Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Now my delimma is whether or not to go to my LYS and buy more of the Regal Silk (which is an alpaca/silk/poly blend I think and way cheaper) or splurge on Sea Silk or Silken.
ETA: Regia Silk, not Regal Silk.
July 24 & 25 - Bainbridge Island (Seattle area)
ChurchMouse Yarns and Teass
July 26 - Portland
lunchtime reception & book signing
July 28 - Sunnyvale, CA (between San Jose and San Francisco)
Book signing & reception
And save the date for August 26 at Loop in Philadelphia!
Monday, July 23, 2007
Well, now that the lime green Tuscany is done, I was contemplating another Interweave yummy from KNITS Spring 2007, the Cable-Down Raglan (very yummy ocean blue with wonderful cabling pattern), when I thought that maybe I could do the Morrigan, so I looked at the book again...it made my head spin...my life is WAY to complicated right now (zen meditation camp for a month in the mountains might be too complicated for that one, but I still want to do it someday...I applaude those that are doing it), so I looked at Cables and Os...I had a random skein of Debbie Bliss cotton cashmere in "cream" (85% cotton-15% cashmere...not totally "no sheep") and knitted up this geeky thing. It was my first time knitting with this yarn and it is FABU...I've placed a few bids on eBay to snag a "few" more skeins. I'll keep you all posted.
After swatching, buying yarn, photocopying charts and pasting them up, I finally cast on Friday night. Then I discovered I'd not left enough tail, so I ripped it out and started over. I got to the "end" of the first row and realized I'd left out the side charts, so I did that over. Things did improve though and now I've got about an inch of sweater and have changed up to the larger needles. The Rowan Calmer feels so very nice that it's a good incentive to work on it even when the cables are being pesky.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
I just joined this group and wanted to say hello. My name is Janis and I am knitting "Morrigan". Here is a picture of my progess. I have to say that this is one great sweater and I can't wait to finish it. It is a challenge in the fact that it goes pretty slowly. Great pattern by Jenna and fun to knit.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I have officially joined the Silken fetishist brigade - the 20% off sale at the LYS did not hurt any!
The above colours are Pewter and (I think, anyway) Peridot. Designated for the River Rock Scarf (which I should note, although lovely in the book, I only decided to knit when I saw Marianne's posted version on this blog (post of 8 May 2007). I'm nervous about the beads... but if it all works it will sure look beautiful!
Monday, July 16, 2007
OK, so it's not a pattern from the book, but the yarn was reviewed here on 4/3/07: Madil Eden. The pattern is from Knitty.com, called Soleil. The bamboo yarn has gorgeous drape, a very silky feel, and is a good price ($6.95 at my LYS). Unfortunately, the sweater is a gift for my sister so I can't enjoy it. I'm seriously thinking of frogging another project with this yarn so I can make a Soleil for myself.
I took it for show-n-tell at my LYS. The owner of the shop insisted on trying it on so she could judge which size to make for herself, and printed off the pattern right then.
This was actually the first of three FO's this past week, you can see the other two on my blog http://www.catnurseknits.com/
I'm starting to swatch my Plum Tomato, with checkerboard purls instead of herringbone.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
In the mean time, I'm enjoying reading this blog and looking at your projects!
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Well, as you can see, I'm making progress, thanks to the Columbia Knitting Meetup at Borders:) I had a blast knitting in front of my cup of coffee, and blabbing away about knitting and whatever else came to mind last night. It was a nice, cheap fun way to enjoy myself. And I had been a good doo-bee and got my work done, so there!
It's interesting that I started this on regular straight needles, in size 2 and had a hellacious time cramming all 352 stitches on even the 14" needles, but now using the size 4 circular (this one's an Addi-Turbo) the linen (green) seems to behave better. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the cables pull everything in a bit. I think I'm going to hem up the ribbing to tone down some of the linen's poofy-ness and then use a green i-cord edging for all the "raw" edges of the sweater to match the "roundness" of the turned up ribbing. We'll see. Why not try a new skill, right?
