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knitting game kal day 2

I’m having so much fun seeing what color comes next that I don’t want to work on other projects until this scarf is done!
Because of the random knit or purl rows, there’s no “front” or “back” to the scarf.

Here’s a (lousy nighttime) pic of one side of mine:

And the other side:

At first I was annoyed that there was so much burgundy and not enough black, and now every second row seems to be black! Oh well- I’m going to follow my rules, and I’m going to like it!

There’s been some questions about how many stitches to cast on.  It depends on your personal preference of how long you want your scarf, and also how thick your yarn is.  Six feet long in sock-weight will require many more stitches than six feet long in worsted weight.

I’m using all my yarns on a 5mm needle, and tried to measure out my cast-on row against a scarf I wear and like the length of.  I counted a row for fun and it turns out I have 264 sts.  It should be long enough once it’s off the needles, but at 15 or so rows in, I’m not starting over so it will have to be!

Oh, a small note about beginning:  I wanted my scarf to be random right from the beginning, so first I rolled the die to see which yarn I’d be using to cast on.  I got a 6, which meant my sock yarn/shiny yarn combo.  I didn’t flip the coin yet, I used my preferred method (long tail) to cast on the amount I felt was right.  (I cast on about 15, figured out that the width of those 15 stitches about 17 more times was the same length as my current scarf, undid the 15 sts and multiplied the length of yarn it took to cast on the 15 sts by 17, made my slip knot at that point down the yarn, and cast on until I had a 6″-ish tail left over.)

I just did the math on that, and it turns out that 17 x 15 is 255, and I cast on 264, so that’s pretty good!

When I use long tail, I count the first row as a knit row, ‘cus you’re basically casting-on and knitting the row in one step.  For stockinette I’d turn, then purl back.  Once the cast on was complete I flipped the coin, and it gave me “tails”, telling me that my first row was a purl row.  I then turned my wip around so it was as if I’d purled the cast on row, and immediately rolled and flipped for row 2.  That way I didn’t have to actually purl to cast on, but it’s as if I did.

Also, for the sake of symmetry, I did a little fiddling to the end.  Long tail leaves both end tails at the same side of the work- the starting end, and the ball end, which for this project is cut after every row.  That meant I had fringe started at one side, but none on the other.  Once I had a few rows complete I went back and cut a 12″ length of my sock/shiny yarn combo and knotted it at the end that didn’t have it, so both sides of my cast-on row now had 2 6″ lengths of alike fringe.


vegas scarf (knitting game) kal!!

The KAL for my scarf pattern started today! I didn’t get a chance yet to post pics on Ravelry or Facebook, but I can post here from my phone quickly.

I pulled my 6 yarns last night:

Patons’ Decor is my yarn #1. Remnants from who-knows-what, colorway Black. Decor’s a worsted-weight, 75% acrylic and 25% wool yarn.

This Pompelmo from Tricot Studio Filpucci is my #2. I’ve got 2 balls of this colorway (#1/1750?) from an assorted bag of different colors of the same yarn. It’s 55% Viscose, 29% cotton, 8% silk and 8% polyamide. The core is kind of a burnt burgundy, with a strand of something shiny, surrounded by a thin chain of plain white which I’m guessing is the cotton.

#3 is an old Patons Cotton Club from my Bubbie’s old stash. It is56% acrylic, 33% cotton and 11% viscose, very soft, white, and with the shiny wraparound it reminds me of Bernat Baby Coordinates.

I feel like I want to say #4, Katia Ingenua is left over from the original Vegas Scarf, but I think that one was a different color. This one is black, and is 78% mohair, 13% polyamide and 9% wool.

#5 is my fun fur contribution, Shimmer by Estelle. I used to collect fun fur for trims on the dog sweaters I used to sell, and I think I’d bought this from my lys for that purpose before I realized how unprofitable it was. Color 738 (deep wine color), and 100% polyester.

