It’s the weekend!

Well, it was for me at least, as I have off on Tuesday and Wednesday.  I knit a lot of Rosedale United, and am now a full 10 inches into the body.  Unfortunately, my digital camera’s batteries are dead and need to be charged overnight, so the only picture I have is from yesterday.

Rosedale and Dan
Pullover sweater or pretty little hat? You decide.

Since I knit the cardigan version of this sweater two years ago, I’ve learned a lot about knitting.  Like what matched decreases look like.  And how to ‘make one’ (for a long time, the only increase I knew was to knit into the front and back of a stitch).  Hence the waist shaping of Rosedale United are looking a lot more together and smooth than the Rosedale Un-United were.  Also, since I had steamed the hell out of the sweater in a vain attempt to get the front from curling, the Kureyon is all slightly felted – which makes it a bit hard to spit and splice for joining balls, but gives the whole sweater a slightly denser look that I’m loving.

I’ll save the rest of my analysis for when I can accompany it with pictures.  I’ve still got a few hours of weekend left before my Monday (your Thursday) gets underway, and I have some commuting socks to get started on 😉


Jaywalkers: done.

The rumors are true – I actually finished a pair of something. I am notorious for starting projects that require a pair of something (gloves, wristwarmers, socks, sleeves, anything on Noah’s Ark), and never, ever finishing the second one. So the fact that I knit both of these socks – in just over two weeks! – is very impressive. At least I impress myself.

You can see the crazy pooling, and how it differentiated on each sock. Overall, I’m happy with the yarn choice and the pattern, but I do have a bit of trouble getting the sock over my heel – but I think that is simply my cast-on being tight.

Ignore the messy table-top. And uhm, the un-grafted toe.

Pattern: Jaywalkers, by Grumperina.
Yarn: KnitPick’s Sock Garden in ‘Daffodill’ on US 2s.
Mods: I picked up an extra stitch or two when picking up the stitches for the gusset, and then decreased an extra stitch or two along the way – typical for avoiding gaps for me. I learned how to do a short-row heel after I had finished the first sock, otherwise I may have subbed it in.

It was touch and go for awhile – but it was quiet at work, so I was almost there!

It’s my weekend (I have off on Tuesday and Wednesday), so I have a few days to find a new sock pattern for my next commuting project. I’ll be using this yarn, which I bought from Storyteller’s Yarn.

Any pattern suggestions?

One pile of yarn is just like another.

After an evening of swatching into the early morning, and a post awakening measurements and a bit of calculations: Rogue in that merino was just not meant to be.

Samus, knit on US8s, has a gauge of 4.75 sts/inch. And I don't even like how loose that fabric feels. I tend to like a bit of a denser knit, I suppose. I looked up the ball-band gauge of the yarn on Elann – and it's 4.5 sts/inch. On the reccomended needle size of US9s-10s.

Huh. I had never even contemplated going that large with the needles. I don't think I'm going to go up a needle size and swatch – I don't really like the look of the fabric on the US8s, and I wanted the Rogue sweater to be a little tougher, and wear well. And super-soft merino on US9s or 10s is not going to cut it, I think.

After contemplation, I think I will abbandon one pile of yarn for another.

This was my first sweater. Oh, Rosedale. How I loved thee.

Why did I rip it apart? Why do I seem to have this pattern of destroying sweaters I seemingly love?

Well, it was a little too small. Also, I could never get the edges not to roll. And I didn't want to put in a zipper. So what did I do? Rip.

I'm going to make it into Rosedale United. Yes, the same sweater. But a pullover. I've never knit a pullover before. I ripped this sweater apart last year – and I think I'll actually start doing something with it, and not just sigh and stare at it. The best part? Since it's the base of the same raglan, I can use the same sleeves!

I already started. I forgot how much I love Kureyon! This is colorway 88.

Sock progress? Ah,not much.  If I want to finish this sock up by Monday evening, I better get knitting!

Didn't do much on the Jaywalkers today. Here they are, waiting for the train home with me. That green knit thing is my iPod in its cozy.

A little bit of swatching, not much progress.

I was hoping to share with you my completed swatches for Rogue, but, sadly, I was mistaken.

Knitting Basket
My knitting basket. Sadly full of unknit yarn. And pattern.

I decided, after thinking it over, that I was going to rip apart my nearly complete Samus and make Rogue. Why? I don't quite know myself. So I grabbed a spare ball of the super-soft merino I was using for Samus, and started swatching.

The pattern suggests anywhere from a US5 to a US8 to get gauge – 4.5 sts/inch. I reach for my US6s, but settle for the US7s that are closest to me. I knit up a swatch, love the fabric – but the gauge? 5.25 sts/inch. Way too small for the sweater. Since the pattern suggests making swatches in the round and flat, I think – well, maybe it will be right in the round. Nope – it's nearly 6 sts/inch (I knew it would be smaller. Wishful thinking).

But alas, it is my bedtime, so I will put the swatching away for now and continue tomorrow.

Jaywalkers Progress
Progress on Jaywalker 2, my train knitting. Hoping to finish it by the end of my week!

Hello world!

Because I just couldn't ignore the constant knitting discussion in my head.  This isn't my first go round at a knitting blog – let's see if this one sticks.  Right now, I'm doing all of the set up and cute-ify blog stuff.  A real post will follow later, as I have various projects I wish to share.  But first I need to do the important blog stuff.  You know, like finding cute buttons to put on the side-bar.