Wednesday, May 31, 2006
This is my latest sexy knit project. It's the "Tissue Tunic", or atleast the version of it that I made. I made it in less than a week start to finish and only occassionally working on it during that time. If you notice in the picture, I am at the hospital on dh's floor. The picture, sorry about the poor quality of it, was taken by a highly impressed nurse technitian.
I wear it over tank tops as a bit of cover. It's done in navy blue alpaca and it's cool enough to keep on when I step outside (for a cigarette in the smokehole), but it's also warm in the hospital's air conditioning inside. It helps to make me feel just a little sexy in a non-sexy situation and enviroment.
**Tomorrow sometime I will update my personal blog, http://caffinnascreations.blogspot.com, with updates on my dh.**
In the nick of time as today is the last day of May, I have finally finished my Somewhat Cowl! Woo hoo! I have displayed it on a dress form because, as with all sweaters I am now making, I knit it to the size I am becoming. I was able to try it on but it was not fit for public consumption. I will post photos in a few months of the "new me" with my SW.
For reference, it was knit in Lion Brand MicroSpun. The color is called Lavender, but to me it is a solid Periwinkle. I don't think I will ever knit with that yarn again because of the squeaky factor on the needles.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
My Orangina is still less than 1/2 way done. However, it has improved greatly since following Mary's wise advice to use stitch markers for every repeat. (and Mary's looks lovely!) Hopefully she will be done before the next KAL starts.
I put it on scrap yarn right after taking this picture and have cast on for side 2. You can see more at my blog.
The second reason that I'm considering a re-do on the voting is because it appears that one of the patterns (The Prosperous Plum Tank) is written in only one size (28" bust) and by looking at the comments, many of you were unaware of this and wish you could change your vote.
So. For now, we will continue with the current voting poll, but I want to also get your opinions on whether or not you think we should re-do the voting with a second poll which would include Tubey and Waves (replacing the two current lowest scoring patterns) and with the new information that the PPT pattern is written for one size only.
Please take a second to vote "yea" or "nay" regarding whether you favor a re-do vote.
I've noticed that the Prosperous Plum Tank is right up there with the higher number of votes. I would love to make that tank top, but there is NO WAY I will fit into a 28" top. Does everyone who is voting for that particular pattern realize that 28" is the ONLY size it has been written for? Even with 4" of negative ease allowed, that still only amounts to fitting a 32" bust.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Orangina is finally done with only 2 days left before the May 31 deadline. Nuthin' like dragging it out to the very end. I admit I was slow with this one but it was worth it for me. I'm really happy with how it turned out. Check out the details on my blog.
unfortunately I can't show it off, as my camera charger is lost somewhere in all my stuff. And buying a new one costs the same as yarn for the cabled sweater I'm planning to do (in alpaca).
If I find it soon I'll show it off.
The Somewhat Cowl fits great, the first garment I've had for years that actually fits snugly without being to short or anything. :D
I am a happy owner of 2 lovely handknits, thanks to this knitalong. I've finished both Orangina and Somewhat Cowl. They are both very sexy knits!
Here's Orangina - I've showed it off before.
And here's Somewhat Cowl all completed as well. I knitted this in Debbie Bliss Cathay in black. The yarn is gorgeous when knitted up. It drapes really well. All my friends think it's gorgeous and I've had requests to knit more. Hmmm... I don't think so. I need my time for the next knitalong. Looking forward to the next one.
Sunday, May 28, 2006
I don't know whether I'll make the deadline or not, but I'm trying, I swear! I've got four inches of the bodice, ribbing, sleeves, and cowl neck to do... is it possible with a 15 month old running around?! We'll see, huh? Send me speedy needle vibes!
Details to follow on my blog -- I don't have time to write a full post, but wanted to celebrate finishing anyway!
Saturday, May 27, 2006
Croisette wrap-around cardigan
Jacket with circle effect
Prosperous Plum Tank
Razorshell Lace Cami
Shapely Tank Top
Shapely Tee Sleeve
Sonata Crest of the Wave Tank Top
Ack! I missed my own deadline of getting the new knit along poll up on May 25th! Of course when I originally chose May 25th, I didn't even think about it being the last day of school! So sorry, but we'll just move all the dates back a little if we need to... no worries -- worrying is VERY unsexy ;-)
As y'all have probably noticed, the SKC has gotten quite large and I'm really not able to handle a lot of the "managing" of the board myself, so I'm putting a call out for a volunteer to help me gather up all the official pattern nominations (including the links to the patterns). Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in helping out. As soon as I have the completed list of nominated patterns, I can put together a poll for us to vote -- I'm hoping this will be ready within the next day or so if I get a response to my request for help.
