Starmore swatches and kittens!
Well, we're back from our trip to Michigan. The trip was good, but I'm really glad to be back. Especially since last Saturday, June 10th, Kittenbot had kittens! I figured she was pregnant just a couple of weeks ago, and according to the vet, at that stage it's too late to do anything about it. So. Three kittenbot kittens were born. Two gray stripedy ones, and one black one. All boys. So cute!
They look like little bears when you hold them up, their ears on the sides of their heads....
Still so helpless, eyes closed, barely crawling.
I also finished 2 more of the Aran Knitting Starmore swatches on the trip. Below are details of the swatches.
Additional Knitting Geek info: Swatch 4: Double Cables. The cable at the far right of the swatch is the common double cable, worked with the first half of the stitches crossed right, and the second half of the stitches crossed left. The next cable, to the left of this one, is the same double cable with the stitches crossed in opposite directions. The center cable is a variation of a single rope cable. The cable is worked in alternating directions. Continuing left, the next cable is The famous Aran honeycomb cable in which two opposing rope cables are worked together without background stitches between them. The far left cable is a OXO cable, a variant of the honeycomb cable. Note though, that this swatch has many mistakes and areas where I tried different things to see What Would Happen.
Knitting Geek Info: Swatch 5: More Variations on Double Cables. The two cables on the far right are versions of opposing rope cables worked with background stitches between them. They are crossed over an odd number of stitches with the larger number of stitches (4) crossed over the smaller number (3). Supposedly this results in a "more sinuous line", but I can't really distinguish this. The third cable from the right is a version of an alternating arrangement of crosses in an 8 stitch panel. The cable on the left of this pic is a pair of two stitch waving cables with one knit stitch between them which becomes a part of the cable.
Swatch 5 geek info continued: The cable on the far left of this pic and the one to the right of it represent odd-stitch variations on double and reverse cables. Compare these to the two cables at the right of swatch 4 which are worked on even stitch intervals.
These are the parts of the swatches I knit when I put the charts away, and knit by looking only at the existing knitted cables in my quest to become an intuitive knitter of Arans. In the end...it is working. The hardest part is taking that leap to put away the pattern, and trust yourself. But Swatch 5 turned out pretty darn good I think. And Nate heard the women across the aisle from us on the plane say they were amazed I could knit cables without a pattern....so heck, if it impresses random people on a plane it must be cool.
Oh yeah, I picked up a cold from hell in Michigan too. Blargh.