Thursday, May 31, 2007
I'm also coveting the new Handmaiden Flaxen (silk/linen) and the Handmaiden Tussah Silk. I think that the Flaxen would make an interesting River Rock scarf and the Tussah Silk would make a gorgeous Tuscany.
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
On my needles right now is a new Tuscany in moss [yellowy green] Seasilk. I'm finding that using the same needle size as in the pattern is working well for this finer yarn [which surprises me!] and I'm really enjoying knitting it...it's my 3rd, by the way.
My Cables and Os cardigan is creeping up to the divide for the armholes and that's exciting too! So all is well.
Hope everyone's having a great spring [though we seem to have skipped right over spring into summer in Toronto!] and enjoying your knitting!
Friday, May 25, 2007
I used one skein of Hand Maiden's Sea Silk that I picked up at The Naked Sheep.
I really had fun knitting this one, and can't wait to start another project from the book. I think I have been won over by all the wonderful Tomatos. I have some GGH Samoa that just might work!
Thursday, May 24, 2007
I'd really like to have a go at knitting the 'River Rock Scarf' next, but I haven't knitted with beads before, so I'm a little apprehensive. I like a challenges but ... Any tips anyone?
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I substituted Cascade Luna & Manos Cotton - both of which I hadn't used before and now love to bits. I went down a needle size because I liked the fabric better. And it only took me about 3 weeks to do - amazing since I have about 10 things on the needles!
You can read more about it here.
Next up from NSFY - Cables & Os!
Hi! This is my first post here. Hopefully I won't babble on too much. Apologies in advance if I do.
I used a blue variegated cotton yarn that I bought years ago at Paradise Fibers in Oregon. It didn’t come with a label. It was in a 100% cotton basket.
I used size 6 circulars (I don’t like straights.). I cast on 101 sts. When I reached the end of the row and ran out of stitches, I decided to do the increase in the 2nd to last stitch no matter what the stitch count was. As a result, that end has a nice diagonal slant to it.
I used the suspended bind off. It really helps me achieve a loose bind off. I usually bind off too tight.
I didn’t like the look of the garter stitch edge. So, I used the remaining yarn & picked up stitches along the edge using a slip stitch crochet stitch. I then went back & tried several variations doing multiple stitches in one stitch. I wanted to have a wavy edge. I wound up doing 2 double crochets in one stitch and then a single crochet in the next stitch and repeating that until the end of the row.
who can help?
I am participating in the No Sheep Secret Pal Skein Swap, but the email addy I used for it died a horrible death last week and I lost all the info. I am unable to retrieve my swap partner's info, and she is unable to reach me.
If anyone can get me out of this please email me at:
Thanks a million!!
Friday, May 18, 2007
Oh, and I will be getting on with my socks this weekend!
Thursday, May 17, 2007
My beauyouteeful Bacardi in progress (I can't help but think of it as a "Cuba Libre"...!). This is the product of about 2 hours' knitting. I am using the slip stitch technique for the two-colour rows.
The pattern is even more fun to knit than I thought it would be - it has the twin bonus of being rather simple to work and looking impressive. And - my task was made immeasurably easier by Barbara Gregory, the designer, who very kindly contacted me and offered to do up a colour chart with *my* colours...she is the person who picked the order for the colours I chose. Thanks, Barbara!
The fuzzier picture below shows something more closely approximating what the colours look like in "real life". (Unfortunately I can hardly get my camera to behave properly).
PS. A tip for those who have never worked with Super 10 before... it is rather slippery. I am knitting this on Addis as I am very familiar with the yarn and its slickness - but I might suggest bamboo or wooden needles for those who wish to avoid losing stitches off the end of the needle while knitting ;-).
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
This one is a 4-fer. The main color is Cascade Pima Tencel in #7478. The borders are in Filatura Di Crosa Portofino in Sunset (top), Pima Tencel double stranded (middle right) and triple stranded (middle left), Filatura Di Crosa Portofino in Foliage (bottom).
All this, just to get to one college-proof Sweet Indulgence robe. And we're not there, yet.
...and for a more impressionistic view on a backdrop of Super 3 knitted fabric (Monet had nothing on me and my sadly lacking camera ;-)...):
To complicate matters, this sample is not done in the colours I picked for the sweater but in remnants I had in the stash (did I mention I'm a Super 10 addict?). This was my rationale for not doing a full 6x6 sample... ! I also did not wash it as I am so familiar with the yarn that I know how it behaves with stripes and chequerboard (excuses, excuses... bad, bad, BAD knitter!)
