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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Knitting Notes

I had a bit of a knitting binge this weekend:

Pattern: Garter Yoke Baby Cardi
Yarn: Dalegarn Falk
Needles: Size 4

I finished this off on Saturday after purchasing buttons. I'd already decided to only put buttons on the yoke, rather than the entire placket, which is probably a good thing, as I wasn't overly fond of the button selection at Joann's. My LYS has some buttons, so I'll definitely have to check there next time I'm in need of buttons. Or perhaps venture online.

But, back to the pattern, this is a really quick knit. I did manage to slightly fudge the bottom so that they're a bit uneven, but but I blame that mostly on my inability to cast off loosely, not any fault of the pattern. It's really cute, and I'd make it again.

The yarn is quite nice and makes a good sturdy fabric. My one quibble is not actually a fault of the yarn, but only an observation that the pattern example was made in a more heathered yarn, and I like that effect better. I'll definitely keep that in mind if I make this again.

I also finally finished my mother's ChristmasBirthday socks!

Pattern: Spring Forward socks
Yarn: Panda Cotton in the Blueberries-Grapes Colorway
Needles: Size 2

This is a great, really easy, very quickly memorizable pattern. Ideal tv watching knitting. I'd say I'd make it again, but I have so many sock patterns I'd like to try that I may not get around to it.

I really like the finished fabric of this yarn. It's got a nice, dense, but soft, feel to it. This is a pretty big relief, as the yarn is incredibly splitty, and not always a joy to work with. I had to forgo my Harmony needles and work with something with a little less give so I wasn't dropping stitches. (Well, except for the one Harmony I had to sub in when one needle went missing. I still haven't found the little bugger!) I can't say for sure I'd work with it again, but I do like the way it ends up, so I won't say I never would.

And finally, because I am insane, and four other WIPs doesn't seem to be enough, I cast on a Koolhaas hat in my lovely Malabrigo. I'd normally wait, but I really want a new winter hat, and therefore might actually finish this relatively quickly. We'll see!

1 comment:

jessi said...

Very nice! I just started knitting in the round using double-ended needles. I'm not brave enough to try making socks yet (I'm working on an awesome purple hat!), but they're definitely on my list. :)