Sunday, December 31, 2006
I've been a member of this blog for a while but haven't participated in one of the official knitalongs. I did do the SKB but signed up with the other KAL that Pixie Purls hosted before this one started. I'm working on the Somewhat Cowl now, so I guess I'm officially behind the times.
I am going to participate in this KAL though, as I have the yarn for Eiffel and just swatched. I got gauge on the ribbing part of the pattern on size 5 addis. Is everyone going to also swatch the lace pattern, or just use two needle sizes smaller than for the ribbing? I noticed my ribbing swatch looks pretty "hole-y" after washing.
Also a sizing question - I usually like my tops pretty close fitting and so
usually knit them to my actual measurement or even with negative ease. This yarn is pretty drapey/unstretchy so I thought maybe I should go with the medium size instead of the small that I would normally do. My bust measures 34.5" but my hips are 38". I'm worried if I do the Small (35") it might be too tight on the bottom. However, I am short waisted so I will probably need to adjust the length of the bottom section as well to hit in the right spot. Anyone else grappling with these issues?
Top Down Sweater $40. I was asked to schedule a class for a man’s sweater. This sweater works for man or woman. Ellen is knitting the sample in scrumptious Misti Alpaca Chunky to create a cuddly and toasty warm sweater. Basic knitting skills required. Fee includes pattern.
Sun. 1/21 3-5pm and
2/4,18 3/11 3-4pm
Phil's favorite color is olive green - this might be close.
Was also thinking:
2Socks –2Circulars $60
Don’t care for double pointed needles? Knit two socks on two long circular needles. When you are done you have a pair completed. Basic knitting skills are required. Fee includes pattern. Tue. 1/9,16,23,30 6-8pm. But Tuesday evenings? I think not. Might wait and see if it offered in the summer.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
There have been a couple of comments regarding bra straps showing with these (and other) sweaters so I'd like to throw my 2 cents in here, if I may. Like most of you, I despise seeing and showing bra straps, so if and when I wear something that I fear might expose mine, I choose a camisole with a pretty lacey strap to go over my bra straps. If you don't own a camisole such as this, they're everywhere and I highly recommend you invest in one especially since the layered look is so big these days. They're usually not expensive and frequently come in many colors. Some do and some don't cover the bra straps well, so try a few on before you buy one. I own about 5 white ones (as well as many other colors) and wear them often. The lacier you can find the straps, the more obvious it will be that this is NOT your bra strap showing. Also, the Zephyr gals have posted that a pic of Wicked can be found on their site (being modeled by a live person) and say that the sweater comes up higher on the shoulders than it appears to on the mannequin. With Eiffel, due to the laciness of the bodice, it's obvious that a camisole is being worn with it, so this should help with the bra strap issue as well. Perhaps we could post some links here on the SKC to some nice lace-strapped camisoles for those who are interested in adding some to their wardrobe. I bought most of mine from Abercrombie and Hollister, but I don't know if they have the exact same style any more. The ones I found have straps that are about 1.5 inches wide and cover my straps very well.
We will begin this knit along January 7th, so start gathering your supplies soon. We'll end the knit along at the end of February.
I'd like to wish everybody a wonderful holiday season. Whatever you celebrate (and even if you celebrate nothing at all), may this season bring you all joy, peace, and LOTS and LOTS of yarn :-)
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Combo Corset-T and/or Tank Top
Heart Turtleneck - Knit 1 Magazine
Marilyn's Not So Shrunken Cardi
Ruffled Top - Knit 1 Magazine
Alexander McQueen Knock Off
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
So, I think this makes Brown Sheep a consumer friendly yarn company. Unfortunately, I got this information too late to be able to nominate Cleaves for the next KAL, but at least now we know about another company's friendly status. I'll pass this on to the Consumer Friendly Yarns website.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Voting will end at midnight on December 21st so please help spread the word! If you're unsure which pattern is which, just scroll down through the previous posts and you should be able to see references to each pattern. If all goes well, we should be able to start this knit along the first week of the new year!
Woohoo! Let's vote!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The yarn used is Jo Sharp Summer DK Cotton. I emailed Jo Sharp and this is there response word for word:
My apologies for the delay in replying - we have had photo shoots the last 2 weeks and I have been a bit distracted!
In Australia we provide our stores with a recommended retail price however it is illegal for us to attempt to enforce any pricing policy.
In the USA & Canada I believe the situation is similar.
If you contact our distributors,
USA - JCA ph 978 597 8794"
I can try to phone the USA distributors and see what they say but it appears that they do not enforce a pricing policy.
