Pyrex and knitting and friendships, oh my!

3 Apr

Did you see what I did there? I channeled my inner Dorot….oh never mind (I say with a laugh and a toss of the hand).

▪I have my knitting group tonight, very excited. We do it at the little cafe in town (a few pictures are up on my hknits in fb, see the side column for easy access —> ). Looking forward to time with the ladies and hoping to finish the body of this self striping baby sweater. Lets just say that I’m highly unmotivated to keep it going at this point.

▪I knitted and blocked my gauge square for my really awesome up coming sweater project, however I am off by one stitch (!!) in the swatch. Ahhh! I knitted it with size 7 needles as recommended, with the same exact yarn, knit picks comfy – Sport weight. I feel like if I go up to a size 8 needle, the sweater will be just a bit too loose-stitched. Does that even make sense? Well, I will knit up a new gauge swatch tonight and block it and remeasure it in the morning. Hopefully. I won’t have to make a third swatch.

▪Can someone explain measuring gauge to me again? Why do the patterns say to make a gauge of 4inches, but all of the knitting videos I have found use a 2 x 2 gauge window. (i.e. the metal Susan bates gauge checker)!?!? Am I supposed to double the number of stitches I counted in the window to get to the 4″ gauge measurement? Am I supposed to assume that the stitches will be the same in theory for the other two inches I am not measuring for?

▪My husband interrupted, and still is, my thought process while writing the last few questions….with his loud guitar playing. Ugh. I. Am. Trying. To. Concentrate. I think he has to constantly hear himself talk and play the guitar and recite the last brain waning he read most recently from a book about life…I like the quiet.

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8 Responses to “Pyrex and knitting and friendships, oh my!”

  1. Jen Lee April 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm #

    I love how the baby sweater came out! Great job! And… I only wish my husband would play an instrument, or sing…. lucky girl =)

  2. itwasjudith April 3, 2013 at 11:58 pm #

    now I’m curious about the vintage pyrex 🙂

    • HKnits April 4, 2013 at 1:33 pm #

      Ha! Vintage Pyrex is the best! I love it because it all American made and its so heavy and durable. I actually like to cook with it because the bowls are just so versatile. I am slowly getting my Pyrex stash to grow. I look for random pieces, usually always with lids. My grandmother actually used Pyrex and so when I saw her old set, it brought back many happy memories, so of course I bought it. Here is what some Pyrex look like http://www.flickr.com/photos/29449221@N05/3786407510/

      Info on vintage Pyrex. http://www.pyrexlove.com/faq/

      Hope this made you interested too! Lol

      • itwasjudith April 8, 2013 at 7:29 am #

        wow! I wasn’t aware that there was such a cult of Pyrex… they do look nice and I’m all for vintage items, though I understand that these would be more for collection than use. Do you actually use the pieces?
        I do have myself some old kitchen items (including some vintage solid dishes from the 40s) and I still use some of them, while others are only for curiosity or love of the design.
        cheers for the quick intro to Vintage Pyrex =)

      • HKnits April 8, 2013 at 11:14 am #

        Yes, I do use them. That’s why I love them so much (but I hate that they’re hand wash only…my sink fills up quickly). I don’t have a lot yet, just a set of 1940s mixing bowls, that the homeowner left for me (and so started my love for Pyrex) and a few baking dishes. I think Im going to slowly change out my tea cups and saucers to random Pyrex designs next. Thanks for interest in Pyrex…for me, it’s addicting. 🙂

      • itwasjudith April 8, 2013 at 11:23 am #

        sounds great 🙂 also my old dishes were a trove in the flat, left by some of the previous letters.
        I just love the idea to have some “old stuff” with their own history and almost unique pieces… they have their own character. Have a lovely week and maybe post your collection one day?

      • HKnits April 8, 2013 at 11:24 am #

        Thanks, I think I will soon

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