Testing and geeking or just being weird and struck by madness?

Testing. Testing. Testing. Testing. Testing. Testing.

Yup. I finished the deadline for today and I am not allowed to knit more than that says the doctor lady. Actually she said no knitting at all but hey, 14 rounds a day is hardly knitting! Right? ;P

So does that mean that The Mitten Project lyes dormant until the next day? NO! I really want to collect some the pattern elements I discover during this year. To make clear not to copy the patterns I buy but many of the traditional mittens have amazing elements that can be used for further design and inspiration. I would love to collect those in a sketchbook. So why am I babeling about this? In what way do I use my evening on that? Well here it is: I am testing methods for drawing charts. It needs to be fast, pleasant to the hand and show the pattern clearly.

This is something I have been dreaming of doing for a while so awesome it is. But I also found out that it was common for the young girls to do pattern books of their own. I have seen a few pictures of these books and seen a couple of different methods. Now I’m testing them!

I have tested four pens. A simple 0.4 pen with a hard and round, a SignPen with a soft and rounded head, a PITT pen (b) with a brush head and a 3.0mm calligraphy pen. I tested 6 different ways of drawing.

What is clear to me is that the symbol needs to be clear on the page. The smaller ones are too vague.

  1. Column: The normal (for me) to draw charts for color work. One might call it the cross stitch symbol. This a little comprehensive but as I’m used to doing it doesn’t seem as bad as such. It is however a lot of work for my wrists. I prefer SignPen the most in this.
  2. Column: The dot. Simple. Easy. Looks very frail and somewhat hard to read on the page compared to the other methods. I am not choosing a favorite in this as I can’t see it working for me.
  3. Column: The circle. This symbol is very easy to do and is definitely the symbol that needs the least work compared to how visible it is on the page. It works best with a fuller pen. SignPen or Pitt brush pen is best here.
  4. Column: Small cross stitches. These are actually easier to make than the full cross stitch as they need less movement of the hand. They are also funner to do hehe. It’s however a little more work than the circle.
  5. Column: The square filled completely. This is a very nice and clear way of showing a pattern. It is however quite a lot of work. It was definitely easiest to do with the calligraphy pen. I consider if I could find two or three colors of this pen then I could mark the contrast colors.
  6. Column: Large dot/filled circle. This is a bit too much work for me. It’s more work than the circle as I did the circle and then filled it in. So this is out of the picture.

Now I’m also considering trying out the circles and dots on millimeter paper. It could make it easier to get a full mitten on one sheet of paper however it’s a bit difficult to find a sketch book with it and not just a pad.

There is so many very very big decisions as you can hear! …..I am such a weird geek! I am thrilled about this kind of work and I feel so odd because of it. Oh well. I am amused and happy, but mad, I’m sure.

Internet. I has it. Finally.

Yup, it turns out internet is such a snazzy thing that it’s practically impossible to blog without! Who would have guessed!

I have had internet problems for some weeks now but I am finally back online again! It has been immensely frustrating. Working from home and having a 2 hours commute to my school with internet hasn’t helped much in the internet department. Though my knitting hasn’t stopped because of that. How should that stop me?! 😉 Well. I finished the Rosa Ros mittens and to keep on track I found a pattern in my library that I started. I have one finished mitten and the next to be knitted this week. Oh also, I had to do a little moving day as this project is taking up a little more space with time^^

So the next couple of days I will post several posts get back on track.

Poll for kids mitts

Yes! I have a month with a lot of work on the convention and the convention it self so I though a smaller project would be perfect so what is more perfect than kids mittens?! I can’t see what could be.

Kids kids kids

  1. Lined Sock Monkey mittens by Rachel Hooper. Published in From Ewe to You. Why: ” Caution: swinging from trees while wearing these mittens is completely optional and may result in injury….eating bananas while wearing them is ok though.”. Need I say more?
  2. Lobster Claw mittens by Katie Boyette. Published in the book Wearable KnitWits. Why: well…they are just weird and I imagine I would run around the living room playing Dr. Zoidberg! No other reason.
  3. Baby Selbuvotten by Amanda Bjørge. Published in Bjørge Knits Designs. Why: these are just beyond beyond cute! So tiny and so cute! The winter here still has a hold of Denmark and those small hands that naps outside needs warmth! Also it’s with a traditional Selbu star! And I could talk a bit about the Selbu tradition, which is very special.
  4. Kittens Mittens by Alyssa Lynough. Published in Alyoops! Why: these mittens are quite simple yet so sweet. Why I love them: When I was little I had a little kitten my mother knitted for me. It was in white and gray as far as I remember but it had the stripes just like this one …. and now I have a stripy tabby cat. Hana mittens! Also I would like to have mitten with stripes as I have a little technique up my sleeve I want to share.

Announcment: poll postponed

Yes. I have to postpone the next poll a week.

I had the HPV vaccine the other day and it just hurt so much I couldn’t knit. And the pain lasted for a couple of days. This set me back on the second mittens of Owl in Tree. The first is done and I will post about it this weekend. But I will have to finish the second in the upcoming week.

Also my next week is going to be filled with a lot of work. Each year in the Easter holiday I’m on the team that makes and runs the biggest danish role-play convention. Yes, I am that geeky. And this year some deadlines have been shifted about and all of a sudden I am very busy next week. So I don’t think it’s going to be able to finish a new mitten on it’s own.  It would be a shame to have two mittens in a row that is behind, this would be too big a stress factor.

But don’t despair! I will post the first Owl in Tree mitten as well the progress of the second this weekend and when it’s done next week AND I have a pair of mittens and a mitten post in spare that needs to be posted. I am going to use that to fill in the hole. Quite perfect. So you won’t go mitten free for a week 😉

Best productive wishes,
Anne

Poll pictures done

Tuesday I spend some hours doing poll pictures, just like the one I made for Januarys first poll. They are now all nice and uniform in a folder marked ‘Poll Pictures’.

There is at the moment 33 different themes and the next step is to narrow it down. With the poll pictures I should have a better overview and this should hopefully help me! I am hoping to have at least 6 months themes planned when this week is over.

All the poll pictures together.

All the poll pictures together.

Knitting with a deadline

When ever I have knitting project with a deadline I break it down to be able to keep an overview. I find it’s much easier to cope with if I calculate how much – how many rounds – I need to knit each day to make my deadline. Not that I per say knit each day but then I know roughly how much I need to knit the next day. Some days are just knitting days others not.

To give an example I will use The Flamingo Mitten: The Flamingo Mittens has a chart with 75 rounds and 10 rounds of ribbing = 85 rounds. Then there need to be time to knit thumb and weave in ends and such. If I have 2 weeks/14 days to a pair I have one week per mitten. Setting one day aside to knit thumb ect. per week it gives this equation: 85rounds/6days = 14,16r/d = 15 rounds per day. By rounding up I make the number easier to remember and make sure that I give myself more time in the end.

I don’t find the ribbing to be very hard or time consuming, and rather tedious actually, so I prefer to spend more time on the color work. So I often get the ribbing done as fast as possible to get to the fun part. I often don’t really count the ribbing into the calculation. If you do the same you have to knit fx. 12 rounds per day in stead of 15.

To me it’s important to remember that this is just guide lines to keep an overview. I’m into structure not a strict regime. Knitting is a relaxing spare time activity for me not a chore and I’m very focused on avoiding just that feeling, especially when knitting with a deadline – be it this mitten project or knitting for gifts.

Happy knitting with a deadline!