I really love this pattern and will knit it either way!
Monday, December 11, 2006
A couple of things I'd like to mention:
First, we are going to extend the nomination period for another week in order to allow those members who nominated patterns with "unrated" keystone policies to contact the yarn manufacturers to find out where they stand regarding this issue. The new nomination deadline will be December 17th.
Second, patterns that call for "unrated" yarns will not be included in the official pattern nominations for this knit along, so if you're interested in a particular pattern and don't know the yarn manufacturer's keystone policy, please feel free to contact them and post that info here.
Third, the winners of the last Simple Knitted Bodice/Sizzle knit along are Nancy Hough from Bird's Nest Knits and Lisa St. Hilaire from Knitnzu. Hop on over to these gals' blogs and congratulate them! And congratulations to everybody who finished these beautiful sweaters -- you're ALL winners!
Fourth, I'm looking for volunteers to help me organize the "official nomination list" for this next knit along. Anyone interested in helping, please email me.
Fifth, as promised, here is the "better" scan of the article featured in Yarn Market News referencing the Sexy Knitters Club! Be sure to maximize the pic (by hovering over the lower right corner 'till you see the "maximize" icon) for easier reading.
Finally, since we've extended the official nomination period and since I just got my new issue of Knit.1 in the mail today and since the cover says, "40+ Flirty Knits", I've got a couple new nominations to add to the list.
These are both "consumer friendly yarn" patterns:
Ruffled Top -- Lion Brand Romance yarn (be sure to maximize)
Heart Turtleneck -- Lion Brand Jiffy (be sure to maximize)
Sunday, December 10, 2006
But I wanted to get my 2 cents in.
I know we have done 2 of her patterns before...But I would like to nominate Marilyn's Not So Shrunken Cardi (remember how fab Gay's looked?) And the recommended yarn is Consumer Friendly..Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed:
I am also desiring to do Wendy's Something Red as well...But not sure if Blue Sky Alpaca is considered Consumer Friendly...It was not on the list..However we could always sub!
Can't wait to find out what wins for this next KAL..I don't know about you but I am excited for this one!
Saturday, December 09, 2006
What are we going to do about all of the nominations for patterns using yarn that does not have a rating on the Consumer Friendly Yarns website?
The pattern includes instructions for a worsted weight and a lace weight mohair sweater. It also includes instructions for cap sleeves, 3/4 sleeves, long sleeves and for adding a pocket... This patttern truly is a "choose your own adventure" knit, no matter what your skill level may be.
Wicked is adaptable for any season as well as any body type, you can simply pick the version that will work best for you! It is knit from the top down and in the round. If you choose to add the pocket it is knit separately, then knit into the bottom of the sweater, requiring very little seaming and there is NO seaming for a pocketless version! The small cable detailing is beautiful and so easy to create - you don't even need a cable needle!
Pattern includes sizes: 28-32" (32-35", 36-39", 40-43", 44-47", 48-51", 52-55")
Suggested Consumer Friendly Yarns:
(All of these yarns are suitable choices. To obtain the correct gauge with your chosen yarn you may need to change needle size)
• Artyarns Supermerino
• Patons Classic Merino Wool
• Knit Picks Swish Superwash
• Karabella Lace Mohair
There is more pattern info at the Zephyr Website. It should be available before christmas. So perfect timing for anyone who wants to get a head start on the KAL.
Friday, December 08, 2006
I love this skirt!!!
I nominate Eiffel. I just saw it in the new Winter Knitty today. The pattern calls for Hemp for Knitting yarn. Since this yarn was not listed on the Consumer Friendly Yarns website, I e-mailed Lana at Hemp for Knitting and she told me they have no required keystone pricing policy. So yay! This can count as an official nomination.
Tuesday, December 05, 2006
1. Matilda Jane from ysolda:
The pattern calls for any dk or light worsted weight yarn and recommends Rowan. Not sure if it's consumer friendly but I assume it must be as you can get discount Rowan on Ebay.
2. Flicca from Amelia of My Fashionable Life: (pattern just became available - yay!)
Uses Sirdar yarn which is consumer friendly.
3. Alexander McQueen knockoff by Calista:
The yarn Calista used is Knitpicks Andean Treasure. Knitpicks is of course only available from the Knitpicks website so a consumer friendliness rating would not be applicable here. But the whole point of Knitpicks is cheap yarn, right? (I'll be subbing anyway as the only ship to the US)
The pattern calls for ArtYarns yarn which is consumer friendly, although it looks like any worsted weight yarn might work. Annie offers great pattern support as well.
