Posted by mtmom on November 20, 2010
Sorry to report that, having worn my new DK-weight kilt hose twice, as I prepared to wash them for the first time, I observed this:
yarn wear after 2 days
Can you see the shredding and pilling?
And after it took me over 2 years (on and off) to knit them.
Definitely a good argument for buying the best yarn for the job, to save grief.
These were knit in Knit Picks Bare, 100% merino, DK-weight undyed yarn, 2 skeins of 100 grams each. Very soft to work with, but, unfortunately, very soft when it comes to durability as well. A more firmly-spun yarn would have been a better choice.
Perhaps you all can benefit from my experience.
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Posted by mtmom on October 7, 2010
First, the knitting:
the cuff on his favorite pair
cuff on new pair
I am pleased.
I very much hope that Robert will be pleased as well.
Fall is definitely coming to the Colorado Plateau.
We expect our first overnight freeze of the season tonight.
The sumac has gone through it’s colors, and is getting rather bare.
But the locust is just beginning to change.
Meanwhile, inside, the geranium and cactus are happily putting out buds and new “leaves”, respectively.
And this morning, we have the first snow on the Peaks!
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Posted by mtmom on October 3, 2010
I’ve bound off the first cuff with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off and am now about halfway through the second cuff.
I may try a different BO on that one (one developed by Susan Rainey), and see which I prefer — both for looks, for lying flat, and for stretch.
I also think I may decide to shorten the cuff by a half-rep (2 rounds) in the cabled area, as the first one turned out a bit longer than I’d originally planned. Robert’s favorite pair have 3 3/4″ cuffs; but these are just over 4″ tall past the turn-over. Close. Still not sure.
Both will match when I’m done! 🙂
Perhaps I’ll also make a video tutorial comparing these 2 “stretchy” bind-offs. . . .
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Posted by mtmom on August 30, 2010
Just ends to tuck in. Tomorrow is drop-off day for the County Fair. I have these hose, the ruffle-edged child’s hat, the practice-chanter sleeve, the orange hat with Bavarian twisted-stitches, and the neck-warmer with stranded designs (made during Knitters’ Olympics) to enter. That makes 5, so I should get a one-day free pass to the Fair.
Meanwhile, in the yard. . . .
And so, it begins. Autumn is near.
The phlox smells lovely. We have white, pink, and purple.
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Posted by mtmom on August 22, 2010
2nd pair for Robert
I’ve done all the (planned) increases on Robert’s forest green heather kilt hose. The end is in sight!
The light bit of yarn at the top of the righthand sock shows where I worked one more pair of increases on sock #1. Eventhough my ruler says 78 stitches is wide enough, and a slightly narrower 3-stitch knit-rib at center-back looks fine, I decided to try 80 stitches because it better fills out my ribbing pattern of (k5, seed3) around. After another inch or so, I’ll be able to get better measurements of the girth. I don’t have his legs available to try these on (he’s been to at least 2 countries since I saw him last), so I don’t know for sure how stretched — or not — these calves will be on him. I’m really looking forward to finishing these and posting them off to him in County Derry.
And I still haven’t finished a whole ball of Wool-Ease in either sock! Back when I was only able to purchase 4 balls of a single dye lot, I was concerned I wouldn’t have enough, but it looks now like 4 balls will be plenty — hurray!
The second pair of hose that’s oh-so-near to being done is the pair for myself that I’ve been working on for just over 2 years. I’m using Knit Picks “Bare” 100% undyed wool in DK weight, and had been knitting these 2-at-a-time on one very long circular until I got to the actual cuffs. Now I can say I’ve done that (the 2-socks-on-one-needle thing), but I found it cumbersome and don’t plan to do it again any time soon.
I hope to have these complete before August 31st, the day to take County Fair exhibits over to the Fairgrounds for judging and display.
