Posts tagged ‘errata’

February 12, 2009

A needle in a haystack

I’ve hit a bit of a snag.

I’ve got about one and a half repeats of the front cable (Hauser model? I can’t remember) for the legwarmer done, but one of my DPNs has gone AWOL. Better call in the FBI, maybe put out an APB.

I know I had it when I left the office. I was knitting while walking down the stairs, and I stood outside the car to finish the last couple stitches on one needle. I think I had it in the car, because I’m pretty sure I was at a stoplight where I had enough time to knit. The only time I got out of the car between work and home was at the gas station. I walked down there and asked if anyone had brought it inside, and then looked in the lot by where my car had been parked. I’ve looked in the car, and on our driveway. Tomorrow I’ll look in the parking garage at work.

I have three options, assuming it’s lost for good. One, I can switch to knitting on four DPNs, which I’d rather not do, especially since I’ve already had trouble with ladders. Two, I can switch to using two circulars, one nickelplated, one nylon. Again, I’d rather not do that, since the two needles are different enough I worry what it would do to my gauge. Three, I can switch to using two circulars, one nickelplated, one aluminum, which would mean either waiting until I’m done with the body of the Shetland Shorty or setting it aside until I’m done with the legwarmers.

A fourth option is I can find out if my mom has a size 3 circular she’d let me use, but I’ll have to wait until I visit her on Sunday. For right now, I’m going to work on the Shetland Shorty. I’m almost finished with the back. The front shouldn’t take as long, and then I think it switches to the smaller needles.

I have rearranged the stitches on the DPNs. I was getting ladders within the front cable because three stitches of that pattern were on one needle, the other nine on the next. Now I have ten stitches on the first needle, nineteen on the second, fourteen on the third, and fifteen on the fourth. That keeps both cable patterns on one needle, with an extra stitch before them. Hopefully that will take care of that problem. I haven’t gotten far enough that I’m willing to say whether the backwards wrapping is solving the ladder problem, but it seems to be.

I’m still having problems dropping stitches because the needles just slide right out. If I ever make these again, and want to use DPNs, I’ll get a wooden set.

February 11, 2009

Back in the saddle

Last night I rolled up a hank of Gloss into a ball. Of course, partway through, I left the room for a while, and trusted the cats. Yes, I did just admit that I am a little low on intelligence at times. I think whoever it was that decided to play with it pulled the unwound hank off the table, played with that a bit, and then that pulled the almost finished ball down on top of her head. At least, I hope that’s what happened. The ball was mostly okay, but the hank was tangled. At least she (or they) didn’t manage to chew it to pieces.

After I got it all rolled up again, I broke out the DPNs and cast on for the second Travelling Stitch Legwarmer. I’m going to try to use the DPNs for the whole thing this time. I’m doing a backwards wrap to try to eliminate the ladders. However, I’m not sure if I’m supposed to be doing that to the last stitch on the needle, or the first. Right now I’m trying it on the first. Of course, I don’t have much trouble with ladders in ribbing, so I’ll have to get past that before I know if it’s working.*

Another thing I’m doing differently with this one is not using markers. I think a large part of the problem I was having with the left edge of the cable patterns was because I was working around a marker (a regular safety pin, I know, the shame). I don’t think the markers are really necessary, anyway.

I’m not going to worry about the length. The gauge given in the pattern says 37 rounds = 4″. So for 143 rounds, you’d have about 15.5″. That’s a lot closer to what I have in the first legwarmer than what it says in the pattern.

Anyway, the plan is that I work on the second legwarmer and see if I can fix the problems I had with the first. If I do, then I can decide whether to finish the first one as it is, lumps and all, or rip it out and knit it again like the second.

As of right now, I have about four rows of ribbing done, so it’s way too soon to say.

*ETA: ClumsyKnitter on Ravelry put in her notes that she wrapped backwards at the end of rows. I will start doing that now.

February 7, 2009

A short update

I have gotten through the front shaping on the Shetland Shorty, with very little in the way of hiccoughs. I have a tendency to drop the second YO from the YO2, and not notice. Then when I get there on the next row, I have to recreate it. I’ve done it enough times now that I don’t really have to think about it.

