First real knooked and felted project!

*Squee!*

Oh my goodness, I did it!

I actually made my first real knooked and felted project!!

It’s so adorable — I can’t believe I actually did it! It could obviously stand to some improvement, but I did it: I knooked in the round AND I felted it!!

The pattern is Tiny Owl Knits’ Heartfelt Ring and I did it!

KNOOKED!!

I am so incredibly chuffed! Next ring I make, and believe you me, I NEED to make more rings — this requires some serious practice, you know — I’m hopefully going to have already visited The Loop in Kensington for a few mini skeins of yarn. Though I believe they refer to them as cupcakes ^_^

I’m so excited!

Once I get the hang of properly knooking in the round, I’m going to start making some Hexipuffs! What I really should be doing is practicing basic knit & purl stitches with the knooks. I haven’t really made anything since my first two washcloths and it’s high time I rectified that situation.

Then again, I am feeling rather guilty about having abandoned my candy cane spice worm mittens from December 2010. Perhaps I should seriously buckle down and finish those… but I’m on a roll!

I have the motivation and excitement to do another ring or two! The biggest problems I had with working in the round was not getting my life line all tangled up and trying to identify the proper stitches I was supposed to work in.

As decent as my first ring looks, the felting hides a lot of sins. I am well aware of the poor workmanship I have just created and my stitches weren’t even or even correct in quite a few places — I was just sticking my hook in willy-nilly, any which way, just to make a stitch a number of times.

Miracle Super Needle

Someone on Ravelry was asking me if I could provide more details about the Miracle Super Needles that I bought from Japan and I figured since I posted the information there, someone might also find the information useful here.

I found that with the exception of the two largest hooks, the Miracle Super Needles (henceforth referred to as “MSN”) seem to be kind of “delicate” because they’re made with quite soft plastic. It could just be because I have a tendency to grip things really, really tightly because of SALLY, and my inabilities to hold things easily unless they’re rather large in diameter, but I was kind of worried that I would permanently bend the MSNs out of shape which is why I’m still liking my locker hook — the 2 larger hooks, being a larger diameter, didn’t feel as bendy when I was gripping hard to push through stitches.


MSN vs. Locker Hook vs. Regular Hook with bamboo handle (G/4.00mm)
Notice top hook is already looking slightly bent from minimal useage

I like that the MSN is an entirely flat hook on one side and incrementally scored to give a bit of grippy action to your yarn. I don’t actually know what the purpose of the increments are, but I still find it kinda nifty. The heads of a MSN is also very, very sharp & pointy.


Closeup of sizes MSN Hook vs. Locker Hook

I noticed that I prefer the shape of the locker hook’s throat. It seems to be deeper, whereas the MSN’s seems quite shallow and thus more difficult for me to catch stitches with. This is personal preference and as with all hooks, most people have a particular preference.


Closeup of head/hook shapes (different angles): Regular (top) vs. MSN vs. Locker (bottom)
Notice how shallow the MSN throats are compared to the locker & regular crochet hooks

I love that each MSN comes with 2 laces + 2 clips. The laces are a specific thickness depending on the size of hook, and each hook’s laces have two different shades. Why, I don’t know. As to being able to use the laces as lifelines, this I cannot do because it makes my stitches really tight when I work on them and prefer to stick with grosgrain ribbon when I do my projects. Unfortunately I can’t use ribbon with all the MSNs since the holes at the ends of the hook are rather small for sizes 8 & 10, as opposed to the locker hook that has a slit like the eye of a sewing needle.

Gettin’ all excited..

Started a new dishcloth — yea, it’s just a dishcloth, but it’s a really cute and simple pattern.

I was going to do this pattern to start with, but for some reason my brain got all jumbled up, so I’m opting for the paw pattern instead.

I don’t think there is going to be anything wrong with me doing just dishcloths, for now.

I’ll make something more adult in nature some other time… like, maybe a scarf…. eventually.

At least I know I can use dishcloths for whatever I may feel like, plus I have something like half a dozen balls of crafting cotton that I’ve purchased from when I first started crocheting. No better use for them than dishcloths!

Knooking.

I just realized that I haven’t posted anything about my knooking progress… and I’ve come to the decision, that I really don’t like the term “knooking”. I’ve noticed that when people come up with hybrid crafts and name them by mashing up both words together, it sounds so… lame.


It’s a washcloth! First project, second attempt — right side of work.

Knooking? It just sounds so… ew.

This of course is coming from ~me~, the girl that’s always naming things for no apparent reason.

So I guess I could go about just referring to it as knitting with a crochet hook. Or I could just incorrectly call it knitting, cuz people will most likely notice that it looks like knitting anyhow. Or I could…..??

