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One for Texas

6 Sep

I bought my needle, Addi 5mm with 100cm cord.  Very swish and seems to make my knitting faster.  I rushed to the pub to start knitting, managed 4 rows and was very pleased.  When I got home and looked at my pattern I had it wrong, it was stocking when it should have been garter, so I had to pull it all out.  The wool (Rowan Creative Focus) is a bugger to unravel because it has lots of little fibres that tangle.  But I did it and started again.  In the morning I counted my stitches 3 times and got different counts each time.  It’s hard to count on that wire.  So I started again and added markers, as advised in the pattern.  I just used loops of white wool not having any markers, but they have worked well so far.  272 stitches clearly marked out, border, charts 1,2,3 and 4 and more border.

I’m a slow knitter and even with these super fast needles it is slow going.  I have knitted 14 rows so far and that is probably in about 4 hours of knitting, while watching telly and drinking tea.  I wanted to get to landfall on the first day, Texas line 14 of the chart, one stitch, and managed it by bedtime and very satisfied I was too.

Brownsville in wool

This morning I came down to examine it and found I had messed up.  Texas should be on the other side of my marker.  How did this happen?  It is fixable, I’ll fudge it rather than fix it but it is annoying.  As I started knitting I realised it is going to be very hard to correct mistakes unless I see them immediately and back track. This mistake is in the middle of a row and would require unpicking the row and adjusting.  I am not good enough to do this well so I will just adjust the Texas coastline a smidge.  Brownsville is going places people!

The mistake does explain how one knitter managed to knit her blanket backwards, reading the chart on the WS will cause that.  It is an early mistake and I’m glad I made it, I can watch out for it now.  So I press on and will start on Florida, Hawaii and Alaska today.


The State I’m in

2 Sep

So the wool is purchased, John Lewis at Stratford has a good selection and I got three balls of each colour, plus five blue for the sea and one pink for the states I like the best.  We’ll gloss over the price because I could have bought some v fancy blankets for the price of the wool to knit this one.

I have run my colours through this map maker which allows you to test colour combinations and it looks ok.  Obviously the colour options are not as sophisticated as those offered by Rowan but it is good enough to give an idea of how the blanket will look.  It took forever to get the data right because I don’t know the more obscure state abbreviations from my elbow and the in-house expert doesn’t know his MO from his MT on a map.

The real colours are dark green, light green, ivory and a light grey but this gives an idea of the distribution

I knitted my swatch and it came up right for 4.5mm needles; nice wool to knit with too.  So now I just need to purchase a circular needle in 4.5mm, looking at this shop which is open today but don’t imagine I’ll get dressed in time to go shopping.  After all, tomorrow’s another day .

Wooly thinking

28 Aug

I’ve been scouting for wool.  There appears to be price fixing between John Lewis and Liberty’s, for Rowan.  I went along with my chaise arm cover and decided upon Rowan Creative Focus which comes in various shades that match my scheme.

I’m going for:

  • Natural
  • Nickel
  • Deep Rose
  • New Fern
  • Basil and
  • Cobalt for the sea.

The balls are 100g so I will need less of them than the specified 22 balls of colour and 6 of sea.  I have found out that 4 colours is the minimum number of colours needed to ensure no colours touch on a map of the USA.  I will be doing my favourite States in pink (Deep Rose) so will have a total of 6 colours on the blanket.

With the help of the woman at Teasels the calculation is for 3 balls of each main colour, 1 of Deep Rose and 5 of Cobalt.  Teasels don’t carry Rowan and Woolcraft Heritage was suggested as an alternative, the colour choice is wider but would need to be ordered and does not suit my scheme.   I also want to use nice wool because the blanket will be on show.  So I’m off to town to buy what I need soonish.