Tuesday, October 31, 2006
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Saturday, October 28, 2006
I have finally completed my SKB. I really loved the pattern but the sleeves took forever. I was also a bit dismayed about the yarn specifications being quite off. If I had used Rock Star as required I would have needed four skeins - not two. Besides that, I am VERY pleased with how this turned out. I love it and I can't wait to wear it out. The modifications I made are on my blog Yarn It.
Love my new SKB. I just finished it and wore last night to my class reunion casual night with jeans. I made mine from patons katrina in Lilac. I never could get the gauge exactly so I just applied good ol' math to the pattern (which is a pain) but it did come out OK. Instead of 3 purl ridges at the end of the sleeves I just did 2 repeats.
Friday, October 27, 2006
Pattern - Sizzle by Wendy at Knit & Tonic
Yarn - Classic ElitePremiere in Jasmine (pale pink). Lovely soft yarn (50% cotton, 50% Tencel). But it looks like it might pill, so we'll see.
Needle size - 4mm (instead of 4.5mm of the pattern because I didn't like the drape of the knitted fabric)
Modifications - Because of the needle change,I cast on a few extra stitches. And because I am quite short, I made all my decreases and increases at every 4 rows instead of 6. I also added extra decreases for the waist shaping.
Thoughts - I really like this knit. I think I'll knit another one in a more vibrant colour and make the neckline a little lower. After knitting the edging, it pulls the neckline in slightly.
Overall - I love this. Hurray.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
This is my first post here. I'm posting a picture of my shetland sweater vest. The yarn is handspun from my senior shetland ram (I'll post a pic of him too). I spun this yarn this spring after shearing and it was completely hand processed from start to finish. I knit this on a circular needle and then just knit the shoulders closed so that I did not have to do any sewing up of side seems. If I make this pattern again, I will make the arm opening cut down lower on the sides and till make the shoulders narrower to give it a more feminine look. Other than that, I do like it.
I can't remember the name of the book that I got this pattern from. It has cables up the center front and then they split to go up the V collar. The arm bindings and neck binding was done last. This is a natural wool color with no dye used.
Below is a picture of the shetland ram who donated the wool for my vest. His name is Sheepyhollow Alf.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Well lets hope! Any thoughts?!?!
OH did I mention that I just bought the yarn for Sizzle too?!?!?!
Well, finished at last! I'm very happy with Sizzle. It's a straightforward pattern and very enjoyable to knit. I loved using Olympus Silk Bijou. It has a crunchy feel as I think others have mentioned before. I used the dark blue (kind of Airforce Blue) color. The changes I made: Started neckline at same time as armholes; used US5 circ for neckband and US6 16" circ for armbands. I would definitely make this again. It's a perfect tank that goes with everything. Thank you, Wendy of Knit and Tonic for creating the pattern. If you're interested, you can read more about my knitting at Tukats.
I used Elsebeth Lavold's silky tweed, a blend of wool & silk and got it quite cheap at webs and LOVED it! I also changed the purl bumps into regular garter stitch rows and didn't use any sequins, just the same yarn in color #16. I made the next-to smallest size, and am probably going to make another in the short sleeved version and will make the smallest size. I got gauge, but it turned out a bit looser than I imagined, but it's perfect for wearing over a tank top. LOVE THIS PATTERN!
Saturday, October 21, 2006
First off, pay no attention to my spotty/streaky mirror. It seriously does not look that bad when you are standing in front of it...the camera, in addition to adding ten pounds, apparently adds dirt and grime too :P
SO I have reached the part where I joined in the round and am doing the purl ridges. I didn't switch to a larger needle because, well, I don't have one. Is it me or am I blind? I didn't see in the "materials needed" section that you need smaller, larger AND DPNs.
Anyway, I started making the small, but I lost track of the stitch count and for a while I was making the extra small, then the medium. Somehow that always happens to me. I am not a very conscientious knitter, I guess.
