I Can't Knit Socks
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I am using Rowan Felted Tweed in the colorway "sigh". I bought this yarn on ebay specifically for this sweater after I read on Allison's blog http://allison.knitsmiths.us/ that this is the yarn that she used, but then when I got her book "Charmed Knits" www.amazon.com/dp/0470067, I found that the pattern was writted in a heavier weight yarn. I have never tried to adjust a pattern to use a smaller guage yarn, so I was very dissapointed that I was not going to be able to start the sweater.
Recently, I Allison on Ravelry and I wrote her with my dilema. She wrote me back :) (I have been following her blog for awhile now and I felt like I was writing to a celebrity). Anyway, she directed me to an older post on her blog where she had written the pattern in this very yarn! http://allison.knitsmiths.us/pattern_weasley.html Needles to say, I cast on to my size 5 needles right away!
ETA: My links above aren't working. If anyone reading this can tell what I am doing wrong, please let me know.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Its a baby bootie! The pattern is from one of the recent knitting magazines (I am horrible, but I can't find it right now to tell you which one, but when I do, I will edit this post). I friend of mine is having a baby and I wanted to find something cute to knit and this was perfect. It took me three tries to get it just right. I didn't knit a gage swatch - the project itself was smaller than the gage swatch would be. The first time I made a mistake and used size 8 needles that the Cannon Simply Soft called for instead of the size 6 needles that the pattern called for. It turned out huge. Sorry, no picture of the first one.
The Second one I used the right sized needles, still with the Cannon Simply Soft yarn, got gage and still the thing was big. More like the right size for a toddler. The pattern didn't specify what size it would turn out to be, so I don't think that it was meant to be a baby bootie. I wasn't about to give up. I bought some "crochet yarn" from Walmart which is more of a fingering weight yarn and used size 5 needles and came of with the final project. I love it. Its really easy to knit but I would suggest doing it on circular needles. The straight needles stretch the stitches too much.
I wasn't able to crochet the strap like the pattern called for. I'm just learning to crochet and it wasn't looking good at all. I ended up just braiding it.
I was just about to cast on for the second bootie when I found out that she is having a boy. UGH! I still plan on knitting the second one and giving them as a gift to someone else. As for now, I am knitting a green and blue baby sweater :)