Not liking it

 

Aside from some grafting, I have finished the icelandic yoke sweater. I don’t know what to say. It wasn’t the most enjoyable sweater to knit. so many colors to work with at one time. I also carried the yarns too tight in the yoke and it is puckered in some spots. What I can’t stand is the neck. It goes too high up my neck. I feel like I am choking. I don’t like anything that close to my neck. I will be frogging the neck. I just have to decide what I will do to make it comfy enough that I can wear it.

Finished Islandic Yoke

I am thinking a couple of options:

  • rip out the entire neck ribbing and redo without the 18 stitch decrease. This will open it up and make it much looser
  • do a stockinette stitch neck and let it roll over. Would it look good with this sweater?
  • Do the ribbing with out the decreases and fold it over instead of binding off. This will loosen it up

 

Any suggestions?

 

I went ahead and frogged it up to the decrease row. I did the ribbing without any  decreases and I used a cast off from A Knitting Glossary by Meg Swansen and Elizabeth Zimmermann called the Icelandic cast off. It looks sloppy and loose. here is a picture of it redone:

 

Redone neck line

Redone neck line

So now I have frogged it again. This time I am going to do 10 of the 18 decreases and  still use the Icelandic cast of because it was nice and flexible.

Too many colors!

I was whipping through this Icelandic Yoke sweater and looking forward to getting to the color work part . Now I am at the color work part and wishing I had picked a different pattern. 

This sweater I am working on now has a pattern that requires at one point working with 5 different colors! It is not only slowing me down, it is making it very unpleasant to work. I have yarn getting tangled in every different direction and it is really not fun. 

Right now I just want to get this thing over with. ugh! I am going to make something nice and simple with the Lopi Lite stash I have.

Anyway, here it is

Lopi Sweater

side view

Wrap or pick?

I have been immersing myself in various Elizabeth Zimmermann books and DVDs from my library. What a delightful woman! I especially like the book Knitting Around filled with EZ’s ‘musings’. It is a book that I will most assuredly be adding to my library. I have also enjoyed the Knitting Workshop DVD. It is wonderful, but I don’t think I will make the investment. A lot of it is information I don’t need, but if I do, I can always take it from the library again.  The other DVD I have borrowed and have already ordered from Amazon is A Knitting Glossary with Elizabeth Zimmermann and Meg Swansen. This DVD is excellent and just what I am looking for. Most of the excellent techniques they demonstrate will be of great benefit to me. It is a fantastic DVD and I would recommend it to everyone.

One of the methods that EZ demonstrates is continental knitting or ‘picking’. I have done this when working with more than one color yarn and it makes sense as a more efficient way to knit. I tried it while knitting the socks for Marc and it was hard with the small yarn and needles. I have recently started a Yoke sweater using Lopi wool and practiced during this. My knitting is much looser when knitting continental. I did start getting the hang of the pearl stitches while doing the ribbing. After a while though, it started feeling uncomfortable so I switched back.  Perhaps I will just start knitting a swatch just to practice and get used to Continental knitting.

Here is the Lopi Sweater I just started. Because it is a bulky wool, it is going quite fast.

Lopi Icelandic Yoke Sweater

And here is where i am on the socks. I am afraid I carried the colors too tight. It is really tight going around my ankle. I am going to work the second sock inside out to see if it makes a difference.

Wave Sock

Yarn Rage

I was working on that beautiful sock you see in the previous post last night. It is beautiful, isn’t it? Well, it was more that a few times that I realized that I was off in my counting and had to rip out some stitches. I was beginning to become frustrated. It was also late and I had been knitting for some time. Now, I was just venting, but I did say a few choice words, throw a ball or 2 of yarn and what not, but I really was fine.

It was here that my husband very tactfully gave me his opinion. “Honey, why don’t you take a little break?”

Me: “I’m fine”

 DH: “Do I have to do an intervention?”

Me: “Intervention?!?!”

DH: “Yes, intervention. You are obviously suffering from Yarn Rage.”

New Sock Project

Well, I opted to start a pair of socks with a color work pattern. I knit almost all day yesterday and it was slow moving! I was second guessing if this is really what I wanted to do. 

