Cable Splay!!

I know what it is, and how to avoid it, and why I want to avoid it. And I really hate when “designers” do not understand the nature of cables and do not adjust for it. It really shows their lack of knowledge. Sorry to be harsh, but that should be the most basic tenet of cables. The best explanation you can find is here.

Didn’t I refigure my Jurisfiction sweater to avoid the splay at cuffs and hem? Didn’t I do the same for the cast on for the blanket I am making? I determined how many cables, how wide of a cable, and how many edge sts I wanted. From that number I subtracted 1 stitch for each cable I was planning. 13 cables across equals 13 less sts at cast on. And then I knit my garter edging. And then, I increased in the middle of where I planned to have the cables, 13 times across.

And then, I knit for inches and inches. And then, I realized, I am ready to finish. So then, I matched the cable twists at the beginning on the other end and started my cast off. And then I realized after setting it to blocking, I didn’t decrease those 13 sts before starting the garter stitch edging! And then, I cried. Well, not really. I blocked it out and will let it dry AND THEN, I will undo the cast off and rip out 12 rows of garter stitch. AND THEN, I will decrease 13 sts across the row. And then, I will reknit the garter rows, 12 of them. And then, I will cast off. And then, I will likely weep again, but this time tears of joy! And then, I will write up my pattern and post it here.

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Can you spot the mistake edge?

Oh well, I can’t be too mad, it is so close to finished, and in more than enough time to await the arrival of the Prof’s baby. This better get my kid a good grade! LOL.

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Finished size is 30″x38″.

I am sure the length will be close to the same after I remove the wires and pins, just hoping the width doesn’t suck back into itself. With the 75% acrylic in the blend I might have to kill the acrylic. Just hoping it doesn’t hurt the wool too. Or the cables! Neither color in the last photos are true, but I would say the right side is closest.

And now, on to finishing up Jurisfiction, if for no other reason, then to not have to spell that one more time on my computer which changes it EVERY TIME! You would think it knows by now I am not trying to spell Jurisdiction! Or maybe just start calling it Plum Pudding which is what I call it. The color is Plum Heather, so Plum Pudding seemed apropos.

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Halfway to the underarm shaping!!

Wednesday WIPs

The days seem to just fly by lately. Where is the time going? Before I know it Diva Girl will be graduating high school and I will be wondering what happened! And it is now official, I’ve bought the Tervis Tumbler and a school T-Shirt! Diva Girl’s housing deposit has been sent in and we are just waiting for the dorm info. She will be an FGCU Eagle this Fall. So excited for her! If I had even been able to attend college in such a beautiful spot, I would have just been thrilled. Who knows, I could always go back to school.

But, no, I’m beyond that and looking forward to the next stage in my life. No kids at home to do for, just Hubster, Me, and the pups. Now, if only I could teach them to let themselves out and get their own food! At least I don’t have to do much laundry for them!

And through it all the knitting will be there, steadfast and true. And likely I will still be knitting baby hats. This latest one is just too cute!

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Pattern: Baby Bear Hat
Yarn: Frog Tree Meriboo

I love the Meriboo feel, so soft! I have enough for 3 more newborn hats for the delivery unit. But those hats will have to wait because I already have plans for the next Sunday Charity Hat, I just need to decide how I want to use the colors. I will knitting Clayoquot. I have white, red, and 2 blues to decide upon. The base color will either be white or light blue. Just need to compare the color charts I made up to see how the light, medium, dark work together. I may do 1 of each base color just to use up the yarn.

So, what’s on your needles today? Selfless or Selfish knitting. I am back to Jurisfiction, the right front is zooming along! I also put a few more rows on the baby blanket. So the urge to break out the cast ons has been averted with the recent cowl and baby hat. I think I am good for a week or two. But it helps that Sundays come and I know I will be working on something different. Keeps the spice in my marriage, um, knitting life.

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Keep Calm and get back to those WIPs!!

My knitting took a spin away from the boring cable projects. Wait, cables aren’t boring, but when all your projects are cabled it can get tedious. Yes, tedious, that’s the word. So I thought to break it up by throwing in a non cabled item, a cowl of some sort, and quickly focused on every cabled cowl in my library/queue! But I held steady and did not cast on a cabled cowl. From the list I mentioned in this post I chose Casu Cowl.

It’s a basic cowl knit sideways, which I knew would afford me the best option to use up every last single inch of the yarn I had leftover from a frogged project. The frogged project also yielded this poncho. And I did. Use every last INCH of this yarn! Which meant I had to weave in 8 tails! But it was worth it to have only snips to throw away, which means nothing went back into the stash.

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The pattern is a simple YO lace with Double Seed Stitch in the body. The DSS is almost a waste with this yarn due to it’s crimp and coloration. The texture is just about lost in the noise. But it kept me from being too bored with the knitting, so it’s all good.

I knit this just about all over. Through many episodes of Poldark, oh how I want to visit Cornwall now! Or just casually run into Aidan Turner. OK, where was I? The cowl finally finished up on Vikings. Why yes, I am making the most of my Amazon Prime Free Trial! With the cold weather return, I am warm and cozy in my living room with my TV and Streaming Blu-Ray. And the dogs are ever present by my side, in my lap, laying on my feet.

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One on my chair, the other on a chair we placed next to it.

Now head on out to see what others are getting done today. And I must get back to those cabled projects! It’s a good thing I had more Vikings to watch last night, so I pulled out the left front of my sweater and put many repeats into it. I am half a front and 1 sleeve away from construction and then finishing!! Maybe a sweater before the end of the month? Wait, remember Chris? NO DEADLINES! OK, got it. But maybe just a little dreaming?