Monday, March 20
We've been Swatching
Two two-color swatches. Can you guess which one I did and which one is Zach's? We both started practicing two-color knitting with the Cascade 220s in brown and red. Mine was ok and his... well he learned something and he frogged. As he had just taught me some current teen slang, I was able to declare that I owned him and that I owned feral knitting. His calm response was, "gee mom, you really should have scored higher on that competiveness quiz." Then he proceeded to knit the swatch for his Peruvian hat --- and now he owns me. While he had at first been OK with my selection of bright colors, once there were three colors on the swatch, red, purple and green, he got cold feet. I'm glad he finished the swatch, because once all six colors are together, they really do balance each other well. But it will certainly be a bold hat. (I made the bunny with the weird pointy feet, btw)
Jessica commented in an earlier post regarding this hat (Thanks, Jessica, I felt honored to be read) that I should consider the Fiber Gallery's Thursday evening clinic for help. Well, so far we seem to have figured out the multiple color bit. The one thing I am clueless on is the crocheted edging. Knowing how high a regard Jessica has for crocheting, I hope she's working when we come for help. That's a ways off though. Can't crochet on the edging til there's a hat.
First, the earflaps need to be knit. The directions call for knitting a 4 stitch wide, 70 row long, garter stitch band (the orange bit). After that, stitches are picked up along one side, with decreases for the earflap shape. Only problem is that it is really hard to get even tension, nice fabric four stitches wide. He's started and frogged several times now. Any suggestions I have about modifying the pattern --- trying something else to get the same effect? No way. That kid can be stubborn. Wonder where that comes from?
Posted by Dorothy Neville at 3:49 PM