Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Third pair done!



Done out of pink Atacama Alpaca, these ones are finally just for me. Delicious, soft, warm... Mmmmm.

I still have one more to do, once again out of silky wool, but dragging myself to do so is rather difficult...

Monday, August 28, 2006

I'm free -- IMPORTANT!

The Kentucky State Fair is finally over, which means I have time to devote to the knitting and blogging world.

I went through my old emails and sent invites to people that asked to join the KAL. If I have missed anyone, please let me know!! Remember, my email is tksext01@louisville.edu. I will update the sidebar as soon as I receive confirmation from the invites.

There are several invites still pending. If these invitations are not accepted by the end of the week, I am going to remove the names from the sidebar. From now on, I am going to wait until the invitations are confirmed to put a link in the sidebar.

Again, sorry for the delay and HAPPY KNITTING!!!

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Mmmmmm.... cozy warm

Okay, I was gonna get political, or witty, or hip and cool... but instead, I decided to state the obvious! Maybe it was the devastatingly soft baby alpaca, but when I put them on, there was only one thing I could think of...

hands on cozy knucks

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Second Pair Complete!

Shall I go for a third?? I might have to! :)

I completed my second pair of Knucks two days ago. My mom saw my original pair of Knucks and LOVED them and wanted her own pair. She had wanted a pair of fingerless gloves (or half-finger gloves) for quilting, but could never find a pair that had the thumb uncovered. So when she saw the Knucks, she fell in love with them just as we all did!

I knit her pair using Patons Decor in the Secret Garden colourway. This ball was in my stash for awhile and I've long since lost the ball band. :) I knitted them in the child's measurements and using 4mm needles, and they gave her the perfect fit. The cuffs are still a little tight to put on (because I can't, for the life of me, cast off loosely!), but they still fit her perfectly! Of course, in my excitement to give them to her, I forgot to take a picture beforehand. *sigh* I'll have to ask for them back for a little while just for that purpose.

So, do I get my asterisks beside my name finally? :D Two down, who knows how many more to go! Happy Knuck Knitting, all!

P.S. I didn't do any embroidery on my mom's pair. I was thinking of putting "QUIL TER!" on them, and still might if she wants that, but she's not really a knuckle tattoo sort of woman. ;)

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Two hands, One pair!

Welp, here are my first pair of knucks. Now I just need to learn embroidery!
I will get pair number 2 on the sticks tonight, I hope!

Knucks

2 pairs knitted

I got my LIVE LIFE knucks all knitted up, now I just need to figure out how I'm going to embroider these babies.

This is Rowan Felted Tweed in Bilberry. Size US4 needles. Ladies size knucks. I think I did 9 rows for the fingers, 8 rows for the pinky. I did 17 rows between the finger joining and the thumb joining. At first I did 20 rows there, but it cut into my thumb webbing too much. That's a tough distance to judge the first time - because once you join the thumb, that section magically gets longer.

I like the felted tweed a lot - it really helps camouflage any imperfections from the dpns.


I also finished up my daughter's knucks. She's showing off her mad karate skills in this picture. :) Originally, I totally effed the first one up without realizing it. I thought that the gauge was off, making the knuck really small, but really what happened was that I left out several rows in the thumb gusset stage. I only realized it when I finished the second knuck and it turned out way bigger than the first. So I had to rip out the first one and now they both match and the fit is just fine.


I'm planning on knitting up another pair for her BLAH BLAH knucks. I still need to pick up some yarn for those.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Two pairs going to college


I finished my daughter's Knucks and am sending them off to college with her. I embroidered one Knuck from each pair - it was her suggestion, as she wants to mix and match her Knucks.

I finally finished a Knuck!

With unpacking and two younglings, I'm surprised I even cast on. Imagine my bliss today when I bound off!

I have a question for everyone: which BO are you doing? I did the single crochet BO and it made for a cuff with no real give. I have wide hands and the knucks fit beautifullly until that BO. Now I struggle to pull them on but I do like the way the cuff fits once it's on. I was wondering if I should try a different BO method next pair. Thoughts/experiences?

Sunday, August 20, 2006

My friend Elizabeth is auctioning off a custom pair of knucks for charity. You see here? I wonder how high they will go. They are at $115 now.

Elizabeth made these:

Sorry!

Hey, Knucks knitters --

I apologize to those that have sent emails requesting invites -- I will send them as soon as I can. I'm four days into the Kentucky State Fair and have been working between twelve and fifteen hours a day for the last week and a half, so my computer time is very minimal. I promise that I will take care of everything as soon as I have more than a couple of seconds at a computer.

