Thursday, December 31, 2009
What I am most proud of, though, is finishing Level I of the Master Knitter program. I have already started on the Level II journey, and I'll do my best to blog as I go through that. I am also quite pleased that I am now a knitting instructor! I have a way to support (or at the very least, supplement!) my hobby, and that feels wonderful.
My goals for 2010 are these:
1. Finish Master Knitter Level II and start on Level III. (tough, but do-able)
2. Knit from the stash only (except for any yarn needed for the MK program, of course!). This will be a serious challenge, I think. :-)
May you all have a wonderful 2010!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Yarn: Miss Babs Yummy in Obsidian
Started October 7th.
Finished October 29th.
This is a lovely pattern. A top down raglan sweater design. I'm happy with how this turned out. I ended up frogging my first attempt (which was past the sleeves no less!) because I was unhappy with where the neckline was hitting me. I really can't stand a sweater that hits my neck above my collar-bone. I was quite upset about the frogging, but I'd rather have a sweater that I will wear than one that stays in a dresser drawer. I essentially went up a size (or two, I can't remember) to get the neckline a bit wider.
Modifications: I made a couple pretty major modifications. I used short rows to bring the front neckline down farther than the back neck. Maybe you can tell from the photo that it scoops down in front a little bit. The other major modification I made was to add bust darts. They go a long way to making the sweater have a more shapely fit. Overall, I'm very happy with it! I need a few more long sleeved boat neck t-shirts to wear under it, though!
Pattern: Inspired by Tomato
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK (in Tahitian Pearl, Enchanted, Splash and Poseidon)
Started: October 30th
Finished: November 14th.
I say this in inspired by the Tomato sweater, because I really just worked off the basic shape and design of the sweater. I used DK weight yarn instead of worsted, so the stitch counts in the pattern were no good for me. I figured out my gauge and my desired neckline dimensions and worked from there. I didn't take many detailed notes of this, since I was kind of figuring it out as I went. I used a stripe sequence of 8 rows of the blue-green color and 2 rows of the Pearl. I also transitioned from the lighter blue-green to the darker blue-green. I added bust darts for shaping (since they turned out so well in my Wicked!) and I'm pleased with the result. I decreased for the waist as well, and added in a few increases for the hips. I used the Jogless Jog at the side of the sweater, but didn't bother with it under the sleeves.
Two sweaters in about a month and a week. That's not too shabby!
Happy Knitting everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving next week!
Monday, October 5, 2009
I love this pattern so much, I knit it twice! I'm even thinking of doing it a third time, that's how much I love it!
Here's the details:
Pattern: Aeolian Shawl from Knitty
Yarn: Knit Picks Gloss Lace in color Port (I used 2.5 skeins - 1100 yards)
Beads: size 8 transparent clear rainbow beads by Dyna-Mites (I used a little over two boxes)
Started: May 10, 2009
Finished: September 25, 2009
Size after Blocking: 45 inches wide, 36 inches tall, 65 inch wingspan
Modifications: None. I made the large shawl size following the pattern as written. I did 9 stitch nupps. It turned out a very generous size that will be perfect for wrapping around myself and looking glamorous in red. ;-)
(Close up detail of the beads. They sparkle nicely in the light.)
Happy Knitting everyone!!
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Level II instructions are already ordered! Onward and upward!!
Friday, September 4, 2009
I haven't finished much lately - a pair of socks, a charity washcloth, and something else that I'll blog about later. (shhh, it's a surprise!) ;-) But I'm chugging away on lots of things.
Here's one of my FOs: a pair of socks that I started last year, and had hoped to have done by Inauguration Day - oh well, better late than never! My Audacity Socks:
Pattern: BFF socks by Cookie A.
Yarn: Black Bunny Fibers Merino in the color 'Audacity' (check out this blog post about the yarn)
Needles: US 2
Modifications: Just one - I made them a shorter length.
Since the yarn had a special significance, and I wanted to use a pattern that incorporated cables to signify our interconnections. I thought the pattern name was fitting as well.
