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Finishing, Continuing, and Planning for the Future

Posted by mtmom on April 1, 2009

I saw BUTTERFLIES in our backyard yesterday!  Not much in the way of flowers yet, mostly just a few daffodils, but yellow-orange butterflies have been fluttering around.  (No good photos yet.)

Finishing:

I finished this hat, of TLC Essentials Multi with mixed mystery yarns for brim. 

Continuing:

Second toe of Alpaca Sox yarn is now done with increasing and ready to drop down stitches to put in ribs, bringing it almost up to speed with its sister-toe.   Once I get both toes to 2 1/2″, Cat Bordhi’s New Pathways book tells me to begin increasing for instep/heel — interesting!   I’m planning to use her “Foxglove” architecture.

I have also revivified a month’s-old project, a skirt for youngest DD.  Here you see the first 2″ of waistband.  If it turns out to be a good width, it will be folded around some elastic and stitches picked up along the side to knit downward circularly — at least, that’s my plan.  (My own idea, with influences from Barbara Walker, Knitting from the Top Down.  We’ll see how well it works, eh?)

Planning:

Looking ahead to future projects, in particular the Fair Isle design requirement for Master Knitter Level 3 (No, no news yet; I’m being realistic about how much time this project will take me and want to get started with at least some swatching), I spent an enjoyable afternoon making “sequences” of colors of Shetland yarns.  Here are some pinks and greens, arranged by value (light/dark).  Because these 2 color families are complementary, they might make some interesting combinations.  I’ll probably start with some “virtual swatches” in Excel. . . .

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Warming Up and Fiddling Around

Posted by mtmom on March 1, 2009

Winter and spring continue to wrestle for dominance (as a devotional I read recently put it). Eventhough we know who wins, it’s entertaining to watch the process. Our weather is warming up this week, and the dormant lawn in starting to show again, from under the snow. 

Knitting-wise, today, I’m fiddling around with some child-sized socks as prototypes for an idea I want to explore. 

It has purl stitches

along the sides,

and I have PLANS

for that panel

when I get to the

ankle! 

When I’m testing a design idea, I often wish knitting went faster, so that I can see the results — good or needing refinement — while it’s still fresh and my mind is still turning.   So, here, I’m using biggish yarn and knitting for a smallish foot.  😀  I don’t want to wear myself out — my neck is acting up something fierce! — but I SOOO want to see if this pans out!

Speaking of sock designs, Sock Madness 3 is taking sign-ups *NOW*, from Sunday 1 March until 6 March, OR until they’re full at about 200.  If you’ve ever thought you might like to get in on the fun crazies that are the Sock Madness speed-sock-knitting contest, send the coordinators an e-mail pronto!

Two hats are progressing.

The US Postal Service tells me that my box of Master Knitter materials arrived in Ohio this past Tuesday — hurray!  So by now it will have been sent on the first reviewer.   I don’t expect to hear until the entire process is complete and several people have evaluated my work.   Then, I’ll get my box back with notes included.  Waiting.

So, what are YOU currently waiting for?  Are you trying out a new idea?

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Argyle Done!!! and hat pattern posted

Posted by mtmom on February 15, 2009

The knitting and embroidery are done; the sock is blocked; only writing/editing remains for Level 2! 

And here’s what the unseamed back side looks like, just held together by pins for purposes of smoothing. 

I learned another important thing, while making this sock.  Dale of Norway’s Neon colors bleed (at least, the yellow does)!  Eek!  But the socks look OK.

I love how the underside of the heel looks, done EZ-style with garter stitch edges on flap; also slipped selvedges and different slants to the decreases. 

Now, all that remains for me to be done with my first pass at Level 2 of the Master Knitter program (I will probably have some items to re-submit after the judging), are the chart for the sock pattern and one more book review, then re-reading and editing my reports and printing out labels for the notebook divider tabs.  The swatches and their tags and paperwork are all done (I think that part was my favorite); the questions are all answered; the projects are tagged and bagged.  Thrilling!  Gotta finish this up soon, so my body can start recovering from all the typing.  (Chiropractor’s orders!)

Another accomplishment from this past week:  I wrote up a pattern for my Square-Top Child’s Knit Cap and posted it for sale on Ravelry.  Readers of this blog have seen several incarnations of this easy-to-start top-down design.  First, the green. . .

… then the Mexicana/Spectrum. . . 

… and, most recently, the Crayon. 

(Notice a running theme in colorways?)

And I’ve started another, to demonstrate to my church group. 

Much more mellow, eh?

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Argyle Update and Cap Done

Posted by mtmom on February 1, 2009

Q:  Anybody know?:  Why is the Scottish region called “Argyll”, but the color-pattern is spelled “Argyle”?

