Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Fun Fur Poncho, Indeed!

I now feel that I have to prove something to the world after having outed myself to Annie Modesitt as the freak that prefers knitting on US 1s. I also have to live up to my reputation as the guy "who enjoys the sort of knitting that would make other people cry."

So, without any further ado, I present to you...



...knitting on US 1s that makes other people cry! It is the bottom 5 inches of the Kai sweater from Jamieson's Simply Shetland 2. It's so nice to be able to knit with the yarn that the pattern calls for (and not some poor substitute). This one is made with 8 colors, topping my previous record of 6. Even though Rosemarkie was also knit on 1s, this yarn is much thinner, so I'm targeting a much smaller gauge of 8 stitches and 8 rows to the inch.

My goal is to average 3 rounds a day (at 336 stitches per round). I just ran the calculation to discover that I'm actually averaging 4 rounds per day (round 76, day 19)... so woot! My actual gauge appears to be about 9.5 st/in unblocked, but will probably more realistically be around 8.25 st/in once blocked. A little smaller than intended, but 40" around instead of 42" is still plenty big for me. I also seem to be averaging about 9.5 rows/in, and I'm hoping that it will block out vertically as well.

All of the socks are on hold for now, as Kai is an all-consuming project. I hope to be done with it by Maryland Sheep and Wool, though that may be a bit aggressive. It will definitely be done in time for Rhinebeck, though.

9 comments:

LaurieM said...

I love working with Shetland yarn. It makes an amazingly light garment and the colors! Well, I'm glad you're having fun. It's beautiful so far.

hugs said...

As usual, I am sickened by how impressed I am with your knitting. I am filled with envy and terror all at once. Don't ever change.

GaiaGal said...

You're going to be at Maryland S & W? Get knitting so i can see that in person, will ya?!! ;)

~Suz~

meg said...

it's 6:48 a.m. and he's taken to leaping from bed and knitting a couple rounds of Fair Isle to wake up. You'll see it at Maryland, I'm sure.

xstitcher said...

The sweater is looking great. I would have to agree with you in that I actually prefer knitting on US 1s also. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished.

K2Karen said...

Ya know, I think I'm actually with you on the small needle thing. I haven't been knitting all that long, but like that small gauge stuff. Gorgeous sweater--you CAN get it done in time. Go knit.

Lanea said...

Gorgeous! And you're crazy.

Eldronius said...

Hooray for tiny needles! Is that like a Don Ho song? Anyway...

It looks great. I am not sure I have enough patience for such a chore, so I will just have to admire yours. I can't seem to get myself to finish my first sweater, and I am using size 7's.

Keep up the inpiring work.

JustApril said...

gorgeous, of course
here I am floundering over garter stitch, lol
more mindless the better these days