Knitting! Plus some gardening, cocktails, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

Month: July 2007

Sock-Free WIP it Wednesday

Sock-Free WIP it Wednesday

It’s been a bit of a tricky summer here at Molecular Knitting. Although I was delighted a few weeks ago to learn that I do not have cancer, I do, however, need a six month course of hormone therapy to “retrain” parts of me that […]

Pooling WIPs

Pooling WIPs

I’ve been a bad blogger lately, but we’ve had company. M’s sister stayed with us for several days. We had a good time. We all took lots of pictures with M’s sister’s great camera she just bought for her trip to South Africa and Botswana […]

WIP Trio

WIP Trio

I’ve learned something about myself. I should never sign up for knit-alongs. It’s Summer of Socks 2007, and my interest in knitting socks has vanished. The last time this happened was last October when I “took part” in Socktoberfest. I don’t know what my problem is, and I really don’t want to try to figure it out. I wanted to give Pete her socks this evening at our bookclub’s “we finished another book” dinner out, but they weren’t done. It is July, and we are in California, so it’s not a big deal, but it would have been nice… Anyway, one sock is done and the second started:

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While knitting the gusset, I decided that if the yarn started spiral striping after the gusset decreases were done, I could deal with the gusset pooling. I was very happy when the striping picked back up. Now I just need to power through the second sock.

My second WIP (and by WIP I mean things I’ve knit this past week–cheating, I know, but there it is) is the Victorian Lace Today scarf with Clarence Border knit in the Habu silk. I finished 2.5 repeats of the border for 5 points and symmetrical double YO triangles (the dreaded YOYO, Lorraine!), and then started the drop stitch body of the scarf. Pretty, I think, but not really requiring thought or even consciousness to knit.

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The sonorous drop-stitch prompted me to play around yesterday evening with some yarn from stash. Originally I bought this thick-and-thin yarn to knit a scarf, but I have so many knit and planned scarves, that I needed something a bit different. I thought of mitts, no doubt coming to mind due to the hot July weather, and I just played around producing this prototype:

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The cuff is too short and would be better as 1×1 not 2×2 rib. I started the thumb gusset a round or two too soon, and the thumb should be one stitch larger around. I should have made the whole thing 3-4 rounds longer. Otherwise, I like it. The thick-thin yarn creates a texture I like, and the fact that I knit it on size 10.5 needles, made it a very fast knit. I’ll start over with the mods and have nice warm mitts for those dog days of summer.

I’m very much in the mood to start a thick wool sweater, so who knows what will be a WIP next Wednesday.

All the way from Cleveland

All the way from Cleveland

As I pulled into our parking space at home today after work, I saw a box left by the mailman next to our front door. I asked M what he had ordered. “Nothing that I can remember,” he replied. I walked to the door and […]

Fiberlicious: Tasty Malabrigo

Fiberlicious: Tasty Malabrigo

Megan, Mastermind of Fiberlicious, has made it clear that Fiberliciousness need not be restricted to Fridays. Since I spent Friday transporting and nursing M after he had his lower two wisdom teeth extracted, today is the day for feasting on fiber here at Molecular Knitting. […]