I had planned on this being my first work in progress post however in the lull in festivities between Christmas and New Year and the daily walks on the fields aorund our village, I’ve had itchy fingers. I got the hang of the italian tubular cast on and cast on the 132 stiches for a Hermione Hearts Ron hat and ta-dah, one finished Hermione Hearts Ron hat. (Does it still as a WIP because it needs blocking? I’m still working out how to block a hat).
I had to substitute the yarn because The Fibre Company Road to China Light isn’t readily available in my neck of the woods. I settled on a Debbie Bliss yarn called Baby Cashmerino in clotted cream so the hat would go well with my nice new coat that Santa brought. My gauge swatch (yes, I knit a gauge swatch) was the correct height but too narrow … weird. With the help of some Ravelers I settled to use bigger needles and get on with it.
The hat has knit up beautifully. I would make two improvements if I were to remake it, casting on with smaller needles to keep the cast-on edge neat, and adding another four rounds of ribbing because my earlobes don’t quite make it under the hat and I’m not one for getting cold ears 🙂
What do you think?
I like to think I choose patterns that will enable me to learn a new skill or trick but maybe I’m just a sucker for punishment! One lovely new pattern chosen (a hat to go with the coat I am receiving as a Christmas gift from my parents) which requires one new cast on to be learned this time … the Italian tubular cast on.
From reading a little I have learned that this cast on gives a nice ribbed edge and is quite stretchy. Perfect for a hat, or the cuffs of a jumper. It’s not dissimilar to the long tail cast on so once I’ve got the hang of it, it should be quite a quick cast on.
The first video I watched made a great explanation of the cast on while casting on with the needles but I simply couldn’t remember the process while being able to count my stitches! I have however found a video that on YouTube by lunaknits that explains the cast on perfectly. The working yarn always goes over and the tail moves behind the needle like a metronome. The (non-practising) musician in me likes this explanation.
So a few posts ago I was talking about Christmas Table Stockings, a cute little pattern from a magazine which is designed to hold cutlery. I have finally finished eight of them all ready for next Wednesday.
I learned two new things during this process; weaving in my ends and rather than just sewing them up any which way, I have taught myself mattress stitch using tutorials from the Purl Bee and Lion Brand’s Learning Centre. Lovely and neat (except for one that seems to have a bit of a twist to it. It takes ages but I can see why I should be doing it.
Now to plan my next project…
Raveloop that weird space time continuum flux that seems to happen at odd intervals for an indeterminate amount of time (i.e. the way time flies when looking at Ravelry)
I’m so pleased to see that Raveloop is a recognised phenomenon; I can now confidently tell Hunky* Husband that I am in a Raveloop when he casually asks what I’m up to. This question usually comes when I’ve spent an inexplicably long time attached to the laptop or tablet browsing pattens or blogs and might mean one of a number of things including ‘are you spending money?’ or ‘are you up to no good?’.
I’m also really pleased to have found a list of lingo and abbreviations in Ravelry. I was beginning to go slightly mad trying to work out some of them!
*The adjective to describe hunky husband could change throughout this blog depending on my mood/his behavior. Hunky is a good place to start.
I knot my knitting! There, I said it.
I know that there’ll be some of you reading this with horror right now but please forgive me, I didn’t know any better. I promise I will try to get out of this habit. For those of you reading this thinking, I always knot my knitting, I promise I will still knot some of my knitting (it would be slightly boring to comply with convention all the time). I can see from a quick web search that I’m not alone in my knotting habit.
I’ve finished knitting up the Christmas Table Stockings, two of which have been knotted and stiched together. I have resolved to weave in the ends of the wool tails on the remaining stockings so I guess that means I need to learn how to do it!
I’ve been busy pinning knitting techniques onto my new Pinterest Knitting Techniques board and one of those techniques is a really helpful tutorial ‘Weaving in Your Ends’ from PurlBee.com. A quick look on the Ravelry forums and I find a wealth of posts. Gladtobemom explains how she weaves in ends in this forum. These among others have been really useful and ta-dah … six stockings with weaved in ends.
While browsing online for equipment (I’m thinking a set of interchangable needles) I stumbled across these stitch markers from Charmed Knitting and can’t get over how cute they are. Compared to my cheap plastic rings that I’ve never really liked, these are amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on some. The only question is, which ones to choose? This is just a small selection!