Thursday, December 30, 2010

Thank Goodness for Trial Runs

The mini version of the vest is finished. Or at least as finished as it is going to be right now (it has no collar or ribbing along the front or bottom). I am so glad that I did my test run on this tiny version.

It allowed me to play around with the increases and found that on the knit side the M1 worked the best and on the purl side the pf&b worked the best; and that the decreases needed to be worked on the last two sts without leaving the end st to be knit in order to have the nicest edge. I was able to do a trial run of my calculations using my row and stitch gauge along with my finished measurements to figure out where to place the arm holes and work the v neck shaping and they seem to have worked out ok with one exception. The biggest bonus was finding out that I had made a huge error in the shoulder shaping. Mr. Bear doesn't seem to mind the odd shaping but if I had knit a whole vest for myself only to discover the mistake, I would not have been a happy knitter.

If I had more time, I would test knit this again in a childs size. But, like always, time is in short supply so I am moving right on to the adult size. This version will have ribbing along the bottom, the shoulder problem fixed and will have some shaping added at the waist. Off to find some yarn.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A New Vest in the Works

Well, Christmas is over again for another year. We had all the kids home together, had lots of great food, visited with all of the family and everyone loved their knitted gifts. I had a wonderful Christmas!

Now with the pressure of gift knitting out of the way, I am moving on to a new project. This is the beginnings of me designing a vest that will be knit sideways all in one piece. This mini version is being knit out of chunky weight yarn in a doll sized version. I am keeping my fingers crossed that what I am visualizing in my head and what I am calculating on paper actually turns into something wearable when it is knit. Already I am thinking that the arm hole looks too big but overall it seems to be working out according to plan.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Better Luck Today

Well, I gave up on all the fancy patterns that I had intended on using for this scarf. I split the ball of yarn in half, doubled the yarn, grabbed a 9mm needle, and started knitting garter stitch. The crazy thing is that I like it better than all the other patterns I swatched. I guess sometimes plain and simple is the best.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last Night's Knitting

As you can see, last night was not a very productive knitting night.

This was to be an easy project. I had the pattern picked out and it should have just been straight forward knitting; and it would have been if I had not decided that I didn't like the pattern. The rest of the knit was spent swatching until I found something that I liked.

I started the scarf again in the new pattern only to realize after a few rows that this pattern is not reversible like I wanted. I gave up at this point and went to bed. So even the little bit that is started has be be pulled out. I think I am moving on to mitts.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

One More Hat

Another finished hat!

With Christmas morning only 4 days away I am going to try to start and finish a scarf and a pair of mitts.

Sigh, someone found a stray ball of yarn. The up side to them destroy the yarn - they are leaving the Christmas tree alone.

Monday, December 20, 2010

5 Days to Go

Yikes, today is Dec 20! Five knitting days until Christmas. On the weekend I decided that the gifts I hadn't started yet needed to be seriously down sized. So it is going to be a week of knitting hats, mittens and maybe a cowl.

This is the first finished hat knit using two strands of chunky weight acrylic from my stash on 7.5mm needles. It knits up quick and you end up with a really warm hat. Just what I am looking for.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Mitten Swap

Wednesday night was the Knitting Goddesses guild meeting and it was our mitten swap night!! We began our meeting with yummy Christmas goodies. Here we all are anxiously waiting to see the mitts everyone has knit.

Back in September everyone who wanted to participate filled out a sheet with their hand size and the colours that they liked. Everyone was secretly matched up with another knitter. Everyone had lots of fun searching for just the right yarn and pattern for the person they were knitting for. Everyone came up with creative patterns and wonderful yarns.

This knitter is expecting a baby in January. Not only did she receive a wonderful pair of mitts for herself but tucked inside her mittens was a tiny matching pair for the baby!

Beautiful cabled mitts!

What can you say about these mitts except WOW!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Mitten Progress

I can't show you a picture of the mitts that I am knitting just yet for a couple of reasons. 1) They are for the mitten swap we are having tomorrow night at the Knitting Goddesses guild meeting so they can't be revealed until then. 2) There really isn't too much to see yet. So I thought I would show you what I can and that is the wool that is not knit into a mitt yet which, as you can see from the scale, is most of the skein. The original skein weighed 104grams. I have only knit 8 grams.

After trying out many patterns, I have decided to knit this one. It isn't as fancy or as complicated as some of the first patterns that I looked at but I liked this one.

This is my second attempt at the first mitt. On the first try, I had the mitten over half knit before I finally admitted to myself that the pattern wasn't turning out like the picture. I did notice it earlier on but I thought maybe if I kept knitting it would work itself out. It didn't so I cast on for the other mitt and worked the cuff and left it sitting until I figured out the chart. After spending a considerable amount of time last night reading the chart, reading the line by line instructions, counting stitches, counting increases and trying to figure out what I was doing wrong, I gave up and went to bed.

When I looked at it again this morning. It made much more sense. I ripped out the first mitt, and knit a couple of rounds on the second mitt just to make sure I had my problem solved. I seem to be back on track except for this nagging feeling that it is taking me too long to get all the increases knit for the thumb gusset which will place the thumb too high up on the mitt. I am going to ignore this feeling

Sunday, December 12, 2010

First Family Christmas

This afternoon is our first Christmas get together this year and I am set with my dishcloths and knitted Christmas balls to hand out.

Last night I started swatching for a new pair of mitts. This morning I am still working on getting the correct gauge and I am now desperately searching for a set of 3mm needles to continue swatching so I can take this project with me. We are leaving in less than an it is back to sorting through my needles.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Snow Day

When the weather looks like this, what should any knitter do? Of course we all know the answer to that question - knit!

It has been snowing for the last two days and it is still coming down. I have been knitting dishcloth after dishcloth and have started a pair of mitts. I have also been knitting Christmas balls. When I ventured outside to help with the snow shoveling, I couldn't resist hanging a few of them in the tree outside.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Finished Scarf

This scarf was finished last night! It feels good to be finishing things!!

The yarn is Katia Triana, 100% acrylic, 30m
The needle was a 7.5mm bamboo
The result is a cool looking frilly scarf that was fun to knit once you got the hang of separating the "yarn" and keeping the working "yarn" from twisting. It was a quick, fun project to knit.