Monday, August 8, 2011

One-sock Syndrome

Or in my case, one-glove syndrome.

I attempted a lace pattern for half-fingered gloves a couple of months ago because one of my friends told me that she had trouble finding nice half-fingered gloves. She needed them 'cause she works the mid-to-night shift at their office and at times their air-conditioning could really make her fingers feel frozen.

Of course, I thought immediately to myself, "Challenge accepted!". I'd never tried making gloves before, nor any kind of knit lace pattern so I was excited. This was gonna be a change from my then prolific crocheting phase. Also, I found this very pretty pattern on Ravelry called "Hands of Blue" which gave the knitter the option to make the gloves half or full-fingered and I tried it out.

When I was starting on it, a friend warned me about having a "one-sock syndrome". Sometimes, people give up after making the first sock because the pattern could be tiring, tedious or they just get interested in making other projects. Honestly, completing one of a pair could already give a sense of accomplishment, especially if the pattern is complicated. So it really is likely that someone could lose interest in completing the second sock or whatever.

I didn't think I'd get tired of making a pair of gloves though. But apparently, I did have the "one-glove syndrome" and I did stop after the first and only:

The pattern's sooo pretty.
Too bad for me.

Oh man. I guess I just got discouraged after all the obstacles I encountered finishing this one. And it's my fault, really. First off, I completely forgot to make the cuff!! (But to be fair, it still looks pretty). And I was having trouble with gauge. When I first checked, it seemed to be fine. But when I did finally reach the fingers part, I realized it could only fit me :(I have pretty thin hands). I also got confused with the number of stitches for the fingers. The pinky ended up being tighter than the rest. (If any one who reads this has attempted this pattern, please let me know if you encountered problems with the fingers too, and how you remedied it).

So there. Maybe one day I'll make its pair, but for now, only my left hand shall stay warm haha. And besides, I already used up the same yarn for a crocheted hat. Silly me.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monaco yarn testing results

Working with the Monaco yarn was pretty easy (was testing it out, as mentioned in previous post). It is firm and it doesn't thin out too much when it's stretched, so the work really takes good form. Also, it doesn't slip off the needles when you're idle. Minimal stitch-stretching too! Even though I was working with DPNs, I could still maintain consistent stitch size between needles.

However, its firmness could actually be a disadvantage for when you're making a slouchy hat like the one I tried out. Look! It can stand on its own! haha

How funny!

Also, I made it too small to be a nice slouchy beret. Harhar. At least it can still pass off as a nice beanie:

I love the color so much. I think I'll buy more balls of it.

The yarn is a bit stiff and slightly rough, but at least it's
not itchy nor scratchy! Plus points!

There you are. So in conclusion, I think Monaco yarns are okay to work with. The value is good for its quality. I like how the stitches are clear, like when you use Lion Brand Cotton-Ease yarns (but again, Monaco yarns aren't as soft). Also, I noticed that they have a nice variety of colors. I think I'll go back to that yarn shop again to check 'em out.

I would stick to making small beanies, purses and amigurumi with it, but I probably would not make "soft" projects like scarves and slouchy berets/caps. For those, I'd probably stick to Excel yarns.