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Hand y Machine Knitting


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Show Notes for Hand y Machine Knitting Podcast - Episode 4

Mar 11, 2015

Bygones
I apologized for coughing into the microphone in Episode 3. Prescription cough syrup didn’t do much for me but I had much better luck with an over the counter bottle of Robitusin with an antihistamine. I also mentioned the Folk School in Brasstown NC where I took a class about CSMs.

Likes/Dislikes
I complained about exercise videos. I am working my way through the Insanity program.

Bonus Dislike: Daylight Saving Time is back and we hates it. Here is a great video called “How is this still a thing?” It has a bit of salty language, the worst of which was bleeped out.

Swatching
The proposed gray cardigan sweater will be knit with Lopi yarn. I am using both the Charcoal Ribbed and the Classic Male cardigan patterns as the major influences. I plan to knit it on the LK150 machine.

No handout or links for Leslye Solomon’s swatch philosophy. I also mentioned Sally Melville and her Craftsy class.

For machine swatchers
This yellow gauge rule (scroll down to item #99861) is very helpful when you measure across 30 stitches and 40 rows.

For hand swatchers
If the desired gauge is 16 stitches over 4 inches or 10 cm, cast on three times 16 or 48 stitches on a suitable waste yarn and a few rows (at least 5 rows). Change to project yarn and knit 20-40 as many as you can stand. Switch back to waste yarn for a few rows, let’s say 5 rows. Bind off or just remove from the needles. Steam swatch to set stitches and even everything out. Thread a thin contrasting color yarn or thread on each side of center 16 stitches of the swatch. Measure between the thread markers in tenths of an inch or in centimeters. Take three measurements and average them for your gauge for that swatch. Decide from there if you like the fabric and want to adjust your pattern to suit this gauge or if you prefer to change needle sizes to get the exact gauge you need or want. I find that row gauge is less important in hand knitting, generally, but it is easier to measure.

MK finished objects
6 pairs of socks using Red Heart Heart and Sole, Knit Picks Stroll Tweed, Kroy stripes, and Lana Grossa (shown). Not shown are the Trekking and another tweed yarn from Browning & Wolffe. Check out the projects on Ravelry if you want to see additional pictures and read about the particulars.

HK works in progress
I have lost that loving feeling for my lunch hour socks. Unknown yarn knitted toe up with the skyp rib pattern for top of foot. Destined for frogging.

I restarted l’envelope by Sally Melville knitted with size 10 Denise needles and Mountain Colors wool crepe yarn, held double.

Yarn Acquisition
Yarn purchased at the CSM class from Eric Wolffe. I bought lots of the Alpaca-Merino-Acrylic 50 gram balls as well as a skein of tweed yarn, and one angora-acrylic yarn.