Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Jaywalker update

68 stitches cast on works. I've done 14 rounds of k2p2 and then 26 rounds of the Jaywalker pattern. Now it's about 5" long and I'm ready to start the heel.
I haven't decided what to do with Cinxia. The neck is a little too big for my liking. I have worn it and found it to be nice and warm. I'm debating whether to wear it as is, redo the collar and neck to make it smaller, or to frog it and make a skirt with the yarn. (I've frogged whole sweaters before. I figure it's better to frog than not to wear.)

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Jaywalker sock sizing

Since a cast on of 52 stitches worked for the last pair of socks I made (for me for k2p2 socks), I thought that a cast on of 60 stitches would work (for my DH for Jaywalker socks -- pattern at http://magknits.com/Sept05/patterns/jaywalker.htm). I'm using Magic Stripes yarn with 2 size 3 circular needles. Well, after doing the socks down to the ankle, I decided to FROG. The socks fit me but probably wouldn't fit my DH. So, I'm going to cast on 68 stitches this next time. I already decided to do 14 rows of ribbing instead of just an inch and to do k3tog tbl instead of the dd.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Plans for next socks

My next pair of socks will probably for my DH. Though this may change, I'm currently thinking of using the dark, almost black, Magic Stripes yarn along with a jaywalker pattern and a heel that people are talking about in knitty.com now (s1k1 pattern on RS rows of heel and p on WS rows). --
Tubey is going well. I'm on the first sleeve.

Monday, January 23, 2006

finally finished

I've finally finished with both my first pair of socks and Cinxia. The socks are knit with Magic Stripes yarn and 2 size 3 circular needles. I decided to make it a short sock to hopefully fit with and look well with tennis shoes. The k2p2 pattern down the top is to get a tighter fitting sock. Details of the pattern are at my other knitting blog.

Friday, January 20, 2006

almost finished w sock & Cinxia

I have great hopes of finishing my socks and also Cinxia over the weekend. I'll have plenty of time to knit tonight with 2 hours of Stargate and 1 of Monk. I'm down to the cuff of the second sleeve for Cinxia (which since I'm knitting it from the top down, is the last I need to do on it). I'm halfway through the second sock. Though I still haven't decided how to finish of the toe of the first. I'm strongly leaning towards turning it inside out and crocheting the leftover loops together or else binding them off from the inside.
When I finally get these projects done, I've promised myself that I can start on Tubey.

Monday, January 16, 2006

almost finished w first sock

I'm almost finished knitting my first sock. I've redone the toe a few times. Hopefully, this time it will turn out -- right length and right shape. Then I'll have to work on seaming the tip of the toe together. While I'm thinking about what I want to do with the sock, I've been working on the second sleeve for Cinxia.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Restarted the socks

Well, I've given up for now on trying to post a picture here. I've also frogged the sock I started. I'm going to make it tighter (52 instead of 56 stitches around) and shorter so that it will work, hopefully, with tennis shoes. I've almost finished with the first sleeve for Cinxia -- 2 rows to go.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Some baby gulls

I'm trying to post a picture. (edited, finally got it posted) So here, I hope, is a picture of the backyard for our old house in Kent with a couple of baby seagulls and our cat looking at them. Our cats learned that one does not get too near a baby gull. If one gets too near, the babies start to yell, and suddenly there are a lot of adult gulls checking out what might be the problem. (There were no confrontations.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Trying to knit socks, too

I've finished the body for Cinxia and am now working on the cuff of the first sleeve. Luckily, the sleeves are wide enough that I can use alternating circular needles on it -- ie, knit one round with one circular needle, then knit the next with the other, then the next with the first one again, etc.
I'm also working on my first sock -- using a generic sock pattern. I may decide to frog it because it's pretty roomy even though I started by casting on 56 stitches. I'm using 2 circular needles per round on the sock. The first half of the round is always done with the first circular needle and the second half by the second one. (I did it this way because when I was ready to begin knitting the sock, I discovered that I didn't have any DPs in the right size, but I did have a couple of circulars in the right size -- size 3.) I'm using Magic Striped yarn.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Restarting Cinxia

Well, I finally got the yarn to finish Cinxia. I'm almost finished with the body -- haven't started the sleeves yet. I'd almost given up on finding the yarn. I'd looked in Colorado and New Jersey but couldn't "find" any. I was almost ready to order it on line. Then as my oldest son and I were walking through WalMart, we saw it. There were enough balls to finish the project. I was so happy.
Now to the strange part: I guess I must have been waiting till the Christmas holidays were over with to start on Cinxia again. It turns out that some yarn that I'd bought over a month ago because I thought was the right color but then decided wasn't, actually was. (I knitted that yarn into a scarf.) So, anyway, I'm now happily knitting Cinxia again. It looks like it's going to turn out nicely.
A day or two later, I got some more yarn for other projects -- a couple of sweaters from the newest issue of knitty.com.