The Future of Knitting

This Gizmodo article includes information from other recent articles on the subject.  The time-honored skill and technique of knitting is being incorporated into more and more refined and technologically advanced.

Personally, I prefer my hands and circular needles.  I knit to relax and to use a different part of my brain than my day job.

The Future is Knit:  Why the Ancient Art of Knitting is High-Tech Again.

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Hanami Wrap

This was a very enjoyable project.  Hanami, by Melani Gibbons ($6.00 on Ravelry and worth it).  I only knit the “basket weave” portion of the project, rather than the entire “cherry blossoms” theme.

I used 5 balls in all of  Knitpicks Pallet Yarn in color Camel Heather.  It made a very generous wrap

As a bonus, the intended recipient was pleased.

Stashbuster Scarf

Two novelty yarns – one scarf. These yarns have languished in my stash for a good while. The red is an “eyelash” style yarn that never had much body and looked like a mass of fuzzy yarn. No shape, no style. The black is a larger size (thickness) yarn, and almost “too thick” to work up nicely. It also is sparkly. I don’t recall (nor admit to) purchasing either.

I was in the mood for something quick and easy and mindless – tax season is driving me crazy. As usual for me, I started it a few times before I managed something I liked.

So, “whatever-it-is” yearn in red and black, on a Size 10.5″ needle, cast on 12 stitches and garter stitch until done, then bind off loosely. There you go.

The scarf is longer than it looks – Moonbear has a very large neck.  It would work very well as a scarf for a coat.

The bear is “Moonbear,” which I made for my husband many “moons” ago, when we were first married. It still occupies a place in our bedroom. One of the eyes was a casualty of a child or dog along the way, but otherwise, it’s in pretty decent shape for being 30 years old. You can’t see the crescent moon on his chest because it is covered by the scarf.

Hanami (Modified)

Posting has been sparse, lately, due to day-job workload.  However, knitting continues, and I currently favor endless rhythm and repetition to relax in the evenings.

This is Hanami, by Melani Gibbons, $6.00 on Ravelry.  The full pattern is intended to be more ethereal and transitions from the basket weave you see below to an effect of cherry blossoms blowing in the wind.  I chose to stick with the basket weave pattern, and the yarn is more suited for a warm wrap.

Yarn is KnitPicks Palette line, in color Camel Heather.  This intended as a gift for someone that favors darker monotones, but it’s also something I would gladly keep for myself.  The yarn is comfortable, and the wrap will be warm without being heavy.

I want to make this a generous size, so I’ll probably use all 8 balls (231 yds/50 g).  I’ll share the final blocked size.  The yarn balls you see are the last two, so I’ll probably complete this project before the end of tax season (which is how I measure goals in the spring).

Hanami 1Hanami 2

Note about using a tablet for the pattern – this particular pattern is printed “small” on the document – I would be frustrated if I had printed it to paper.  By using a tablet, I can zoom into the pattern, which makes it much easier to follow.

More Socks

Socks are easy, mostly mindless, and quick to accomplish.  There’s something to be said for feeding my desire for instant (well, relatively speaking) gratification.  That said, they are also very good for trying out new techniques.  I have a LOT of sock yarn – each selection just enough for 2 socks, and not really enough for a more substantial project.

Yet, I don’t really care for the finished project – mostly because the only time I wear socks is in the deepest of winter.

I suppose it’s a good thing that’s where things are, right now at 17° (F) on a mid-January morning.

First Below:

Pattern = Crystals, Combs and Cable Socks (Free Ravelry download) – This is a pattern I’ve made a few times, and enjoy.  Fairly quick, interesting, and I like the heel treatment – short row heel that gains texture by use of garter stitch. I don’t add beads, mostly because I’m not a “bead person,” and I don’t think it adds to the pattern.

Yarn – Noro purchased in Toronto, but a commonly available in most boutique yarn stores (that is, not found at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s).  Not sure of the color – I lost the yarn band.

Second Below:

Yarn = Patons Kroy Socks FX in color Cameo Colors.  I’m wondering if the previous “sock fail” was also a Paton Kroy sock color – the look and feel was the same (the twisted tweed colors).  While I didn’t get sock pooling with this  project, I certainly did not get matching stripes.  They almost look like two entirely different socks!

Pattern = Nutkin (Free Ravelry download) – also a pattern I’ve done a few times before (including the aforementioned sock fail).

I’m sure I’ve used Patons Kroy Sock (generally available at JoAnn’s and Michael’s) yarn a number of times, previously.  Not sure why I’m getting unsatisfactory results with the current projects.  I have one more “set” of this style yarn in my yarn stash – I wonder how it will work up?

 

Finally Done – Great American Afghan

This took nearly three years to complete – started in early 2015, and with the blocks finished and assembled in August of 2015.  However, it took two winters and into November of this year to finish the knitted band around the edge.  To be fair, I only worked on the band intermittently and only in the winter – when the rest of the afghan could be warming my lap in the process.  The unending nature of the band around an afghan this size (that’s a queen sized bed it covers) meant that I had to take frequent breaks to avoid going out of my mind with boredom.

It is a generously-sized and very warm afghan.  After two years of quasi-use, I’m a little disappointed that it is showing wear in the form of fluffing and mild pilling, which suggests that it might not take to many washings (and afghans should be washable).

This was going to be a gift (but for whom, I never determined), but after using it for a few years – and having it show signs of use – I will likely keep it.  Unfortunately, the colors are not appealing to me.  Mind you, they are terrific colors, and I’m pleased at the way the afghan turned out but (as you can see by the bedspread), I prefer a different color palette.

New techniques (Finished Projects Installment) – Mitered corners!  I chose a band from one of the squares of the Great American Afghan book (one of the squares that I did not use for the precise reason of the band that I – at the time – did not want to tackle).  The straight sections of the band were attractive and easy, and the instructions for the mitered corners were OK – they only gave directions on knitting the corner, without direction on where to start the mitered corner.  I’m still not sure about that one.