Friday, December 21, 2007

4:30 Friday

Think I have a chance to have a finished sweater by Tuesday?

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Durrow Frustrations (and New Yarn!)

Ah, Durrow. So lovely, so fraught with troubles. After a 6 month hiatus for gauge change issues under the couch, still you do not cooperate.

The good thing about doing both sleeves at the same time is that the gauges are the same (these are actually the same length!), and what you do to one, you do to the other. The bad thing is when you do the same wrong thing to each!! After a couple of minor rip-backs, I've just discovered I took the raglan shaping too far, and have to pull back the last 10 rows or so on both to correct it. Sigh. I will do this now, since taking a break obviously isn't solving the problem!!

With better news (at least so far):

Yum. Cascade 220 colour#2410. Newly arrived for the start of FIL's cardigan (commissioned!). I got the whole bag (10 skeins) just in case - cables eat yarn - but I may be putting a ballwinder and swift much higher up on my priority list after hand winding 2200 yards!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Speedy Crochet

... or "How many ways can you make warm slippers?"

Count 'em:
1 corrugated single crochet sole

2 corrugated single crochet soles (with an added layer of felted sweater in between)

and a top to keep it on the foot!

Verdict: three layers is working better at keeping the cold from seeping through to my feet, but not quite perfect yet...

Stop me when I handcraft Sorrels!

(base pattern (top altered) from here)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Wardrobe Staple

... and the end to the going-on-forever vest! It's not an exciting colour, the materials were nasty to work with, but I think the end result is something that will end up with a lot of use:

It's sitting in soapy water at the moment in an attempt to de-dust the wool, and perhaps get a little blocking in there too! A conditioner rinse will do a final stab at making the wool less prickly, but I'm thinking this is going to have to be an over-something-always kind of vest.

A pleasant surprise - the side seams didn't disrupt the bottom or midriff bands nearly as much as I feared! Of course I found a 4mm circular in time for the neck and sleeve edgings... Ah, well, what can you do?

Details: pattern based on pictures of Stephanie Japel's Back-to-school U-Neck Vest (from Fitted Knits), so there are extensive modifications (see previous posts!); 4mm needles and two strands of coned wool from VV, ~22sts/4"