Now that I’m finished with the stranded knitting mittens and gloves, I’m ready to move on to the sweater. I did my gauge swatch last night on size 1 needles. Unfortunately, I was supposed to have 32 stitches per inch and I only had 26. It was too big a difference to just gloss over. So, I made another swatch using size 0 needles. It was perfect. I only have one pair of size zero circular needles and one pair of double points; both sets are bamboo and have gotten bent (not the end of the world, but I worry about one of them breaking). I ordered two sets of circulars (Turbo Addi) last night: 1 each of size 0 and size 00 with long cables. I also ordered a set of size 0 double points made out of a black carbon polymer.
On the needles, I currently have a pair of socks for Rosie Girl. I’ve been going kind of slow on this pair of socks for some reason, but I keep plodding on.
I’ve also started writing patterns to make fingerless gloves (or wristwarmers). I did one pair with snowflakes that I gave to Rosie Girl. I’ve also done a heart in light pink on dark pink and another set with a purled heart on a knitted background. Currently, I’m working on a purple pair with a light gray snowflake. I’ve discovered that I definitely need to do stranded knitting on small items (like gloves and socks) with the item turned inside-out to keep my tension on the floats from being too tight. Even so, I think that I’m going to increase the number of stitches in the wristwarmers, because they’re a little more snug than I would like. By Saturday, I should have a couple of items ready for sale.
PWM got some Tunisian Crochet needles in the mail this week. I’m excited to see how the product works out! If I didn’t have so many other things going on, I’d probably try my hand at it, too. PWM is also working on making little crocheted cell phone charms. I think that doing those in the local high school colors would be a great item to sell.
So, where are we on the yarn shop idea? Well, it’s still just an idea, but a more well-formed one. We’re in the process of doing lots of research. Every other day, someone in the house comes up with a new idea for a name, but we haven’t settled on one just yet.
I’ll post some pictures after I’ve finished and blocked the wristwarmers.
What knitting and/or crocheting projects are you up to?