Saturday, April 28, 2007
The colours are a little different from that, but it's close. I'm very happy with it so far, I tried it on and it looks great.
There's just been one thing, and I'm not sure if it's me, or errata in the pattern. I'm doing the second smallest size, and when I joined and put sleeves on waste yarn, there were supposed to be 59 sleeve stitches on each sleeve. I got the right amount of stitches for the back and front parts, but the sleeves were 57 each. It's possible that I did something wrong, but if I did, I'm not sure what. Since that makes me 4 stitches short, I compensated by not doing the decreases in the first decrease row that comes after the first CC row.
I'm now realizing, of course, that we have a wonderful knitting community online, and there's a good chance that I can send a note to the designer, Wendy Bernard, and get a response when she has a chance. So I think I'll go do that.
Friday, April 27, 2007
I'm ready to start the back of Intoxicating, and noticed that it's garter stitch border is done on smaller needles than the mosaic body. This surprised me because the front's garter stitch border was done on the same size needles as the mosaic. My garter stitch border rolled in the front, before blocking. I sent Kristi Porter an e-mail and here's her reply :
You have indeed found an error! Thanks for pointing it out.
The garter stitch should be done on the same sized needles front and back. Honestly, you can use larger or smaller without it making a huge difference -- it's a pretty small detail. So use whichever you used on the finished piece to make the unfinished piece :)
Ideally, they'd both be done on the smaller needles, but it's mostly there to prevent rolling rather than to provide any sort of fitted element.
Silk responds very well to blocking and it really makes a difference in how this top sits. I think you'll find that this will take care of the rolling.
I did block the front, done with the same needle size, and as you can see from the photo, it looks fine.
Jenna on resizing Morrigan:
Aside from that, is it easy to resize? Hahahahaha. (Couldn't resist). Actually, if you played with the arrangement of cable panels, you might be able to increase or decrease the width slightly. But aside from that, adjusting the width would probably be hair-tearingly fun.I figured that resizing would have to be done by adding cable panels, but I decided it wasn't worth it to me. (I'm between the two smallest sizes and decided just to go with the smallest size based on Jenna's advice.) What I AM doing, however, is not using the correct needle for my gauge. I got gauge on 3.0 mm needles and was only a tiny bit larger on 3.25 mm needles. I'm using the 3.25 mm needles in hopes of getting a slightly larger sweater.
Thursday, April 26, 2007
Here's a photo of the two swatches that I made.
I contacted Jenna about sizing for the sweater and she sent me this information and gave me permission to share it with others:
A word of caution about ease: that bit you read in my blog was a
quotation from an e-mail I had sent to Amy early on, but that was from
the initial stages--I diverged from some of those ideas later on. Now
that I've seen the sweater on a live, moving body (thanks to YouTube--
if you look at the video embedded in Amy's blog right now
(http://knitty.com/blog) about 1:00 in, there she is), I don't think 4"
of ease is appropriate. I think it's better if it's a closer fit,
maybe 2", if that. (The model--can't recall who it was--was wearing a
shirt, probably relatively thin, underneath.) If you're choosing
between two sizes, I'd probably err towards the smaller one, provided
it didn't have negative ease.
Of more concern is the length. I'm 5'2" and have a bit of an ingrained
bias that way, plus I was banking on the sweater stretching a bit with
wear, despite the fact that Calmer is bouncy. But I don't think the
sample Morrigan has been worn enough by anybody for this to happen
yet! If you're concerned about length, it's easier to alter than the
width; you might want to use the instructions for the larger sizes
(can't remember which, haven't got the book in front of me) because its
length is longer, and use those instructions (so far as length goes)
with your size--you'll be working a longer repeat for the central cable
panel. You can also tweak the length a bit at the very hem, where the
garter stitch edging is.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Sunday, April 22, 2007
The orange sample is the Rowan. The two yellow samples are the Elastico (the one to the left was done on 3.25mm needles, like the Calmer - the top sample is done on 3.00mm needles).
For more photos/information/blather, see my blog: http://knitwitsvengeance.blogspot.com
Saturday, April 21, 2007
I'm posting my progress so far on Tomato. I'm still loving the Rowan Cotton. This is my first garment, outside of a hat, so I'm very excited to participate in this knitalong. I'm just having trouble finding time to work on it. I hope to have more done over the next week or two and will post Take 2 then. Gotta get on it if I plan to wear this sweater soon.
Oh... I forgot to put the contrasting color, yellow, in the photo. I'll put it in on the next one.
I like how the k1tf&b makes that neat line. I always wondered how this was accomplished, and though I've used that stitch in Clapotis, I didn't realize that it also did that.
Unfortunately, making the stitch is little hard on my hands. You do one, move marker, then another one, and that second one is harder to do since it's tight. Now that my piece is much bigger, I have longer stretches of time between it, but I still have 10 more increase repeats to do.
Oh, and there have been no fluffy bits in Periwinkle so far, unlike Stone. Maybe it's just certain balls.
Friday, April 20, 2007
Re. the Morrigan sweater pattern : this is my (rather lame) attempt at a "geek swatch" to see whether Lana Grossa Elastico would be a decent substitute for the Rowan Calmer called for. I say "lame" because last night I didn't have the patience to stick out the entire 6 inches. So - this tension sample is 60 stitches across by 16 rows high. The measurements worked out a bit wide (6.4 inches) and the right height approximately for the number of rows (1.4 inches).
In part, I aborted the exercise because I got the (rather silly) idea to buy a ball of each of the Calmer and Elastico in solid colours (complementary to this variegated one I had in the stash). My theory is that I will try the full geek swatch with both samples, then knit a tank top with the leftovers. In practice, this means that I will end up after all acquiring the Calmer (and taking a pay advance to do so...).