My last yarn is actually 2 held together. I’m using a 5mm needle but really wanted to use this roll of unknown gunmetal stuff. It’s really shiny, slick like rayon and more of a chain or braid than plied yarn. I decided to pair it with a hank of Free Verse Sock by Perfect Day Yarns that I got in a club kit from my cousin’s old yarn store (now defunct). The colorway of the 75% Superwash wool/25% nylon sock yarn is “Vintage Rose”. Holding both together works better with the needle I’m using and still lets the pops of color and/or shine come through.

So these are my 6(7) yarns. I was home for the day after a very painful doctor’s appointment and managed to get about 8 rows done, but I’ll save those pics for tomorrow. In the meantime here’s a photo of a special guest we had at our Knitting Guild meeting tonight. Hint: it’s not my cousin. 😉

We had a visit/lecture tonight from the Quinns of our local Quinn Farm and Rare Breeds Canada and Baa Baa Black Sheep (actually her name!) won everybody over with her charm. There were also a lovely husband and wife team who make items with merino wool, but I left their business card in my purse so I’ll link to them tomorrow.


maaike would be so proud

Yesterday was a good day (except for the fact that my kids and hubby are all sick, and my strep throat, which should be gone ‘cus I’m on my last day of meds, started hurting again).

First I took the boys for haircuts- no pic ‘cus I forgot.

Then I got a hair cut:

You like?

Then, in the evening, in a shock to even me, I finished my mom’s scarf!  I still need to twist the fringe and wash it, but SERIOUSLY?  After only about 6 hours, the scarf is off the loom!

I still can’t show it to you though, but pics will come once I give it to her.

My aunt was in town yesterday and was admiring one of the yarns I had out, and mentioned that she likes those twisted cowl scarves that you can loop around your neck a few times.  She also mentioned that her coats are black and brown, and that people are always telling her to add color.  So I decided I’m going to make her a woven cowl scarf.  I’m not quite sure yet how I’ll join the two ends later, but I’ll figure it out at the end.  (I hope, heh).

I chose the hank of Sweet Surrender Spark Sock Yarn from my stash.  I think I’d got it during one of the Robyn’s Nest sock  clubs.  The colorway is “Flower Power”, which is a variegated yarn, with repeating 6-7″ lengths of orange, blue, green, yellow and magenta.

Kinda like this.  They don’t repeat around, but they repeat in the way the skein was dyed.  So I decided to try and keep this pattern in both the warp and the weave.  I tried to make the warp around about 70″ long which went right from the middle of the blue, down 2 repeats or so, and ended at the middle of the pink.  So the blue and pink would overlay in the same spots, but the orange, yellow and green would make solid areas.

Kinda like this.

It was awkward to find a place to warp, because the boys were downstairs so I was trying to do it upstairs where they wouldn’t get all tangled up in it, and I forgot to anchor the loom with a book or something heavy so it kept inching backwards.  Most of it is properly wound, but occasionally I hit a tighter or looser strand where my colors wouldn’t line up.  The tension evened out when I wound it, but my color blocking isn’t as perfect as I’d like.  Oh well.

The yarn surprised me by being divided into 2 hanks.  I wound them each into their individual cakes, and used about 6/8ths of one half for the warping.  The amount of yarn left over feels like at least enough to knit a short row heel or toe, so the leftovers will probably wind up as socks for me.

Once enough warp threads had been placed with 2 threads in every slot I wound it up and sat down to place all the hole strands.  Here it is, ready for weaving (after I throw a bit of waste yarn in there to even out the spacing).

And finally, this shows how I plan to weave it.  I picked the width of the scarf hoping to match up the length of each color, and my goal is to get each row to be its own color, by starting at the proper spot and making sure to keep it going every time finish a shuttle.

