*oh hush. ‘Finished on Friday”, posted on Sunday. So?
Exhibit A: On Request
Pattern: Converse Booties (Rav Link) without the color changes. (I made the blades by looking at pix of hockey skates on-line. I don’t think I could repeat it.)
Yarn: various leftovers, black and white are Nature Spun, grey is unidentified
Exhibit B: Red Finger-First Gloves
I love the technique. Basic instructions are here at Nona Knits.
Things I did wrong: one of the thumb gussets is not evenly decreased (see that line of stitches on the right glove?) I didn’t understand what I was doing – or realize for how long. I’m not fixing it. I don’t mind it and it reminds me of how this works.
Things I could do better: finger joins.
Nona’s gloves were based on sock-weigh yarn and used increases at the base of the i-cord fingers. I was using heavier yarn but that doesn’t allow for much increasing before getting too big. I want to be able to join 2 stitches of each i-cord finger to the next i-cord finger. Need to work on this.
Thing I didn’t like: OMG there’s 12 end to tuck in, per glove!
(Oh, wait. There’s 10 ends per glove when knit from the wrist up. … nevermind.)
Thing I loved: getting all those fiddly fingers out of the way first, then the glove just knits up fast. I don’t expect I’ll ever really tuck in the end at the tip of the finger (I’ll just call that little tail “extra warmth” and let it felt into place as I wear them.)
Exhibit C: a hat
When … somewhere this fall, I found some PolarKnit – the polyester fleece yarn. I wanted to try it. (I am well aware that:
a) I did not like the colors (but there are more colors now)
b) fleece gets static-y and is a fur magnet
c) fleece isn’t terribly durable with the canines and branches and my life
d) fleece is not wind-proof (and, thus, is not a great outside layer)
d) fleece is not environmentally sound and
e) it keeps one warm, even when wet and washes easily, dries really fast
Now, usually, I would not need a terribly warm hat in this climate.
(Ahem. Despite giving away 15 (?) hats in November, despite noting our flowers, in November; it has gotten reasonably chilly here (20 in the a.m. below freezing all day and I can Not find our hats. We’ve got one light-weight hat a piece.)
So I offered it up to my sister. Just to try.
Pattern is a top down version of the Marsan Watchcap, which I’ve knit before. I like knitting from the top because … well I started from the bottom but didn’t “swatch” – just guessed. When I realized it was too big, I measured gauge, ripped and re-started from the top.
Knitting was easy and reasonably pleasant (I really like my lanolin-rich Donegal Tweed) – it is stretchy yarn. It could be knit at a much tighter gauge – which might improve its wind permeability.
OK I had nothing to do with this. This (grey wool fuzz) bed has been hanging around the house for 1.5 years (maybe on this bench … maybe by the window … maybe here… maybe over there …) I was starting to think I should give it away due to lack of interest.
(Ned is, clearly, too big. But I was hoping that Nickie would like it – when she needs to get away from Ned. He can curl around and hug the outside without bothering her… oh, I should get a picture of that, huh?
My work is never done.)