Friday, June 29, 2007
I received my wonderful yarn swap box about 3 weeks ago, but because of most recent "moving" experience, I haven't been able to post this. My pal knew I was moving mid-June so was sweet enough to send early and I LOVE IT. She also sent a very sweet house-warming candle and holder. I haven't used the yarn yet, but am thinking of a small drawstring bag for my 5-yr old daughter.
THANK YOU "SECRET" YARN PAL!!
So, here's where I need help -- I used an egyptian cotton. Do I need to "block" this? If so, how?
THANKS in advance.
It was also perfect timing, as it was the last day for a co-worker's who picks up our mail. He always teases me about all the packages I receive, so bringing me a big envelope from "The Yarn Fairy" made us all laugh! "The yarn fairy? The yarn fairy?"
Thank you yarn fairy!!!
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
This pic is cross-posted from my blog. It illustrates the value of SWATCHING!!! Folks, when they say a size TWO needle for the Cables & Os pattern, they don't mean a size SIX needle, LOL. (oops....) I'm a big girl but not a size 6X! After a night of sitting at my local knitting meetup (for the first time, BTW), I now have another inch added to the above cast-on twisted ribbing - and the interesting half of my first button hole (although they don't tell you to do one in the instructions - but where is it written I have to be a good girl all the time?? Since pictures are better in daylight with my phone camera thingie, I'm waiting until morning to post more.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Anyway, with your indulgences I'll post a photo of it to speed me along on this mission... I do love the Rowan All-Seasons Cotton but I'm not thrilled with the greyness of it. I DID let him pick the colour... hmm... next time I won't be so selfless! ;-)
detail from the neck:
whole thing, more or less:
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Sample caption from my favorite layout in the pattern book: "GAY BY DAY-- RIGHT AT NIGHT!"
Pictures to follow. Thanks again, Secret Pal, whoever you are...
Please allow me to introduce myself. I'm Marlyn the librarilan. (At least that's what my husband calls me.) I just joined this group after reading about it in Knitting Daily.
I'm not working on a project from NSFY yet, although I plan to, soon, as soon as I finish at least one of my current projects, which are:
A simple triangle shawl from sari silk,
a chenille Chanel-style jacket from the book Knitting Simple Jackets (p.45)
a shawl from the spring issue of Knit Simple (p.26) made from bamboo yarn,
aaaand a pair of fingerless gloves.
I'm an avid reader, and review books on my blog (and occasionally other peoples' blogs).
I'm also a novice gardener, having moved into a house with a garden about 4 years ago.
I'm interested in the Skein Exchange, but I see it's too late.
Yup, you got it! I am cruising right along on my Tomato:)
I'm about 10 repeats away from separating for the sleeves so that I can increase on the chest area.
This is my first time knitting wity Blue Skye Dyed cotton---I am so loving the experience! I can hardly wait to have this little number off the needles for the summer:) Oh and the color --is the original colors Wendy used for the design. I love reds!
Is anyone else working on Morrigan?
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Papiro 100% cotton for another Berthe Collar. Sorry for the blurry picture. This yarn looks nubby, but is very soft to the touch.
Next up, Jo Sharp cotton DK. At $2.99 each, I got enough to make the Cables and Os Cardigan.
Saucy Sport will make a Tuscany shawl, for a friend who looks stunning in that shade of blue.
I also bought something for my secret pal, but I can't show it here or else it won't be secret anymore. I thought I did pretty good, left the building to go to the reading, and then they had us stand in line for the book signing later, right by the aisles and aisles of severely marked down yarn. Those evil Webs people....even serving us glasses of cold water while we waited....and then I saw this:
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Meanwhile I've sent my Pal her package but I know she's on this board so I won't give the surprise away. Somehow I accidentally ended up with 2 upstream and 2 downstream Pals in this exchange- no worries, the more the merrier.
Knitting projects completed: socks (sheep fibre socks- sorry), a cotton raglan baby cardi for my baby-to-be in Septembe. WIP: Opal cotton/synthetic socks for a friend as a gift- they're going to be matching mommy-baby socks as she's due 3 weeks after me.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Fiber content: 100% Bamboo
1 Ball Contains: 100g, 250 yds (228.6m)
Price: Mine was in a swap, but it retails for $11.50 to $14.00 American, around the same in Canada.
