Tom Hart's blog

slip slip purl

I’m starting my first double-knit lace project. The pattern is by a young New York City lad by the ravetar of Aptenoknits. It’s available free on Ravelry until March. I’d never considered lace before, having gotten trapped in a double-knitting energy vortex years ago in my reckless knitting youth. Trapped in the vortex as I am, lace always seemed inaccessible and remote. But since this pattern is double-knit lace it has slipped through the vortex interface and lace is now suddenly available to me. Which means that I have to master ssk’s and ssp’s.

rainbow loom

Here's an article I ran across that some of you might find interesting. Apparently lots of grammar school children of a certain age are almost knitting. According to this article it's the biggest kids' fad of the year. I wonder how these kids would react to a teacher who could actually knit these things. For your consideration:

UFO sock photos

This is the latest iteration of a sock I’ve been fooling around with for the past few years and more intensively in the past six months. I would like to make about 10 pairs of socks for myself that I can put through the wash with everything else, like I do with store-bought socks. I have used Ann Norling’s Adult Basic Sock pattern which Bill very kindly walked me through a few years back. I translated the pattern into “double-knit” from the heel flap on. I’ve now knit this sock so many times that I don’t even have to refer to the pattern anymore. I just know what to do next.

a long, slow knit

One evening last summer as the fog got sucked in, thick and cold, through the Golden Gate and the foghorns bellowed low and stubbornly into the oncoming mist like giant, 3-story cows in the distance, I picked up some jute gardening twine from deep in my stash and started double-knitting this rug. (Don’t ask.) And now as I switch back and forth between working on the rug and working on socks, my appreciation of yarn made from sheep’s wool increases every day.

Right now the rug is 3x2 (three motifs across and 2 high). My goal is to make it 3X5.

cotton sock cold feet

I’ve started a sock with a 100% cotton yarn (Sugar and Cream by Lily). I’m doing it top down and I’m 2 or 3 inches into the 2x2 ribbing. And I'm finding that when I stretch out the ribs they stay kind of stretched out instead of snapping back like the wool socks do. Is this going to be a problem? Will they stay up or pool at the tops of my shoes? And what about shrinkage? I’m wondering how many more stitches I should cast on than I would for wool. Any thoughts, advice, or commentary Kind Knittermen?

blocking liquid other than water

Can anyone think of, or has anyone heard of a non-aqueous, pre-blocking, soaking liquid? The deal is I’m working on a double-knit rug made out of jute twine. I’d like to soak it in an effort to even out the stitchery a little. Knitting with jute is a little like knitting with wood. It doesn’t have a lot of give or spring and inevitably I forget to stop and pull each stitch tight and so end up with some loose-looking stitches. I’d like to give it a good long soak in something other than water. If you soak jute in water, it looks kind of old and worn out after it dries.