Friday, September 5, 2014

Master Knitting Level 1 Vol. 3

Well its been a little bit since I've worked on The Knitting Guild Association Master Hand Knitting Program Level 1.

I started reading Knitting in Plain English by Maggie Righetti.  It is a fantastic book.  She was a knitting instructor for many, many years (before the internet and Ravelry and YouTube).  This book is very much like having an experienced knitter there to answer your questions from their own personal experience and past mistakes.  Its very conversational.  I highly recommend it to new and seasoned knitters alike.

So, besides reading, what have I done ... well I finally blocked swatches 7 & 8.  I had been tossing them around the room for the last 2 months every time they got in the way.

I spent some time today answering question 10 (of 22) that relates to these swatches.  I am stuck now until I knit some more, the remaining decrease questions relate to the next 2 swatches.

I was thinking, yeah um I'm crazy not stupid, hoping I would be wrapping this up by the end of September ... well, I have 9 more swatches and 12 more questions (some questions have up to 4 parts) and a project (mittens) to knit.  Maybe by the end of the year?!?!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FO: Two-Socks-In-One

Pattern: Two-Socks-In-One by Kate Atherly
Yarn: Berroco Sox
Needles: Addi Sock Rockets US 1 2.25mm

This was a very interesting pattern to knit.  One sock is inside of the other and they are both on the same needle at the same time.  Stitch 1 = sock 1; stitch 2 = sock 2; stitch 3 = sock 1; stitch 4 = sock 2, etc.  The outside sock was purled and the inside sock was knit.  The ribbing was QUITE challenging - if the yarn is not brought back and forth after each stitch, it causes quite a problem.

I also managed to knit the socks together at least 3 times ...

This is the completed toes with yarn ends darned through the last few stitches to close them up.

And completed, here they are coming apart ...

Viola!  Two socks not attached to each other!!  The color in these below photos is more representative of the actual socks.

I had some issues with the heel turn as well and had to redo that a few times before I got it right.  I do love her method of picking up a few extra stitches along the gussett to avoid holes that I linked to in this previous post about these socks.  

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Felines Vol 30 2014

I had this dish pan on the breakfast bar, teetering on a pile of mail, while I organized some things.  Willow investigated, knocked it off the breakfast bar - almost killing herself in the process - then acted like nothing happened - as cats do.  After a few moments, she went over like this was something new - oh, who put this here??

Then she promptly claimed it as her own.  Nikoh came over to investigate the new find.

He, of course, had to wait until she was done with it (an hour or so later) ...

And Riley is nowhere to be found, usually its these two goobers causing all the trouble.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Spindles Anonymous?!?!

I've become obsessed with support spindles as of late.  And each new one becomes my favorite.  Pretty sure I have an addiction going on here ...

Saturday, August 16, 2014


This is Ravello by Isabell Kraemer.  I love all her sweater patterns, there's just something about them.  I'm knitting this out of Knit Picks Stroll in my favorite color Pearlescent and a weird skein of coal that acquired when they were discontinuing their kettle dyed.  This black is half kettle dyed and half so saturated with dye it left a black line on my hand whenever I knit with it.  Its hard to see in a photo (its much more obvious in person), but if you look closely:


The stripes are in some left over Malabrigo sock in Turner, I had just enough to knit all the stripes.  I split the remainder in half for the sleeves so I still  have a tiny ball for the other sleeve.  

I started this last October then once I got past the raglan and onto the black ... fingering weight ... stockinette ... FOREVER ... I only did a few rounds here and there ... BORING! At this point the first sleeve is past the decreases and I'm working my way to the cuff.  Then wash, rinse, repeat for the other one and I'll have another sweater!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Friday Felines Vol. 28 2014


We say he's an old man yelling "Get off my lawn!" when he sits like this at the window ...