Label’s Gauge and Needle Size: 5 sts and 8 rows = 1″ st st on US6 (4mm) needles. Nothing listed for crochet.
My Gauge, Pre-Wash: 7 sts and 7 rows = 1″ st st. 27.5 sts and 32 rows = 4″ st st (this is why you should never trust what your gauge is for 1 inch. It’s never right.) In crochet, I used a 5.5mm hook (US I hook), and got 13 sts and 18 rows = 4″
Post-Wash: No change.
Colour Range: 36, according to their Website.
Washing Instructions: Hand wash preferable. As a note, I’ve read that it is not a good idea to put something made with bamboo yarn in the dryer. Since I don’t own my dryer, I didn’t test it, I let it dry flat.
This is the other ball of yarn that I received in a swap with Stitch-ay Woman. I was excited about this one, actually, but decided to save it and use Calmer first. I’ve been wanting to try bamboo yarn for months, but didn’t have the opportunity. I kept hearing about how great it was, how durable, how beautiful, how soft.
This first one, above, is with 6US needles. The colour, Plum, is beautiful, and makes a lovely fabric, even though I prefer it knit with larger needles. But it felt so rough. I can’t imagine wearing a shirt made out of this, unless it’s meant to go on over something and not touch the skin. Even after hand washing, it was still rough. So, I went up two needle sizes and tried it again.
I got the idea from looking through Stitch and Bitch Nation. There’s a tank/vest in there called Accidentally On Purpose, which is basically a drop-stitch pattern, something like the above. It’s not only great on top of another layer, it’s *meant* to be on top of a layer, unless you’re feeling a little risqué. It’s still rough, but not as rough as the first swatch. I think it'd also be good for making the Network hat in No Sheep for You.
The crochet swatch gave me another idea. Bamboo is durable, and there doesn’t seem to be much stretch to it. It would make a great handbag. Even in plain sc, it looks great. With the wide range of colours, you could do stripes, or a pattern in another colour, like a skull, heart, star, whatever. I think the spike stitch would look neat, but that just occurred to me, so I need to test it with another colour/yarn.
If anyone has knit or crocheted something in this yarn and didn’t find it rough at all, please, let me know! I want to be wrong about this. And for the record, I’m not giving up on bamboo yet. There are other brands to try, and there’s a brand called Crystal Palace Panda Cotton that sells a sock yarn with bamboo and cotton content. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m hoping the cotton makes it softer.
Saturday, June 16, 2007
For one thing, I made the swatch about 8 inches square (a little bit bigger, actually) and this gave me an accurate gauge as well as a good feeling for how I would like the finished fabric. It grew on me. I confess that I was not all that excited about the yarn in the store, but it is knitting up into a lovely fabric. Too bad it doesn't photograph well in black. (The gauge yarn is a sage color both because I bought all the black for my sweater and because I liked this color but they didn't have enough of it for a sweater. The actual color is somewhere between the light and dark pictures that I took-- stupid camera.)
If you look at the close-up, however, you can see that when I unknit the twisted stitches incorrectly, it really showed up due to the fabulous stitch definition of this yarn. Can you see my goofs? The swatching paid off again, because I was able to identify a big stumbling block before I was knitting across a zillion stitches. I eventually figured it out, but it took a while. (Hint: you have to un-knit a twisted stitch out of the opposite loop to all of the other stitches you are unknitting. It's really hard to describe but easy when you see it.)
I identified another stumbling block: my edge with the eyelets on it was ruffling out. Since you use this edge naked, with nothing picked up and knitted along it, for the buttonholes, this was not going to cut it. I fixed this problem by slipping every first stitch on each end and this is working out dandy on the real thing, which is about 5" from the cast on edge right now.
I was a little too antsy to wash this before I started the real sweater, but the swatch is sitting in my laundry basket right now and I am washing it tomorrow. I am doing a cold water wash and flat dry, so I am not expecting it to shrink too much in width, but I can at least see how much it shrinks in length and adjust the distance to the armhole divide accordingly (I do not have the figure for cropped sweaters!)
