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I finally finished my Apres Surf Hoodie!
I’ve had plenty of starts and stops with this project. I originally wanted to make it out of Dream in Color Smooshy but I wasn’t feeling the deep blue I got for it. (I’m now using the DIC for my Featherweight cardi and it’s a great match!) I bought Webs’ Charlemont about a little more than a year ago for Apres and I was still making slow progress. Then about a month ago, I heard it whimpering in my works-in-progress pile and then I simply could. Not. Put. It. Down. …It happens, what can I say.
Pattern: Apres Surf Hoodie by Connie Chang Chinchio From Interweave Knits, Summer, 2008
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Valley Yarns, Charlemont 4 Skeins, 1756 yards
Colorway(s): Whipple Blue
Needle(s): US 3 – 3.25 mm
Casted On: February 2, 2011
Casted Off: May 10, 2012
Modifications: I did provisional cast-ons to then do an applied I-cord bind off. I used this bind-off at the pullover’s bottom, sleeves and hood area. (I don’t believe the instructions said to use that bind-off at the beginning…not entirely sure though. I also made the torso and sleeves longer and, to do that, I had to spread the increases and decreases out a little more.
I made the size 39.5 and of course I did some research on how many yards other people have used with this size. I thought four skeins of Charlemont, (439 yards a skein) would be enough. Well, I used more yarn than I thought! To the point where I was getting very nervous. I bought the original skeins more than a year ago so who knows what kinds of dye lot issues I’d have!
My mods to make its components longer ate up some yarn but so did the provisional cast offs! Must keep that in mind. If I didn’t rip out some of the bottom stockinette rows, I would have run out.
I find myself drawn to lacy tops. They can provide feminine, more professional warmth, when ACs are jacked up during the summer months. I plan on making more. Since this was my first, however, I was slightly nervous about sleeve placement:
Can’t say I did a bad job.
I’m very pleased with how this turned out! I can’t wait to make some more lacy tops as the summer progresses.
…was for an adorable family friend’s puppy. Ms. Chloe got her sweater this past week
Pattern: Side Button Greyhound Sweater by Terri Lee Royea
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash, 275 yards
Needle(s): US 8 – 5.0 mm
Casted On: July 6, 2011
Casted Off: January 25, 2012
I was very pattern dependent for this project because I see Chloe about a half a dozen times a year. I don’t have “access” to a dog to always to a fitting. Nothing even close. So I stayed strictly with the pattern and to how it will then fit Chloe.
I made the XL version of this pattern because I was knitting it at a smaller gauge and…let’s face it. Chloe ain’t a skinny greyhound. I think she enjoys it. When dad went up to Debbi’s house to give it to her, he told me it wasn’t as hard as he anticipated putting it on her and once they did, she appeared pretty comfortable in it. YAY!
It wasn’t the most EXCITING knit in the world. 5×2 ribbing can get old after a while. But lil Chloe needs the sweater. I know she’ll get a lot of use out of it and appreciate the warmth it gives her after a long walk and her baths.
Last summer Deb had to say good bye to one of her puppies, Connor. I had talked about it here. While no one will replace dear Connor, I’m pleased to share that she got a new dog from a rescue league named Nala. Isn’t she pretty??
The only downer is her coat is so thick, doesn’t seem like she’ll need a sweater. Sigh
OK Gotta get back to cooking stuff for our football get together!
I haven’t completed as many finished objects I would have liked this year but I did complete one big one
This project didn’t take as long as you’d think. For about three months, it stayed in a box from the move. I packed it up in late July and unpacked it in our new home. It stayed in my box o’ WIPs mainly because of:
All these ends. Now I know knitters from centuries prior just tied them and let the wool felt. Great. But my control freak tendencies had an image of a hole growing when I’m away from home and then the unraveling started. So yeah. I wove them all in. As one can imagine, it took a long time.
Pattern:Autumn Rose Pullover by Eunny Jang from Simply Shetland 4: At Tomales Bay
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Long story. See below.
Colorway(s): Long story. See below.
Needle(s): US 2½ – 3.0 mm & US 4 – 3.5 mm
Casted On: May 8, 2011
Casted Off: November 20, 2011
Modifications: I made everything longer. Longer sleeves. Longer torso. If I were to do this all over again, I’d pull the neckline up. Kinda wish I did that. That said, I’m still quite proud of the end result. I wore it to work once but I think it’s more suitable to wear with cords at home. It’s just too warm for my office that runs a little warm anyway.
I had to pull out the neckline and redo it. But hey…as a result, I learned the importance and purpose of a neckline cuff. I picked up about 80 extra stitches along the neckline and the sweater practically fell off my shoulders. Re-did it and the new neckline helped bring the already long neckline more together. Phew!
