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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Needles Take 3

Ok, where to begin. Wanting a break from crocheting edges and joining squares to make afghans for Bridge and Beyond, thought I'd start a knitting ghan. Started this Feather and Fan Design on a pair of Addy Turbo's, and even though we all know those to be excellent needles I was having trouble with the k2tog (knit 2 together), with tightness. I never thought I knitted tight and thought perhaps it was the combination of the Caron Wintuk (grey section), and the very blunt needle (the turbo's). And it was curling so badly I was having a hard time getting the yarn to move properly. Switched to my Denise Interchangeable s (a better point to pick up the k2tog'ers, and by connecting 2 nice long cords was able to get it to be less curly..easier to work with). It wasn't good, but it was better. I still have trouble getting the yarn to move, as the acrylic in Caron Wintuk and the Denise seemed to grab at each other........then after multiple long rows (250+ cast on stitches), the Denise's came apart...and naturally the yarn moved nicely off then!

Switched to new needles, got the length I need (60 inches) to spread things out and do less tugging and pushing the stitches along, and low and behold the knitting tension seemed to improve, as did the movement of the yarn/stitches. And using lace needles with a better point, was the combination I needed. The k2tog are a huge improvement.

While not totally stretched out, as it would go off the needles, it's enough you can actually see the pattern, the yarn, and the colors better then previously posted pictures. Solving the color of what comes next as I go. Posted about that problem, see previous post for YOP post on Sunday.
Here's a close up of the 3 colors thus far with the 4th skein at the ready. I'm probably going to have each section a different width, as I have only 6 of the multi-tweedy skeins and you can see it doesn't go far based on what's already showing, which was 1 skein. Probably going to start looking through the blue stash and hope to find something that works. If not, will move onto the brown stash (though the blue is larger).

AND, the new needles. Chiao Goo, notice how much lower in price they are then the Addy Turbo's!

My plan is to finish the current tan-ish section, add the next tweedy section, find something in my stash to make the next section; then move back to crocheting edges and joining some donated squares for Bridge and Beyond. Plan to go back and forth between this ghan and the crocheted ones.

Still contemplating a name for this afghan, sing out if you have thoughts. All I've come up with so far is Earthy Feathers, which I'm not really sold on...not knowing all the colors that will be involved yet.

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  1. The afghan looks great! Those colors are beautiful.

  2. I love the Feather and Fan design, someday I'm definitely going to knit one. Although, I'm not sure I could make one as pretty as yours!

  3. I hate knitting long heavy things on circs - sounds like you've had more than your share of frustration with it. But at least know the needle problem seems to be sorted out.

    The browns so far are suggesting a mocha or coffee themed name, but if you add blue that may all change.

    Probably the best plan to go back and forth between the feather and fan and the blocks. I bet the feather and fan is starting to get heavy!

  4. Thanks all for the visits and comments and encouragement. Appreciate them all. Minding My Own Stitches...it's not yet heavy, but soon will be no doubt. I use circulars for 99.9% of my knitting. Hate using long straight needles...plus they really wouldn't be long enough for this. A quick measurement when I had it layed out was just about 50 inches wide.

  5. I'm glad you got your needles/tension sorted out at last. I love my Knit Pro interchangables but I get my husband to tighten them for me, especially when I'm using smaller needles. He can get them much tighter than I can :)

    The blanket is looking great so far and I love the colours! :)

  6. The blanket is looking great so far, Sandy. I love my Chiao Goo needles. I love the Hiya Hiya also. I use circs all of the time also. You don't have to worry about losing the other needle. Continued success with the blanket.

  7. That's a pretty badge. Your ideas are wonderful.

  8. I've always loved the Feathers & Fan design. Makes me wish I knew how to knit....someday. Can't wait to see your progress for this week.

  9. Your afghan is looking good. The colours are going well together, and F&F is great for adding interest easily.

    Sorry to read about the problem with your needles. I know how useful circulars are for wide projects but I certainly hate using them. The best ones I have found so far are Knit-Pro. The cords don't seem to twist in use and the rigid needles are interchangable.


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