Archive for September, 2007

This square was not fun to knit. It took innumerable trips to the frog pond during that first 20 row repeat. Finally, DS, dear soul, pointed out the flaws in the photo of this square in the book. I took a deep breath and said “Okay, screw it, it’ll just _be_ an ugly square.” How very liberating. It didn’t turn out too awful after all. I’m sure once it’s blocked it’ll look quite fine indeed. It seems that this particular stitch pattern behaves a little like ribbing. It looks muddy and undefined until it’s a distance from the needles. Then, suddenly, it behaves itself. Squares like this one and the ribbing squares actually look better in lower light than in bright light. They need the shadows to highlight their textures.

The back of the square has charms all it’s own. I rather like it better than the front. According to DS it looks like Chex cereal. Maybe I’ll use it for my “public” side of this square when the ‘ghan is done.

Earlier this week I had the unique experience of having both DS and DH go along on a visit to the LYS. Usually my LYS visits are solo events–with DS going along on occasion just ’cause he likes petting yarn–so you can imagine how interesting this event was to me. My dear LYS owner, Margaret, was her usual charming self and DH was duly impressed.

The SEX (Stash Enhancement eXperience) was quite nice this trip. Not only did I get the Encore I needed for the LTK ‘ghan, but I signed up for a sock class and got the necessary supplies: some Addi DPNs, a ball of Trekking pro natura in an indigo, blue, purple, and pink colorway, and the Sockology pamphlet. For extra fun I got an Addi Turbo circular (and with DH’s encouragement no less!). It’s already at work in square 7 of the LTK ‘ghan. The Inox Express I’ve been using is a good needle, but the Addi is heavenly.


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Here’s square one in all it’s glory–or at least as much as my scanner can capture in one pass. Now you’d think that a simple garter stitch square wouldn’t be much of a challenge, but I’d have to disagree with you. You see there’s no where for a bit of uneven tension to hide. No place for a split stitch to tuck it’s frowsy lil head and nurse it’s shame in peace. Nary a shadow to disguise the drunken path of a wobbly row.

So, what’s a knitter to do? First, find a crochet hook and fix that split stitch. How you ask? Why just pretend it’s a dropped stitch and follow this tutorial on the Jimmy Beans Wool site. As for the rest–well it’ll probably disappear when you block it (or wash it). Otherwise just let it go. Really. As I see it, those imperfections are part of the charm of hand knits.

Progress on the afghan continues apace. I’ve several more squares ready to show you in the next few days.

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I’ve finished square 2 of the LTK afghan. This image is a detail from a scan of the square. I’m not sure why, but the scanner seems to do a better job of capturing the details than my digital camera. Maybe it’s a lighting issue. If you click on the thumbnnail you’ll be taken to a larger version. Many thanks to Theresa at Knitty.com for this tutorial on weaving in ends. The crystal clear photos and descriptive instructions were a big help when it came time to weave in the tails.

Now you’re wondering what happened to square one huh? *g* I’d already knit a version of square one before finalizing my color choices for this project so I must revisit square one. Here it is. . . in progress.


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51w6xyggy3l_aa240_.jpgMy current big project is the afghan from Barbara Walker’s Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book. The pattern suggests 4 colors. I’ve decided to knit it in Plymouth Yarn’s Encore in deep purple, light purple, and cream. Colors A & B being light colors and C & D being darks. The deep purple will serve for both C & D in my ‘ghan. Cream is A and light purple is B. At this point, I’m fairly certain that I’ll join them with a deep shade of apricot to highlight the individuality of the squares.

After some experimentation, I’ve come to the conclusion that the best way to choose a needle size for this ‘ghan is to swatch in moss stitch rather than stocking stitch (or anything else flat). Many of the squares in this book are highly textured and they’ll look much better if they’re knit a little more tightly than you might ordinarily knit with the chosen yarn.

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