Archive for ‘Hallowe’en’

September 25, 2009

I’m all confoozled.

I can’t decide which is better: keeping detailed project notes in Ravelry, or putting them here. I keep going back and forth.

Anyway, I got through the ten rows of ribbing on the Hallowig, and started the setup for decreasing. I think the pattern is a little unclear on a couple things. Are you supposed to do the first decrease before the second marker on the bangs side? I’m pretty sure that’s what it says to do, and it pretty much makes sense, since the second marker on the bangs side is actually right at the beginning of the round, but the way it’s worded makes it sound like the round should be starting in the middle of the bangs . . . I had to read it several times to make sense of it. Maybe it’s just me, though, since no one on Ravelry seemed to have that problem.

Then, reading ahead in the instructions, trying to figure out if I was right or not, I saw the line, “Work this round every round until 6 sts rem between markers.” This, to me, sounds like there should be twenty-four stitches on the needles at that point (there are four markers). Except, you only decrease between markers one and two, not between two and one (really, it makes sense, go look at the diagram). When I copied the pattern to print it out, I didn’t include the actual photos, just the text and diagrams, so I had to wait until our computer was not being used to check, and yes, you only decrease between one and two. It’s very obvious when you look at the aerial-view picture of the actual wig. So, just a little thing I would have worded differently. Or maybe I shouldn’t have read ahead (isn’t that what they tell you in school?) and then when I actually got to that point, I would have known what was meant. Or maybe this should be a signal to me to stop being so cheap about my printer ink and copy the photos, too.

October 10, 2007

Hallowe’en update #6

I’m done with the tunic! Well, except for weaving in ends, and trying it on Thing One.

I discovered that when I have only nine stitches on the needle, and I’m doing garter stitch back and forth, my rows are much larger. Oops. Luckily, I was able to duplicate the effect on all four shoulder straps. I joined the shoulders with kitchener stitch. Everything looks fine (except for the larger gauge on the shoulders) and matches up where it should.

I am on the second contrast color in the collar piece. That will probably be finished quickly, since I won’t be working on the tunic during my lunch hour anymore. I still haven’t found my copy of The Magic Loop, so I’ll probably wait to start the bracelets until I visit my mom. That might be this weekend. If I have the collar done before then, though, I can start on the other sock.

October 7, 2007

Hallowe’en update #5

If I were knitting instead of typing I might be done by now. With the tunic, anyway.

Okay, maybe not quite.

I did — thankfully — think to check the size of the armholes and see if I thought they’d be big enough for her. I decided that to keep the pattern close to the original, I’d better make them an inch longer, and make neckline half an inch lower. I think that should do it.

Overall, it will be 31″ long. 23″ from casting on to the beginning of the armhole, then 5″ to the neckline, and 3″ to the top of the shoulders. (Original pattern measurements are 28″ long. 21″ to armhole, 4 1/2″ to neckline, 2 1/2″ to top.)

October 3, 2007

Hallowe’en update #4

Wherein our humble narrator changes the pattern yet again to make it more to her liking.

K3tog is really a bitch to do, particularly when your carpal tunnel syndome is acting up. I don’t remember the proper notation for this, but instead of K3tog, I’m going to slip a stitch purlwise, K2tog, then move the slipped stitch over the two just knitted together. Basically the same effect, but doesn’t make my thumb feel like it’s being ripped out of my wrist. In fact, I think it might look better, too.

October 2, 2007

Hallowe’en update #3

Wow, that was fast.

Working with Shine is like petting a kitten. It’s really, really soft.

I think Mom is right and it’s probably five stitches to the inch. I cast on 28 stitches to try it, and that’s what I’m coming up with, and it looks about right.

The instructions for row 2 of the pattern are confusing to read. “P2, repeat [yo, slip yo of previous row purl-wise (new yo lies over top of previous row’s yo), p1]. When you do it, however, it makes sense. Actually, it makes sense to slip the yo from the previous row with the yarn in front, then bring the yarn over and purl the next stitch. It all goes in one motion, and it’s feels kind of neat to do. Then what you wind up with after doing the four row repeat is knitting that looks like crochet.