I love the Knitpicks Autumn Rose Mineral version of this sweater. I even ordered the yarn in Knitpicks Pallete kit for this sweater. Turns out, I wasn’t all impressed by how thin the yarn was running. The resulting fabric wasn’t as strong as I’d like it. So I converted the Knitpicks Mineral kit and used Brownsheep Naturspun Sport. Below is a chart.
|Original Pattern Color
(Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift)
Knitpicks Mineral Kit
(Knitpicks Pallete Yarn)
Sport (unless otherwise noted)
|Shetland Black||Asphalt Heather||Pepper|
|Pine Forest||Eggplant||Plum Line|
|Admiral||Clematis Heather||Mountain Purple|
|Peat||Huckleberry Heather||Spiced Plum|
|Sunrise||Iris Heather||Mountain Lavender|
|Old Gold||Ash||Classic Elite, Fresco, Charcoal Black|
|Pistachio||Silver||Berrocco, Ultra Alpaca Light, Moonshadow|
|Yellow Orchre||Mist||Silver Lining|
I really enjoyed knitting this sweater with this yarn. Naturespun Sport is a more full yarn resulting in a more dense fabric.
I consider this sweater to be a significant feat. First full fair isle sweater for an adult. I made significant modidifications in length and they were done well. I had expressed some issues with the sleeves and from what you can see above and below, they do, in fact match up.
While I might not be 10000% pleased with the long neckline, I’m still quite proud of myself. Gorgeous feminine sweater that fits me quite well I’m very much looking forward to applying the lessons I learned with this sweater to Venezia
we just moved
The move went very very well. We are about 97% unpacked with some few stubborn boxes here and there. This is starting to feel like home now and both of us, as you can see, the kittehs are quite happy here:
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what else I want this blog to be other than a digital scrapbook of all my finished objects. My life is so much more than that. I might hesitate writing about events in my life because they might involve people that do not want to be talked about online. I can’t say I blame them. Or perhaps maybe I think too much – Do people really care about a book I just read and absolutely loved? But this is for me first and foremost. I have readers, many of which know me in real life, some do not. If they don’t care about a particular topic, it is totally within their right to move on to the next blog listed in their Google Reader account.
[which reminds me…I have to work on my confidence in writing book reviews! I have read some really fantastic books lately too!]
This is a knitting blog and in my attempts to improve my writing in my professional life, perhaps this can help me share my thoughts on knitting and all the things that come with it.
My knitting buddy Carol mentioned this in a blog post a few months ago:
I did a blog post a little while back about some of the similarities I noticed between the quilting blog world and the knitting blog world. One thing I’ve seen on a lot of quilting blogs lately is a “Process Pledge.” The Process Pledge is a vow to not just “show finishes or occasionally confess about our moments of indecision, but chat openly and often about our works in progress, our inspirations, and our moments of decision,” to quote one blogger.
She went on to talk about writing a knitting book but it got me thinking about the knitting process. I know of various times in this blog where I have some hesitations about writing about Works In Progress Entries. It just comes to this: They’re not as fun. Let’s face it. What if you post a picture of a work in progress and four inches have been completed. Next week rolls around and you have done a whopping additional 2.5 inches to it. Wow. Not all that exciting.
But there are decisions you make as you knit something that would be interesting for your fellow knitters to know. I always appreciate a good heads up about charts or yarns for example. I like reading friends’ reviews of books. So why not add my own?
So I start now, in this new chapter of my blog, showing off my Featherweight Cardigan project.
At first, I’ve been so hesitant about such a pattern. There are thousands of projects on Ravelry and I noticed that a lot of them are sheer. And if that’s what people want, then FINE! More power to them. But from my point of view, I questioned the point of a cardigan so thin. My friend Darsana, who has made four, I’m pleased to note, mentioned that there are times in her office when it feels like a meat locker indoors. It’s not the time for a heavy sweater because it’s often summertime with ACs jacked up so high. I started thinking that and I said to myself, “Yuuuuup….I can see myself needing a few summer sweaters for those times.” She modified the pattern, too, to add more shaping to it. As you can see, many, have found these mods helpful.
One can’t take bulky yarn and knit this pattern. At the same time, I wanted to see more finished ones with fingering weight yarns as opposed to the laceweight it calls for. My friend Cam recently finished one that I just fell in love with! Let’s take a moment and gawk at her lovely cardi, shall we??
