Chronicles of Knitterly Misadventures

Back on a roll!
March 21, 2008, 3:22 pm
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I’ve been stash busting this month. It’s remarkable, really, how much yarn I’ve acquired in the last three years, especially when you consider how small my living spaces have been.

The most perplexing skeins to use up were these vivid red and yellow skeins of Cascade 220 I’d intended to use for my own Gryffindor scarf and Hermione’s cable & bobble hat, only to find that the yarn was too heavy for the scarf and the hat seemed to be jinxed particularly for me. So, here I am with two skeins of blood red and lemon yellow wool- the latter a color I can’t pull off (yellow + my Asian skin = blech). What do I do with them?

The hat was a great knit, also a one day project. Instead of threading off the stitches, I grafted them, which created an effect I liked MUCH better. I have to wonder, however, when I’m going to learn that my head is just a touch bigger than most of the heads that hat patterns are written for. From cast on to cast off I had a nagging feeling that I should add a fourth repeat, but the superstition about the number four has been too deeply ingrained in my psyche. Long story short (too late!), with three repeats, the hat is quite snug on my head and doesn’t completely cover my ears, but it should be quite warm for next fall anyhow.

(For those who don’t know, the number four is about as bad luck for Chinese and Japanese as the number 13 is in American culture. For us, it’s bad because the word for ‘four’ sounds a LOT like the word for ‘death’. In Taiwan the hospitals don’t have fourth floors)


I knit a hat.
March 17, 2008, 2:26 am
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I bought one skein of Manos del Uruguay at a LYS, Anglefire Studios in Basking Ridge, NJ. (I say ‘a’ rather than ‘my’ because there are quite a few yarn stores in the area. At least 3)

I have no idea why, when faced with the vast spectrum of colors Manos provides us with, I selected exactly the least flattering shade of cream. This was truly an instant gratification knit (one day, peeps!), but I’m not thrilled about the effect of the final stitches being cast off by being threaded off or the way the decreases look on the crown. Looking back, I also should have added the second set of garter stitch. I’m so meh about the hat I’m not really invested enough to go back and change it.

Here Comes the Sun
March 3, 2008, 8:35 pm
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New Jersey winters have a strange yellowish gray quality to them from about mid to late November or even mid October to early March. It seems to rain and ‘ick’ about as often as it snows, and is probably one of the more dismal winters I’ve ever had the displeasure of experiencing. The Springs, on the other hand, are gorgeous; balmy weather, clear blue skies- I’ve missed New Jersey Springs more than anything, more, almost, than Seattle summers.

Lately I’ve been getting depressed realizing that I could be finished with my BA this summer if I hadn’t needed to take time off school, so between training for my EMT-B license, I started a pair of socks to remind me a little bit of Spring.

Pattern: Charade Socks, available on Ravelry by Sandra of I May Be Knitting a Ranch House.

The color was perfect, and elicited just the sort of reassurance I was hoping for. I’m not sure what this particular colorway is called, as it was a Yarntini-Pureknits sock club exclusive. While it does make for a lovely pair of Springy socks, it was quite splitty and a nuisance to knit with, at least while using sharper needles like my Inox DPNs. I don’t remember having the same problem with the two other skeins of Yarntini I’ve knit with, so hopefully this one was just a dud. The pattern itself is quite simple and straightforward, one I’d even recommend to a first time sock knitter. If you can slip stitches and do yarn overs, knits, purls, left and right slanting decreases- you can definitely knit these socks.

They were finished this morning and taken out for a gander around the neighborhood with my ancient little dog, just in time for the glorious weather this afternoon- sixty two degrees Farenheit and sunny.