Then the second time I was working with live stitches of the sleeve caps.
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Then the second time I was working with live stitches of the sleeve caps.
Friday, March 30, 2007
Any hoo, now I have the front to knit which will go relatively fast because of the V-neck. After that, the cap on the second sleeve, the neck, and put it all together. By the end of this evening I should be done. No time left for procrastinating now!
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Blogger, for whatever reason in its pointy little programing that substitutes for a mind had locked me out. Not just of this blog, but of the other two KAL in which I am participating. I was caught in some infinite do-loop where it wanted me to upgrade this blog [and me?] to blogger2.
This blog, from the looks of the URL is already there. Whatever.
I have finished up the mate for each of two orphan socks and started a sock-of-the-month from one of those I joined. I am not terribly thrilled with either the yarn or the pattern. Pix are here under 27 March.
I am much happier with the baby sweater. At least it is nice yarn, the stripes show progress and it has a nice hand.
Needles and Things
I have one set of put together needles, I almost never use it for two reasons. The first is that it does not have tiny needles and most of what I do requires 4,0 mm or smallter. The second is that I just don't find the cables all that flexible.
I mostly like hardwood needles (rosewood and ebony). With the fortune of living in Germany for a lot of years, I am paying a lot less than all of you (about half) so that I have been able to build up my collection over the years.
How about something as a group project for May - only something smaller......
I finally ripped with great abandon on Sunday night, very late at night. There may have been a glass of wine present.
Today, no knitting-objects-in-progress where injured, maimed, or otherwise mutilated.
The bottom photo shows progress as of yesterday. One sleeve done, another waiting to be capped. And the rest of the sweater. Well. Time will be the witness.
I did make a nice pair of doctors office socks though!!
still knitting in Connecticut...
Monday, March 26, 2007
So off I go again. I am kind of thinking there is an end in sight as the sweater has sloppy shoulders so maybe I don't have to make the sleeves too long???
Barbara, had dissapeared...I think she is on the island too...any progress on the sleeves?
When you type sleeves so many times it just looks wrong...am I sleeping??
Here's my problem. I decided (as you may or may not remember) to knit the 43.5 inch version after several aborted cast ons. My gauge in stockinette has been 18/4". I figured this would give me close enough to the right size (I have a 46/48 bust - depending on the wind).
I am concerned that my gauge is going to tighten up in the round, however. I was thinking I would knit an inch or two, then check it. If it's too tight I was thinking I'd move up a needle size (thank you KP options....). I only really need it bigger at the bust, and it's a deep V-neck, and I'm really worried about it being too big not too small......There's also blocking.....
Any opinions? I am using the Shelridge Farms, but I haven't blocked the sleeve I finished (though I keep telling myself to do it...) to see just how much it grows.
I might be able to post a photo later tonight.
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I'm about 11 inches up so I have about 3 more pattern repeats to go until the arm holes. Knitting feels really slow going on this. I havr to remind myself there is 111 stitches in each row but it still seems to be dragging.
Luckily I have a distraction: Gummi Bunny Socks. (Well if he's going to lie there he's may as well model) I'll finish turning the heel tonight and motor through the foot on my weekend lunch hours. The sock looks kinda shrimpy but again this cat is really huge, think medium sized dog and you'ed be on the right track. Also my ball winding skills are mediocre at best.
Well it's decided to be a sweater coat. To be exact the City Coat from Domiknitrix. I am really hoping to have it done by the middle of next month. Repeat after me: It's Garter stitch with polar weight yarn on really big needles...It's garter stitch with polar weight yarn on really big needles...it's gar
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Is there still progress being made?
Barbara? Gretchen? Denise?
I have about 10 inches of the sleeves done. Photos soon...my photo time has been busy with store updates but I will make sure to take one soon!
Monday, March 19, 2007
For the ladies still knitting...Holly who came in second place...has kindly decided to decline her second place prize and would like to distribute it among the remaining knitters who finish their sweater within this month.
So anyone who finishes this month gets a prize!
Sunday, March 18, 2007
My whole weekend was taken up typing out a 24 page project for Chris. He is an Arborist Apprentice and this project was insane...he is not computer literate and typing this out would have been his death for certain.