I cut the colours by and large as I was working - this wasn't necessary but it was late at night. Otherwise, I can tell already that the pattern will be very fun to knit - relatively minimal effort for fabulous results! There is one wonky grey row (which is my fault as I used the slip stitch the wrong way.
I'll be starting the cardi this weekend. I'll keep you "posted" (hardy har har).
Sunday, May 13, 2007
I only had the shoulder to do for ages, but I got caught up in a lot of community work...blah blah blah!
I have cast on for the sleeves several times but can't seem to get it right, will have another go today.
Everyone seems to be doing so well.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Not as clever or as subtle as those picked by the designer, but I like them, and I guess that's what counts! ;-) At the very least, gotta love a pattern that calls for one skein only of several colours - it's great for us Super 10 hoarders out there!
I must confess that I have made a start on the He Gansey...
...but abandoned it in favour of two or three tank tops in more cheerful colours. No fault of the design (and I will get back to it after the Bacardi). I blame instead my poor long-suffering DH who insisted on grey. It's a nice shade of grey, but it is still... grey. SIGH. I will have to remember never to consult him again on colour choices (though it will go nicely with his eyes...)!
Please send me good sheepless (er... sheepish? Never!) vibes.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
I love this pattern & yarn! I'm using Cascade Luna for the main colour & Manos del Urguay Peruvian Cotton for the contrast colour. It's my first time using either of these yarn & I'm addicted to them! This is also my first time doing any kind of colourwork & I seem to be doing okay with it.
My blog if anyone is interested. :)
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
I've enjoyed seeing everyone else's FO's, especially the other Tomatos (Tomatoes?) and they were really motivational.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
This was the first time I knitted with beads, at the beginning it fussed a bit with them but after a while it went smoothly. It also isn't the las pattern I'm going to make from the book !
If you want to see more pictures you can visit my blog at http://blackbunnyisknitting.blogspot.com/
Monday, May 7, 2007
If anyone on here has any advice for choosing a digital camera that takes high-quality pictures, particularly indoors and of knitted fabric, please email me at email@example.com (I don't want to take up any further space on here with something off-topic). Thanks--
I went on a bus trip this weekend, from Naperville IL to ThreadBear Fiberarts in Lansing Michigan. This gave me plenty of knitting time. As you can see I'm making good progress on the back. I'm very happy with how the front and back look together. This will definitely be a distinctive, one of a kind piece.
I met someone from Chicago who bought yarn for Tomato and told her about this KAL. Hopefully we'll be seeing her posts here as well.
Sunday, May 6, 2007
I am using Seasilk. I wish that I had a solid to show off the pattern better, but I was tricked into buying the yarn because of how bright and lovely it was.
I have been working mostly with hemp lately and the seasilk seemed so crazy slippery. I finally tamed my savage beast yarn by switching from my Knitpicks Options needles to addis.
To further tame my Seasilk, I decided I needed a yarntainer. I'll spend whatever on seasilk, but I just couldn't slap down the $10 for a yarntainer. So my beautiful spun from silk and sea yarn is living in a kool-aid pitcher I picked up for $1.99.
The poor yarn is probably embarrassed to death, but I had to keep it from rolling away and ending up in the paws of my evil cat, or near any of my dirty kids. I love them, but silk yarn and snotty kids do not mix, or at least shouldn't.
This is all I've gotten done so far with the cold I managed to get from somewhere. I have to say that I haven't had to rip as much as I usually do with a cold, so that's something. I think it says that the pattern is particularly well-written. :-)
Oh, and yeah, I had to go for the cutesy pic. I like my colors better than the ones she's holding. *giggle*
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I love this shirt.
Two weeks, that's all it took. I did work on it a lot, but I also have a full-time job and spend 9 hours a day, 5 days a week at work, so I didn't have that much time.
I did the second-smallest size on size 7 circs, the Denise Interchangeables were great for it. Those colours are Periwinkle and Stone, in Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, and while I bought 5 hanks of the blue and 1 of the brown, I have one whole hank of blue left (I made the shirt 2.25" shorter, since I'm only 4'10") plus a partial ball of blue, and brown.
Edit: I traded the remaining yarn.
My best friend Holly and I are doing the Tuscany shawl for the KAL. I fell in love with it when I saw Amy wearing it at a book signing at Threadbear, and I have a skein of Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl that I've been saving for it.
Will anyone get upset that my yarn is 50% merino, though? For me, that's pretty good, considering I knit almost entirely with wool all of the time. I've never knit with tencel before, and this yarn feels good in my hands.
I'd post a pic, but the camera's down for the moment. Maybe an update picture tomorrow.
Having decided that because I have a ton of Super10 (probably my favourite yarn) I would knit up the Bacardi...my only problem being which colours to pick...
