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 24, 2010
This summer was the third time Aaron Shaw had mending for me to do. His kilt hose are splendid — the work of Debra Gilding of D&D Natural Fiber Co. — and I’d hate to see them come to the end of their useful life. They had to wait until after I finished the pair for Robert (posted to him last week — yay!), so I’ve only just finished the job.
kilt hose "in the field" -- argyll matches his tartan
toe hole re-knit with Cascade Heritage
back-of-heel hole fixed and stitches picked up for new heel
I first learned to repair knits from Rena Crockett’s book, Flawless Knit Repair, and used her techniques in 2008 and 2009. I’ve modified them this year — simpler.
That heel hole is just above last year’s repair (brown) and reinforcement with nylon (purple) The whole thing was starting to look a bit ragged and thin, so I knit a new heel.
picking up stitches in first row of old heel
new short-row heel that closely matches shape and size of original
grafting new heel over final row of old (marked with thread)
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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 September 26, 2010
I had worked 3 crossings of the cables on Robert’s forest green hose, when I decided to rip back — the garter ribbing seemed too long; I wanted to begin the cables sooner. I also made another change going forward. Can you see what it is (besides the left-twist vs right-twist)? I had at first been pretty much copying his old favorite hose (left photo); second photo shows newer version of cuff.
Cuff on old favorite
Cuff on new pair, 2nd version
Besides knitting, other things have been keeping me busy this past week.
One is a kind of swatching, I guess you could say.
color selection #7
We’re painting the house! It’s been 10 years, so it’s definitely time. My 10-year-old DD and I have been painting samples of colors onto the walls, in big enough patches to be able to screen out the already-color that’s all around the “swatch”. This is the current pick: “hurricane” by Frazee; medium-value base (vs white or dark) with pigment RGB numbers 171, 158, and 147. Sort of a storm-cloud color. . . . Trim will be coordinating off-white. Roof is being replaced as well — we lost lots of tiles in this winter’s heavy snows. I need to pick between charcoal, dark grey-brown, and medium gray.
Other swatches on the needles — Sunday “off” is fun for playing and planning and considering, since I’m not focusing on production.
I’m thinking I don’t have the right combination of colors in the gingham swatch. The green is solid, but the yellow/green/orange/pink is variegated. I plan to try a blue solid next. . . .
The blue/black/white speckled yarn I’ve had in my stash for several years. I had been planning to make a sweater with it, but I recently saw a shrug pattern that interests me, and this yarn may work for that. That’s why I’m trying mistake-stitch rib at the top of the swatch. . . .
Meanwhile, the seasons advance. We have a few flowers remaining.
Tall hybrid phlox
(Nice, large photos follow!)
Echinacea with bumblebee
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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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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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