Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Well, we're kind of hemmed in today since we're waiting on the GE dude to come fix our fridge, which has died. Which is pretty annoying. But otherwise, it's been a great holiday.
I'm almost done with the back of that sweater - picture added later in the morning, still no GE dude, what is it with this 8am to noon window nonsense? - and I hope the Mad Crocheter has a good visit with the family. (Hey, MC, like the Pats or what???? How nuts is that?)
All my presents seemed to go over well this year, so that was nice. Go ahead, be the crazy relation that makes your presents. One day perhaps I'll be famous for my knitting and then all our nieces and nephews can sell that crap for big bucks.
Keep on dreaming, chickie.

Anyhoo, everyone take it easy and have a happy and safe New Years.

Friday, December 28, 2007

That Annabell Fox scribbling cat project

So, here's the start of the back of that big cable. As I started, well, call it 1.5 skeins in, I realized I'd made some major boo boos on my graph and had to rip out about 9 inches of work down to the ribbing. But I love it so much, it's worth it.
I've also taken a snap of the amended graph and have replaced it in that earlier post.
For some reason, I like the yarn in this color better than in the nephew's sweater - it's softer, I think. The color doesn't show well here, it's a sea green with flecks of red, green and cobalt in it. Very pretty and this knits up very evenly.
I've cut the size of the sweater down - the original pattern had a large and a medium size, this will be a small.

Norwegian Roses Finished

Merry Christmas, hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday.

Here it is, buttons on, blocked and everything. It's a very nice jacket - slightly felted so it will be quite warm, but still soft. This is a close up of the pattern, the whole thing is down below.
Jo Anne Fabrics has better buttons than I thought.
This project has been making think that some knitting projects are cats and some are dogs - I guess I mean some are self sufficient and some aren't. This one was a dog.
But a lovely one.
I've now moved on to a more catlike project, more on that later . . .

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Norwegian Roses, getting there . . .

So, once I came to terms with the fact that Norwegian Roses wasn't going to get to my mom in time for Christmas, I felt better.
I'm not rushed anymore, which is good, because that bugger is going to require some serious retrofitting to fit my 98 lb., 4'9" mother. I think I'm going to need to trim it back from the bottom - lop off a section of roses and geese and then reattach the bottom via a graft. If I don't, I don't think mom will be strong enough to stand up in the dumb thing. But first, I have to finish the second sleeve and tack up the bottom facing to see how long it is when it's all done. And I've really abandoned their ideas about what patterns to use on the sleeves. Just makin' things up, don't mind me.

But I think I showed some restraint - I've only made the mittletts, rather than starting a whole new sweater, which is my usual M.O..

Monday, December 17, 2007

Mittletts - or, how I started to crochet

Please excuse these even worse than usual pictures - taking pictures one handed of one's own hand . . .
I did a riff on Fetching here, nothing very exciting, but the Brown Sheep is nice, and I like to put them in the dryer for a few minutes to get them to pull together.
The crochet is the edging - it's a picot edging I got from Vogue Knitting (I think this is the later edition of the one I have, it's a great book for technique stuff from finishing to design).
It's not complicated, but it's a start . . .
Maybe a combined project next, maybe a shawl???????

Thursday, December 13, 2007

I got in, I feel so cool

Well, not really I guess, but I made it onto Ravelry. Cool! Too bad there's so much dental work, child sickness, cat wound-care/washing going on lately or I'd actually do something about it.
:) Later, I guess.
So, I've started work on a pair of Fetching - but I'm using Nature Spun Worsted in Enchanted Forest. Nice and soft, but not cashmere. Leftovers from a Christmas sweater from last year.
I'll take a picture when I have enough to make it worthwhile . . . . .

And so today, The Mad Crocheter asked for my input assembling a hat - which was fun. It's very cool to do that sort of problem solving, especially when the collective brain figures it out the first time around. She also showed me her caplet which is to die for, seriously, the thing is so soft and pretty, and that got me thinking of a couple things . . .
First, I want to do something cabley with Suri Dream - in the dark green. It really works up so nicely, lofty like mohair, but soft.
Second, TMC was teasing me about flaming out on a peice of lace I started last spring on her blog. And she's right! But I wasn't happy with it, so I tabled it. Its Alpaca Cloud in smoke heather and I adore it. But now . . .
What about a fitted caplet, working out in a star pattern? I have a book of knitted counterpanes that has some star patterns, maybe a sold yoke, then decending star or leaf motifs that increase out? I like that idea because just keep working until the yarn runs out. . .
Thanks, TMC.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Women's cable chart, originally a raglan 1992(?)

