It seems there are some rules in life that you just keep relearning. The same is true in knitting. I think the #1 Rule in Knitting should be “LOOK AT YOUR WORK — OFTEN!” Sometimes I just get going on a pattern and knit, knit, knit. Like I did today working on my “Imagine When Gradient Shawl.”
I bought this kit about a year ago from Tolt Yarn and Wool at “Pitch and Stitch” with the Mariners. It included four skeins of Yoth Yarn in gradient shades of blue and the “Imagine When” pattern by Joji Locatelli. The original pattern was done in one color, but Veronika Jobe of Yoth Yarns included her notes for doing a gradient version in the kit. The sample they were showing was to die for!
In my last post I wrote about how I misread the directions by not reading closely, but after that I was off to a great start!
The bottom edge of the shawl has a picot edge and the top edge is straight. Here is a photo of the photo on the back of the pattern, “Imagine When…” by Joji Locatelli. The lines are beautiful!
I worked sections 1, 2 and 3 with no problem. Then I changed to the second lightest shade of blue for section 4 with no problem. When I started section 5 with the darker blue, I was sure that there was a misprint in the pattern and WS / RS were mixed up. I searched on line for any errata, but finding none I just continued on — big mistake! At first it looked sort of OK —
If you are beyond the beginner knitter stage you probably see the problem already! But I didn’t see it when I took this photo.
Then with only 12 more short rows left in Section 5, I laid down my knitting to admire it….and then I saw it….
Why did the straight edge change to a picot edge? And why isn’t the point of this section tucked beside the point of Section 4?
And why is this section inverted? Oh, No………..remember when I thought WS and RS were mixed up in the pattern and just kept on going? It wasn’t the pattern — it was me!
Frogging 62 rows right now just seems unsurmountable. So into time out it goes! I think July 5th may be when it comes out.
I can’t remember the last time I had nothing on my needles! So today is the day to get to two projects that have been in my queue for almost a year. I started off by casting on the first of a pair of knockers for Knitted Knockers, a wonderful non-profit organization based right here in Bellingham, WA.
Next I started to cast on for the Gradient Version (by Veronica Jobe of YOTH Yarns) of the Imagine When shawl by Joji Locatelli. The first two directions were easy — CO 3 st. Row 1 (WS): K3.
Then came the hard part! In the Techniques section of the pattern it said:
But in the Directions it said:
But after reading and rereading and stressing over what I thought were conflicting directions, I did what Mona always tells me to do — Just Do It! So here it is —
What I thought were conflicting directions really were not! I just hadn’t read accurately enough! I thought the last sentence of the technique section referred to the left needle! But it said “left on your needle!” Not sure how I missed those two important words — on your! DUH! So now my copy of the directions looks like this —
So glad I didn’t drive to the yarn shop to get help from Claudia!! Now I can sit in the shade and knit!
I started these socks for my son Kent on January 14th and completed them on June 11th. In my defense, I wasn’t able to knit for about eight weeks or so following surgery for a new thumb joint. But finally these socks are DONE, complete, finished, off-the-needles!
The pattern is just my basic Magic Loop sock pattern with an “Eye of Partridge” heel flap, a short row heel and Kitchener stitch toe. The yarn is CoBaSi, a great sock yarn for those who don’t like wool socks.
These socks are going into the mail today! I’m sending via Priority Mail: Tracked and Insured! I have so much time and energy into these socks — can you insure for time and energy??
DONE — Physical Therapy with Alex. Good thing because if Alex had reminded me how old I am just one more time, I’d have thrown the hand putty at him! But seriously, he’s the best hand therapist around and we three had a great time!
DONE — Two Pressed Rib Hats for Captain Michael and the newest crew member of the “Kelley J,” completed just two days before they leave for salmon season on Bristol Bay.
Claudia, my knitting, crocheting, pattern designing, and all-things-yarn-guru friend, (she’s the go-to-gal at Apple Yarns!) really bailed me out on this one. I had finished hat one and she showed me how to do the duplicate stitch for the lettering. I had three false starts over the next hour because my stitches were so uneven that it looked like hell. Claudia said that it just takes practice! But I didn’t have time to practice, so Claudia very kindly said that she would do the lettering. I completed the second hat and gave it to her two days later. In just one evening she completed both hats!! She is amazing!
Before I blocked that hats, I showed them to my favorite son-in-law, Eric, the newest crew member on the fishing boat. He loved the hats and his fit perfectly. Then he dropped the bomb — “But the name of the boat is misspelled!” After I came to and said a few swear words, I called Claudia and broke the news. In her usual calm manner, she said that it was no problem — she would redo them that day.
I had planned to cast on my shawl and a knitted knocker, but my plan went awry when I received a request that went like this —
Eric asked, “How long does it take you to knit a hat?”
“A few days,” I replied. “It depends on the design.”
Eric said, “A navy sailor’s cap with white letters – Kellie J. And could you do one for the Captain, too?”
They leave in ten days for a six-week season of commercial salmon fishing in Bristol Bay. Bought yarn this morning and cast on this evening. Pattern is Churchmouse Pressed Ribbed Cap in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. Full steam ahead!
Truly, I love knitting socks — I really do! Check out my Ravelry Projects page for proof! And I never suffer from “Second-Sock-Syndrome.” But this second sock is taking a ridiculous amount of time to complete and I’m sick of the color (or lack thereof)! Unfortunately, sock #1 and sock #2 were interrupted by my thumb joint replacement surgery, and that certainly didn’t help. Then sock #2 actually became part of my physical therapy and contributed greatly to my mental health, but it was slow going! Now I’m ready to FINALLY turn the heel — my favorite part. Then comes the BIG foot because sadly our son inherited my long, wide feet, rather than my husband’s smaller ones! BTW, great sock yarn for those who don’t like wool — CoBaSi.
In the meantime, I completed another project. I did this one because it was on larger needles and my left hand needed a break sometimes from the size 1 needle of the sock. I completed the button cowl for my daughter. It’s a bit late for a cowl this time of year, but it will be ready to go for next rainy season. This was a fun, easy knit and I LOVE Simplinatural yarn by Hikoo.
So now it’s time to cast on two new projects! I never have just one project on the needles — I like to work with three projects at a time!
Don’t worry, Kent! I’ll give your socks top priority. Oh, and Finn — be sure to send your measurements so one of the two new projects can be yours!
And to the other eleven folks on my sock list — patience! They’re coming!