frogging

I’m sad.  Last night Wednesday at knit night I had a few other people double check my gauge on my selbu modern, I’m some where between 30% and 40% done (based on my geeky analysis of stitch count row by row that I’m too lazy to recalculate).  We each got a different read (8 sts/inch, 8.5 sts/inch, 9.3 sts/inch) but they all said the same thing – too many stitches per inch (the pattern suggests 7.5 sts/inch) which means my hat is too small (also, as might be expected, L pointed out that my gauge changed as I got more comfortable with the fair isle skill set).  It would fit me, but it is snug and not at all how I want it to fit (as a slightly slouchy beret).

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BTW, thank you all for your input on the sassymetrical length.  I simply don’t have enough yarn to do a longer, long sleeve version though many of those variations look very nice.  I decided to add 2-3″ to the bottom of the sassymetrical, which just about uses up my 4th skein, and will figure the sleeves out once I get there, but each gets no more than half of my 5th skein.  I find all that purling a bit tiresome and only knit on it here and there.  I did 1 1/2″ of stockinette and will do as much seed stitch as I can, ripping a couple rows strikes me as less troublesome than ripping out a cast-off and adding rows.

January 27, 2010. Tags: , , . Knitting, Problems. 2 comments.

New Knitting Tools

I enjoy getting new tools, but not quite as much as I enjoy finding new ways to use something as a tool.  Recently, Lindsey at Chronicles of Yarnia, shared a new, desperation tool idea: bobby pin as darning needle.

I also have one of my own, I’m sure I’m not the first to think of this but both women in my fair isle class commented on this so I thought it worth sharing: old pantyhose as yarn “bras”.

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It is pretty simple really, just cut a pair of pantyhose (or tights) into 2 tubes long enough to cover your center-pull yarn ball or cake. As you use the yarn it will compress into a smaller, but not overly compact, ball. I did this to both keep neat yarn balls and to keep my two colors from getting too tangled while I wrestled with fair isle for the first time. I’ve only tried this with 50 gram balls of yarn so far but am guessing that as long as you cut the tube long enough to trade length for width it would work with 100 gram balls too.

December 12, 2009. Tags: , . Knitting, Solutions. Leave a comment.