Thursday, May 31, 2007
It's actually a modified Rusted Root knock-off! ... after deciding that I would change the sleeves from puffy to straight, and then realizing that I had the exact same lacy leaf pattern in an old Mon Tricot knitting book, I thought that I could give it a go without the Rusted Root instructions :-)
I used an Aussie 8 ply yarn with 4mm needles, and made a top down raglan with just a bit of side shaping in the body...I didn't want it too tight as I was going for the layered look (the photo with the white shirt). I'm really pleased with the end result, and it feels great to wear ... the black doesn't photograph real well, but the pattern shows up a lot better in 'real life'. I'll definately be making more of these..it's winter here in Adelaide right now, and layers work great with our changeable climate.
Looking forward to the next KAL, Linda :-)
Well, if knits were like Jenna's pies, this would be the "I'm Single Again and I Got This Luscious Yarn to Make Me Feel Better Sweater." And it doesn't hurt that it's a sexy little knit, either.
Yarn: Tilli Tomas Pure and Simple (2 skeins) and Disco Lights (1 skein) in Hibiscus
Needles: Sizes 4 and 6
Wow, am I glad I splurged for this yarn. It really is the most luscious yarn I've ever worked with. I knit the XS size after reading in the pattern notes about the tendency of the yarn to stretch. I think it'll be fine, except that I may need to tack the neckline together a bit more because I think it's already starting to stretch out a little and if I'd turned a little sideways you'd all get a nice glimpse of my bra.
A word about binding off: I learned that just because the pattern says to bind off loosely, it doesn't mean that you can just take really loose stitches with the needles you're using. I bound off the neckline with the size 4 needles I was working with and the neckline was so tight that it hiked the bottom of the lace panel all the way to my cleavage. I undid the cast off and because I was working with Disco Lights, I stripped the yarn free of all the sequins, because let me tell you what, it is a nightmare to pull out the stitches if you have to frog. I then cast off with size 6 needles, and it was better, but I undid it again and tried Elizabeth Zimmerman's sewn bind off, which is a super stretchy bind off (here's a nice tutorial from Knitty). Ta da! Like magic. I went back and redid the hem with this bind off, as well.
I also don't know if any of you had trouble with the short rows on the sleeves, but because I am a relatively new short row novice, I was wrapping the stitches without picking them up and knitting them. That little piece of information is at the beginning of that section, but of course I missed it, and a little voice inside my head kept saying, this isn't right, this doesn't seem right. Sure enough, at 2:30 in the morning when I had finished the first sleeve, I focused my bleary eyes on the pattern again and realized that it does say to pick up the stitches. It just doesn't say that in instructions where you might expect it to spell that out for you. Doh.
Anyway, it's been a treat to see everyone's finished Saharas! And even though the KAL is over, everyone's finished Rusted Roots make me want to try this pattern too!
See you all in the next round!
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I did find another cute pattern though. A sweet little button up vest.Available here for purchase.
Also the Josephine Top in the new IK is really cute!
Needles: Boye Interchangeables Sizes 5 and 3Trim: Main yarn with carry along of DMC Perle 8 with Mouakaite chips
Joanna C's Prosperous Plum Tank (which has a free pattern) and Annie Modesitt's Silk Corset Tank Pullowever. Annie shared a simplified version of the Corset Tank on Knitty Gritty and that pattern can be found here which would make a nice alternative for those who find the other pattern intimidating!
I made it! I've completed Sahara last night and am very happy about it. It took me very long to complete as I'm a slow knitter but I got there.
Here are the stats:
Yarn: Tilli Tomas in Limeade
Needles: Knitpicks options sizes 7 and 5
Time to complete: About six weeks
In this pic it's unblocked and very fresh off the needles. This was my first contribution to a KAL on this forum and look forward to the next one!
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
I still have to wet block it. Once I do, I'll upload a photo of me in it! It fits well, but the sleeves could be a little longer. I will try to stretch them when I block it.
Yarn: Great Big Sea Silk by Handmaiden--about 3 1/4 skeins, color: Pumpkin
Beads: Miyuki 5/0 triangle beads in crystal with burnt orange core
Modifications: more hip increases--every 6 rows instead of every 8 rows.
I really like this pattern and I'm pleased with the results!
My name is Olga, and at the beginning of May I splurged on the Tilli Tomas Sahara kit from kpixie, thanks to an unexpected gift certificate from a friend. Of course, I had to join the knitalong, but it's been slow going, and like lots of other folks here, I had to frog the hem a couple of times.
But I'm nearing the finish line.
I decided to work the neck ribbing before the sleeves, because I'm still undecided about whether to do short sleeves, or sleeveless.
But now I need a break from the p3tog through the back loop. My arm is killing me!
Have a great weekend, everyone!
Friday, May 25, 2007
I made the following modifications:
- Decreased the neck depth. I felt the sweater looked better proportioned on bustier people with a shallower neck.
