Sunday, January 31, 2010

Instant Recycling's Gonna Get You

charcoal grey legwarmer take 2I was mere inches away from finishing the first of a pair of Lisa Gaskell's Les Cables de Faux (Rav) legwarmers for a frosty friend in Calgary. Feeling pretty proud of myself, I was. Though it is a simple pattern easily memorized, my Swiss-cheese memory seemed to keep getting erased after each 3-row segment.

Once it clicked that I was over-complicating things by merely thinking I couldn't knit without referring to the instructions, I was on cruise control. Then I re-read her email with the sizing information and discovered something that the back of my monkey brain stored but refused to acknowledge: calf circumference is 14 inches. Fourteen. And I was on my merry way making a 9 inch circumference legwarmer. I know she asked for snug but that size could impair one's circulation.

Ripping ensued until I realized I could cheat rewinding to smooth out the bumps by re-knitting as I unraveled. It's not like I was making a different pattern that required smooth stockinette. There will be bumps. I may not enjoy having to play do-over but I think this instant recycling could catch on. Details when I'm actually done. Maybe she'll even model them for us (hint, hint!).



Remember crochet?

I was hoping I'd have a chance to do a few squares from "200 Crochet Blocks" compiled by Jan Eaton. When I originally got the book, I went through it like a mad woman, placing sticky notes on every page that I thought might possibly, remotely be used for some future something or other.

Then the call came in early January. I finally had the chance to break out my Clover Soft Touch hook (size F / 3.75 mm) and get busy. Not sure what I'll make but oh-you-kid, I'm loving the simple tactile experience of Textured Bluebells.

There is downside, and that's the fact that my hands are so out of practice with the hooking and whatnot that they cramp up after working too long. The only way to get past the cramping is to get back into crochet on a regular basis. Until then, it's rest 'em and rub 'em.

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8 Comments:

Blogger Bonnie said...

Oh, you are so clever, reknitting as you unravel! And a good friend, too.

Take car eof those hands!

2/01/2010 08:14:00 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I love the idea of reknitting as you unravel - brilliant! And the bluebell pattern is really nice - I'm so out of practice with my crocheting I'm having trouble making granny squares! I love the Clover Soft Touch hooks - much easier on my carpal tunnel afflicted hands.

2/01/2010 09:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Ninja Knitter said...

Pretty! I envy your crochet skills - the best I can do is to make a chain for a provisional knitting cast-on.

2/01/2010 12:22:00 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

D'oh! I bet the legwarmer's going a bit slower, now that it's bigger around. :) Pretty stitch pattern.

2/01/2010 03:59:00 PM  
Blogger lu said...

of course i will model! i am so excited for these things, they could cut off all blood supply to my feet and i still wouldn't care!

and yes, a very good friend who is receptive to my need for warm extremities.

2/02/2010 02:57:00 PM  
Blogger Sister Madness said...

You're knitting compression hose!! What a fabulous idea, I really think this may open up whole new markets for you...

2/02/2010 10:35:00 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

Waiting with baited breath for the modeling... your blocks look terrific! That Jan Eaton is something else, eh?
(I am considering those Clover hooks, even tho' crochet makes my forearm hurt badly...)
(((hugs)))

2/03/2010 02:14:00 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

Those are beautiful crocheted blocks. You should put them out there for every person who says that crochet doesn't have the beautiful stitches of knitting.

2/05/2010 07:41:00 PM  

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