Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Amy doesn't usually shamelessly advertise knitty.com here, so I will do it for her - terrific article - especially for the color-challenged such as moi...
Happy Holidays, everyone:)
Joan a/k/a fuguestateknits
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I used Rosarios 4 Bio Bamboo (100% bamboo) and I must say, I am extremely pleased with the result. It is so soft, and a bit drapey, though I think it turned out lovely! I used 4 mm needles to get anything near the gauge recommended for the pattern.
Bio Bamboo is wonderful stuff, but I think they were out to lunch when they printed the label. The yarn label's gauge is 27 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches with 5 mm needles, but I couldn't even get that gauge with2.75 mm needles (I got 25 sts and 30 rows). And I always knit to gauge. So I wouldn't trust the label, and recommend ALWAYS knitting a gauge swatch with this one.
I knitted it in a lovely soft pink Rowan Classic Cashcotton 4 ply yarn, which was a bit finer than the recommended yarns, but worked OK.
It's still drying, though inside now. It was unseasonably warm today (23C, 75F), great for laying it out on the porch.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
It actually looks better up close and personal. It fits and I'm glad. The O's part kind of give a little "air conditioning" - perfect for a lightweight sweater. I used cotton and linen and besides the striping, also made a change by crocheting a band around the neck and the button/buttonhole bands.
Now, on to the next:)
Thanks for hanging in there with me, fellow blogsters!
in Ellicott City, Merlin
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've been lurking here for awhile. I signed up for the KAL shortly after I got the book because I knew I would knit several patterns from it. I had plans to post about my progress on my Tomato sweater (which I am calling Bob because of Bob the Tomato on Veggietales). But I knit it and was almost finished other than the ribbing on the neck and sleeves and realized I didn't have a square neck I had a V neck because I hadn't added in the stitches for the bottom of the neck before joining in the round. So obviously it didn't fit either. :) So I had to rip way back and am not just past the color work again. So frustrating. But this is my first piece of color work so my second time around I learned to do it with a color in each hand and I love it. Here are my pics. Go check out my blog for more info or to comment if you would like. I can't post pictures right now so you will have to go to my blog for pics too. :) Happy knitting everyone!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I'm not giving up! I'm going to a conference this weekend - maybe I'll take it with me and make a dent in the sleeves. I have short arms, but fortunately not this short!
So near and yet so far!!!
I used Cotton Ease in the discontinued colors Mint and Blueberry.
This was my first sweater, and my first attempt at 2-color knitting! Although this wasn't a hard pattern, I started this back in July! I'm glad I finally finished it :) I think I should have added a bit more ribbing to the sleeves, and bound-off the sleeves and body directly from the ribbing rather than adding the extra row of plain knitting.
I love what everyone is making! I really like Tuscany and the River Rock Scarf, so one of those may be my next project from the book :)
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
1) After completing the sleeve increases, the pattern says to repeat rows 19–24 or 7–12 (depending on size) of charts R3 and L3 until the sleeve is the right length. You should repeat rows 17–24 or 5–12 to keep the pattern correct.
2) Row 23 of chart L3 is missing a cable crossing. The position and type of the cable crossing should be obvious to anyone who has gotten that far on the sleeve.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
After a last big concentrated knitting effort (nothing but knitting for the last 4 days) I'm finally finished my Cables and Os sweater and one week before my deadline for the special event (Wicked in L.A) I wanted to wear it to. I loved this pattern, it was the first time I had knitted the entire body in one piece and the first time that I knitted both sleeves at the same time. I chose the exact same yarn and the same color that the pattern called for because I really liked the way it looked. Generally speaking I'm not a huge fan of cotton but this yarn (60% cotton 40% linen) was great to work with and I would highly recommend knitting this pattern with this yarn. If you want to read more about it please come on by the blog or if you are on Ravelry I'm CraftyCupcake. It has been great to see everyones projects, they have all been very beautiful, happy knitting and KAL-ing to all!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I am not a fast knitter. This has been going on for weeks, maybe months if I add in all the geeking/research, but it's beautiful. Thanks to Deb White's clever design, there was no post-knitting assembly to do, so I finished it in time to accompany my daughter to the UK for her year of study abroad.
To college-student-proof it, I used Cascade Pima Tencel, double stranding throughout, except for the bottom edge and the cuffs, where I triple stranded.
For the record, despite the washing instruction on the label, the robe is machine washable and dryable and doesn't shrink. Which translates to: work the robe to the post-blocking gauge and measurements.
