Thursday, 23 February 2012

Melly's Mystery KAL: Part 2

Last night I finished clue 2 of the KAL and still need to wait 5 days before the next clue is published. Though I am not sure if the pattern is quite my cup of tea, I do like the colour of the yarn (if not its scratchy texture) and knitting the pattern is fun. I wonder what it will look like when it is complete.

I must say, I am enjoying knitting a project bit by bit in a way that you are forced to wait. Somehow that seems to make it more efficient (and pretty much guarantees you will actually get it done sooner rather than later - oh, the peer pressure!).

I am liking the look of the yarn when knitted up even though it looks quite different from what I imagined it would be like. The slight variegation is lovely.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

What's Currently On My Spindles

1. Handcarded Corriedale batt: angelina, silk, sari silk, rayon thread (Laal Bear, Fibre Fest 2011)

2. Red Hot Chilli Pepper; Spin a Rainbow, space-dyed 18.5m merino/mulberry silk tops (MandaCrafts, Fibre Fest 2011)

3. 70/30 merino/silk plait (Krafty Koala, Fibre Fest 2011)

Friday, 17 February 2012

What Happens When You Learn to Knit on the Internet

My Ravelry friend Melly has gifted our German RAK group a sock pattern she designed and we are currently taking part in a KAL (feel free to purchase it an join us - the pattern is available in English and German). The above is the result of the first clue and I am using my hand-dyed sock yarn Raspberry Sorbet. This is my first KAL and quite exciting. Also, it is nice to be forced to pace oneself because the clues will only come once a week.

Something quite interesting happened after I finished knitting. I realised that I do not get twisted stitches if I knit through the back loop, as the pattern specified. It took a while to figure out, but it turns out that this is because I seem to pull the yarn through a stitch differently. While everyone else in the group seems to do this with the yarn being positioned under the right hand needle, I pull the yarn through with it lying on top of the right hand needle. This results in a normal knit stitch that is twisted while the ktbl stitch is untwisted.

As you can see from the picture, the ribbing sections next to the cables are untwisted where I used the ktbl stitch my way. I really didn't like it and my mentioning that was the reason we first of all noticed the difference in my way of knitting. So now I have frogged and reknit everything again to make sure it looks right. I wonder if anyone else knits my way. Maybe this is just what happens if you learn to knit from the internet instead of having someone with you "live" to teach you.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Mystery Lace Yarn

I am seriously disenchanted with knit club now, but the two times I have been there this year it was just about worth going. The first time I got a stack of knitting magazines for free and last time I was able to buy the above handdyed skein of lace (probably 150g, there was no ball band and I have no idea what exactly it is other than 100% wool of some kind) and some leftover sock yarns for only £5. Someone was trying to get rid of two huge bags of various yarns and we all had a good rummage. No idea what I will make with this skein yet, but I liked that it was slightly variegated green, which is a colour I don't normally have.