Anyway, that’s what I’m going to do with it, regardless of what they wind up saying for the gauge in the errata listing.

October 2, 2007

Hallowe’en update #2

I did get the yarn from KnitPicks yesterday. I fished out my size 5 circs to start a gauge swatch and noticed that the gauge for the collar says “8 stitches = 4 inches in pattern stitch.” Okay, I’m pretty sure there’s no way you’re going to get only two stitches per inch with a worsted weight yarn on size five needles, not without it being a very interesting pattern. Also, there’s no real “pattern stitch” that I can find. You start off with four rows of one thing, then it switches to decreasing rounds. That’s not all, either. In row five, it says to “k2tog, yo, k3tog, yo, repeat from *.” There’s no *. It does say how many stitches you should have after doing this row, so it was easy enough to figure out that the asterisk belongs before the k2tog.

Anyway, I went to Vickie Howell’s website, found the e-mail address to send her errata, and did so. Hopefully she’ll get the corrections posted soon.

While I’m typing this, my mom called and said she thinks it should be 5 stitches per inch, based on the number of stitches left and how long it’s supposed to be. I think I’ll work with that and see how it goes. She also noticed there are yarn overs on the purl side, and we’re both sure you should do those differently, but we don’t know how. She’s going to see if she can figure it out. Any suggestions?

September 30, 2007

Hallowe’en update #1

I almost feel like there’s no point to my following a pattern, since I’ve changed so much of it. I’m not using the yarn it calls for; I’m making it larger; and I’m doing it in the round instead of flat.

I cast on 48 stitches for the front and back instead of 44, and knit each piece until it was seven inches long (and I’m inordinately pleased with myself that they had the same number of rows and were the same width), then joined them. So now I’m knitting garter stitch in the round, which is kind of weird. Anyway, I’ve got about 12 inches knitted, which should be enough for me to have Thing One step into it after her shower, so I can be sure it’ll go over those hips I’ve mentioned.

It’s very boring knitting. I’m glad I’m doing it in the round instead of flat, because I’m sure I’d be thrilled when I finished the first piece . . . and then crestfallen when I realized I had to knit another one exactly like it. I’m trying to keep my mind not only on the actual process, but also on what the finished piece will be.

I’m sure that’s part of my problem lately. I get bored with things too quickly because I’m thinking more about the individual stitches or patterns. Even a complicated lace or cable pattern can seem boring when you’ve done it fifty times and have it memorized. I know I didn’t think that way before (before what? I’m not sure), though.

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered some yarn from KnitPicks myself (and told my mom that I think she’s an addict, to which she had no reply). I’m going to substitute Shine Worsted for the Cascade Pima-Tencel for the jewelry. It’s about half the price, and KnitPicks shipping rate is better than any other I saw. I should have that in the next couple of days. This is good, because I think the tunic is getting to be a bit long for me to be knitting while walking, particularly up and down stairs.

September 23, 2007

Born in Babylonia, moved to Arizona*

I bought the super cheap Caron One Pound for Thing One’s Hallowe’en costume. I’m sure my mom will be upset that she can’t order something else from KnitPicks, but I figure she’ll find something for herself.

Thing One has hips. She’s had hips since she was a baby. If it weren’t for those hips, I’d probably be able to get away with just making the tunic a couple of inches longer. At least it’s just a straight sheath, all in garter stitch. I am going to knit the jewelry, too. We went to Cost Plus World Market yesterday to see if they had anything appropriate, but they didn’t have necklaces that I thought would work.

My mom has gotten the yarn for Sheldon, so I’ve got that lined up, too.

Now I have to decide if I should make the other sock first, or get going on the costume.

Oh, who am I kidding? I already know, from past experience, that I’ll still be making the costume on Hallowe’en, no matter when I start it. I should probably start it today, so at least I’ll be able to get some sleep on October 30th.

*”King Tut,” Steve Martin