20 February 2007

When good knitting goes bad

(I don't know why this keeps posting sideways, when that isn't how the photo was taken. Tilt your head and imagine it upright.)

It's happened. I've heard the horror stories and thought, well that won't happen to me. Well it has. I felted the Lucy bag. Good so far. I pulled the Lucy bag out of the washer only to realize that somewhere in the knitting process, I dropped a stitch. Not good. Not good at all. I'm posting pictures to see if someone has an idea for a fix. I don't yet. I'm thinking of cutting it and sewing it together, but it won't quite be aligned. Other ideas? Here are photos. The good side and the damaged one.


18 February 2007

Tons o'knitting

I've been busy finishing projects, starting new ones, and thinking of what's next. I've knit slippers for my sister's birthday, but forgot photos. Jodi, if you read this blog, please send photos!

I'm still getting used to my new computer. I'm figuring out new iPhoto with my older (1 1/2 years) camera. Trying to get them to talk to each other is a challenge. We'll hope this works!

I finished my armwarmers and love them. I borrowed an idea from Dani and ran with it. She made her handwarmers out of Koigu (there's a story on the blog about their ultimate fate). Mine are out of Socks that Rock medium weight. I love the coloration and design. There is some pooling, but only when I decreased to a certain size to fit my arms. These are truly custom made. I used two size 2 circulars (similar to how I knit socks) and tried them on repeatedly as I knit, increasing and decreasing as necessary. I didn't decrease the hand portion enough (I forgot about the thumbs and how they affect the width of the hand), so they were loose. I tried, somewhat successfully, to felt them a little bit to shrink them up. I also added elastic to the ruffled edge to help them stay on my hands. Before the elastic was added, they kept sliding up as I typed and drove, which didn't work well. I'm ready to tackle another pair, this time with cables, after I finish another pair of socks.

I've also finished my Lucy bag, but I need to felt it. I'm madly working on my Karabella Boise scarf and am at the 24" mark. I'm liking the pattern I've developed. Its interesting enough to keep knitting, but not so complicated that I can't do anything else. When I finish the scarf, I'm going to submit the pattern to knitty.com so maybe I'll get published!

I've also made Rich's new nephew a wee hat out of Knitpicks Shine. I think that's all. Here's the photos.

Finally, here's a photo of Spike being scary (or scared)!