Other projects in the meantime:
Red Cap in TLC "Amore" yarn
Red Seed-Stitch Scrap Scarf -- worked lengthwise
Swatching several "brioche" stitches
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Posted by mtmom on August 12, 2010
The deadline to file entry forms for County Fair exhibits came this past Friday, so I looked back through my Finished Objects page and old blog posts to see what I’d completed since last September 1st (and still have in my possession!). If I enter at least 5 items, I get a pass for one free entry to the Fair. I found I had several items Very Close to Done, so I set Robert’s hose a bit to the side — still working on it regularly, but not solely — and picked up a few UFO’s. I may even knock out a dishcloth between now and Fair drop-off day. We shall see.
tucked in ends
finished ruffle and tucked in ends -- (intended for a smaller child)
one cuff done, one to go; plus ends to tuck
It feels good to finish long-pending things, while not running out of project(s) I’m truly interested in. I have finished all but the very last increase on sock #1 of Robert’s second pair, and sock #2 is over halfway through the increases. It won’t be long until I get to the cuffs on those! (Lord willing.)
Oh, BTW, you might be interested in this post on the Lion Brand blog, about sweater-shapes that flatter different body-shapes.
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Posted by mtmom on August 5, 2010
Legs have surpassed 9 inches from bottom of heel, which is halfway to 18 inch leg-height goal.
Then the cuffs! Since a cuff sort of equates to a foot for amount of knitting, I’m calling these “half done” — hurray!
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Posted by mtmom on August 1, 2010
That’s a lot to keep in my head, but I’m managing not to feel overwhelmed. . . at least, most of the time. 🙂
Forest Green Heather Wool-Ease for Robert Watt
Let’s see. . . . There’s Robert’s 2nd pair on the needles currently, . . . then his 3rd pair brewing in my imagination, which will probably be a recreation of Eric’s pair (knit by Elsie W, Stuart’s Scottish mum back home, who encourages me to “take over the knitting” as it “seems to be a dying art” over there), . . . then his 1st pair awaiting new cuffs or else frogging, . . . and in the midst somewhere we have repairs to Aaron’s argyle hose and some design work for him as well. Actions on these fronts this past week included lots of online and live shopping for appropriate yarns for Aaron’s hose idea and Robert’s 3rd pair, online correspondence with Elsie W in Scotland, and knitting on Robert’s Wool-Ease pair with the seed-stitch ribs.
I’ve progressed a few inches since this photo. Both socks are now between 4 and 5 inches past the completion of the heel (marked with little pins), and I’ve begun the calf-shaping section. I plan to increase more slowly in the lower portions, and more quickly in the upper sections of the leg. For guidelines, I’m looking to Lady Veronica Gainsord’s Designs for Knitting Kilt Hose and Knickerbocker Stockings (Schoolhouse Press, 1995), Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts’ Simple Socks: Plain and Fancy (Nomad Press, 2001), and Wendy Johnson’s Socks from the Toe Up (Potter Craft, 2009).
Outdoors, we are having LOTS of rain and pleasantly moderate temperatures.
Back yard Thistle -- pretty blooms, but VERY prickly
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Posted by mtmom on July 19, 2010
It’s been a fantastic, though exhausting, 10 days of Piping School and Highland Games. Our 10-year-old dd enrolled in the United States School of Piping, so we spent the week (8:30 to 5 most days, plus 7 to 8 most evenings, Friday the 9th to Friday the 16th) in classes and practice sessions and recitals and parades. (I haven’t sorted through all those photos yet. Will post some here later.) Then we attended our local Highland Games and Celtic Festival, with competitions, vendors, and more performances and parades!
U. S. School of Piping, Flagstaff, Arizona, class of 2010
As one consequence, however, I have accumulated a potentially overwhelming backlog of personal and household tasks.
Yet to tackle. . . .
The hall bathroom.
One down. . .
. . . 2 more loads . . .
. . . another 1 or 2 loads . . .
. . . and several sinks' worth of hand-laundry. . . to go!
On the knitting front:
I showed Robert my long swatch of potential yarns, he selected one (later, also a 2nd), and I have begun work on his second pair of kilt hose.
Foot #1 for Pair #2
I have also garnered some kilt hose repair work.
Ah, but what lovely subjects to work on!
Eric P's and Aaron S's handknit hose, by Stuart's mum and Debra Gilding, respectively
More on each of these pairs in future posts — stay tuned!
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