I just love the way this is coming along - a lot of fun because the pattern is easy to remember yet not boring and deadly as I fear stockinette would have been.
Happy Knitting everyone!
Joan a/k/a fuguestateknits
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
So I won't have much to contribute for a bit. But I have my eye on Morrigan...
In the meantime, it's great to see other people's projects in progress.
Monday, July 9, 2007
Second - my Secret Pal is witty, devious, and oh-so-generous. Explore the marv goodies she sent me here.
See you at SeaSocks 2008! Ahoy knittys!
Sharon in PA
PS - I'm driving from Seattle to Philly later this month. Anyone who wants to put me up for a night can get acupuncture, bodywork, and a ride in a London Taxi! :)
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
I started with the size 3 needles again. A few of the beads were too big & would have landed on top of each other in the row so I skipped a column.
I decided to switch to size 4 for the body of the scarf. Looking at the 1st 2 “rocks”, I need to focus on keeping the beads visually balanced rather than counting the number of beads since the beads are so different in size.
I broke down and bought some of the new Addi Turbo Lace needles. I really like my wood/bamboo ones but the yarn kept getting stuck in the joins. Considering what a royal pain sliding the beads back & forth without getting tangles is, I decided that the extra expense was worth having one less thing to fiddle with.
Monday, July 2, 2007
Currently I am working on "Tomato" and really looking forward to finishing it. I am doing it in Cotton Ease in the Almond color with the contrast color being white. I will call it the Unripened Tomato.
Thank you for allowing me to join :)
Sunday, July 1, 2007
I emailed Jenna and her entire response is below. The error is in the number of times that rows 69–76 of the Side Chart are worked.
Crap! you're right! That should have been 4 times. I checked back
through all my drafts, and I had written it as 6, (6, 8, 8, 8, 8)
throughout, but obviously the math doesn't work that way!
Because I used AppleWorks (since uninstalled and I don't know what we
did with the install disks), I can't check the spreadsheet notes to
figure out where the mistake originated... all my text notes show
that I miscounted, and evidently thought that rows 77-84 of the side
chart were only 6 rows, not 8. The tech editor must have done the
same thing, too!
So, the Side chart should indicate that the repeats of rows 69-76 are
4 (4, 5, 5, 6, 6). Here's the logic:
Total rows before bind-offs according to Chart A count: 140 (140,
156, 156, 164, 164)
4 rows of foundation pattern (chart rows 1-2)
8 rows of patt (chart rows 3-10 x 1)
32 (32, 40, 40, 40, 40) rows of rep (chart rows 11-18)
50 rows of patt (chart rows 19-68 x 1)
--at this point, we've worked 94 (94, 102, 102, 102, 102) rows; 46
(46, 54, 54, 62, 62) to go before bind-off--
32 (32, 40, 40, 48, 48) rows of rep (chart rows 69-76 x 4 (4, 5, 5,
8 rows of patt (chart rows 77-84 x 1)
--this adds 40 (40, 48, 48, 56, 56) rows; another 6 rows to work
following rows 85-92 as necessary--
Thinking about it, I'm positive I kept counting rows 77 to 84 as 6
rows, because I recall I thought that it would end neatly with row 84
for the smallest size, and then I must have incorporated that set of
rows into the repeat count by accident. You could, if you wished,
treat this as a 5x repeat, which means that instead of working rows
77-84 before the bind-off, you'd only work rows 77-82; on the bind-
off row, you'd integrate three double decreases. This would make the
cable pattern fill the underarm all the way up to the bind-off,
rather than leaving a 6-row gap of reverse stockinette across those 9
rows. [edit: she means "those 9 stitches"]
Well. Considering the complexity of the pattern, I'm grateful that
you found only this and that symbol in row 1 in Chart B...
Thanks for forging on ahead!
(I'm cross-posting this here and on my blog so that I can reach as many of the crazy people as possible. Hi other crazy people!)