Kirsti's Finished Objects

Friday, September 30, 2005

Fair Isle Hat

Pattern: City Knits class pattern by Karen Kendrick-Hands
Yarn: Classic Elite Bazic 100% superwash wool (chunky weight, 4 stitches per inch on #9 needles)
Needles: Addi Turbos 16" in size 9, and Crystal Palace bamboo dpns in size 9.
Comments: My first time knitting continental style, carrying one colour of yarn in the left hand and one in the right. I really like left hand carry and will keep trying to use that and get faster with it. The bulky yarn knitted up really quickly - I started this in Tuesday night's class and had it finished by the Friday morning. Remember when bringing up a new colour yarn to catch it one row and one stitch before it's going to be used; this shortens the floats and puts it right in position when you need it. Weaving the ends in as you go is also easier.
Ended up: Got worn on the retreat by me, and may be put into the Christmas pile.

Rainbow Socks

Pattern: Basic sock pattern with legs done in a broken rib pattern. Rows 1 & 2: k2 p2. Rows 3 & 4: knit.
Yarn: Fortissima Colori, in shade 9072 - Sundown. Bought from Little Knits. I used 1 ball for each sock, had to wind on some of the second to get the colour order to match, and have about 1/8 of a ball left.
Needles: Size 2, Clover bamboo with one Plymouth bamboo for good measure. The plymouth needle was nicer to work with - a smoother surface.
Comments: Terry has long toes, so I ended up, on the second sock, adding an extra "straight" knit round to the first 4 toe decreases, so decreasing over 22 rounds rather than the 18 called for in the pattern. Putting the extra rounds in early gave a nicer shape and better fit to the toe.
Ended up: On Terry's feet!

Friday, September 09, 2005

Broadripple Socks

Pattern: Broadripple socks from Knitty
Yarn: Cascade Fixation, colour 9903
Needles: Bamboo dpns in size 3, set of 5
Comments: I love love love these socks. The Cascade yarn was slightly tricky to work with, as I wanted to make sure I didn't over-stretch it when knitting. I may have over-compensated with the second sock, as it's a little looser than the first. The yarn stripes pooled a little too much, but I tweaked where the heel flap went so that the front of each sock looked similar-ish, and the large purple/green pooling was at the back.
Ended up:On my feet or in my sock drawer! I'm keeping these.

First Pair of Socks

Pattern: Yankee Knitter Designs Classic Socks for the family. Used sport weight ladies size with a k3 p1 rib for the leg.
Yarn: Heirloom Easy Care 8 in turquoise, 1 skein per sock
Needles: Clover bamboo dpns in a size 6, set of 4
Comments: I hate hate hated this yarn. The plies kept untwisting as I wrapped, and it felt stiff to work with. But this was my first ever pair of socks and I was generally happy with how they came out. I knitted the leg and heel flap too short for the to properly fit Terry, mostly coz I wanted to stick to only 1 skein and get the knitting over and done with!
Ended up: Terry's probably going to keep them for bedsocks in the winter.