Kate’s 2012 Knitting:
I’ve been focusing some time on the Must Have Cardigan, and I’m making decent progress.
I decided to be a clever-trousers, and knit both sleeves at the same time.
It’s actually a great technique for for ensuring that two pieces match completely – they will be the same length, and I can feel comfortable that the shaping rows are all worked at the same time in the same way. Â And the cabling will all be lined up.
The challenging bit is that it significantly reduces the portability of the project. Â I’ve got two balls of yarn attached, and it makes it bigger and more tangly. Â It no longer fits neatly into my purse.
It feels slower, too. Â I mean, of course it is, a row takes twice the time to work, since you’re working it twice. Â It’s not, in that you’re done both at the same time, but it takes longer to see visible progress.
There’s also the tiny risk that if you’re not paying full attention, you get confuzzled and work too many rows on one side, and get out of alignment. Â The green marker is there so I can keep track of which is which. Â It’s easy enough to get back on track, once you notice it, but it is disconcerting. (I blame it on last week’s episode of Fringe.)
Â Jillian’s 2012 Knitting:
I thought I had my Escargot done. I was flying along the decreases, and I noticed something strange. The hat seemed awfully long and quite the wrong shape. I reread the pattern paying attention this time.Â I was only doing half of the decreases. Knitter error! Riiiiip just a few inches, and now onward.
I do love it!
Amy’s 2012 Knitting:
I missed posting my 2012 goals, due to a missing portion of my left Â pointer finger. It’s since healed well enough to allow me to not only type [massive relief] but return to knitting! [Ukulele isn't quite back to normal yet. Soon.]
Goals for 2012:
- Always have a new shawl design on the needles [after designing Tuscany in 2007, I haven't really done another one since. Am rectifying.]
- One of these shawls will be knit with the handspun I’ve been making and hoarding for the last 3 years.
- Learn more about the new fibers I am discovering I can knit with after all and how they behave! [Camel, yak, alpaca.]
On the needles:
Lanesplitter, of course. Holding it up to my body, it’s already long enough to reach my knees without a waistband, but it’s not even 18″ yet. And I’m 5′ 5″, so I’m not that short. I think I’ll get a 2nd opinion, and then perhaps start on the main body section. I really want this baby done.
The shawl thing is well underway, but as it’s meant for Brenda Dayne’s Welsh for Rainbow book [!], I can’t show you. I will tell you honestly that I constantly shock myself at the stupid mistakes I make in knitting. I spend a lot of time trying to find zen, making the pattern just go, resulting in forgetting essential pattern details like how many plain rows of stockinette go between the lace repeats, for example. This has resulted in much frogging. Despite the attempts of one kind knitter to help me avoid the frog by ripping down and reknitting two small patches of lace, I found another set of glitches that had me pulling everything off the needles. Reknitting lace, laddered down, is not a skill I possess, and may never. I’m okay with that.
Anyway, this shawl is now well on track, more than halfway done [properly, this time!] and will be in Brenda’s hands as soon as I can arrange it.