Monthly Archives: July 2007

Grassy snow brioche – another scarf

I enjoyed making Mr. T’s brioche scarf so much that I decided to make another – this time with 2 colors. I’d remembered seeing a red and black striped brioche scarf on the internet somewhere so I sat down with some scrap yarn and promptly started cursing (do you see that weird looking stripe about a 1/3 of the way from the bottom? I was being stubborn and insisting on figuring the pattern out myself instead of simply looking on the internet.

I remembered the tubular cast-on without looking it up but I had a hard time figuring out how to alternate colors on the brioche columns (are they ribs?). Fortunately I was using double pointed needles because it involved acrobatics such as knitting then purling the same side before turning the work. Finally I figured out a rule:

1) switch colors every row (to figure out which color is next if I walk away, whichever column/rib has a knit stitch is the color I used last)

2) slide the knitting to whichever side has the proper color working yarn (why double points or short circulars are excellent needle choices)

3) when necessary (on half the rows) purl the columns so they stay the right color and right stitch

I got going on the ‘real’ yarn which is Knitpicks Andean Silk I picked up a little while ago during their sale.

Then I realized that I wanted the white stripes to start at the beginning, I needed smaller needles to get a tighter gauge, and I wanted to make a wider scarf. So I started over

I might finally be happy with it – sadly this probably won’t be 24 knitting because I have to pay attention. The yarnover loops don’t always seem lined up right so I have to perform needle acrobatics to make sure the different color yarnover ends up behind the knit column.

This scarf is destined as a Christmas present – maybe I won’t be stressed out in December this year 😉


Sock yarn for socks and a scarf

The honeymoon socks are progressing nicely although I haven’t been knitting nearly as much since I got home and have laundry, a new dishwasher thanks to my grandparents, and full-time internet access. I might have watched a few episodes of 24 while I was at it 😉 I dug around inside the ball of remaining yarn for each sock and *think* I can do one more complete stripe repeat for each sock ankle – I have another orange stripe in each ball and I should have enough after that to finish the heel on the second sock. You can probably see in the picture below on the right that I’ve made the first heel and left it on waste yarn; this is because it doesn’t really fit. I followed the turkish heel directions in Lucy Neatby’s book but the heel is very small and I didn’t think I had overly large heels. I decided that I should make the second heel a little bigger and try it on before I start ripping things apart.

Can anyone guess what sort of plant is posing with my socks? My sister grew it from the seed of something we like to eat following directions she found on the internet.

yarn: Lana Grossa sock yarn in color 4730 that I bought in Lake Placid the first time Tom took me there (Adirondack yarns used to have a webpage that I wanted to link to but it seems to have been taken over by ‘parkers’. This yarn shop is fabulous if your significant other doesn’t love to browse fiber for hours because it’s attached to a coffeeshop with free wireless!)

needles: size 0 (2mm) bamboo needles I picked up in the same Lake Placid yarn shop 2 days before the wedding because the knitpicks 2.75mm needles gave me a whopping 6 stitches per inch and I really wanted needles for a tight gauge before my honeymoon. The 2mm needles gave me 8 stitches and 12 rows per inch so I cast on a 60 stitch sock to fit my 8 1/2 inch ankle/foot and it fits!

pattern: figure 8 cast-on, stockinette, turkish heel, 2×2 ribbing for ankle.

I finished Mr. T’s scarf just before we got married – it helped a ton with all the pre-wedding stress and I could do it while watching episodes of 24! I think I grafted the cast-off and wove in the ends sitting next to the lake with relatives 2 days before we got married.

Yarn: Knitpicks Memories in Yukon, ~2.5 balls which I got in their fabulous sale. You might wonder about the sanity of someone making a man’s scarf from fingering weight yarn but it is very soft, has alluring colors, and drapes well. It also knit up very quickly!

Needles: Size 6 (4mm) addi Turbo circulars

Dimensions: 6 3/4 inches wide and 68 inches long when unstretched – it wraps around Mr. T’s neck once, the ends hang to his waist on the same side

Pattern: Fluffbuff’s tubular cast on for 35? stitches – never wrote it down and counting doesn’t seem accurate. Then I switched to the brioche stitch which is pretty simple, less mindless than stockinette, doesn’t roll, and is reversible. The reversible of course is key for scarves and this stitch fluffs out the sock weight yarn and makes the scarf seem thicker – I’m hoping it traps more warm air around Mr. T’s neck next January.

I used what I think is the simple brioche stitch:

first row (setup): YO, slip 1 purlwise, knit 1

every row: YO, slip 1 purlwise, knit 2 together (the slipped and YO of the previous row)

Bike sock part ii

Bike sock part ii

Originally uploaded by xaiea81

The honeymoon sock is progressing quite nicely; I never imagined it

would knit up so quickly. Ithaca is gorges which partly explains the

knitting speed because I’m spending lots of time outdoors knitting.

Tomorrow is more biking but it’s only 35 miles which after the 210

we’ve ridden seems tame.

Bike tour sock

Bike tour sock

Originally uploaded by xaiea81

I’m not knitting while riding but I sneak a few rows in whenever we

stop. Just got to Ithaca – yay.

leaving on a …

I’m going away for a little bit. I’m almost packed – got a bunch of yarn, a sock book, my knitting journal, a measuring tape, and 2 works in progress…..I’m a bit delusional about how much time I’ll have for knitting…but I’ll be back end of July so I can always knit then.

Pretty flower

I have no idea what this is. I didn’t even think the plant would ever

flower because it looked like a decorative grass. Yay for pretty

plants that came with the house.

Keuka Triathlon

Keuka Triathlon

A few weeks ago (June 10th) was the Keuka Triathlon.

I did the Olympic distance which is a 1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run

[.93 mile swim, 24.8 mile bike, 6.2 mile run]. I started training in

January, fell off the wagon with the house stuff in April and May and

worried I’d drown for the beginning of June.

It was actually tons of fun – the wetsuit made the water seem warm and the

biggest problem with the swim was trying not to bump into other swimmers –

at least until my goggles fogged up in the last little bit and I couldn’t

see where the finish was.

The bike was okay except I noticed my front brake was open…maybe because

I’d taken my wheel off right before the start to pry my rented wetsuit from

between my spokes and fork (yah…don’t ride a bike with a plastic bag in

your hand on the handlebar). I stopped briefly to close my brake and then it

really, really rubbed my rim. Hmmm…guess the rim got a little bent in my

wetsuit accident (wetsuit was fine btw) so I opened the brake again. I

spent the entire race watching my wheel bobble left to right where it rubbed

on the brake about 1/3 of every revolution. The brake rub made climbing the

hills extra fun and the wobble made descents even scarier than normal.

Although I normally prefer biking, I was glad to get off the bike and start

the run (tri shorts just aren’t as padded as regular shorts). I tried to run

the 2nd half faster than the first half and while I didn’t quite manage, I

at least still finished in a respectable time which I can no longer recall

but it was around 9 min/mile.

I will definitely do another triathlon when I find time to swim and run just

a little more often 🙂