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  • knitting1105 2:45 pm on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    A New Direction 

    I purchased this gradient yarn from Knitcircus in 2014 at YarnCon.

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    Socks like these were on display in her booth, but I am guessing that the gradients are different to allow a more rapid color change

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    I did try making striped socks with this combination, but the result was so poor (very little gradation showed up), that I ripped it back and started over.  This time with just the green to blue color and a simple twisted rib sock. Enter problem # 2, I am not a fan of toe up socks, as I think that it is harder to get the size correct and a good hefty gusset.  So, I started with the light blue and knit what I thought was a good amount to use up 1/2 of the yarn, turned my heel, and then knit and knit and knit—really wanting to see the green gradient come through.  The result was laughable, but I still made the toe and sewed it together.

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    I don’t know what freak of nature these would even fit!  Therefore, I started the next sock from the opposite end of the skein, thinking that I would have opposing socks and that would solve my problem.  It wasn’t long before I realized that I needed to rip out the first sock.

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    So, now I am almost finished with sock number 2, the correct way, and have been using the ripped out sock as a blank to knit from.  Works well.  Lesson learned.

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    • Diane 3:04 pm on October 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      LOL…I like the 2nd sock much better too. A lot of work for a pair of socks, wear them well!

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    • conniewockensolle 12:52 am on October 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      For me, this experience is another proof for the uselessness of most of gradiant yarns…
      mostly the result is ugly…
      only very long gradiance in big projects like cardigans and not mittens or socks have a chance to create acceptable effects…

      well, after all these problems while knitting you know have to wear these… I suggest use them with boots..

      please don’t see my comment as malicious joy, I know about wasted time when knitting and the eagerness to finish a project…

      Cheers, Connie

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      • knitting1105 5:10 pm on November 6, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Your comment made me chuckle. I love a good gradient, and I think in the end, these turned out well. Thanks for your input.

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  • knitting1105 9:06 am on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Vogue Knitting Live 2015 

    Last weekend was Chicago Vogue Knitting Live.  I have taken classes each of the 4 years that it has been here, had some really good, and some so-so classes over the years.  After the first year where I was taking classes all 3 days, I learned my lesson and scaled back the number that i took.

    On Friday, I took the class Challenging Stitches from Japanese Designs with Gayle Roehm.  We learned 4 new stitch patterns that are not in stitch books, but came from garment designs.  It was interesting, and a good 1/2 day class.  I have misplaced my swatch, or I would show that to you.  A couple of years ago, I took an all day workshop through the Windy City Knitting Guild with Donna Druchunas.  That was really more comprehensive class in how to read Japanese patterns, and one that I would like to repeat again some day.  If you ever have a chance to take these classes from Donna, I highly recommend them.  In the meantime, if you want to learn how to read Japanese pattern books, this Knitty Article by Donna is very helpful, or a great refresher.  Many years ago, the Japanese government standardized knitting and crochet patterns and symbols, so it is very easy to figure them out once you have the general guidelines.  This book also will help to understand the different stitches, as there are very clear illustrations:

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    The second day was an all-day class with Deborah Jarchow in Lace Weaving with Pick Up Sticks on the Rigid Heddle loom.  I really really enjoyed this class, my friend Jane was with me, and it gave me new insight and challenges to the Rigid Heddle loom.  My loom is bigger, and will pose some of it’s own challenges, but I am anxious to try out these techniques.  Here is the sampler that I made.  My only regret is that I used crappy acrylic yarn, which shows the stitch patterns very well, but if I had used good yarn I would have ended up with a nice ascot for Dan.

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    I did go to the Market, but was very selective on what I purchased.  A woman had a booth with Vintage buttons, I wish that I had known that she would be there and I would had taken stock of projects that needed buttons.  I got a few from her, and then a cool new book and some Rauma yarn to make some mittens (have been wanting to try this yarn for quite some time.

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    No Vogue Knitting in Chicago next year, they will be in Minneapolis.  Might just have to take a road trip and visit some friends.

     
    • Jane 1:20 pm on October 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I like your crappy bright colors on your sampler. I did mine in “good” yarn and Joe does have a nice muffler.. but it is much harder for me to see the patterns so I can pick and choose which to use on other projects. And I too wish I had ideas for the button lady.. I have never seen such a great collection of buttons.

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