Monday, December 04, 2006
My suggestion is Cleaves from knitty.com's Spring 05 collection. It's an easy knit and can be worn as a shrug. It uses Brown Sheep yarn company's Lamb's Pride Bulky, which has no rating on the Consumer Friendly Yarns website, but perhaps we could find out about Brown Sheep or substitute? Lamb's Pride comes in so many gorgeous colors!
as to yarn, i'm sure there are many cheaper substitutes, but i believe the yarn that the pattern calls for is a 4ply 100% merino wool.
I also really like
from tahki yarns
and lastly this:
this is just breathtakingly beautiful...the Lana Grossa wrap around cardigan
Sunday, December 03, 2006
It's made with Elann Peruvian Collection Quechua. Elann sells yarn at wholesale prices, which are definitely consumer friendly.
I wrote to Elann's customer service and they are expecting a new shipment of the Peruvian Quechua at the beginning of the year-- so I hope there will be colors to suit one and all.
Saturday, December 02, 2006
It is suitable for someone who is relatively new to knitting, and who may have missed the bandwagon originally. The off-the-shoulder design is fun and flirty, but warm and not overly revealing. It looks nice on a wide variety of body types, and can be dressed up or down. Debbie Bliss is listed as a "Friendly" yarn, but it would be easy find suitable substitutes.
Friday, December 01, 2006
The gory details regarding the voodoo math I used to modify the size medium to fit a size large bust can be found on the blog here.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
beautiful mohair, and in the perfect burgundy gold school colors. Even though I don't like making scares (theres something about knitting a long rectangle that manages to bore me somehow) but I wanted to make Emma a nice birthday present, she turned 18 and she deserves something knitted, as all amazing people do, lol. so i started making this:
heres a closeup
But, I haven't mentioned this:
I admit it, I fell in love and I succumbed to an impulse buy. I want to make something lace-y and beautiful...any suggestions would be immensely appreciated
p.s.....i'm sorry the pics are so gigantic, i'm not used to working with a mac and i have no idea how to photoshop yet.
When you nominate a pattern, please hyperlink the pattern instead of including the entire URL into a post which can throw our sidebar out of whack. Hyperlinking means that you use the little icon at the top of the post editor that looks like sunglasses on a green blob (but is really supposed to be a chain "link", I think). Anyway, you highlight the word you want to hyperlink, click on the hyperlink icon above and enter the complete URL into the window that pops up. Voila! Including a medium sized pic of the pattern in your post is nice too!
We'll take nominations until December 10th and will vote for 2 days in mid December. After the winner is announced, we'll gather our supplies (quickly) and will begin the next knit along the first week in January. We'll also be announcing the winners of the last knit along within the next couple of days, so be sure to check back for that!
Have fun and let the nominations begin!
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Monday, November 20, 2006
Hello Sexy Knitters! We wanted to stop by and say hello. We joined the club awhile back but have yet to actually post. So hello! We are Sarah and
Rachel aka Zephyr Gals.
We noticed a lot of talk lately about Consumer Friendly yarns and just wanted to post our support to those working hard over at the Consumer Friendly Yarn website. Also, we wanted to spread the word that we are willing to help in any way that we can to spread the word and knowledge. We are in the works on a CFY pattern that will be free on our website and a
list of CF yarns that can be used with the pattern.... also in the works, a set of CFY stitch markers. I know that there is a lot of controversy and differences of opinion on the subject. We in no way want to push or press the issue if you don't want to be involved... but for those of you that do, we are really excited to stand and help out those stores that have been and are involved in retailer keystone pricing.
And for ALL the SKC members.... stop on over to zephyr. We have a really fun set of markers that should speak to all you sexy ladies... here is a sneak peek (above). They will be available very soon!
Rachel & Sarah
Sunday, November 19, 2006
Ok, so this time around I am only a few days past the deadline, unlike with the Somewhat Cowl where I was about 2 months behind! I had started out making this as a knit for myself, but now that I am looking at the finished item, it looks like something my friend my like. She loves asian inspired/themed things, and does'nt this sort of resemble a kimono whith the flared sleeves and that wide (obi-like) piece across the middle? Anyway, I thought so. I don't know if I care for the SWTC soysilk; it feels lovely, but most of the balls had knots in them...and by "knots" I don't mean "kinks" or "tangles"...it's more like the yarn was cut every 2 yards and then knotted back together.
So, I don't know if I would use that again. My picked up stitches are pulling on the neckline a little and I didn't quite follow the pattern for the neckline. Not because I thought I could do it better, more like I wasn't paying attention AT ALL. (Project Runway Season 1!)
