Embossed Leaves made with Austermann Step Yarn on size US 1 needles
(Stealing Carole's idea)
Good: I loved knitting this pattern, it is my new favorite!
Good: They fit.
Bad: Almost.....I cast the second cuff on a little bit too tight, but not tight enough to rip out.
Ugly: The yarn had a knot right around the heel of the second sock and although I tried to match it back up..........I missed a little.
The cast on was a 1x1 rib long tail cast on. It was a new to me cast on and I did the first sock without any problems, but somehow I must have done something wrong on the second cuff as the tension is very tight. With a little bit of stretching, it fits fine, but it still bugs me a little.......... as I said though..........not enough to pull it all out. I have a pair of orange opals started, but I am going to pull them out and do them in this pattern. I love the fit and I really love the way the pattern carries down over the toe, leaving out the need to kitchner stitch them :-)
I started this scarf last fall as a demonstration piece at the Fryeburg Fair, but here it still sits. I am not a big fan of table looms.......I much prefer my big floor loom, but I am going to be taking a weaving class on Wednesday and need to bring this little loom with me, so I figured it was time to set about finishing this scarf.
The bad thing about letting something sit on your loom, is not remembering what the plan was. I couldn't remember how many yards I had warped onto the loom and silly me, I forgot to pin my measuring tape to let me know how many inches I had already finished. I am usually pretty good about taking notes if I am going to stop, but not this time...uugghh!! So..........I just kept going and going.
I would stop and look at it and maybe a few "damns" passed by my tongue. (eek!) I didn't dare stop as there is nothing I hate worse than to pull a scarf off of the loom, only to have it be too short. On the other hand, it is much easier to hemstitch when the scarf is still on the loom being held tight. Of course it didn't help when the kids walked by and said........."Isn't that finished yet??
Row by row, it piled onto the front beam..........Oh dear, what do I do?........Are the children right, I have I gone too far....but what if it is too short?? a dilemma, a conundrum? On and on I went for a little longer, until I reached the end of the warp.
Good: It is big enough for 2 scarves!
Bad: I had to run 2 rows of hem stitching off the loom
It never ceases to amaze me the transformation in rayon after it is washed and dried. Rayon when it comes off the loom is not soft and is very stiff. After a bath and a run thru the dryer, it is as soft and plush as can be. One important thing to remembes, when working with rayon, is to keep those ends bound until it comes out of the dryer, as you will be left with bare thread if you do not. Once the fringe has been unraveled, it can only be very gently handwashed.
Bad: Today it rained.
Ugly: 8 wet, muddy, smelly dogs.
(Picture of 10 month old Kali right after her bath....priceless)