And the charity washrag:
Pattern: Garterlac Dishcloth
Yarn: Lily Sugar 'n Creme in 'Naturals'
Needles: US 7
No modifications. I initially tried to do the variation with no cast on edge, but got frustrated and gave up. (I got the hang of the technique, but it was late at night and I kept making mistakes! I'll give the technique a try sometime again later.)
The Charlotte Knitting Guild is collecting washrags to donate to Florence Crittenton Services in Charlotte.
Oh, and I did end up re-doing the zipper on my CPH:
had to do it over. Now if only the cool weather would get here so I can wear it!!
So, the LSG group on Ravelry had prizes for WiPs Wrestlemania a couple months ago, and I won a prize! A custom made project bag by Maddox! And here it is:
I absolutely love it! It's beautifully sewn - I immediately put some socks in progress in it! (And isn't the skunk card cute?? It says "I stink you're sweet!") It made my day when it arrived yesterday in the mail.
I'm still working on a few WiPs, but the number is dwindling, and I'm resisting casting on too many new projects! I did recently cast on a new pair of illusion knit socks that are way cool, but I'll blog about those when they're done!
Happy Knitting everyone!
Monday, August 10, 2009
I'm so very happy that I finally finished it. I learned an enormous amount in the 1.5 years that I've been working on it. I can't wait to pass so that I can start on Level II!!
For those that maybe aren't familiar with it, the Master Knitter program is through The Knitting Guild Association, and there are three levels. Each level requires knitting swatches demonstrating different techniques, knitting one or more projects (Level I is a hat, Level II is a sweater-vest and an argyle sock, Level III is a self-designed hat and sweater), answering several questions, and writing one or more multi-page reports. All items need to be researched, and provided with full references. Once you pass all three levels, you're a certified Master Knitter!
Keep your fingers crossed for me! I'll let you know as soon as I get my results!! (I'm biting my nails over here!)
Monday, July 20, 2009
Pattern: Central Park Hoodie (from Knitscene, Fall 2006)
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Royal Silk Merino in Black (12 skeins)
Needles: size US 6 and 8
Size made: 36
I started this way back in February, and got side-tracked on other things before I could finish it. Now with WIPs Wrestlemania I've gotten motivated to finish it!
I wasn't really planning on doing it in black, but I got the yarn on sale. It was fate - I love the black! (Even though it shows my white kitty cat's fur awfully!) It was a tad difficult to see what I was doing at times - but the extra trouble was worth it in the end, I think!
I made several modifications. I worked the body about 1/2 inch longer than the pattern called for. Also, I knit the arms about 1 inch longer than the pattern called for.
My hood is modified quite a bit from the pattern. I really hate the pointy top you get in hoods when they're constructed straight up and seamed at the top. I was inspired by TurtleGirl's CPH, and wanted to incorporate short rows and a bit more room in the hood. I didn't want mine to be quite as blousy and cape-like as hers, though. I was going for a more fitted look, since the body of my cardigan is quite fitted.
Here's a detailed description of what I did for the hood:
- I worked the hood straight for 4 inches, then used stitch markers to mark the center 18 stitches.
- I then worked paired increases on each side of these 18 stitches about every inch. I worked the hood in this way for 11 total inches. (I ended up with 88 stitches on the needle.)
- Then I knit to 5 sts before the center, and started working short rows. (w&t and purl back). Then I did 7 more evenly spaced short rows on the right side.
- Once those were done, I knit all the way back to the left side (knitting the wraps together with the wrapped stitches as I went) and worked the same number of short rows for the left side - purling till 5 sts from the center and w&t. etc, etc. Working 8 total short rows on the left. I purled all the way back to the right (purling the wraps together with the wrapped stitches as I went) and then knit 1 row in pattern before grafting (in pattern) the top of the hood together.
I picked up my buttonband stitches along the entire front, instead of picking them up on each side, as indicated in the directions. I knit my buttonband for 2 inches, and then sewed in an 18 inch separating zipper instead of using buttons. (I didn't want to get the buttonband 'gap' that fitted knit sweaters can get - which ruins the look!!)
