Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
I worked increases every other row (kfb) to 56 st, then began working the foot of my sock.
For a better fit, I worked increases in the foot to 64 st and the length within 2" of my heel, then began my short row heel.
I worked my short row heel in this method (10 st each side).
After a few rows of stockinette, I began a 2x2 rib for the cuff and bound off just a hair past 4". I would have made them a bit longer but I was getting nervous that I wouldn't have enough yarn for the entire second sock from this skein and I was approaching the point in the pattern repeat of the yarn where I'd be starting the second sock so I just bound off. That's what I get for having big feet, I suppose. heh I'm ordering a small scale so I won't have to eyeball it after this. One sock down... one to go! =)
Changes for next pair: cast on more for a wider toe and decrease less for a wider heel
And no worries, I won't be subjecting you to a ridiculous number of sock photos after this. Just so excited to be knitting my second pair of socks after so many years. =)
Simple design, knit all in one piece and shows off the pattern of the yarn nicely.
Not sure I'm in love with the front. Actually, I know I'm not. I'll change that the next go-round. Maybe stockinette with ribbing just at the edges? This works though. And just a simple graft at the front to avoid seams.
CO 54 st. Work 2x2 rib for 1".
Work stockinette for 3", slipping first st each row (knit-wise on RS, purl-wise on WS), ending on a WS row.
Turn your work to the RS and add on 26 stitches (I used the knit-on method), placing a stitch marker before the added-on stitches.
1) Right side band row: (k2,p2) 6 times, k2, slip marker, k to end of row2) Wrong side band row: slip first st pw, p to marker, (p2,k2) 6 times, p2
Button hole row - (k2,p2) 6 times, k2, slip marker, k until 4 st left on left needle, YO, k2tog, k2
Repeat band rows 2 & 1 until belly band measures 2", ending on a WS row.
Repeat button hole row.
Repeat band row 2.
Next row, bind off in pattern until you reach the st marker (54 st remaining).
Continue in stockinette until you have about 2" past the belly band, ending on a WS row.1) RS neck band row: Sl1kw, k15, *p2, k2* 5 times, p2, k16
2) WS neck band row: Sl1pw, p15, *k2, p2* 5 times, k2, p16
Repeat neck band rows 1 & 2 twice.
Next row, sl1kw, k14, BO 24 st, k15.
You now have two sets of 15 live stitches each to begin the front portion of the sweater. Transfer half these stitches to a stitch holder. It doesn't matter which side you choose to work from. The front band will be worked from one side and then grafted to the live stitches on the other side.
I worked a 2x2 rib on this sweater, but a simple garter stitch would work just as well. My next sweater will more than likely have a stockinette stitch front with a few stitches of garter stitch at the top and bottom edge to prevent rolling. Or I'll do a 2x2 ribbing lengthwise. The choice is yours.
My front band measures 5" unstretched. If you have the dog you're knitting this for handy, try it on him/her for a good fit.
After knitting the front portion to an appropriate size for your dog (end on a RS row), graft the two sets of live stitches together. I used the tutorial here.
All that's left is sewing the buttons to the belly band. I love that there's absolutely no seaming! I avoid seaming at all costs. haha
Yep, I'll definitely choose another pattern for the front of the next one. This works, but I think one of the other methods might look a bit more polished. I've never been a huge fan of garter stitch and this is just too close. I'd change it if I hadn't already woven in the ends and had it ready to give away. Next time... =)
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Then, I moved on to the shelves of donated yarns to search for awesome yarn. Found several great cakes of sock yarn to feed my new love of knitting socks! The reddish/yellow is hand-dyed wool/nylon blend - one cake is more muted than the other, but each easily has enough for a pair of socks. The awesome, bright cake is a superwash merino/nylon sock yarn called lemonade twist. Can't wait to knit that up into crazy, bright socks! I have a nice pattern in mind for the eggplant sock yarn. There are a couple of variegated yarns that I'm not exactly sure what they will become, but they were too fun (and inexpensive) to pass up. The whole reason I went to the yarn shop yesterday was to get yarn for a pair of felted clog slippers (yarn bottom right). =) The soles will be a dark olive green and the tops will be a pretty, purple-y heather. I ended up buying two of the wrong color though so I had to head back this afternoon to swap out one purple for another green and have them wound into cakes. SO nice that they'll do that since my swift and ball winder are, what, 2,000 miles away? haha They wound the sock yarn for me, but I forgot to ask about the slipper yarn since I added it to the pile last.
I'm gonna miss that place when this project's over. =(
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Not so sure I'm loving this yarn though. It's Moda Dea Tweedle Dee. Seems like it might pill badly and look kinda ratty rather quickly. Too bad. It's so pretty. I have another skein of this yarn too.
The socks have made it past the heel finally! Took a few tries to get it right, but I finally got the hang of the short row heel. Had to try a couple different methods to find one I liked the look of. I'm now about an inch into the ribbing for the cuff. =)
Thursday, January 08, 2009
There's a ruffly scarf that I ended up frogging last night. (Soon to be replaced on the needles by a cabled hat to match... this scarf:
Kinda stalled on that one a bit. I'm about up to the shoulders and need to figure out how I want to do the front portion. I'll have to go in search of buttons in Seattle. Luckily, there's a yarn shop just half a mile from my hotel!
Wednesday, January 07, 2009
Tuesday, January 06, 2009
...turned into this:
haha It's actually sorta satisfying to rip it out when it's just not working. My next attempt will be better. Stay tuned...
Saturday, January 03, 2009
3 cups vegetable broth
1 14.5-oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup uncooked small pasta
1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15-oz can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
1 16-oz pkg frozen Italian-style mixed vegetables
2 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp marjoram
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large sauce pot. Bring to boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
(recipe from The McDougall Quick & Easy Cookbook)
Thursday, January 01, 2009
It's resolution time! There were lots of changes last year, some expected, some not so much. So, what's in store for this year?
- Cook more often and choose healthier foods. I've been eating out and buying junk way too often! I usually have a kitchen in the hotels, I just need to use it more often! New, healthy recipes will be popping up here...
- Exercise! Again, the hotels nearly always have a mini gym... I need to get back to using it again!
- Knitting! Lots more knitting! haha Yeah, I was gonna do that anyway. But I will be sticking to knitting things I want to knit and for those I know will appreciate it. No obligatory knitting!
- Along the knitting vein, I plan to knit my 2nd pair of socks and my first (non-infant-size) sweater this year!
- Stash containment - I will contain my stash to only what will fit in the suitcase I'm currently using for yarn storage (not including the yarn in storage across the country - yarn I can't get to without a plane ticket doesn't count!).
- Save, save, save! Money, that is. I have a vague plan I'm working on. I need to prepare. Paying off my debt last year and getting decent paychecks will help this plan along. =)
It'll be another year of big changes! =)
This year has definitely seen it's ups and downs with lots of changes along the way. I began the year as a full-time photography student, completely broke, living in a mobile home (the first place I ever owned) in Spokane, WA. Part way through the year I decided I was sick of being completely broke, took a new job that required nearly constant travel, moved back to my mother's house in Indiana and sold the mobile home. It took 6 months of basically living out of a suitcase in hotel rooms in various parts of the US, but I'm once again debt-free (woo hoo!!!) and contemplating more changes for the new year. I know I won't be where I am right now at the end of 2009. It remains to be seen however just where I will be...