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Archive for August, 2007

Posted by mtmom on August 27, 2007

An almost-current photo of my first knee sock:

first foot to ankle

Since I took this, I progressed about 5 inches but then ripped back to the beginning of post-heel-turn decreases, i.e. one round past the return to green after the blue, having decided to rearrange the decreases [more on that below].  Now I’m 6″ up from the heel-bottom and beginning to increase for the calf.

I am very much encouraged to find myself actually doing the calculations I’ve previously only read about in others’ blogs and articles on calf-shaping:  using row-gauge to calculate the number of rounds I have available in which to distribute the number of decreases specified by the stitch-gauge.  [uh. . .give me that again?]  Well, I figured I wanted 6 decreases, to eliminate just over one inch of girth, at 5.333 stitches per inch.  Then I calculated that I would have 24 rounds over which to space them, because I want to reach the minimum-width by 3 1/2″ above the heel-top, at about 7 rounds per inch.  Anyway. . . .

I made some of the decreases along the midlines, and some at the back.  I eventually ripped back because I decided the make the back decreases sooner, and the midline decreases more widely spaced.  Not exactly according to formula, in the end; used some informed eye-balling.  But at lease I knew where I was going.  🙂

The ice cream sweater is proceeding apace, but really doesn’t look much different, so no photo today.  Soon, I hope; OK?

On the other hand, I have been thoroughly enjoying the entrelac baby blanket and am almost done with the 4th row of shapes, the 4th color is Lavender.  4th color in entrelace baby blanket

I find the back-and-forth rhythm of knitting forward 10 and backward 10 somehow pleasing, interspersed with the pick-up rows for new rectangles and the joining columns where I connect the new to the old. . . .   A nice balance of change and continuity, of challenge and “mindlessness”.  Not sure which color I’ll use for the next row; I have 2 more I have not yet used, but it may be time to repeat. . . ?  Ah, the joys of the creative process!  😉

Somewhere, I’ll have to squeeze back in my Fair Isle work and the Master Knitter program.  Both of these represent goals in my knitting that I’m not ready to abandon!  Wish me well!  Thanks!

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Beginnings, beginnings. . . And Connections.

Posted by mtmom on August 13, 2007

Boy, have I missed blogging this week.  But now I’m back in the saddle again!

I’d been feeling a bit overwhelmed, but am starting to come out from under it.  Not much of a mystery, actually.  Seems I’ve recently started 3 new projects, without having finished any others to make room for them.  So priorities have had to be reconfigured.

Ice Cream sweater still gets bedtimes, and the entrelac still gets sabbath-time, but I’ve laid aside the Mystery Stole altogether and moved the Fair Isle swatch further down in the WIP basket {sigh}.  What have I begun, you ask?  (1) A double-knit cap, to write up into a formal pattern for some of my knitting-circle-friends, and perhaps someday submit for publication.  (2) A pair of worsted-weight knee-high socks for myself, to practice calf-shaping to measurements.  (3) A pair of “I love Gansey” socks for the Six Sox Knitalong.

The cap I’ve begun at least twice, and am about to rip back and begin again, having repeatedly changed my mind about cast-ons and color-patterning.  (When I know that other knitters will be following me in these steps, I feel anxious both to “make it good” and to “keep it simple and clear.”)  The Gansey socks (designed by an actual Guernsey resident — I think that’s extra cool) I have only just cast on.  The knee socks, however, have seen some good progress.beginnings of knee sock  Mostly because of the 5.333 spi gauge.

Yarn is Canadian Regal from Schoolhouse Press, in Quoddy Blue and Meadow Green.  Needles are US size 5 dpns, some aluminum and one birch.  No formal pattern.

One interesting thing I’ve learned, as I consider all these current projects and how to prioritize them:  Each is connected to a person or group of people.  And I feel my connection to them, in varying degrees of intimacy, while I’m knitting on the item.  My Ice Cream sweater connects me to Elizabeth Zimmermann and her daughter Meg Swansen, whose techniques I (through book-author Jacqueline Fee) am using, and also to my own children whose bedtime I spend knitting on it.  The double-knitting cap, as much trouble as it has been giving me lately, connects me to the group at Wednesday evening Knitting Night, who want to be able to make one like it.  The “Mad to Dance” socks are part of Sock Madness, and “I love Gansey” is the current project of the Six Sox Knitalong — both very pleasant and fun online groups.  The knee socks remind me of the various people I hope to bless with custom-fitted kilt hose, as well as the 2 other knitters I have recently “met” who share my interest in stockings, Debbie G. and Brenda J.  And each of these projects I also discuss here, with you, gentle reader.  My seemingly solitary knitting time turns out actually to be relationship-building time, rich with conversation-fodder.  With whom do I wish to “converse” today. . . ?

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Gainford & Gilding on Stockings

Posted by mtmom on August 1, 2007

My book on kilt hose has arrived.  The last few nights, it has been my bedtime reading.Gainford book

I received the nicest e-mail from the gal who made the stockings I fell in love with a week and a half ago.  Her name is Debbie Gilding and her company is D&D (no spaces!) Natural Fiber Co. of Roseburg, Oregon.  Check out her website www.ddfiber.com to see the range of her work.  Such craftsmanship!  I continue to be in awe of her skill and talent.

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