Thursday, September 25, 2008

Something to work on

I have finished clue 2 of my MS4. I'm noticing that my YOs are not the same size, depending on if I do an SSK or k2tog next to them. I need to watch and see if it matters if the YO is before or after each sort, to see what I can do to make them more similar.



The sides area curving in and out in the most intriguing fashion! The purl column that delineates the edging is curving too. There is a little indent in the bottom corners, and I just can't tell if the very bottom of the center section will want to be straight or not!

I can't wait to find out! Now I just have to catch up with clue 3!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Frogging a section down

I have been thinking that simple counting on the wrong side rows wasn't going to be enough for me to be sure that my Mystery Stole 4, from Pink Lemon Twist was going to be enough for me to not have massive mistakes. I was right. About 2 pattern rows before the end of Clue 1, I looked more carefully and noticed a honking big hole in the bottom of the left diamond.
clue 1 mistake

See it here?
clue 1 pointer

That won't do. Not at all. No way am I gonna frog has the right number of stitches in the section, so there won't be an issue with too much or too little yarn, so I'll just drop it down to fix it.

But first, I got out my supplies!
clue 1  supplies

Then I picked up the stitches just below the mistake by inserting a skinny dpn into the right leg of each stitch. I followed those stitches up their columns to the needles, and dropped the stitches off and let them ravel down. They won't go past my dpn, of course.
clue 1  pick up sts

What a mess, huh?

clue 1  frogged down

Well, it's not hard to make it look more manageable, just a simple pin does that.
clue 1  frogged organized

This is what a yarn over on the right looks like, when it's all lined up correctly.
clue 1 set yo

If this is confusing, I recommend dropping down a few more stitches, so that there won't _be_ any lingering yarn overs...make sure that the edge-most stitch and the one next to are not yarn overs, or at least not yarn overs that get decreased over to the side that isn't raveled!

This is what it looks like WRONG!!!

clue 1  end yo

That yo is lost due to a chain of lost YOs from above. To fix it, I had to go to the top, and find the highest one, wrap it correctly, then go down a row, wrap it, etc, down to the bottom. As you see above, it worked.

Then I knit the row correctly.

clue 1 knitting up

I got confused and had to undo a bit, when I did two pattern rows in a row, forgetting the plain knit row in between...when fixing something from the right side, I just knit across the rows I'd purled, of course!

And it worked nicely!

clue 1  all fixed

Good Grief!

I am making a little dragon for myself. He needs taming, but we are getting there!

His name is Good Grief.

At this point, he's just bones... and he is NOT tamed...all those little wires are quite sharp, and my hands have many bite marks from them to prove it!
dragon bones

I have wrapped him in layers of quilt batting. This helps a lot...but is it his muscle or subcutaneous something or other? I guess it must be his muscle, because there still remains another layer before the skin.

dragon batting

And his close up:
dragon close

Now he has his When you give guinea pigs fluids, it's called giving them subcutaneous fluids. But is that a noun, or what? At any rate, he has it here.

dragon wrapped

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

little red what?

I am in the TsockFlock Club, by the Tsarina of Tsocks. This is the Tsuspense Project....
Tsuspence project 1.jpg

I have to work on loosening up those left slipped stitches. This always happens to me on a slip before a knit. The slips before a purl are fine!

I will frog this back to below that little gusset....I think I can do better than this, and I'm feeling compulsive about it!

I have finished the Tallit, and the Bar Mitvah was fun....more on that later.

Monday, September 1, 2008

The Tallit Grows!

I've been stitching and stitching on the Tallit. I had a disaster with the base fabric....there was a weaving error in the middle of the fabric, making the texture different (not smooth), sort of like seersucker! Washing and pressing and adding sizing did nothing. I have some other fabric, which will be _fine_ but is a different color, and not already half hemmed (which is when I discovered the problem). But I have to get over that and deal.

The stars are coming out fine...well, I have to fix a tiny two thread snip in the underneath fabric, and then finish up one point, and the stars will be done! Turns out I should'a basted the lining down the middle before I did the applique. So now I have to kluge the edge all around. I think I'll unstitch the wool lining and redo the sides...but we'll see tomorrow. It's too late to make a decision. But that is a detail.


This one is the closest in color. It's all silk and shimmers.


I started the applique at the Wholesome Trottin' Race we went to yesterday (not the kind where they set down right on the horse) was really windy, and I only got 3 done. Today at the Marlboro parade I got a bunch done, and got even more done at the Unit Party afterwards....I think Wendy go some photos of the pirate ship in the pool, being manned by Teddy and Harry, and attacked by Dana and Brian and Adam (I think)...They had a did the kids.

I meant to watch just one episode of Gilmore Girls, but Wendy insisted we had to see another...and it looks to me like Lorelei will marry Luke at the end, but Wendy won't tell me...there are only a couple of episodes left, and she wanted me to stay up late and watch, but Abe has to work (HUZZAH!) tomorrow and I have to drive him, he has a sprained ankle!!!!

I hope to get the tallit cut out tomorrow morning, before Teddy goes to school, so I can hem it during the PA meeting. Then finish that one star, get the neckpiece on, and then just something for the corners, and Tzit Tzit!

Unless something else goes wrong....