Oh well, it seems to fit ok...I guess. I am quite liking the soysilk...I knit in public alot and I love telling people that I am knitting with tofu!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
I actually finished this two weeks ago, but I'm a) very busy and b) very slack at posting photos! This was mainly knit at morning teas at work over a couple of weeks. If I hadn't been so busy it would have gone a lot faster.
I used DB Cathay, which I now absolutely adore. It has a good memory compared to straight cotton, and the silk content gives it a sheen and that unmistakeable silky smell.
Thanks for a fantastic pattern, Wendy!
Finally time to report in. I am knitting the skb with Debbie Bliss Apalca silk dk. It feels lovely - and pleased with the colour (damsom.) Although I used to knit prolifically as a student have not done so for years. I used to alsways make huge sweaters with acrylic, so this is a bit of a leap of faith for me - nice yarn and a fitted sweater. So far so good though. I am a bit worried it might be too small, but it does seem to fit (although it is definately fitted!) Am doing the lace right now. Although I joined it when the pattern said I knitted a few extra inches before the lace to get it under my chest. We'll see what the neckline looks like - think it might be a bit high, but that should be okay.
On a different note - was looking for advice about left handers and knitting. I am trying to teach my twin daughters to knit, but they are both left handed. I thought I would just teach then like a right handed person, but they are finding it quit awkward and want to move the wool using their left hand. So, do left handed people knit back to front or not?
Take care all.
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Finally, the SKB is finished! I decided not to use sequins on the sleeves and the neck band. I love the way this sweater turned out. I was going to try the Magic Loop method on the sleeves, but with the lace and small needle, maybe next time (with something a little simpler). I knitted additional 22 rows before the lace pattern, so the lace part will kind of line up with the waist lace pattern. And I didn't do as much increases after the lace, I didn't want a big bell sleeves. This picture here is pre-block, I just couldn't wait to put it on and take a picture. More details in my blog.
marilyns not so shrunken cardi is finished and what else can i say but i love it! i had to use this stitch dictionary to do the crochet part since i do not crochet but it was easy enough and i love the results, i think i'll be wearing this one! i think i'll be making another too! see more pics here!
Monday, October 16, 2006
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, October 12, 2006
i love this pattern, love it to death. i couldn't wait to make the ruffle and when i did i wove in all my ends and sewed on all my buttons and it is gorgeous! it has no sleeves yet , well it has a half of one, but it's a fabulous pattern and i can't wait to get those sleeves off and on and off the needles and to take marilyn out for a date!
i'll show pics of the whole thing when she's done! i'm even liking the yarn more, it seems to have lost all the little pills it had to spare and it's done shedding now, it's like my husky!
p.s. really you guys should consider this one for a future kal! you won't be dissappointed.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
anyway, so now i'm debating between the painstaking process of ripping out the whole thing (which has all of its ends woven in and everything!) and knitting it again in a smaller size (how much smaller??) or knitting it in a cheaper yarn first to test the sizing. i'm just heartbroken to have spent $200 on yarn to make a sweater i can't wear! i knitted it in just five weeks, too, and i was so proud! :(
Here's sizzle on, check my blog for pictures of the V neck in back, and for pics of it on "backwards". And Wendy, surely I got extra pause because the front is like the back...and perhaps because I was in some odd space and ended up ripping it back a couple times for different issues (all related to me...the pattern directions are very clear).