- Reworked the bust/waist shaping. I made the bust larger, the waist smaller, started the shaping further down (under the fullest part of my bust), and changed the shaping accordingly.
- Added a bust dart. I put bust darts in all my sweaters. They fit much, much better with this feature.
- Increased neck trim. I needed four repeats of the neck trim pattern to meet in the middle of the neck.
Yarn: Silky Tweed, somewhere around 7-8 skeins. I have a lot of this floating around, so it was a bit difficult to count in the moving chaos. Silky Tweed is soft and lovely, but a bit splitty, even with Stumpi Bluntos.
Needles: One Addi Turbo 16" circular in size 4. If these had pointy points, they'd be perfect! In this case, I appreciated the dull tips, because the Silky Tweed was splitty enough on its own.
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I am so close to having Sahara finished. I've stitched one side of the neck lace down. Just have the other side, stitching up the front and weaving in of a few ends. I do mine as I go so that it isn't such a daunting task at the end. I tried it on last night and it fits like a glove. Can't wait to wear it. Will post a pic very shortly.
First of all, I have to say that I am completely impressed with all the beautiful Sahara's that are popping up. It was certainly motivating me to finish mine! So it is finally finished. I had to put it down a few times to get mother's day gifts completed but it is finished now. I am really happy with how it turned out. I think I will take some other bloggers advice and wet block it because the bust area is just a tad tight.....I would like it a bit looser. I am just nervous about wet blocking the TT yarn. But I will. So this pic is pre-wet blocking.
I think this was a great pattern. It kept my interest, which is very important to me, and I think the trim is so pretty (even though it is a pain to knit). I will most likely knit another another one next summer!
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I'm using Berroco Softwist in Midnight Blue for the sweater and Trendsetter Yarns Sunshine in Blueberry Hill for the trim. I also had to go up two sizes on the needles to get gauge.
Khalila at The Knitting Dance
Monday, May 21, 2007
Here's the latest progress on Sahara. I am using Cotton Flamme in celery. I went to the local Michael's store and picked up a pack of beads and worked on the neckline. I'm really happy that I did this by hand instead of using the pre-strung Tilli Thomas. The fact that I got the cotton on sale from Little Knits for 2.50 a skein would be thrown out the window by buying 1-2 skeins for $39 to add the dazzle. I'm hoping to have this completed in the next couple of days. I'm really happy that I got to do both projects this KAL. Can't wait to see what is chosen next.
More details on my blog.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
Yarn: Goshen by Valley Yarns from WEBS in purple haze. I really enjoyed using this yarn! I will use it again for sure! I used just under 7 skeins.
Thursday, May 17, 2007
Hi! I finished my Sahara last week. I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleeced in Lilac Haze. I followed the pattern as is. I did use a size 5 needle for the lace hem. I wore it to my grandmothers birthday party last Saturday and everyone loved it. I can't believe how well it fit. I think I'm going to make a long sleeved one for the winter.
I can't wait to see what the next KAL is.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Totally happy with this pattern, would totally do it again (considering I restarted it THREE times.....)
It really makes my chest pop out, you would never figure that was just a B cup sitting there. I am thinking of actually making it the short sleeve version, so we'll see if I accomplish that or not.
I also think I would like to try this in a more silky cotton yarn to see if it drapes any instead of being so clingy with what I chose.
I used Cascade 220 and size 6 needles throughout. Made no modifications but think I am definately going to start doing crunches on a daily basis.
This was my first KAL and actually, the first sweater I made for ME. So all in all it was pretty fun and challenging. Especially when I magically lost a skein of the yarn and had to wait a week to replace it. I'm sure I'll find it tomorrow though.......*sigh*
Monday, May 14, 2007
I finished my Rusted Root! And I love it! I made it in Knit Picks CotLin. I really like the yarn. It's nice and cool for hot weather and I know linen gets softer with each wash, so that's exciting too!
It was my first top-down shirt, and also my first lace. This was such an enjoyable knit.
As many of you have said, my sleeves are not as poofy as they are in the pattern pics. BUT I am glad! I l look younger than I am so I'm thinking big poofy sleeves wouldn't help me look sophisticated :)
More details on my blog!
Cotton-ease + US7 Susan Bates = Enjoyable knitting experience!
I used a US5 Denise needle for the ribbing and that wasn't so much fun but all in all this was a great top to knit, the lace panel kept it interesting and the stockinette allowed for stress free TV watching.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Saturday, May 12, 2007
I used Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Perry's Primrose. I am really happy with this sweater. It was my first ever sweater, and I had great fun knitting it. I love how easy and fast the pattern is, even if the lace panel tripped me up in the beginning. More details on my blog.
Date Started: 28 April 2007
Date Completed: 11 May 2007
Pattern: Sahara from StitchDiva by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic.
Yarn: Ella Rae Shibu, Colorway 07.
