so today i made something employing several new-to-me things. (ooh! doin' good on the resolution!)
-knitting in the round
-my new interchangeable needles!
-using chunky yarn, and also
-knitting with two yarns at once
-i actually made a gauge swatch
i also learned a few things.
-mohair-y or otherwise textured "hairy" yarn is a pain to frog!
-i typically imagine things quite a bit differently than how they turn out.
-you gotta screw those interchangeable tip suckers on TIGHT (but only one unscrewed...and only once)
-(i think) i successfully picked up a dropped stitch
-i should really make sure that i am un-knitting and un-purling the right way. i mean i have "my" way, but i'm not sure it's THE way.
-i used a stretchier bind off method, finally no puckered end (no matter how loose i try to do it!)
-knitting in the round is not scary! and i shouldn't have put off trying it for a year only on the assumption that it might be hard.
so the details: i was going for a big chunky cowl-ish thing, not thinking about the bulk of the yarn + the size of the needle would make it more stiff than drapey, plus i only had one size bigger which wouldn't have made a huge difference, PLUS, if it's supposed to keep me warm, full of holes is no goood! i really just wanted to practice knitting in the round and working with different weights, etc. i also winged the size, not knowing how much it would stretch, etc. it's kinda weird and i'm not sure i'll end up wearing it, but...
lion brand wool ease thick & quick (charcoal) and lion brand moonlight mohair (glacier bay or something?)
size 13 needles on a 14" (?) cable
cast on 60 stitches, worked in k3 p3 throughout.
it's about 6" tall and i haven't measured around yet...it's the same all the way down even though the pic makes it look more funnel-like... i was playing around yanking it down over my shoulders (a wee bit small...) and folding it over and such 'cause it's just weird to me the way it is. wuite toasty-warm, though! and i looooove the colors together. anyway. pics! ends still need a-weavin'.