In the meantime, keep knitting and I'm very sorry. If anyone would like to share administrative privilidges, let me know (although by the time I can get back to you on that my life will have returned to normal.)

Saturday, August 19, 2006

2nd pair done!



I've finally finished my fiances Knucks! well minus the embroidery...he couldn't decide what he wanted on them and finally decided last night that he wants a skull and crossbones on both the knucks (on the top of the hand), but I don't have any white yarn or embroidery floss laying around so that'll have to wait till I can afford to buy some^_^ as you can tell all the threads are still hanging out that's because I don't finish it all up until I've finished the embroidery.
Now I'll be starting Davids sisters knucks and after that his mums so I'll be busy for a while hehe!
Knitting love!^_^
Petra

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Finished

Thanks to the tips earlier, I've now finished the knitting part of knucks. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. I'm a little worried about starting the embroidery and ruining them! I've got two options for the writing, either 'luna moth' (my internet name) or 'geek chic'. Both would have a moth embroided on one hand and a moon on the other. I've got the cotton ready, just have to take a deep breath and get started!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Progress!

The Knuck decreases are done on Knuck 1, and I did the textured rib cuff, and.... wasn't thrilled. Never one to leave a pattern absolutely alone - I decided on a modified version of ribbing, a cabled rib. I had 48 stitches in my round (I did the man size for my apparently biggish hands - hey, they DO grow them bigger in Texas!), and 48/6= 8. I did 8 2x2 cables with 2 purl stitches between, with a cable cross on every fourth row, and I'll likely make them longer than the pattern calls for, and cast off in pattern. Because I like a challenge. I'm just glad I know how to cable without a cable needle! I'll have a progess pic once I've got more than one repeat done, so you can actually.... you know, see PROGRESS. All told, though, I think the fit will be much better with the cabled, ribbed cuff, b/c I did the textured cuff, and it was TIGHT, with the crocheted bind off - which was SUPERtight, and let's just forget crab stitch ever existed, shall we? B/C I'm a lefty and... yeah. Just forget it ever existed.

Pictures soon. :)
Miss Knotty

Saturday, August 12, 2006

One knuck finished.

First KnuckI finished my first knuck today - yay! :) I ended up having to frog and re-knit most of this one because I originally made it way too long, but now it fits perfectly. :) I did have to improvise a bit at the bottom because I forgot to decrease at the thumb join - whoops!

This is the large size because I have gorilla hands, knit out of red heart super saver in ranch red on size 3 dpn's (my LYS is walmart, so I have to work with what's available - and cheap! :D) I'll admit that the small gauge combined with the yarn makes it a bit stiff, but I'm hoping it'll soften up once it's washed. It's really warm, though.

I plan to put "TOON GIRL" on them once I'm finished, probably in orange. :D

Knaked Knucks

Knaked Knuck before seaming @ Flickr I still have to do the finishing, and the embroidery, and its mate ... but here's my first Knuck, knitting stage completed! This is going to be my WORD GEEK pair.

The Beloved has requested a pair of his own -- I'm ordering some Felted Tweed in Cocoa for him, and Pine for a second pair of my own. (Although I'd also contemplated getting Carbon for him. Maybe I still will. I'm checking to see if my LYS owner can order it for me, and if she can't, I'll buy it online.) The current pair, meanwhile, is in something labeled Inca Fiber Concept that I'm told is alpaca, double-stranded. It's ever so gently fuzzy.

Now, I just need to figure out what color would be good for the embroidery. I believe I've had troubles with this sort of electric blue before ... nothing seems to match nicely with it. I'll probably take it to a craft/embroidery supply store and just hold threads against it until I come up with something good. (Of course, there's always white or gray, but I think I'd like to try for something other than the default.)

I do wish I'd made the fingers a bit shorter; it seemed like the right length until I finally got the glove assembled. (And as evidenced by the last sentence, I can type in 'em! Which is good, because I plan to use them for work, when the a/c gets too cold.) And the textured cuff? Pain. In. The. Rear, with all the transferring of stitches from one needle to another on row #3. (Maybe it's easier on DPNs -- I was using two circs.) But well worth it. I'll probably use it for the other pair(s). I also goofed on the crab stitch edging -- I stitched the wrong way 'round and got another row of single crochet -- but I still like it. And I lost two stitches along the way while doing the border -- my guess is that I either forgot to yo or the yo slipped off the needle without my noticing. Live and learn ...

