Monday, July 31, 2006
Granted, it is a tad see through, a bit large, and the neckline is a bit crooked 'cause of my join. I had a pretty buckle all ready to go but it ripped the yarn up something awful when I tried to attach it...beware of sharp edges fellow knitters with buckles! =)
I kind of like it backwards, the neckline looks smoother definately. The only thing is, do the buttons look stupid on the back? Shoould I get rid of them or leave them?
lol! What a face. My photographer was having a good time taking "candid" shots!
I guess Im ok with it. It is not my best work. If I were grading it I would give it a C+. Although for durability it get's an A. I bet I could set a torch to the thing and it would still turn out!
I may try this pattern again sometime, but I would definately do it at a tighter gauge!
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
I've browsed through the KAL, and it looks great on lots of different sizes, but I don't see my shape. I'm a slightly bottom-heavy hourglass: bigish bust, little waist, big hips, size 10 or 12. (With my figure, a lot of fitted designs that call for zero bust ease still end up looking pretty boxy.)
So my question is:
- has anybody hourglass and not skinny (although not necessarily plus-sized) knitted this?
- if so, can you point me to some pictures of the FO?
- do you like how it looks on you?
- do you have any recommendations for sizing/ease/pattern tweaking?
I finished my Tempting II, I'm deciding whether to add a button or a buckle for the neckband. I'll post a picture soon.
I'm afraid I wasn't tempted by this particular knitalong (didn't think the end product would look all that hot on me) so I've been working on some alternate sexy knits. Admittedly there is more motivation when you are knitting along with the rest of the group, so I am hoping that the next group pick appeals to me more :)
Here is my finished Tulip, (from My Life in Stitches):
(the Katia Jamaica was such a fun yarn, but so! dang! splitty!)
And here is the fitted tank I made from the dreamy Blue Sky Cotton:
More infos can be on my blog : Mango Lassi(e)
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
I cast on for Tempting II 11 days ago, and I currently have 8" completed! This may end up as some kind of speed record for me. My projects tend to take months, not weeks or days. I'm not working on it during every spare moment, so I give all the credit to the pattern. Anything that makes me feel like a fast knitter is just fine by me. :)
I am using TLS Cotton Plus, color Navy Blue ande needles #8US. I am making size 36" and I am about 9 inches our of 15" done and still doing great. I like the texture of the ribbing 1/1 (no skin showing through the stitches when I stretch it) and I am also pretty pleased with my Russian Join! :)
Isabelle aka Tricotine
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Thanks in advance for your input!
But, I did another swatch on size 5's (is seems everyone had to go down to 5's, didn't they?) and here I am (please ignore the socks - I am not a monogamous knitter):
Someone should send a note to knitty or something. Ahwell, onwards :D
So I did a K2tog on the last row of the neck, and started plugging away at the band. I thought all was going awesome...and then I decided to try it on.
Granted I was only half way through, but I could already tell the thing was going to be way too loose, even with a darn buckle. And there were holes from the k2tog, pretty large holes at that. Guess I could call it design element.
So I ripped back to the k2tog. And Im ready to go overkill on this puppy. I think I'm going to rip back another row to get rid of the k2tog, and then maybe do a few rows on a smaller needle. Then try the neckband again but decrease every round, instead of every other.
I am thinking this will tighten up the neckband, and get rid of the holes, what do you all think? Does this sound reasonable, or am I off my rocker?
Saturday, July 22, 2006
I live in a city where the downtown lights keep my apartment illuminated at night. I NEED my eye pillow thingies or else I'd never sleep! I am also trying to find tiny projects to use up remainder skeins. Here's a little project that uses 1/2 ounce of the remaining skein of Calmer from Tempting II and a 7-8 inch elastic band. I know the ladies here are creative and like to fatz with patterns, so feel free to use the basic premise as a jumping off point for better, prettier designs. Like switching to st st and doing an intarsia word across the front or adding some cabling or stuffing it with a lavender sachet or whatever. Here's my most primitive form. Please excuse the poor finishing. I don't pay much attention to things I'll never actually "see" when wearing it.
Calmer, 0.5 oz, 7-8 inch elastic band, US 6 needles
Make a 6 x 6 inch square - for me it was CO 38 sts, garter stitch for 6 inches.
Decrease row 1: k2 tog, k15, k2tog, turn (work only these stitches from here on)
Row 2: K
Row 3: k2 tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog
Row 4: k
Repeat rows 3 + 4 until you have 7 stitches
Break yarn, return to second set of 19 stitches and repeat decreases. If you cast on a different amount, just make sure you're working half the stitches at a time during the decreases.