Sorry again for the crappy pic, and oops, looks like I forgot to clean my mirror again. (^_^)
Saturday, November 18, 2006
I'm new, what a great idea to have a Sexy Knitters Club! I'm 53 and been knitting since I was 5 years old, Granny age now though I'm not one and don't feel like one. I love to knit lace patterns, and feminine rather than dowdy sweaters etc. At the moment I'm working on the gorgeous dressing gown in the Beads, Buttons and Lace book.
Friday, November 17, 2006
i finished not one but two simple knitted bodices well before the deadline! that is, i made one, decided it was too big, and made another. i absolutely love the second one. i have zero good pictures of it, but four bad ones :) here's one of the bad ones; details, pattern mods, and the other bad ones are on my blog at http://lisabee.typepad.com. (this one's bad because apparently my dogs like to check themselves out in my mirror; the others are just bad because they're blurry.)
Thursday, November 16, 2006
I could have had it done a lot sooner..But I had a few blunders here and there while making it.
The first being that even though I did a gauge swatch before I began..It was still too big and had to be frogged and restarted (after about 5" worth done...Could have been worse.)
Second, I went out of town last week...And although I thought I would have lots of knitting time..That was not the case.
Third...And this happens every time I finish a garment...My sleeve bindoff's were way too tight. I had to rip and redo the bindoff on both sleeves 3 times (3rd time being the charm).
With all that I still managed to have it done in a week. And I love it!
It is quite sexy and flattering this way...But also very cute with a shirt underneath. There are no pics of that option 'cuz they all looked stupid..But trust me, it works well as a sweater vest too.
My only gripe..I wish it was just a tee-tiny bit longer. The next one I do (and there will be a next one) I will work a bit longer before starting the darts.
Thanks again Wendy! Can't wait to do more of your patterns!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
i have been using Interlacements undyed rayon silk. (1200+ yds for $18) i love it so far. but have decided if i ever do this pattern again, there are some changes i will make. i knit according to bust size. and so the waist is way too big. next time i will not increase the 21 srs or so, but decrease to the next size down's waist sts before beginning the lace insert.
other than how long arms are!!! i love it so far.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Nice seeing everybody's FO's! See you next KAL and can't wait to see all the new pattern ideas.
Hope you all have Happy Holiday's!!
Very easy to follow pattern and it turned out quite flattering I think. Definitely something that I'd wear regularly. I wore it over a white button down shirt on Saturday night - so it's pretty versatile. Very much disliked the yarn choice - the drape of the finished object was really nice - but the yarn is SUPER splitty. Blech.
YARN: SouthWest Trading Company's PHOENIX soy silk yarn in Really Red (4 skeins I think)
NEEDLES: Size 7 Knit Picks Options
SIZE: Large - 43.5" bustline
A few modifications I made to the pattern:
- Added an additional bust increase row
- Added an additional inch of knitting before splitting for the neckline. Now that I see it on I would have only added 1/2 an inch - because I'd have liked it just a little more open.
- Knit the seed stitch edging around the neck back and forth to create the keyhole effect.
- Didn't bother with the 1/2 inch seed stitch edge around the arms.
The yarn I used for it, Filatura Di Crosa/Tahki Luxury 4 skeins of 100% plied silk, I would love to use that yarn over and over and over again! It really is pure luxury!And got it on sale by accident!
Made it on US 3 Addi Turbo and it was strictly a car/airplane project, so it took me about two weeks to accomplish. Actually I am thinking about making another one.. for myself or for a gift, it is just such a great knit! Thank you =)
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I just took a peek at Bella Paquita and that is a nice sweater also. So hard to choose.
I am also working on Sizzle. I've done the body and the neck edging. I think I'm going to give it long sleeves (makes so much more sense in New England in the winter). I have Barbara Walker's Knitting from the Top Down to guide me. I'll post pictures if it works.
Well I know this KAL is winding down ( I only have a sleeve and a half to go!) ...so people will probably start nominating patterns for the next one soon, right? I just saw this gorgeous one at stitchdiva, and I am in LOVE! I sort of wish I had seen this one before the SKB...but since it's not exactly avaialable yet, that would have been hard to pull off :P
ANYWAY! I think this is another Tilli Thomas pattern, and I know that some folks are boycotting them (Tilli Thomas, the yarn - not the pattern or designer) on principle...but you have to admit, it's a really pretty sweater! I myself would probably buy the pattern to support the designer and use a diffferent yarn.
