Progress on the Lace Stockings

I missed a few goals today that I had set yesterday; specifically, I wanted to knit a swatch to photograph lazy cabling. Instead, I went on a Star Trek binge, worked on my stockings, and played Fallout 4… level 41!!

…But you aren’t here to read about video games (or are you?). Here are some pictures of my progress so far:

The lace pattern knits up quickly once you get the hang of it. So quickly, in fact, that I can knit roughly eight rounds on each stocking per 40-minute episode of The Commander Data Show.

As for the gusset, it’s knit pretty discretely with a m1 increase on either side of the lace pattern every other row for twenty rows. This is new for me: I’m used to decorative and pronounced gussets and prefer a foot shaping that is placed at the bottom of the sole rather than the sides. For now, I’m following the pattern. In the future, I would probably do even increases in the center of the sole (eg, m1,k1,m1 on the first increase row, m1,k3,m1, and so on).

Rat Hammocks

Between cleaning and running errands, I haven’t had a chance to knit yet. However, I did manage to finish our friend, Jason’s, Christmas present. He just adopted two pet rats and I heard from a little bird (my roommate) that rats love hammocks. One search later, I found a rat hammock tutorial that I liked.

Since I rubbed a hole in some old jeans, they went into the project. It took a little less than one leg per hammock, which worked out well since I was making two. Instead of using one layer of fabric, though, I lined each interior with some cheap fleece and faux fur a friend gave me a few months ago. To make sure that the rats don’t accidentally turn the lining inside-out, I zipped both layers of fabric through the machine to “quilt” them together. If you look closely, you can see some gray lines on each picture from the quilting process. I didn’t do anything fancy or precise, but I didn’t really need to. These just need to stand up to wear and tear.  So, in went the grommets and then I looped in some paracord.

Don’t mind the pictures: I used my roommate’s rabbit’s cage to show one of the hammocks in action.

Lannister Mittens and Lace Stockings

Wow. It’s my first post. Let’s see if I can keep this up, hm?

Anyways! I just finished some Game of Thrones-themed Lannister mittens for my cousin’s Christmas present. There are, unsurprisingly, very few patterns out there, so I wound up writing my own. More accurately, I bastardized other patterns until they worked for me. Namely, the mitones iveños from Andean Folk Knits. Maybe this week, I’ll put up my version. Here’s what they look like:

Of course, since I bought the yarn I used from KnitPicks, I just had to spend enough money on yarn for free shipping. I’ve had a copy of VogueKnitting‘s Spring/Summer 2009 edition laying around since, well, 2009 and have wanted to make Mari Muinonen’s lace stockings since Spousie introduced me to Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse. Ever the rebel (and the type to wear teal, black, or purple lingerie), I bought a heathered purple yarn for it. Now that the holidays are over and Spousie is busy playing Fallout 4, I get to knit them up. Here’s my progress so far. Cute, huh?

Lace stockings

Since I’m usually a fan of DPNs for socks and mittens, knitting two stockings at once using the magic loop method takes me back to my early knitting days. It’s nostalgic, yet tedious. The progress I’m making is dispersed over two items, making it feel like I’m watching paint dry… Even though I’m progressing just as quickly as I would otherwise.

Already, I’m finding myself thinking of changes I’d make. I’m incorporating some and ignoring others, but I know I’d make more if I reknit these in other colors in the future. Want to know what they are?

  • Instead of k3tog, I s1, k2tog, psso.
  • Directional decreases don’t appear until row 14 of chart 1. Why not do directional decreases throughout the pattern to match up with the little lace diamonds? I might change this out next time, but it would hardly be noticeable.
  • In the future, I would use a figure-8 cast-on for each stocking, knit the first few rows, and transfer them to a long circular needle.
  • I’m “lazy cabling.” Since the cables are only 4 stitches wide, I’m abstaining from using a cable needle. It’s just too much to hold in your hands. More on that tomorrow?

 

So that’s my first post. Here’s to many more!