More detail than you would ever want to know is scattered through my blog.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
If interested in the whole (somewhat sorry) story, check out the blog. Bonus feature in today's post: Felting (or not, as the case may be) with mohair/acrylic blend. Serves me right for trying to go all sheepy on you!
PS. The stripe effect on the back is, I know, rather - ahem - interesting. Oh well. ;-)
Saturday, September 15, 2007
I just acquired this yesterday (for more specs on this, if you're bored, check out the whole sorry story).
I do seem to recall one or more people posting here that they used only two skeins of Silken to make the Tuscany. For the life of me, I can't find those posts now, though.
Any thoughts? Stitch-ay Woman thinks it's a go. :-)
PS Hopefully will have some FO Intoxicating pics within the week. I've been slacking off planning future projects and working on what I hope will be the world's biggest log cabin blankie made from scrap and swatches. It certainly may well be the most colourful. ;-)
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
As you can see the pattern calls for you to knit the back and the two fronts together in one piece. Towards the end it was a bit cumbersome but the pay-off is less seaming and the entire of the body of the sweater is done.
I decided to use the exact same yarn in the same color as in the book, Queensland Cotolino in fuchsia. I'm not a pink person, but I really do like the color, and I;m really glad I'm not sick of it yet. Here is a close-up:
All I have left is two sleeves, one button band (the side with the button holes is already on the sweater, you use the eyelets, smart huh?), and the neck band. Hopefully I will be able to power through and finish it up because I would love to wear it to a special event we have in the first week of October, hopefully grad-school work won't get in the way to much. It's been great to see everyone's projects, keep up the good work!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
I have a question, and I figured that you lovely people would probably be the best source for the answer.
I'm looking for a good laceweight or fingering yarn that is non-wool and non-silk. (I'm allergic to everything.) It needs to be something fairly inexpensive. Any favorites?
Thanks in advance!
I'm posting this in progress as I wanted to show a colour modification I made within the front of the top:
I'm not sure how clearly it comes out in the photos. However, I reversed the colour patterning midway through the top, so that colour A (brown) became colour B (teal) and vice versa. This was borne out of practical necessity because otherwise I was going to end up running out of the brown!
(crossposted to my blog)
Monday, September 10, 2007
It was our first time there. I mainly wanted to shop, but we also enjoyed the herding and shearing demos; and my daughter took a "Teach Ewe To Knit" class - and she actually learned. I'm so proud of her. But while shopping, I came across something puzzling.
One of the vendors (a larg-ish yarn shop) had No Sheep For You prominently displayed on the table. Hmm, that's not something you should see at the Sheep and Wool Festival, is it?
Friday, September 7, 2007
So if you are knitting Morrigan, click here and enjoy (or at least let your eyes glaze over).
Monday, September 3, 2007
I must confess that this is NOT the geeky swatch... but the beginning of the sweater (which I started tonight). Colour choice due in large part to (and inspired by) the lovely "extra" in a recent swap package from our very own Stitchay Woman! The two yarns pictures are SWTC, one soysilk, one bamboo.
Has anyone else started this top? It's a great knit so far, and makes me feel so clever! ;-)
More info on the blog
Friday, August 31, 2007
So, if interested, check out the blog.
Happy knitting! Still waiting to hear back from Earthfaire so I can order the beads for the River Rock scarf.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The colors are more muted and pretty. I used Sea Pearl from Briar Rose Fibers, and I loved working with it--it's a gorgeous yarn. I know it has wool in it, and I'm sorry I cheated, but that's what was in my stash that seemed to work best with this pattern.
I can't wait until it's dry! Thanks, Amy, for such a wonderful pattern!
Monday, August 27, 2007
Amy Singer, author of "No Sheep for You"!! Look at all that YUMMY yarn in front of Amy!! She gave a FABULOUS lesson on the other types of yarns that exist out there besides wool. We got to touch and feel all the luscious yarns in the book and even knit with some hemp and bamboo - heaven!! We also got to see and touch some of the geeky things from the book :-)
...with many thanks to Laura for putting me in the right direction re. the sleeve pattern (I can't read very well these days, apparently!
Fear not: I won't be providing a progress report for every inch knitted! Just happy that I got started. No rush to finish: my goal is 30 rows per week (and this is just the first sleeve).
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I think I said somewhere that this will be my most documented sweater and I think I was right!
Friday, August 24, 2007
UPDATE: I'm going to play it safe and follow the directions. I do not have enough experience with short row shaping to know how to change things. Maybe next time, LOL!