Sunday, March 23, 2008

NHM #7

Had this book from last fall, agonized over colors for months. Finally just grabbed these 2. The oatmeal is VERY (25 yrs?) old shetland, no label survives. Garnet from Harrisville. Size 0 Knitpicks dpn's. Gauge (washed) 9st = 1", 11 rows = 1". Significant difference in the rows from the pattern so I added 3 rows to the cuff and did the gusset increases every third row. The first one came out a tad short so I added 3 rows to the palm on the second. Used the cuff from Annemor #11 and the thumb from NHM #3. Did K1P1 ribbing on the second. Guilty of taking too many pictures of these.

If the row gauge had been as in the pattern, these would have fit a small women's hand in circumference and been WAY too long. My strategy for this book is going to be make one, see who it fits and then adapt the patterns. I have me and now have a couple others to work on. It does seem from looking at the antiques that with use they shorten. I have knitted with this on 3's but the fabric was not what I would use for mittens which should be tight.

Love the fabric of shetland on 0's after severe washing in hot water with Dawn and then lavender body wash. . Didn't much like working with it as it sucked moisture from my already dry hands. Scratchy. And the stuff sticks to itself something awful. Imagine I would be quite irritated if making a whole sweater and indeed a half finished project is sitting in the bins. May try some socks next although they would be too warm for Baltimore.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

4 oz, 220 yards of 3ply Falkland from FatCatKnits on etsy. An outside and an inside view, not that there is much difference in brightness. Lots of gray windy damp around here lately. There is more vibrant lime-ness to the yarn than shows. Spent most of the last 2 weeks working on mittens, which I have predictably lost interest in and am struggling to finish for the sake of the blog.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

February Baby Sweater

This yarn was too busy to do the lace. Used about 6 of the 8 oz of 3ply. Size 5 needle. Started at the 71 st mark to make the neck bigger, I-cord to stabilize the garter edges. I had no idea the yarn would stripe like this from spinning it. Softened with 2 washes and does not look like it's going to pill. An excellent sweater yarn, reminds me of the stuff my grandmother used. Sturdy. I already have MANY of these rovings and probably will get more as things I like tend to stop being available.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Annemor #2 - Too Late

#3 Knitpicks dpn's, very old stash yarn, similar to Woolease, gauge 7st = 1" unwashed. Was very nervous of doing these in fingering so used this old worsted, they fit me, a small hand. However they were way too long so after knitting the first one, I just ignored it. It was even too long for the piano player at work. Did the 2nd, frogged the other top today and redoing. Strangely the thumb was too short so the 2nd received a few more rows. If I were to make this pattern again in worsted, I would also lengthen the gusset by doing the increase rows every third. Also rounded the tip slightly. The mitten season has passed here but will likely return in a few months.