I just finished my project for Knitty. It turned out great! I am happy with it. Now is the hard part... crunching all the numbers and grading up all the sizes. I like math, but sometimes grading hurts my brain.
I ordered a spinning wheel yesterday and a lot of handpainted roving to go with it. It's a Kromski Sonata, completely foldable and easy to carry to my class. I can't wait to start spinning at home!
Friday, February 15, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
With spinning!! It took a few minutes to get the hang of the spinning wheel, but after I figured out how to get my feet to do one thing and my hands to do another it was pretty smooth sailing. Very relaxing to watch that big lump of wool spin into a very soft yarn. I have about half a bobbin of yarn, so maybe tonight I can fill it up and learn how to ply. I have already started looking for a spinning wheel of my own. I am thinking about an Ashford Traveller.
Ready to de-stash? Its leftovers for dinner! Well, leftovers for this sweater. Use your leftover or random balls of yarn to make a colorful cardigan. I had a steadily growing mountain of yarn and needed to de-stash ASAP! My solution was to create a pattern that only uses one ball of each color; that way I could use up the leftovers from previous projects and the yarn that I just had to buy but didn’t know what to do with afterwards. The pattern is a big circle with sleeves, and is knit to fit your measurements. It is a very versatile cardigan that can be worn several ways. If you wear it with the wider section at the bottom, it is a swingy cardigan. If you wear it with the wider section at the top, it is a shrug with a big shawl collar.
This pattern is knit to fit your desired chest measurement. I used my bust measurement plus 2” of ease. (shown with 36” chest circumference)
9/10 balls of worsted to bulky weight yarn. Each ball was at least 200 yds, and I used about half of each ball to make the sample cardigan. This amount of yarn should accommodate up to 46” chest circumference; larger sizes should add another ball of yarn. Most of the yarns I used were missing their labels, but here is a description of each yarn:
Ivory worsted weight acrylic
Yellow worsted weight wool
Peach worsted weight fuzzy acrylic
Coral worsted weight fuzzy acrylic
Pink worsted weight fuzzy acrylic
Red bulky weight thick and thin acrylic
Magenta worsted weight acrylic
Lt Brown bulky weight acrylic
Dk Brown worsted weight acrylic
1 set US #10/6mm double-point needles
1 16-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
1 40-inch US #10/6mm circular needle
2 stitch holders
2 stitch markers (to mark the beginning of a round)
tapestry needle to weave in all ends
Gauge is not vital for this pattern, as it is knit to fit your desired measurement.
The color is switched every two rows. When switching colors, knit the first st in the round with both the old color and the new color to avoid any gaps.
Work both sleeves at the same time on two circular needles, so if you run out of one color of yarn the sleeves will still be even.
The body is a circle that is divided into 8 sections. Each section is made up of the k sts and the kfb. The sleeves will be inserted into section 2 and section 7.
CO 8 sts. Divide as follows on dpns: 2 sts in first ndl, 4 sts on second ndl, 2 sts on third ndl. Join for working in the round.
Round 1: kfb in each st (16 sts)
Round 2 and all even rounds: k
Round 3: [k1, kfb] 8 times (24 sts)
Round 5: [k2, kfb] 8 times (32 sts)
Round 7: [k3, kfb] 8 times (40 sts)
Round 9: [k4, kfb] 8 times (48 sts)
Continue in this manner of increasing the number of k sts before the kfb, until the width of the circle is one-half of the desired chest measurement. Switch to circular needle when necessary. End with an even numbered row.
Next round: See schematic of circle divided into 8 sections. Work across the first section (k sts and kfb). Place section 2 on a st holder. Cast on the same number of sts that are on the stitch holder, using waste yarn that will be unraveled later for the sleeve. Cut the waste yarn and switch back to the project yarn. Work until the end of section 6. Place section 7 on a st holder. Cast on the same number of sts that are on the stitch holder, using waste yarn that will be unraveled later for the sleeve. Cut the waste yarn and switch back to the project yarn. Work until the end of the round.
Continue in pattern until the width of the circle is the desired chest measurement. If you wish, work the last 4 rounds in a bulky weight yarn. BO all sts loosely.
Carefully remove waste yarn from one cast on and place on circular needle. Remove sts from stitch holder and also place on circular needle. Repeat for other sleeve on the other circular needle.
K evenly in rounds, working both sleeves at the same time, until the sleeve length is 13” (or desired length). If you wish, work last 4 rounds in bulky weight yarn. BO all sts loosely.
Weave in all the loose ends. Steam lightly.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
On Wednesday nights I take a break from knitting and go to a weaving class. We have a few class spinning wheels, and my teacher said she would show me how to spin. Tomorrow I am going to start spinning, and I am SO excited. I have some dark brown wool roving to learn on, and then some red/orange/yellow wool roving for when I get good. Now what to make with handspun yarn?....