Sure, she used fingering weight yarn but you can’t see through the cardi. It fits her wonderfully and I particularly like the ribbing collar. It gives it a very nice border. She added length to the torso, which is something I’m probably going to have to do as well. All in all, a very well tailored cardi. Ms. Cam can probably wear this to the office if it gets too cold with the AC or she can wear it hanging out with her man on the weekends.
Ok I’m starting to sound like one of those announcers on a makeover show when they start talking about the clothes they picked out for the person.
So I started knitting one with Dream in Color Smooshy. This pattern can sometimes turn into a bore because it’s, for the most part, straight stockinette. But I am particularly interested in how the yarn I picked changes every so slightly:
This is just the swatch I made a few weeks ago but it still kept my interest. This is the progress so far:
The specs of purple, lighter blues and even some hints of green if you look close enough just make me giddy!
I plan on making this with Darsana’s modifications too and adding length to the torso. Haven’t made a decision about whether I want full sleeves, like I usually do, or go for more snug and more fuller and longer ones. I usually go for longer sleeves but perhaps 3/4 length ones will allow it to look more professional and tailored? I don’t know. (I’m on this professional self-improvement stint as you can probably tell. I want to write better and look better and perhaps….maybe…feel more confident? I digress though)
Up next will be a finished test knitting cowl I did for my buddy, PAKnitWit!
Wow things have certainly been busy here.
Jermaine and I are packing up our lives to move into our new house at the end of the month:
But in the midsts of all this craziness, I finally have a finished object. My last one was from April.
Pattern: In and Out Socks by Cookie A’s Designs from Knit. Sock. Love.
My Ravelry Project Page
Yarn(s): Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock Lightweight
Colorway(s): Skein with No Name, Rockin’ Sock Club installment from November, 2010
Needle(s): US 1 – 2.25 mm
Casted On: July 4, 2011
Casted Off: August 7, 2011
This was one fun pair of socks to knit! The winding, cable-like pattern is what attracted me to the pattern in the first place.
And something I found particularly interesting was the way the heel flap was developed:
The winding cable-like pattern then POP a heel flap!! That part of the sock almost made me giddy as I was knitting it.
I enjoyed this pattern very much. I seem to be on a sock craze of late. And a STR and Cookie A. one as well now that I think of it. Explanation of socks–well I guess that’s pretty easy. It’s summer and gross out. Socks are portable and small and most likely I’m finishing up someone’s Christmas present so that’s a win win right there. I’m inspired to knit with Socks that Rock sock yarn of late because I’m drawn to many patterns that are friendly to multi-color colorways, which also explains my draw to Cookie A. patterns as well.
What will be next is Cookie’s Raven Swirl Socks with March, 2011’s Rockin’ Sock Club installment:
On a personal note, I won’t be back for a while we move. I look forward to showing off my Autumn Rose Pullover with all the ends woven in and a lovely neck band:
Sleeves always seem to get me. Don’t know why but they always seem to be the most challenging part of a sweater or cardigan.
Of course…it makes sense doesn’t it. Everyone’s arms are different, people like different fits. And they can be challenging–having the seams line up just correctly with minimal bulkiness.
Theeeeeeeeeeen throw in that yours truly must have Gumbi like arms. I like sleeves ridiculously long.
So I thouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuught I was being clever in lengthening the sleeves to my Autumn Rose Pullover. But Nope. I wasn’t
The fair isle motive that goes in between the circular pattern? In the body, it’s nine rows and in the sleeves, I made it twelve because, after all, these things add length.
It wasn’t till after I uploaded this picture onto Flickr that I noticed how blatant this was and how the motives just are not going to line up.
So what’s that sound you’ll be hearing this evening? Rip rip? Yup. That’s Laura ripping that sleeve back quite a bit….with the occasional whimper as well.
I need to be reminded that this is for the sweater’s well being. If motifs don’t line up, I’ll be wearing it in the office and it will be just like that Tide Commercial.…and I couldn’t blame anyone for feeling that way. I’d be distracted as hell at it.
So yeah. That project is probably going to spend the week on the bench. Sigh
Until then, I’ve casted on a new skirt and a shawl:
and this is the finished shawl, from Purl Bump’s Pattern Page
Last year, I had intentions to participate in the IntSweaMoDo, which is a knit-along where you make 12 sweaters a year. It didn’t work. I only knit one cardigan.
Instead of committing myself to something like that this year, I simply told myself that I wanted to knit more sweaters. Going from one cardigan last year to knitting twelve this year seemed like a bit steep.
That said, in mid-January, I thought I was doing pretty well with getting at least one sweater done in one month. I was making fabulous progress on my Cerisara cardigan:
Look at that! I just had one more sleeve to work on! GO LAURA!!
