New Cast-Ons…

December 20, 2018

Who doesn’t love a new cast on?

The beginning of my new shawl…with Briannag’s help for modeling. (If I let her wear it, she might decide it is hers.

I needed something new after the post classes slump and having time on my hands (in which I should put down the needles and clean at some point, but that’s not why we are here). I did two cast-ons. I frogged the 216 stitch sweater vest with various sets of stitches throughout and opted for a simpler shawl. I’ve based mine off of a couple of free patterns and am hoping for the best, but I’m just knitting as I go along increasing on the same side of either row. Currently, this is my television and chatting with others knitting.

Beginning pattern work on the new sock

I also cast on a “Twisted Stitch” sock. This sock is in Ann Budd’s Sock Knitting: Master Class. It’s lovely, but this one will likely only be knit at home. This chart is pretty intense and requires concentration. It won’t be easily memorized for some time. But check these out…Now I must find some comedy or a good podcast (because the television went out last night at the height of Christmas movie season and we won’t have it playing shows or movies until Sunday, likely).

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Beginning of the toe, when things begin to straighten out

Until next time, Happy Knitting!

Third Time’s The Charm

March 13, 2015

This week was Spring Break…a traditional week off of classes to give students a break with no homework. It was a nice break, though I spent it visiting my aunt, knitting, researching and writing a paper. So much for less work, but it might explain why I have one A and two slightly disappointing A- grades. I know, I know…I should be proud. I am, but I know I can do better. I have only eight more weeks to prove it and prepare for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. I don’t have to take the exam in eight more weeks, but I will be taking it as soon as I can manage it. I will still have clinicals, which may make knitting a challenge, but I will make time. I  kind of like this pattern.

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Third set of hearts done, ready to move onto the heel.

I like this pattern, so far, enough that I’ve knit the third and final set of hearts on the leg, which now measures six and a half inches. I’m happy with the length and am ready to begin the heel. Yeah! I think. The good news is, I now have Tuesdays off. The bad news is, I still have class on Wednesday morning. I may have to compromise on making time for the heel. I need to set up a new method of memorizing drug brand names and their generic names as well as what they treat. I really sometimes wish we had a more hands-on lab for this last semester, but that’s stitches already ripped out. Not that I have to rip any stitches out. I’m not being that much of a perfectionist right now.

Now, I get to pick a heel. Note: This is an intermediate to advanced pattern when it comes to the heel. Charts are already intermediate, but can be figured out with a couple of questions. But the directions simply state pick a heel. There is no mention of lining up stitches on the needles, so the top of foot stitches are all on one needle. I’m grateful I recall the need for this step.

001Difficult to see Squib, but the light pink triangle in the background, just behind the pattern is his ear. Just before I got out the camera, his paw was on the pattern, trying to keep the yarn for himself. He’s getting camera savvy, I say.

The heel choices are the usual suspects: Slip Stitch Rib, Stockinette, and Eye of Partridge. I will be debating about this until I sit down to knit it. I’ve knit both the Slip Stitch heel and the Stockinette heel. I’ve wanted to knit the Eye of Partridge heel since I learned it was an option. I haven’t been quite brave enough or sure it would work with the sock. In addition, its a black sock, it won’t show.

I haven’t forgotten that I’m switching colors, but that decision will come with this as well, and I’ll likely be two-stranded through much of the heel and gusset process. I will want the entire bottom to end up cream colored. However, I want only the black to show out of my shoes. I have not decided on the best way to make this happen. I’m truly considering switching off colors about halfway down the heel and picking up the stitches in black for most of the gussets. Then switching to cream after that point. It shall be an interesting sock as I knit.

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A better picture of all three hearts knit into the leg of the sock.

Since it is an interesting sock, I will have to take excellent notes as I finish it, critter help or not. Wish me luck and determination as well as a little time.

I decided during my crazy-busy week of mid-terms and laundry and stress from schedule changes, I decided to give in tonight and do nothing related to studying. I do mean nothing, with the exception of checking my grades. I typed up some previous writing for a story I like to work on. I photographed the cats reclaiming my work chair. I photographed the dog when she tried to turn a stocking stuffer gift into a puppy toy. Then I sat down to finish planning the spacing for the next set of lace hearts. It seems that when your brain is fried after midterms, or even during, one just isn’t enough.

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I thought I’d worked out spacing for eight rows in between the sixteen row hearts. Only there may be two problems. I like to anchor my work, which I discovered after row sixteen this evening, and I missed the mark, I believe. In addition, I may have forgotten to mark a row as I was knitting the “eight” spacer rows. I may now have ten spacer rows.

I have yet to decide if two sets of hearts will be enough or if I will attempt to recreate this spacing(which I will have to do on the second sock as well) or if I knit in the round for a few more inches. I currently have three and a half inches of leg, and the pattern calls for six inches. I’ve debated if I’m going to knit one more spacer and one more set of hearts, or if I wish to attempt two more sets of hearts. Then again, I suspect this sock will look cute enough with only two sets of hearts.

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Squib, checking out the work I’m really doing, since I’m not petting him.

Why make it harder than it needs to be? Because I like challenge. Because if there is a challenge, something pulls me back to push through it. If I simply knit in the round for two and a half more inches, I will have to make getting to the heel flap the goal, and decide how to knit this set-up, as there will be a distinctive choice. So, for next week, I may have to decide between more open lace work hearts and faster method to the heel.

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The second set of hearts worked into the sock…I hope this fits;-)
If I choose more hearts, I have to figure out an amount close to what I knit before for the spacers. Ah, the choices knitting brings us. Perhaps I will design my own sock one day. However, I will not be going to class when that happens. Wish me luck with this (black)hearted sock and the next.