Failed handspun hat

July 26, 2008 @ 7:31 pm
posted by kris

Wish it wsa softer!!

I have a couple of baby knits to do (and soon!) so I decided to make a handspun baby hat out of my N-ply yarn, but it is just not going to do. I spun it so tightly that it is very rough. I don’t think it will soften with the wash either. But look at the colors/striping!!! It couldn’t be more perfect. I think this just convinced me to do N-ply again soon. Back to the stash I go to choose another handspun.

This will be frogged and made into a bag or something that isn’t going to be next to skin. Really, I spun it THAT tight!!!

Yarn is handspun Lovesticks sw merino in Patina, fingering weight Navajo plied

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Yet another frogging

March 8, 2007 @ 1:04 am
posted by kris

Going, going, gone!

OK, so lately I’ve been frogging things so many times. I think it’s because I spent so much money on the yarn that I expect to have something that I REALLY like come out of it. Unexpected poolings in patterns or the pattern just not popping out enough, or whatever. Such is the fate for my Scoutswag yarn. I love the colors of this yarn, but I just couldn’t find a sock pattern that I would be happy with. I mean, I can’t just knit a basic sock with it!!! So gone is crusoe. After I turned the heel, I just wasn’t COMPLETELY happy with it. I mean, if I spend all these hours knitting something, it should be something I’ll use and like.

So, I have decided to knit my first scarf with it. I never really owned a scarf until I moved to Munich. Oh sure, I had them, but never wore them out of necessity. But here you NEED them. I decided on the Tiger Eyes scarf. I’ve done about 2 feet and so far so good. At least I’m happy with it. I think I’ll be even happier when it’s blocked. Which reminds me, does anyone know where I can get blocking wires in Germany?

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Abandoning the Jaywalker

February 24, 2007 @ 4:46 pm
posted by kris

The thing that should not be

After being frustrated all day, I realized that it was because I really hated this sock! I can’t believe that something I’m knitting can change my mood. After I finished the gussets, I realized that I may not have enough yarn to finish. That’s the drawback of top-down socks. Instead of facing this possible reality, I decided to just chuck the whole thing. I also can’t stand this yarn so if there’s anyone out there that wants 2 free (but used) balls of Knit Picks Essence Tweed in gray, let me know. I’ll be glad to hand them off!!!

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A note about knitting

September 30, 2006 @ 10:00 pm
posted by kris

So, I actually HAVE been knitting, I just haven’t had the time to write about it. I finished my first pair of socks! YAY! (Maybe I already wrote that) The problem is I don’t want to wear it because I don’t want to wear them out. How sad is that? I started on a pair for Michael, and with the suggestion from Ingrid (my SP8 spoiler), I decided to do the Jaywalker pattern at MagKnits.

The sock that’s too small for Michael

OK, so it’s all my fault that it turned out horrible. With all the moving, I misplaced my measuring tape to check the gauge, so I just went “by feel”. I had no idea that the tape measures here ONLY has centimeters. On both sides! Does that make sense? I mean I know they don’t have English measurements normally, but there are a lot of British/American things in the craft world where inches would be useful. I checked several stores only to be severely disappointed. I started on the bigger size, but as I was knitting it, it just seemed too big. And based on the last sock, I wanted something tighter. So I started on the smaller one. Everything went fine. The Regia yarn that I got accentuated the zigzags, although it’s not as luxurious feeling as the Cherry Tree Hill yarn. After I turned the heel, I had him try it on and his ankle area is so big that it doesn’t fit. I got so frustrated that I stopped knitting. I didn’t want to start over again. So I figure those will be my socks and I’ll just start new ones for Michael.

My new Lorna’s Laces yarn!

I ordered some Lorna’s Laces yarn and Arwin and Joey brought them over for me. Look at these scrumptious colorways! The baltic sea colorway (the one on the right) is MINE!

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