Thursdays are for Miters

Some years ago a strange disease started spreading among knitting bloggers. I believe it started with Ann & Kay who were innocently exposed to it by my fellow Dane Thomas. Some people seem to recover easily while in others it becomes chronic. I thought myself resistant to the bug but somehow I managed to catch it from Cara who had it badly. Progress so far: 

Miters

I’m using Safran, an inexpensive 100% cotton yarn. I’m only going to use 5 colours which gives me a total of 20 different miters. How these are going to be combined I don’t know yet but I’ll probably not join miters with the same background colour into one square. In any case it’ll be fun to play around with them on the floor.

Keeping the Bad Knitting Away

Putting the bad knitting away always helps. After I decided to put the offending piece at the bottom of my knitting basket I felt much better. It did take a little while before I settled on what to knit next but then I remembered the Silk Tank Top that I started in January. Working on only one thing really pays off.

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One back finished and one front cast on:

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Keeping focused on one thing has also been good in other ways. I’ve always admired shawls worked from the top down like Icarus or Hyrna. I could always buy these patterns but it just would be more fun to design my own. The only problem is that getting a good idea is not easy, especially not when you have a lot of other things cluttering your brain. Limiting myself to working on only thing has freed something and I’ve begun to swatch.

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What Stash?

I know I talked about knitting only from stash but somehow it hasn’t happened yet. And let’s not talk about the studies either, for that matter. I’m doing as always, changing from one thing to another without finishing anything.

Right now I’m working on a short-sleeved sweater from Rowan Magazine 37 using a 100% bamboo yarn called Eden from Madil/Grignasco. I’ve been intrigued by it for a long time but others had warned me about it, saying that it gave a floppy shapeless fabric, and I was wary of spending time and money on it.

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The yarn comes in 50g balls and runs approx.100m/109yds. The ball band suggests a gauge of 20 stitches and 28 rows for a 10cm square and I quickly realized that this was way too loose. Knitted that way the fabric would just keep growing and have no structure at all. I’m knitting it to a gauge of 25 stitches and 33 rows and am getting a very soft fabric with a lot of drape. I also washed my swatch in the machine and it neither shrinked nor growed.   

Lottie

The sweater is Lottie, originally made from Cotton Glace. I chose it because I wanted something quick and something that let the yarn just show itself.

The only thing is, this is not going to be a quick knit. At first I thought I knit the yarn at the same gauge as the cotton glace so I didn’t change one bit in the pattern. Not a good idea… The back is definitely too small and when I blocked the front earlier today I noticed that I’ve made the armholes shorter than on the back. I think Lottie will take a rest in the basket for a little while and I’ll try to finish something else.