I am aware the pattern is not "by" Tilli Thomas, what I meant was that it is another pattern which originally calls for Tilli Thomas. Sorry to have raised any hackles, should have been more clear!
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Here is my SKB. I don't have anything else to add except that I had severe second-sleeve syndrome and while I could have finished this earlier in October, I just did not want to finish that sleeve. :) At least I was able to make this KAL deadline, right?
Hello! I think this is my first time posting here - but I've been doing the SKB KAL and commenting from time to time. I finally finished my SKB - my big motivation was that the Yarn Harlot was coming to Connecticut! I think without that, I would probably be working on it forever!
(OK , I really wanted my photo to go here - but it landed at the top instead!)
Anyway - I just finished writing everything that anyone could possibly want to know about it on my blog. I'd love for you to come and visit!
I can't wait to see more finished SKBs!!!
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Yarn: Butterfly Cotton from a cardigan I started in 1999
Modifications: I didn't remove any selvedge stitches for knitting in the round and added two stitches front and back to make it a bit larger.
Our current knit along will end in just over a week (November 15th) and drawings will be held at the end of November. To enter the drawing, email me letting me know that you participated in the current knit along -- please put "SKB/Sizzle KAL" in the subject of your email. Please include in your email either a pic of your finished SKB or Sizzle or a link to your blog documenting your finished item(s). If you finished BOTH sweaters (the SKB and Sizzle) please put "I finished BOTH) in the subject of your email and we will enter you in the drawing twice! Drawing winners will receive copies of Ashley Paige's Sexy Little Knits.
I have to say that this knit along certainly has had its share of excitement and controversy. If you're not sure what the controversy is all about, be sure to check out the Lime & Violet podcast discussing Tilli Tomas's price-fixing policies. Why does the SKC care about this issue? Well, to be perfectly honest, when the SKC (with nearly 800 members) votes for a knit along pattern, and that pattern calls for a particular yarn, and that particular yarn is distributed by a company that practices unethical and (quite possibly) illegal business practices, we are directly supporting that company's business practices. I know there are differing views on this subject as there are many threads discussing the subject of price-fixing within the yarn industry and I'm not necessarily interested in starting another debate here. As the founder of the Sexy Knitters Club, I will say however that I personally do not agree with price-fixing in any industry and encourage all knitters and crocheters to learn more about this issue and how it affects YOU and your yarn buying options. A great resource (mentioned by Brenda Dayne in her most recent episode of Cast-On) for learning more about price-fixing within the yarn industry is a website called Consumer Friendly Yarns. I highly recommend that each of you check out this website and get involved to let the yarn manufacturers know how you feel about price-fixing within the yarn industry. I was contacted by a representative of Consumer Friendly Yarns and after spending some time on their site, I must say that I stongly support their cause and have decided that our next knit along will include patterns that use "consumer friendly yarns" or have at least one "consumer friendly yarn" listed as a substitute. Again, if your unclear what a "consumer friendly yarn" is, please visit the Consumer Friendly Yarns website.
Due to the holidays we will wait to start our next knit along until after the first of the year, however start looking for your patterns using consumer friendly yarns now, as this may be a bit more challenging than our previous pattern nominations. If you're not sure whether a yarn company is "consumer friendly", contact them to find out! Feel free to post pics and links to any patterns you find that meet the criteria for the next knit along, although the official nominations won't start until January 1st, 2007.
Until then, knit on Sexy Knitters!!!
Monday, November 06, 2006
So a few posts ago I showed my finished SKB...But here's a pic to remind you. =)
When we first started this KAL I had voted for Sizzle, but I loved both of these patterns so I am glad they both won. For some reason I casted on for the SKB first. Now that it is done, I have decided to knit Sizzle as well.
I started last night...Wendy says I can make this in about 3 days...I am glad she is so confidant in me =).
So far, I am loving it. I am making mine out of Suri Merino in a beautiful Forest Green color ( the pic gives it no justice what-so-ever, you will just have to trust me on this one) .
I'm having a lot of fun with it, the directions are very well done. Bravo Wendy!
The real question is...Can I have this done before the KAL is over?
Any way I was wondering how those of you who used the Tili are blocking and planning on washing your SKB. It says on the label to dry clean only and I'm wondering if you have to do that.
What are others doing?
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Okay - I know this isn't the one we're doing, but I liked it soooo much better than the SKB, so I made it anyway.
I decided to make long sleeves to make it more seasonal and I'm happy with the way they turned out.
I would like to figure out a better way to block it to get all the ribbing to snug in a little closer - any ideas?