Sunday, September 30, 2007
Here's their reply: "... the red photographed sweater was knit with Knit Picks Andean Silk, which was lovely. Both of us Zephyr gals have also knit it with Lion Brand Cotton Ease, which you can get for a great price from (Discount Yarn Sale) I think we both prefer this yarn over the other... it's just so soft and wonderful! Rowan Cashsoft is another that would just be dreamy to work with and machine washable too!!!" Thanks Zephyr gals!
A Knitters Review of RYC Cashsoft is here. According to the KR review Cashsoft is similar to Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran .
I'd love to see other yarns suggestions posted.
This KAL will officially start on the 15th of October, but for those of you with yarn in your stash, feel free to cast on today!
Don't forget that you will have to re-request posting privileges for this knit along (sorry) -- click here for posting instructions.
For those of you who were pulling for Cherie Amour, don't despair... you can re-nominate it for the next KAL or go sign up for the Cherie Amour knit along.
I've emailed the Zephyr Gals letting them know that their two new patterns have won the SKC knit along, and I'm sure they'll be popping in to offer pattern support etc.
Interested in podcasting? The Sexy Knitters Club is in the very beginning stages of producing a podcast and are looking for a poscaster! If you've ever thought about hosting your own podcast but were afraid to jump in, now may be your time, and with over 1100 SKC members, you're sure to have an audience! For more information, email Jeanie.
How about a Sexy Knitters Club newsletter? Another iron in the fire for the SKC is a monthly newsletter which would include important knit along information including pattern tips, ideas, and other interesting tidbits. If you have experience in this area and are interested in helping, email Jeanie.
The winner of the Fifi knit along is Erin W. Erin has won her choice of either a SKC t-shirt or tote bag. Congratulations!!!
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
#17 -Minimalist Cardigan
(one way or the other this one just has to be knit - too good to pass up - but I would love to have some company along the way) : )
Monday, September 24, 2007
Yarn: Rowan Calmer in Refresh--3.5 balls
Needles: Knitpicks options in size 7
Modifications: I knit an additional 4 rows on the sleeves. I also cast on 7 stitches under the arm when joining the body and I did not decrease any stitches when picking up to finish the sleeves. I did 12 repeats of the center front panel pattern and I did a simple crochet slip stitch around the neck to control the rolling.
Thanks Jeanie for letting me do this.
1. #70 Lush and Lacy Cardigan
2. Matilda Jane
3. Simple Cape
6. Cap-sleeved wrap top
7. Tangled Yoke Cardigan
8. Back-to-School U-Neck Vest
9. Accidentally on Purpose Drop Stitch Vest
10. Cherie Amour
11. Cardigan and Brooch from Garnstudio
12. Ophelia pattern
13. Mrs. Darcy Cardigan
14. Deep V Argyle Vest
16. Scoop Neck Vest
17. Minimalist Cardigan from the Fall 2007 Interweave Magazine (You will need to scroll down to see the cardigan)
18. Sunshine Top
20. Tree Jacket
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Saturday, September 22, 2007
This is a top down raglan which means it will be easy to try on as it is being knit. The pattern comes with two downloads--one with smaller sizes and one with larger sizes so it fits a large range of sizes. It is made from a dk or light worsted weight yarn which means there are a lot of options and it can be made inexpensively. I love it! I hope it's not too late to include it! Ysolda is in the UK but the pattern can be paid for via paypal and then downloaded. When I bought it, it came to $7.26.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
All year I've wanted to have a wool cape with slots for armholes. I kept thinking I could find one I like or have one tailored. But none were to be found. I really like this simple cape (PDF-sorry!) from Vogue Knitting though. I thought it would be nice for this coming season.
Also I would love to knit fishnet stockings. But I hardly ever get to wear dresses. So I thought it might be fun and more useful to knit some fishnet anklets. I thought they would look so cute with heels and jeans in a bit lighter yarn. In a funky, outrageous color, they'd be even better!
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
A cables and lace Kimono from Sweater Babe. Versatile and should look great on most body types.
Colette from White Lies designs. I love her designs and they have the added benefit of being curve friendly. This one would be the perfect dressy cardi for the holidays.
Very Tall socks from Knitty. Definitely sexy and nice and warm for the winter.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
This is of course the Back-to-School U-Neck Vest from Fitted Knits. I think this looks amazing on just about anyone.
This next one I think is hot it is called Green Day. The pattern is in another language but we might be able to get the designer to help us. Unfortunately Google translator failed me on this one. This is from Tikru who blogs at Made by Myself.
The last is the Scoop Neck Vest from Blue Sky Alpaca. This is a great example from Cathi at In the Pink. She blogged about the sweater here.
If I get around to it, I will post some cardis that have caught my eye.
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
It looks like it's almost done, but it really isn't. I want to make some small mods to the bottom bit of the body. And some large mods to the sleeves - making them longer, about 3/4 length, and adding even more unnecessary ribbon. YOU'LL HAVE TO PRY MY UNNECESSARY RIBBON MODS FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS!
Anyway, I think I've gotten far enough to say that I really liked the pattern, and the fit, and the fact that it makes me look like I have enormous breasts. (I most definitely do not, so I am a fan of any piece of clothing that gives a convincing illusion of boobage.) I knit the XS even though I am not exactly XS-sized, and I think it was the right way to go. Yay for stretchy Calmer!