Fold 6 x 6 square in half, sew edges. It should now be 3 x 6 inches with the little under-eye patches hanging below. Sew the elastic band on each side and voila. (I only had an elastic beading cord available...It works better with your usual, thicker elastic.
Friday, July 21, 2006
Is there anyone out there who would be willing to take me under their wing and be my personal tutor?
I even agonized over what yarn to buy for this top so much that I roped my LYS owner, Margie Morse Pulley into the project. (Yes, THAT Margie, the knitting book author!) So if I don't get started my yarn is just going to sit there and gather dust.
Hello! I've been knitting on and off since junior high, but just discovered the addictive world of knit blogs and knit-alongs. My Rowan Calmer #474 had just arrived for Tempting II when I stumbled upon this blog in early July, so I just HAD to join! Thank you Jeanie for re-inviting me so many times; I don't know why blogger wasn't working, but after many unsuccessful attempts, here I am making my first post! I'm so glad to join! I've started a sleeve now, and am really looking forward to wearing this.
Thursday, July 20, 2006
I've found this too late for myself but if anyone in the UK is still shopping for their yarn Kangaroo has Rowan Calmer it in their summer sale at 10% off with free UK postage until 31 July: http://www.kangaroo.uk.com
Now let's talk "technical" KAL stuff. There will be two drawings at the end of this knit along -- anybody who completed a Tempting II is eligible to enter the drawing. Simply send me an email letting me know that you finished your Tempting II -- please include a pic or a link to a pic of the finished item and title the subject of the email "Tempting II Drawing". We will be giving away two more copies of the book Sexy Little Knits by Ashley Paige and the drawing will be held shortly after the end of the knit along (August 31st).
In mid-August, we'll start taking nominations for the next SKC knit along, so start thinking about which patterns you'd like to nominate. Feel free to post links to other sexy knits prior to the official nomination date, however these will not be considered "official" nominations unless they're reposted as such AFTER we officially start taking nominations. We'll take nominations for a week or two and will then vote in early September. Keep in mind that fall is right around the corner, so you might want to nominate "sexy but warm" patterns ;-)
That's all I can think of for now. Keep up the beautiful work!
Hi all! I'm getting off to a slow start but I'm getting it done! I'd forgotten how crazy my stitches look with this yarn but if I recall correctly blocking usually straightens them out. I'm looking forward to finishing this up and getting some other projects out of the way. More details on my blog .
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
I don't have much progress to show... and my camera & Flickr are having issues, so I'll post a picture once I can.
I'm knitting mine in Rowan Calmer in Onyx, and she's gorgeous! :) I picked it up for the first time since January yesterday and I got two rounds done.
Thanks for letting me join!
I ended the yoke lower down, only 2 inches or so past the joining in of the sleeves. The band is wider, incorporating a 22 stitch cable panel, but is applied in much the same manner as the original. I eliminated the decreases in the main body section because I attached the band at EVERY row. SSK on the right side (end of row), purl 2 tog. through the back loops on the wrong side (beginning of next row). It gives a smoother, no holes join while at the same time accomplishing the equivalent of k2tog all the way around. The ends of the band had to be seamed.
I did not have to invent a curved cable panel, I used a regular one straight from a stitch pattern book. The curve comes from attaching it one band row per stitch on the body side but then reducing the length of the other side by attaching a 3 stitch I-cord at a ratio of one I-cord row to two cable band rows. The look of I-cord on the body side of the cable is accomplished by knitting the second to last stitch together with a purl "bump" on the inside one row below. This pulls the stitches together a bit to give the raised effect of an I-cord where it is actually just two knit stitches.
For now that is as good as the "pattern" gets. If there is enough demand I will perhaps write it out as a real pattern and submit it somewhere like Knitty.com. I really need a few pattern writing lessons though!
Edit: The cable is # 8.27 on page 27 of "The Harmony Guide To Aran Knitting" published by Lyric Books Limited.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Instead of the original version's buckled, ribbed band I've done a cabled band. Now I have another design decision to make. Should I leave the cable unadorned.......
......or should I add little pearl-like beads?
I do really like the beads but I'm in LOVE with the washability of this top. Done in TLC Cotton Plus it is completely carefree. I can throw it in the washer AND dryer without worry. If I add beads I might have to hand wash it to protect the finish of the beads. Handwashing in itself is not that big of a deal, but a sweater this heavy and made of cotton will take forever to air dry! Past experience tells me that sweaters like that spend more time in the laundry than they do being worn. I guess I could go ahead and sew the beads on and then just take them off later if the laundry ruins them? Opinions?
Monday, July 17, 2006
I really should post a pic, but I don't feel like putting that thing back on. =(
My stitches look "wonkey"! I usually have great tension but this yarn(Calmer) is not the easiest for me.
