FO: January 5

Pattern: January 5 (Lacy Rib)

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in colorway White, approximately 42 grams/74.1 yards.

Timeline: probably 4.6.14 – 4.15.14

Needles: Bamboo straights, US size 5

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Don’t you just love how the quality and location of my photography keep improving?

Opinions: I ended up enjoying this pattern, even though it’s so loose and lacy it won’t be a good washcloth at all. It wasn’t easy to memorize, but it wasn’t impossible, either, since it’s a 4-row repeat. I would use it again; I think it would make a nice, loose summer sweater. Also, it reminds me of Sneaky Snakes, even though I checked and they’re not the same stitch.

My Modifications: I cast on 43 stitches, including 3 knit stitches on each side. I did 5 rows of garter stitch on the bottom, as well as 5 on top. There are 48 actual pattern rows, for a total of 58 rows.

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April Snow

I woke up yesterday and there was snow on the ground (thanks, Vermont). I put on my rainbow socks, because why not? They’re not perfect (saggy ribbing at the bottom!), but they were warm and comfy, and they survived their first wearing. Here’s hoping I can put them away for the season now.

sockies

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Random Pic Roundup

Sometimes I take pictures assuming I’m going to put together a blog post, but I never do. So here’s a roundup of what I’ve taken recently but haven’t blogged about (presented without commentary):

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neon

unspun

aegean

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FO: 8 Stitches Per Inch Socks

I cheated on my cheater project (the washcloths).

Pattern: 8 Stitches per Inch Socks from Get Started Knitting Socks

Yarn: Schoppel-Wolle Crazy Zauberball in colorway 1702, approximately 65 g/298.4 yards

Timeline: 3.17.14 – 4.7.14

Needles: Aluminum DPNs, US size 1

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Opinions: I’m glad I finally made something out of this book! The instructions were easy to follow, and I did fine as long as I followed them — no overthinking required. I’m glad I put in lifelines on the first sock, but found I didn’t need them for the second.

As for the yarn, I’m on the fence. It was very loosely spun, and I’m not sure how well the heel will hold up to wear since my gauge on two needles is looser. Also, the big patch of red on the leg of one sock isn’t appealing — and did the color scheme start moving backwards? But the colors of the yarn kept me going.

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My Modifications: I did ten rows of 1×1 rib and the rest of the leg in 2×2. For my next pair, I am stopping the ribbing at least an inch before it hits the foot, as it’s loose around my ankle. Also, the long-tail cast on wasn’t loose enough and I will have to wear these socks with a folded cuff. (This is how I wear most of my socks, so I’m okay with that.) I did a slipped-stitch heel.

Random Thoughts: Although I did not join in, Boston Knitter ran a sock KAL on her blog. It certainly was nice to know that I wasn’t the only person in the entire universe trying to make a sock at that moment!

This is my first “real” pair. I’ve done toe-up/afterthought heel and plenty of loom socks, but this one involved a heel flap and turning the heel and words like gusset. Also, I’m not thrilled about the color change when I go back to knitting the foot, but I’m not sure I’d like doing the afterthough heel, either. I can live with it for now.

This yarn has been stashed for almost four years. I even have 33 grams left. Dare I risk making a third sock? Nah … not yet. Time for something new!

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FO: January 4

I’d like to preface this post by saying that I am actually using these washcloths. It will be nice when I have enough to rotate some out, since right now I’m running out before laundry day. I definitely have favorites!

Pattern: January 4 (Zigzag Openwork)

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in colorway White, approximately 34 grams/61 yards.

Timeline: 3.13.14 – 4.6.14

Needles: Bamboo straights, US size 5

january 4

I moved the loom and I’m lazy.

Opinions: This was a simple, easy-to-memorize pattern, and I hated it. I am knitting these all on size 5 needles, and the k2togs just killed. Also, you do have to be careful to remember to actually “zigzag” — you can see where I didn’t about a third of the way up. I’m torn on this pattern. I could see myself using it for a lightweight garment (on much larger needles!), and I think all of the decreases will add some good scrubby power, but I’m afraid the yarnovers might make it stretch when it gets wet. We’ll find out. I am willing to try it again, but maybe not with cotton. Isn’t it amazing how much less yarn it used than the last cloth?

My Modifications: I cast on 41 stitches using the loop cast on (new to me), and did 3 knit stitches on each side. I did 5 rows of garter stitch on the bottom, as well as 5 on top. There are 64 actual pattern rows, for a total of 74 rows.

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Mystery Yarn!

We didn’t even go into Jo-Ann’s to look at yarn. But as my husband was asking if they had suede brushes, I noticed a table with some scarves on it. The signs asked you to knit or crochet a row on the individual scarves, if you knew how, and they would be donated to charity when they were done. (I didn’t take a picture, but I think they were going to the Ronald McDonald House?) While I was waiting, I knitted a few rows.

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I rarely knit Continental, but it was faster. (Obviously at that point my husband had come back and then HE was waiting for ME, but I told him he had to take a picture.)