Well, I’ve finished the intarsia section. . .

. . . and joined the back flaps onto one needle. . . .

. . . worked an EZ-style heel flap. . .

. . . turned the heel, picked up stitches, and have begun the gusset.

See how the sole section is still kept separate from the instep section?  I’ll need to seam that split later — that’s what the seaming swatch is about.  Alternatively, if I weren’t required to work this in “traditional” fashion, I *could* join the sole to the instep one row at a time by picking up an instep edge-stitch at the end of each sole-row and joining it in by means of a decrease.  Once upon a time, I knitted a single sock using this method, but I don’t think the join was neat enough in appearance to do on a Master Knitter submission sock.

Next, I’ll need to continue the gusset until it’s as long as the intarsia section, then go into the round for the rest of the foot.  I can seam before or after knitting the in-the-round section.  Then, foot to the toe, decrease the toe, graft, tuck ends.  I’ll not be seaming up the back of the leg, making examination by the judges easier.

Meantime, I’ve finished the square-top hat — an original pattern of mine that I’m in the process of writing up, at least in the one (grade school) size that I’ve made twice so far, once with a rolled brim, once with ribbing. 

DD really likes this one.

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Another Fair Isle pattern band done!

Posted by mtmom on October 6, 2008

There has been a dirth of knitting content here of late — partly due to the “secret” nature of my work on a new pattern for publishing.  I think this photo may be “safe”, though.    I had been concentrating on only this for the past several weeks.  But now that the pattern has been submitted, I have branched back out.  I’ve resumed my work on Level 2 of the Master HandKnitter program — hurray!  I’m so glad to be at it again.  The Master’s program is so satisfying to me!  Here’s some progress on my vest project: 

I intend the finished product to be for my 8-year-old DD.  Then there’ll be more swatches, projects, and reports. . . .

And, also very exciting to me, I just completed the “Autumn Colors” pattern band in my Fair Isle sampler. 

I drew the motifs and colors from Betts Lampers’ cardigan design, “Autumn Colors Fair Isle”, in Sweaters from Camp, a soon-to-be-out-of-print book from Schoolhouse Press.

I have had the next band in mind for some time:  same motifs, but interlocking, and done in Noro sock yarn on an off-white background.  You can see the barest beginnings of it at the photo’s top.  I wonder how many rounds I’ll get before the yarn changes color?  I had to tink back 3 times before I got the colors aligned properly, but I’m hoping I can forge ahead from here.

The exciting news around the knitting/crocheting/fiber circles of Flagstaff?  A new LYS opening later this month!  “Purl in the Pines”, the ONLY yarn shop in town.  We haven’t had one for 2 1/2 years, since Unravel closed after about 2 years in business.  Many of us are very hopeful of gaining a new place to see and feel yarns, and a new focus for community.  (When I get a link, I’ll post it in the blog and in the sidebar.)

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Quick Caps and Slow Scarf, plus Socks

Posted by mtmom on June 15, 2008

Sorry, folks.  My computer’s been “sick”.  It’s still not all better, but I’m eager to post.

As usual, I’ve been working on several projects at once.  A few I finished up quickly. . . except for the ends.  3 chunky hats

Stash busting!  Two are Chenille Thick&Quick, variations on my (free) pattern “2 Chenille Caps” — see sidebar or Ravelry.  And one is WoolEase Thick&Quick in a basic top-down patternless cap with rolled brim.  That empties one whole storage bin — hurray!!!  (Now it can hold my yarn “blanks”, which I’m saving to dye up later.)  Here, the girls model the caps.  gray & blue chenille on Ktop of one cap

WoolEase T&Q on Ch

 gray on Ch

I also finished the Feitelson band of my Fair Isle sampler scarf . . .    Fair Isle motif by Ann Feitelson 

. . . and began the next — from “Autumn Colors Cardigan” in Sweaters from Camp.Autumn FI band

And (!!) cast on some socks for my mother who’s in the hospital in Houston — far, far away. 2 cuffs

These are “Madder Ribbed Socks” from Nancy Bush’s book, Knitting Vintage Socks.  Trying 2 different methods of keeping track of the uneven ribbing-rhythm: 2 – 1 – 6 – 1. . . .

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Sock Madness pattern variations

Posted by mtmom on May 9, 2008

godmother's socks toe

I’ve been saving this to publish after my Godmother’s Sock pattern is released to the Sock Madness competitors.  Friday, 9 May is the Big Day, so here it is:  ways to get bigger socks from my 64-stitch pattern.  (And several semi-random pent up sock photos!  :-))

Variation 1:  Change width by changing gauge.

