Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Cami by Graduation

I've decided that I did so well in finishing the tote bag by Jen's birthday that I should set another goal for myself. Therefore, I'm now going to try and get the honeymoon cami done by graduation, so I can wear it under my robes if it looks good. For high school graduation, I wore a long skirt and a nice white tank, so why not keep up the tradition? I'm almost done with the lace edging, which will be so nice to finish. I hate having to switch the yarn back and forth every couple of stitches. From there on out, it's clear sailing with simple stockinette.

Sunday, April 24, 2005

Check it out - My first sweater!



There it is! Isn't it beautiful? One of the primary reasons I got back into knitting was so I could make my own clothes--clothes that actually fit. No more stressful fitting room trips trying on sweaters that barely cover my navel or are inches shy of my wrist.

The sweater is made with Noro Cash Iroha. The yarn is pretty nice to work with, and its varied thickness gives the sweater a kind of rustic feel to it. One annoyance I had was that the last three skeins I used had knots in them where the yarn had broken and it was tied back together. I ended up using 10 skeins, which is a little more than the pattern called for, but that makes sense, because I adjusted the pattern slightly.

I added around 3 inches to both the body and sleeves. I thought this would make it plenty long, but in the end, it made it just barely long enough for me to be happy with. If I had a bit more experience I probably would have tried to adjust the neckline a bit as well. I wish that the shoulders came up a bit more and the front of the neck came up a bit less, but adjusting the raglan line was a bit more complex than adding a few inches to the length, so I decided not to mess around with it on my first attempt. Neckline issues aside, however, I like the sweater, and I think I'll definately wear it.

Next question--to block or not to block? The only bit I'm thinking might benefit from some blocking is the neckline. It tends to poof out a bit at the hem. I haven't actually done any blocking on anything yet, so maybe it's time to learn? We'll see. Here are some more pictures, the blurry and the kitty shots:

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I finished a project! Hooray!

I haven't been posting my progress on the Skull Tote because I didn't want to ruin the surprise for Jen, for whom I was making it. Today was the big day though, so I had to get it done! Happy Birthday Jen!

This bag wasn't too hard to make, although as my first foray into two-color knitting, it was a little stressful while doing the skull pattern. You have to twist the yarns together on every stitch, which means you have to move the balls of yarn on every stitch, otherwise they get all tangled. I learned a lot with this project, including intarsia knitting, three needle bind off, and i-cords. (For descriptions/videos of these wonderful techniques, check out knittinghelp.com.

Without further ado, the pictures!

Here is a shot of the bag pre-felting:


And a close-up of the skull pattern:


Here is a picture of Jen with the bag, after she opened it:


And finally, a close-up of the felted bag:


I meant to take a picture on the same table as the pre-felted picture, but I forgot before I packed up the bag to give to Jen. :) However, if you had seen that, you would see that the finished project was like 1/2 - 1/3 the size of the pre-felted bag. Just an important lesson that you should never machine wash your wool sweaters!

Friday, April 08, 2005

Knitting Round-up

I thought I'd start out with an overview of all my current projects.

My main project right now is the Hourglass Sweater from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. Here's a shot of my progress so far:

As you can see, I've done the body up to the armpits, and one whole sleeve. The other sleeve is about 8" or so along. Here's a close up of the lovely seaming of the body and finished sleeve:

Seaming is a pain in the butt!

I would be working on the sweater full-time, except that working with the small needle for the sleeves really hurts my fingers, so I have to take a break from it every so often to let them rest. So in the meanwhile, I'm working on a felted totebag made from Galway wool:

and the Honeymoon Cami:

With the Cami, I was intending to make it with the yarn called for in the pattern, which is GGH Mystik, but apparently I had a brain-fart when I was ordering yarn and ended up getting some knock-off called Mystik DK. It's ok though, because it was less than half the price and seems, from the pictures I've seen of the other, to be pretty much the same (same fiber content and everything).

There it is! Wish me luck!

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Welcome!

Welcome to my very own knit blog!

I've decided that the people who read my main page might not want to hear all the intricate details of my knitting sagas, so for those who might, I've created this lovely page instead! Hopefully I'll actually be able to keep it up for more than a week or so. :)