Thursday, March 11, 2004

Is this the makings of an old lady sweater? 

I got the yarn for my Kyoto sweater the day before yesterday and I knit up a couple swatches.

Click here to see what the sweater is supposed to look like. My plan is to use the purple for the waistband, the collar and possibly the cuffs. I sort of think using a contrasting color on the cuffs would just make my arms look shorter though. I was also going to make the "obi" a little longer so my big belly doesn't hang out.

James says the yarn looks like an old lady sweater. I wasn't expecting the yarn to have such a high teal content, but I still think it's pretty. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004

My First Sweater Revisited 

I wore this sweater in public for the first time today. I still haven't blocked it, but when I woke up this morning it was snowing and I had cramps, so I figured it was appropriate. I wore it along with the first garment I ever made myself and wore in public.

This skirt:

Please excuse the horendous picture. I took it myself while standing on the toilet (obviously). To see what the skirt is actually supposed to look like click here. I made mine in maroon colored corduroy.

The sweater was very warm, but comfortable. After a while I got too hot and had to take it off at my desk but I wrapped it around my shoulders like a blanket and it was very comfy. BTW, I was wearing a t-shirt under the sweater, I was not going topless with a sweater tied around my neck.

Anyway, about the sweater: I used a pattern from The Yarn Girl's Guide to Simple Knits. I highly recommend this book if you are sick of making scarves and washcloths and you want to make a sweater, but you are afraid for whatever reason. These are extremely easy patterns that require very little skill and they are all knit on size 9 needles or larger. They are also basic "template" patterns that would be easy to elaborate on. You can see the Yarn Girl's sample of this sweater on their website. If you make the sweater with the yarn they suggest it would cost over $100. I bought yarn on ebay from FrancisPatrickSales for $32. I have ordered yarn twice from them now and both times it's arrived on my doorstep within 48 hours. This particular yarn is Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride Superwash Bulky wool in a discontinued color. I actually have plenty more of this yarn left. It's too bad it won't felt... (I'll talk more about my felting frenzy later). I knit it on size 11 needles over the course of approximately one weekend of obsessive knitting. I started to develop repetitive stress injuries after that weekend. They've gone away since then. As soon as I finished knitting this I started knitting something else (I was on a roll...) so I didn't sew it together until a couple of weeks later. You can't tell so much in the picture but there are a lot of loose stitches and twisted rows throughout. In my opinion it looks very homemade. I'm still planning on trying to block it to see if it looks any better. It doesn't have any holes though! I actually ended up having to unravel many large parts of this sweater repeatedly, but I fixed every single dropped stitch (which then caused the twisted rows - but that's another lesson). I'm very proud of it :) I think I might just pose for a picture in it :)

This leads me to my current issue. I have a lot of new pictures but I can't get them off the memory card for some reason and James doesn't like helping me with computer problems when he comes home because that's what he does all day at work. He said he will look at it tonight though. I hate making posts without pictures! And I don't like talking about things without a visual reference either.

So I'm going back to my knitting now. Uhhh.... bye.

Sunday, March 07, 2004

The Scarf for Scott 

Well, last night was finally the big surprise party for Scott so I can unveil the scarf I made for him. For some reason I didn't want to show a picture or mention it in case he came across this site, but I put it in the list of things that are "on the needles" anyway. Of course he ended up getting ahold of this URL and seeing the site, but he claims he never saw my mention of this scarf. BTW - You can check out Scott's website here. Anyway.... here it is:

The picture was taken while it was still a work in progress, but you get the gist. I made it on #19 needles (my favorite :) )
with three strands of Lion Brand Wool-Ease worsted held together. I really like the way it turned out - I think it's FAB. I will definitely knit more like this in the future. It's real squishy and I like the way it looks. However, due to the clingy nature of the acrylic content in this yarn, it tends to twist quite a bit. The next time I will take all three strands and wind one ball out of them before I start knitting. With the three balls separate I had to untwist the yarn after each row. James called it my maypole dance.

Here is a picture of the stitches up close:

Nifty, huh? I did it in a 1x1 rib.

Speaking of 1x1 rib, I have finally repaired the keyhole scarf that almost met it's demise at Jiffy Lube. I think I'll work on that today.

In other news, I've finally ordered the rest of my yarn for the Kyoto Sweater. I decided on color combo #8. I ordered it from One Fine Yarn but I found a better picture of the yarn here from Yarnia.com. One Fine Yarn was cheaper.

The yarn is by Crystal Palace and it's called Waikiki. The name of the color is "Cool Jazz." I hope it looks okay with the Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece I already have. As soon as it arrives I'll knit up a swatch and take a picture of it next to my swatch of the Cotton Fleece.

Now, going back in time in my knitting history, I have a picture of the next thing I knit after I finished the Kitchy Kercheif and started the Rebecca sweater. It's the Shoulder Warmer (AKA Boob Tube) from Glampyre.

I knit it in Lion Brand Jiffy Thick'n Quick while I was on the plane back to Maryland from Michigan in mid-January. It isn't exactly finished yet, because I need to add some trim at the top. For this task I have purchased some black Gedifra Techno Hair. To see a picture of what this thing is supposed to look like when it's finished, check out the picture and free pattern here.

Well, it's back to knitting for me. As usual, all and any comments are welcome. I'd like to know that SOMEONE besides myself is reading this crap. Just say hi or something!

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