Saturday, February 11, 2006

Well, I was looking for a Challenge...

As everyone reading probably knows, the Knitting Olympics began yesterday. For my challenge I am doing the Bi-color Brioche from Interweave, Spring 2005. I have never done a brioche stitch, let alone a bi-color brioche, so originally learning the stitch and making the sweater were both part of my challenge, therefore I didn't do any training until Thursday, after my last post. I finally decided to read the article in that issue of IK telling you how to do a brioche stitch, and to make my working copy of the pattern. Imagine my dismay when I first realized the pattern was 7 pages long (yes I know I should have looked at it before selecting this piece.) My dismay grew when I realized that bi-color brioche was not done working both colors at the same time (a la fair isle) but rather that it was done like double knitting. I use one color to knit every other stitch, slipping the non-knit stitch along with a yarn over thing, then slide the fabric around your circular needles and knit the same row again in the other color! And the sweater is knit with size 4 needles! And it has a crochet cast on, which I successfully did once, almost a year ago, and promptly forgot how to do. Okay, deep breath, we are supposed to be challenging ourselves, and this will certainly be a challenge in terms of time.
Oh, I forgot to mention, because of the way the yo's work, I thought continental would work best with this stitch, and my continental knitting is slower than throwing.
I made my crochet chain on the bus ride home at 6 pm (I was not lucky enough to be able to cast on at 2 :( ) and picked up the stitches to get started. Then I immediately screwed up and knit 2 stitches in a row. Unfortunately I didn't realize it until AFTER I finished the first 1/2 of the row and went back to using my MC. I had to tear it out and start again. This time I followed the instructions (I thought) but it didn't look right. By the way, the wrong side looks worse in the first row than the right side. I KNEW that if I tore it out again, I would not start over again, so I left my mistake, which I hope to somewhat be able to fix when I pull out the crochet chain. I don't know why the pattern called for a provisional cast-on, I guess I will learn latter.

To add to my dissatisfaction, I received my 2 skeins of Vesper Sock yarn from Etsy! This is good news, but it makes me want to cast on with Vesper and use it now! Never mind that I have my shelridge farm socks that are still in progress (at least one is). Well, I have rambled enough, and today I have precious little knitting time, so I guess I will sign off for now. Enjoy the weekend and good luck fellow Olympians!

By the way, thank you everyone for your complements on my jacket!


Anonymous Melissa said...

that sounds like a challenge for sure. I really like the colors

2:40 PM  
Blogger Disentangled said...

Well I think you picked a good challenging project, but I have every confidence you can do it.

The sock pattern on your WIP picture is really cute - where did you get it?

3:57 PM  
Anonymous Lissy said...

The agony and ecstasy of being a knitter! You've neatly encapsulated it. Good luck mit yer brioche.

9:56 PM  
Blogger bitterknitter said...

It is sooo pretty, the first row will never be noticed once it is finished. You are also pretty far along, I've only knit 6 rows so far and still need to cut apart the back of the sweater :)

I can't wait to see this on Wednesday!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Christine said...

Remember: I have vodka! :P

11:00 AM  
Blogger wenders said...

1. I love the jacket!
2. Maybe in March, I am going to want you to teach me brioche. My mom and I both read that IWK article like 46 times and could figure it out.
3. Christine's vodka sounds nice...

11:54 AM  

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