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Stitch by Stitch: knitting Project 1 [May. 8th, 2011|08:17 pm]
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Project 1 is progressing, in spite of my mistakes.  I'm past the first horizontal border of garter stitch, and now into the "adding textural interest" phase.   My self-calculated pattern was to have a garter-stitch border on either side 20 stitches wide, then alternating squares or rectangles (would decide when I got to them and saw how they looked) of stockinette and garter stitch.  This would provide plenty of garter stitch to make the blanket lie flat, but with stockinette to vary the texture and the way the color looked.  

Here's the way the whole thing looks right now; these pictures were taken near sundown outside.  Full width, 40 inches.

The bold variegated color somewhat obscures the texture patterns now a few rows deep.  Here's the all-stockinette section:

To the left is the garter stitch border, below is the horizontal (top or bottom) garter stitch border, and the next section to the right is also garter stitch.

And here is the mistake-turning-into-something-interesting:

Here the stockinette is interrupted by "wrong" rows that create a raised row of "beading" .  The first of these was an accident: I was whipping along at  (my) high speed and forgot to change from knit to purl on a purl row.   but it's an interesting texture, and this section isn't trying to curl up the way the other one is.  

I'm now nearing the end of my first ball of yarn, and although there are plenty of mistakes, I think Project 1 is going to end up as a perfectly usable item.  I've recovered my rhythm for knit stitches, am beginning to pick up a rhythm on the purl stitches, and have learned a lot about the vagaries of circular needles.  The long uninterrupted knit-rows of the garter stitch top border--180 stitches--really helped with the recovery of a nearly-forgotten skill. 

Still have no idea how long it will take to finish Project 1, since I have other things that must be done or else, but I'm now taking the knitting bag with me and managing to knit a row or so while in situations where I can.  Which includes waiting for waitperson to take our order in a restaurant, waiting for food to arrive, and chatting with friend I haven't seen for months before church (where I used to go and went today.)  The waitperson, seeing the knitting, asked if I knew that [a different needlework place] had closed unexpectedly and if I knew another good needlework place, so I was able to tell her about the place I bought my needles.   The friend didn't know about stitch markers, so by the end of that conversation, I had finished a row and shown her how they easily move from needle to needle, and we decided that "Pop a ring" should replace "Lock and load" as a slang term for "Let's get going" unless you were actually in a combat sort of situation.   Needing to get the family all into the car for a trip to the grocery (or church) is not a "lock and load" situation.  


[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-05-09 01:20 am (UTC)
I did not hit the LJ cut button that many times!! Just once. So I don't know why the links are sprinkled so liberally on the page. Grump.
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[User Picture]From: jekni
2011-05-09 06:38 am (UTC)
It's coming along beautifully. I knit almost exclusively on circular needles now, having bought this set for Mother's Day last year:
As my daughters do a bit of beading we've been making our own stitch markers which can be as elaborate as you like - I even made one which incorporates the row counter that usually sits on the end of your needle for when I'm doing sweaters and need to count rows in my circle.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-05-09 02:03 pm (UTC)
Another online knitting catalog! Just what I needed (after a ramble through the yarn section.)

I'm using KnitPicks Harmony (interchangeable wood points on--for this project--a 40 inch cable.) I like the feel of wood needles.


I haven't purchased the whole set because I don't think I'll be using the smaller sizes.
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[User Picture]From: tattercoats
2011-05-09 12:04 pm (UTC)
Knitting's a wonderful thing for bringing people together - when you knit in public, someone always comments, and I like that very much.

Eleanor Roosevelt was a knitter, you know.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-05-09 01:51 pm (UTC)
No, I didn't know that about Eleanor Roosevelt...do you know what she knit? (Am guessing that during WWII she might have knitted balaclavas and such for the troops, as many women did.)
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[User Picture]From: xrian
2011-05-10 02:09 am (UTC)
There's an article about her in the January/February 2009 issue of _Piecework_ magazine (Interweave.com) which is no longer available in paper form, but is available as part of their 2008-2009 CD collection.
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[User Picture]From: karalianne
2011-05-09 04:10 pm (UTC)
I love the yarn. :) This is the kind of project variegated yarn was made for!

Knitting all over the place already? You are a true knitter! :D

I was sad on Saturday; hubby didn't tell me we were going to the theatre after picking up our trees, so I didn't have my knitting with me for during the movie. Now I know: anytime we go into town, I'd better bring something with me, just in case! ;)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-05-09 05:00 pm (UTC)
Well...40-odd years ago, the last time I knitted a lot, I took my knitting along any time I thought there'd be a bit of a wait. Airports were a frequent site of knitting (for a lot of people--my mother was stranded in an airport Christmas Eve one time, with a lot of red yarn, and people apparently loved watching a silver-haired lady knit mittens. But I used to see knitters and needle-pointers working a way just about everywhere.) I shifted from knitting to needlepoint for awhile and then got too busy for either.

So now that I'm knitting smoothly again (knitting clumsily in public invites WAY too much advice!!) I'm taking it along. And expect to do so tomorrow, when I'm driving my husband to an appointment with the doctor. But that means I need to finish the first ball of yarn today and make the join, because trying to make the join in a waiting room is not my idea of fun. I'm still pondering which method I want to use on this project.

I can't imagine making trees wait in the car/truck while going to a theatre...poor trees (and poor you, with no knitting!)
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[User Picture]From: karalianne
2011-05-09 05:06 pm (UTC)
Well, we opened the windows in the truck topper, and they're just little bush branch root things, bundled in plastic in boxes. (We got something like 380, they were in four boxes that easily fit in the back of our little truck.) It was fairly cool and there was a wind, so they were okay.

We saw Thor in 3D, which was good and entertaining enough that I didn't miss the knitting too much, but I could have got so much done in that time!

I just learned the Russian join last night, and it is lovely. I'm not an expert at it by any means, but I may well use it from now on when I'm joining like with like (never when I'm doing actual colour work, that would be foolish).
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[User Picture]From: amm_me
2011-05-09 08:49 pm (UTC)
My cousin who just took up knitting a year ago has become a knitting fiend and perfectionist. No woven in ends for her. She uses a darning needle and rope splicing technique so each end is hidden within the penultimate section of the other length of yarn.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2011-05-09 09:20 pm (UTC)
She's probably using the Russian technique, though it's not the only one that involves unraveling the yarn. My mother, who could splice rope or cordage of any kind beautifully (grew up in a hardware store that sold rope and cord) had a way I haven't seen described in the books, but I (being young and feckless) didn't bother to learn it. The Russian technique involves a darning or tapestry needle to put the yarn back into the twist and leave a little loop, and then you run the other yarn through that end.

I, being a lazy imperfectionist, may just tie a square knot and weave the ends in.
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