Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Still Knitting All The Things

My first Denature handspun sock is steadily growing. And although I really like the pattern and the yarn, I'm a bit on the ropes on whether or not they compliment each other as well as I was hoping. A  solid color would doubtlessly show off the pattern the best, but I suspect a good blocking will make the pattern stand out much better. I plan on continuing on since I spun this yarn with the intention of knitting this pattern. Starting over would only result in me never knitting the pattern or using the yarn for anything else. 
It should be noted that the heel flap is a little tough going and should be knitted in one sitting. 

The second Druid mitten grew a whole repeat last night. I've been feeling guilty about letting this sit on my needles for so long. (I cast on near the beginning of January this year.) Plus, I have finally worked out all the fitting issues I had with the pattern, so now I just have to knit.

Today's big project was to learn how to double knit. I have a pattern idea, and finally decided that double knitting would be the solution to the construction problem I was having. (A big thank-you to fernknits. Her botanical caplet is what inspired me to even look at double knitting as a solution.)

Learning this technique was much easier than it was the last time I tried. Partially because there are many more tutorials on the internet. (The one that made things click for me was from Knit Picks.) And partially because I now use both hands when doing stranded knitting, which helped immensely with keeping my tension even. Although I had to go down several needle sizes because, surprise surprise, it turns out my double knitting tension is looser than any other knitting I do.

9 comments :

collegeknitting said...

Wow- you're making a ton of progress. Good luck!

Britney said...

these projects are really coming along, can't wait to see how they all turn out!

Bethany said...

Pretty WIPs, those Druid mitts have such a gorgeous halo. Can't wait to see those finished.

fern1knits said...

The yarn for your sock is gorgeous and I like how the sock is knitting up as well. I still need to cast on for my Druid Mittens... so many things on my list to knit! And I am completely addicted to doubleknitting. I really don't understand why it's not as popular as I think it should be - - with doubleknitting, you don't have to worry about all of those pesky floats like with stranded knitting AND the finished fabric is very stretchy and bouncy (not stiff and tight like stranded knitting). And, hello, REVERSIBLE! Of course, I also love stranded knitting.

Alicia Landi said...

I love our socks! I think the striping is wide enough that it doesn't obscure the pattern. Beautiful yarn. I never seem to be able to finish mittense, myself, thought I really want a pair.

Pumpkin said...

I really need to try double knitting then, because my tension for colorwork is not what I would like it to be. I think that you are going to be very happy with your handspun socks (especially once you finish the heel). I think that the mittens are just gorgeous, the color and the yarn fit the pattern so well! Keep up the wonderful work!

kiwiyarns said...

I love how you have chosen complementary backgrounds for all your projects. Your druid mittens in the autumny landscape look fantastic! I think they will be deliciously snuggly when you're done. And that last pic - that yarn is so pretty! It is Madelintosh?

Andi G said...

I think that sock pattern looks brilliant with that pattern. I know bloacking will make it all seem right! The colors in that handspun have me drooling!

AC said...

I love how the sock is coming out, and am still awaiting the finished Druid mittens! They are a fantastic color (as are the socks, natch).

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