Knitting slump

I knit for the Zen of it. I don’t really like to follow patterns, and I like the rhythmic motion of knitting and using my hands. Plus, I like to get things done. Therefore, I make a lot of square things because nobody cares if they fit.  My favorites are baby blankets, hats, and those shapeless little things you put on hapless tikes before they learn to protest. On top of that, no one looks that gift horse in the mouth.

My rationale is that I already do enough thinking with work, but at work, I don’t have a ‘product.’ It’s pretty much just thinking and talking. So all my problems are solved with knitting simple stuff. I don’t have to think much for my leisure, and I get a tangible item, with the bonus of being able to look at something just long enough to finish it and give it away.

To be honest, the thought of making something for myself at this point seems not only selfish, since it would be at the expense of my charity efforts (which is not to betray any illusion that my contributions would really be missed), but I would be confronted with those known defects every time I saw the item in my house.

This has all contributed to the Avocet B default. This simple pattern that I promised I would complete with my fellow bloggers and readers continues to occupy a topless Tupperware bin on the floor of my closet. It mocks me from afar.

I have suggested that the next KAL be a simple bag. Can you spell ‘rectangle?’ Sure. I knew you could.



WOW. Has it been that long? lol

Ok, let me reintroduce myself.
Hi, I’m Inky.
A KNOWN procrastinator, lol.

LOL. If you only knew.

But, whatever.

I am seeing that it has been, what? Oh, a little over 5 months since I last posted here.


I am in favor of saying, “Folks, if you are looking for info. regarding our Avocet B Cardigan KIL, that ship has sailed.” Heh.

I would like to propose to my fellow blog authors that we clear the decks with a neutral “getting back to knowing you and what you are about as a knitter” post, and then find a short, snappy, heck-I-can-do-this-with-my-eyes-closed KIL and move forward.

What say Ye, Ninnawe and Esquirette?



FB Conversations Part Deux: The One Where We Get It Right

    • Ninnawe:
    • Yikes I miss wifi….. You guys are having way too much fun. I have decided to frog my sweater and start again. Unhappy with cast on. I did not do the twisty thing like on that video.

    • This morning I cast on a pair of mittens using the twist and I like it much better. Plus there is that glaring mistake 2 inches up from the bottom….at dead center.

    • Terri:
    • Well we missed you too! I have to take mine out too. We shall commiserate.

    • Inky:
    • Hi Linda,
      Hope you didn’t get too overwhelmed by the Immelt/Wheeler clan – we can be quite a handful lol.
      How are you going to cast on the sweater? Like in the video?
      So I am not too far behind then. Great!
      I am definitely doing a 5×5 swatch to get a gauge. But I don’t care if it’s too big – I need big. I need Oh My God size.

    • Have you ever frogged something that you’ve been working on for awhile, just because it had been too long, the directions/details were too fuzzy and would require recounting sections, etc.? I am in shock, but in a good way, because I just did this with my almost finished lobster sox yarn socks. I was just never going to get them right because I didn’t knit them together and/or did not take notes on counts, etc. Interestingly, this is not bugging me. My question is why?

      • Ninnawe:
      • Oh yes I have. That is why I keep 3×5 cards on each project and write down every thing every step of the way … And why I always knit both socks at the same time.

      • I am going to cast on my ‘cable’ way like I showed you except I am going to twist the stitch like she did on the video. I am still going to do a long tail cast on for the first 2 stitches then cast on the required number using my cable technique. Then discarding those first 2 on the knit row back. That way both corners are the same.

      • Terri:
      • why do you discard those two stitches on the way back?

      • Ninnawe:
      • Because they don’t look the same as the cable cast ons, and they are always a little tight and slightly distorted compared to the cable. I want them to be the same if they are going to sewn to another piece, or I want them to be clean and neat if they are the front edge of a sweater.

      • Ninnawe:
      • Teresa, have you ripped out your sweater yet? If not, you might want to measure a swatch on it first. Lay it flat and place pins 4″ apart and measure how many stitches are between the two pins.
      • When swatching, try casting on 1.5 times as many stitches as they call for, and knit the swatch to 5″ in length. Then measure the stitches and rows in the middle of the piece. That is generally more accurate than including the edge stitches in your swatch count.