Here goes my standard patter:
Like all my charts, if you're interested in trying them out, they're all pretty much written for light worsted to worsted weight yarn - you could use anything from a wool blend to plain acrylic, I'm not sure 100% cotton would hold it's shape well against the weight of all the cables, but there's no reason not to try it - and I really like charts. But this one lacks full directions - it's just the chart (or about 2/3 of the chart) for the front and back - only I did this one as a raglan. I started with a crew neck with a cable ribbing, added 1/5th of the total number of stitches to increase for the body, and set the pattern at a 2/1/2/1 division of all the stitches. I then increased on each side of the raglans every other round until it was big enough, took off the sleeves, joined the body worked to desired length, then picked up the sleeves and did standard decreasing to the cuffs. Anyway, if anyone wants to take a stab, I can write up better directions that that.
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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Norwegian Roses part 4

It's getting there . . .
So I'm just free handing the sleeves, I think it will all come together once it gets assembled. It's just not as bright as it looks here.

And here is a detail of the picot edging - where I cut off the original garter stitch part which just wasn't working.
I really like it - I think it works well even on worsted to heavy worsted gauge yarn.

A nice, solid finished sweater

So, as it turns out Encore Worsted works pretty well for Lopi Lite patterns. The only adjustment seems to be that while the width gauge is okay, the row gauge is short, so you need to make some adjustments, but that's not that big of a deal.
Anyway, it came out pretty nicely, just needs to be washed.
In a machine! (clapping hands with glee).

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Something to try . . .

I want to use up all those bins and bins of stuff I have in the closet and today the Yarn Harlot had a link to these cool glove things - Dashing.
Must do some!
Not interesting, no pictures, sorry, lame me.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Knit Versus Crochet (ala _Mad Magazine_) in which I natter on and on and on . . ..

Remember the two birds who were always blowing each other up? Yeah, I never really got Mad Magazine when I was a kid . . .
So this, is nothing like that. Actually, it's all about getting along.

The Mad Crocheter and I have been talking about knitting and crocheting for a few years now. In fact, I think I can lay blame at that door for even getting around to starting this blog at all. Some of the first conversations we had were about what's up with the knitting snobbery? How come crochet seems to get a bad rap? We kicked around various theories: knitting is more utilitarian because one uses it to make clothes; crocheting is more of purely decorative art (edgings on hankies, doilies, etc.); knitting is more of a Northern/industrialized/puritanical pursuit (images of those stern faced ladies in mill towns making socks by candle light as it got dark at 4pm in the winter) while a more Southern pursuit (refined ladies doing fine work while socializing out on verandas); the socio-economic factor (your granny making afghans out of $1.99/in. skeins of acrylic versus Julia Roberts bringing her knitting on the set, all those designers writing patterns for knitting, working with tony yarn producers culminating in the knitting revival of the 80's and 90's).
They were some mighty interesting conversations, but the more we talked, the more I became convinced that one of the main things bringing down the potential good name of crochet was that crocheters tended to use crappy materials.
You see, T.M.C. would talk about going to Michael's for some Lion Brand for an afghan, and while there's certainly nothing wrong with that, I wondered what might result if they field of play were broadened for T.M.C.? I talked about the concept of hand and T.M.C. sort of gave me these funny looks, and confessed discomfort with "yarn snobbery". No, no, I tried to play it as a larger interaction of tool and use and lo and behold . . .
So now I've seen T.M.C. make clothes, crocheted sweaters and hats and they ROCK, they really do, but man, they ain't made of acrylic.
So today, I sent the shot across the bow about we should try to design patterns that have to use both - like a book of piano duets, it could be two person patterns - go find a knitter or crocheter and make these things, because you'll need someone who can do both. Strength through unity. Kind of a cool idea, I thought.

Then, a snag . . . .

