Monday, May 7, 2018

Carbeth gauge swatch

Needle size really does make a difference. I've knit up and blocked a swatch of knit picks wool of the Andes bulky. 

The suggested gauge is 14 stitches/ 4 inches or 3.5 stitches per inch. With size 11 needles I got 11 stitches/ 4 inches or 2.75 stitches per inch. With the size 10.5 needle I got 13 stitches/ 4 inches or 3.25 stitches per inch. 

On size 11 the fabric looks interesting and bulky but I think it is just too loose. The fabric looks better with the 10.5. The gauge is still not right but I can compensate by knitting the next smallest size. The difference between my gauge and the suggested gauge is about 3 inches in the finished garment. 

If I used the 11 and just knit my usual size I'd end up with a sweater more than 10 inches wider than I want. 

Needle size makes a difference. 
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

North Shore yarn crawl goodies

Here are my goodies from the North Shore yarn crawl earlier this month. 

I didn't post earlier because some of these items were gifts in a swap. My partner has received her package, so now I can show off all the goodies.  I've already started working on Low Tide with the Ultra Alpaca Fine.

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

North Shore Yarn Crawl 2018

I've been pretty much ignoring the emails about the North Shore Yarn crawl this year.  My yarn usage has been low over the past few years, and my yarn and fiber purchases have outpaced my yarn use.  But the yarn crawl starts today and so I looked at it more closely.

My new yarn store find (Another Yarn), closeish to my office, was on the crawl list.  So is what I thought was my closest LYS (Merrimack Yarns).  But looking at the list I found there were several stores I had never heard of nearby.  Some are clearly new, others just new to me.

52 Water Street, North Andover, MA

66 Wharf Street, Salem, MA

65 Eastern Ave, Essex, MA

18 Market Street, Ipswich, MA

It almost made me plan a path to visit them tomorrow.  You qualify for the grande prize if you get a stamp from at least 6 of the 9 shops in the crawl.  But then I thought no need to run around.  My next few days are packed.  But it is good to know there are places nearby to visit when I need to smell the wool fumes.  And who knows, maybe I will visit one. 

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mora home stretch

My Mora is a size medium. The one I made for my sister was a large. I know I made mine to be a little longer. I have 9 cable repeats in the body. Hers has 8. I used a size 8 needle to do the color work. Rather than the 7 I used for hers. But I did not expect to use 2 additional balls of yarn compared to hers. Have I knit a dress without realizing?  
Very strange. 

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Tween knits

Two years ago when my niece was turning 9 I asked my sister what she wanted. I had made her a wild vanilla that she loved but had outgrown. My sister said she would love another. 
I promptly started another but got bogged down in the keeping track part. It has sat on my window sill gathering dust and making me feel guilty for years now. 
Flash to this week when my niece turned 11. When I asked my sister what she would like she said she would love a tunic sweater "like" the one I had made her. That opened my eyes. I didn't have to make the same one (even though I had one right next to me that was already 25% complete). I could make one "like" it. Maybe perhaps one that didn't have a pattern over 20 pages long. 
And thus started the search, which is sometimes the funnest part. I think I have settled on Low Tide by Tin Can Knits. I've owned the pattern for a while. It provides 12 sizes, which give wild vanilla a run for its money and the pattern is only 3 pages long!!
I just frogged wild vanilla. I will recycle the dusty pattern (I still have a digital version). I will spend some time reading Low Tide this afternoon. 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My Mora

I ended the year and started the new year knitting a sweater for myself. I learned a bit about the pattern and yarn by knitting my sister's Mora. Now I'm putting it to good use. 

One thing I knew I wanted to change was the color scheme.  My sister brought enough yarn from Iceland to make two sweaters, alternating the color scheme.  I knew that I would make the gray sweater for her.  She wears mostly blacks and grays.  I loved the blue-green yarn, but I found that in tone it was very similar to the gray.  It made for a very subtle sweater.  This was perfect for my gray loving sister.  I wanted more pop.  

I wanted something that contrasted nicely with the beautiful blue-green.  I was hoping for an orange or an orangey-red.  Many of my local yarn shops have closed over the past few years, and I wasn't sure where I could get Lopi without ordering it.  I knew I could always order from Webs, but I wanted to see the contrast in person, and I didn't want to drive to Northampton.  And I wanted the yarn soon.  As snow days were approaching (earlier in the month) I envisioned getting stuck in the house with no yarn to continue my sweater (ack!).  

So I stopped by Another Yarn on the way home from work one afternoon.  I had never been there before.  It was a nice bright store with a lot of space (though parking was not great).  They did not have a lot of Lopi, and I almost bought the wrong kind, but they did have some that I thought would work nicely.  It was not the orange/red I was looking for but I think the cream gives a nice contrast and will look great.  

The colorwork has been moving along quickly.  Very soon I will be starting on sleeves!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Mora complete

I completed Mora on Christmas Day.  I washed and blocked it and gave it to my sister on the following day.  I think it fit her very well.  

And I learned a few things about what I might do when I make my Mora.