      • I also knit more than one needle size gauge on the same swatch, if it looks like I’m not getting gauge right away. I just put a marker, change needle size and knit on from there. I also do garter the first and last 4 stitches of the row and the first 4 rows of the gauge so it’s flatter.
        • I think we should do another group post on this info.

      • Ninnawe:

        • Excellent idea …. blog material …
        • I think correct swatching is an art. I hear of people who never throw their swatches away.
        • I also do the multiple size needle thing. Someone once  told me to include the same number of purl stitches as the size needle you’re using on one row of the knit side, then you can tell which is which.

          • I am going to incorporate 3 garter stitches on my swatches from now on. Fabulous idea.

      • Inky:
      • That is an excellent idea. Now I can get this right from the get-go.

Oh My. FB Conversations: The One Where Angst Is Involved

    • Terri: wait till you read the blog. i have disaster on my hands here

    • 19 minutes ago

    • Inky:
    • Ruh-roh. Let me go look.
    • oh. my. I am going to have the same problem then.

    • 16 minutes ago

    • Terri:
    • have not posted yet
    • i am calculating

    • i calculated

    • and it is good thing that these things are stectchy

    • stretchy?

    • 9 minutes ago

    • Inky:
    • Garter is very forgiving, hence the reason I knit it. So do I need to go up a needle then?
    • 12 minutes ago
    • Terri:
    • I am going down two sizes based upon my calculations that i have made the sweater 15% too big and each size increase is about 7-8%
    • otherwise i would have to go with a size 5 needle and would not be done with this until i am retired or dead
    • 11 minutes ago
    • Inky:
    • Oh Boy. Not good. I have no idea what size I should knit then.
    • 10 minutes ago
    • Terri:
    • it’s me
    • i am a loose knitted
    • knitter
    • and i guess i got looser
    • 10 minutes ago
    • Inky:
    • Yeah, but you made gauge.
    • 10 minutes ago
    • Terri:oy vey as they say in Cols
    • it’s a mystery
    • there is a sprite that condemns a lot of my sewing projects in the same way
    • 9 minutes ago
    • Inky:
    • That must be the one that visits me.
    • Maybe I should make a waaay bigger swatch? To see if I loosen up as I get going?
    • 8 minutes ago
    • Terri:
    • that would probably be wise
    • why are we not blogging this?
    • this is knitting angst
    • lol
    • by the way, i think that the reason husband got me the art class was to get me to put down my knitting
    • sneaky
    • 5 minutes ago
    • Inky:
    • Indeed.
    • Going to go get Z-pak. The chest cold has won.

My perfect gauge swatch…..

Well, surely pride (or was it just relief?)  goeth before a fall, but I run ahead of my little saga.

I had determined to stay within a budget of -0- to make the Avocet B sweater.  I made a perfect gauge swatch of 20 by 36 rows, ending up with a very nice 4 x 4 square.  I am tempted to post a picture.   I had pulled out a bunch of gray I had been saving from Caron, a wool blend that is quite nice.  It looked sufficient for the sweater.  I made the swatch.  Then I counted.  I have 10 – 3 oz. (85 grams) balls of it.  The sweater calls for 13 – 100 gram balls.

Needless to say, many thoughts immediately traversed my mind.

Quickly I assessed the situation.  I might shorten the sweater and make a bolero.  That remains an option.  I might make it for my much smaller daughter-in-law instead, which also remains an option, but a tiny bit less inspiring.  I might make it short sleeved, but discarded this immediately.  I might add stripes – the last bastion of the scrapper.  This latter idea holds no appeal since I want the sweater for work, and that look is too sporty.

I have just finished another pair of socks and was anxious to pick up on the Avocet. I have another long car ride ahead of me this weekend and am considering my options.  I may just visit the local yarn store and tempt myself to wonderfulness.  Surely the phone company will understand……..

More later,


Terri and Keith at Foxfire Museum