I would say that there are more pics on my blog, but there totally aren't, because I've been too lazy to post any Fifi updates. No gratuitous blog linkage for me. :(
Friday, September 07, 2007
So, once I was done with Fifi, my RCC yarn arrived a day later -- Noro Hana Silk in turquoise. Great, right? I have to say, I am quite unhappy with this yarn. Its little loops kept getting caught on my needles and I couldn't maintain gauge to save my life. Ok, fine, I would have been willing to forgive this and knit with it, even if it drove me insane. But one thing I couldn't forgive -- that all the wonderful cables and shaping of RCC were getting completely lost in all the fuzzy loopiness of this yarn. So, I scrapped it, and went with my old favorite instead -- Caron Simply Soft (this one's in Berry Blue). Yes, it's a 100% acrylic, but it has a lot of great qualities. It's incredibly soft, quite light, very easy to get (and maintain!) gauge, and has excellent stitch definition. And you can't beat the price -- $2.69 for a 6 oz skein, and it took just one skein for the whole RCC corset. At the moment, the corset is probably just 5-10 rows away from completion. I made just one modification -- no matter how loosely I bound off and cast on for the armhole, it was still too tight, so I added an extra 10 stitches for each sleeve, casting on 160 instead of 140, and working 29 stitches for each sleeve, instead of 19. In hindsight, I probably could've gotten away with adding just 5 extra stitches for each sleeve.
Phew! That was a long one!
Rowan Calmer, "Garnet" (175 yards per ball), almost 4 balls
US 4 and 5 (3.5 and 3.75 mm) circular needles and dpns
US D (3.25 mm) crochet hook
(And I'm glad I got to use the Calmer -- what a great yarn!) However, I did experience a few moments of confusion with the pattern and even, at one point (actually, um, when I was already finished), complete, dumb-struck horror.
I wanted to knit more or less the smallest size, but my gauge was off a bit, so I used the instructions for the second (33.5") size instead.
My main point of confusion was when the instructions seemed to direct me to use what I had thought were the body stitches as the sleeve stitches. After some internal debate (geez, I thought the front and back were wider than the sleeves... this doesn't sound right), I went ahead and did what I thought the pattern wanted me to do, separated the sleeves and knit a bit on the body. Then I tried it on. And it looked funny to me. The neck opening looked too narrow and rolled pretty badly along both front and back, and the sleeves were suddently huge. I ripped back and switched to the lesser number of stitches (71) for each sleeve and the greater number (81) for front and back -- much better!
Modifications: I switched to smaller needles (US 4) after 5 repeats of the 8 round "Lower Bodice" pattern to cinch in the waist a bit. I switched back to US 5's after 2 repeats. I lengthened Fifi quite a bit by knitting 11 total repeats. For the sleeves: I used the instructions for the smallest size for the decrease round and only worked one additional round on each sleeve before the final K1,P1 rib round and rib bind off. Additionally, I single crocheted around the neckline to minimize rolling.
The "dumb-struck horror" I mention above occurred after I was completely finished, I tried it on (as I'd done repeatedly throughout the knitting process) and experienced a shock to notice (for the first time!) that the region of purl stitches on one side of each center cable was one third as wide as the column on the other side, both front and back. How I didn't notice this asymmetry before is beyond me...
If you can't see it in my other photos, here's a close-up of the asymmetry (after blocking):
I hadn't previously noticed any asymmetry in the finished Fifi's I'd seen on the web, but then I started re-looking at other people's photos and realized that this asymmetry was present in all Fifi's. Clearly, it couldn't have bugged me much, since I hadn't noticed before.
During knitting, my increases (especially the Kinc's) had resulted in some obscenely loose stitches, so I went through and redistributed the slack in the diagonal "rib" of the cental panels to make things look nicer. As I did this, I tried to loosen the stitches in the narrow P2 column, and tighten the stitches in the wide P2 column. Blocking helped both issues somewhat, but didn't completely "fix" either.
I love Fifi anyway!
I actually finished my Fifi 2 days ago so I'm a bit behind in posting. This was a fun knit but a bit challenging for me (in a good way!). I ripped completely twice and ripped back to before the underarms once. Still, I learned a lot and was glad that I took the extra time to get the fit just right. For the bind off of the bottom, I chose a tubular double rib bind off. It was sloooooww but worth it. I'm also glad I was able to use Calmer for this one. I loved working with it.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
More details to come on my blog......
This first one, Sangria, is available here. There are other pictures there, and the pattern cost is 7.oo.
This Dayflower Lace Top can also be knit longer to be a dress. It is available here for 5.50.
The rest of these are all free patterns.
There is this one, Serrano, available at knitty.
Mrs. Darcy Cardigan, available here.
This one is at garnstudio.
Ophelia, another free one is available here.Detail shot of the front.
For convenience sake, the URL is also found below. Pick the earthen hemp skirt!!!
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
I also second the Juliet cardigan nomination. That /_\ silhouette is apparently really "in" this fall from what I've seen in stores.
Earthen Hemp Skirt
This skirt is a perfect piece for the late days of summer and autumn,
when the weather is just turning cooler.
Made from Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy,
a blend of Hemp, Cotton and Modal,
it is soft to the skin with a wonderful drape.
A gradual flare down to mid-calf length
makes it a flattering fit for most any body shape!
And it looks like I finished just in time too! I just finished blocking her and wore her to work today! I have to admit that I loved doing the top cable section, but I did not like all that ribbing on the bottom. It took me FORever! Anyway - I can't wait to see the nominations for the next KAL. I just ordered Romantic Handknits and I'm thinking there maybe some things in there worthy of sexy knitting. I haven't had time to write about Fifi on my own blog yet as I popped over here, saw that deadline was fast approaching, and decided to post here first, but I hope to get to post more of the details soon at Spincerely yours.