This pattern (taken from the R3 chart as suggested) was quite a bit simpler than I had thought it would be - or maybe my brain was functioning better last night than it is this morning! It will be a fun sweater to knit, I think... (but ask me again halfway through!)
I also, out of stubbornness, tried a sample with Super 10 mercerised cotton. I gave up after about 5 rows. I think it would work for me if I upsized to 4mm needles - but this would result in a sweater which would be way too big with me to wear, and I suspect, too saggy.
Any thoughts, suggestions, etc. appreciated.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I'm really pleased with the colours. I didn't get to see them in person before ordering, just pictures online. And even the pictures here aren't quite what it really is - it's not that shiny or bright. But I love the Periwinkle, which will be the main colour, and Stone, the contrasting colour for the pattern.
It's a roughly 6" x 6" swatch, and that's 1x1 ribbing in the middle that I did because it occured to me that I don't need to do stockinette for the whole thing. I hand-washed it with cool water and a few drops of cold-water Tide, and it's still drying. It looks pretty good, though, just a little fuzzier. The yarn is incredibly soft, I love it.
I didn't *quite* get gauge. With 7US needles, I got 19 stitches for 4". I wanted 18. But I did the math, and that's actually okay. It would mean around 1.5" extra, so doing the second-smallest size, I'd have a 37" bust, which is what I wanted. 35.5 would be too small, 40 would be too big.
Edit: I realized I made a typo. 35.5 is the size, not 34.5 like I had earlier.
As an aside, I'm amazed at the beautiful work I see below. Itching to start something (after I finish the Samus cardigan from Knitty.com)...
I am loath to ask this question as I realise a great deal of work was put into determining the right yarn choice for Morrigan. However, it is rather too expensive for me to buy (at $15.95 cdn per skein) especially as I confess that I don't know whether I can stick out the whole pattern or not! ;)
So - I was wondering if anyone has any ideas about substitutes. I have come across one cotton blend yarn (which I've used previously) with the same weight (50g = 160m, 96% cotton, 4% polyester) - Elastico by Lana Grossa. I don't know if it's suitable or not - I can tell you that the finished fabric in past projects has been rather stretchy (I've seen patterns for bathing suits call for it, for example). The Elastico is about 1/2 the price of the Calmer where I'm at.
The yarn, Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, is great. I get a fuzzy to pull off every once in a while, but it was great to knit with otherwise. Now I have a decent-sized geeky thing, and no time to measure, wash, and take pictures of this morning. Tonight, though, there will be pictures.
I did the swatch on my new Denise Interchangeables, which were great to work with. I usually prefer bamboo needles, and was surprised at how nice the plastic needles were.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
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The "other project" with the bamboo is a gorgeous large gauge summer sweater, knit cuff to cuff, I can't wait for it to be warm enough to wear!
Monday, April 16, 2007
One yarn didn't make it past the gate. This is "Oh My!" by Plymouth.
No stitch definition whatsoever.
For the rest, instead of measuring the swatches I traced them, labeled the tracings, then sent the swatches off to The Laundry.
I feel guilty about loading a knit-along with pictures, so here are the rest of the results from my first round of experiments.
They were a surprise.
Thanks for letting me join this knitalong. It's a first for me.
Saturday, April 14, 2007
I also just finished knitting clapotis (my favorite knit to date) and had a question about blocking - I used Ella Rae Silkience - (6 balls) it's 41% cotton, 39% modal, 12% silk, 8% rayon - 108m/50g. Love the yarn - you should try it. So how do I block it? I've never blocked cotton, modal, silk, or rayon so do I soak it then pin it or pin it then spritz it or what? I don't have a stellar iron so steaming it isn't really an option. I don't want to post pictures of it big & finished until I have it blocked & gorgeous so here is a teaser:
Thanks & happy knitting!
Friday, April 13, 2007
I recently made Tuscany in a lovely Bamboo Ribbon by Makalu yarns. It turned out beautiful, I'm giving it to a friend for her belated birthday present.
I made it a bit smaller because she's a tiny person so I didn't do as many pattern repeats. It took two skeins almost compleatly, I'd imagine two and a half would do the whole shawl in the large format.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
She did an AMAZING job and it was so fun to see the No Sheep for You sweaters in action by local knitters/amateur models/bloggers Rachel H, Jacquie and Julia.
You can watch the YouTube.com video clip here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCJzGue70VY.
Monday, April 9, 2007
Sunday, April 8, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
Anyway, now I know that I am going to tackle Morrigan. Why not?!
Friday, April 6, 2007
"Fake Sheep" writes about these other nonwool yarn resources
non-wooly sock yarns
vegan yarn - vegan yarns referenced by fibre and weight.
michelleknits - sidebar of vegan yarns
knitter’s review yarn reviews - listed by fibre
green choices on the environmental impacts of fibre production.
tips for substituting yarn from knitty.
fiber burn test - figure out the fibre content of mystery yarns.
Brilliant! And if my camera was working right now I'd post a photo of the snow outside my window! How crazy that it is snowing on my tulips here in the South, and it's April 6 already!
I would like to do bamboo or soysilk yarn, but it has to be ordered from an online store, preferably one in Canada. I thought about the Blue Sky Alpacas cotton blend that's recommended, but I can't find an online store for that, and I don't know if they have the colours I want.
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
Monday, April 2, 2007
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Am I posting too much? My take is that posting often keeps the KAL blog alive and happy. :)