Monday, September 15, 2014

Master Knitting Level 1 Vol. 4

That's a whole lotta swatches ... 15 to be exact.  I am using Lion Brand Fishermen's Wool.  One skein down, that's 465 yards I have knit.  I was pleasantly surprised by this yarn.  I choose it because of the yardage vs. price.  Its really not a yarn I would typically knit with.  Its a tiny bit stiff and scratchy out of the skein, but it blocks beautifully and plumps up and turns super soft.

I spent a lot of time last week finishing up the swatches.  I went back to review some of the earlier ones and found that I had not measured correctly.  So I knit them again.  Part of the criteria is that you follow instructions, if it says to knit the garter stitch section until its 4 1/2" that means 4 1/2" not 4" or 4 1/4".    

The reject pile - mostly rejects because of measurements.

The gauge swatches.  There are four different stitch patterns that gauge measurements are performed on.  The program does gauge a little differently than other methods, but it is considered a more accurate method.

Then there are increases and decreases.

And some different stitch techniques, lace and cables.

And finally some color work (which leads into some of the techniques needed for the project).

 I have one more swatch to go and the project.  The last swatch is a cable swatch that requires the knitter to balance a stitch pattern and write up a pattern with a chart.  The Level 1 Project is a color work mitten.

In addition there was a hefty amount of written work.  I have a few questions left to research and answer that relate to the last few swatches.  I have four single spaced pages of references that have been cited on the swatches and written work.

I've learned a lot of things that I just would never give much thought to and I'm finally utilizing all those books that I have that in the past I've looked up one or two techniques in and that's it.  Currently I am reading through the fascinating tomb of The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt.  It is REALLY the Knitter's Bible.  

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!