I have a very good friend Pam
who loves the winter holidays, so every year I make her a Christmas ornament.
I realized recently that I never posted an "I'm finished!" photo of this sweater, so I staged a mini photo shoot at the park.
Somehow, I started and finished a sweater before I could even mention it to you!
Just in case you don't already know, this sweater's name if Fractured. :) I didn't want you to worry I'd hurt myself!
I've made quite a bit of progress on Fractured.
For months, I've been wearing Golden
saying, "I wish these arms were one-inch longer. This weekend, I did it!
When I spend over a year on a project (however intermittent) I get a little attached to it.
Andrew's Mom mom (grandmother) recently had a birthday and we decided to make her a scarf. When we were talking about what to get her, Andrew asked, "How long would it take you to make a scarf? We could go get some yarn ... " Say no more, you had me at "make a scarf." Ha!
I completed a couple rows under the armpits on fractured
so I could try it on for the first time.
I've finished everything except the edging!
Huzzah! This weekend I finally figured out a way to use my beads to make a closure for Hemlock
I'm blocking the lace at the front of Hemlock.
Over the holiday, I picked up Hemlock again to put on the finishing touches. I was surprised to discover that I was actually done knitting it. Woohoo!
Last week we flew to Los Angeles for a vacation. I don't like flying much, but I do love the knitting time on the flight ... and while waiting in the airport because we are chronically early.
I don't have the time or brain power to work on sweaters right now, so I started a little purple swatch of these cables
to occupy my hands.
I decided to go with a double seed stitch border under the edge lace. I frogged the previous edge to move the lace up 8 rows to accommodate the new border. Sometimes I wish I could just copy/paste my crafting. Oh, the constraints of the analogue universe.
I decided to go ahead and work on the hem before I do more sleeve work. Here is the sweater with mismatch sleeves and a hem ... that rolls ... suckage.
The wider sleeve looks sloppy ... sloppy around the lace edge ... sloppy around the shoulder. I thought having a wider sleeve would make less foldy bits around the arm pit .... you know, ease the transition point between the sleeve and sweater body ... but it appears to have made them worse.
Oh, crazy sleeve. How did you ever happen? Here's what went down ...
Of course I couldn't resist. :) I took a ball of yarn, needles, and a cable needle with me on errands and stole a couple minutes while my other half was browsing.
I'm getting very close to the bottom hem. I tried it on recently and I onlyhad a couple of inches left to knit. Then I try it on again and I still have a couple of inches left to knit. This has happened a couple times. It's like Groundhog Day
Hmm, I wish I had a name for this sweater. "Green" is such a boring thing to call it. Any suggestions?
I'd hoped that once I blocked this sweater, it would stay that way. But after I washed it the first time, I just laid it out on a towel and let it dry. That didn't work.
Knitting away on the second set of short rows on Golden.
I didn't work on any of my three sweaters this weekend. But I did (pretty much) figure out the the mint sweater's stitch pattern
. I just couldn't get it out of my mind after starting that super long swatch. I woke up Saturday morning with a couple of ideas about how to do it.
I worked a bunch on Hemlock
this weekend and I realized I was going to finish it pretty soon, and I haven't picked out the next sweater I want to start (I want three going at all times). I'm excited about using the chartreuse linen yarn I bought, so I went to Ravelry.
Oh, knitted sweater number 3, how I love thee. Helena
I figured I should block my Helena before I sewed it together.
I was getting lost in the miles of stockinette in the body and decided to add a sleeve to my Hemlock. So much easier than I thought it would be.
Knitting the Extra Small Hemlock in my Extra Large Gauge is working.
I finished The Last Detail sweater and already wore it to work! Woo hoo!
Over the last couple of nights, I've tied off the last of the loose ends in my sweater, The Last Detail. Last night I soaked it in the sink to thoroughly wet it and then I blocked it on a towel.
I got far enough along with my Hemlock that I could try it on ... and it was ... big.
Since my last hemlock post
, I've sped through Phases 4, 5, and 6 - the mirror image of the left side (phases 1, 2, and 3).