I had a major screwup. I was doing the second set of shaping rows, and I’d almost finished one row at night, and when I picked it up in the morning, I wasn’t sure where I was. I looked back at the beginning of the row and figured out where I should be from that, but I didn’t remember getting that far. I counted rows, and it seemed to match up. So I did the next row based on where I thought I was, and then figured out I was wrong. Rather than undo two rows of knitting, I just dropped the stitches at the ends, where the problem was, and reknit them. Of course, the problem was that there should have been a YO and there wasn’t, so it was a little tight, but it seems okay.

I like doing Bird’s Eye Lace. I can’t remember if the necklace from Thing One’s Hallowe’en costume was the same lace pattern, or if it was just similar. It had the same sort of thing, though, with a double yarn over where you knit the first stitch and purl the second, and the rhythm of the needles when doing those stitches is just . . . fun.

I started getting a little bored at the beginning of this. The lace pattern is really only a four stitch/four row repeat, and while it’s fun, it’s easy. The only time I had to check the pattern was at the ends of the rows during the shaping. I managed to get myself excited about it again by thinking more about getting to wear it than just knitting it. I know this is something I’ve gone through before. It’s more than just getting close to finishing something and being impatient to get to wear it. It’s learning the pattern, memorizing it, and deciding I don’t need to do it anymore. Because I know it, it’s no longer interesting. I don’t know why I do this, when I can’t count the number of times I’ve read the original printing of The Stand by Stephen King (I do not like the updated version as much, some of those bits should have remained left out), or Jhereg by Stephen Brust. I think I’ve been infected with the idea that knitting is supposed to be fun and exciting. I don’t have any problem with it being fun and exciting, but I like that it can be something well-known and comforting, too. Just the rhythm of the needles moving through the stitches, the feel of the yarn sliding through my fingers, these make it a worthwhile effort.

Of course the funny looks I get on the stairs at work when I’m knitting away while walking are a good thing, too.

January 27, 2009


January is the busiest month of the year for bookkeepers in public accounting (at least, in the U.S.). We have one month to finalize payroll from the prior year for all of our clients and get out W-2s. I’m almost done. I’m working on one of my last clients now.

I’m really glad we don’t have to knit the forms by hand anymore. There is a certain satisfaction in doing them that way — watching the purl bumps line up neatly under the needles, the knitted “v’s” looking like geese ready to fly away — but the machines do it so much faster, and you don’t have to worry about accidentally crossing a cable the wrong way, and causing some poor single mother to look like she owes $10,000 in taxes for the year. This way the IRS can just feed them into their machines, too, which saves time and tax dollars. Automation certainly has its uses.

I still say that if I ever start my own business, I’ll knit all my books by hand instead of using something like QuickKnits or Purltree, but when you’re doing something fairly impersonal and mindless, over and over, it’s really nice to sit back and watch the machine do its thing.

A missive from down the rabbit hole, reposted from my LiveJournal.

January 23, 2009

I’m a math geek, and I have the calculators to prove it.

I’ve been a bit annoyed with myself that my Travelling Stitch Legwarmers seem to be coming out too long. I’m still not quite done with the lozenge chart, and it’s measuring about fifteen inches. So I looked at my repeats of the Hauser model chart, and they still seem like they’re about the same size at the top of the legwarmer as they were at the bottom. I decided it was time to do the math.

Each ten-row repeat of the Hauser model, for me, is about 1 1/8″, or 1.125″ (I got out the ruler and checked at the top and the bottom, and they are nicely even). According to the pattern, you work the Hauser model on the front of the leg over 132 rows. There’s also ten rows of twisted rib, plus the setup row for the cables. That makes a total of 143 rows. Granting a little fudging for the rib and setup row, that’s about 14.3 repeats of the Hauser model. 14.3 X 1.125″ = 16.0″. That’s just about spot on for where I am. So I checked to see if that matched up with 34 rows of the Hauser model, plus the eleven rows of ribbing and setup. 45 rows is 4.5 repeats of the Hauser model. 4.5 X 1.125″ = 5.0″. Spot on.

Is it just me? Am I figuring something wrong? In all the stuff I looked at on Ravelry about this pattern, I haven’t seen a single complaint about this. I imagine it’s possible that people haven’t been overly concerned with the length, because the instructions go by repetitions of the charts, but still. When a pattern says “should be about x inches,” don’t you check?!?

The monkeys are going to visit my mom tonight, and I’m going to bring my legwarmer-in-progress and the instructions, and see if she comes to the same conclusion.

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?