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21. January 2015 15:59
by Jobo
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Colorwork... Just one more Row!

21. January 2015 15:59 by Jobo | 2 Comments

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Yarn:

Knit Picks Chroma in Prism and Black (Worsted)

 

Pattern: 

Started with Drops Rainbow Mittens 143-32... and branched out from there

 

After a few cuff modifications... I am off to the races on these lovely little colorwork mittens for a friend. 

I had forgotten just how much I enjoy the process and technique with knitting stranded designs.  After much practice a few years ago, I learned how to do the Philospher's Wool technique of holding one yarn in each hand.  Basically this means you "pick" with one hand and "throw" with the other.  I like to hold the color I want to be dominant in my left hand (continental style) and the other color gets held in my right hand and worked like my usual style of knitting allows.  I have never been good at knitting continental style, and I don't think I could work a purl stitch that way to save my soul... but for colorwork it just makes sense to me.  Go figure. 

the plan is for these mittens to run the whole spectrum of color - starting with pale green, through yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue and back to green.  I still haven't decided what should be done with the thumb.  I'll figure that out when the time comes.

Originally I had considered making a lining to double the warmth... but the nice tight gauge means that the fabric is already really thick.  These puppies are going to be bulletproof even without any lining I think.  I might try some alternate lining method... maybe weaving some strands of Angora inside or something after the fact. 

More photos coming soon!

20. January 2015 11:26
by Jobo
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Jaywalker Socks Again…

20. January 2015 11:26 by Jobo | 0 Comments

These don't count towards my 2015 tally.... because I finished them around Christmas time..  But here they are either way:

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Pattern:  Jaywalkers by Grumperina (available free on Ravelry)

Yarn:  Knit Picks Felici

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Notes:

- why oh why did they discontinue this great self-striping yarn?  It came in great colorways, and feels great even after being abused wearing in shoes and washer/dryer cleaning.

- this pattern is a standby/go to favorite of mine... well written, easy enough to work on while watching tv, and interesting enough to keep my attention.   I think it's my fourth pair... and likely not my last pair either!

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    16. January 2015 11:33
    by Jobo
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    12 Pairs of Socks in 2015

    16. January 2015 11:33 by Jobo | 0 Comments

    Knitting seems to help me feel more like *myself* – so I guess I should be making the effort to knit more often!

    Over on Facebook I joined an “Addicted to Sock Knitting” group… which is full of great conversations about knitting socks, photos of the projects people are working on, and links to awesome yarns and patterns. 

    One of their current fun Knit Alongs is for a year long series of projects (free patterns generously offered by Heatherly Walker) to be knit using yarn from one’s stash.  There will be prizes coming on the end of 2015, but what interests me the most is the opportunity to work along on something new each month.

    There was a time when I could polish off a whole pair of complicated lace socks in 3-4 days.  A week was plenty of time to finish pretty much any kind of pattern.  So I think it should be reasonable for me to try and complete one pair a month.

    The event’s rules say that you don’t always need to do the free pattern of the month… you can make it whatever you want.  So My plan is to see what the monthly pattern is… and if I like it – to just jump in and knit it.  If it’s really not my style or too complicated, I’ll just pick something else and go for it.

     

    So without further ado – here is January’s pair:

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    Pattern:  “Hornet” socks by Heatherly Walker

    Yarn:  KnitPicks Stroll Tweed.  Flagstone Heather

     

    Notes:

    It’s my first time working with the tweed version of Stroll… but as per usual… the Stroll line doesn’t disappoint! 

    The pattern was a nice change from my everyday… I usually would not choose a pattern where the design is made up of plain knit and purls.  I’m usually more attracted to cables or lace, or cables WITH lace!  (Yes, a bit crazy).  I must admit though that I only loosely followed the pattern.  There were a few places where the pattern charts didn’t make a complete chevron on the heel and foot of the sock (a few rows missing to make the chevrons continuous…) which probably wouldn’t have been noticeable in the finished project, but I have issues with geometry and continuity.  So I modified to suit myself and was fine with this.  I’m cool with making small alterations on the fly like that.  If you’re a knitter who isn’t bothered by this sort of thing – go to town and knit as written.  The pattern makes a nice, tidy, well-fitting sock Smile

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