Wednesday, October 04, 2006

No more rambles

Since we are now 1 year old I feel that I should start talking about things. Like product reviews or posting some patterns or something. Well sure I mean why not?
Let’s start with some reviews.

Schacht Matchless double treadle
One heck of a work horse! If your used to a portable wheel or a Babe (or not used to a wheel at all the treadleing may feel heavy but there is some great momentum going on. Comes with everything you need, and no matter what type of wheel you want (scotch or German tension or double drive) It is it!
Can be affected by weather and flooring. (mine likes med and higher pile carpeting.) It is also sort of a tall wheel
Have had it for 4 years. Still a great wheel.

Babe Fiber starter double treadle
This is a great wheel for beginners, people on a budget, children, non conformists, or those in variable climates. Bit of a short wheel. Bobbin lead German tension
Out grew the wheel in 1 year. I actually needed something that spun faster with out feeling like I was racing.

Louet s # single treadle
Nice wheel for med to chunky yarns. Not very stable on a single treadle. Great momentum, very Heavy pull. Good wheel for anybody. Huge bobbins that hold at least 6 oz of yarn. Great wheel for plying! Bobbin lead, German tension. Sold it to a spinner as soon as I could.

Ashford Joy double treadle
Nice travel wheel. Light weight. Bit short, I spin while sitting on my ottoman. Since it is weighted in one part of the wheel, it tends to roll when you stop treadling. Good for fine yarns more for med weight yarns.

That’s it on the wheels. I have an antique still in the shop but there isn’t a sense in doing a review on that.
So now onto a knitting pattern…..

Chevron Lace scarf
This scarf takes advantage of the bias introduced by placing k2tog before and after a yarnover.
The scarf will zig on one color and then zag on the other color.

This one is very simple, you will need:
U.S. size 5- 7 size needle
Indeceita Alpaca: 1 ball light grey, 1 ball black

Cast on 22 stitches with light grey
Knit one row
Knit 2, yo knit 1, knit 2 tog until the last two stitches, knit 2
Purl across the back
Repeat so that there are 4 rows of yarn over’s
End after a purl row

Knit next 4 pattern rows with the black, carrying the grey up the side
Knit 2, k2tog, yo knit 1, until the last two stitches, knit 2
Purl across the back.
Repeat until you have 4 rows of yarn over’s.

Repeat these two patterns carrying the non used yarn up the side until the scarf is as long as you want it to be. Bind off and you’re done.

This pattern is a rough draft
There may be more or less than 22 stitches, the needles may be smaller than a US 5 (they are 4.5 metric I think.) Use whatever cast-on or bind off or YO you’d like.

That's all for now. Happy knitting!


Blogger dragon knitter said...

oo, you go girl! (i've got visions of the pullup commercials; "i'm a big kid now!"

10/04/2006 7:03 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

how much did your babe cost? sean's been bugging me to let him spin, but i'm kinda touchy about my wheel, and if he likes it enough, i may just get him his own wheel. i knew a woman who had an itty bitty babe for her 7 year old. sean is 12, though, and could probably use a full sized wheel

and didn't we have FUN last night? and bill must be platonic enough to either ignore, or not be embarassed by the girl talk, lol

10/06/2006 6:20 AM  

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