Hand again. T.M.C.'s stuff is really lovely, and the clothing is mainly cotton or cotton blend. But I find that stuff really hard to knit with; it hangs wrong, it stretches out, the necks look lousy, but for crochet, cotton and blends looks great.
My theory: knit works best on wool blends because of the kind of fabric it makes, more drape-y,while crochet, which is basically made of knots, works better with plant fibers which create a softer, more supple fabric.
Not a nail in the coffin lid of my "fiber-ists without borders pattern collection" idea, but something to keep in mind perhaps . . .

Norwegian Roses part 3

Okay, the body is almost done - and I'm running out of the Sunburst Gold! Grrrrrr - I stink at math and I can't find Brown Sheep LBW in this color anywhere. So much for timing things to be ready for Christmas. The colors really show up better on this second picture, but I really love the piece as a whole. It's completely out of my usual comfort range of colors. I think I want to do this one in blues again - blue and green maybe? Or, do something with blues and this sunburst gold again, that would be really nice.
Anyway, the sleeves won't take long once they get done and I should be all done with the body tonight.

I've got my next Aran project waiting, the blue teal huge cable thingie, but we saw some of the second Bourne movie and I really like Joan Allen's sweater - it's a charcoal grey Aran - I think I want to make one of those.
Basically, I think I need to convince my family to move to Finland so I can knit every piece of clothing we own.
(Hrrrm, I was playing with the comments and seem to have dissappeared them from this post, sorry, perhaps this will fix this? NEXT NIGHT Whatever I did really messed up comments, so I just copied and pasted the dumb post and now, presto, comments are back and better than ever.)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Simple man's aran from 1995(?)

Still working on Norwegian Roses (in fact, we stayed up WAY too late last night to see the Patriots win, and yes, I really dislike Tony Kornheiser and Ron Jaworski, who'd have thought someone could have made Dennis Miller look good?) but I wasn't real happy about how the bottom edge looked, so I cut off the garter stitch edge and picked up the stitches - worked 2 rows in the chocolate brown and did the picot edging, now I'm making a band to sew down. I think it will be better. Of course, taking scissors to my knitting tends to make my husband question my sanity/knitting skills. :)
Anyhow, here's another chart for a man's sweater - this one's rather old - I originally did it in garnet heather Bartlett.
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Man's aran pattern 1995

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Another sweater pattern - from 2 years back

So, here's a not-very-good-snap of one of my favorite patterns; I think it's handsome, if a bit dull. I did this one in 2004 and came up with the initial rough sketch while attending a meeting on the USA Patriot Act - that's why it's named for it, anyway. I really love the double Aran diamond pattern and tend to overuse it, but here I put in the time to set up the coordinated detailed ribbing and I think it worked out pretty well. I did this in Green Mountain Spinnery's Cotton Comfort in weathered green and it has really worn nicely.
Like all my charts, if you're interested in trying them out, they're all pretty much written for light worsted to worsted weight yarn - you could use anything from a wool blend to plain acrylic, I'm not sure 100% cotton would hold it's shape well against the weight of all the cables, but there's no reason not to try it - and I really like charts. But this one lacks full directions - it's just the chart (or about 2/3 of the chart) for the front and back, add whatever neck you like. You'd start with the center 1/3 plus for the sleeves and increase up to about 6/7's of the total width for the top of the sleeve. And that ribbing is supposed to be much longer than that, that's just to set the pattern. Anyway, if anyone wants to take a stab, I can write up better directions that that.
(My mom said that her mother, whom I never met, was a great cook, but never wrote anything down and did it all from her head. Apparently a cookbook was just "a good excuse for an arguement." I guess that's me with knitting patterns; I'm always flying by the seat of my pants.)
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Northern lights sweater

Dang, thought I'd had this written down somewhere but I can't find it at the moment - this was 2 skeins of Malabrigo plus 8 skeins of Lamb's Pride Worsted - the picot edging was a new thing I was playing with at the time - I got the idea from a lace shawl I started and have since shoved back in the closet - and it really looks great.
Anyway, I'll dig out the pattern from wherever I misplaced it and I'll post it. It's easy, fast, fun and an awesome sweater for cooler weather.