The sleeves are OK, but Im not sure if I should make them longer or not.(3 1/2 inches)
Im hoping that once things start coming together I will feel better about it, and I am hoping that blocking will help my problem.
Sorry all, just needed to vent. After seeing how nice all the finished ones look, Im feeling even more bummed out about my own.
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Anyways...I took it there and spent a very relaxing hour learning about Madagascar (it's wildlife, plant life, people, etc) and knitting away on my Tempting II. :) The ribbing is perfect for this because I don't have to pay a lot of attention to a pattern. I think next I'll take it to a movie (still need to see Pirates of the Carribbean 2!). Here's a couple of pictures of it so far:
Hi everyone- I finished my Tempting II this weekend, and I'm pretty happy with it. As you can see I altered the neckline a bit (ran short on yarn and didn't have a buckle), but otherwise it's pretty true to the pattern. Very easy, satisfying pattern, I'll be happy to knit something else by Jenna Adorno. You can go to my blog to see more. Hope everyone else is enjoying the pattern.
Saturday, July 15, 2006
Last year I made Tempting so I decided to pass on Tempting II. I'm still busy working on sexy knits for the summer though. My latest FO is the Deciduous Cami.
And if that's not sexy enough for you, check out the back.
I have several more summer knits to make before the weather gets cool. I have added Wendy's latest design, Sizzle to the list. I need more yarn!!!
Anyway - I am knitting the size 36 using TLC's Cotton Plus. When swatching, I found I needed to use a size 6 needle to get the stockinette gauge of 20 st/28 rows. I could basically tell that the larger needles weren't going to work as I was swatching, because the stitches just looked wonky! I also knit some ribbing at the end of my swatch so that i could see how I liked it. And I found the 6 worked for me. I measured this morning to see what the gauge was working out to be in the rib, and I found about 4 stitches width wise and 6 stitches length wise. So about 20/24 for the 4" measure. I also tried the thing on already to make sure it was going to go neatly over my hips, and it is just fine.
Again, hope that helps! What is everyone else finding?
Friday, July 14, 2006
This was a great knit and it fits amazing. If you haven't made one yet, you really should. You can read more about it here.
Here's the start of my Tempting II. I cast on for it today, after first deciding on and buying the yarn: hot pink TLC Cotton Plus. I've been trying to find a project befitting the bright pink shade of Cotton Plus... I'm pretty sure this is it. :)
Looking forward to seeing everyone's progress!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Thursday, July 13, 2006
OK well I finally cast on last night. After many swatches size 10 seems to be working for me! (although there is a slight snag in my needle, but I think it will be OK) When I started my first couple of rounds I was worried that my stitches were too wonky. But things seem to have evened out after a couple of rounds. So to make this sexy here's a photo with my start of Tempting II with a lovely romance novel, both of which are going with me on vacation next week!
I am currently knitting Pointe Shoe covers with sparkly silver at the top for our pointe girls/snowflakes (3 pairs) so that moved the KAL to 2nd on the list. However, I still plan to cast on and make this top--I just love it!
So for now the Batchelor Pad has gone to OZ, but I still will be checking in to see all your amazing progress!
WWW aka Amberlee
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
When I joined up with the Sexy Knitters' Club, I decided to knit Orangina. Glampyre has a kicky little pattern here, all cute, and sexy too. I pretty sure this falls into none of those categories:
Granted, the photo's not that great. I'm finally a TRUE knit blogger, having taken pictures of myself under the key conditions:
1. Late at night...
2. In some stage of either a. undress or b. jammie-dress...
4. In the bathroom mirror...
5. With either a. flash reflection or b. camera shadow... (extra points for both)
6. Wearing a piece of (partially) knit-wear in some stage of construction.
I'm not too sure where to go with this one. I have some ideas. I could keep going as planned and knit from here down in ribbing. I could keep going in the lace pattern and figure out a way to add in waist shaping; basically creating a new pattern of a lace shell. I could frog and do either of these ideas in a bigger, (more boob-friendly) size. I could frog and find something else to do with the yarn. Oy. Given that I want a top I will actually wear, and, ideally, admit to having made, this turn of events is NO BUENO.
What would you do?
Well, I healed my sweater's neckline boo-boo! Thanks for the suggestions, ladies! I followed Nala's advice and k2tog across the final row before adding the neckband. It's great now! I really do love it. I didn't use a buckle, rather I found three pretty, iridescent buttons and sewed them down the join.
My sister and I have the nasty habit of accidentally dressing alike and meeting up in public like that. I have a feeling that when I see her in the airport tomorrow, she won't be wearing this sweater! Yay!!!!
