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Archive for April, 2007

Knitpicks dpns

I’m a much happier camper today. I had been struggling with my sock knitting lately, without understanding why. Eyestrain or just a new posture, something was getting in my way as I worked on a pair of socks for my daughter. Granted, I’m working on size 0 needles, but that’s pretty normal for socks. I was using two circs, addi’s with long tips. I should have been fine with that.

Then I remembered that I’d ordered a set of Knitpicks double-pointed needles. I’d completely forgotten, and didn’t remember the size, but they turned out to be 0’s indeed. I switched needles. Mid-sock. I know. I know. Dangerous stuff.

Oh what a huge difference these tips make for me. I would have never guessed. Like Addi circs, they are nickel plated, slick as can be, but unlike Addis at that gauge, they have a long, long taper, with a fine point. Great for digging those itty bitty stitches off when you’re working a tight sock.

I’m flying over the second sock, much more comfortable. Also the 0’s are just 6 inches long, which is just right for sock knitting, at least for me. They are not so much in the way. If you knit loose, you’ll hate these, because they’ll fall right out on you. But if, like me, your stitches tend to snug your needles, and you break wooden needles under a size 3, then these are divine. Really. I’m going back to get some more sizes now.

And I’ll also get more of the handy stitch keepers (scroll to the bottom of their page for the ordering info) I got from the lovely Mannings when I went to Stitches Camp (more on that coming, coming), and love them wildly. Simple soft plastic cups sized to hold several sizes of needles with a little elastic between them. Just hold all four or five of your DPNs while you’re taking a break from your knitting. Easy enough to make these, I expect, but I won’t get around to it.

Blocking


cables

Originally uploaded by juju&jack.

Hand-sewn steek


Steek 5 of 5

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jack hattie aran


jack hattie aran

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Good grief. Somehow I missed writing about Jack’s Aran. I don’t know how. It’s my favorite project so far, a sweater I actually MISS knitting, I loved making it so much. A proper top-down Aran in British Breeds wool. I knit it almost entirely in the round, steeked the armholes. My first adult sweater, and I like to borrow it. I’ll have to make one for myself, because I borrow it too often.

This one’s completely inspired by Elizabeth Zimmerman’s books. The courage to make up my own pattern (borrowing stitch patterns from Elsebeth Lavold’s Viking Knits book), steeking, using good wool. And of course working out the stitch counts… all using her recipe for sweaters in the round. It’s amazing how much I didn’t know when I did this. I lucked out in a lot of ways, I realize. But also, I didn’t overthink it. I just knew I had to knit until I got to the end of Jack’s shoulders, to the end of his armpits, then his wrists, then keep going until it was long enough. Achh! I miss making this. I better do it again!

Hazel sweater detail


Hazel sweater detail

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Hazel sweater buttons


Hazel sweater buttons

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Hazel sweater


Hazel sweater

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I’m two hours from Ashville, in a Super 8 in Kentucky, loading up Hazel’s sweater before I head on into Lily Chin world. I loved making this sweater, because the Habu bamboo yarn is just luscious. And washes well, and will likely wear like iron. I know, I know, a white baby sweater? But it’s so washable. And the mom will just paint or dye it if the white is too much. In the end, the sweater is more about the buttons, don’t you think? I could eat those buttons.

This is the kimono baby sweater from Interweave Knits natural knits for babies and moms, which is a lovely book. And proof that I can follow a pattern if I’m forced to. Get the pattern corrections from their website before taking on this one!

I’m concerned that those seams in bamboo (or cotton) won’t have enough give to be comfy for Hazel. Worry, worry. I think I’ll stick with Zimmerman’s seamless baby sweaters… but this was fun.