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Monday, September 8, 2008

sweet indulgence robe substitute yarn

Hello all,

I am looking to knit up the sweet indulgence robe and am deciding on a substitute yarn. Any recommendations? I'd love to see any pictures of this robe that you may have knitted.

What about this: Laines du nord mulberry silk (double or triple stranded)?


Sunday, August 10, 2008


Hi All!

I am about to embark on Tuscany! I am super excited. I sub'd the yarn for a Karabella cashmere. (I know, this is blasphemous, but I fell in love with the yarn...and the pattern looks like it will be perfect for it!)

Anyway, I will be making 2 of them (Christmas gifts) and I was wondering how many hours it took some of you out there to make Tuscany? (Obviously, everyone is different, but if I could get a rough estimate it will help me plan better. I always bite off more than I can chew when it comes to gifts for the holiday season!)

Can't wait to post progress pics once I get started!


Friday, June 20, 2008

Cables and Os

I have finished knitting the body and the sleeves. The sleeves need to be attached but since I won't have the time over the next few days and I don't want to loose time, I will be knitting the neckband. Once I have and evening alone at home those sleeves are going on. I can't wait! Soon I will be wearing this sweater, not just hauling it around with me. giggle.

I have to browse though that book to see what's up next. 

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Just in case anyone is interested...

...I have a big lot of sheep-free yarn up for grabs on eBay. Auction here.

I also have a big lot of sheepy yarn (Araucania Nature Wool) up for grabs, but for more details about that you should really visit my blog since that is an animal fiber and in here, that's not cricket.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Finished Tuscany

Here is a close-up:

Hi All! I just wanted to post this finished Tuscany that I have been working on for what seems like forever (I'm always amazed how long a project takes when I have other projects on the needle, I may never learn). I've been working on this since last year, since it's pretty much the same thing over and over I worked on other projects at the same time. This Tuscany is a thank you present for my mom, she is taking me on 2 week Mediterranean cruise. I thought that the pattern was so pretty and I made it with 2 skeins of Handmaiden Seasilk in color Capri because of the sea cell/cruise link and the color Capri and where we are going on vacation.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Finally started!

I finally started my CPH! After skulking around the KAL forever, I've finally gotten around to casting on. It's Cascade 200 Heathers #9406 celery (I think). So far, so good! I couldn't hit gauge, so I've divided my gauge into the stitch count and seem to be doing well (knitted on sz 7 needles)

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mutating Tomato

I'm making progress with my Tomato (after a LONG hiatus) and I've decided that I'd like to make the sleeves closer to elbow length, but I'm not entirely positive about how to do that. Can I just knit 1.5 inches in SS before I add the ribbing, or will that make the sleeves wonky?


Mutating Tomato

I'm making progress with my Tomato (after a LONG hiatus) and I've decided that I'd like to make the sleeves closer to elbow length, but I'm not entirely positive about how to do that. Can I just knit 1.5 inches in SS before I add the ribbing, or will that make the sleeves wonky?


Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Big lot of sheepless yarn up for grabs

Just in case anyone is interested, I have a lot of 19 balls of cotton/bamboo boucle Lily Chin Manhattan yarn for sale on ebay here. They're all the same color/dyelot.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Tuscany and Cables and Os

I made my Tuscany with a cotton yarn in purple. I added beads along the edges.

I also added a few rows of garter stitch at the long edge.

I enjoyed knitting this shawl and will probably make another, more delicate version.

I am currently working on Cables and O's using Cotton Glace. Here's my progress so far:

It seems to be a good balance between easily memorized and therefore an easy knit and not being too monotonous and boring. I am looking forward to wearing it. Someday.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

a vegan in Tuscany

Well, my second Tuscany is off the needles - this time a vegan version made with Rosarios Bio Bamboo!

It's for a vegan coworker of mine - hence the yarn choice.

Can't say I loved the bamboo as much as the Silken, but it was still fun to work with. A great pattern as well.

For more info/stats, feel free to check out my blog.



Monday, February 4, 2008


Hello All!

I'm on my second project from the book the Tuscany Shawl (the first was the Cables an O's Sweater, which I still really love). I have never really knitted lace before and I wanted to try and I knew from what people were posting on Ravelry it seemed like a good first lace project. I have to say that after this first two or three repeats I got the hang of it. I really do appreciate the fact that every other row is a purl row. This is good because when I have had to rip back there was a solid row to rip back to, unlike some patterns that have you rip back to complicated yarn overs and such.

So here is a picture I took a couple of days ago, with about 5 1/2 repeats (I'm up to 7 1/2 repeats as of right now).

It pretty much looks the same just a bit longer, it's amazing how much knitting you can do in 5 hours before the Uber-Bowl. I'm using Handmaiden Sea Silk (not the Silken that was called for in the pattern) it's not as heavy as the original yarn but it's very nice. I'm using Addi Turbo's Lace needles in size 5 (32 inches long). It's going to be a gift for my mom, here is an up-close picture.

It's been so nice to see what everyone is working on, and to have the opportunity to add to the site.

Monday, January 21, 2008

No Sheep KAL - First FO - Tomato

Here is my first finished project of 2008. It's Tomato by Wendy Bernard from the No Sheep for You book. Details of project modifications on my Knitters-Delight.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Tomato FO - sort of...