Overall, I am very happy with it, and I can't wait to wear it when the weather turns cooler! The yarn is a yummy 50/50 Merino/Silk blend, which feels just scrumptious against the skin. I'm a tad bit upset with my zipper job, since it's a bit wavy, but I can live with it. (Well, and if I can't then I'll rip it out and do it over again! Now that I'm thinking about it, I may do that tomorrow. ;-) )
My Purl friend (and former New Yorker) Donna says it's a very 'New York' sweater, especially in the black! I've yet to visit New York (hopefully I will someday!), but it certainly seems that way to me too.
One more WIP down by the Ivory Ninja! 10 more to go, and only 12 more days to do it in! Yikes!
Then I continued in color B until ready to transition again, and repeated the same process.
The peaked edging lace was then worked as follows:
During the lace edging, I transitioned the colors as follows:
I'm very happy with this shawl! It's a nice weight, since I used sock-weight yarn, and it turned out a very nice size. It'll come in quite handy in keeping the chill off in the fall and winter. And it's some of my favorite colors!
One WIP knocked down by the Ivory Ninja!
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
This is a Ravelry based event - for the whole month of July we're going to tackle those wips (works in progress) and get them done once and for all!! We've formed teams, picked wrestling names (mine is The Ivory Ninja!) and classified our wips by weight, division, and events. I have, get this, 12 wips to tackle! I hope I'm up to the challenge!! Here they are in all their glory:
They are in varying degrees of completion, so some will be more difficult to finish in time than others. I told my teammates, though, that I absolutely have to finish the Master Knitter Level 1 assignment (a couple of the MK swatches are pictured in the middle). I'm hoping this gives me the motivation to finish it!!
I'm in two teams: Team Charlotte Purls (I'm team captain!) and Team LSG. Go Teams!!
It'll be nice to have just one or two wips left by the end of July! And in August I pledge to be a more monogamous knitter (well, to try to be anyway!)
The Smackdown begins tomorrow!!!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
The wonderful box bag (a Bella Bag) is from StarLitStella - isn't it just adorable? (Um, I checked out her store while I was getting the web address, and maybe, just maybe, I bought another one in a cute kitty print. I'll admit, I'm weak in the face of cute kitty cat fabrics. :-) )
This yarn is fabulous! Just check out these colors:
100% Superwash Sock yarn from Crazy4Dyeing in the color 'Ring of Fire'.
And some super-cool chili pepper stitch markers from PennyWenny:
Plus some cute sandal stitch markers from Crazy4Dyeing as well:
Isn't it a great prize package??! I LOVE it! Not bad for an hour or two of Photoshop fun. :-)
Now I just need to find the perfect pattern for the sock yarn. I'm thinking it needs to be chili pepper related, don't you?
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
After the WWKiP event, I headed home and got a few photos for the Ravelry SKA WWKiP Scavenger Hunt. (Quick explanation: you take photos of a sock in progress with different things, and get points. The people with the highest points win a prize, as well as winners in different categories. All in good fun!)
(Sock with children under 12, in front of (just part of!) my stash. One is knitting! 4pts)
(Sock with a person in uniform. 3pts. heehee!)
Then we headed to the mall, to get a bite to eat before seeing UP with the boys.
(Sock in front of a Landmark. Lowe's Motor Speedway. 5pts.)
(Sock dining out. 1pt.)
Then I did a little KiP before we headed over to the movie theatre.
(Sock being KiP in front of 3+ non-knitters. 6pts.)
I ended up tallying 35 points with my 9 photos (Not all of them are pictured here. You can check the rest out on my Flickr WWKiP set.) We'll see if I win anything. It doesn't really matter if I do - the point was to have fun, and I sure did!
The boys really enjoyed UP!, and we had fun watching for fireflies on the car ride home. Overall, it was a very good day!
Don't be afraid to KiP all year long! Happy Knitting everyone!
