Wednesday, April 23, 2008
So here is my owl headband:
It is made with Blue Sky Alpaca Silk, which is deliciously soft against the skin.
At size 4 needles I swatched at 6 sts per inch.
Loosely cast on 88 stitches.
K2, P2 for 4 rounds
K2, P2 for an additional 32 sts. Place marker.
Row 1: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2, Purl around to marker.
Row 2: K2, P5, K8, P5, Knit to end (marker).
Row 3: K2, P5, place 2 sts on cable needle (cn) and hold in back, K2, K2 from cn, place 2 sts on cn and hold in front, K2, K2 from cn, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 4: K2, P5, K8, P5, K to end.
Row 5: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 6: K2, P5, K8, P5, K to end.
Row 7: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 8: K2, P5, K8, P5, K to end.
Row 9: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 10: K2, P5, K8, P5, K to end.
Row 11: K2, P5, place 2 sts on cn and hold in back, K2, K2 from cn, place 2 sts on cn and hold in front, K2, K2 from cn, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 12: K2, P5, K8, P5, K to end.
Row 13: K2, P5, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 14: K2, P5, K1, P2, K2, P2, K1, P5, K to end.
Row 15: K2, P5, K8, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 16: K2, P5, K8, P5, K to end.
Row 17: K2, P5, place 2 sts on cn and hold in back, K2, K2 from cn, place 2 sts on cn and hold in front, K2, K2 from cn, P5, K2, P to end.
Row 18: K2, P5, K8, P5, K36
K2, P2 for 4 rounds.
Bind off loosely in pattern.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
But I wanted the ribbing to extend down the foot... and I wanted cables down the side too.
I sat in bed one evening and did all the math in my head (at 52 stitches around how large the cable would be and how many repeats of ribbing there needed to be on either side of the cable so that it would still split evenly when I reached the heel). Happy with myself, I got started the next day and wrote down my plans. Only later did I discover that what I had come up with was nearly identical to the Cable Clock Socks on p104 of Ann Budd's Getting Started Knitting Socks! I just don't have the extra cables around the cuff and my cables are at regular intervals (every 6 rounds). Oh well, I know that I came up with it in my head.
Here is the finished first sock, completed last night:
However, I went out on my own when it came to the toe. There were several things I didn't like about the toes on my first pair of socks. Mainly I thought they were too pointy and came down to much too small before finishing (only 8 stitches). That last little bit of the sock would just get stuck under my toes and would bother me to no end. Plus, my feet are not exactly typical in shape. I realized that my first three toes are nearly the same length.
Finally, if I followed the method of toe decreases as described in the book, the lovely cabling pattern would be the first thing to disappear!
So instead I decreased through the ribbing pattern, and I only decreased on one side of the sock. This will require making a right- and left- foot sock, but I am happy with that.
You can see how neat the decreases are in the ribbing on the toe. Now, you might ask why I should care so much about the toe? Why, because these will be my sandal socks, where the toes of my socks will be displayed in all their beauty. Now all I have to do is make sure that I mirror all of this correctly in the left sock...
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Made a scarf to match the beautiful hat:
Still haven't decided who will be the worthy recipient of these items...
Made my first pair of socks for my sweetie who picked out the yarn nearly a year ago (and told me "when you learn how to knit socks you can make me a pair with this" - and I did).
But now I am afraid that I will forget everything I learned while making those socks, so I have immediately started another pair for me:
(have actually gotten past the heel already, but haven't taken another photo yet)
At the moment I am attempting to adapt this owl dishcloth pattern (http://www.knittingonthenet.com/patterns/clothowl.htm) into a headband... but it is not going so well. I made it far to big and I think I need a different kind of yarn. Hopefully I will have more to say on this on my next post.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
4. I can’t stand to have things read out loud to me. I don’t know why, but my auditory processing is just horrible. When they do those learning style tests to see if you are an auditory, visual, or kinesthetic learner, most people are a healthy balance of all three, but I am completely and utterly visual. I can’t even handle hearing and remembering a phone number long enough to dial. My husband is a musician too. He tries to see the positive side of this situation – he can practice all he wants and I never get annoyed, because it never sounds repetitious to me!
5. Related to number 4, I am really good at organizing complex things visually. I constantly see the patterns in objects. Right now I create the schedules each week for everyone at my work, which involves 14 students and 16 staff and a hundred or so appointments. It is like a giant friggin’ Rubik’s cube, but I am good at it. It has also made me good at weaving, and hopefully good at knitting, although it is too early to tell.
6. And now for something completely random. When I was 13 I used to have the Tim the Enchanter speech memorized and would give a performance for anyone that would let me. Yes, I was a Monty Python geek. For death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth.
7. And finally, the last random thing about me is that I have no online friends. That’s right, I have no one to tag this onto. I am a disgrace to my generation. I was such a nerdy outcast in junior high and now all those feelings of inadequacy are returning. The people from Ravelry are the only ones I really know who really know their way around the internet. It’s not that I don’t have any “real-world” friends, its just that I can’t think of any which have entered the blogosphere. I don’t know if that makes my friends lame for not being online, or if that makes me lame for not having any technically-savvy friends?
So, I’ll tag Nicole from the knitting group, since she’s on my friend list on Ravelry and Huan Hua didn’t tag her for this particular blog list…