So...knitting will commence tomorrow...I have a little store update to do *Deb...no looking* of the merino tencil semi solids I did last weekend and then it is on to knitting...oh..after I finish the day of work in the office...I have tuesday to work on the store...hopefully I can get the self striping stuff up!
Oh yeah..and knit my sleeves...gotta finish this off this month!
Saturday, March 17, 2007
I wasn't going to show these but it's been too quiet!
Friday, March 16, 2007
Without you ladies, this sweater would have been put aside about a week ago, so I am definitely in for another project.
Quick question...should I block the individual pieces or the sweater after I put it together?
I will post pics when I've finished the front!!
Now, I would like you all to check out this site: http://garnstudio.com/lang/en/kategori_oversikt.php
Maybe we could pick a joint project from there? A nice summer top perhaps?
That way we can still have fun and support the ladies (like me) who are still plugging away.
Let me know your thoughts...it does not have to be a sweater
I would like to get this sweater done and soon, but I've stalled. I knit yesterday on the way to the city and I did get a fair amount done, but I don't feel as excited about it as I did at the beginning. Thank goodness for this group, or else this project would have already turned into a UFO.
When I pulled the thing off the needles (32" circs), it was about 68 inches around. I know my gauge is off, but yikes. It shouldn't be that off. I'm tempted to go for the next size smaller.
I'm frightened....should I be worried?
I will be casting on the sleeves hopefully today...I am going to do 2 at a time.
This will be my first time and I am pretty sure it will be no problem...but I am excited to work both sleeves.
Gretchen and I have been talking about yardage for the sleeves, I am hoping it will only take 1 ball per sleeve...any ideas Holly?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
Now I suppose that I should go back to the flipping baby sweaters, interspersed with socks... Otherwise I suppose that I could also consider finishing up some WIPs or even tackle a UFO!
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
This gave me a nice, clean inside bind-off.
And I think a decent appearance on the inside.
Miriam was willing to try it on. Of course, it has taken me a couple of days to manage to do the 10 cm that had to be added to the second sleeve and get it bound in.
But now we have the issue. the Miriam did not like the look of a crocheted neck line. So I have to come up with something else. She has also veto'd the idea of a rolled trim. If I can't think of anything else, she is going to get simple ribbing.
If any of you have any good ideas, please help me out.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Is it bad that I don't edit out my jogging pants? Also can we see a running theme with Simon...He can't stay away when I am doing photography...this is so normal...he is very attached right now.
Back to the sweater...I am at the point of splitting the left and right sides. All seems to be going well. I went up a size on the front half as I am larger chested and didn't want it to be tight...I am making this sweater to be baggy!
I have a car trip coming up tonight where I am not driving...let's see what I can get done.
Back half blocking to occur this week!
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Saturday, March 10, 2007
She liked the length of the sweater just fine, and really loves the color. But the sleeve was not as long as she wanted.
I know that we have discussed the problems with wide-bottomed sleeves and their tendency to get into things. She is not to be discouraged. She wants the sleeve to come at least half-way down her hand. And since she is going to wear it, I suppose that is reasonable.
She also informed me that the sweater will still fit when she grows a few more inches. Hope is eternal in this teenager who does not want to be the shortest person in the family.
In case you were wondering, the extra hand holding the sleeve up is her older sister Nina (trying to avoid completely being in the photo) and her room is no where near the disaster it could be.
Everyone else has been quiet. Is this good?
Thursday, March 8, 2007
Ok, I live to serve. Right.
Then he asks me if I am headed off to Nußloch to my spinning group tonight. Oh, not terribly cognizant of the day anymore because my week was more than fouled up. But give me a choice of getting an evening out with nice people, or staying home when it is obvious that I need to clean and you can guess my choice.
We meet at Anette's shop, Anette's Wollwerkstatt . And the title of spinning group has become a misnomer. The variety of wool related activities ran from spinning, some weaving, four knitters, and a needle felter.
And this does not count the poor mom who is string ersatz pearls on ribbons for a confirmation party.
Me? I took along my March madness sweater. Opening the bag, I found I did not have the trim yarn with which to start the sleeve. So I decided to go top down.