Thanks Sexy Knitters!!!
Friday, May 26, 2006
Thursday, May 25, 2006
I loved this KAL! It was so fun to see how all the SCs and Oranginas came out. Thanks! Can't wait to see what we're gonna knit next!
Also, for those of you inclined towards such things, I've got a new podcast! Yeah! So you know... go listen...if you want, and then go subscribe in itunes...if you want, and then leave me a review...if you want.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
My bust measurement was 37 1/2. I made the 36" and it just seems too big all around...It fits nicely through the bust, but the sleeves were too large, and it's pretty loose through the waist and just looks like a big square on me. It's not at all like the sexy versions that I've seen you all wearing. It's a nice sweater, not really sexy, and I'm not really sure that I'll wear it much this way... *sigh* comments? Opinions? Help?
I am looking forward to my first KAL!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I wanted to nominate this top for the next KAL if there is still time:
The free pattern can be found here:
What do you think?
Also, wanted to post pics of my SWC - not on, but hopefully pics will follow on my blog. The SWC is currently upstairs, blocking/drying on the spare bed! So you'll have to do with pics of it last night after I finished tacking down the cowl:
Monday, May 22, 2006
needless to say i didnt finish it by then, but i have already completed about 22 inches of lace between the front and back panels (i tried necia's suggestion of working them at the same time, but i got frusterated when it took forever to see any progress--so i switched to working one at a time)
i had a run-in with a gate latch and recieved a painful blood blister on my thumb, causing me to knit slower than usual...but i still hope to have it done by this weekend.
i love the detail of the lace!
I made the sleeves a bit longer to cover the flubby bits on the back of my arms, added the waist shaping Wendy provided instruction for (thanks, Wendy!), although I probably could have gotten away without it. I also make the cowl itself shallower - I was just ready to be done with that ribbing! I love how it turned out. Now, if we'd just get back to our regularly scheduled cooler Spring weather rather than the 80s we've been having lately, I could actually wear it once or twice before putting it away for winter...
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Friday, May 19, 2006
if you like.
I finished the purple top today, while driving up to Taos (to have breakfast with a friend, can anyone say hello Julia Roberts?) I decided to do ribbon for the straps, instead of the spaghetti straps. I rather like it, although I think it will fit better (and hang a little less) once I block it.
I started it on May 7th and finished May 19th. I used TLC Cotton Plus yarn (cheap, but I figured it would do the trick) and made a size medium. Again wondering if I shouldn't go smaller. What do people think is the best way to get your size right? I measured around the "outside" of my chest - and yet things keep being too large.
And yes - you might be wondering ... my husband did have something very colorful to say about this top as well, "The ribbon is pretty. Are you planning on wearing the rest of it outside the house though? That could quiet possibly be the most hideous top on the planet. Do they have competitions for things like that?"
I started Orangina last Saturday. I doubt that I'll be finished by the end of the month. This will be my second major lace knit (the 1st being Branching Out). I think it will be a very sexy top once completed. I love seeing all the completed FOs!
Question: How much ease is there in the finished project?
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
I'd like to nominate Asana from knitty. I love the simple style, the openings in the back and the ribbon straps.
Love the pics of the finished Organinas and SWC's!
Thanks again for all the support sexy knitters (did you ever notice that when the blog spell checks knitters it find janitors - what is up with that??)!
Yarn: KnitPicks, Shine (60% cotton/40%modal) color: Orchid; 9 skeins used for size 38 bust.
Modifications: I shortened the sleeves a bit and only knit 5.5 inches of cowl.
Wendy, Thanks so much for such a great pattern!
while browsing and I really like it. I think it would be perfect for for a knit along as many different variations could be made with color and yarn types.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Okay guys, I got a little disinterested in my Picovoli, then the KAL ended... I didn't even have time to knit the Cowl! Auggh the angst I go through when I see how beautiful y'alls have turned out... But here is my half finished Piciovoli.. Please don't laugh at my tardiness ;) I am pretty pround for picking it up again.
Monday, May 15, 2006
Another one from the Knitty archive, Bad Penny by Stefanie Japel.
The lace edge at the bottom and the openings formed by the way that the shoulder is made add sexiness. However, it is also conservative enough that sexy knitters like myself could wear it to their jobs working with teenage boys ;)
Sunday, May 14, 2006
here are a few from my files:
i also *love* the corset pullover from interweave knits that's already been nominated :) and the corset top that was nominated in the last kal, though i can't find the pattern for it again--maybe whoever nominated it before would nominate it again, if that's not against the rules? (apologies if it is!)