I have a handful of skeins in both Lion Brand Glitterspun and Patons Brilliant. Both are discontinued lines of yarn. I would love to come up with something glittery to wear from them.
I have completed the first two phases and started on Phase 3. The white yarn at the top is the middle of the back of the neck and the giant safety pin at the bottom is the right collar as it wraps to the front. On my needles is the shoulder shaping.
I discovered this yarn over hole in my sweater after I'd finished binding off the bottom hem. I'd seen it a couple of times when I was trying on the sweater, but I thought it was just where I'd started a new skein of yarn and the ends weren't secured yet.
Progress! I've gotten to the bottom hem without having to frog the side increases again.
I'm finally using the yarn I stashed (ahem) over a year ago
. Boy, it doesn't seem that long ago. :)
I am finally satisfied. This is actually neckline 4 or 5. Whatever it's number, it's the last one. I love it. :) I wanted seed stitch, it just took me a couple of tries to figure out how I wanted to do the decreases in pattern.
I'm making a cowl for a friend and I have been messing around to come up with a design. I really did try to find a pattern to follow, but every time I picked a pattern, I changed it a little ... or a lot. Eventually I just did my own thing. Surprise!
I finished knitting the Helena Sweater!
After I ripped out 32 rows
of this sweater, I diligently started right back in ... aided by episodes of Hoarders: Buried Alive. Reality TV helps the stockinette go down ( ... sugar helps the medicine go down ... ). But at a certain point, I realized I wouldn't know when to start the hip increases unless I had the neckline fixed.
In the pattern for my "The Last Detail" sweater, there are decreases after the bust, then you work for an inch, and start increasing for the hips.
Sometimes I get the urge to make a swatch with yarn in my stash.
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I told you that I started a new sweater just for my Los Angeles vacation, but I'd like to introduce you properly, now. Here is "The Last Detail" my top-down raglan made from the pattern Breakwater.
A gigantic THANK YOU to everyone who left suggestions on my last post!
If I was a more experienced knitter I would have thought to do a provisional cast on and then graft the edges together, as suggested by several commenters. Alas, it's too late for that now. Definitely next time, though.
It's been nice enough to sit outside and do some knitting lately. One of my favorite things to do.
This sweater is knit sideways from cuff to cuff, so I was going to need to do some short rows to add width at the hips. These are my first short rows, ever!
I bought this case to fit in my project bag and keep all my bits and pieces from getting tangled up in my yarn. Each project has it's own set of must-have bits. Here is my knit knit for the Helena.
The project I've been working on the most lately is Hélène
by Veronik Avery. How gorgeous is that sweater?
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It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday ... freezing, but beautiful. I have my coat and scarf at my feet in these photos. I'm sure everyone else at the park thought I was nuts. :)
... and then it was time to steek the real sweater!
I wanted to steek the front edges of my sweater to allow me to cut off the myriad of ends the stripes left. I was a little worried though, so I swatched the whole thing. As hilarious as it sounds, at times like this, I feel like a master painter making a detail practice painting ... it's the same kind of thing, right? Practice makes perfect. ;)
When I was knitting the arms, I would carry the yarn if I was only skipping over two rows, otherwise, I would cut the yarn. There were dozens of ends along the seam where I was making color changes and cutting the yarn.
As I suspected, the arms on this sweater were much bigger than I wanted them to be. They might be the right size for layering over button up shirts, but I wanted a closer, smoother fit, so I went back and made some adjustments.
Even with the stripes, this is a very quick knit on 5.0 mm needles. I sped through the body and did everything according to the pattern ...
.. until ... haha, you knew there was an until, right?
At the beginning of December I decided to start a couple of sweaters. Out of the blue, I suddenly HAD to cast on for both of them. One is slumbering now, but I'm still in the thick of the other, so I'm going to start blogging about it - Panoply of Purple Stripes
using Stefanie Japel's knitting pattern Shapely Boyfriend
You may remember that the mustard gloves
were an experiment to not make little holes when the stitches split at the thumb/palm and in between the fingertubes. For these gloves, I'm trying the crossed stitch
technique I found on TECHKnitting.