Here is my finished Tomato. Overall I'm very happy with it, except that I am planning to redo the neckline, making it in corrugated ribbing. I knit the 35 1/2" taking into account the cotton and negative ease. I moved the herringbone pattern below my bust taking the cue from Sandi Wiseheart from Knitting Daily. I also use the CC on the very bottom of Tomato, for the ribbing on the arms, and then use the MC after the CC on the arms. A modeled version of my final Tomato to come soon....

Monday, December 17, 2007

Manly Maze

Hello! I'm new to the KAL and am looking for anyone who has knit the Manly Maze in the called for yarn (Lanaknits Allhemp6). I ran across one other post on the internet from someone who said they did not like knitting with the hemp yarn (hurt their hands, difficulty getting gague, poor knitting fabric quality). Any advice or insight anyone might have about knitting with this yarn would be greatly appreciated.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Tomato Progress

I have now removed the sleeves and am about to join the body to work in the round. I plan on knitting with the main color until just past the bust before doing the design.


Friday, December 7, 2007

Color Theory on Knitty

You guys, you've GOT to see this article from - especially if you've wanted to do Bacardi in another colorway as I have. Oooohhhh aaaaahhhh....

Amy doesn't usually shamelessly advertise 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

Eileen in the round

I decided to knit Eileen in the round, rather than on straight needles. I knitted in the round until the armpits, then switched to straight needles for the front and back. It helped to break up the monotony of knitting only lace or only stockinette, as I had to knit both for each round. My plan was perfect, until I realized that I had been knitting the lace pattern in one direction only - so I had to learn to do it backward when I switched to the straight needles! A few attempts got ripped out before I finally got it right.

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 finished Network, but I didn't get the same result as the photo in the book. Instead of the yarnovers alternating every 8 rows, they alternated every 16 rows. Still looks cool, and didn't warrant trashing the project, but I wonder why it happened?? I had some confusion when it came to the rows which required moving the marker, so perhaps I did an extra pattern repeat before ending the round and offset the lace pattern by just enough to cause the problem?

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.
I finished Tuscany! I started this project in June with some stash yarn, Bernat Satin in Bordeaux (a worsted weight yarn) and used size 6 needles. Because it's worsted, I ended up doing 8 repeats instead of 11.

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

Finally finished Cables and Os

After sitting down in the same chair and knitting for about 12 hours almost non-stop. (Moi, not eat, mais non!)

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

Intro and Bob

Hello everyone,

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

OK You guys have truly inspired me

to keep on with the Cables and Os sweater! Here's where I was as of Friday night:
Last night, while out and waiting for a concert to begin, I started the second sleeve and continued to work on it during down times at church this a.m. - I WILL get this thing done. I'm going to do some sort of striped edging band/collar combo thing - I know I'm supposed to use the "Os" for buttonholes on one side, but it's just that eentsy weentsy bit small and an extra couple of inches will be just the ticket to the ease I needs! OK women (and men, sorry!) I'm goin' in....... If I'm not back in two weeks, send a search party (or any kind - I like parties)......

Thursday, October 18, 2007


I just wanted to pop in and say that I am over half-way through my Tuscany shawl, 8 (or 16 markers) repeats so far. I ended up going to my LYS and getting 3 skiens of Sea Silk on purple. YUM! I love working with this yarn! I also bought some more of the other silk that I blogged about earlier. Turns out it is Regia Silk in a lovely green. Now I can also finish the first shawl. Yay!

Monday, October 15, 2007


More pics and specs on the blog.

Morrigan is finished!


More photos and lots of words about it can be found on my blog. I shall not torture the non-Morrigan knitters will my rambling words.

Friday, October 12, 2007


This is as far as I've gotten on the cables and os first sleeve, no less! That's what I get for starting up a bunch of new projects. Bad knitter, bad knitter!
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!!!

Mint Tomato

Here's my version of Tomato:

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

Intoxicating - done!!

Yarns: Sea Silk, SWTC Soysilk, SWTC Oasis and Ella Rae Silkience

And I'll throw in a photo of my Tuscany in progress - with Silken (of course!)

More info/specs at my blog:
Intoxicating and
Tuscany (near the bottom)

Saturday, October 6, 2007

More Morrigan Errors

I found two more errors in the pattern.

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

A Finished Cables and O's

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!

River Rock Scarf!

Knitted in Pewter and Peridot colourways, one at a time more or less. Pattern by Sivia Harding.



More info on the blog.

Monday, September 24, 2007

River on a grey day...

I had to post a progress pic of this one - loving the colourway (Handmaiden Silken "pewter"). ;-)

Everyone should make one of these - amazingly simple knit - I'm even liking working with the beads, more or less.


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Blue Tomato finished (finally)

Sorry about the photo (took it myself!)... But you get the idea. I started this waaaaayyy back in July! Or was it June? I used just over 3 skeins of Cotton-Ease in Lake, and a small amount of 1 skein of Maize. The cotton-ease is actually quite nice, but I do wish they had more vibrant colors. This was my first try at stranded knitting, and I think I need a bit more practice! I can see the areas where I pulled the yarn too tightly (I'm a thrower, but I tried continental for the last few rows to speed things up). I could also use some practice picking up stitches, which I did rather inconsistently around the collar. All in did go quickly, considering the time I put in. And I'm ready for another sweater!


The Sweet Indulgence Robe is finished. Behold it reclining artistically in its pre-button-and-button-loop stage on top of the unsorted (clean) laundry.

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.