Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
My Juliet is coming along though I have a feeling that it's going to be too big. This is sorta funny because I usually take a large but I thought that I'd make the medium size based on the experience of other having their's come out too large. Then I even threw in some decrease once I separated the sleeves for some shaping because it seemed to be turning out rather large-- how is this when my gauge was perfect!? So then, since I decreased until just under the bust decreasing the number of stiches, I decided to knit the lace in the small size. It still seems like it's going to be a bit too big for me. Yeesh, I just can't win....my last sweater for myself was too big on me too :'-(
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
I'm planning to add a couple of darts under the bust, just to bring it in a bit. Also I'm not going to add all (if any) of the increases, I'm just worried that it would add too much to my waist, turning me into a box-y shape, rather then hourglass. I chose the medium size, and I'm knitting at 15.5 sts per 4" rather than 14. It feels very nice on so far, so excited to be able to wear it soon to class so that I stay warm!
I think I might just put on Romeo + Juliet while working on this today, seems appropriate.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
I've been working away on my Tree Jacket. I'm using Berroco Peruvia, it's probably a bit fuzzy for this pattern but I like it and it's doing to make a warm snuggly sweater.
Mods ; I skipped the turtleneck, I knew I'd find it itchy, I can generally wear wool as long as it don't touch my neck too much. I decided to knit the sleeves in the lace pattern too, I'm getting ready to star the stockinette section on this one.
Happy knitting! Bobbi
P.S. If there are anymore of you San Diego knitters out there in the midst of crises with the fires and mandatory/voluntary evacuations, I'm here too and we're going to push through.
Anyway, I finally began Juliet. I had swatching and gauge issues (I got 13 sts with the size 10.5 in Denise needles and 15 sts with the Knit Picks size 11 needles). I couldn't find my size 10.5 Knit Picks so I ordered a new pair and the yarn and swatch just sat there while I awaited their arrival. They finally came and I knitted up a new swatch and yay~I got the correct gauge! I'm using Cotton Fleece doubled and i really like what I have so far.
I'm pregnant too so I'm excited to finish this one and actually be able to wear it.
Once I finish a little bit more, I'll take and post some pictures.
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I'm starting the first row of the lace pattern in small, and have run into a numbers problem. First let me say I've never had good luck with lace, but this seemed fairly easy! Anyway, I think I've done everything correctly so far, but the pattern just isn't working out. Has anyone else had this problem? I'm 8 stitches short of completing the pattern and having enough stitches left over. And when I do the math, that's exactly what should be happening. What has everyone else done??
Thanks so much,
This is my first time participating in a KAL, and I was most unenthused about the Tree Jacket. Now that I'm actually knitting it, I love it! I'm using Caron Simply Soft in Black. How long do we have to finish these KALs? In other words, what date should I be finished? I tend be a little slow completing things, and need a deadline to nudge me along:) Here's my progress so far:
Thanks for looking! - Sarah
I knit the small. If I ever re-knit this, I'll go with the extra small size. To compensate it being slightly big, I overlapped the front and fastened with a button. I'll soon replace this button with a very cool one ordered from etsy.com.
Overall, I'm very pleased and received many compliments when I wore this, this past weekend.
Yarn used, Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece. Color - Oriental Jade.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I cast on for Juliet Saturday and have begun the lace section. I had originally planned to do the longer version but, when I tried it on to check the fit after binding off the arms and joining the body, I made the on the spot decision to try it cropped. As quickly as this is knitting up, I won't feel too badly re-doing it if it doesn't work on me.
I'm knitting Juliet size small in Valley Yarns Berkshire Bulky in the slate grey color.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Blogger let me upload these pics today. I think I will knit this again, but rewrite it for dk or sportweight, and maybe bamboo. I think the drape, luster and texture of bambu 7 doubled is really sexy.
Thanks, Kim for the lovely compliment!
Saturday, October 20, 2007
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I changed the lace skirt for one with a stronger vertical line to counterbalance the strong horizontal from the color blocks. Stash knitting sometimes makes me get creative, sometimes just weird. I haven't yet decided which this is. It's definitely colorful. Sexy? maybe. ;)
I'm using Lion Brand Cotton Ease in Violet, which looks almost blue sometimes.
