Knitting, Dogs and More: 01/13/2008 - 01/20/2008

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Saturday Sky

It's a beautiful day!

Friday, January 18, 2008

More Distractions

I have the book "Patterns for Guernseys, Jerseys and Arans" by Gladys Thompson. I've admired the pattern "Seahouse Patter I Mrs. Laidlaw's Pattern" which is on page 68 and 69 of the book. This would be a bear to try and follow knitting wise so I charted it using AranPaint Plus:

AranPaint Plus is pretty cool, I've had it for a few years now and it's great because you see this on the screen, and it will print out charts and written directions. This was helpful so I could check with the written instructions in the book. Also figured out right away that the pattern in the book is written for working in the round. I'm SO glad I did this because it doesn't seem her written directions end up at a repeat. It's almost as if "You get the idea" was left out at the end of her written instructions/notes. Anyway, it's a large pattern, 49 stitches wide and the rows of written instructions were 49. It's also slightly different than the picture in the book so I may have made a mistake or its actually for one of the variations on the following pages? Fun to experiment with and hope to knit this up in a sweater one day.

If anyone has used this pattern, let me know, I'd love to hear how it turned out. Well, I'm off to visit play, rest with Esther. She's had a nasty virus this week. She seemed on the mend Tuesday and Wednesday and got a fever again yesterday afternoon. Take care all! Tori

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Small Changes, Cleaning....

I tidied up the top part of the left sidebar a bit. It more realisitically shows what I'm actually working on but still has a list of things that are wonderful distractions. I'm also playing with colors and toying with the idea of changing the look of the blog.

I'd show you progress of the Aran Afghan but I actually took a few steps back. I started this a few years ago, my tension is a little different. I also made a mistake and started using yarn that is the same brand but a slightly different color. So slight that I didn't notice until the sun came out a few days ago, ARGH. I thought the yarn might be dirty so I tried rinsing it. Then I remembered the other yarn and after drying I realized the gauge grew. So, I took the opportunity to restart and make sure I had the correct yarn all in one spot! I also made the sides a little narrower and switched the rope directions. The original pattern has them all turning to the right. I decided to make them turn so they kind of match the middle pattern. I'm already pretty far on it, so it was a good restart, even if I never really like to do that!

Anyway, Hope everyone is having a Happy New Year! Glad to be back in the swing of things and I plan to post atleast twice a week!

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