I have knit colorwork with worsted weight yarn and it is easy, but it is not so easy with this fine fingerweight yarn. I am having a hard time holding my tension. It is either too tight or too loose. It is just plain harder to work 2 colors with this fine yarn. I am also knitting very tight. Not relaxed at all. I am wondering if it will be too tight for my leg. I checked the gauge again and it is still good, but doesn’t have a lot of give. Oh well we shall see. I will add a picture at the end of the day so you can see how it is coming along.

I am not too worried that it may take a while to knit. I don’t care about that, I just want it to be usable. I guess this is part of the process.

 

Wave Sock

Wave Sock

Here is the sock at the end of the day. It is going a lot smoother now.

Done with the socks!

Well, it is official now. I have knit my first pair of socks. All in all I am very happy with them.  Not bad for the first pair.

 

First pair of socks

First pair of socks

I confess they are a bit too big for him. I will have to shorten the next pair up. Also they are too loose. I deliberately used a larger needle because I didn’t want them to be tight around his ankles. Well they really are too loose and I should have just followed the directions and used the correct size needles. As a result, they bunch up around his ankles, but he is wearing them today anyway! Gosh, I love that man!

Now for my dilemma. What to knit next? I only have one pair of size 2 circulars so I can only knit one pair of sock. There is a beautiful pattern in Charlene Schurch’s book, More Sensational Knitted Socks that I want to try, but I am wondering if I should keep it simple and more portable. I would use the beautiful Gloss yarn that I just got from Knitpicks. If I had another set of size 2’s this would be simple. I would start a pair of plain ribbed socks with the pink Aussi yarn and I would do the multi colored socks from MSKN with the Gloss. 

I have a feeling it will be the multicolored socks.

Lovely Holiday Weekend

 

I had a wonderful weekend of knitting over the holidays. Thursday was a wonderful Thanksgiving. I went and got Rachael (my daughter) from her Dad’s in the morning. Shortly after I got home, my DH got home from work and my Mother in Law arrived. My husband is a Chef at a Monastery and had to go in and cook for the Monks. He used that opportunity to cook our turkey and the trimmings at his work kitchen. This was fine with me because it meant less mess to clean! We had a nice quiet meal and enjoyed each other’s company. For desert my brother and sister in law came and it was nice and relaxed as we enjoyed all the wonderful deserts.

Friday my daughter and left for the 2hour drive to my parents house upstate. My sister Lisa lives up there as well and my sister Kim and her husband were up there for the weekend as well. I was especially anxious to see my son who drove there for his college break. It was so nice to see everyone. We had a delicious meal on Friday of lasagna which my sister had cooked and enjoyed a nice movie together after dinner. I spent most of the weekend working on Marc’s second sock. For some reason the heel turn was not coming out centered and I had to frog it a few times before I got it right. I am totally baffled as to what I was doing wrong. I decided to attribute it to being too tired and put it away for the next day. Sure enough I managed to get it right the next day and after that soared through the gusset of the sock. Now I am quickly working my way down the foot. I had hoped to have it done for Marc on his birthday which was yesterday, but not quite yet. Here is my progress thus far.

 

 

Second Sock

Second Sock

On another note, I did finish the Mangia shawl. I have put it away for now. It is to be a birthday present for my Mother and I will give a picture when she opens it for her birthday which is Jan 7. I know she will love it. I am very happy with the way it turned out.

I did work a little bit on the fair isle sweater I am making for my Mother in Law. Just a little bit done on the second sleeve. I also had a chance to check my gauge on the lopi lite yarn I had bought. Size 8 needles will be the perfect size for this yarn. I will cast on the hooded sweater as soon as I can buy the Addi needles kit or if I can’t wait maybe I will order the knitpicks needles. 

Oh, yes, I must mention that I ordered some of the knit picks nickel plated round needles and find them nice to work with. Not as nice as the Addis but really good for the great price. These can be a very good and affordable alternative for me. There is talk on Ralvery that the cords often break and that knitpicks is very good about replacing any of their products. I hope that I don’t have that issue, but it is good to know that everyone is very happy with Knitpicks customer service.

Speaking of Knitpicks, I also bought a bunch of sock yarn from them. It is their Gloss Sock yarn and it is beautiful! I love the colors especially. They are gorgeous and go together beautifully. I am in love. It is very soft too. I knit a swatch with the new needles and I loved working with it. I am really happy with the quality and feel of the yarn.

Here is a picture of some of them. Aren’t they beautiful colors? and so shiny too.

 

Glossy - Cosmos

Glossy - Cosmos

 

Glossy - Dusk

Glossy - Dusk