Plain Jane Knits Up A Storm

A few musings about my needlecraft hobbies - knitting, crocheting, quilting, & cross-stitch along with my other love, genealogy. While growing up, I used to HATE the term "Plain Jane", but when it comes to knitting & crocheting, I've realized that I really *am* a Plain Jane in that I don't use fancy yarns.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Twelve Days & Counting

It's been almost two weeks since I posted last - partly because I was under the weather last week and partly because not much is happening. I'm still working on the Highland Triangle Shawl though sometimes it feels like four rows forward, two rows back. I suspect that if I sat down, turned the TV off and put away my book and paid attention to what I'm doing, I'd make fewer goofs - that makes sense doesn't it? But I've multi-tasked for so long that I can't get comfortable with just knitting without doing something else. I'm still working the diamond pattern in the central triangle and every time I goof it's because I've put a couple extra YOs in - usually into the K2TOG, K1, K2TOG sequence so it's K2TOG, YO, K1, YO, K2TOG. This does not compute on the next row, believe me! Still with perseverance, I'm two rows away from completing the 5th of the six row sets. I just started the 4th skein of yarn (out of 10) on the last row. I won't bore you with a photo because it looks pretty much like it does down there in the last post, just bigger and with a couple extra life lines. So far, it's seemed more reasonable to tink back than pull out needles and go back to the last life line, but they're in there at the end of each row set just in case of disaster.

In other news, I have finished two of the garter stitch shawls for the K4 project and started another. I missed the meeting last week because I wasn't feeling up to par yet and hopefully will get to go tomorrow. I'm feeling great, but we have a forecast of freezing rain, sleet & snow overnight so the question will be if the Sr. Center is open. When I was there Monday teaching the knitting class, we had another donation of yarn (yippee!!) which included a partial skein of WoolEase Chunky and one child-sized mitten made out of it. This afternoon I worked on recreating the pattern and have a reasonable facsimile of the first mitten almost done. It's the first time I've worked with the WoolEase Chunky and I like it. I've only put about 2 hours into the mitten - including swatching and counting stitches in the original - and I'm just a few rows from being finished. Now that's quick!

Now for a rather sore subject - that lime green vest. I finished up the vest a couple weeks ago except for the armhole ribbing and decided that before putting it in, I would take the vest over and have Mom try it on for size. To make a long story short, she decided that she didn't like the color or the texture on the smaller needles. I haven't frogged it again yet but I have the feeling that the yarn may turn into something for my granddaughter if Mom doesn't want it in her wardrobe. {sigh}


Blogger KnitNana said...

(((((((BIG WARM HUGS)))))))
Jane, I don't know how to make lace knitting by itself easier for you - I cannot multi-task and knit on ANYTHING, so I have trouble understanding how you can...BUT that said, I can feel your discouragement here, as well as with the lime vest.
Take heart? How cool that the Wool-Ease Chunky mitten could be recreated by you! That's neat.
But a question? Did you multi-task while you figured that out? If not, ask yourself why you're so able to focus on the mitten and not the shawl? I'd love to hear the answer...

1:58 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

I was multi-tasking in chunks of time while working on the mitten. It took about 30 seconds to estimate the needle size (I stuck a 10½ needle through one of the stitches on the finished mitten & it fit). I was reading Newsweek while I swatched a few stitches. A minute away to compare the swatch with the mitten - ok, that matches.. Frog the swatch and count the stitches in the cuff of the finished mitten. Back to the magazine while I cast on 25 st and worked the ribbing (every row begins with K2 so there's a seam stitch at each edge - neat idea). A few seconds here and there to compare to the ribbing on the mitten to see when I'd done enough. Ok, that's good - let's see - two more rows of stockinette before the thumb starts and the thumb increases 1 stitch on either side of the 13th stitch. Back to reading.. Stop to count to the 13th stitch, back to reading.. Ok, lets compare - 4 increases, this looks the same so take a minute to figure out if they left the thumb stitches on a holder (which I don't have handy) or knit it first? Who cares, knitting it first is easier. Do so while reading another page. Dig around in knitting bag for tin with scissors - cut thumb yarn, restart at the base of the thumb and work in stockinette for a few more rows while reading the next article. Measure against mitten, look at how decreases are done and work first decrease row. That's where I am now. See what I mean - I'm hopeless.. {g}

2:13 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

OMG. THAT's what you do? I bow b/4 greatness...(and I'm not joking!)

2:43 PM  
Blogger Birdsong said...

Yes, she IS impressive, and I was multi-tasking by taking in Jane's list of knits for charity for 2006 alone! I am glad to hear you are feeling better...

3:28 PM  

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