Want to guess how much fun it is to do a provisional cast on when you don't have either waste yarn or a crochet hook? End result is I managed, but only did about 10cm in the entire evening.
Progress picture from the patio, I am not binding in that sleeve till Miriam gets home and trys it on to make sure that the length is right.
The colour work is going to need a really good blocking, which I was prepared for, but I didn't account for how much lighter my plain knitting would be and how much looser. Maybe after blocking it will all even itself out. Since I already have 34cm done, it seems a bit too late for any more shaping. My sweater may not be as fitted as Mason-Dixon designed it to be.
Do you think I should stop working the body and make the sleeves so my arm hole shaping turns out right? Or do like Holly suggested and knit sleeves right onto the body? I have my doubts about it because of the set-in sleeves. I don't mind trying new techniques but I hate having to do things over and over and over before I figure out how to get it right.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
If, like Barb and I, you are knitting in the round, you measure the size of your arm opening after you have bound off your shoulders.
then take your inches or cm x your gauge per - and that will tell you how many stitches you need around for your sleeve. Since the pattern calls for no shaping at all for the arm, what you start with is the final number.
you might have to adjust the K,P pattern depending on if your stitch number matches any of the sleeves
When you get to the top, turn the sweater inside out, take either your needle or little crochet hook and pop your live stitches through [I stick them on an extra circular needle so I don't lose them], then either knit a row around and bind off, or just bind-off.
If you are knitting flat - you can put your shoulders together measure, calculate your stitches then pick up and knit down if you want. This eliminates one seam. It also means you have bulk while you knit, but your sleeve will fit. If your two arm holes are not exactly the same size, you have also solved your problem [how does this happen? we know how this happens!
who has sunshine, no snow, and an early drive in the morning.
I'm really excited to see everyone else's progress! Show what you got , ladies!
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Debbie has so generously donated some books...(I will post a photo in a bit)
and we have agreed that her donation will be counted as second place prize.
I want to say a big thank you to Deb...it was so kind and thoughtful of her and greatly appreciated.
I am really glad that this KAL is much more for the fun than the prizes...it is such a great blog and I thank you all for being such a wonderful group...I would love to do this again with another project!
I spent today involved in teaching a course. This means I actually was away from my office (and therefore the phone and the computer) for most of the day. I was able to do some knitting at lunch and between one session in the afternoon.
I managed to finish up the last 6 cm of the back and both of the fronts (I had been 1/2 way up from the start of the V).
I left all the shoulder stitches live, then bound them off together (rather than binding off as I went). I still have live stitches at the back of the neck. I am not sure that I am going to do a crochet around the neck or do a finish similar to the bottom of the sleeves.
I am probably going to have to do a bit of blocking first, since both the neck and the arm holes want to curl.
But I love both the color and the feel of the yarn as I knit it. This much took less than three balls. This is good as I enlarged the armholes which makes the sleeves somewhat wider, at least at the top!
Now off to cast on a sleeve. Doing those in the round as well!
in Germany where we had cool and blowing, but no rain or snow!
Monday, March 5, 2007
So I have about 1.5 inches of the front done.
Tomorrow is hopefully my dye day so I might have some extra knitting time. I luckily got the sock club out today and am just working on getting the project spectrum and mystery dyer skeins out this week...then I am all house cleaning...um knitting.
Sunday, March 4, 2007
No really...I finished the back!
That was my goal for the weekend so I am happy, I will be immediatly casting on for the front before I forget those little modifications I made.
I am not sure that I am happy with it until I see if it fits...i am not sure of the measurements yet.
the back was too long so I put in a little patch instead of frogging...not sure I made the right choice..but I really didn't want to frog..I hope it stays hidden in my pits!
Then headed off the 120km to work this morning. Books-on-CD works. Now if I could figure out auto-pilot or find a carpool buddy again my life would be great.
Meanwhile, I managed to get about 8 rows knit today, noticing that if you do the P2tog on the V neck [which happens because you are binding off every 5th row] your decreases are not going to line up on the one side [right as you wear it]. Since I hate purling through the backloops, I just went ahead, P2tog and P the last stitch, after turning it around and knitting, I undid the P2Tog and twisted the two in the correct direction and did it as a SSK.
