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Score!

29 Apr

I went to a craft fair at Rovaniemi, and the haul was pretty good! 🙂

I got five bamboo circular needles for 1 € each. For that price, they seem pretty awesome. The cables are very soft and bendy and the joins are very smooth. Of course I fully expect them to snap into pieces the moment I try to knit with them, but if not, then  I call this a win. They’re sizes 2; 2,25; 2,75; 3,25 and 3,5 and 40 cm long.

I had a few goals in mind when I went to the fair, and I achieved one of them: beads I think should be ok for knitting. So purty. They’re glass beads with a metal center. 

In the impulse buy category, I got me some buttons that might work for the alpaca cardigan I’m planning on knitting. If not, no biggie. Some day, I’ll find a way to use these… 

and these. The polka dot ones are plastic, but these are wood and seem kind of nice, actually.

And last, but not least, I got me some Finnish sheep wool that’s been prepared and is ready to be spun. I’m not feeling like I’ll get ’round to that any time soon, but it feels nice to have the fiber at hand. I also don’t have a spindle, though. A while back I made some myself but honestly, they’re more trouble than fun. I’d rather just wait until I can afford to buy one.

In all, it was a successful outing 🙂

Also, earlier I saw a leather pencil scroll thing in a cute little boutique and thought it would be perfect for taking a small stash of needles on the go. I don’t like the idea of taking my entire needle stash with me all at once (what if they got lost… the horror…) so often when I’m out of town, I’ll end up with only one set of needles and no project to work on because of that.

Problem solved. Besides, it’s yellow on the outside and pink inside – d’awww how cute is that 🙂 There are four compartments and they just happen to be the perfect length for dpn’s and wide enough for circulars.

 

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Socks on Circs – What’s the Big Deal?

22 May

Socks knitted on circular needles two at once – it’s always sounded like a great idea, but I never got around to testing it until today. I’ve always been a devout supporter of double-pointed needles and I never actually have real trouble making something twice. But still… so many people swear by this technique, and I want to learn new stuff, so why not give it a go.

So this weekend I was out of town and didn’t have any projects with me except one sweater sleeve which hasn’t progressed even past the ribbing in two months… That may paint a picture of just how thrilled I was to knit it. I really wanted to get that done, but nah… My heart wasn’t in it. Before the train ride back home I broke down and got some fingering weight yarn and a 2,5 mm 80 cm circular needle, and began knitting.

As anyone might expect, I hated it at first. While I knitted I began compiling a list of pros and cons to the technique compared to knitting with double-pointed needles. The further I got (especially after I got past casting on and making the increases for two toe-up socks) the more I started to like it. Lots of the cons I could come up with are undoubtedly things which I’ll get past if I keep practicing.

The cons I do consider may be actual downsides to this technique include the need to move the stitches on the cables. The needle I’m using (from Prym)  may be part of the problem as the join between needle and cable is far from smooth. Also I haven’t quite figured out how tight I need to make the stitches on the edges of the two sides of the sock, and if they’ve been too tight, that makes it more difficult to move the stitches. But in the end it’s impossible to know which takes up more time – all the tiny movements I make every time I change needles when knitting with dpn’s or the longer times it takes to move the stitches this way but only once every row.

I definitely enjoyed not worrying about needles dropping out or getting lost – although I’ve never lost a dpn while it was attached to a project, and rarely drop needles. Admittedly, in a train or a bus (or a lecture) it’s pretty annoying when it does happen.

Casting on separately and then moving the two socks on the same needle also seemed to take up too much of my pweshious knitting time… But in reality, it didn’t take any longer than doing the same with dpn’s would’ve done. Besides, once  I was past that point, I realized I really wouldn’t need to do that again with this pair of socks, and that was a happy thought.

I got that same feeling again when I tried one sock on (much easier to do that with the sock on the cable as opposed to on the hard dpn’s by the way) and realized I had already knitted almost enough to begin the heel – twice. Awesome.

My stitches were a little uneven especially in the beginning and I got some ladders on the edges, but it started to get better before the train reached my station. At first my yarn got tangled a lot but that got better too as I learned how to control it.

I guess I’ll have to keep on knitting to know what I really think of this way of going about this sock-making business, but it’s looking promising right now. I’ll never give up dpn’s! But it’s always good to have more options available.

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