Knitting


After a slight internal struggle I decided to frog the Tantalizing sock. It really wasn’t progressing as I would like and I didn’t want to forge ahead only to be severely disappointed.
After ripping it out, I promptly cast-on the master Coriolis pattern from the same book. Here is the first sock.

Ok, it’s a little wonky looking when not on the foot. But when worn…

Much nicer. Here is a better view of the top…
I didn’t do any of the suggested variations. Instead I just knit the master pattern with a plain heel. After the heel was completed I knit for another 1 1/2″ and then did 4 rnds of 1×1 ribbing. I knit one round of purl, and then 8 more rounds of knit and cast-off. This gave it a nice rolled edge, but with ribbing to keep it in place.

I’m very happy with the way this one turned out and will be casting-on the second sock tonight.

That being said, I have a huge complaint with the New Pathways book. The patterns are revolutionary and, once you muck through everything, fairly easy to knit. However the layout of this book SUCKS! You are constantly having to flip pages just to knit one pattern. For this “master” pattern I had to have 3 pages bookmarked for reference. If I had chosen a variation it would have been more. On Ravelry there have been a lot of people who have taken their copy to Kinkos to have the perfect binding chopped off and a spiral binding installed. I’m seriously considering doing this.

On top of the layout issue, because the patterns are generalized for all the variations (and presumably unwritten variations) they are not specific enough. There were several times where I had to stop and try to figure out what they heck I’m supposed to do, and I’m an experienced knitter and very well versed in sock construction. It’s so bad that I think if I knit another project from this book I will have to go through and write everything out beforehand so I’m not constantly searching for the correct page, and possibly missing a step because I didn’t pay close enough attention. 😦

So, overall I would give the book a B. It really is innovative, but the layout went for style over ease of use and coherency. I would only recommend this book to experienced knitters. Definitely not for the beginner or novice.

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Well I think I’m slowly coming out of my creative funk without the aid of the spa (I’ll save that until I’m really stressed out!). However, I’m not there yet.

A few days ago I cast-on my first project from the new Cat Bordhi book New Pathways For Sock Knitters. I have to say when my sil first showed me this book I was blown away. The patterns are so creative and the construction is quite different. I was so excited when I received the book for x-mas! Imagine my dismay when I discovered that I couldn’t just jump into a pattern but had to read the book first, and then actually do math (shudder) to determine the number of stitches required for every pattern! I, who fearlessly knit sweaters without checking gauge, am now required to knit a swatch for every pattern just to determine the number of stitches required! Tsk! 🙂

Anyways, I dutifully did my swatch and got my numbers and then started knitting Bartholomew’s Tantalizing Socks.



I have to say that I’m not feeling the love for these. I really like the pattern, but I’m not liking the way this attempt is progressing. I think a froggin is in order.

I hope everyone had a safe & happy holiday! With x-mas over I can now finally show you what I’ve been working on for the last 3 months!

This is the Ultimate Gift sweater by Michele Rose Orne knit in Silky Wool on size 4 (yes, US4!) needles.

This was definitely the most ambitious project I’ve ever knit and I’m so thrilled that a. I finished it in time, b. it looks nice, and c. it fits! And most importantly, honey loves it!

The pattern was pretty easy to follow, but the staggered cables were a pain to keep track of. Because of that I would rate it a difficult. Really, the most difficult part was sewing it up. I’ve never made a sweater with set-in raglan sleeves before, but I really like the way it looks!

The other project you’ve already seen, but here are the completed socks upon the feet of their recipient!
Because a few of you have expressed interest in the pattern I will be writing it up. However, you’re going to have to wait a little bit for it. I think I’ve figured out how to make the pattern work top-down, and want to give that a go before posting it. Also, I think I might have a few people give this one a “test knit” before posting the pattern for general consumption.

That’s the tentative name I’ve got for these socks. I’ve finished the first & am really happy with it so far. I’m casting on the second tonight and will hopefully get a fair bit done this weekend. I’m really glad I went with the folded picot edge for this, I think it really finishes the sock off well.

I wasn’t going to post about them until after Christmas, but I just couldn’t wait.

So, Autumn… No Peeking!

Gosh its hot. Mid-80s here today. Had to turn the air conditioning on as soon as I got home. It’s supposed to be in the mid-upper 80s all weekend. This is definitely not proper weather for October in Michigan! And I was just getting all my sweaters out. 😦

So, you’re probably wondering if I’ve actually been knitting lately. I have been, but it’s all on super-secret Christmas stuff, which makes posting about it neigh on impossible! Still, I am making good progress and am about 1/4 way through the big one.

That’s about it for now. Excepting that I want to put in plug for Bryan Fuller’s new series Pushing Daises. It’s great fun. Very whimsical, and Jim Dale was narrating the first episode! It’s also keeping in the Fuller tradition of calling female characters by male names (George, Reggie, Jaye & Chuck!). I hope this series lasts, I was very upset when Wonderfalls was canceled… I wrote my very first angry letter to a network because of it! 🙂
So… check it out. The first episode is available for streaming on ABC’s website.

Finished the first Gryffindor sock! Whee! 4th time’s the charm apparently. I’m very pleased with the pattern and the resulting sock. Seriously loving this yarn too. It’s the first time I’ve knitted with this particular brand, but it definitely won’t be the last. Yummy!

In Sockapalooza news, my downstream pal finally received her package! I was so worried that it was held up in customs or lost. Such a relief! And she appears to like her package! Yippie! My upstream pal contacted me last week to let me know that I’m not forgotten and that she is almost done. I hope to have my package within the next week or so.

In other news, Honey & I have been catching up on episodes of Flight of the Conchords On Demand, thanks to the encouragement of Joanne. OMG! This is my favorite show right now (aside from Dr. Who). So incredibly funny! And the song spoofs are brilliant! The stars are a comedy team from New Zealand, and the premise of the show is that they are a band from New Zealand trying to make it in New York City. Honey says that it shows everything about the music business that Spinal Tap missed. The “Bowie” episode is particularly great. Here’s a little taste… (Psst, this isn’t for the kiddies!)

This sweater was actually completed on the 4th but I didn’t want to post until Autumn received her present, which she did this evening.
I don’t know why the image is showing up grainy on blogger, it’s fine on my computer & flicker. (sigh) If you click the image you will be able to see it better! Unfortunately the sweater doesn’t photograph well when not being worn.

Pattern: Wheat-Ear Cable Yoke by Pam Allen
Yarn: 5 skeins of Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca D.K. in Lilac (Color #1720)
Needles: size 4, 5 & 6.

Notes: The only modification I made was to use smaller needles, the pattern calls for size 6, 7 & 8. By dropping down 2 needle sizes I was able to size down the sweater to a 25″ chest following the directions for the smallest size. I knit the sweater to the length called for in the pattern as well.

I really like this pattern. It was a quick knit and the cables added enough interest to keep it from getting boring. I’m very pleased with the results. And it fits her perfectly!

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