Thursday 3 April 2008

Tangled up in cables

I'm totally lost on my Tangled Yoke. I successfully joined the sleeves and am on row 7 of the cable chart. I'm going to have to rip it back to the start - thank God for lifelines! - as I've got it all wrong. I'm not so hot on reading charts so that doesn't help. Am I supposed to knit 4 at the beginning and end of each row before I start the chart? How many times am I supposed to repeat each section? I'm making the second largest size. On the set up row, it says to repeat the sections 12 times. Does that apply to all further rows? It's the only thing I can think of.


*sigh* I'm so lost and to be honest, a bit pissed off with it. It was going so well until now! I had read of others having difficulty, so I suppose I should have been prepared, but I don't like getting things wrong. Any helpers out there?

In other better news, an FO!

Pattern: Everlasting Bagstopper from Knitty Summer 07
Yarn: Lily Sugar n Cream large balls, about 1 1/2
Needles: 3.5mm, 4mm, 6.5mm
Mods: I used the I cord handles from the Elisa Tote Bag

I loved this pattern! It was so quick and easy to knit. The yarn was fab too, I'll definitely buy it again when I hit the states in October!

My progress on the Swallowtail Shawl hasn't been as good as I expected.

I reckon it's a chart reading issue again. I think I'll just have to give up and start all over again.

I also cast on for a new pair of socks.

Sugar Maple from 2-at-a-time socks by Melissa Morgan-Oakes. I'm using a ball of Lana Grossa that I have for a while. I tried valiantly to master the 2 at a time technique, but to no avail. All I ended up with was a tangled mess of yarn. I really need a ball winder (and swift!) to be able to split the balls in two to do this technique. Fortunately, I've found an Irish supplier, Craftspun Yarns, who say they'll sell me both for €38 each which sounds good! I'm going down on Saturday to have a look. In the meantime, I've decided to continue these socks on one circ, one at a time.


So, overall a bit of a frustrating week knitting wise!

1 comments:

melissaknits said...

I am sorry you got that tangled! There's a couple of ways to try and prevent it. I sometimes will put my yarn in a zip-loc baggie and "zip" the center only with one yarn to either side, so I am pulling yarn out only as I need it, and it's separated by the zipped bit of bag between. Also, if you're on Ravelry (and I think everyone should be, because it is SO wonderful!!) there is a 2-at-a-Tims Socks group. It's an active group with members from all over the world, and all super helpful with problems and questions, sometimes responding within a couple of hours or even minutes!