Yea, I think I will just call it knitting.


Wrong/Back side of work

[EDIT: The Japanese call knooking “Ipponbari”! I am so going to call it that! 218pm]

GAH!

I am rather thrilled that I’ve discovered knooking, but I am having a heckuva time trying to get things to flow properly.

The stitches that I have on my cord just keep getting tighter and tighter as I go across the row.

How do you get the stitches to stay put so I don’t have to dig really hard into the fabric or need to pick up individual stitches with my fingers as I go along?

I realize that I have a few growing pains to deal with as I’m learning, but for some reason I just can’t get my stitches to cooperate! Am I doing something wrong? I know I finally got into my crochet groove and can now regulate my tension, but man, this knooking thing, I’m just everywhere willy nilly and I’m getting quite frustrated with it…. not to mention that my ass is fucking hurting because I have ~no~ padding on it and sitting in one position for any great length of time hurts like a sonofabitch.

I don’t have plans on ditching this, I am so very much going to keep up with it, but damnit, this is the problem when you’re learning something new… nothing makes sense and it feels like the end of the world!

And jeebus, I can’t seem to find any guidance to help me because so few people do it.

Maybe I am just that incompetent *grrr*

I wish someone could help me.

[Update: Well. I’ll. Be. Damned. Who knew that changing my cord from DMC Memory Thread to a piece of grosgrain ribbon would cure all my woes!? I feel like a complete idiot now. 1058pm ]

Ramblings

I dunno what it is, but I seem to be full of ideas… or full of stuff I wanna learn how to do.

Something like that, I dunno which it is.

My most current “thing” of the moment is mandalas. I haven’t even started, but it’s certainly hanging onto the back of my mind and not going away.

As we all know, I suck at most artistic endeavours. I just haven’t got the knack for the arts, let alone drawing or even crafting. The fact that I’ve learned how to crochet (admittedly, still very basically) blows me away. I must admit, I am proud of my crochet, what little of it I do manage to accomplish. I just wish I could stick with it and have it as an activity I do on a regular basis and not just have it come and go in spurts.

I don’t know why I’ve suddenly got this itch to explore all sorts of new artsy things, like mandalas, but it’s kind of driving me a little bit bonkers. I just wanna put my hand into this experiment, or that craft or that other thing over there.

So, me wanting to learn how to draw mandalas makes it how many different things now? “Journaling”, Sourdough bread making (Doughboy’s looking mighty impressive, I might add), Knooking, mandalas… Though I suppose the mandalas could fall under journaling.

Writing, I’ve found, is definitely not my cup of tea. I just can’t get into the process and that poor LJ I started specifically for it, is definitely not gonna happen — I suppose I could use it for my new artsyness, but I’m quite content just mashing it all onto this blog like I do everything else.

I just realized that I haven’t even written anything about the whole knooking thing! I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned it until now — probably because I had been writing about it in FB and emailing girlfriends about it. Over the weekend, I was flitting around looking at stuff and I came across the term “knooking” in one of the blogs I read. Turns out, there is a technique (originally from Japan) where you can knit with a crochet hook. I am so unbelievably thrilled at the prospect of being able to finally do some sort of knitting. I’ve been really disappointed over the last few years that because of SALLY, I haven’t been able to hold knitting needles and even yarn — everything’s too small and requires way more finesse than my hands are capable of.

The term knooking is from: knit + hook = knook. I spent all of Saturday night scouring the intarwebz for information on this technique and came up with not a lot. I’ve found only a couple of blogs dedicated to knooking, so there really isn’t a lot out there right now. The first one is Knooking and the second one is I’d Rather be Knooking. Most of the discussions I did find about knooking are on Ravelry, but for the most part it’s still in its infancy in terms of the number of people learning how to do it — as in starting 2010.

The neat thing about knooking, from what I’ve gathered, is that knitting patterns can more or less be used in knooking. It doesn’t translate exactly, but apparently it comes close. Stitches are slightly different in their execution (obviously) but their appearance is almost identical to knitting.

The biggest thing with knooking right now is finding the right hook. Easily found in Japan & Korea, not so much in North America. It looks exactly like a regular crochet hook, with the exception that the end has a hole in it, similar to that of an eye of a needle. Right now, the most commonly used tool is called a Locker Hook and can be found in most big box craft stores. I was thrilled that the Michaels close to us carried it. I am so easily obsessed by new projects that I’ve actually gone and found a place in Korea that sells multiple sizes and hoping that my friend living there can help me get a set.

So that’s what my brain is up to as of late — lots of ideas, but very little to show at the moment.