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).

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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.


Everything old is new again

Or, “This Old Sock.”

There were these socks.  I knit them up for the boy-child, who never liked them and never wore them. After he moved out (he is a grown-up, now, and living on his own, but stops by from time to time), I found them in his room and confiscated them for my use.

Well, I decided that I didn’t really like them, either, and I was annoyed by the yarn pooling on the foot of the socks.  However, I couldn’t bring myself to throw out perfectly good (if ugly) socks, so I thought…. could I re-knit them?

So, here we have “Nutkin” sock, by Beth LaPensee, free on Ravelry.  I’ve had this pattern for a long time – it was first published in 2007.  Never made it, though.  Not sure why, but I think the turned cuff at the top had something to do with it.

I started at the toe of the old sock (since it was a top-down sock) and knit the new as I unraveled the old.  Worked very well, and I am very pleased with the result of the first sock.

Now that I’m working on the second sock, I wonder if there is some “off-ness” about the yarn, which caused the pooling (from a sock-yarn perspective).  It took several false starts before I could align the yarn in the second sock so that it did not pool.

Yarn:  I have no idea.  I am fairly sure that I knit this, the first time, before I had the blog, so it’s been a while ago, and I don’t have a record.  It’s good, solid sock yarn, so probably one of the common commercial brands.  It was washed several times before abandoned and then reclaimed.

Note on the “new” (top of picture) sock – although the colors you see in the heel and toe are throughout the yarn, because of the shorter rows, it is only distinct in the heel and toe – almost looks like one used a different yarn for contrast.

Shout out to Beth LaPensee for a good pattern – it’s easy to follow and memorize, and looks nice.  I changed her short-row heel for a German Short Row heel (check out the video by Knit Purl Hunter), which I discovered a while ago, and like because it is a lot easier than traditional short rows, and looks nicer.

WIP – Cachoeira Socks

One done – one to go.  This project is moving along well, despite a slow start.

As with the other sock project currently on the needles, I am enjoying the new experience of knitting with a circular needle (as opposed to DPNs) and might adopt that as a regular practice.  There was a bit of a challenge in casting on using the circular needle.  It felt awkward, at first, but I eventually got onto it.  Will have to repeat several times until I’m comfortable with casting on socks with circular needles.

I like the stability of a circular needle – I have more confidence that the stitches at the end of the rows won’t drop off, and it was easier to knit the heel on the circular needle.  The project is also more portable, as I’m not managing (and keeping track of) 4 or 5 DPNs.

New experiences broaden the mind, are challenging, and can result in new skills.

As with the other sock project, this sock is knitting up a bit larger than expected.

WIP – Hidden Heart Socks

Current progress on one of the two sock projects on needles.

I enjoy knitting socks on a circular needle (new to me with this and the other project) – however, I’ve noticed that I’m either using a needle a size too large or my knitting is looser with a circular needle.  Both socks are running a bit large.

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I like the Berroco Comfort Sock yarn.  It’s easy to knit and makes a nice sock.  This particular color (#1811 Hari Hari) has much more gradual color variations than suggested by the company photos.  I’n not complaining – it suits this pattern well.

Another interesting observation about this yarn – the yarn ball is 100 grams to start, and I currently have 72 grams left – based upon current progress, that suggests a fairly tall sock, if I want to use up all the yarn for this pattern.  The nice thing about toe-up socks, is you can knit until you run out of yarn.

WIP – Blue Heron – Fifty-Fifty

Another slow-going project, the Fifty-Fifty tank with Blue Heron yarn.  This is lace-weight yarn, with many stitches per inch and add to that, knit in the round, and you have a project that goes ’round and ’round and ’round, and doesn’t seem to gain much length.

Another project that seems to be knitting up larger than expected.  I’ve gone back to read about gauge and blocking, to see if I’m missing something when I convert patterns to yarn (or vice-versa).  Still too early to tell.

SMV – WIP Cachoeira Socks

I have been knitting regularly – really, I have – but it seems that progress is very slow.

See below current status of Cachoeira Socks.  As previously noted, this sock is not a breeze.  For quite a while, I contemplated ending this project and winding the yarn back.  It helped to put this project on a single, long circular needle – managing two “sides” is a lot easier than managing four (with 4 DPNs).  Also, I think I finally got into the rhythm of the pattern.

Things really took off when I started on the heel – which, itself, was of interest, since it was constructed as a continuation of the pattern, rather than the typical heel.  Now that I’m “around the bend” and into the foot, it is going much faster.

One thing is that the sock size is larger than I expected.  It will still fit, but I was expecting it to be on the snug side, and it’s more on the loose side.

PS – I live on a farm. “SMV” means “Slow Moving Vehicle,” of which there are many on the road, these days, now that harvest is in full swing.  It also captures my impression of my knitting progress.