And then I decided to give the crochet scarf a whirl too. I had a momentary lapse on how to do single crochet, but I think I didn’t mess it up too much.

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The scarves were all over the place in terms of stitch count, types of stitch, and gauge (and some dropped stitches as well). But the point is that multiple people worked on something that will help keep someone warm, and I’m glad I could throw a few stitches in myself. The lady at the checkout even thanked me for helping.

Oh, yeah, I was in the checkout because they had these pound bags of mill ends by the front door and … well … $8 for a pound of yarn. Except the one I picked was on sale for $7. I have no idea what the exact fiber content is, or any other details, but it’s machine-washable. I’m sure I can think of something to do with it.

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Pretty!

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The Dog and the Frog

I was so pleased when I realized I could put two entirely different posts together based only on this title, by the way.

I hate ripping out old projects. The Clean Slate Challenge made me think about some things that have been in deep hibernation (*cough* Swallowtail *cough*). While it’s nice to think that I’ll totally go back and finish things, the truth is that I won’t. And even if I did, my gauge is going to be way off! So with that said, I’m ripping out my attempt at needle-knit socks. I don’t remember if I ever blogged about these, but they were going to be some toe-up afterthought heel socks in the vein of my bed socks. I haven’t worked on them in a year, and I think I’d like to try top-down for my first “real” pair. Rip!

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In other news, some creative folks who go by the name Artful Dodgers recently yarn-bombed some things downtown. I didn’t know about the bench until later, but I had to take a picture of the dog just in case someone took the items off quickly. As far as I know, he had his warm woolies through our recent blizzard.

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Since I was wearing some handknits myself, I decided a group portrait was in order. Since my husband definitely wasn’t double-parked, no sir, we took a selfie.

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That’s my crazy face. In case you hadn’t figured it out.

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FO: January 3

A sick day and two snow days means I haven’t gotten anything grown-up done. Also, I have a perfectly functional light box, but instead I’m using the loom that has my husband’s scarf on it that I should probably work on, whoops.

Pattern: January 3 (Brick Rib)

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in colorway White, approximately 42 grams/75 yards.

Timeline: 3.9.14 – 3.13.14

Needles: Bamboo straights, US size 5

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Opinions: Yay, something totally different! I learned on this one to put a lifeline in after I’ve done my garter stitch rows, because I am bad at reading and had to rip things out. It’s not a very intuitive pattern (lots of ktbl and ptbl, which I assume is to make things tighter?). It’s a very loose pattern, so I’m not sure it will  make the best washcloth. I also did over a dozen rows fewer than I have in the previous cloths, so it is interesting to see how different stitches contract or expand (okay, not the best terminology) the fabric. I’m trying to think of a way I would use this stitch — maybe a loose vest? I don’t know. Right now, I’m not eager to do it again.

My Modifications: I cast on 43 stitches, and did 3 knit stitches on each side. I did 5 rows of garter stitch on the bottom, as well as 5 on top. There are 48 actual pattern rows, for a total of 58 rows.

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FO: January 2

I am home sick today! You’d think I’d be getting a lot of knitting done, but mostly I’m staring into space and wondering when the soreness is going to go away.

Pattern: January 2 (Whelk Pattern)

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in colorway White, approximately 45 grams/80 yards.

Timeline: 3.4.14 – 3.9.14

Needles: Bamboo straights, US size 5

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Opinions: This pattern was fairly similar to Basket Rib, but more complicated. I had trouble memorizing the pattern, and honestly don’t get the “punch” I would want from this pattern. As of right now, I would not do this pattern again.

P.S. I washed this with a load of towels, including a pink bathrobe I’ve had for 5+ years. Consequently, this now has some pink stains on it. I’m glad I took the pictures pre-wash.

My Modifications: I cast on 45 stitches, and did 3 knit stitches on each side. I did 5 rows of garter stitch on the bottom, as well as 5 on top. There are 68 actual pattern rows, for a total of 78 rows.

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FO: January 1

The first entry of the Great Washcloth Challenge is in! I am going to go along and assume it’s legal for me to tell you the date/name of each pattern, since I’m not telling you how to do them. Also, apologies in advance. I’m not very good with my lightbox, as you probably know, and these are white washcloths. I’ll try not to blind you.

Pattern: January 1 (Basket Rib)

Yarn: Lily Sugar ‘n Cream in colorway White, approximately 39 grams/69 yards.

Timeline: 3.3.14 – 3.4.14

Needles: Bamboo straights, US size 5

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Opinions: This was a fairly simple, easy-to-remember stitch that I think works well for a washcloth. The “baskets” are essentially small squares that seem like they’d do a good job scrubbing. It’s visually striking. I would use this pattern again.

My Modifications: I aim to keep these as consistent in size as possible. To that end, I cast on 41 stitches, and did 3 knit stitches on each side. I did 5 rows of garter stitch on the bottom, but forgot and only did 3 on top. There are 64 actual pattern rows, for a total of 72 rows.

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