Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I Tried to Knit Good

Well. This started as a stranding project. I was so excited about knitting with two hands. That's right. Throwing with the right and picking with the left. Then I got to the (creepy) children and I thought ok, this is where it's gonna get fun. LIKE, SO NOT. The gaps are too big to carry the yarn in back. I tried intarsia. Yah, that's difficult in the round. So I read about the Festive Knitting method. Works conceptually but this project is too small and fiddly. Finally I settled on duplicate stitch. Tons and tons of duplicate stitch.

That's a lot of ends to weave in. I don't know if my adult onset ADD can handle it.



Blogger Bertha said...

Dude, don't even weave them in! Sew a lining for the stocking out of jersey, or another thinnish, stretchy material! I just finished my daughter's stocking and that is totally what I am gonna do. I did use Fair Isle, but I have some massive floats in there that catch on anything I try to put in there, so I'm definitely going to have to line it. If you do decide to weave them in, good luck!

10:58 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

F that! knot and clip. really, life is too short.

8:33 AM  
Blogger chemgrrl said...

Yikes! I second the lining suggestion.

Are you going to give them hair? It's creeping me out slightly that those kids don't have hair.

8:52 AM  
Blogger Debbie said...

I feel your pain, I loathe weaving in ends. Those kids are kind of creepy, I hope the cashew doesn't get a complex...

9:10 AM  
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9:26 AM  
Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Ooh, the lining people are right on! That number of ends is just insane. Ick. Those kids are kind of creepy--I'm glad you said it, not me! But the rest looks great.

10:31 AM  
Blogger lomester said...

Ya! line them!

4:19 PM  
Blogger annmarie said...

knot and clip? oh, yes. and for what it's worth, i kinda think the kids look like the bearded lady and her mate. ;)

4:36 PM  
Blogger annmarie said...

as an addendum to my other comment, also for what it's worth, i stand in admiration of your having knit a stocking for your daughter _at all_. My own two are 24 and 20 and two decades haven't proven to be long enough for me to get around to this motherly offering. :/

4:39 PM  
Blogger Octopus Knits said...

Whew! That's a lot of ends -- knotting and a lining sound like great ideas : )

8:45 PM  
Blogger mle said...

Yikes! that's a lot of ends! Sorry I can't give any advice...I avoid intasia like the plauge. Good luck!

2:27 PM  
Blogger misplacedpom said...

The people- they are a little odd. I'd second the lining or clipping, I'm not sure where all those ends would weave to and it might end up making the creepy folk bulge out at you. EEP!

3:33 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

well, Cashew is too little to know there's nothing stuffed in her stocking but yarn...

7:55 AM  
Blogger Alyssa said...

I love the stocking I hope you get it all knit up and lined by christmas!

12:39 PM  
Blogger HelenDenise said...

I've made 4 of these stockings now, but never in the round! The two that are finished are lined with a red woven cloth to help the stocking hold its shape no matter what gets stuffed in! I think I cut the lining on the bias to give it a little wiggle room; those Transformers Santa drops off need some space! Doing the stockings with straight needles, I could tuck the yarn into the following stitches (Is that "intarsia"?) so could cut off some of the loose ends. Then the foot, after the trees, is done in the round.
It's also fun to use interesting yarns for, say, Santa's beard. In case you get bored :).

7:22 AM  

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