As I mentioned in my last post about these gloves
, I started these gloves about 6 months ago. I was fresh off my own pair of turtleneck gloves and I was curious about how to avoid the holes that appear on either side of the thumb when you pick up the stitches for the thumb tube.
Well, in my previous post about these gloves
I admitted that they'd been sitting around for 5 months waiting for 12 stitches to be bound off (and the ends to be woven in). I was pretty incredulous. Maybe I should have given myself a break though.
I've finished my cream scarf and even had a chance to use it last week when we experienced an unseasonal rainy cold front.
So when I consulted my list of WIPs to choose the next featured project, I found "mustard gloves." I started these six months ago. I didn't think I had much left to do on them. When I unearthed them from the WIP drawer, this is what I discovered ...
Woo hoo! Check out my Intarsia 101
tutorial on CRAFT Magazine's site.
Look at what blocking does! It's a must for knitted lace. If you're going to take the time to knit lace, you gotta block it. And, let me tell you, knitting is slow and knitting complicated lace is SLOWER than slow. When I was first starting out, I think I was going so slowly that time started running backwards.
I bought this cream yarn over a year ago to make myself a scarf. I've had a hell of a time figuring out what I wanted to do with it.
I completed my knitted braided cable headband. It's made from Schulana Merino Cotton 135. It's a soft and spongy yarn that doesn't itch me at all.
Get ready to learn more information about the construction of a mini clown sweater than any one human should know.
I am savoring this project. Taking my time. Enjoying every step. This is so much fun, I don't want it to end. I'm going to be a little sad when it's all over and I have to mail it away.
I've finished the embroidery on the face. Now to do the hairy sleeves.
Yes, it's as terrifyingly adorable as you'd imagine.
I'm totally smitten with knitted cables lately. This is a bunch of pre-work for a headband/earwarmer. None of the stitching shown here was used in the final headband.
Here's a little wristlet I've been knitting up.
I started these gloves in a cold snap, then it got nice so I stopped working on them. This has happened a couple of times. Finally, it got so cold, I finished them up.
I spent a some time this weekend reorganizing my craft supplies and WIPs. Mixed in one of my craft piles, I found the fair isle swatch from the class I took
Gah! I took an Fair Isle class at Knit One One
taught by Carrie Vermazen several weeks ago. I just got around to blogging about it tonight , but I can't find the Fair Isle swatch I made. The heck?! It wasn't very fancy, but I would have liked to show it off to you. :(
So now we get to the mechanics of attaching knitted and crocheted rectangles to curving chairs. I didn't plan ahead. I figured I'd come up with something.
This post explains the yarn, needles, hook, and design process for my office chair covers.
So last night I had to run out to the cafe for an hour. I grabbed my needles and some yarn and thought I might start some gloves for myself because my store-bought gloves just sprang a hole in the first finger of one hand. When I got to the cafe, my first thought was, "Crap. There is no way in hell I will be able to do the cast on I want to do."
I've started exploring/practicing/studying knitted increases.
A co-worker brought in this animatronic gopher that dances like the Caddyshack gopher
. I don't know what came over me, but I said I'd make him a hat and scarf. It's not like I'm drowning in WIPs or anything ...
If you follow me on twitter and are up late, you probably heard about the girl gloves. I made a pair of fingertube gloves for a friend.
When I saw the photo of the color stripes in my first post about the knitted chair covers
, I noticed something that really got under my skin: accidental red-white-blue.
When I last showed you the Less-Crazy Phone Cozy
I'd just completed the phone cozy part. But I also want to have a zippered part for money, ID, etc.
I have started a less-crazy phone cozy. One of the color knitting techniques I've read about is doing two color stripes in a continuous spiral so there are no row-changes between colors.
Back to the crazy phone cozy and the steek saga. In my sewn steek searches I'd stumbled across crochet steeks. I decided to try it out on the now-unusable knitting.
The two guest chairs in my office from work have been well-loved. I want to spruce them up a little with slip covers.