Friday, June 12, 2009
I ran out of tan yarn and had to finish up using grey, but you can't really notice it in person. Overall, I'm very happy with it. My Pouchee (I love this thing!) fits inside, with enough extra room for a small knitting project as well.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Yarn: Knit Picks Suri Dream (plus some worsted merino on his belly area for contrast)
Hook: F (3.75mm)
This technique is called brushed crochet. You crochet your item, and then literally brush the fur out. The pattern calls for a slicker brush (which you can find at pet stores.) Instead, I used my new handcarders as my brush - and they worked great. Surprisingly, pretty much any yarn will work for this. The suri alpaca worked extremely well to give a nice long coat to the doggie, but the merino yarn I used on his belly brushed out quite nicely as well, although not as long. I ended up with some holey spots (I really needed to crochet this much more tightly than I did), but they were easily covered over with some creative darning and vigorous brushing. :-)
Overall, a very fun and quick project! And now I have a cute doggie of my own, who doesn't need walked and fed! Win, win situation for me!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Pattern: Juliet from Zephyr Style
Yarn: Plymouth Royal Silk Merino in White (held double) - 10 skeins
Needles: US 10.5 (6.5mm)
Pattern Size made: XS (fyi, this pattern runs really big)
Modifications: I made several modifications to get the exact fit that I wanted in this sweater. I knew I didn't want to do the cropped version, or have the lace start right at the middle of the bust line (can you say maternity sweater??). And I don't particularly care for really short cap sleeves. So....here are the mods I made:
1. I did two extra increase rows (4 extra rows total) prior to starting the sleeve division. I ended up here with 110 sts. I wanted a bit more room in the armhole area.
2. I then worked the garter section until just at the bottom bust line. This was about 3 inches past the sleeve division.
3. I then increased a smaller number than called for in the pattern prior to starting the lace- I didn't want the baby-doll flare that I thought would look maternity-ish. I wanted a more trim look. So I increased as follows: K3, (K4, Kf&b&f) repeat 10x, K2, M1, K2, (kf&b&f, K4) repeat 10x, K3 = 151 sts.
4. I ended up doing 6 repeats of the lace section, which ended up about at my hip bone.
5. I did 6 extra rows on the sleeves to make them slightly longer.
6. I fastened it at the lower bust line with two buttons, instead of staggering the buttons up the front.
Things I would do different if I had it to do over:
I don't particularly care for how the underarm section of the sleeves bunches up. I would try to increase the length of the cap sleeves without adding to the bulk in the underarm area - probably with short rows. I may actually rip them out and re-do them at some point. Other than that I'm really happy with it.
"Good night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow!"
Monday, April 6, 2009
Pattern: Aeolian Shawl from Knitty
Yarn: Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud in Stream Heather colorway (2 skeins)
Needles: US 2.5 (3.0mm)
Beads: size 8 Matsumi green iris beads (from Fire Mountain Gems)
Started: March 19th
Finished: April 4th
I wanted something slightly bigger than the small size shown in the pattern, but not as big as the big shawl size. So, I did a size in between! The pattern is designed so well, that you can customize it to your heart's content! As long as you do an even number of yucca repeats, all of the other charts will work. I ended up doing 8 yucca repeats and one agave chart repeat. I used a total of 660 yards. I probably could have squeezed another couple of yucca repeats or another agave repeat in there, but it ended up large enough for my taste as it is!
I am in love with the flower edging on this shawl! It absolutely eats yarn, though! I used about 317 yards on the body of the shawl, and the edging alone used 343 yards. I ended up with 753 stitches on the needles!
Blocking was a challenge, since it's not a triangle, it's more of a crescent shape. And all the flowers had to be pinned out. BUT, the trouble is worth it in the end! Here it is blocking:
There are a lot of beads in this! But, I think the beads are a must in this pattern - they really make it pop!
I'm planning on entering it in our Knitting Guild Awards (lace is one of the categories), so it'll be out of my clutches for a whole month while it's being judged. I'm not sure I can let it go! ;-)