...you know the rest. My sister tried it on and it fit, so it was safe to weave in the ends - my experience on the last pair was certainly a demotivator to finish up while going. I'm also working on some SP things, aka things that must not be named, so that is slowing down the side bar progress. The Kitty Pi is almost done (or at least almost out of yarn, which comes to the same thing).
My sister started the cabled scarf today; she still has about 40 rows left on the Windy City Scarf. This is one full repeat of the free pattern from the free cable class at (wait for it...) Borealis Yarns. No practice swatches or anything to practice cabling... isn't it beautiful... she's a natural! This is in Mandalay Silk, on #9 needles. She started on #7, but the fabric was too stiff. (And she is using the fancy Addi Turbos!).
Mostly by chance, her Windy City scarf is going to end up with the exact same dimensions as mine; though she is not doing a Fibonacci sequence, so the color pattern is different. Pics:
I just found out that the DNA scarf won first place at the state fair. Wow. I really have to credit the designer, June Oshiro, though. She designed an extremely elegant scarf, which she was generous enough to share freely with the knitting and scientific community.
The lighting on the finished scarf wasn't the best, so I'm re-running the photo with the best lighting - you get the idea.
As a combo knitter, I'm so used to reversing everything that I do it even when I don't have to. For the River Run on the right, I went straightaway to knit through the back loop on the knit two together. I realized immediately that this wasn't what the mock cable really called for, but decided to go with it anyway. I really like the sudden transition of the twisted stitches in the reversed mock cable. The Potluck Water on the right is done "by the book," which leads to a much smoother cable.
I've been boycotting socks, due in large part to their allegedly addictive nature. (The other part is rebellion against the fact that both work and climate require wearing socks and real shoes).
But. Let's see. DPNs, fingering weight yarn, pair of objects... 4th pair... not really much different. Sigh. I'm betting turning heels is easier than putting on thumbs, too. How long can I maintain this resistance?
This set is for my sister; she chose the yarn. Cherry Tree Hill in Water potluck. So. Pretty.
Work has been getting most of my energy lately, so I've been doing "comfort knitting," patterns that I've done many times before - fingerless mittens and cat beds. There are a couple of new twists (literally) to the fingerless mittens, though. I've added some length and (reversed) mock cables to the gloves, along with some added purls and decreases to accomodate the length. I also wanted a bit larger glove, and tried the "medium-large" size (shown on right). I was even inspired to put on the thumb and weave in all the ends! I just kept ignoring the feeling that the gloves were really only suited for a giantess. It was only when starting the other glove that I finally admitted to myself that it wasn't going to work, and I didn't want to throw good knitting after bad. So I did the "small-medium" for the second glove. This fits my sister, who has medium-large hands... my gauge has drifted just a bit over pattern (10%). So if I want to make more gloves for myself, I'll need to go down a needle size.
This is really the first project I've had to frog due to size issues - the Fibonacci Windy City Scarf was more an aesthetic issue. The cable section was the same on both gloves (I just decreased at the stockinette portion for the second glove). I used some of the nice contrasting brick Cherry Tree Hill and a tapestry needle to pick up the first stockinette row. Then I had to search and search for the woven in end, dig it out and start frogging. I didn't think I could recover much from the thumb, so I hacked away at the top with the thread cutter (which really inspired the Kali up top - thread bits flying everywhere); even so the thumb was difficult to remove. I tinked back the last row of stockinette, to get the decreases in the first row, and I was good to go. There was enough extra yarn from frogging and reknitting to put on both thumbs, with plenty left over.
I've been wanting to rearrange for awhile, so expect to see things shuffling around. I'd like to get down to one sidebar, so that I can increase the picture size. Dialups, beware!
One thing, the "get set" doesn't really reflect what is coming next - too many potential projects. It will now be reserved for things that move into the swatching stage, or that are actively being designed. Patterns that I am simply following, that are not swatched, will move directly to "go."
Fingerless mittens, ends woven in, check! Ironically, it is the gloves that photograph well in any light that are getting the nice morning sunlight. This completes the clearing of the sidebar; now to plan out upcoming projects. And, we present the recursive fingerless mittens photograph:
I entered two items into the state fair, the Highland Triangle Shawl and the second DNA scarf; my first year entering. The judging is happening as we speak. I am looking forward to seeing the judge's comments (provided mine are in the top 25 - I have no clue how many entries are typically received in each category). I still have not been able to get a good picture of the shawl, so I am hoping for some magic while visiting at the fair - it will be hung professionally then, no?
Somehow I got it into my head that the stars had aligned that all the projects on the side could be finished simulateously; this theory actually worked really well until I didn't weave in the 8 ends for the fingerless mittens for multiple days. (Right now? 3 out of 8 ends woven in. Um.) So the knitting is stalled, even the swatching, which is some limbo state that doesn't even exist on the sidebar.
Instead, I present my foray into making stitch markers. This was motivated partly by owning a string of gorgeous green lizardite beads, bought at a bead show that I went to with a beading friend, many years ago. Rock! Pretty! Had to have! Of course nothing was ever done with these, since I don't bead. But now I have enough tools and doo-dads (not to mention two more strings, of different shades of jasper) to produce stitch markers. The more recent motivation was for the finish of Knitty SP4, to get them off to my SP. You said you had a guess as to who I am, so if you receive these in your package, you were right! I actually made six sets, only two are pictured.
The ones with multiple links are for counting rows between increases and decreases. You start at the white end, and increment every row (1-6 rows between activities) or every two rows (7-12 rows between activities). I got the idea from String or Nothing, but upon showing my creation around I've been told it is common to use yarn tied into multiple loops in a similar manner.