But I'm overall quite happy. :-)

sarahs 1st and 2nd knucks

hey all
i finished the knitting part of my knucks a while ago. i really hate doing the finishing bits on my knitting so this morning i forced myself to sit down and sew up those little gaps between the fingers. it only took half an hour or so, i dont know why i put it off for so long!

anyway onto the knucks...

redknux

this is the first pair i made. its some kind of random yarn from my stash (i lost the ball band). i love the tweediness of these, especially the green and turquoise bits you can see in the close up.


greyknux

heres the second pair. this is a mohair/wool blend and is super soft and super warm. perfect now that winter is almost over! (i'm an aussie)


and just to prove i'm not a big dork who walks around with mismatched knucks (although i am very likely to do such a thing)...

grey and red knux

here they are hanging as pairs on my clothesline.


hope you all like

sarah

Friday, August 11, 2006

Stuck at thumb join


I'm stuck, can anyone give me any tips? I've just put the thumb onto the two needles, but don't know how to knit from here. The working yarn is before the 8 thumb stitches, so if I make a new stitch from the first thumb stitch (next to the stitch marker) I can't slip off the stitch as the other stitches are in the way. I know it'll be something stupid I'm doing, but can anyone help to save me from botching and frogging later today please?

Thursday, August 10, 2006

One Knit.....

Okay, I said I have a picture...
Here is a shot of the first one knit. The finishing work sounds a little tedious, but maybe tonight after the kiddos are in bed I can tackle 'em! Still pondering my message.....
Knucks #1

First Pair FINISHED!


Can you feel the excitement!? I have to admit, I learned a lot about knitting these little beauties. I learned I really don't like the finishing process...but now that I learned my mess ups on my first knuck, the second of the pair was much smoother. (I also wasn't watching a suspense movie so I didn't end up cutting the wrong threads...what an evening that was!) I put our "new" consolidated school's name on my pair. Chester Public Schools became Chester - Joplin - Inverness Public Schools...and there was NO way that would fit on any pair of Knucks. Our mascot went from the Coyotes to the Hawks...so the community has shortened it to the CJI Hawks. That fits! My next pair will be much quicker, and I"m ready to cast on!

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Knuck progress for me-yo.

Here are some pics of Knuck 1. Pay no attention to the strings hanging all willy-nilly. Those are for the finishing process.





I had some fits putting all the stitches on the needles to get started on the body of the mitt, it was TIGHT! but no needles were snapped in the making of these mitts. I'm to the part where I'm supposed to start the cuff, and I'm going to do the textured cuff, but I'm going to do a longer version than called for in the pattern and double it up. I figure an extra layer of knitted goodness on my pulsepoints would be making for the better warmness. I think I'll probably turn the gloves inside out once I start the second half of the cuff so that when I turn it over, it'll be that neato stitch pattern on the right side. :D Or maybe I'll just knit 2x2 ribbing until I want to fold the cuff over and then do the stitch pattern. The world is open to me! WEE!

Here is a fuzzy-wuzzy visual of the gusset-y goodness. :) Please forgive the soft focus - I'm still getting to know my digital camera.



the yarn is Encore DK (75% acrylic 25% wool) good for work b/c I can wash them readily. The yarn, since the flash is distorting it a little bit, is a dark burgundy wine/cranberry color. I just love it. Knitted on US 4 dpns.

-Miss Knotty

KNUCKS RAWK!

Hi, I'm Stacie and I love this pattern. The first time I saw it, I became obsessed. What a great idea. Too many folks walk around giving free advertising space to mega-corps, I love the idea of wearing my message!! Anyhoo... I ramble... I bought yarn for Knucks, ok, enough for three pairs. I thought that would be a good start. Then I was hoping there was a KAL. I cast on my first pair on August 3rd. It was my b-day and I treated myself. I hired a babysitter and went yarn shopping!! I am using Plymouth Yarns Baby Alpaca Worsted in a dark gray. I'll post a photo soon! Just finished knitting the first one...

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Some inspiration: www.knuckletattoos.com/

He throws out some props for our knucks. see?

First pair done!!

YAY!! I'm finally done! The actual pair of Knucks were completed late last week, but I just finished the embroidery about 10 minutes ago. Here they are! And once again, please excuse the crappy webcam image:
Not too shabby, eh? I'm thinking of doing more embroidery on the backs of the Knucks, but I haven't decided yet. I just might get too excited and start on another pair, for me this time.

Can't wait to see more Knucks from everyone! Wheeee!

Monday, August 07, 2006

Is this right?

I'm looking at my pinky through pointer all attached to the needles...and I"m reminded more of a cow bra more than knucks. Those holes between the fingers will work themselves out..OR they will be magically erased when I weave in the tails...right? I've knit mittens from the cuff to the tip, so perhaps that is why I keep feeling I would be better off doing the fingers after the hand. A pic would help...but I just had to panic first.

