Knitting, Dogs and More: 10/02/2005 - 10/09/2005

Thursday, October 06, 2005

It Started out so innocently!

Ah Yes folks, another Blog Anniversary!
October 6, 2004

Little did I know I'd gain a community of friends that are as varied and wonderful as the friends I get to hang out with in person. So for my 1 year blogging Anniversary I just want to say THANKS to ALL OF YOU! Take care, Tori

P.S. I've never hosted a KAL but this caught my eye. Twist by Bonne Marie. I like the fringe. I'm also knitting a poncho. What can I say, my formative years (I had a friend who used to always say that) were ALL ABOUT the 70s. Now I'm too old to repress that part of me. Anyway, let me know what you think. I'm up for a November start.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Finished Object (Easy Breezy)

Pumpkin Hat
Red Heart Super Saver Yarn
Pattern: Free ~
Easy and nice to have something to work on while Esther is at the park. She doesn't need my constant supervision but it is nice to have something I can knit and watch her at the same time.
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Speaking of attire for the season....
Yeah, I'll get right on it!
Your Head Turning Halloween Costume Is
Gothic Vampira

Monday, October 03, 2005

Too Much Fun!

I'm so excited about finding out the probable cause for my lopsided diamonds. It means I have to restart, but Marie who left a comment on my blog is restarting too in lavender Magpie, how lovely! Marie, if you want to email me, we can have our own small Knit-a-long.

So today, guess what I'm doing? I needed a better cable needle and I need longer size 7 dp needles and don't really want to purchase either at this point. Last night I saw this at Knitting Help. Scroll down a bit and YES I'm making dp needles and a couple of cable needles! Okay, I'm a geek, but I'm having fun!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

October Goals! Advice needed!

OCTOBER GOAL KAL - October Challenge

To finish and submit the TKGA Master Hand Knit program Level 1. I think this will force me to deal with the tension issues that have been plaguing my knitting since I took it up again about a year ago. ARGH! I knit in the continental style. 20 years ago this wasn't a problem for me and people who seemed to be in the know marveled that I had consistent tension. Well, I think the long break and getting older may have put a damper on that skill. You'll see what I mean in a minute.

I'm working on the Mystic Poncho. Thanks go to a friend of mine who's not keen on ponchos but had the yarn and gave me the free pattern. Now I'm just hoping to do this pattern justice. My main problem seems to be with cables as they travel to the left. I've tried really tightening up on the purl stitches that are formed right before and after the stitches. I've tried twisting the purl stitches. I've tried pulling on the stitches after they are made. Anyway, I don't think this picture gives the full effect my knitting has, but I'm getting odd parallelograms instead of diamonds. Argh! Will blocking help after it's finished?

I'm now thinking I need to change my knitting style. Combination? Throwing? Ugh! I used to know how to throw, but now I'm so awkward at it but maybe a lot of practice would work. Any Advice on my dilemma would be appreciated and as they say TIA! Today I'm cleaning house, working on my music classes for next week and preparing dinner for friends who are coming tonight. That will give me a break from this.

UPDATE: Kristen suggested I search the Aranknit Yahoo group which I had tried but used less than adequate search words. I tried again and found information if my purl stitches were the problem. I posted to the group and Dawn Brocco responded with what I think is actually my problem. To summarize, she thinks that the way I'm taking the stitches off the needle and holding them in front or back of the work is what is causing the problem. I got to thinking about it and I think she's right! A long time ago I would use a #2 dp needle. Now I have a needle that is hook shaped and larger in size. I often drop the needle and it hangs with the stitches hence pulling them out. I thought I'd post here, because most references to cable stitch issues place the blame or suspicion on loose purl stitches before and after the cabling.

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