But then I got distracted…
I got the urge to make some fair-isle:
And I started the Icelandic Star Cardigan from Interweave Knits, Winter 2009 magazine. That’s been moving quite along lately. I am about halfway done with the body knitting before I start on the sleeves. The pattern says to knit it flat but there’s no way I’d do purl fair isle. That’s a headache I can avoid by adding some steaking in the middle, which is what I did (in case you noticed the random alternating of colors above)
Aaaaaaaaaaaand in an effort to think ahead, I started Apres Surf Hoodie again, this time with Valley Yarns Charlemont, a new line of yarn from Webs that is a wool/silk fingering weight yarn.I had originally started this hoodie with Dream in Color, Smooshy, but I decided to frog that because I was worried about DIC’s tendency to expand a lot after blocking, especially given that the hoodie is entirely lace.
And sure, I’m not finishing things as fast as I would like but I’m still having a lot of fun with all my projects, and that’s the whole point, right?
Ever have a project that you quit about an hour into starting it?
Well I do.
I have a weakness for lacy tops. Now that my Botanical Lace Cardi is complete, I felt a little at loss for what lace top I should start.
In March of 2009, I swatched for the Lattice Lace Pullover:
Which will, of course, grow up to be this lovely pullover from Knit So Fine:
Then after that?? Nothing. Nada. All I knew that size 1.5 needles was the size that gave me gauge. I moved on to other projects.
But the last Sunday, I just randomly picked it back up and started the project properly this time, starting with the sleeves.
I’m knitting this with size 2s even if I don’t get gauge with it. I did the math and knitting this with size 2s, making the 36′ size will fit me accurately. (How did I get to this conclusion? This here calculation that has helped me every time. My wise buddy Steph told me about it and I feel every knitter should commit it to memory)
Sure, I got gauge with size 1.5s but it was a little too tight, for my liking and, of course, 3s were too loose for me. Size 2s make for a nice happy medium.
And speaking of Steph, the two of us went to welcome a new yarn shop to town, Looped Yarn Works in Dupont Circle. What a lovely store! It opened just the week the two of us got paid so, the proper thing to do was go and spend some hard earned bread there, right? I always appreciate it when yarn shops have sweaters-worth of a given yarn in a variety of colors and Looped certainly did that. It was very tempting But I already started a project with some Koigu KPPPM I bought there:
On Friday February 5, DC got hit with a record breaking snowstorm. See…lemme show you it from space
I did some research and found this out
Our big weekend storm surged Reagan National Airport’s seasonal total to 45″ with the balance of February and March yet to go. This places our current winter in position number three for the snowiest winters on record, behind 1995-96 (46″) and the big one, 1898-99 (54.4″). Of course, that all-time record was set at a more downtown location (M Street), so some may argue the higher elevation and location away from the Potomac was an easier accomplishment. But in my mind, that makes this potential record season all the more notable.
And on Friday night, at about 2250, Jermaine and I lost power that we did not get back till Monday morning. It was fun on Saturday. Jermaine and I played a hysterical game of Trivial Pursuit. But I have to say, as our apartment’s temperature was dropping, the fun was dissipating. I felt how cold Layla and Luna’s paws were through multiple blankets!
Mom and Ray got their power back on Sunday morning and invited the whole family up to their house. So Jermaine and the kittehs and I went up to mom’s house. I have to tell you it was the most stressful car ride of my life! Roads still weren’t clear making it so so stressful. I got out of the car, shaking and simply said two words to mom “booze please!” I have to say that my mom is pretty damn hip but it still had to be weird for her to hear her little girl request demand that!
I have to say, it was stressful being at someone else’s house. Especially knowing that they’re breaking their rental agreement allowing kittehs to stay the night. (I was nervous they would view the carpet as a scratching post ) That said, it was also great spending the night at home with my mom like old times, something I haven’t done since I graduated from college. We enjoyed watching the Super Bowl (Congrats, Saints!!) and said nighty nighty, like old times…I woke up and my sweet mom made me pancakes. How amazing was that? So there are parts of me that want to go back to my old life–working, relaxing at home….but there is a another part of me that really enjoyed the time I spent with mom and Ray. And popping by Dad’s place to make sure he was ok too. It was like we were all a team helping each other out. I went over to dad’s to help him out and we, in turn, borrowed his metal shovel.
Now I have a poll for Ravelympics
Should I cast one of these sweaters?
Seneca (Ravelry Link)
or Henley Perfected (Ravelry Link)
These would be for the Sweaterboard Cross event. Only one, mind you. It is either I cast on one of those lovely pullovers or I finish one Lace Cardigan in the WIP Dancing Event
I am a sucker for these polls, so tell me what you think!!