Unfortunately that’s all the crafting, weaving or otherwise, I can get done for now.  On New Year’s Day Yannick and I will be swapping houses with my inlaws as per the usual ‘weekend-before-exam” custom, and I need to get 36 Word pages of questions and answers from our school stuff organized and arranged into manageable bits to print out and tape onto index cards so we have flash cards to run through together.  The previous 2 years’ exams were easier, in a sense, because they were mostly math-based.  So while it was frustrating to learn all the formulas, once you knew how they worked, the exam was only as hard as the time spent working them out.  This year we’re learning all the biology and anatomy and physiology of the eye, and our exam will test us on the muscles, nerves, bones, parts of the eye, which nerve brings blood to which muscles, which muscles control which movements, which diseases cause which ocular symptoms…blargh.


a boy in knits

Does anyone remember me talking about the Cabaret for the Cure? My friend’s leukemia fundraiser? Well, it is next week, so last weekend I got my tushie in gear and fixed the Montego Bay Scarf I’d knit for her.

Yeah. Um, no.

We won’t speak of that scarf again. I wove in the edge that got caught, and I spent 1.5 %&$^ hours carefully unpicking the part that had torn and ripped (of course it wasn’t the side that would unravel easily), and used new yarn to bind off, and wove in all the ends. Then I looked at it.

I had to admit that it was now a) a good 2 feet shorter, and b) still looked really fuzzy from getting attacked in the washing machine by some stray velcro. I did the only thing I could think of to tame the fuzz…I let it soak in Eucalan for 10 minutes, rinsed then gave it fresh water and a squirt of hair conditioner. I worked the conditioner through then put it in the dryer. Much of the fuzz was flattened, but even at this new, softer feel I had to admit that it still wasn’t good enough to be a charity-auctioned scarf. Hell, it wasn’t good enough to be a raffle prize!

I kept looking at another project I’m doing with the proper yarn, and realizing that I should never have skimped on the yarn for that project. Well, I didn’t really skimp to save money. I just honestly thought the sock yarn would be cute, since there was one in my LYS that was made with sock yarn and it was great. I should have realized that particular sock yarn was Regia Bamboo, which had a much silkier hand and feel than plain old sock yarn.

I didn’t want to leave my friend empty-handed or renege on my offer of knitted goods, so I looked around to see what I could offer. In the end I am giving them 3 sets of knitted goodies: all stuff I’d knit for Jakob. I don’t feel bad because a) I missed the boat on some articles that are already too small for Jakob, b) they have never been worn, c) they were knit with love, and d) they will go to make someone else’s child warm and happy, and that is much better than staying here and sitting in a bag.

Since they WERE originally knit for Jakob I took some photos of him wearing them, just to have for my records, and I will show them to you here.

This is the “Ice Cream Cardigan and Hat” knit from 2 balls of Regia Canadian Colors- Ottawa. I used my leftovers to knit “Christine’s Baby Booties” to match.
Jakob was all giggles that day and I can’t help but crack up when I see these photos!

I think this one (below) was my favorite of his silly grins. He looks like a roly-poly little toy and I just want to pinch his cheeks!
I will be giving away the Just Ducky Hat and Socks set. It is still too big for him, and I think by the time it would fit he would be too old to wear it.

I’m sorry…I think I’m going to gush here…but I LOVE this boy’s face!

The last set I will be giving away is the Froggy Hat and Socks set. I don’t know why but the hat is way too small but the socks are too big…it would have been cute when he was smaller but that would have been May and too warm…all in all I feel quite comfortable with giving it away.
More of his favorite face…sucking in his lip. (He didn’t stay that way for long, I think I tickle-bombed him right after this photo was taken).
Finally, some other knit photos to share. This is the Baby Cabled Cardigan I finally got around to finishing last week. I don’t know if this photo properly shows it, but the cardi is baggy and the sleeves are too long, which means it should fit for another 3-6 months- or until the Winter is over. But you can clearly see that the length is too short. Every time he moves his arms it rises, and since it has a hood the weight of it pulls the back down and the front rises up to about his mid-chest.
I’m going to fix it once I finish my secret project.

The hood however…let’s not go there.

Cute elfin look- yes. Practical and useful hood- no. In theory the hood would fit a normal head, but the cables pull it in too much. I really don’t feel like knitting a border, and I can’t pick up more sts at the neckline and work up since the hood already grows up from the front edges of the cardi. So the hood will be purely decorative. I’m ok with that.