Tuesday, 29 April 2008
Although it's already end of April. The weather in London isn't spring-like at all. We had a April snow which hasn't come for nearly a decade. There is continous April rain recently. Because I am still not used to the cold weather here. so I decide to knit myself a shoulder warmer.
這個作品讓我挫折很久..第一次打起打兩百多針的作品,驚覺stitch marker的重要性!!所以決定要來買stitch marker,找到clover的新段數記環可以像小鎖頭一樣,就不會掉!!超興奮!!
I already finished 2/3. This is the first time I stitch on over 200 stitches. I didn't realise how important stitch markers are until this project!! I struggles so much on stitch on.( Because I don't want to make a mistake from the very first beginning. so most of the time I was counting the 244 stitches and forget where I was.!!!)So I decide to buy some stitch markers. I found a new stitch markers from Clover which are like little locks which won't be loose so easily. so I am very excited about them! Besides, I learned how to decrease evenly. It is just a sentence on the pattern, but it is a big challenge for me!! I know the basic principle, but I didn't know how to make it. so I searched on line, refer my knitting books, ask Red, finally, I found the way... It has been 2 weeks, and I was short of yarn last weekend. It is not cheap to buy yarns in the UK, therefore ebay is always my first choice.
中間有打到stocking stitch,stocking 就是ㄧ排下針ㄧ排上針,有什麼難的..哀..但因為起針是雙排數..但我還是很單純的從下針開始打..所以..作品就會很獨一無二(因為打錯...><)不過我到蠻喜歡這意外的錯誤喔..剛好變成一個小圓邊...我想再下來很快了...希望很快就可以跟大家分享作品!!!
I made a mistake during this project. Talking about stocking stitches. Easy, 1 row of Knit, 1 row of Purl. But I was puzzled because I have to knit from the wrong side. I tried to figure out what it tried to say on the pattern, it didn't emphasize it means prul first and then knit. so I decided to knit first and then purl. Of curse I was wrong... that's why the project will be just one of the kind because of this mistake. I found I quite like this mistake cause it is just a little edge in the middle of my shoulder warmer.
I reckon it will be finished very soon. Hope I can share with you guys when finish!!
Tuesday, 22 April 2008
I am knitting a shoulder warmer now. and the challenge is how to decrease evenly. Thank God I found this website to help. coz I don't know how to do it.
there are 244st. and 3st left at right and left sides. so there are 238st left to decrease 28st evenly. which means I have to decrease every 8.5 sts.=.=
Here are two possible ways to decrease stitches evenly across the row.
( knit 6, k2 tog) 28 times, end knit20 .
Notice that this method reduces sort of evenly, but the first decrease and last decreases may be different distances from the edge. Sometimes, depending on the number of stitches in the row, this "unbalanced" decrease happens to work out the same as the next increase. For many items, this a perfectly good method to calculate decreases.
Balanced space at edge.
Knit 3 , ( k2 tog, knit 7) 10times, ( k2 tog, knit6 ) 7times, ( k2 tog, knit 7) 10times, k2 tog, knit 3.
Notice this method is as symmetric as possible around the center stitch. It is a pain in the neck to calculate, but it prevents your sweater hem from shifting strangely to one side. Some people don't ever bother to do make sure their increases are balanced and work unbalanced increases even when it matters.
Wednesday, 9 April 2008
It is surprising fast after started yesterday. after 14 rows of stocking stitches it will be 6 times repeat the pattern I've finished 2.5 times.( Just used my yarn up!!! I can't wait to go home now again!!) I hope I can finish it before next week. then I can show it to my mom in law and she can help me how to do lining and handles with both 2 bags.
When you are in the middle of the pattern, you might find it seems something wrong. it's not so balanced. but keep knitting you'll find it will back to normal. This is what I found.
After a weekend. I nearly finished it. I started by a very short needle.(23cm) That's why I needed to sqeeze 79 stitches into them. so I found it's quite small. the width is about 34cm, the length is not long enough to fit in A4 size paper. so I decide to knit 1 more time of the pattern to make it bigger. I think it looks perfect size for me now. I realize how important to do gauge first now.
Tuesday, 8 April 2008
Finished but finally have time to take photo for the lovely scarf.這次用的毛線（超柔細 好摸又好打）拿到時真的是尖叫喔！
The very first thing to do after work is FINISH MY SCARF!!!
