A rocky start to my new year.
On New Year’s Day I broke the needle on my sweater. The cable just broke off right at the end of the needle in almost exactly the middle of the row. I managed to save all of my stitches but had to wait until the yarn shop was open to continue knitting. My dearest husband decided that I not only needed Addi Turbo Rocket needles but Knitter’s Pride Dreamz as well. I wasn’t about to argue with him.
So with the new needles (I decided to use the Addis) I resumed knitting. And promptly overdid it. I know I have posture issues while knitting and I try my best to not do bad things with my body while knitting but I’ve come to the conclusion that I simply cannot knit for hours and hours every day. Even with mid row breaks and long breaks (and getting up and moving around) at the end of rows. I strained my back once again so cannot knit for awhile (maybe next monday, I’ll try it again.)
I did knit my first Japanese swatch of the year on Tuesday (and part of Wednesday) while waiting to go to the yarn shop.
This is the middle section of Pattern #1 in the Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible. Two repeats across and 2 repeats tall. This was one of the simpler patterns. Just one new stitch that occurred just once in each repeat (the wrapped stitches at the top and middle of the swatch). Everything else is the usual lace stitches (yo, k2tog, ssk, p2tog, p2togtbl, etc). But somehow it seemed more difficult than other lace I’ve knitted. Half of the repeat does have patterning on every row but I’ve done that before. There’s just something in how the stitches are put together that is had to wrap my brain around. I can’t really explain it.
Oh and I used the Knitter’s Pride Knit Blockers I bought myself for Christmas. They’re interesting. Very sharp and a bit fiddly to use. They work well for squarish swatches. I’ll have to see how they work on a big shawl (and I might need a second box of them to have enough.)
In my forced downtime I’ve been thinking about future sweaters. I dug through my stash and came up with several yarns to make sweaters with. Some will have to be two colors (as I just don’t have enough of one color) and I’m planning to blend them together while knitting (like in the Find your Fade shawls.) I’ll need to dye some yarn to complete the color sets. One will be dyeing a blue to a different shade to bridge between two other shades of blue. Another is as yet undecided. I have a beautiful teal and an equally beautiful purple that look great together but will blend into mud. I need to figure out a color that will bridge them together.
Possible sweater yarns (links to my stash pages)
Purple varigated – this may be dyed after knitting. I am not at all sure about wearing this in a sweater.
Blue-green gradient – I’m not sure about this one – either the color order or if I want to wear it in a sweater.
Plum, Teal and to be dyed – The to be dyed color is lovely on it’s own but it’s a matter of matching yarn weights. But then again I have sweaters to unravel so maybe I’ll ply some of those to match the weight and dye it.
Some of these may also have colorwork yokes. I picked up a few magazines recently (plus ones I’ve bought in the past) with lovely sweaters in them. After much research, including consulting with Elizabeth Zimmermann I think I’ve come to understand how these yokes work. I’m pretty sure I can adjust the charts to fit my yarn weight/number of stitches and alter them from bottom up to top down. What can I say? I really like the sweater pattern generator that I’m using. It’s that best thing for me since my yarns (hand spun or plied from sweaters) don’t fit standard yarn weights. Working from an actual gauge is so much better for me.
I have more yarn in the to be dyed pile that may make it into the sweater lineup after I decide on colors. I don’t measure yards or wpi until after dyeing so I don’t know how much of anything I have in the pile. Although I can make some educated guesses based on previous results. I need 2-3 commercial sweaters to knit myself a sweater, depending on weight I ply them to. Unless it was a very large sweater to begin with. I have one extra large sweater in the dye pile and enough smaller sweaters to knit one sweater. So that’s possibly two more sweaters.
Of course I’ll never knit all of these this year, especially if I keep injuring myself. I’ve got to come up with a better plan – some number of hours I can knit without damaging myself and then stick to it. I must learn to ignore the “just one more row” voice in my head.
In the meantime, I’m resting my back, playing pointless time wasting games (it’s that or go crazy from boredom), plotting and planning my future knitting and maybe transcribing a few more Japanese patterns into written instructions.