Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Yarn Along 17

Oh my... my first Yarn Along with Ginny this year and it's already February. I have some FOs to show you and want to write about a lot of things but I don't know... I'm in a Winter funk I guess. It's sooooooooo cold here in Germany, the night before last we had -19°C!! I feel so bad for all the animals who have to endure sleeping and finding food in such cruel weather. I'm regularly putting out birdfeed and hot water on the window sill but when it's that cold the birds don't even come. Today it's warmer and they have come back to gobble up all those fatty treats and warm water =)

Back to the Yarn Along:
The cold weather makes me want to knit socks non-stop. Yeah alright, I always want to knit socks non-stop but especially now. I washed a load of woollen socks the other day and found I don't have enough. But it was such a satisfying view, all those warm socks on the drying rack, it makes me feel a bit more prepared for cold days.
The new pair is knit in plain stockinette stitch. The rich colours and little specks of glittery lurex are enough to look at, even simple ribbing would be too much in my opinion.


I'm also still knitting on my Cotton Candy Bobbles Cardigan but it's so frustrating =( The yarn is Cascade 220 Wool and it keeps curling like mad. Not where the actual bobbles are but the stockinette parts drive me mad. It curls into such a tight wool sausage that the knitting is really hard on the hands, wrists and forearms (no, I'm not knitting worsted weight yarn with such small needles, I had to park the cardigan on smaller ones because I needed the 5 mm needle for legwarmers *g*). I am pondering the possibility of blocking it before I knit on. Any suggestions and experiences on that matter would be highly appreciated!! The Cardigan is knit in one piece so there won't even be seams to keep the yarn under control. I've had this problem before with Cascade and stockinette but it was a hat and an i-cord edge took care of that problem. Maybe I can add a crochet border afterwards? Edit: I've already knitted a short border at the foot of the stockinette part because I had an inkling that it would otherwise curl like hell. Apparently it doesn't suffice =/

I just had to take a picture of it with my wonderfully pink hyacinth. Isn't she lovely?? I was so suprised to see two additional blossoms hide within the leaves. And a bit concerned, too - I really like the scent but one blossom is usually enough to keep the whole room scented. But somehow these blossoms aren't that intense, so it's all good and so very pretty. Finally I have a pink hyacinth, so far I only had blue ones (which are pretty too). Now you could say that the pink container should have given me a hint. But there were black and red containers, too, so I guess the colour of the plastic container was completely random.

I'm reading Tolkiens "The Hobbit" at the moment. It's been a long time since I've read it and I thought I should read it again before I watch the new movie. This is our third edition of the book. I had a German translation before and so had Sebastian. As we are mostly reading the original versions of books now, I ordered an English copy. I'm enjoying it a lot and look forward to seeing the movie.

I hope you will forgive my long absence from the Yarn Along and the blog - again. I haven't even visited other blogs during that time, I think I'd just lost my blog-mojo. But I'm pretty sure it's back now!

26 comments:

  1. The sock yarn you are using is beautiful!
    I am not experienced enough to say if you should block the cardigan now or not, but I know there are some women out there that know quite a bit and can help.

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    1. Thank you very much Tracey! I think I will give it a good blocking in the end, that seems to be what most knitters advise.

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  2. That is very frustrating that your cardi doesn't have more of a border to tame your stockinette! You can totally do a crochet border at the end, but you'd hope that the designers would have known that before-hand and you wouldn't have to be irritated!
    I haven't read The Hobbit, though I am super excited about the movie :)

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    1. Yes that is frustrating ^^ I always think that those problems must also occur during test-knitting or while knitting samples but maybe other knitters are luckier.

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  3. The cardigan is lovely and blocking when it is done with uncurl and curl because of the wool!!!

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    1. Thank you! Keep your fingers crossed that it will work =)

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  4. i hear you. i just went through the same mojo loss. i think it is winter, we are supposed to be reflecting at this time! thanks for the push to read The Hobbit. I think I might start it with the kids today...

    :)
    jen

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    1. You're welcome =) I hope your kids will love it, too!

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  5. WOW - that is impressive knitting! love the detail - one day I hope to be able to knit that well! xx

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    1. Hmmm I don't know about "impressive" but thank you nevertheless =) This is my first time knitting bobbles and in the beginning they looked so uneven, it was driving me nuts. But they do get better ^^

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  6. Beautiful sock yarn! I tried reading the Hobbit years ago but never got very far with it. Maybe I'll pick it up and try again!

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  7. I think blocking the sweater when it's done with get rid of the curling.

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  8. Now that you mention it, I've seen how Cascade curls as well. I thought perhaps it was the way I wound it on my swift. Wondering it I should wind it by hand into a ball instead. Maybe that would help? Socks sound good to me!

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    1. I did wind it by hand as I don't have a swift. After some research I know now that it's just in the nature of stockinette to curl like mad. But nevertheless I think the Cascade is partly to blame. Even before the thread is knitted, it keeps getting tangled more than any other yarn I've worked with so far.

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  9. Great book! It is pretty cold here in the Rocky Mountains, too! I don't much enjoy knitting bobbles. I think blocking will do wonders!

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    1. Yes, it is a fantastic book =) Stay warm ^^

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  10. I save up our wool socks and wash them all at the same time. Warm feeling when I see them all hanging on the airer at this time of year.

    I had a similar problem with a cardigan that I had knitted in one piece. Another blogger suggested a single row of crocheting at the join that added weight. My cardigan had no join and my crocheting is .... well next to none existence, so I've not tried it. Hope you find a solution.

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    1. I too save up until I have at least 5 pairs of socks that need washing. I can't wash all our socks together as some still bleed out =/

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  11. Blocking should help, but you may want to add a border to the bottom as well. How very frustrating! Simple socks are perfect for such gorgeous yarn. And those flowers and the pink - very nice.

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    1. Thank you very much! I crocheted a border yesterday and will definitely give the cardigan a serious blocking when it's finished.

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  12. What a pretty pattern to your cardigan, and I really like the idea of Lurex in the socks!

    Tolkien's Middle Earth books are beyond entertaining, aren't they? They are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, Tolkien's books are so marvellous - there aren't even words to describe them properly, I love them a lot.

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  13. hi maike! it's so nice to see you back. i'm glad to hear all is well and your back to blogging. your knitting looks so beautiful, i wouldn't worry about the curling,i'm sure it will be fine after a soak and block. did you say you are using too small a needle? that could cause such tight rolling too. well, it's beautiful and so pretty with your pink flowers!

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    1. Thank you Lori =) No, I just "parked" the cardigan on that small needle because I needed the bigger one for something else ^^ Worsted weight on a 2.50 mm needle? That would be hell, being the tight knitter that I already am...

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