I didn't know what happened but I just couldn't finish it though. so I stopped knitting and think. It wouldn't be right if I continue it. so I looked back the pattern and realize I didn't need to knit the 16th row just make 4 gartner stitches to finish it. and that's it!!! Oh dear!! It took me ages to realize and it was the first time ever I undo so many times in the same section when knitting this scarf!!!
Finally finished!!! Will shape it today or this weekend! YA!!!
Material: Debbie bliss baby cashmerino, Liliac 3.5 balls
線材:debbie bliss baby camhmerino, liliac 3顆半
I thought It would only take me about 10days but it turned out to be a whole month!!
The reason is I chose a very thin yarn so I looked for trouble my self. It supposed to be 20~25 rounds but mine is 41 rounds. and I don't know why I couldn't finish it even I am so close tonigt!! It is just 4 rows of knitting..why?why?why? what happened? and what the hell is wrong???
but I am too tired to think.. The only thing I can do now is sleep and continue tomorrow...
I will invest CLOVER once I found what sized I use a lot.
I didn't wait till the audition finished last night but I still get the 34cm needles and 80cm circular needles.can't wait to get them now!!!
I was caught by a meeting before leaving the company and got lost in Euston metro station. Plus Northern line is just like a forrest so I was late for 5 min when I arrived Angel station.
Although just a short meetup I had a great time!
This is not waste because I have to buy it for my dream bag...(Isn't it a perfect excuse?)
My poor yarn is squeezing on the short needles now...
I haven't had a chance to try CLOVER!! But compare to pony, bamboo needles are much much better for me.
This is a simple version of my dream bag. I need to make the lining and sew the handle to finish it. So excited!!! This is a very easy bag to be knitted. I was chatting with a friend on MSN and knitting it and then..finished!!!
It made me realize how chunky it would be with 2 strands of DK yarn. and I also make 43 rows although I would like to make 51row but I didn't have enough yarn for cast off. but I think 51 row is a bit long.
It should be a very good bag for tesco or lunch shopping bag!
P.S. the yarn was left-over from my first scarf! How amazing it's just about right!
And I found when I cast on the yarn between two needles will getting longer and longer??!! I've tried to not pull so tight but it turned out to be quite loose at the first stitch. so I tried to purl it tighter it is difficult to make stitch in the second row! I do wish I know the secret of cast-on!!
I undo 3 times when cast on 79 stitches for my dream bag today. The fist time is the yarn between two needles is too long. so I think maybe I could just made 50 stitches and use the yarn to make the remaining 29 stitches. but it was too tight..... The second time is I missed 1 stitch!!!!! I have thought of increasing stitch rather than undo but I don't want to ruin my bag at very first beginning
I never realized how much knitting will change my life. But I do learn a lot after starting knitting. Take Yo for example. At first, I didn't know which way to yarn over, should I do it clock-wise or counter-clockwise? And the point is the yarn will change it position depends on the stich you've knitted.
I struggled a lot and learned by trial and error. It also remides me the very first beginning I didn't even know how to knit 1k1p, so I accidentally made YO then. and also I tried to turn over and of course it would not be right!
When knitting, you have to stop and check. if you just keep knitting you'll never know when you made a mistake. Suppose you found one, and then it's time to consider to keep knitting or redo!!My mom-in-law often just skips it and continue, but I can't. I will definetely undo it . so it's not easy to run for perfection!
This article just some thoughts. I am glad I have a wonderful husband. Most of the time he would like me to share with him. Unfortunately he can't understand what is knit, what is Purl. But even though. he's a perfect listener although most of the time he isn't sure what I am talking about. I am glad to know myself more through knitting. I think I am that kind of girl who will keep trying til I make it in everything.
We have strange weather recently in the UK. Sometimes warm, sometimes cold to death! Sometimes rainy sometimes sunny. Andy said it's very good for plants. Does it mean Spring is coming?
If it's cold, I can stay home knitting. but if it's a sunny day, it's shame I can't sit by the sofa to knit..... errr... I am so addicted to knitting.....
這是我的第一組鉤針,買家還是英國ebay的bamboo-knitting and crochet centre,希望我也會跟棒針一樣玩得很愉快！
I learned another way to join is try to finish your yarn at the WS side.and then make a knot( right cross left, left cross right) which is not to bad.
I can't say which is my favorite. Maybe you have to adjust depends on your project.