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Archive for February, 2011

Yarn on life support

Posted by Andi on February 20, 2011

Late last night, after working most of the afternoon and evening on the second of a pair of socks I was hoping to finish, I came to a slow series of realizations.

First – I was going to run out of yarn. They were top down socks, I was finished with the first sock, and I knew I would be out of yarn slightly before reaching the toe decreases on the second sock. So close!!! But so far. There was no way I was going to make it. What could I do other than frog the socks? I wasn’t willing to give up yet. I thought maybe I could undo the cast on at the top of the leg of both socks, frog back about a half an inch on each sock, put the stitches on needles and bind off the top and use the extra yarn for the toe of the second sock. I figured that could work, but in the end I decided that was too much work to warrant trying. Why would that be too much work?

Second – Because I didn’t like how the socks were turning out anyway. The first sock was a tad bit loose in one spot, down near the heel on the foot on just one side of the sock. It was a bit weird, but the sock mostly fit fine and I figured it would still fit in a shoe. No harm, no foul. But when I tried on the second sock to see if I could decrease for the toe with the yarn I had left I discovered the foot on the second sock was way too loose. My gauge must have changed between knitting the foot of the first sock and knitting the foot of the second sock. I was pretty certain this second sock would not fit in a shoe. How do I rectify this situation? I can go down a needle size, or maybe knit a smaller size?

Third – Either way, it means frogging the socks. This seemed like the only option left, but I wasn’t willing to make the decision to pull out hours and hours of knitting, work that kept me occupied on several plane rides to and from the West Coast last month, hours at home or at knitting group, on a whim. I decided to sleep on it. I woke up this morning ready to frog the socks, so I realized this was the way to go.

Fourth – I don’t like this pattern. I don’t want to slam the pattern here because it’s a personal thing. I have seen many beautiful FOs using this pattern, but in the end it just wasn’t for me. Time to look for a new pattern to go with this yarn!

Fifth – As I was scouring Ravelry to look for a new pattern for the yarn it hit me: I don’t like this yarn. It’s Noro, and although I like all of the colors in the yarn I didn’t like their order and the size of the bands. I couldn’t picture myself wearing anything in these colors in the way it was going to turn out.

So now here’s the big decision I have to make. Do I even bother frogging these socks to use the yarn for something else? Would I use it for a gift? If I don’t like the yarn for myself and can’t immediately think of someone who would like it, do I bother frogging, skeining, washing, and drying all of this yarn just to have it sit in my stash forever?

Right now I’m on the verge of tossing it in the trash and letting bygones be bygones. I have much nicer Malabrigo Sock all wound up and waiting to get used and I would much rather focus on that than on resurrecting yarn I don’t like. But what if some day I regret it and find the perfect pattern for the yarn? Perhaps instead I should tuck the nearly finished socks away, and in a year’s time if I still don’t like the yarn I can pitch it.


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So close yet not close at all

Posted by Andi on February 15, 2011

I have been working on an afghan for one year and three months. Not continuously, obviously, but I cast on that long ago, work on it until I can’t take it any more, and put it down for a few weeks or months or whatever.

I knit the entire body of the afghan and a decent amount of the border. I just have to finish the border and sew it on. I’m almost done in the grand scheme of things, but it’s still a lot of work.

How much more work? I won’t know until I start sewing the border. When I place it next to the afghan I try hard not to stretch it, but until I sew it on I won’t really know how much more I need to knit. But it doesn’t matter right now, because there is no way I have enough yarn to finish the border.

After one year and three months I have to buy more yarn.

I bought as much yarn as the pattern called for. I must have knit loosely or something. Whatever.

So tomorrow I have to go to craft stores until I find the right Lion Brand Wool-Ease colorway, and hope the dye lot is at least close. Wish me luck!

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Failed Hat Trick

Posted by Andi on February 3, 2011

I finished three hats, but unfortunately I failed at the hat trick. I finished the third hat on February 1, then had to block it, so I didn’t finish in time. But, here is my late third hat.


Project: Sylvana by Ann Kingstone
Yarn: Sirdar Snuggly Kisses DK in Giddy, .8 skein; JaggerSpun Zephyr Wool-Silk 2/18 in Emerald, .3 skein
Needles: US 2 DPNs, US 4 12″ circular and DPNs, US 5 16″ circular and DPNs
Date started: January 16, 2011
Date finished: February 1, 2011

I don’t know how obvious it is in the picture, but the underhat is a lilac color and kind of stripey, but I guess you can’t really see the color well in the below pic either.

WIP - Sylvana

I think the lace looks really cool, except for the one spot where I must have dropped a stitch or something toward the center.

Sylvana blocking

It happened as I was decreasing, and I knew I messed up, but at the time I couldn’t really see how. It wasn’t obvious until it was blocked. And really, had I been able to figure it out, I might not have had the patience to fix it. I was irritated because I didn’t finish in time. But still, I really like it. It’s pretty warm and I like how it looks on me, particularly the colors.


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As if I don’t have enough to do

Posted by Andi on February 1, 2011

In late summer/early fall 2009 I made a hat, scarf, and glove set for my brown wool winter coat. In the end I wasn’t happy with the set. I love the hat, and it’s the only piece I wear regularly. I didn’t like how the scarf turned out. It’s not horrid, but it’s not what I want. It’s too narrow. Maybe I can try to block it wider, but I don’t know how much that will help. The problem with the gloves is that I had to order the yarn separately, and although I ordered the same colorway it looks very different. Plus, the gloves aren’t that warm.

While surfing Ravelry the other day I saw a picture of the Flocked Mittens and was inspired. Light blue and brown is one of my favorite color combinations, and I thought these would look great with the brown coat. So now I’m going to make a whole new hat, scarf, and mitten set with light blue as the main color and brown as the contrast color. This time I will make sure that the yarn for all three projects is the same weight and the same dye lot, bought at the same time. The mittens call for worsted weight yarn, so I started a search for hat and scarf patterns using worsted weight yarn in two colors.

Because of the wonder that is Ravelry it took me all of about 15 minutes to decide on the other patterns. The scarf will be Gerda’s Scarf from the Holiday 2010 issues of Interweave Knits. I’m okay with the fact that the stitch pattern is different from the mittens. I think that will make it more interesting to knit. Finally, in contrast to the bold stitch patterns in the mittens and scarf, I chose the Yulie hat to keep it simple.

I have a ton of other projects I want to accomplish, so I really shouldn’t add three more (including a double knit scarf that will take forever) that need to be done by about November, but I’m going to add them anyway.

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