For Juliet, I am using Filatura di Crosa Andina, the colour is Nantucket Sand. I just bound off the sleeve stitches. I decided to continue the garter stitch until just under the bust. I don't want the lace to pouf out too much. I am also thinking of using only one button, under the bust, where the garter and lace meet. I am making a size between the xs and s sizes. I don't want mine to be too big.
I can't wait to wear these!
I am having problems with the pics, so I will try to post again later. I don't want the computer to crash and I lose this post.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
I'm really excited about this KAL - it's the first time I've joined in and knitted along in quite a while - just wasn't too thrilled about the other patterns, but something about this Tree Jacket really intrigues me.
I decided I wanted a bit of a different look - for some reason couldn't get the idea out of my mind that this pattern would look good in a variegated/handpainted yarn in deep, deep colors. This past weekend, at Stitches East, I found the perfect yarn - some yummy Brooks Farm Solana in gorgeous Fall colors.
Above is a picture of my progress as of the neck. I took the time to wind the rest of the yarn last night, and got a bit farther with the knitting this evening at my son's soccer practice. I'm about halfway through the increases for the armholes - using the suggested raglan increase that Stefanie Japel uses all over her Fitted Knits book. I thought that would be best since I'm changing the pattern just slightly to accommodate the variegated yarn by keeping the stockinette stitch throughout, rather than doing garter stitch after the cowl/turtleneck. Thanks, Robin, for encouraging me to try this - it looks great so far!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
**Kudos again to the vase my boyfriend threw for being such a fantastic model during this photoshoot!**
No on to Juliet... Has anyone added sleeves? I am thinking about it and was wondering if it had already been done and how it looked.
The picture shows my swatch. I decided on the large size.
Here is a picture of the Thong I knit. I am getting married in two weeks! Kim MacKenzie
Monday, October 15, 2007
This is my first KAL, although I've been a member of the Sexy Knitter's Club since June-ish. Both Tree-Jacket and Juliet were in my queue, so this is great! Hopefully I'll have time for both.
Having Thanksgiving last weekend didn't leave me time to shop for yarn, so I had to wait very impatiently. But, I am finally ready to start! I chose a pretty dark teal Mission Falls wool, and found three antiqued silver buttons which look awesome paired with it.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
;D Ok, I bought both KAL patterns and a Wicked too on wednesday night. I never recieved an email with them. I've checked the bulk folder, and sent the Zephyr girls an email. Nothing!!! OMG! *lol* :) Anyway, I have no idea why the first ones didn't go through, but as far as their response, I just assume life's busy. Here's me question- I would be willing to send my paypal reciept to someone here, who was willing to email me a copy of Juliet. That's the one I wanted to do first. I know this sounds unorthodox, but I've got my reciept, I'm a knitter, not a scammer. Any help, would be much appreciated. Thanks! I'm just so jealous that so many of you are already done! I'm pathetic.
I have been searching through my stash to see if I have any yarn that I can use for Tree Jacket. I have some Karabella Aurora 8 in a really nice brown and gray. Now I have to decide which of the two colors to use. Help me decide, more details on my blog.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Hi there I have been enjoying looking at all the finished Juliets out there. I too have finished mine this week and was very happy with the result. I prefer wearing it without the buttons as I probably did not sew it correctly and ended up looking weird. Now on to my next project the tree jacket...
Friday, October 12, 2007
After a couple of recent splurges I'm financially constrained (maternity leave and loss of an income will do that to a gal) so it's Lion Brand Cotton Ease for me. A great recommendation from the Zephyr girls and it is knitting up really nicely. Unfortunately when I spend time knitting each night (as the eyelids start to droop) I seem to keep miscounting by one after about 6-10 rows. Then the next morning I have to spend time ripping out a row or two to correct the mistake. I really need to pay closer attention especially after working on a straight forward but large stockinette stitch pattern for the past few months (I think my brain has gotten lazy).
