Saturday, December 23, 2006

Merry Christmas Eve Eve!

Well, it looks like we'll have another "double knit along" this time with the two patterns who received the highest number of votes (Wicked and Eiffel). Knit either or both! Congratulations to the pattern designers for both of the fantastic patterns! I know that Sarah and Rachel check this board frequently and I'll contact Lana to see if she will be available for pattern support here as well. (Designers, please feel free to post and introduce yourselves to the rest of the ladies including how you can be reached for pattern support.)

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 :-)

Blessings!

23 comments:

knitnzu said...

I would LOVE a few links to good undergarments, camis, that sort of thing...maybe with a comment that these are good for larger women, these are good for big busted small women, these are good for everybody, these are great for small busted women, etc. I have much trouble finding a comfortable, well-fitting, minimizing bra 34DD(I've found ONE but desperately want a racer back and a satiny seemless one...and I've tried LOTS of them!).

Robin said...

Yay, I'm so glad that Eiffel ended up in the final two!! I have my yarn already as I bought it at Stitches East specifically for this pattern, and just need to swatch!

Happy Holidays to everyone!

Sharon said...

Yay! I am so looking forward to starting on Eiffel...... um, just one question..... does anyone have the yarn thickness for me. I am most definitely going to have to substitute the hemp yarn, no way am I going to find any stores around here stocking that. I was thinking of using cotton instead (if I can get the right size).

Sherri said...

Good plan Jeanie! Now I MUST go post-holiday shopping for cami's - lol My dd said I have to knit Wicked, so I guess that is settled - lol

Jeanie said...

Subbing yarn may be tricky on the Eiffel pattern, as it seems the pattern was designed to take full advantage of the properties found in hemp yarn. To quote from the pattern itself on Knitty, "The 100% hemp yarn was integral to this design as it is meant to skim the body and hemp provided the perfect drape needed."

I haven't contacted Lana yet about this knit along but will ask her to address this particular topic when she has a chance.

Rachel & Sarah said...

We're so happy to be a part of the KAL this time around! Thanks so much to all you sexy knitters!! We also wanted to give info on the avalabilty of the pattern - it will be ready for all those choosing to knit it in time for your Jan.7 start.

Merry Christmas and thnaks again!

Ling said...

I love both the patterns and I'm hoping to attempt both again!

Thanks Jeanie for organizing this.

Happy holidays.

Sharon said...

I hope that there is a possibility to sub yarns. I don't really want to wait 4 to 6 weeks for a yarn order to reach me here on the other side of the world, hehe.

Klara said...

This is what I can find out about allhemp6´s thickness: 165 yd/150m per 100 g skein, DK weight, looks like linen. 20-22 st/10 cm with 3,75.
I also have to find a substitute yarn for eiffel... Any ideéas?

Klara said...

hihi...so I found Lanas site... and more info about the (6)hemp: http://www.lanaknits.com/usaallhemp6.html
22stsX28=10cm (3.75US,5 mm)
:0)
Happy New Year All Sexyknitters!

Lana said...

I'm thrilled to have the Eiffel design involved in the next KAL I think it's a nice knitting project with the options of a few variations. To make the neckline less wide, (and cover those bra straps)simply knit a couple more decrease rnds. Because it is knit in the rnd it'll be easy to try on and determine the right fit. The hemp yarn used was really well blocked to provide the drape necessary in this design. Linen yarn would give the same effect and for anyone wanting to use a cotton or cotton blend I recommend knitting a swatch, then washing and blocking it to see the results. The finished fabric of the Eiffel is similar to a nicely ironed doily, like fabric with not much stretch left in it. If a less open bodice is wanted I suggest knitting a size larger and not blocking so much. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions or make comments. I'm going to knit along using a CASHMEREcanapa yarn and will let you know how it progresses. Thanks to everyone!

gaysknits said...

i'm thrilled that wicked was chosen and i love eiffel so i've got some yarn to purchase!

teresa said...

For Eiffel I'm substituting Dale Yarn's Svale, a 50% cotton, 10% silk and 40% viscose blend. The swatch meets the gauge requirements and I've already cast on and knit a few rows in the smaller circs.

Lynda said...

Yea! - finally a KAL and I are on the same schedule! I just bought some Euroflax that I hope will work for this project. Let the swatching begin!

Rubys & Purls said...

I am so excited, I actually get to be a part of the KAL this time! I was thinking about substituting Debbie Bliss Cotton DK for Eiffel. It is 100% cotton so I am on sure it will react as Lana described. I guess I will know more after swatching.

Happy New Year Everone!

Cheryl said...

Does anyone know when WICKED will be available? I purchased yarn hoping it will be enough as I am trying to not purchase yarn in 2007 for at least 6 motnhs..:)

TeAntae said...

Eiffel is wonderful! Off to the LYS to check out the hemp yarn. =)

Anonymous said...

The Eiffel pattern is going along quite well. It's easy to distinguish which row I'm on, can't wait until it is finished! And I can't wait to see all the other yarn substitutes.

Bec said...

Fantastic! Have been eyeing off Wicked and can't wait to get started :) Now to go yarn hunting ;) Any other aussies doing this KAL?

Dee said...

I would love to do my first KAL, too. I'm hoping to do Wicked but am concerned that its two days before the KAL is to start and the pattern still isn't available.....

Myserilovescompany said...

Hi, I'm new to this blog, and new to knitting (having never yet made anything that requires fitting..hmm..). In your opinion which pattern is easier for a beginner to follow? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I personally think that Wicked would be easier than Eiffel (but that may be because I hate ribbing ;) ) but both are really achievable :)

Anonymous said...

Loved the website and thanks for your comment on my painting. Hope to have some new ones posted soon.

Mary