Monday, October 22, 2007

Noro Silk Garden Jumper

My connection at home has been out for the past few days and it's one of those crazy Mondays here at work this morning, so a quickie update since I can't wait to show off !!!

Pattern: Set in sleeves sweater
The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
Yarn: Noro Silk Garden (col 247)
Amount: 10 x 50 x 100 meters (with almost nothing left)
Needles: 4.5mm & 3.5mm
Knit for: self

Well, it was an easy knit except for my constant obsession in wanting every piece to match. If I had knit the left and right sides of the neck opening in the normal way, the colours may not match and so I did a 'huge skip' without a 'yarn break'.
The sleeves were knit in the round so no problems there.
And, surprise, surprise! the front and back do match up during seaming!!!! There was nothing left over from the 10 balls of yarn I've got except for some yellow and blues scraps for the cowl like collar I wanted but it's worked out in the end don't you think so?

This was cast on yesterday - with the Katia Tundra I blogged previously.

Bye! and a productive week ahead to all!

Friday, October 12, 2007


Polar is an FO, one down and hopefully 3 more jumpers to go. I've got plans for a hat and mittens if there's enough knitting hours to end November but I'm not too confident about that. We'll see...

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

Works in Progress

I have a grand total of 4, quite a decent and manageable number I guess.

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.
I find excuses not to knit it, I won't begin another Stole, I sometimes want to throw it into the frog pond, I take it out-often, then I fall in love with it all over again, I put it back into the basket....and there it sits.....What shall I do???????