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  • knitting1105 7:03 pm on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Vacation Knitting 

    Packing for a vacation, and remembering everything that I need to take is always a bit stressful.  I usually get all of the miscellaneous things I need (often with one trip back to the house from 2 blocks away to get that one or two missed items), but my clothes are the last to be packed (and I often over-pack those as a result).  My most stressful packing by far is knitting.  I must have something for the car that does not require loads of concentration, something more detailed for the trip, all of the instructions, and of course the correct needles in all required sizes and lengths, and up or down a size for good measure in case gauge is not working out.

    I remember my famous plane trip to Australia (15 hours in the air after landing in California).  I had packed a pattern for a very intricate pair of socks in my carry-on (other knitting was in checked baggage) that I was sure would hold me over on the long plane ride.  As we sat waiting to board the plane in Los Angeles, one of 5 double pointed needles broke.  And, I had purchased these expensive rosewood needles just for this occasion as kind of a celebration.  I thought, no problem, I am capable of knitting socks with 4 needles, although I prefer 5.  Soon after take-off, when I decided it was time for some Zen concentration to take my mind off the 2 kids kicking my seat behind me (I finally had to succumb to asking the father to control them hours later, and he was less than pleasant, but obliged), I set down to work on my beautiful socks.  Soon, the next needle broke.  I was done for knitting on that plane ride (I now carry 2 sets of needles for every sock project).  I thought that since we were going to Australia, land of wool, that I could surely replace these needles in one of the many cities that we were in.  Little did I know that knitting is not popular in Australia, and I spent my entire trip both trying to find replacement needles, and desperately seeking some beautiful Australian wool to bring back and make a sweater.  Finally did find the beautiful natural wool in Tasmania, never found sock needles.  Who would have thought  that a country known for it’s wool would have been full of knitters interested only in fuzzy and sparkly yarns?

    So now to leaving tomorrow for a week at the beach.  Last year I knit most of my Polar Bear sweater in that week (part of my Ravelympics feat), and I wanted something complex and entertaining.  So, Poetry in Stitches kit that I recently purchased on Ravelry from someone with too much yarn and too little time (not my problem—right!).  I am excited to start this.  I am also bringing along 2 socks to work on (Arch Socks with a hand paint yarn from Rivers Edge Studio, and STR 2008 sock club socks “Holidazed”).  Wish me luck.

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    And just in case, I have a back-up of a Hanne Falkenberg kit, but I would have to hand-wind all of the balls of yarn.

     
    • theLady 9:05 pm on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      That first paragraph could have been written for me as I frantically tried to pack with the exact same concerns on Friday! Yarn, projects, needles, directions, tools, and that things that I might perhaps need if I got to them… Argh! And that was just the knitting stuff! Have fun with your kit! I hope they re-print that book. And I must agree with you on the STR patterns – from what I’ve seen, they’re pretty simple. The Rock and Weave sock pattern that I bought when I was a very green sock knitter was so poorly written and actually pretty simple. When I bought it though, having been knitting for only a few months at the time, it was more than I knew how to do. Now I look at all of their club patterns and they do look pretty basic. Also, I was interested in the sock club a few years ago, but now my experience with sock and fiber clubs is that I’d rather just buy what I want! I usually don’t end up liking surprises. Not my colors.

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    • Adagio 12:13 am on May 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Very beautiful! I love the colors. Is the cardigan knit in the round, then steeked? Did you ever get it finished?

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      • knitting1105 8:01 am on May 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Not yet, it is so close though.

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        • adagio 7:04 pm on May 28, 2011 Permalink

          So, is the entire cardiagan knit in the round and then steeked? I tried steeking once. I would love to make this cardigan. I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try steeking again. Thank you and good luck on completing this gorgeous cardigan.

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    • knitting1105 11:50 am on June 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      As far as steeking goes, the first time I took a class and did it with expert supervision. The second time, I was too scared, so I hired my former teacher to steek and cut for me. Then, I just got gutsy. I would suggest starting with a baby sweater so that the time commitment is not as high. good luck!

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      • Adagio 8:28 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I live in an extremely rural area; no local yarn shop. Is there a book or website that you can recommend on how to increase in pattern? Thank you.

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    • knitting1105 8:49 am on June 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Look at this post, as I talked about how I increased in the sleeves, my preferred way. I am currently working on a pair of socks, and they are decreased in the round, and I just K2tog n pattern for those. I hope that this helps.

      https://knittingbeforeknittingwascool.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/poetry-sleeves/

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  • knitting1105 9:04 am on August 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply  

    Finished another pair 

    I finished my 3rd to the last pair of STR (Socks that Rock) 2008 club socks.  Only 2 more left to go.  The pattern was okay, I like the twisted rib cuff, but as always, found the yarn to be too thick for my taste (even in the light weight version).  I changed the heel from the standard reinforced rib, to an alternating slip stitch.  I think that it goes better with the sock.  The pattern is less than inspiring.  I might have been interested in it in my first year of sock knitting.  I think that these sock clubs that have sprung up all over strive to find something interesting to make, and succeed only occasionally.   The only pair that comes to mind from the past 2 years that I would remake is the ones by the Yarn Harlot  -Lenore (and when the package came I was NOT interested in them at all).

    So, here are my recently finished socks, which will go in a drawer as a future gift to someone:

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    • Mel 9:04 am on August 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Oh I am in love with these socks! Love the colors, love the pattern! I admire your talent and assume you and your family have the warmest feet in OP during those long winter months!

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