Sunday, March 04, 2007

strfotm finito

Fire On The Mountain is finished:
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For the record:
The yarn is Fire on the Mountain lightweight sock yarn from Socks That Rock. I bought it from a destasher on Knitters Review. They were knit toe up using Judy's magic caston on Knitty with 10 stitches on each needle. I increased to 48 for the major part of the foot. Then a few more increases in the late arch area to 56. The heel is an afterthought heel over 28 stitches. If you check the picture of these socks while they were in progress, you'll see a white chimney for kitchenering the heel... I "learned" this from Lucy Neatby's knitting dvd (2) but evidently I didn't learn it very well as because after I kitchenered heel number 1 with this technique and frogged the chimney, I was left with many loose live stitches. I grabbed some dpns and "saved" the stitches, blew off the chimney and did a 3 needle bindoff on the inside of the heel. I've done this before and find it easier than traditional kitchener. And I don't feel the bumped area on the inside during wear. There is about 21 grams of yarn left.

Then I decided to learn some colorwork, in preparation for sock madness. I have never done fairisle or intarsia though I do read about it, from books and online, some. And they say one of the socks will have some colorwork so I figured I better get some idea of how-to. I selected some stash yarn:
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And did a provisional (via crochet around a knitting needle) with some handy scrap yarn. The scrap ran out at about 68 stitches so that's how big this piece is. My idea is that the result may be a baby hat ( and it working out in a possibly newborn size). The needles are size 4 Clover dpns. Well, one of them may be a 3 but I don't think it matters too much for this exercise. Have you ever read where ez said she could knit a sock with suitable and even gauge with 4 different size dpns? Well, I think her point is that the yarn will settle in at whatever gauge it really wants to be. And I agree. Here is where we are:
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I knit a few rows with the brown, then knit 2 with each color, in turn, for two rows, then two more rows of brown, then repeated the knit 2 with each color, but in the opposite positions. It did occur to me that I could have done the opposite positions without the two plain rows but I was already well into the plain rows and not in a mood for tinking. And I was glad for the break from the color changes. Then three rows of brown and one row of red and some other pattern is coming up soon, but it hasn't spilled out into my fingers yet.

The reason for the provisional is that I think I'll want an inch or so of rib but knitting rib, now, does not advance my goal of learning two color knitting. And if I don't end up with something that can become a hat (or something, nominations are open), knitting ribbing would have just slowed me down and used my knitting time unnecessarily.

One of my problems with learning two color knitting is that I am a continental knitter through and through. I don't throw. I've seen some of my Sisters Of the Wool throw, but I don't know how to throw. I remember txknitter showing me how to do some knitting thing and she said, just for this row, throw. And I said, I don't know how to throw, let me figure out to knit it continental. And I did. But the most commonly recommended, at least in my research, is to knit two colors with one color in each hand, one continental, and one english, so that's what I am trying to do. Now some suggest holding some certain yarn in each hand whether the color is to be the foreground or background. I'm not sure which of my yarns is the foreground. I just know that I'm holding the brown in my left hand. Another problem, probably related to wrong throwing is that I found my red stitches twisted. So when I found them twisted, and I'm not sure I found them all, I knit into the back of the loop. And I commenced wrapping the thrown yarn the other way. Seems to have done the trick. I'll worry about fine points later.

dh says he likes the splotches (referring to little squares of red). I think that was a compliment.

more later,


Blogger AR said...

I like the splotches, too. :) And your socks look great, by the way!

3/04/2007 6:06 PM

Anonymous Deborah (a.k.a. Mt. Mom) said...

Hi, Jeri. Looks like a very good beginning. Another pattern you might like to try is a basic diagonal. Do a row with 2 & 2, or 1 & 3, then on the next row, move it over one stitch to the left. Left is easier in the round as each color-change comes just *after* the change on the previous row, so you get a "heads-up" to be ready for what's next. After that, maybe zig-zags? 3-1-3-1..., then 2-2-2-2..., then 1-3-1-3.... (Does that notation make sense?)

There are many different ways to hold the two yarns, but any of them can take a while for the fingers to get used to. . . . (Grace, gal, grace!) Which strand goes under, and which goes over, does matter, but that's a fine point; first agenda is comfort and even tension with the floats.

Good success to you, and enjoy!

3/04/2007 7:37 PM

Anonymous Angeluna said...

OK, so you're in training for speed knitting your socks, too. You're going to knock me out first round, I can see it now!

BTW, love your socks and your colorwork. You will have to show me some. I can throw, but continental slows me way down and makes my hands hurt.

3/05/2007 12:46 PM

Anonymous Deborah (a.k.a. Mt. Mom) said...

I need to think more thoroughly before typing advice. :) For the second row of the 3-1 zig-zag, it's not 2-2-2-2..., but 1-1-1-1.... I.e., alternating single stitches of each color to "pull in" the triangles you established on the previous row.
I hope I caught my boo-boo before it caused you exasperation!

3/05/2007 1:59 PM


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