I first read about steeks while browsing knitting books at the bookstore. A steek
is a CUT YOU MAKE IN YOUR KNITTING. When I read that, I almost dropped the book.
I've actually taken the time to start reading Color Knitting the Easy Way. One of the techniques it talks about is knit-slide. I thought it might make my crazy phone cozy easier to knit because I wouldn't have all these knotted ends to deal with. Although, I'm pretty sure the author would recommend against trying this technique with 11 colors.
I've got a crazy idea for a phone cozy and an undeniable urge to knit stripes, so I'm killing two birds with one stone.
When I originally moved to San Francisco in '92, the library was the main place I got books. I was in this hulking, dark, cold building that seemed ancient and ominous. I would spend whole Saturdays puttering around in there. I loved it!
Anyone else get a Beetlejuice
flashback from the post title? I sure did. :) "I can't believe we're eating Cantonese. Is there no Szechuan up here?"
I bought some fingertube yarn since I didn't have enough left over from the scarf to finish the gloves. It matches perfectly!
This is the softest, squishiest cotton scarf ever. Just in time for summer in San Francisco ... ha! No matter, it'll be chilly here soon enough.
These are man-sized gloves on my woman-sized hands. I've gotten as far as I can with the yarn I have left.
The other day I started thinking of cool things you could do with knit cables. I did some searches and I couldn't find what I had in my head. So I made a swatch.
I'm plowing ahead on the fingerless gloves. I figured out how to use my double pointed needles. I learned the tubular cast on
from a Ysolda Teague you tube video for the ribbed cuff. I also learned the cable cast on from the Stitch and Bitch book for the top of the thumb hole.
Andrew loves this scarf. It's too long, but he wears it anyway, which is a testament to just how much he loves it. For a long time (omg, it's been *years*) I've been saying, "I can make it shorter." But now that I can knit, I thought I'd actually tackle this project.
After letting the sweater sit for months, I got the urge to try and fix the armhole and neck line situation.
I bought some SUPER fancy (read: expensive) cotton yarn to knit Andrew a scarf. I made all sorts of fancy swatches for him to choose from (no photos), but he always came back to stockinette as his favorite.
This weekend I finished up my first knitted sweater. It's awful.
Last Sunday I was sitting on a bench in Yerba Buena Gardens knitting, and two older Chinese women slowly walked by me smiling and nodding at my knitting. I smiled back. The younger woman, who I'm guessing is in her 60s, stopped. She started talking to me in Chinese. I held out my knitting to her so she could see the fabric. She touched it and ooo'd and ahhh'd.
I've been using my courdory bag to go to the laundr-o-mat and grocery store. I have a brand new fancy phone, and I feel like protecting it. There was a perfect little project in the Stitch 'n' Bitch book!
Craft time has been very limited lately which makes working on big projects impossible. But having snippets of time here and there is perfect for working on my knitting skills, because I only know how to knit and how to purl. Five minutes working on knitting and purling seems like an eternity. In a good way.
I made plans with a friend to go to Craft Bar last Thursday. In between making plans to go and the big night, I got an email from a wonderful woman with the Museum because she saw my post about Open Source Embroidery
. She thanked me for my post invited me to Craft Bar. And I said, "Oh, yeah, I'll be there!"
I don't feel like taking the time to actually submit it to fail blog
. No one but us would probably get it anyway ... right? ;)
Wow! Thanks for all the owl links in the comments of my last post
! It's a smart suggestion that I start out with something small like a hat, mittens, or a scarf before I try a sweater (oh, here's the link to the owl sweater pdf
if you want it).
I like to ponder things for a while before jumping in, so knitting probably won't happen for me for a while. In fact, because of the challenge
, it'll probably be 2010 before I pick up the pointy sticks, because I'll need to buy some.
I've been feeling the pull to start knitting.
And then Strawberry emailed me a link to this owl sweater
. Oh, man. The button eyes just kill me. I've saved the free pdf pattern for my knitting future ...
** Edit: you can find the pattern here **