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March 27, 2008

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter XIII: Ruffled Wrap

Date Begun: 02/09/08
Date Completed: 03/12/08
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool-Ease in Grey Heather
Needles: US8 Circular (metal)
Source: Lion Brand Yarn, Seed Stitch Ruffled Wrap
The Story:
It's kind of rare that I actually make something for myself. Most of the things I knit are done as gifts for other people or as time-fillers while I'm waiting on something. This project was something I'd seen on the Lion Brand Yarn website and thought it looked really pretty and warm. I didn't know exactly what it was going to look like because I couldn't find anything ANYwhere that showed me the back of it. So I went into it a little blind, but I knew I liked the look of the front bit enough to give it a go.

So after 8 balls of yarn and a broken knitting needle wire from the weight, it ended up waaaaaay longer than I expected it to be, but it appeals to my taste for the dramatic. As you can see from the bottom two pictures, when I'm wearing it, it hangs below my knees and when I'm sitting down, it almost hits the floor. I made sure my photographer got a good shot of the entire shape so that when other people are considering this pattern, they'll know what they're going to get.

My newest cube is really cold, so even though it's nice and warm outside, I've needed something to keep my arms warm while I'm at my desk. I decided to take my wrap to work and I've gotten a lot of compliments from my coworkers.

I usually use a circular knitting needle for most things, and I got a modular system ages ago, with plastic "wires" that screw into metal needle tips. It's great because I have pretty much every size needles I could ever want. Well. The ruffle ended up at about 1000 stitches around, so the weight and the sheer number of them ended up breaking the wire I was using, as well as bending others when I replaced the broken one. I'm going to have to see if I can dig up some way to get a new wire.

SO. This yarn was the same stuff I used to make the Fingerless Gloves and I think I like it better for this kind of an application. It does have a small amount of wool in it, so that means I end up swallowing a fair amount of fibers over the course of a project, but that's okay because the result is so warm. It leaves a very small amount of fuzz on the clothes I wear under it, too, which I find a little annoying. But did I mention it's warm?

The Knitwit Papers, Chapter XII: Cotton Dishcloths

Date Begun:
(L to R)
1: 02/06/08
2: 01/13/08
3: 01/12/08
4: 03/01/08

Date Completed:
(L to R)
1: 02/09/08
2: 01/14/08
3: 01/13/08
4: 03/17/08
(L to R)
Lily Sugar'n Cream Ombres & Prints
1: Sun-Kissed
2: Citrus Fruits
3: Sun-Kissed
4: Key Lime Pie
Needles: US7 Circular (metal)
(L to R)
Kitchen Bright Dishcloths
1: Slanted Squares
2: Bee Stitch
2: Trinity Stitch
4: Climbing Lattice
The Story:
In the course of teaching some other folks to knit, I was looking for some easy, quick projects to give them that AREN'T SCARVES. Funny thing - knitters by and large get extremely sick of scarves after the first 3-4 they do. I know that's certainly happened to me. Unless someone requests a scarf specifically, I have no intentions of ever making one again. But not everyone is immediately ready to jump into sweaters and afghans. So dishcloths are nice because they're kind of like mini-scarves.

But the other funny thing about teaching people to knit is that the best way to know the problems is to do the pattern personally. So I now have four hand-knit dishcloths that I will probably never use. But that's okay because they make excellent small projects to take along when I travel or on the train to San Francisco. They're simple enough that once I understand the pattern, I can pretty much turn my brain off so the knitting is mindless therapy. I haven't quite decided what I'm going to do with them. They're pretty enough that I've thought about framing them and hanging them on the wall in my sewing room, but I know they'd also be great as little housewarming gifts or something.

There are 12 patterns in the book. I've only done 4 of the patterns, but I fully expect to do more later when I need something quick between larger projects. The first two (2 and 3 listed) I did because my knitting "students" chose those as the ones they wanted to try. The third one I did because it looked interesting. The last one was chosen by Schondy because he liked the way it looked.

I was going to write out a little explanation about each one of these, but I realized there's not much more I can say. :-)

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