The yarn I used is some handdyed silk/
I started out of size 6 needles, went down to 4 (don't have 5's), and then 3's. I can see lots & lots of mistakes where the beads don't line up but not a large difference in the needle size. I'm
6/17 update: I started it again on size 3 needles. I think it looks a lot better. The beads like to slide out of position though. I finished the border and I'm getting ready to start the body.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
I spent some time on Yarn Market tonight and was wondering if anyone had used Needful's Kim or Knit One, Crochet Two's 2nd Time Cotton. Would either be a good substitute? Are they hard to work with? Would Knitpick's Crayon be too fuzzy? Or does it split like their Shine Worsted?
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
I have come to know this cardigan by its (new) second name ;-)
I'm posting before it's finished - hope you don't mind - just trying to ward off the dreaded SSS (second sleeve syndrome). Having said that, this pattern is GREAT and I'd recommend it highly (not only because it uses my favourite yarn, either).
Monday, June 11, 2007
Hi! Here's my finished Tomato, aka the Midnight Tomato. Dorky, I know, but it makes me giggle.
I used about 7 skeins of GGH Samoa in black and then less than 1 of the multi.
It was super fun to knit, really quick to finish and it fits awesome!! The deck really wanted to model it though.
Fiber content: 80% cotton 20% Elitè Polyester Fiber (I have no idea why that’s an accent grave, that’s what it says on the label)
1 Ball Contains: 50g, approx 160m (175 yds)
Price: From what I can find, it retails for $11.50 to $14.00 American. According to Rowan’s website, it’s either not available in Canada, or they haven’t updated their website. The distributer is in England, though that doesn’t explain why there are dozens of retailers in the US and none in Canada.
Label’s Gauge and Needle Size: 4″ st st = 21sts and 30 rows on size 8 needles. (nothing for crochet)
My Gauge, Pre-Wash: Knit - 4″ st st = 24 sts and 28 rows on size 8 needles. Crochet - I didn’t sc for long enough to get a set gauge, but I used an H hook (5mm), and it’s about the same size as the knit swatch. If I was making clothing, I’d go a size or two bigger since this made a fairly stiff fabric.
Post-Wash: No change.
Colour Range: At least 16 colours according to yarndex.com. The colour I have, Garnet, isn’t on the card, so there are probably a few more new ones.
Washing Instructions: Hand wash, dry clean in only certain solvents, do not tumble dry, dry flat out of direct heat and sunlight.
Calmer is the stretchiest yarn that I’ve ever used. Amy mentioned in the book that it's comparable to wool, though having never used wool, I don't know personally. It was hard to use at first, and I had to cast on several times before I was used to it, and then started the swatch over at one point because it was much wider than I wanted it to be. I tried stockinette with a garter edge, k2tog yo every few stitches for a row, double seed stitch, and cabling. The yarn overs looked alright, but I wasn’t a fan of double seed stitch with it. The cables were great, the elasticity makes it an excellent choice for a cabled sweater, I can see why the designer of Morrigan chose it. It’s incredibly soft, both on the ball and knit up.
Once I got used to the stretchiness, the only downsides were the price and having to handwash. To knit Morrigan, I’d need 13 balls for a 41.25″ bust. The largest, 55.25″, takes 20 balls, and the smallest, 36.5″, takes 11. So if I wanted to knit Morrigan, I’d be looking at around $169 for yarn, not including the taxes and shipping. However, I’d have a beautiful sweater that would keep me in knitting for months.
The colour in the knit swatch picture is more accurate.
While crocheting, I had the same issue when making the chain as when casting on, but once I got going, it was nice to crochet with. I did sc, hdc, dc, some shells, then back to sc at the top and an sc row around.
As most people who do both crafts know, crocheting uses up 33% more yarn. So, if you’re on a tight budget, you probably won’t want to use this for large crochet projects, like a lacy sweater. It’d be great for smaller projects, like a cute handbag, slippers, etc. However, if you have a huge stash of these and want to use them up, crocheting is the way to go.
Overall, a great yarn, I’d definitely use it again.
x-posted to my blog.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
I made the smallest size, but didn't switch to the smaller needles to do the sleeves or the neck pickups. I think that worked well, as the sleeves are pretty fitted but are OK.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Friday, June 8, 2007
So here she is: Eileen
But wait, there's more!!!
And still more... And this, my friends is the money shot!!