Archive for March, 2010

March 25, 2010

In the works

But first, wow, someone searched for “sosoclever knits”?

I have, I think, finished writing the instructions for the Super Secret Felted Project, and am ready to pass it off to a test-knitter (him being the charming bibliogrrl’s boyfriend, he of the envy-making curly hair — why do guys always get the really good hair?). Hopefully he won’t find any huge problems with it, and then I can pass it on to a tech-editor, and then I can see if anyone is actually willing to pay for it. I’m going to knit a final sample, too, making sure I use the instructions as they’re written.

I said he could post pictures as he’s working on it, but I’m still leery of doing so myself. I really think I’ve got something pretty original, and I’m afraid if I release it too soon, I’ll wind up losing out because of it. Someone will see it and manage to reverse-engineer it, and I’ll lose my edge. Yes, I do realize that I’m a little on the paranoid side.

I’m almost finished with the pattern for She’s Purple!


Not the greatest picture, I know. And the pattern as written uses a different yarn with a different gauge. And now that I’m just about done with it, it turns out I’m not actually knitting at the gauge for which I re-wrote the pattern. It’s closer to the gauge I got with the original yarn. Doesn’t that just figure? I’ve decided I want to get that one test-knit, too, probably in size 2 and 16 (smallest and biggest), to make sure my numbers are right, and then I’ll have that one tech-edited (especially since it’s written for eight sizes), and take it from there.

I’m not done with the Hoover Blanket yet. I’ve been working on those other two, and figure I’ve got plenty of time! Of course, that “plenty of time” is now down to two months, so I should get cracking. Not that the Sea Monkey will care if it isn’t done in time.

The only other project I am working on right now are a pair of Clandestine socks for Grace. It’s kind of a surprise, except I can’t imagine that she sees me knitting something in this dark red (KnitPicks Stroll in Burgundy) and doesn’t know it’s for her. It’s the first Cookie A pattern I’ve made. It’s the first not-totally-plain sock I’ve made. I like it. The pattern isn’t my style (to wear, that is), but I like the way it works.

One note for anyone else who makes them, I don’t have a regular stitch marker at the beginning of my row. I’ve got a safety pin down at the beginning, showing which side is the first. The beginning doesn’t really move, at least not on the leg. It’s just that you’re adding stitches before it, and then at the end of the pattern repeat, you move the stitches you added to the end of the row, instead of the beginning. I’ve found it easier to mark it this way, instead of having to move the marker each time.

I do have another project sitting aside and waiting for me. I finally got my five balls of KnitPicks Palette in Celestial (which is a really pretty blue, and not at all purple, which might surprise some people, seeing as how I’m me), and I’m going to make another Shetland Shorty, this time with long sleeves. I’m forcing myself to wait until I don’t have so many other projects going at once, though.

March 3, 2010

Starting simple

I’m knitting The Hoover Blanket from the Fall ’03 Knitty for the Sea Monkey (I’m pregnant, have I mentioned this little detail?). It is my first foray into the world of doubleknitting.

As such, it’s pretty simple. The garter stitch border is . . . about as simple as you can get. It’s garter stitch, after all. Then you get to the center part, where the actual doubleknitting is done, and, really, it doesn’t get any more difficult, to me. I’m doing variation two, with stripes, and I’m doing what is called in the instructions “a more elegant way” to acheive the stripes, knitting the main color stitches and purling the contrast color stitches on every row. I don’t know how much more elegant it is, but it seemed like it might be faster, and make things a little more interesting than just knitting every stitch on every row. My boredom quotient can be pretty low. I keep both yarns over my finger for tension, and just make sure to pick the right one for each stitch. The worst of it is every once in a while I have to drop the yarn so that I can get it to stop twisting together. Well, no, the worst was when I apparently knit a knit and purl stitch together, and didn’t figure it out until the next row, when I freaked for a few seconds, thinking I’d dropped a stitch and couldn’t find it. Once I figured out what happened, though, it was simple enough to fix.

I’m only about a third of the way done with it (it measures about 27″ x 9.5″ right now), but considering that I’ve mastered the “difficult” part, I don’t feel like I need to finish it to really call this a review. It’s a nice, fairly mindless (but not completely!) pattern. It’s knitting up quickly (would be faster if I didn’t take breaks to work on more complicated things), and I’m pretty sure I’ll be well pleased with the finished project. It’s also making me more interested in more complicated doubleknitting, like Triskellian’s lovely doubleknit take on the Selbu Modern beret. (I hope she posts more about it, because it’s really gorgeous and inspiring. Hint, hint.) I also really like the historical attachment to the Hoover blanket. How cool is it that my baby’s blanket was designed by a First Lady?

ETA: I’m not entirely thrilled with the edge between the border and body of the blanket, but I think that’s a case of me not keeping the yarn tight enough. I’m twisting the yarn, like I would if I were doing single knitting and changing colors, and on one edge of each side (opposite edges), it’s a little more obvious than I’d like, but I do think that’s me, and not the pattern. Also, I’m not keeping really close track of how many rows I’ve done between the extra border rows (the garter stitch border and stockinette stitch body have different row gauges, so you turn back and do extra border rows on both ends every 6 or 8 rows), but I think it’s coming out okay.