Elemmaciltur's blog

Learn to love life-lines...and know that Stash is a good thing

Re-Started: 17th June 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise superwash sockyarn, colourway "Iris Sibirica"
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1 Addi Turbos circs
Pattern: JayWalker by Grumperina on MagKnits
Modification: I'm doing this using the toe-up version modified by Natalia Knits and I'm also using the Magic Cast-On instead of the provisional cast-on suggested

Do you remember this JayWalker? After about two months away from it, I think I'm ready tackle it again. So I cast-on for the umpteenth time. This time, however, I'm doing the smallest size. I usually do one size up but as it turned out, it's a bit loose with the Wollmeise. I don't know why. But now that I'm doing it in the smallest size, it fits perfectly...not too tight and not too loose. But because of the change of the number of stitches, the colour pools a bit...but hey, I've learned to like pooling, especially in Wollmeise. ;-)

And for the record, I've actually frogged this try once already. That's why I'm saying that lifeline is my new best friend, because this time, I'm not going to re-do the whole thing ever again. I inserted a lifeline right before I started doing the gusset increase.

I had to frog it because I did something wonky with the heel turn and it didn't turn at all....seems like I haven't yet really mastered the art of heel from toe-up. This time when I'm finished with the gusset increase, I'm going to put the lifeline in again...so that I don't have to re-do the whole gusset increase should the heel turn fail again.

Toe-up heel-flap...at last!

Started: 04th March 2007
Finished: WIP
Yarn: On Line Supersocke 100, colour #907
Needle: 2.5 mm/ US #1-2 Addi Turbos (using MagicLoop method)
Pattern: Universal Toe-up Sock using Magic Cast-On
NB: Gusset and heel-flap construction based loosely on the method from Stitch Stud and His Bride

After having frogged the toe-up JayWalker because of the heel, and sending my Boyfriend Sock to the shredded graveyard also because of the heel (and the umpteenth times of frogging), something finally clicked in my head and I had the feeling that I could wrap my mind around the construction of gusset and heel-flap on toe-up socks. So, I pulled out a hibernating project and tried it out....

Voilà, it worked! The fit is perfect (pretty much on the snug-side, but I like it that way)...although I think I've done something wrong with the heel-base (forgot the short-row increase) because I ended up with 8 stitches less when I was done with the heel-flap....but I just fudged it and did some increases.

*Yay! for me*

I'm debating with myself whether I should just make this an anklet, so that I could start on the other side and practice the gusset and heel-flap again. Besides, I'm pretty *meh* about the colourway....the first word that comes to mind when I see the light-green is "barf". *LOL*

So, what do you think? Anklet or full sock?

Current Mood: Triumphant

On Shawls are the new Socks!

Clementine Shawlette, originally uploaded by elemmaciltur.

Started: 11th May 2007
Finished: 09th June 2007
Needles: 3 mm / 60 cm Inox circs
Yarn: Rohrspatz & Wollmeise sock yarn, "Drachenblut"
Pattern: Clementine Shawlette by Michele Rose Orne from Interweave KNITS Spring 2007

It's finished! Yup! My Clementine Shawlette and I LOVE it!

Yes, you heard it right. It is for MEEEEEEE! Sure, it can go as a scarf, if I choose to wear it outside, but well, I'd rather have it around my shoulder at home. And no, I don't cross dress...I just like to look at the pretty lace and feel the luxury of great wool and feel proud at something I had created by my own two hands.

What's up with MWK?

The last couple of times I tried to post anything here, I got a message saying that it had to be reviewed first by the moderator and will be published....but up to this date, nothing had been published.

So, what's up with that guys? Has it got something to do with the fact that I blog about my recent buys and stash enhancement with referrals to the dyer or where I got the yarns from that the posts aren't being published, because they're deem as advertisement? Or is it the fact that the post was uber-long? If then, why does MWK have a truncate version of the post available at all?

If so, then why not say something to me instead of just keeping quiet about it and not publishing my posts? I'm really unhappy about this. I mean, I spent time writing up those posts not just for them to be thrown away without any reasons being voiced to me.

The least I'd like to ask for is for some explanations.

No idea how I should call this entry. :-p

1. Kolenyas #9 & #10, 2. Kolenyas in progress (#9 & #10), 3. Kolenyas in progress (#9 & #10), 4. Kolenyas in progress (#9 & #10)

Started: 07th January 2007
Finished: These are WIPs! - Half way @ 20th March 2007
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, 100% Wool, colour #124 and #180
Needle: 3.5 mm INOX dpns
Pattern: Kolenya from Sheep and No City
Technique: Knitting two Kolenyas at once on one set of dpns using Kory Stamper's 2 Socks in 1 method from Knitty Fall 2006

To tell you the truth, I'm a bit overwhelmed right now and don't exactly know where to start blogging with all the knitting related stuff I have to tell you. So, I'm just stabbing my finger blindly at a point an pick that one as the starting point.

Let's kick off with the above....Can you still remember my extreme knitting phase? Well, I left the project to marinate in the UFO-box for so long...knitting two things at once takes quite a while and it tired me out. Apart from that I made the mistake - even with much care - of crossing the yarn once...so that when I finished each side of the Kolenyas and was pulling them apart from each other...well, you know the scenario: The darn things wouldn't separate.

I ended up having to cut the stitch *inserts desperate scream here* and then fudge it together afterwards. And because of this experience, I'll be knitting the other side of each pair separately.

*Lesson learned*