zondag 25 januari 2009

Still knitting. Don't have loads of time, but every now and then I steel a couple of minutes to pick up my knitting. I've got the leg done of the sock I showed last time I blogged. I'm really not sure about the yarn, Noro Kureyon Sock. It doesn't have a lot of bounce and I think it isn't really though enoug for the wear socks get. Thus I picked some black Regia from my stash for the heels and toes. Doesn't even look that bad.

In the meantime, I just cast on for a pair of worsted weight socks. Just for the thrill of a fast finish and for the friend in need that desperately needs love, care and attention despite being a grown-up and father of three boys. Everybody needs love, needs to feel loved. Everyone needs warm socks.

In other things in life, my pretty little oldtimer had some problems lately... There was quite a bit of rust in the tank so my engine stopped was not really reliable lately so dad took the petrol tank off and cleaned it...


zondag 18 januari 2009

Maybe just not meant to be...


Looks nice, doesn't it? This sock has been testing my nerves last week. I made some poor choices and the pattern hasn't worked in my favour either. Let's see what's been going wrong...

I started out really good. This sock was not cast on lightly. I did quite some background research on the yarn on ravelry and on blogs. Some people say it's a little rough on the hands, but it will soften up after washing. The yarn is sticky and has little bounce. All not great qualities for a high priced sock yarn, but the colors... And I'm in love with the rural luke of the yarn. So, I bougth a couple of skeins and this one got into 'the basket of 2009'.

Bad choice one:
Casting on the wrong number of stitches - gauge, eh - and trying to frog when you've just knit 15 rounds using elastic thread.

Bad choice two:
Using elastic thread. Eventhough it's called 'mee-brei-elastiek' it is not made to knit with. It's a pain. It WILL make me cry.

Bad choice three:
Casting on too many stitches for the second time - dude, was I drinking? - and finding out after knitting for about an inch. I'm not going to frog.

Good choice one: to make up for the extra stitches add a cable between the two rings.

Bad choice four:
Loose the pattern

Good choice two:
Make up my own pattern based on the Spey Valley pattern I had in mind.

Let's knit.

dinsdag 13 januari 2009

The hands of...

manos blue 2

Way back when I got a couple of skeins of Manos del Uruguay 100% wool. I made a hat for a good friend and a scarf for my brothers girlfriend, but forgot about the other three skeins in my stash.A blue/green, red and red/yellow/green skein marinated in my stash for a while untill last sunday when I got the idea of making my co-worker a hat. So I got knitting. Gauge? Dude, I don't do gauge... Needles to say that this hat is too small for a normal grown up - my head's pretty small and it's pretty tight on me.

So I'm making another one with more stitches (88 instead of 72) and in a different colorway. I just love working with this yarn so it doesn't feel like punishment at all. And this one? I might just keep it or give it to a child.

Note to self: don't buy any new manos till you've used it all up....

In other knitting news, I frogged one sock in progress because it was going to be too big even for a man with size 12 feet so I'll have to think about this yarn. I did cast-on another pair for another man with big feet. I grabbed the Noro Kureyon from the basket and got started. Not sure how I like it... but I'll get to that topic next time.