Monday, July 28, 2014

The Impatient Knitter

I've always said that knitting doesn't take patience, it takes persistence.  I am not a patient person, and despite that, I'm a pretty prolific knitter.

Endless Circular Stockinette

Sometimes I really enjoy mindless, repetitive tasks, like knitting stockinette in the round, and then other times I need to break it up with something different.  Even if it's just a change to a different size needle.

On my current raglan top-down project (see below), it even helped to just switch to a sleeve where the rounds are shorter and it requires me to count rows so I know when to decrease.  Just that minor change added enough change to make it interesting.

Current Project

I've made a lot of progress on the top-down raglan, although it might not seem like it.

As noted above, I did get kind of bored with the seemingly endless stockinette of the body of the sweater, and I also thought it would be easier to photograph a progress shot of the sweater if I started one of the sleeves.

It also helped that I had two extra circular needles in the size needle I'm using, so I can switch back and forth between body and sleeve.  Thank goodness for obsessive purchasing of things like Addi Turbos!

This is also the most accurate color photograph I've been able to capture.  I loved one commenters description as "arresting".  I think it totally is.

Readers' Comments/Questions

Some readers asked how I would use the reversible edging on the corners of the kid alpaca blanket.

I figured I would just have plain garter stitch in the squares that make of the corners of the edging.  In fact, if you notice, my original swatch for the edging started off with a square of garter stitch.  I think I'll just knit four of those swatches and sew them to the blanket as shown here.

Then next piece of edging will just be sewn to the left side of the garter square in the photo above.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Edging - A First Step in Completion

This post's title might get a few disappointed googlers, but a few extra hits on the old blog never hurts.

If You're Here for Knitting...

...continue on.

I just realized that I've been working on the kid alpaca blanket/coffin cover for almost as long as I've been writing this blog, and as I start to get to the point that I think it may be finished soon, it scares me in a few ways.

Having called it my coffin cover for so many years, I'm hopeful its completion won't mean I have to follow through with that idea.

Since the Work-In-Progress (WIP) is as old as the blog, I'm hopeful I won't have run out of blog topics with the completion of the blanket.

I'll have no "when all else fails, pick up the the kid alpaca blanket project" project to fall back on when all else is boring.

The Edging is Started

Yes, I've come up with an edging that I just love for the blanket (even though I do still have a dozen more inches of the blanket to knit):

It's a simple cable cross-over on a garter stitch background, but the nice part is that it's reversible (the cables show up on both sides.

I had never seen this technique, but it's just using 1x1 rib for the stitches in the cable.  The resulting fabric has a bit more structure and stability than the blanket fabric, and it looks good on both sides.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Color Appeal

Do you spend any time looking through Pinterest for knit-related items to post?  Have you seen a trend in what folks re-Pin or "Like"?

It's Usually Vibrant Colors

Not always, but usually when I find a particular knit stitch or garment in my Pinterest feed, and I find myself compelled to save it to my Knitting and Crochet pin board, it's usually something done in bright, vibrant colors.

Which tells me two thing:

  1. If I want something to be popular and be re-pinned or liked on Pinterest, make sure the photo of the object is in bright, vibrant colors.
  2. I should look at the more bland colored knitting posts on Pinterest to try and imagine them in vibrant colorways, to see if they might be a great example of something done in brighter colors.

Current Knitting

Well, I've finally gotten past the raglan increases on the Top-Down Raglan pullover I'm making.

I'm actually looking forward to the next section of knitting which requires absolutely no concentration for me at all.  The top section required constant counting and making sure I remembered if I was on an increase row or not.  Now all I have to make sure of is not to go past the length I'm going for in the body of the sweater before starting the ribbing at the bottom.

Readers' Comments/Questions

Thanks for all the feedback on mustache.  I think most people realized I wasn't really planning on growing one and I also don't plan on naming any future adopted children Adolph.  If you've ever seen the movie Clerks II, the character Randall tries to reclaim a racist term, and that was really my inspiration for the last blog post.

Also, my sister-in-law of mine is Jewish, and she was telling me that her grandfather (also Jewish) wore a Hitler mustache.  She even texted me a photo to prove it.

I'm not really sure I'd consider this a Hitler-like mustache...more like a soul-patch above the lip.  I also thinks he looks good with it.  Me, not so much.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Reclaiming With Pride

Years ago, when I first started establishing an on-line identity, I decided I loved the idea of reclaiming "queer" as a term of pride, rather than derision.

Taking On a Bigger Challenge

Now I think it's time to take back the under-nose-only mustache.

I mean why is it that one person can ruin a mustache style for all of eternity?  Especially when it's one of the few mustaches that I could actually grow.

And just think, if enough of us took back the stache and wore it with pride, it would take away the assholes' ability to use it against good people like our president.

I'm thinking this could be a social movement...#reclaimthestache.

Thoughts, concerns, question, suggestions?

Current Knitting

I've made a lot of progress on the top-down raglan I started at the end of last week, although you'd never know it.

Taking a photo of this work-in-progress is almost as difficult as photographing an in-progress knitted lace project, but at least you can see the collar a bit and the striping I'm doing.

I was honestly hoping to have finished all the raglan increases before this morning, but it's starting to feel never-ending.  But I love the color combination...I know the green might seem a bit overwhelming at this stage in the project, but there will be very little more of it used except as an accent in the cuffs and waistband at the bottom.

Thoughts, concerns, question, suggestions?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Finding Inspiration

I've been looking for a new project and I think I've finally found one that I'll enjoy for at least a little while.

New Top-Down Raglan

I went through my stash and found some beautiful brown yarn from Madeline Tosh in DK weight (which is my favorite weight to knit), so I decided to start a new top-down raglan for either me or Thaddeus (we both take about the same size sweater).

As beautiful as the Tosh yarn was, I still wanted to jazz it up a bit with a contrasting color and I found this wonderful yarn that I think I dyed at the Rocky Mountain Men's Knitting Retreat a few years ago.

I've made it past the neck shaping but I still have some increases to go before it's full-circumference.  And for now, the vibrant green is just the two stitches in between the raglan increase stitches.

So far so good.