Friday, January 13, 2006

Picture Friday

Linda (OH), who is determined to make us all eat her dust, has sent in a completed ganomy hat, as seen at left.

Good to see others among us are also speeding along, or at least beginning well.

I'm still hoping to make progress on my Aran piece this weekend, pending cooperation from my bum shoulder. You'll find out next week.

Keep clicking.

-Franklin

17 Comments:

Blogger Liz said...

OO! nice job on the hat!

Will be trying to get my aran hat to do what I want it to, the tricksy beastie.

January 13, 2006  
Blogger boobookittyfug said...

Just finished repairing an authentic Irish knit tam, a contract job for a LYS. The hat's owner does not know how it got that rip right along the edge of the largest circumference, but I suspect (gasp) m***s. Had to wash and dry it, then reknit a portion of the hat in pattern and weave in about a gazillion ends.

So I am now inspired to reverse engineer the thing and do a similar hat. The beginning is a simple cable rib, then about 16 rows of garter stitch with eight eyelet increases, then some nifty cable diamonds filled in with moss stitch. Topped off with a very dense, solid pompom. I will, of course, find a way to do it in the round; the one I fixed was seamed.

January 14, 2006  
Blogger Ann said...

Aran knitting...maybe not for newbies? I am not ready to throw in the towel yet, but I think I need a little more help than what I am finding in the Almanac.

Luckily we have a statewide library system in the state of Ohio and I have tracked down a Alice Starmore book on Aran Knitting. I am hoping that will help me to understand this a little better. I struggled for about an hour tonight trying to understand the left twist, and the right twist...

:o(

I am not going to let this discourage me.

Ann

January 16, 2006  
Blogger boobookittyfug said...

Ann, perhaps your library has the Barbara G. Walker books. She has charted hundreds of cables and they all make sense to me in pictures. She provides explanations for each charted cable type.

I'd look at the Third Treasury first: Charted Knitting Designs, page 61. Then go back to the other books for more selections.

Carol

January 17, 2006  
Blogger Ann said...

Carol,

Thanks for your suggestion I will see what I can track down on this end. I may have to take a step back on this project and just concentrate on how to knit a cable. It will at least be a new skill for me and it is not worth driving myself crazy over. I did find an online site tonight with photos, and Barb Brown was also very helpful to send me a few online links.

I appreciate your help and support.

Ann

January 17, 2006  
Blogger Liz said...

If the left twist or right twist isn't working for you the way it's written, you can always do it the plain old way using a cable needle--that's what I'm going to do on the right twist. Left is working okay for me, knock wood.

January 17, 2006  
Blogger Lady Wyvern said...

Crappy picture and update ..dial up beware!
Cut to my blog

January 18, 2006  
Blogger boobookittyfug said...

My camera is broken. I'll try to get a pic of the cabled dog sweater up soon.

For wider cables (3 over 3 and wider) sometimes it helps if you knit the cable's width of stitches of the row below the cable action loosely.

January 18, 2006  
Blogger Liz said...

Psyched! I finally got the right twist working for me. I'm doing the cap in the January chapter, and frogged the first version. I'd pretty much resigned myself to doing the right twist with a cable needle, which with Fishtrap is unspeakably tiresome, but - ha ha! - I don't have to anymore! 'cause I figured out what I was doing! whoo hoo!

So once it looks like something to someone other than me, I'll post to my blog.
http://likeacrazedweasel.blogspot.com
Good knitting, all!

January 20, 2006  
Blogger meegan said...

Liz -- Do you do the rt the way EZ does? I use the 'baby cable' method from Barbara Walker's Kniting Treasury vol I which calls for knitting the two together, then knitting the first stitch again before slipping off the needle. The Almanac says to knit the 2nd stitch again, which I couldn't get to work for me.

January 20, 2006  
Blogger Lady Wyvern said...

Well it's friday ... Pic on my blog. Actually I took the pic on wed and emailed it to Franklin, it's actually at the 10" point now.
http://theladywyvern.blogspot.com

January 20, 2006  
Blogger Liz said...

Lady wyvern, the aran is looking good!

Unlike my pathetic hat, which is looking like crap. The stitching, it is wonderful, but the lopi, it is crap for aran knitting. I'm not sure why I didn't realize this before, but go figure--now I know beyond doubt.

Wretchedness on view:
http://likeacrazedweasel.blogspot.com

And apologies for my lousy formatting; still getting the hang of things, I'm afraid.

Happy knitting, all

January 20, 2006  
Blogger Liz said...

Meegan--
I'm doing the rt as follows: I knit into the front of the second stitch, sort of as if I were doing a k2tog, but I don't let the needle tip get into the 1st stitch. I poke it out and wrap and poke back down, then up and over to knit into the front of the first stitch. Then I let both stitches leap off the needle. It isn't terribly comfortable, but looks less cruddy than what I was getting before, and it is WAY more pleasant than using a cable needle. (We hates cable needles, precious! we hates them! we likes nice wooden toothpicks instead!)

January 20, 2006  
Blogger widdershins cafe said...

In keeping with the hat month I seem to be stuck in, I have finished the 3 corner hat. Actually hats are about the biggest things I can get away with knitting at work. I choose a different weight yarn and different needles, much more knitting than the bulky yarn involved. And with apologies to Elizabeth, this is the goofiest hat I have ever seen! I look like the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland. If nothing else, I can wear it when I visit my sons and daughters-in-law, just to see the horrified looks I receive :)

Linda (OH)

January 20, 2006  
Blogger Ann said...

I decided to take a few steps backwards and start with a beginner cable pattern and to not stress myself out trying to learn EZ's method/pattern.

I needed a basic understanding of cables first, then I think I will be ready to move up a step. I have at least built up a little confidence.

http://wanderingcyberspacefromthecornfields.blogspot.com/

Training wheels aren't so bad when you are just starting.

Ann

January 20, 2006  
Blogger Dory said...

I'm only 8 rows into the aran sweater and this would be a pretty tough project for a beginner.

A 5-stitch cable is not typical. The central purl stitch would confuse me if I'd never cabled before. It's not intuitive to convert it to the knit stitch on the far left.

I like Liz's RT method and it's what I've done before so I'll stick with it. I sometime do a LT like this:

Slip both stitchs as if to knit, then I slip them back on to the left needle by pushing the left needle from right to left (basically reversing the stitch positions) -- then knit em.

COPYING THE CHART:
I made an enlarged photocopy of the chart and labled the RIGHT side of the chart with row numbers (since that's where I start them), also marked which rows I'll be cabling (1,8,15,22) and used a colored pencil to fill in the twisted stitches (all those diagonal lines can be confusing).

I also dangle a row counter off my end of row marker to keep tally.

January 21, 2006  
Blogger brooklyn tweed said...

i just posted some pics of my Ganomy Hat on my blog at brooklyntweed.blogspot.com.

Its a great pattern and the hat is so practical and stylish (thats so e. zimmerman)....

Great work!

January 24, 2006  

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