Better late than never

Apparently I'm in the wrong KAL. I was under the impression this was just a generic "knucks" KAL and all patterns were welcome. Thanks for sharing the Fetching KAL with me.

I finally had the time to cast on for my first knucks. I'm using the Knitty pattern Fetching and I think they'll come along quickly if I keep working on them. I did see one part I'm a little worried about, but I won't panic until I actually reach that spot in the pattern.

I know we were supposed to cast on August 1st, but I had a baby shower gift that needed to be completed so everything else had to wait.

Knucks awaiting embellishment


Yarn: Queensland Kathmandu Aran, color 134. I love the feel of the silk blended with the wool. Needle: Size 6 dpn. The guage was slightly bigger than what was called for so I had to adjust the number of stitches. I spritzed them with water and wore them for a little while to give them a custom fit. Now to figure out a design for the embroidery. I have started my second pair!!

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I have progress!

I have the thumbs and pinkies for both fingers. I'm knitting my Knucks in Encore DK, which is stash yarn I had - Mine is in a gorgeous burgundy red, which unfortunately does not show up on my black desktop. Please just take my word for it - they're there. :)

More fingers to come! And Pictures you can actually make out! (bonus!)

Miss Knotty.

I have Begun!

My Knucks (for my daughter) are officially on the needles! I had to finish some projects before I could cast on...then I also needed to do some estate stuff for my mom, orthodontist stuff with the kids, harvest stuff for the hubby, and then actually have some time to sleep. NOW I am off and running! I can hardly wait until this first pair is done so that I can learn from my "mistakes" and then get to knitting for my husband's family for Christmas!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Textured cuff

I'm working on the second pair of Knucks and I've nearly finished the first glove and I wanted to do the textured cuff for a change, but I didn't know how to do the slip stitch, so I tried to find help online, but I couldn't find any good tutorial on how to do it. I did find a written tutorial, but it wasn't very good and after I tried to do one round I figured I still didn't get it, because it looked all bent and squashed LOL here's how I did it: I put the right needle into the first stitch of the round as if to knit and just slipped it onto the right needle, then I put the yarn infront and put the right needle into the second stitch as if to purl and then slipped it into the right needle aswell, then I put the yarn to the back again, then I knit a stitch, then I passed the first slipped stitch over the 2 stitches (the stitch I slipped purlwise and the knit stitch). I hope that made sence. I'm pretty sure I'm doing it absolutely wrong lol so could somebody pleaseeee tell me how to do it right or maybe give me a link with a good tutorial if you know one? I feel like such an idiot right now.
btw I decided to use the ribbed cuff again for now because I want them finished but I'd really like to use the textured cuff on the next pair *sigh*.

Much love and have a nice day,
Petra

Done the first Knuck

Well, I'm done the first Knuck in the pair, and I must say, I'm less than happy. (all together now: awwwwwwwwwwwww ;) ) As I mentioned in a previous post, the yarn I decided to use was too light weight, so they're turning out to be too small for me. That's okay though; I have no problem giving these ones to someone else.

The main problem is my skill (or lack thereof) with the dpns. You see, I'm the person who hates using dpns so much that she converts all her sock patterns so they can be done on two needles. So I knew Knucks was going to be a challenge for me. As it stands now, I can see in my work where the divides between needles were (the knitting is not as tight), so that's a disappointment. I think if I were using heavier yarn, this might not be so obvious, so I am committed to trying another pair of Knucks once I'm done this one. I also hope that when I do the embroidery, I can cover this up a bit. We'll see.

Anyway, that's my story! I'll post a pick when the other Knuck is done. Caio!

Minerva

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Almost Done Knitting

Hi all,
I'm working on the cuff of my second Knuck! Then, onto finishing and (yikes!) the embroidery.I've got a few things to think about for next time. I didn't realize this until it was too late, but while adding the thumb to the one I'm working on, I didn't turn the finishing strand inward so I could sew up the gap later. Oops - I guess I'll have to work it around somehow or use a separate strand. Also, I'm wondering if I did my crab stitch edging too tight on the first one since it seems to want to roll - is it supposed to do that? Finally, I'm thinking I should have made the tubes for the pinkie fingers a wee bit shorter... but other than that they fit wonderfully!So, it looks like I'll be making a second pair for my sister, and it should go even more quickly since she wants ribbing and no embroidery on hers. She also wants green... does anyone know if the Rowan Felted Tweed comes in green? I do have a dk cotton/acrylic tweed in green that might work...