Absolutely have to treat myself to some of the Zephyr markers though. My little plastics knobs just don't seem to cut it after seeing the cute stash available on Zephyr's website - and what a great stocking stuffer idea for knitting family and friends.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I'm loving this pattern - it is such a fun knit. Here's my progress so far; I'm using the Knit Picks Andean Silk that they used to make the sample sweater, but in Hyacinth. It is a vibrant violet-blue color, which doesn't show up perfectly in the pictures.
When I start the sleeves, I think I am going to make them in the lace pattern instead of garter stitch. Kinda like the Eiffel look. Remember that one?
For more pics, see my blog.
I got a jump start on Juliet 2 weeks ago since I already had all the materials and I couldn't wait to get it on my needles. I'm making the longer version and I'm using Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Slate Charcoal. I started out knitting it down one size since the sleeves on raglans always come out bigger for me. The sleeves still came out huge. I ripped it out a week ago and re-knit it down another size. So far so good.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Thankyou for my warm welcome to the skc --very excited about all this,anything to put knitting on the map,as a very non-geriatric pastime .
To help and follow suggestions as for things to blog and podcast ,I have voluntered to cover shaping garments --to show of the figure: by using short row shapings.
What I need to know, would the majority prefer me to write ,or to talk you through on a podcast. I await your descision.
One of the sexy things I am working on at the moment is a pair of french knickers in pure silk deliciously dyed by Kaalund yarns in Australia.
So many of these hand dyed silks and silk mixes are so yummy, we are tempted to buy, but personally at the moment do not want to knit socks (having just finished a sock book )out late 08.So lingerie and delicate lacy apparel tempts me so I set out to design the french knickers.
When you actually buy these yarns do any of us actually know what we are goingto use them for or is it stash buying
Have you heard of SABLE over there ,
it stands for Stash Accumlated Beyond Life Expectancy
Should we all be conscious of this or feel like I do that I will be very popular when I have gone if my stash pile is the judge.
Please do let me know how you would like me to deliver any small gems of knowledge swimming through the tangled yarn in my brain be it written or verbal.
Even just having membership of this group as upped the anti on my feminism---thank you.
At first I thought the fit was going to be too big for me, as I chose medium size and I'm a 36. But now that I've gotten more to the sweater, it's seeming to fit better now. I don't have enough yarn to do the whole sweater in variegated yarn so I'm planning on buying some brown ribbon yarn to work into the lace with the green fingering yarn.
I am also starting up the tree jacket. I'm using more stash yarn, some mohair blend from the 1960's called Mohairlaine. I might mix in some extra Doceur et Soie into the garter section too. But I need to knit more before I decide.
Sunday, October 07, 2007
I also wanted to share a photo of the yarn markers I ordered from Zephyr Style. Aren't they great?!
Thanks, Kristin :)
Saturday, October 06, 2007
The wool has arrived, and I popped out and got myself some circular needles yesterday. I had ordered some bamboo ones, but lost patience with the post, so have now got myself some metal ones. I love bamboo needles though. I have bought Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in scarlet. The colour is lovely - like cherry red in my pack of laurention pencil crayons when I was in school! Debbie Bliss also does it in a lovely teal, but scarlet was on sale! I have cast on, and the neck seems a bit small, but it is a bit difficult to appreciate the exact circumference while it is on the 40 cm circulars - so I will perservere. I am making the large, which might be on the small size, but I am notorious for making sweaters too big, so my theory is if I go a bit small I might end up with something that fits!!
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I cast on last night but have only knit about 20 rows...what can I say, it's MBL post-season ;-)
The yarn is Cascade Venezia which is a blend of 70% merino, 30% silk. I swatched it to gauge on size 9 needles but then found the gauge to be way off once I started knitting, so I frogged it. I am now using size 10.5 needles and so far, so good. I'm 3 rows away from joining the body.
I have also purchased my yarn for Tree Jacket. I got Tahki Savoy which is 52% silk, 48% merino from Webs. It arrived today and it is possibly the softest yarn I've ever felt! The label indicates that it will knit to gauge, but a swatch will tell for sure!