*and cue* Well, hidy-ho readers. I’m back. I’m sorry I missed two weeks of YOP1617. I’ve been busy with life and I didn’t have much progress. My knitting has sucked lately. I’m made stupid, human error mistakes and Christmas knitting was stressing me out. I’ve been renting frogs left and right that’ve had a feast with for example, a Superman sock and a keiki, lacy tunic. I took a mental break.
I. Wool & Company
Yes, this scarf is smaller than what was showed in July. I frogged the honey section. I felt the width of the scarf was feeling scrawny even at eight inches. I also didn’t like the look of my stitches which weren’t very even in many places. I could tell the wool-alpaca blend dragged some on my Clover Takumi bamboo.
So this morning I increased the Spud & Chloe Sweater section 18 more rows. I knitted the increase row and straight knitting rows four more times + as per the instructions, the increase row one more time and one more knit row. The width is now 10 inches. I’ve also switched to an Addi Turbo circ. I feel my stitches are more even and I like how the yarn easily slides along.
II. Ravellenic Games 2016 Beanie
I am adding this project (411 posted here) to my YOP list since after all, it does go with this year’s theme, “For Me.”
This WIP was originally frogged twice as well:
- I had thought to at first try modifications by casting on fewer stitches because the smallest circular I had was a 3 (3.25 mm). Even though I would cast on the smallest size, I knew instinctively that after a wet-blocking, the beanie would expand and not give me the right fit I would want as I have a 20″ head circumference. I thought about using DPNs but there would be too many stitches on each one. So I went ahead and CO. When I was about to get to the body of the beanie, I knew that my modified number of stitches would mess up the flow of the design. Frog.
- I CO again, following the pattern and thinking maybe I’ll just gift it to somebody like my little sister who appreciates purple, but I was already knitting her socks. I wanted this Wayfarer Hat for myself which is one of the main reasons why I was participating in the Ravellenics in the first place. So Wednesday night I ordered a size 2 (2.75 mm) circular from Prime and it got here on Friday.
Now let me go off on a tangent here: Who’s had experience with ChiaoGoo needles, especially this Knit Red line? What do you think of it?
I ask because in the past, I have never wanted new circulars. I learned on Clover Takumi bamboo ones from day one and have always favored them. I do have some Addi Turbos that were bought for garment or big blanket projects. I hardly ever use them.
Straight up, for DPN’s I want Takumi bamboo or wood. I don’t like metal ones. I’ve had experience with Knitter’s Pride Karbonz which are too slippery for me.
However now, I’m thinking about getting new circs. I really like that ChiaoGoo. The needles are light like Addi’s and feel comfortable in my hands. Most of all, it’s the connecting cable. I like how when I used it for the hat’s brim, the fabric lay straight and that there is no twisting of the cable.
Who of you has used Hiya Hiya? Tell me, what is the difference between ChiaoGoo and Hiya Hiya for regular knitting, not the lace ones? I know maybe the tips maybe be different in how pointed it is. What I’d like to know is how is the connecting cable for Hiya Hiya? Is it like Addi Turbos? If you look in the scarf’s picture, the unused cable is curled up. It’s a bit irritating to have to deal with that while knitting.
I’m thinking some of you may comment I should invest in an interchangeable needle set. Have you had experience with both brands? I kind of read a few blog posts like from SkeinCocaine and Truly Murtle their experiences with interchangeables. I think most liked the Hiya Hiya set because of the way the needles connect to the cables? So pls, do be vocal.
Getting back to the Ravellenic Beanie:
Last night I was able to finish the 20 rounds of brim on my ChiaoGoo. In first photo, you see the cute, umbrella stitch marker that came all the way from Washington via Kim of Page After Page. I also have Jesse/Oocha’s cute, progress keeper. The second photo shows my favorite part of Carol’s design, this section of brim.
If you haven’t knitted with Malabrigo Arroyo yet, go out and buy a skein! It is so soft. You will not be disappointed. I love the feel of it running between my fingers. One day, I’m going to have to find a sport weight, jumper pattern just so I have an excuse to buy more and get that next to my skin.
Thank you for your patience. I loved how supportive you were by not wanting me to cast on another project and that you didn’t mind seeing the same ol’ scarf each Sunday. I can’t wait to hear about your observations and opinions about ChiaoGoos and Hiya Hiyas. Bye.