A comment from the other day:
I noticed that you are working the lavender Lucy back and forth rather than in the round. Is there a particular reason you decided to do it this way? I usually prefer knitting in the round (esp stockinette stitch) and was wondering what motivated your designing decision.
So glad you asked! Why, yes, there is a particular reason.
Lucy is knitted in DK weight cotton. This is a yarn that has virtually no elasticity or bounce back. I think side seams will help it keep its shape and lend some stability to the garment. Cotton has a tendency to sag over time, and the side seams are the steel girders that hold this building together.
This is true of heavily textured designs, too, I think. I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged in the past about why I would not knit an aran in the round. Gotta have those steel girders holding everything together.
And that’s why I like a three-needle bind-off on shoulders rather than grafting. I think it’s a stronger join. It’s the ceiling beams in our building.
Does it sound like Wendy wants to be an architect? I confess to having taken a course in architectural drawing at a local community college a number of years back, simply because I love building floorplans.
What? Me, weird? Nah. Only the voices in my head say that.
Okay, speaking of building, I got out the cranes and bulldozers and finished La Lucy last night. Ta da!
Here’s a very sucky photo by way of sneak preview:
Hard to take a photo of yourself! The color is way off because I took it without flash and lightened it. You’ll get a better photo on Monday.
I started knitting Luanne. Why the name Luanne? I was looking for another “L” girl’s name so decided to name this design after Luanne Platter.
Tee hee hee.
Here she is:
Cell Sock Pattern!
Here’s a fun little pattern that Roi Wamboldt sent me yesterday, and kindly gave me permission to share with you all:
Roi’s Cell Sock
Inspired by a pattern in Best of Knitters Arans, using Koigu PPPM left-overs, I cast on 40 stitches (using 2.5 mm Pony Pearl dpns), joined, and knitted a k1, p1, rib stitch for 8 rows.
I switched to 3.0 mm dpns and did mix of twisted rib (knitting into the back of the stitch) and cable pattern (6 stitch) with stocking stitch on sides (makes two side slots and keeps the phone from turning around inside the sock):
K2, P1, TW1, P1, K6 (cable 6 on 4th row of 6-row repeat), P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, K4, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, TW1, P1, K2. (I placed a marker here so I would know where the center of one side was.)
I continued in pattern until the sock was about 3/4″ taller than the phone and about 1/2″ from the bottom of the phone, and then I decreased 1 stitch on each side for 4 or 5 rounds as my phone is narrower on the bottom. I used the Kitchener stitch to close the bottom.
The sock fits my little Nokia 3589i perfectly. Tight enough to stay on floating around in my relatively small purse, but loose enough that I can slide the phone out quickly/easily.
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Isn’t that adorable? I think Victor deserves a Koigu cell sock!
Victor is my cellphone. Yes, I name everything. Shut up.
Lucy, a kitty with a mission: