UndyedYarnpire’s Fiber Opera

October 2, 2009

A hatful of jumbled thoughts

Filed under: discussion — UndyedYarnpire @ 9:23 pm

I am working on a knitting project and it distracts me from posting. It is a hat. I am making it with the “leftovers” from the slipper knitting. The 75% ball of Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Worsted. It really is a thick worsted yarn, similar to what acrylic worsted yarns are like and vastly different (superior) to Knitpicks Swish Worsted. I think if I used the Swish bulky, it would be similar to what I consider a worsted to be. But the Lorna’s Laces is a lot tighter ply and more solid. It knits up much closer to the effect I prefer.

One of the few comments I have received on my handspun is how “overplied” it is. But I like that.

However, I have a secret, I prefer knitting with commercial yarn. I like the yarns’ colors and fibers better from handspun, but the knitting has always been fraught with issues. Especially gauge issues. I find it extraordinarily difficult to get an accurate sense of gauge on handspun yarn. With the exception of my “Moss in the Dark” yarn, which is astoundingly consistent, even across all four balls of 300+ yards each.

I am attempting to make a tam/beret. Not sure what the difference is between those. Found a generic beret pattern based on the one given by the HK teddy bear calculator one.

But before I forget, I want to say that I really like TechKnitter. This, most recent, post was great. http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2009/09/some-ideas-just-make-you-say-wow.html
I do not haunt the Knitty site waiting for changes. I do not want to join their mailing list. (They should have RSS like normal people do. Mailing lists are lame and it means when I want to stop reading, someone has to notice I no longer like them. It makes changing your mind about what to spend your time reading into this personal crisis and insult balance.) And I find the Knitty format to be extremely opaque. There is no way to page through the whole issue. There is no way to get a decent preview of all the patterns. The articles are often blurbed to make them seem even less interesting than they actually are. Such is the case with Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off. I have some issues with some of TechKnitter’s techniques, especially the tubular cast-on (which I tried 3 times and it totally did not work at all so it was frustrating.) But most of the ideas presented there are phenomenally well documented and illustrated. They explain things in the kind of detail that actually substitutes for having a master knitter available for questions. Really brilliant work.

Yes, I do know I need to update my blogroll here. It would be so much easier if it would just automatically tie into my Google Reader. But then I might have to admit to all food blogs I read and you could see that I am a dilettante in the fiber world.


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