Making some progress on that quilt

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable holiday and got some time off. We had a very nice, very quiet long weekend.
The older I get, the more I learn to listen to my own "outages". When I just stall out on a project, I've learned it's because I'm not where I need to be to work on it, if I try to force it, whatever I do will stink and I'll just end up hating it, ripping it out, or just messing the whole thing up royally.
So, the little one's quilt has been malingering on the couch for a while, but I finally figured out what it needed - which is less. So I finished with the satin stitch work I was planning on doing on it, and now it's getting assembled in the dining room. The final plan is to quilt it using images from the headings of the chapters of the H.P. books - kids on brooms, snitches, owls and the like. I'll post some images as I get some of the work done.
I have to say at this point that I hate assembly of quilts. I can never get the damn thing flat, or straight and I end up spending hours on it, cursing as quietly as possible. Love the sewing and the quilting, but maybe I can find an outsource for the assembly of the layers . . . .

Friday, November 16, 2007

Two nights of hunched over scribbling

Here it is - one side anyway.
It took a couple of tries to get the main cable done, because there are some stitches that are completely added in process - i.e., the panel begins with 49, but increases up to 53 at it's widest point.
Steph says she's never done a cable piece before and has started working on swatches.
First of all, good for you! I've been knitting since I was 4 and it really, no joke, took me into my 36th year on the planet to learn that "no, it's not different because I'm me, you can't be a free spirit when it comes to gauge, haste makes waste and if you don't like it RIP IT OUT". And I am such a happier person and better knitter for finally getting that through my dumb head.
When it comes to working with cables, I love Charted Knitting Designs: A Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns by Barbara Walker. I like visualizing things like this, so I'll get some 10 sq./in. graph paper, pick cables and lay out the front/back/sleeves. Of course, you can buy software that does this nowadays, but I think it helps me to troubleshoot my cables doing it by hand.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Some charting to do for the next project

Though I'm officially cut off until I finish something from starting anything else that's new.
That quilt on the couch that's been keeping us company, for instance. Yeah, finishing that bad boy would be a good idea.
(Gales of laughter . . .)
So anyway, here's my latest redo. More Encore Worsted, this is number 670, blue teal. I want to do the sweater on the left in the picture (yes, it's for a man, but I'll do the medium and make the sleeves shorter and the body longer). It's an old Annabel Fox patterm - the Rowan issue it comes from is from 1988 (actual title is Rowan Knitting Book Number Four: Rowan Rural Traditions, it's listed as OOP in Amazon, but perhaps you could find it somewhere -- this is a very cool issue, some early works by Kaffe Fassett, Erika Knight and Kim Hargraves) written for Rowan Magpie. I made it once a long time ago, but the pattern is not charted - although the sweater on the right side is (which is also quite lovely and I've made that one as well). Anyway, this was before charting things was the standard it's become, so rather than curse a written pattern, I'm going to invest a couple of nights and chart this one out.
That center cable is wicked complicated, as I recall. Should be fun.
Dang, when I checked this post and opened that snap of the pattern up large, it nearly breaks copyright law. Double dang, once I get the bad boy charted, I'd love to post it, but I'd need to do a ton of research with Rowan in order to do that.
(Hi cat who just jumped on me.)
Perhaps Annabel Fox has it in another publication, or charted elsewhere? Sheesh, you'd think I'd do more research, being a librarian and all . . .

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Not very exciting, but a nice, solid discovery

So, you have nieces/nephews you'd like to make Christmas presents for, but don't want to make delicate-wash things that might get shrunk?

Mmm, me too.

This is for one of our nephews, and mys sister knits and knows how to take proper care of wool, but I thought maybe (I hoped) synthetics have come a long way since the stretch bell bottom pants I used to wear as a child in the 70's.
Come to find out, they have. This is Encore Worsted and it feels pretty nice, not squeeky and yucky like I was worried about, and it knits up evenly and looks like wool and isn't shiny looking either. Makes a very nice fabric, here knit on 7's. I liked it so much I got some of the blue teal to make another Aran sweater. Supposedly for myself, but I tend to get all excited about these things and want to give them away, thinking "Oh, I'll tweak it by doing x,y, z next time and making it in burgundy . . . ."
I make photocopies of all patterns I use so I can take them anywhere with me, write all over them, and now that the young one has discovered astronomy, have diagrams of the solar system all over the back of them. "Ooooh, mom, can I draw on that?" as we ride somewhere to go hiking . . . .

