June Plans and WIP

I have two projects I’m working on this month.  A lace scarf called Travelling Roses Scarf and another pair of knee high socks.  I just started the socks today but I’m about a third done with the scarf.

This should be the last pair of knee high socks before I finally post my pattern.  This is my test pair now that the pattern is completely written up.  I’ve had this yarn for a long time so I’m happy to be getting around to using it.

I picked the lace scarf because it’s pretty and not a pattern repeat that I can easily memorize.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it when it’s done.  I don’t wear red so I won’t keep it for myself.  Maybe I’ll do a giveaway on the blog or I might keep it for a Christmas present for someone.  I guess I’ll see how it turns out and if anyone has any interest in it.

I’m liking the pattern quite a bit, it’s easier to see in the closeup, but it’s a big pain and very obvious when your count gets off.  I’ve had to very carefully tink my rows a few times.

I can’t wait to see this blocked.









Striped Knee High Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Felici Aquarium – 2 skeins
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Size US 2 (2.75mm) circular
Measurements: Women’s medium
Pattern Location: Basic Knee High Toe Up Socks
Time Spent: 28 hours
Dates: 5/1/2012 – 5/28/2012

I’ve finished another pair of knee high socks.  These fit much better than my last pair of knee high socks. I made a lot of progress with getting this pattern formally written up and I’m really happy with this latest pair.  My only regret is that I ran out of yarn and would have liked to make them about an inch higher.

I think I will make one more pair with a few little tweaks and finish adding some fitting tips before I publish the pattern.


Warning: Beware Circular Needle Lengths

I did it again.  I always forget that a 16″ circular needle does not mean the cable is 16″ but that the entire needle  from tip to cable to tip is 16″.  Am I the only one who does this?  It wouldn’t be so bad except that to get a 16″ circular needle the needle tip portion ends up so much smaller!

Look how much smaller the needle tip is with 24″ vs 16″ circular needles.  The 24+” fixed circular as well as the interchangeable needle tips are all the perfect size.  Sometimes I want just a little bit smaller of a cable and this is how I got into my current mess.  I go down to 16″ and end up with a tiny needle tip that I now have to hold differently and that messes with my tension and gauge.

I have no excuse for this.  The Knit Picks circular needle description says how the needles are measured.  It’s very clear and even tells me how long the needles tips are. I just can’t seem to get it to stick in my head. I’m hoping that next time I’m tempted to buy 16″ circular needles I will look back here and remember the reason is a was a bad idea the first time and an even worse idea the second time.  If I’m lucky there will be no third time.

I realized my mistake pretty quickly while I was knitting my new pair of socks.  The tension isn’t as consistent and it’s taking a little bit longer to get any progress on them. I’ve just finished the heel and I have new 24″ needles coming in this week.  Hopefully my socks speed up after that.

Knee High Socks

Yarn: Knit Picks Palette Capretta Celeste – 2 balls (85/100 g)
Yarn Weight: Fingering
Needles: Two size 3 circular needles
Measurements: Shoe size 7, knee high
Pattern Location: Basic Knee High Toe Up Socks
Time Spent: 26 hours
Dates: 2/21/2012 – 3/31/2012

I love knee high socks but they are a pain to make.  It takes double the time and it’s hard to knit a pair that stay up without sagging or slouching.  So I am now on a mission to write my first pattern.  I will keep making knee high socks and rewriting the pattern until I get perfect knee high socks, or at least as close as I can get.  I realize of course that they will only end up perfect for me but I will try to add tips for adjusting my pattern for everyone else.

I’ve got the first version hand written from knitting these up and will start adjusting it as I wear my socks over the next few days and find where the fit is wrong.  These socks are very basic.  They are toe-up socks knit in mostly stockinette with the exception of a slip stitch heel and ribbed cuff.  It’s the same basic template found in most beginner’s books or patterns but that is exactly what I want.

As a side note, wow do I love the new(ish) Capretta yarn from Knit Picks.  The only complaint I have is that they need more colors.  I was petting the yarn when I first got it and now I’m petting my feet & legs while I wear my socks.  Not to mention I can’t stop wiggling my toes.  I love this yarn.