.....I'm making a big alteration to the neckline band. Stay tuned.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
This is my first KAL. I love it. I have read through everyone's post and have taken some advice already. I used Dena's suggestion for the tubular cast-on. It is the first time I have tried it. I turned out great. I am going to use it for all my ribbed edges in the future. Also, Penny's post regarding her swatches was very useful. I am using Elann Esprit and swatched with size 9 needles (per Penny's experience) After washing my 4" square swatch was 21 stiched to 29 rows. I am knitting it up on the size 9 needles. I am knitting the size 40. I am between 36-40 so I hope my difference in guage is going to work in my favor. Everyone's work looks great. Thanks for all your posts they keep me motivated.
Monday, July 10, 2006
Look at that smile. She's hooked. I'll knit Tubey for her for Christmas. She's got the rack, I mean "bod" for it! Then she'll never stop smiling!
And next, the new - I've cast on for my Tempting II. I also ordered a clasp last night online. Actually, I found two that I liked, so I ordered each. I'll post an update when they arrive and you all can help me decide which to use! Until then, here's my progress so far - about one full skein's worth of TLC (thanks, SP!) so far:
Just wanted to jump on the band wagon and let you all know how my project is going. A while back I told you I was going to be using the TLC Cotton Plus....and I had all the best intentions...
and then evil, evil, E-bay came along and just "happened" to show me some Rowan Calmer in a beautiful color called Tinkerbell. How could I resist?
So the TLC has gone into the stash (stash? what stash?) for a later project and I am happily humming along with my Calmer.
I have no idea what I am doing with the neckline yet..I will worry about that when I get there.
BTW all the Tempting's are looking so awesome!
Sunday, July 09, 2006
Here's my progress on Tempting II since casting on July 1st. I find the 1x1 ribbing a bit slow going, like others, and my stitches seem loose. I am knitting the size 32 in the Rowan Calmer yarn on size 8 needles. The yarn color is also called calmer. It is a really nice muted turquoise.
I'm contemplating a bit of a change in the way I attach the sleeves to the body. I've written about it on my blog. I'd love your opinions on whether my idea will actually work. Pop on over to Wovenflame and see what you think.
I took my Tempting to Cornwall, 14 hours of train travel and I'm still not up to the armhole!
I'm attemtping to fit my curves by changing needle sizes. 6mm to cast on thn 5.5, 5, and 4.5mm to acheive a waist, then back up to 5.5 for the boobage!
I may go down a size on the neck too as it seems fit is a problem there!
Saturday, July 08, 2006
Here is my progress so far on the Tempting II. I have gotten to nearly 16 inches. I am making it an inch longer than the pattern calls for because I am a bit long waisted. I really like this yarn, Heirloom Breeze. It is springy and very soft.
I still haven't decided what kind of finish I want to use on the neckline. Still toying with a buckle, or button or just a simulated tie.
I have decided to run a lifeline through the top stitches before starting the neck band. I figure that way it won't be so difficult to take out and redo if the first
or second or tenth attempt doesn't fit me correctly. I have also decided (as I, too, don't like knitting on dpns) to add an extra stitch to each end of each sleeve and knit them flat on a circular needle until it is time to join them to the body. A small seam along each sleeve doesn't bother me nearly as much as dpns do!
I had to resize the KAL button so that it would slip into place on my blog (and also change it a little to make the smaller size work), so I thought I'd share it with you, if anybody needs a Sexy Knitters button 88 x 31 please feel free to use the one below.
Happy knitting xx
Friday, July 07, 2006
Btw, nice work so far, ladies! Silvia - spongy is the perfect way to describe this yarn. It certainly does not resemble any other yarn I have used. But me likey.
I've been a member for a while now, but not posted yet. I just want to introduce myself:
My name is Teresa, I'm 23 and I'm knitting-obsessed! It's been about 2.5 years now, with no end in sight.
I love that this group exists. There are far too many uninformed people who really do think knitting is only for the elderly, dowdy female.
As is cumpulsory for all knitters on the web, I've begun keeping a blog and joining several groups. I love KALs, and can't wait to start on my Tempting II!
Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Thursday, July 06, 2006
I thought all the ribbing would be tedious and boring to do but I'm finding it is going quicker than I expected. It's a no-brainer type knitting I can do while traveling or visiting and all those otherwise wasted moments are really adding up.
I scrapped my original yarn choice and I'm now using TLC Cotton Plus and it's lovely. I found I prefer this yarn knit up at a tighter gauge (21 stitches over 4 inches) so I adjusted by knitting the next bigger size. According to my calculations it should fit better (my measurements fall between sizes)
I'm using Rowan Calmer in a turquoise color for the project. My gauge was right on with size 8 needles and I've managed to do several rows of the ribbing. I think it's looking pretty good! I can't wait to wear it!