The original pattern was worked at 8.5 sts/inch in stockinette, and fits a foot from 8″-9″ around (my own knuckle-width and instep-width).

If, however you use yarn and needles that give you a different gauge, the same 64 stitches in the pattern will yield a different circumference to your finished sock and that sock will then fit a different size of foot.  You can then add or leave out rounds of length, to fit.  It’s the width that takes some arithmetic to figure.  Here’s a table of possible gauges (measured in stitches per inch over stockinette) matched with foot sizes (measured in inches around the widest part of the foot).  The sock will be much more snug on the upper end of each width range.

 

Gauge (sts/in) Foot circumference – min  – max
4.5 15.11 17.00
4.75 14.32 16.11
5 13.60 15.30
5.25 12.95 14.57
5.5 12.36 13.91
5.75 11.83 13.30
6 11.33 12.75
6.25 10.88 12.24
6.5 10.46 11.77
6.75 10.07 11.33
7 9.71 10.93
7.25 9.38 10.55
7.5 9.07 10.20
7.75 8.77 9.87
8 8.50 9.56
8.25 8.24 9.27
8.5 8.00 9.00
8.75 7.77 8.74
9 7.56 8.50
9.25 7.35 8.27
9.5 7.16 8.05
9.75 6.97 7.85
10 6.80 7.65

 

Please keep in mind that, although these measurements look oh-so-very accurate with all those decimal places, that’s just because I got them from the calculator.  They are still just as approximate as the 8″ – 9″ measurement of my own foot with which I started.

ankle back  begin edging

Variation 2:  Changing width by changing stitch-count.

The original pattern uses 64 stitches.

68 stitches.

Same cast-on.  Same beginning of ribbing pattern, but you’ll end up on round 21 with k3, p1, …, p1,k2 on the instep needle, and 34 plain stitches on the sole.  Same heel, but on 34 vs 32 stitches.  For the ankle, the ribbing on the rear needle will begin with k1, p1, k to last st, p1 for 4 rounds; then k1, p1, (k3, p1), k23, (p1, k3), p1 for 5 rounds; then k1, p1, (k3, p1)x2, k15, (p1, k3)x2, p1 for 6 rounds; then k1, p1, (k3, p1)x3, k7, (p1, k3)x3, p1 for 7 rounds; then k1, p1, (k3, p1)x8 for the remaining 3″ of ankle, about 30 more rounds.  Instep needle and sole needle will not begin in same place in the 3-1 rhythm, but should flow together to be 3-1 all around: instep ends with k2, sole begins with k1;  sole ends with p1, instep begins with k3.  When you get to the cuff, alter the joining rhythm as follows: instead of slipping 3 stitches and SSSK-ing whenever you come to a last-purl-stitch, you must occasionally slip only 2 stitches and SSK, as if they were “normal”:  slip only 2 once somewhere in the middle of the back needle and once more somewhere on the front needle (note that this does not count the very first join, where you slipped only 2 eventhough it was a last-purl).  This rhythm should make your lace and sock both come out evenly and finish at the same time.  Same cuff grafting.

72 stitches.

 Same cast-on.  Begin foot ribbing on round 6 (an even rd with 36 sts): k1,p1, (k3,p1)x4 on the 18 sts on instep needle; plain stockinette on sole.  Continue adding stitches “in pattern” to foot, ending up on rd 23 with k2, p1, (k3, p1) x8, k1 over the 36 sts on the instep needle.  Same heel technique, but on 36 vs 32 stitches.  For the ankle, begin the rear ribbing with k2, p1, k across to last 2 sts, p1, k1 on the heel/sole needle; same for 4 rds.  Then k2, p1, (k3, p1), k23 , (p1, k3), p1, k1 for 5 rounds.  Then k2, p1, (k3, p1)x2, k15, (p1, k3)x2, p1, k1 for 6 rounds.  Then k2, p1, (k3, p1)x3, k7, (p1, k3)x3, p1, k1 for 7 rounds.  Then k2, p1, (k3, p1)x8, k1 for the rest of the ankle, about 30 more rounds.  Note that instep and sole needle (should) have the same arrangement of stitches, beginning with k2 and ending with k1, for a smooth rhythm of 3-1 all around sock.  When you get to the cuff, alter the joining rhythm as follow:  the very first join you do is a normal slip 2 SSK, but the second one is a last-purl-before-a-knit stich and, unlike the original pattern, you will make this a slip 3 SSSK like the other last-purls.  This should have your sock cuff and lace cuff finish evenly.  Same cuff grafting.

cuff joining joining cuff 

I truly hope you enjoy knitting these socks, original or varied, and are pleased with your results.  I look forward to seeing some photos!

Your SM2 round 6 sock E designer,
Deborah (Mt. Mom) Swift

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