Beautiful Knits

This is just a general happy post about how nice it is to make something beautiful. My Iris Tunic is really starting to shine.

Also I made a video of the technique I’m using to do two vertical stripes in the round but the video won’t load onto my computer. More another day when I’m more inclined to deal with technical difficulties.

For now, it is beautiful outside and I plan on taking advantage of the sunshine.

Blue Socks Thoughts

Tried my socks on. Another reason to love toe-up socks, being able to try them on mid-creation and make changes in height sometimes dependent on the amount of yarn left. I have plenty of the right yarn so think I want at least another three inches of ribbing. Just to make them reach my knee. Right now they sit where normal knee high socks sit. I am tall. Very very tall. Making my own clothes is one way to get clothes that fit. Yay socks. Tall socks.

Iris Tunic: Thoughts Along the Way

I was purling the big circle portion of the Iris Tunic (sides and back) when I thought I’d switch out to the purl that works when I’m carrying yarn behind. The under-over wrap purl is a tighter weave than the over wrap purl that I’ve been using. I had a sudden and strange realization that if I went back and did a swatch using this other method that the swatch would probably come out spot on.

Another decision moment: to unravel the whole thing again or continue with my current mishmash of techniques that is creating something that will fit even if it is a little odd.

Decision points:
1) One of the goals of the Iris Tunic was to make something according to directions and have it come out correct.
2) The yarn cost approximately $100. This is going to be $100 tunic and I want it to look as nice as possible. Boutique nice.
3) I’ve noticed that the yo on the lace show up better if on the next row I “grab” the carry yarn when knitting above the yo vs when I set up for a grab atop the yo. (This will make more sense when I document how I’m carrying yarn.) The point being I could be more consistent in creating better yarn overs (yo) from the first row rather than from the seventh row of lace.
4) I’m only an inch and a half in.
5) I am already an inch and a half in.
6) Maybe it’s time to make a little swatch to test my theory.

Continental Purl: Two Ways

Starting over on the Iris Tunic is going very well. I just finished the first sixteen stitches of purple knitting wrapping the green behind. When I started the purl portion with wrapping the purple behind I was again frustrated with the twisted stitches that resulted from purling and wrapping. I had told myself I could accept the funny texture and maybe even mentally sell it as artistic. Then I started thinking about twisted stitches and remembered a class I took where the instructor thought my method of purling was strange (self taught) and couldn’t understand why it didn’t twist. On an average day it doesn’t twist but perhaps this was the moment when I should purl the other way.

Purling two ways? One way, the way I’d been doing, is an over-wrap and the other is an under-over wrap. I still don’t know how other people purl. Most purling I’ve seen is done English style. I learn conceptually, a combination of seeing, doing and thinking. Some times it means I learn quicker and some times it means I learn very slow.

The result? I purled wrapping under-over and the twisting while carrying purple yarn behind went away. I proceeded to lurp (like tink or backwards knit but backwards purl instead) out all the stitches to the purple and begin again.

Anyway, here are some pictures to try and describe what I mean about the purl methods.

Wrap Over Purl
wrap over purl

Wrap Under-Over Purl
wrap under over purl