Friday, December 21, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
Rowanspun FO in Switzerland....Noro Silk Garden jumper at the Rhine Falls
Family in my handknits enjoying pork knuckles at Black Forest
Lots of clogs...still no sign of a yarn shop so far....
Glass pyramid at the Lourve.....note the 'pile' between horse's legs
Worked on Sivia Harding's Moon Shadow Stole during the trip.
Monday, November 26, 2007
All the dark colours, except for the light blue, were dyed with Koolaid.
“I will send a handmade gift to the first 3 people who leave a comment on my blog requesting to join this PIF exchange. I don’t know what that gift will be yet and you may not receive it tomorrow or next week, but you will receive it within 365 days, that is my promise! The only thing you have to do in return is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog.”
On the knitting front.... hope to take pictures of the tweed cardigan and horizontal scarf FOs if there's good lighting when I get home from work this evening.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Would I do this again? Maybe...not too bad once I got the knack of it. I must say that Richard, Colourmart's owner, offers a fair deal as there's enough in the same shade for several stoles . Not sure what I'll do with them but here's a good idea;
Thursday, November 01, 2007
- I was hoping it'd miraculously grow an additional 2" ease
- Thought Blocking will lengthen another 3"
- What would my non-knitting friends say if they found out I knit it???
- It'd stay in the closet forever...
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
Pattern:Rowan Mag 30, SNUG by Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Rowan Polar(60%wool 30%alpaca 10%acrylic)
Needles: 8mm & 7mm
Amount: 6 x 100g x 100m
Finished size: 32"
In the meantime I've casted on another jumper with the Noro wool/silk that's been calling out to me each time I so much as peep at my stash cupboard! The subtle blending of colours which then stretches into rich hues before another clever blend never ceases to amaze and delight as I knit away into the night. (that explains why I need a little snooze when I get home from work recently)
I could have not bothered to match the front and back, but being the neurotic that I am, they HAD to be symmetrical, so that is another ongoing challenge and I'm sure the sleeves ain't going to be easy. Life's more interesting this way isn't it?
Monday, October 01, 2007
Here's Landscape from Knitpicks, starting off as mine but claimed by DD who didn't like the stripey skein of wool at first.
Polar - a Winter jumper for DD,...just the neck to be cast off, sides seamed and sleeves attached.
Finally on its last leg, 2nd sleeve almost done and I'll have to decide how I want the raglan top to look when the pieces unite.
If a love-hate relationship is possible to have with a WIP, this is it! big time.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Friday, September 14, 2007
I think I've got everything- length, collar, sleves, just right this time round and plan to knit a series of these in different variations and colours as casual office wear.
Not very tidy and still slightly noticeable but I'm real proud of my short- row shoulders and sleeves.
Decided to replace K2P2 ribbing with K2 P2 Cable2 P2 when I got bored with the sleeves and neck Ribs.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Pattern: Cool Cozy Shrug from Creative Knitting - July 2007
Size: XS for YL
Yarn: 3.6 balls x 100g x 149 yds Sirdar Spree (cotton rich chunky)
Am glad that Kenny understood my ramblings on the sleeve (previous blog) as he's had similar problems. He's also made a better job of explaining in his blog and with clearer pictures.
So I frogged, gave up on the idea and am doing the 'body first' method. As you can see, I got a little bored with the body and started the short-rows sleeve which is growing well.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Regg nominated me for this: (click to find out more)
and I am totally tickled (pink??)! It's the "Rockin' Girl" bit that will have my kids hooting with laughter I'm sure. "Mum....rockin'?????"
The Girls I'm nominating for the awards :
Mona - whom I envy for her artistic talents
Doreen - who knits and crochet beautifully all the time
Ruchira - who gives me hope that I may yet have a 'knitting daughter'
Pretty-knitty - whose site you must visit for exquisite knits and designs
Monday, August 13, 2007
Using Barbara Walker's - Knitting from the Top as a guide I :
- decided on stockingnette and round neck pattern
- multipled gauge with 15" back-shoulder width
- cast on using provisional method and knitted back piece
- left 1/3 sts on work yarn for neck and worked left, right front
- shoulders worked with short-rows
- when front and back equals 1/3 of armhole, turn and pick-up sts for sleeves (see arrows)
- increase both sides at front then join collar to work in the round down body
But.....there are totally horrible kinks at sleeve pick-up points (arrows on pic) caused by the abrupt turning and I do not think they'd be smoothened out with blocking.
Have decided to frog when I get home tonight, maybe forgo the set-in sleeves but go for the 'body-first' method of knitting straight down first where sleeves are picked up later and working in shortrows from the cap.
More updates on the technique if I don't decide to frog everything and go back to good ole' knitting from the bottom!!!
Tuesday, August 07, 2007