Thursday, November 1, 2007

Norwegian Roses part 2

It's getting longer . . .
Almost up to the armpit now. This is out on the porch. The light is better, more realistic, but it still looks much brighter in these pictures than it does in real life.

The second picture does more justice to the lovely gold color. I seem to have quite the romance with yellow and gold going on lately.

I think I'd like to try this, maybe in Knitpicks Suri Dream, either natural, stone, black forest and chili pepper (way too dramatic for me, but it sounds nice on someone striking) or

maybe atlantic, blueberry, twilight and aprico.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Halloween costume

He had to pick someone from the Middle Ages for school.
We picked Richard the Lionheart.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Norwegian Roses

Again, the colors are more subtle than this, but you kind of need to see it in daylight and that's getting hard to come by after dinner these days...

It actually has the feel of walking in a beech stand in October in New England - and it's nice and warm. Just the thing to have in your lap as you knit after getting your flu shot today . . . .

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Gryffindor Sweater is done, NEXT!

Well, here it is. Fits beautifully. Which means that I'll be coming up with larger sizes quite soon, no doubt. Pattern is in the 9/26/07 post - please use it if you want! Valley Yarns washes and dries like a dream.
(On a side note, I haven't blogged much lately because things have been busy - like snaking out the dryer vent on our house which had 14 years of fossilized lint and crap in it. It took over 4 hours and involved filling a 10 quart bucket with unspeakable muck, but it was really fun in a way. I think being a plumber would be much more fulfilling than what I really do for money ...)

In case you don't recognize her, that's Hedwig on the bed . . . She'll being going trick-or-treating with us this year.
For my next trick, I'm doing the Green Mountain Spinnery Norwegian Roses pattern for my mom. Here's the start. Mom picked out the colors, and you might have heard about as people age the balance of their color receptors in their eyes changes and some people begin to really gravitate towards orange and yellow as those (cones? rods? I used to know) receptors burn out. I've insisted this is what's up with my mom for a while now. And I have to admit when I started to knit this I thought "oh golly, mom, this looks like Burger King" - but it doesn't. It's quite nice and understated. The colors in this picture are far brighter than real life.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

We have a neck and sleeves (again)

I had gotten the entire neck finished, ends sewn in and everything, when I started on the sleeves and realized I'd messed up on the left side.
Yup. Had to cut off the neck, rip out the left shoulder sleeve, pull down the front left side, reknit it, resew, repick up, reknit and refinish the neck.
And you know what? It looks SO MUCH BETTER. Can't thank my husband enough -- after a 5 second look as I expressed my worry he said: "Yeah, they aren't the same, it's always going to be a little shorter on that side and pull - he'll notice."
It was a two stitch mistake, but he was right. So, here it is. Having to do the sleeves on 4 needles, as I don't have a small circular 4 (how did that happen, but I have a zillion size 3's of every length imaginable?).

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Everything's coming up scarlett and gold

I have apparently surrendered to my fate of moving into Gryffindor house myself. Here's the sweater and the quilt, which are coming together in tandem. The flora on top of the shield on the quilt is kind of hard to make out in this picture, but it looks pretty good in real life.
I think the sweater looks good so far (I'm adding to the pattern as I go in a previous post) but it's hard to tell if you're designing something for the first time. My stuff tends to have fat bodies and skinny sleeves with droopy shoulders, I'm trying to get away from that here with the set in sleeves.
I must confess, though, I'm kind of excited to move on to a broader color palette ...

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Random thought for the day.

My husband showed me a post by Stephen Fry today about fame - it's pretty wonderful and certainly worth a read.
And maybe this goes back to the whole "I feel wealthy when I get yarn in the mail" but he had this great quote here (maybe Dorothy Parker? ol' "you can lead a horticulture but you can't make her think"):

If you want to know what God thinks of money, look at the people He gives it to.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Gryffindor Sweater start and pattern (in progress)

This is not very impressive right now, but man, what nice yarn! Smooth and soft with a nice hand and very forgiving of weaving in ends and other things that can make one's knitting look not-so-smooth:
The pattern so far:
Unisex child's sweater, size 6-8

Main Color -- 6 skeins of Valley Yarns Longmeadow (cotton/acrylic microfiber) burgundy
Contrasting color -- 1 skein Frog Tree Pima Silk (cotton/silk) 820.
Circular needles in size 3 and 4 US.
6 sts/in in straight stitch on larger needles.
Cast on 160 sts. in MC on smaller circular needle, join without twisting and work k2, p2 rib for 2 inches, at same time placing a marker at the start of the round and one between sts. 80 and 81 to mark both seams.
Next round, still on smaller needles work final rib round, at the same time increasing 8 sts. total evenly spaced over whole body = 168 sts. total.
Next round, switch to larger needles, work 1 round k.
Next round, join CC and work 2 rounds, then 1 round MC, 2 more rounds CC. Continue straight with MC until body measures 12.5 inches from bottom of work.
Next round, place 7 sts. on either side of each side seam makers onto holders = 70 sts. remaining on front and back.
Work the 70 sts. for back in MC until piece measures 16 inches from bottom of ribbing. Next row, place center 36 sts. on a holder/scrap yarn, join a second ball of yarn and work both shoulders at the same time:
Dec. 2 sts. at inside neck edge on both sides over the next 3 alternating rows.
Dec. 1 st. at inside neck edge on both sides over next 3 alternating rows. Work until piece measures 18 inches from bottom of ribbing. Place the remaining 8 sts. each side on holders/scrap yarn.
Work the 70 sts. for front in MC until piece measures 13.75 inches from bottom of ribbing. Next row, attach a second ball of yarn and decrease for v-neck by decreasing on st. at neck edge every row until there are 8 sts. remaining on each side. (Tip for nice looking neck edge: be sure to decrease loosely, it will be easier to pick up and the neck won't bunch if you knit more loosely than you think you should). Work until piece measures 18 inches from bottom of ribbing. Place the remaining 8 sts. each side on holders/scrap yarn.
Shoulder seams:
Turn the piece inside out (front and back right sides together) and knit together the shoulder seams with MC.
Using MC, starting at the left shoulder seam, pick up 30 sts. along the left neck edge down to bottom of V (there should be 30 slanting decrease stitches to pick up into), pick up another 30 sts. along right edge of V neck to right should seam. Pick up 14 sts. along the back right neck edge down to sts. on holder. Knit these 36 sts. from holder into the neck, then pick up the last 14 sts. from back left neck edge.
Work one row in CC all k., no decreases.
Work next row in CC, k. 28 sts., k 2 tog., ssk, k. 36 sts., k. 2 tog., k. 22 sts. k. 2 tog., K to end of round.
Work next row in MC all k. with no decreases.
Next row CC, k. 27 sts., k 2 tog., ssk, k. the rest of the round.
Work one row in CC all k., no decreases.
Next row MC, k. 26 sts., k 2 tog., ssk, k. the rest of the round.
Next row, begin neck ribbing: [p2, k2] repeat this 6 times, p2, k2 (these two stitches are the decrease "seam" of the v-neck). Continue p2, k2 until round is completed.
Continue working neck ribbing, decreasing one st. on each side of the v-neck on this and every other following row (e.g. work a dec. row, then a non-dec. row) until 106 sts. remain. Cast of neck loosely in pattern.
Using larger needles and MC, pick up 32 sts. on each side of armhole starting at the armpit side (total of 64 sts.).
Pick up the 14 sts. from armpit holder/waste yarn, placing a marker in between sts. 7 and 8 to mark the beginning/end of the round.
Join row and work straight 1.25 in., then begin casting off one st. on each side of the beginning/end marker on the next and every following 5th row 4 times, then every 4th row until there are 44 sts. remaining (sleeve should be 13.25 in. long here).
Work 2 rows CC, 1 row of MC, 2 rows of CC, 1 row of MC. One this last MC row, decrease 6 sts. evenly spaced (38 sts.).
Next row, change to smaller needles and work k2, p2 rib for 2 in. bind off loosely.
Weave in all ends and wash cool, dry cool.

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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Other things that I've finished lately

Okay, it needs buttons, but this is the Must Have Cardigan Pattern - and it's a pretty well written one, I must say.
The pattern is written for Classic Merino Wool, which I've never used. I substituted Nature Spun Worsted (in coffee) and it came out very nicely. I'd never used Nature Spun before, but I really like it - for all wool it's really soft and has a nice hand, not scratchy at all. Felts very nicely too, and comes in a nice range of colors.

I have some buttons to put on too - I can't find them tonight though.

I have also gotten a couple inches done on the Gryffindor sweater, but I'll take a snap of that when there's more to show.

I'm finished with the blues

However, I'm really not musical, so that's a pretty lame joke on my part. However, I have been finishing things all over the place, which is really fun. And a good thing, as more yarn just arrived in the mail yesterday. :)
So, here's the blue Fassett sweater:

Monday, September 17, 2007

Blues, part 3, or why did this take me so long????

The cool thing about doing Fassett sweaters is once you get on a roll, the gauge is nice and big and you have all these beautiful colors to play with and suddenly it's like eating popcorn - YOU CAN'T STOP YOURSELF.
Which, in this case, is a wonderful thing.
Six years to finish the back (maybe closer to 7, since I think I started it before getting pregnant) and 3 weeks to knit the front and both sleeves. I'm almost done with shoulder saddle on the second sleeve, here's the whole thing laid out to be pieced:

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Materials for a child's Gryffindor sweater

Here it is, I took a total blind stab with Valley Yarns Longmeadow (cotton/acrylic microfiber) burgundy and Frog Tree Pima Silk (cotton/silk) 820.
On size 4's it makes a nice fabric, not too hot for a little kid.
I'll work on the swatch and measure him this weekend and come up with a pattern - v-neck with a small lion on the chest.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

He really wants a sweater

Our son lost both his front teeth this weekend.
Well, Dad helped to pull them out, but really, it was very good thing. They were so loose, it was really gross.

And so, he (our son, not his dad) wants a Gryffindor sweater.
Maybe the lisp is making me want to make him this thing.
So I'm playing with ideas again. This time, something simpler.
Here's a pattern idea for the sweater itself but add a knitted crest like this which is nice and simple, do the whole thing in dark red and gold.
Still thinking . . . .

Monday, September 3, 2007

The things you can do when you get inspired

Or, the third installment about this third take on Ellen Minard's blues mohair.
I finished the back of the Fassett blue Toothed Stripe (wow - I ought to give this sweater to someone in I.T., oughtn't I? Except bluetooth seems on it's way out? Oh well.) and started on the front - I can get one set of pattern repeats done in a sitting - so on good weekend days, I can get 2 repeats done, one in the morning and one at night.
I usually find that once I put a project down, I'm done forever. I just hate going back to things. How nice to be wrong.
Here it is, basking on our back porch in daylight, which does more for the colors. It's more muddy, or glassy somehow when you see it in person. How the heck to they get sweaters to look so great in books and magazines?
So, if I stay inspired, I should have this puppy done for the holidays.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Blues - part 2

So at first, I thought I wanted to rip out this 2/3 of a back I'd started. Bear in mind, this was started nearly 6 years ago after our son was born, and I was still going through new mom denial that I could still do everything I had before he was born (and that nothing would take much longer than it ever had, ha!)
Now, of course, that would be dumb (it's been knit for 6 years, it ain't comin' apart) and now I realize, I don't really want to. Oh, and it's 50 percent mohair, and that stuff doesn't rip out at all.

I've had this sack of assorted blues, grays, purples, and blacks for years, and have already made 2 sweaters out of it (all of these are from Fassett's Glorious Knits) the first was the outlined stars pattern (here's the picture from the book - I made this for my mom who gave it my cousin [it took me 2 years to do because I was working and going to school at the time] - in fairness, it was way too big)
... and the second one was jack's back pattern - again from the book because I don't have the sweater anymore, I gave that one to my other mom (she's not related at all, I just like her so I adopted her - she taught me to spin) and as far as I know, she still has hers.
So, what I had thought I wanted to do was this:

and I still want to try it, in a normal size sweater, rather than a coat, but maybe in earth tones, rather than as blues and grays.
So I think my new project is to finish that 6 year old pillowcase full of loveliness.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Blues - to be written in installments

So, here we have a very unpromising looking sac of yarn - it's an old pillowcase:

And here's what lives in it.
The whole mess of yarns started off with a huge skein of Ellen Minard's spaced-dyed mohair, which comes in a 1 lb. skein. I don't know what the color way was called at the time, something blue, purple and black.
Over time I assembled a bunch of Green Mountain Spinnery Mountain Mohair, Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride, cotton chenille which I have long since lost the labels to, and other odds and ends of wool, mohair, cotton and blends.