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Friday, June 25, 2010
Fuzzy on the whole Good/Bad thing
Okay, so I'm on a Stashbusting Mission- no new yarn or fiber purchases until I make a dent in what I already have on hand, which could take years. I've done well so far- knitting entire adult-sized sweaters, not to mention doll wardrobes, hats, mittens, and socks from the boxes and piles of yarn that are in every room.
But how does the SB Credo apply when it comes to spinning? I mean, I'm using up fiber that I have on hand (and while I have more yarn than roving and wool, I have plenty of wool. Trust me on this), which is A Good Thing. But I'm also making more yarn... which is... naughty...
My Great Niece, the one who figured out how to knit by watching me for 10 minutes, stopped by yesterday with her Grandparents. She wanted to see how a spinning wheel worked, so I got out my Joy and gave her a demo. She was fascinated, so in addition to letting her give it a try, I dug out an old toy wheel/dowel spindle and some roving (I didn't say how I had to use it up, did I? It just has to be used), and showed her how to use the spindle. She caught on fairly well, and if there is any kid who can teach herself how to spin, it's her. So I sent her home with the spindle, a big baggie of wool, and a promise of more if she uses that up.
And then I did some spinning myself. I already had a full bobbin of multi colored singles, so I spun a bobbin of undetermined white and plied it. I ended up witn 3.6 ozs and 157 yards. It looks to be sportweight, but my handspun is dense, and it may knit up on size 5 needles better than smaller ones.
I haven't spun in a long time, and my wrists ache this morning. I think that means I need to spin some more.
The Good/Bad here doesn't involve stashbusting dilemmas- I am using some Austermann Step 6, the heavier weight yarn with aloe, which is Good. It's lovely a yarn and it knit up just fine for these fingerless mittens, and I'm on the 2nd sleeve for the corresponding doll sweater. The Bad is the colorway- have you ever seen anything so incredibly boring? What in the world was I thinking when I bought this 80's mauve and dusty blue? Blech. Good thing this set is going to a small girl who likes pink.
The Good here is that my friend Lorah is moving (not far away, just to a different town nearby), and she's ruthlessly getting rid of things that won't fit into her new house. So she gave me back this Hardanger piece that I made for her long ago, when I was on a Hardanger Kick (obsessions- I haz them). I'm thrilled to get it back- I look at that stitching and I want to pick up a needle and Perle Cotton again (and the scan is so clear, that if you're a Hardanger person, you could probably make the piece just from this picture). The Bad here is that on the upper left large crossbar, there is a slit in the fabric that I didn't notice when I scanned the piece. I have no idea how it happened (I'm pretty sure that the piece was intact when Lorah gave it back to me). Unfortunately, the slash cut across several of the little openwork crossbars, and wouldn't be repairable by needle even if I still had the thread (which I don't- I haven't done any Hardanger in probably 15 years). So I opted for the drastic solution- glue. I spread craft glue on the wrong side of the slit and it's drying now. Cheating, I know, but it should hold.
More Good? I picked 6lbs of rhubarb yesterday. I see hot pepper jam in the future!
Diamond Rib Lace Sock
Rnd 5 of the lace pattern should read:
Rnd 5: YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO, K 2, YO, SL 1, K 1, PSSO, K 2 , K 2 tog, YO, K 2
The Chart on page 116 is correct, though the Legend should read :YO, SL 1, K1, PSSO
Round Worsted Weight Afterthought Heel Sock
Add to Toe Instructions: Decrease as for the heel.
Next Rnd Heel Division should read:
K 12(18, 22, 24, 26, 30), sts, place marker, K to end of rnd.
Round Fingering Weight Afterthought Heel Sock
-page 32, 33
Page 32 Next Rnd Heel Division should read:
K 18 (22, 26, 30, 32, 36), place marker, K to end of rnd. Page 33, Add to Toe Instructions: Decrease as for heel.
Clarification : All foot measurements in the instructions are to be measured after the heel is finished. Measure the foot flap and gusset heel socks from the gusset edge, and measure the foot for short-row heel socks from the first full round after completing the heel.
When you come upon instructions that say knit as for, referring you to a different pattern for the next step (for example, to the 40 stitch flap and gusset heel), knit that portion of your heel as you would for the referred pattern. In other words, knit it in the same manner, using the same short-row technique as in the referenced instructions. Knitting "as for" does not mean that you are to use the same number of stitches (which would be impossible, since only the 40 stitch heel uses forty stitches). Work the first two rows of your listed heel instructions, and then continue in the same manner as the 40 stitch flap and gusset heel (in other words, work one more stitch on each row, before doing the decrease and turn), until you have worked across all of the stitches.
Listen to the Knit Picks Podcast Interview
40 minutes of me blathering on and on while Kelly Petkun of Knit Picks asks some very good questions. Twice.
You (individuals, not companies or corporations) may knit as many items from the Freebie Friday patterns (or any other original free patterns posted here) as you like. You may sell those items and make a bazillion dollars doing so. I would rather you didn't repost the pattern pages, or print them to hand out to others. Link to here so people can download their own copies, please. I would also prefer that you not teach the patterns as classes without contacting me first about it. Crediting the design and designer would also be nice.
I would love for people to send me jpgs of items knit from the Freebie patterns. I'll post them if any come in.
I'm a writer (6 mysteries, one mainstream novel, 5 knitting books, lots of designs and reviews, paper dolls, blather), wife, mother, and grandmother. I knit, I watch TV obsessively while I knit, I spin, I read, I listen to music, and I talk. A lot.