Needles: Size 5 US for body, Size 4 US for ribbing. KnitPicks Options.
Modifications: Lengthened sleeves by working the long sleeve pattern decreases (5 total decreases, +2 rounds) before ribbing.
Neckline p3togtbl was switched for a p3tog.
Modifications for row gauge being off pattern.
More information available at my knitting blog.
All photos are clickable for a larger view.
Friday, May 11, 2007
(BTW, the muffin-top look is an optical illusion because of an oddly folded shirt hem. I even checked again after squinting at this picture for a while.)
Changes to the pattern:
- Gauge. Knit with Silky Tweed at a smidge over 5.5 stitches per inch
- Neckline. Closed off the neckline early for (I felt) a more flattering look on me and ease in bust adjustments.
- Bust. Added quite a few extra stitches in the bust and a short-row dart.
- Waist. Nipped in the waist more than on the pattern, and adjusted the seam decreases/increases to reflect this and the extra room in the bust.
Hey, for me, this is following a pattern!
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Here's my progress on Sahara so far. More details and pics on my blog as well. I am digging things at the moment. I'm at the point where I knit straight in st st until work measures 2" from underarm to needle. Even though I have a ways to go, it still seems to be a faster knit than I expected. Wendy did really thorough directions as well. Now that I've managed the provisional cast on (thanks to all the helpful comments), I'm in the knit zone. : 0 )
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
OK This isn't something I would usually ask for but of my students, a little girl (only 7), was attacked last night by a pit bull when playing in her neighbors yard. Apparently she tripped over it's leash got tangled up and the dog got ahold of her. She lost a finger, part of her ear, and has over 100 stitches in just her face. It's been on the news today in Cleveland. I feel so terrible for her. She is a sweet little girl, if you've ever heard of Junie B Jones books, she's my Junie B. (Actually my student not as ornery as Junie B-but she reminds me of her!) I figure she can use all the prayers she can get!
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Monday, May 07, 2007
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Hi all! This is my first KAL and the first time I've posted here. I only started knitting again 4 months ago after a 20 year hiatus, but already I am knitting a lot better than I could when I was 8 :)
Anyways, here is my progress so far on my Sahara. Being in Australia and coming up to winter I decided to knit the long sleeved version, and so far I have knitted everything but the sleeves. I just had to do the neckline first though so I could try it on, and I really wasn't disappointed at all. I am knitting it in Paton's Zhivago, a tencel acrylic yarn and it's very soft and light to work with. I have made it in Small and was a bit worried it would be too tight across the chest, cause I need 5 more inches than it seems the pattern allows, but I am too much of a novice to dare attempt to modify the pattern and I wasn't willing to put up with a floppy waistline, so I resolved to live with the outcome and maybe it was just some kinda lucky break or a good choice of yarn but it really just fits perfectly.
By some kinda of bad luck I ended up with a couple of balls from the wrong dyelot, which were noticably darker than the rest, only once I'd started knitting with them of course. So I saved those and knitted the hem and neck with that and it provides a nice subtle contrast which I am actually quite happy with.
I will try and post a less fuzzy picture when I am done, but for now I was too enthusiastic and impatient to wait for a better camera.
Started: 28 April 2007
Size: Large (I think it might be so fitted that I'd be wise to wear a bit of a girdle or shaper underneath just so the relaxed belly doesn't ruin the line!)
Yarn: Ella Rae Shibu in #07 (90/10 silk/rayon) - Approximately 8 balls so far (yarn was reclaimed from a very bad version of a Knitty tank). Two more balls on order for the neck and hem details (that way with the mismatch of the dyelot, it will seem like a design element... That's my theory).
Needles: Knitpicks Options for the body in size 5US, some random plastic sleeve needle from Mom's stash for the sleeves
Adding some length to the sleeve to make it hit right above the elbow when completed.
Gauge issues (stitch gauge was on, row gauge was off)
Sleeves are going to be more fitted than shown in model.
It's turning out to be a lot of pink... And I'm not a pink person. I think something happened to me, like trauma.
Overall, I'm very happy with the knit, and the fit from the last body try-on, and the sleeves seem like they're going to be precisely what I want - well fitted, and longer than the short sleeve section of the pattern, which is so not designed for any woman with meaty upper arms.
Also posted to my knitting blog - http://twistedthreads.blogspot.com
Friday, May 04, 2007
Like many others, I didn't get super-poofy sleeves, but I'm okay with that. I did make a couple modifications -- I made a size between the XS and S, and added extra waist decreases (and spaced them farther apart).
More pics and details on my blog.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
So the picture and details:
Yarn : Cotton Sport (Idena) 115 m/ 50 g, colour 948
Consumption : 300 g
Needles : 3,5 mm (2,5 mm for the neckline and edging around the arms)
Changes to pattern : I only knitted the split in the right side
More info in my blog: