Archive for December, 2010

Learning from mistakes

I knitted a raglan cardigan for myself. It doesn’t really fit. I only use it when I’m in pyjamas or when nobody sees me. So I’m going to frog parts of it and turn it into a cat blanket. One can never have too many of those…

Britney bij breiwerk

Britney bij breiwerk


Britney OP breiwerk

Britney OP breiwerk


On ravelry, I’ve noted the lessons from this project:

 First I started with the standard raglan sweater pattern from Hoensestrik and had knitted the body + 1,5 sleeve. I was rather far with the 2nd sleeve, but found that my gauge was really too far off for them to be comfortable. So I frogged it. And started over again….

Gauge: 10X10 cm = 19 st X 28 rows.

finally finished this thing last month (jan 2010). Am not entirely satisfied. Will use it as a learning project 😉 The back is too wide, the sleeves too long, the collar to wide, all of it too big except the sleeves which are fine. I’ll use it indoors 😉 

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I found out, that I had mismeasured my arms (they were shorter) and that the measurements on the back were too wide. Also I had 1 or 2 sts less per 10 cm than in my swatch, and in the raglan part a more than that. So this is what I’ve learned:

– Knit the swatch in the round. My knitting in the round is loser than to and fro. [I did knit the swatch in the round, actually…. I’m too inconsistant].
– Base measurements on an existing cardigan, not only my body.
– Knit the raglan part with thinner needles (0,5 should do)
– check the gauge while knitting.

 Hopefully, I’ll make a better job of what I ‘design’ myself. I don’t see to have a lot of success making stuff myself. Alas, it seems that autodidact means ‘not good at it’ in this case….


Social Saturday

(c) Teun Duynstee


Today was such a nice day – didn’t let the weather (snow storms etc.) keep me inside the house. First I went out for some Christmas gifts for my husband – but didn’t succeed as the record shops didn’t stock any of the titles that I wanted and the book shop hadn’t gotten the book I had ordered, home yet. Also I forgot about looking for the gift for my mother in-law. Subsequently, I went knitting at Hofman’s. After I’d been solo knitting for about half an hour and as I was just in the process of paying for my coffee, Karin arrived and half an hour so later, Marita joined us. All in all a nice knitting session. Later I went over to Andrea’s – via more poorly stocked shops – for an hour of tea drinking, knitting and chatting about work and spinning (and admiring her homespun which is really smooth and of wonderful colours and texture). The trip home by means of slow busses took about three quarters of an hour – but looking out of the windows at the snowy city scape was worth it.

Now I’m at the laptop with a glass of sherry, in the company of my husband, blogging and about to do some volounteer work for the Ziel van Zuilen (an invitation for the New Years Drinks & Speeches).

(as you can see, my private life is quite  quiet and fairly rewarding at the moment, it’s at Cogis, it’s busy busy busy).