Sunday, February 27, 2011

I need a new project

I don't know whats wrong with me, but I have no real desire to cast on new projects. I'm trying to finish whats on my needles. Which is a fairly long list.

1. Prairie Rose Lace Shawl in Paton's new lace yarn from The Knitters Book of Wool
2. Greenfield Cardigan in Cascade 220 from New England Knits
3. Pinstripe Slouch hat in Fleece Artist Merino 2/6 from Knitting 24/7

These were all started keeping in mind my new goal to knit more from my library. But I'm not sure why, I just don't feel like finishing them. I love all 3 projects. I'm enjoying the patterns and the yarn, but I just keep looking and lusting after other things. Why can't I finish them? Especially the cardigan. I've been working on that since September, and I won't allow myself to cast on for another sweater until I finish it. I only have 1 and 1/2 sleeves to finish. I know what the problem is though. I hate knitting garter stitch in the round. It is so annoying. I've decided to knit the sleeves flat and them seam them up afterwards. That should make for decent TV knitting at least.

I did manage to finish a crochet project though. This time not from a pattern in my library, but from a freebie on Ravelry called Calm Cowl. (Ravelry link only -yet another reason to join)
This was crocheted using Rowan felted tweed. I loved this yarn so much. The resulting fabric is very nice, with great drape. This is sometimes hard to get in crochet. I'm very happy with this cowl. It will likely be a gift for my daughter or one of her roomies. The house is having a depressing time with boys and whatnot, and could use some cheering up. So, I will send woolies. Nothing says I love you, like woolies

Thursday, February 10, 2011

When good gauges go bad

Lame title, I know. Especially considering I refuse to do gauge swatches on hats. Sweaters, yes. But not hats. Even the great Elizabeth Zimmerman used hats as swatches.

So, really, its my own fault that the first hat that I knitted turned out gigantic. It was meant for Morgan - as a Valentine gift. The cute little hearts were too sweet to resist. He was in need of a new hat since the ganomy I had knit for him had gotten way too small. Now that I think of it, I did knit him a handspun earflap hat a little while back, so I'm not sure why his mother asked for a new hat. Oh well, who am I to resist knitting hats for gorgeous little boys. Not me. Resistance is futile.

In any case, I now have two heart earflap hats. The first hat was knit in size 18 months to 4 years. Perfect for our 2 1/2 year old Morgan, right? Except, it turns out that the finished hat ended up too big for me! Likely great for my large headed offspring, Amy. There is no such thing as too many hats, she tells me. So, I'm lucky in that regard. When my hats have gauge issues, they are sure to fit someone in the family right?

The second hat, I ended up going down a needle size and knit the newborn size. It'll be a perfect fit for Morgan. I should have paid attention to the comments that other knitters had said about this pattern on Ravelry. A lot of others had said that this pattern ran kind of big. Who knew it would be that big though!!

Oh, details about the hat. The pattern is from the book "Weekend Knitting" and its called "Almost Famous Luggy Bonnet". I knit both versions in Knitpicks telemark yarn, except for the yellow hearts, they were done in knitpicks stroll tonal held double.