I took a look at the measurements for the sleeves and armholes.
Now, my Miriam is a size tiny to small, but even she needs more than 11" in circumference to comfortably get her arm through an arm hole. There is form fitting, and then there is so small that you can not easily get your arm in without stretching out the rest of the sweater.
Accordingly, I have made the armhole opening a bit bigger and am going to have to increase the diameter (or width for those who think flat) accordingly. I am not sure how this is going to play into the amount of yarn I have. OTOH, I have more than enough handspun to drop in an extra stripe or three.
please see if any of this applies to you. The frog pond is not my favorite place and I hate to make sweaters that do not fit. But who ever did the grading I don't think did it based on real figures.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
We then negotiated about how big a sweater she really wants and length.
I happily cast on 168 stitches on a 4mm needle and did about a couple of centimeteres of the contrast before bothering to read the directions. Those weird instructions that talk about three rows.
You see, I had been going off the lovely examples posted so far on the blog. I thought it looked fine, and had no interest in the frog pond, so just switched to the main color, upped the needle to 4.5mm and knit off the first ball. So that means I am over 20 cm up the body.
and at midnight, it is more than time to crash.
I've dropped down to size 5's (from 7's) for the sleeve, figuring that if I've overcompensated I can move up a needle size when I get to the ribbing.
I'll post another photo later tonight when I've re-knit the whole thing........
I am not so easily deceived, her father was driving her. I negotiated picking up the youngest two offspring at the train station in exchange for the boxes being brought home.
These boxes, except for two, were more on the line of mailing envelopes. But the one real box was from Michelle and contained yarn.
The Blue is Shelridge Farms in misty blue. The multicolor is Mohair Myst from Joslyn's Fiber Farm in color Party Time. The purple is hand spun merino 2-ply.
Now to see what the 14 year old wants as contrast.
Friday, March 2, 2007
You may wonder why I am showing you my spare bed...well see that bump. It took me a few minutes to figure out what it was considering I stole the sheets off the top last night...and it wasn't there.
As I was standing there anazlying it (I am sick...kinda slow) it moved!!
Simon has taken to sleeping under the covers when he gets cold...he really likes it.
I try my best not to talk about my cat all the time...but this is hilarious!
He is not always doing this so when I catch him it always entertains me.
Moving on....Here is the prize pack as it exists right now.
We have some prize donations from some wonderfully kind participants that I will show when they come in.
From L-R- Cherry tree hill super sock in pink, knit picks lace, soak, kreative kitties, black possum yarn, Socks that rock Whoot! and a skein of self striping yarn
Hope you are all enjoying your knitting!
I am working on the stockinette right now, hope to finish my first ball soon.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
This is my progress so far. It's snowing so the "still life with sweater segment" was a little uninspiring.
Yes, I photographed my yarn against a paper towel in the kitchen. I live in the worst lighting anywhere. (the colors are pretty accurate, though).
I cast on this morning after deciding on Viveka, with the Shelridge Farms Pumpkin Pie. I wasn't prepared for a contrasting color, but luckily my ever thinking stash coughed up a lovely ball of Cashmerino Aran in Ducks Egg Blue that looks lovely with the pumpkin pie color (I didn't have to do any work, it was just there waiting for me).
I started the sleeve before I left for work, and will post a photo of exactly how much sleeve gets done on the subway later tonight! I am a little afraid that the sleeves will be TOO wide (I am knitting the 2x size, I'm busty, but I do not have arms like tree trunks). We'll see. I love this sweater and am excited to be knitting it. I expect it'll be great with jeans no matter the wild sleevey-ness.
pattern two...hmmm...ok in a total rude awakening, the second pattern is no longer where it was....it was supposed to be the perfect sweater from Mason dixon website...but it seems to not be there?
Is anyone getting the mason dixon website coming up...or is it just me that it is not working for?
I will keep searching for the link or find a replacement...so sorry guys...this is just weird...not a great start to my day...is it monday?? Or am I just lucky?
Thanks to Stephanie of Spritely Goods for sending me the link ages ago....life saver she is...
Here is the pattern number two
Alright...let's go...and don't forget to post which sweater you are making..posting your progress is a requirement for winning!
Happy March Sweater Madness!