a bit like some sort of fantasea-scape. This is also one of the softest mohairs I've ever knit. I usually don't like anything exceedingly 'fluffy' or catchy or snaggy to knit with but this has been quite nice! I am not sure if it will end up being a 'me' scarf or a 'gift' scarf. I am quite hung-up about gift giving--if I give it to X, then Y will wonder why I didn't knit her/him something....so this holiday, my first knitting holiday, I am really only knitting for my mother. Next year I will start sooner and maybe include others in my gifting. At the rate I am knitting my husband's Forbes Forest, it will only be finished by next holiday season anyway!!