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Here's my finished Sizzle. I like this pattern and will do it again...paying better attention to row gauge (my new mantra...row gauge row gauge row gauge). I'm happy with the V in the back, it's about an inch or a bit more higher than the front, which is also a bit higher than the pattern first calls for...none of my bras have a deep enough notch for me to wear such a plunging neckline! Overall it's a bit short on me, but ok for summer shirt, it just hits my hip bones. Glad I added 1/2 inch to bottom edging and an extra few rows between decreases and increases. If I'd been on top of things, I'd've added another inch or so there. I think my finished length is 21 inches. Which would be ok for most people, but I'm long in the waist. Row gauge row gauge row gauge! I did it mostly in discontinued Linet from Berocco. I tried it on several needle sizes and the fabric I liked best had a somewhat tighter gauge than Sizzle calls for (I think I was getting 5.5?) so I made the next size up. Results of that choice are good and it fits well. I thought I wouldn't have enough yarn (this is a stashbuster for me) so I did edging in Santos DK, a mercerized cotton. I like the slight contrast. I ended up with 2 skeins of Linet that I didn't touch...maybe a matching bag? I'm under the weather, so no pic w/ it on, maybe in a few days. Wendy, one MINOR comment...did you notice that the picture of the front of your sweater is on the directions for the back and vice-versa? Made me pause a couple times, but this is certainly a user error problem!
I'm knitting the SKB. I just finished the yoke and have reached the point where I divide the sleeves. I tried on the bodice last night and the right and left fronts come together high on my bust, at about the nipple line. Does that mean I should knit a few more rows before I divide the sleeves? I'm unsure whether to proceed or add some rows. Thanks!
Monday, October 09, 2006
...I think I say that way, WAY too often :)
Anyway, here is the Somewhat Cowl from oh, maybe 2 KALs ago.
This took me FOREVER to knit...I actually started it in May, but all that back and forth stockinette pushed me into the arms of other, more exciting knits. I finished the Green Gable and the Hourglass Sweater AND THEN came back to this, fully re-charged and ready to finish!
In other, more current Sexy Knitters Club news, I finally decided on a yarn for the Simple Knitted Bodice; after seeing a few other members soysilk FOs I decided to give it a try myself...on sale for $10 at kpixie! Actually only the black and white were on sale, so I chose white...which is actually cream. So far it seems like I've gotten myself into more back and forth snoozy stockinette...
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
Finally figured out where this was saved on the computer - I took it out on our work picnic at the end of August... Fantastic weather and loads of compliments.
I'm halfway through the decreases on Sizzle - I'm knitting it in the round and hoping I'll have enough yarn. I'm using some butterfly cotton in scarlet and its looking great.
Are there any more Sexy Knitters in the UK who are heading to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Ally Pally next week? I'll be there Saturday if anyone wants to meet up
Thursday, October 05, 2006
i'm done with the body of marilyn's nssc, just have to tack the hem up and weave in a few ends. by the way i tried the yarn joining trick from the knit fix post on wendy's blog and it is a beautiful trick. no ends to weave and the join is really not visible. even though i still have the sleeves to do i'm taking a side trip to finish the ruffles on the front. i don't crochet and i didn't really know how to do these little ruffles until i looked it up in a book but i think i've got the hang of it now and i can't wait to see what it looks like! the sleeves will have to wait! here's a bit of what i did last night and more will be done tonite while watching grey's anatomy! see more pics here. later gay
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
so i started my sizzle with some SWTC phoenix in black and i'm using my size 7 denises. i'm loving the way the phoenix drapes. excuse the poor cell phone photo, but i couldn't find my camera and i just wanted to share the excitement. anyone who is thinking about using SWTC phoenix- I can totally reccomend it!
Simple Knit Bodice, found at Stitchdiva.com. It isn't blocked yet, that is the only thing missing. I subbed SWTC Soy Silk for the Tilli Thomas silk and it is very soft. The gauge is a bit off though, mostly because I subbed the gauge of the pattern, not the gauge of the yarn. You can't see the hematite beads that are studding the lace, they are subtle and pretty.
Monday, October 02, 2006
Anyone up for it?
Sunday, October 01, 2006
i love this so far, the fit is great the yarn is light weight and comfy but i have to say it pills all over your clothes while working with it and while wearing it...hate that and hope that goes away when it's laundered but you know silk, it can be a drag that way! incidentally, i've done most of this while watching grey's anatomy and desperate houswives so more to be done tonite!
and i really think i'l make another of these in a different yarn, tweedy yes silk no way! later gay