... I then went into my first foray of on-line yarn shopping and acquired the following - Rowan all seasons cotton:
(intended for DH who kindly let me use his credit card to order...) and Rowan Calmer in blush
So - where to begin?
And, before I begin, I must finish the Samus-style cardigan I'm knitting... see my blog for that photo. I have loved working on it but just want to start one (or all) of the other fabulous projects...
And - let's not get started on the sea silk I have in the stash from Fleece Artist... intended for a pair of entrelac socks before I bought the No Sheep book!
Cheers - and happy knitting (am loving what I am seeing here, which does not help with the quest to acquire less yarn...)
PS: for those who are interested in the He and She Gansey and either have unlimited funds or can find a cheap on-line source (I ordered from cucumberpatch.co.uk) - the Rowan all seasons cotton for me knitted to precise gauge using 5mm needles instead of the 6mm suggested in the pattern for the He Gansey. And it feels GREAT!
Thursday, May 3, 2007
It was a joy to knit.
I ended up binding of halfway through the final pattern repeat because I was paranoid the last ball was dwindling too quickly. It's still plenty long, and I'm sure when I block it it'll bloom a smidge more.
Needles: Denise Interchangeables #6 - With the pink cording!
Yarn: 5 balls of Elann Sonata in Gray Slate (mercerized cotton) - 115 yards per ball
More info on my blog.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
There is so many projects I want to try in this book - one of the best books I've bought in a long time.
I also have a blog, where I write about my yarn obsession. :)
Glad to be here!
This is my first time (officially) on a knitalong. I'm excited to share my project with others and to see the progress of all the other members knitting the wonderful projects from this book. As the title suggests, I'm working on Tuscany. Originally, I wanted to make this shawl using a bamboo yarn. I looked at those offered by my LYS, which were wonderful choices, but, after attempting to calculate the appropriate yardage, it was just too expensive. I'm not adverse to paying good money for good yarn, but the problem is that I'm not really sure that I'm even a shawl person. This is my second shawl and I like knitting them, but I'm not quite sure I will use them. So, I didn't want to spend that much money...yet. So, I chose an egyptian cotton. I know, not too exciting, but I love the color. It's Mandarin Petit (from Norway) in a bright spring green (using sz 6 needles). I love the other examples earlier on the blog using the seasilk and bamboo in verigated colorways (beautiful color choices!), but after seeing my start, I also like the way the mono-color emphasizes the pattern. I've decided this is my "leaving the northwest" shawl, since it reminds me of where I live right now...the color of the spring leaves. I'm moving to a much warmer and drier climate in the next 2 months, so this will be a nice reminder of my favorite time of year in the NW.
It's been inspiring to read about all of the projects everyone has been doing from the NSFY book. There are so many in the book that I want to make--I have a bunch of post-it flags sticking out of my copy. Currently I am tackling two, Tuscany and Cables and O's.
I'm making Tuscany out of Handmaiden SeaSilk in Glacial. I'm just finishing up the 6th pattern repeat now. Part of me was excited, thinking I was more than half way until I realized that I just keep adding more stitches with each row! But still, it has been so satisfying to see this beautiful pattern come to life beneath my hands. Someday I'll post a picture of it.
The Cables and O's is being knit up in the Queensland Cotolino called for in the pattern. When Amy mentioned the sale of it at Elann.com on her blog, with the sneak peak of the pattern, I ordered the yarn in black. I have just finished the twisted rib at the bottom of the sweater and plan to start the chart today. Is anyone else working on this pattern?
Thanks for reading!
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Incidentally, I found a very minor error in Chart B. In the first row, the right-most stitch should be a purl, not a ktbl. Of course, you would hardly notice if you worked the chart as written, but hey, I thought I'd let you know.
At first I thought the error was with the left-most box, but after working the rows--with the wrong correction--I realized what the correct correction should be. But I didn't bother to correct my incorrect correction and no one will be the wiser.
I am a new knitter (just started in Jan) and have decided to knit NETWORK. Thought it would teach me some new skills plus work with silk!! My question has to do with the lace pattern. If you look at the chart--line 7 the third from last stich says to pass st pver first st of rnd after working double yo) so my questions are:
--am I doing a real double yarn over or just the 2 yo that are already on the chart
---since this is the third to last on the chart am I slipping this stich off, then doing yo then passing it over the first st of round/or am I am passing it over the 2 yo and the first stich of rnd.
--what I think I should do is just do 2 yo after the k2tog then slip st over 1st st of round (liek binding off)and pm. Hope this makes sense and I appreciate any feed back. The funny thing is the hardest thing I am finding about being a new knitter is reading the patterns!!!!