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Kilt Hose Design Decisions and County Fair results

Posted by mtmom on September 12, 2010

I’ve gotten to the tops of the cuffs on Robert’s 2nd pair of kilt hose, and am swatching the cuff.

DD holds out the edges, so you can see the seed-stich ribs

Sock #2 inside out while I finish the garter ribbing and begin cuff

Which cables to use in cuff? Hmmmm.

I am so glad I exercised the self-control to swatch the cuff patterns, instead of steaming ahead on the hose themselves, because I’ve been changing my mind as I work the swatch.

I also pulled up an old photo of Robert’s favorite pair, to compare cuff designs.

I could see that the old hose had 2 over 2 cables, about 16 of them around each cuff.  These can be similar.

I like the 3 over 3 cables in this very-heather-y yarn — they show up nicely — but I’m pretty sure he’ll prefer the 2 over 2.  Either is fine with me.

Next in the swatch, I need to check the transition from cables to the edge pattern I’m considering:  a continuation of the k1 tbl, p1 of the garter, so he can turn them down at any point in the depth of the garter, versus having a fixed turning-ridge.  I need to make sure about how many stitches to increase when beginning the cable band, so that I won’t get ripples where the stitch-pattern changes and so that the cables won’t strangle his leg!  We want the cuff to lie flat, not be either floppy or constrictive.

In other knitting-related news,

I seem to have skipped blogging last week — sorry!  Besides taking in some light opera (Pirates of Penzance), my family and I attended our County Fair last weekend.  Here are my entries with their ribbons (plus cat!).  The yellow item she is sitting on was an extra prize for my white kilt hose:  a needle case made by a regional guild representative.

2010 Coconino County Fair entries

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“How cold was it? . . .”

Posted by mtmom on September 12, 2009

It was SO cold, over Labor Day weekend, that as we returned from the County Fair, we saw this:

Snow on the Peaks, in September!

Snow on the Peaks, in September!

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We had a nice time at the fair, even though it WAS rather cold and we weren’t adequately dressed.

We saw bagpipers.  These are Southwest Skye Pipes and Drums, and friends.

SW_Skye1

SW_Skye2 Pipe Major Michael Donelson.

Bass Drummer Ted Tonkinson.

Drum Major Joe Tulley.

Drum Sgt. Geoff Pavey.

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There were ribbons on my exhibits, too.

fair_ribbons

That’s always nice!  These projects were all finished since last year’s fair.  How many do you recognize from these “pages”?

We also saw Ballet Folklorico, and the girls rode some rides.

ballet_folk ferris_wheelmerry-go-round

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Next post, I hope to write about some big knitting-news around here!

(Hint: it has to do with designing.)

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2008 County Fair

Posted by mtmom on September 7, 2008

Last weekend, our Parks and Recreation department hosted the 2008 Coconino County Fair.  My knitwear (one per category, completed since Sept. 1 last year) earned several ribbons. 

And my Neapolitan Ice Cream Sweater got a First. 

And, if I may be allowed to brag on my daughters, their entries got some good reviews as well.

Here is littlest’s collection.    And these for my middle girl.

 

 

 

 

 

We saw some wooly creatures at the Fair.

This is a Jersey Wooley rabbit.  Wonder how the fur spins up? 

And here, 4H’er Marissa brushes out her 4(or 5)-year-old Churro ewe.  She tells us that the black sheep “silver” as they age. 

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