So if any of you have been to Artfibers in San Francisco - it's an AMAZING place. All of their yarn is custom-made for the shop. They'll also customize one of their many patterns for you for a fee of $10 (the pattern itself is free with the purchase of yarn). I went there in March when my family was in SF for spring break, and I got a cone of silk/mohair/wool yarn and a pattern for a hooded sweater (sorry, for some reason I hate the word "hoodie"! ). Kira, the manager, measured me and helped me customize the pattern to fit. The only thing that came out slightly differently than I hoped was the sleeve length - they could've been a bit longer. Other than that, I'm very pleased! I also decided on my own to do the cuffs and hem in seed stitch instead of garter, and I used the seed stitch again around the edge of the hood (where stockinette was specified).
It may be hard to tell from these pictures, but the yarn is pretty thin. I used size 6 needles, and the fabric is therefore airy, but the mohair means it's pretty warm. And it's not itchy! The yarn, by the way, is named Alfabeto.
I made a dress between December and February, of my own design... it took me forever to finally take photos! (I made it for a dance, and I do have photos of my date and me, but they're kinda dark and not the best for showing the knitting.)
This is out of Classic Elite Wool Bam Boo. It was a challenge - even though I put a lot of work into writing a pattern before beginning, I ended up having to adjust things as I went along. (Fortunately, I was able to try it on throughout the process!)
Please ignore the underwear lines... *headdesk*
Close-up of lace/ruffle:
Faux-cable straps and ribbed border:
(Hah, I'm smiling in that pic cause I totally thought my mom was getting my face in there, too. )
I knit it in the round, top-down, crocheted the ruffle, and knit the straps separately and sewed them on.
Whee! These took me a while! The first sock went fabulously; the problem with the second one was not so much SSS as that I just kept screwing up - not sure why. But finally, I finished, and I like 'em.
I couldn't find black velvet ribbon of a good width, so I just used five strands of the yarn held together.
This is KnitPicks Gloss, by the way. Pretty nice yarn! Went into a third ball but didn't even nearly finish it. I doubled the yarn for the heels.
Pardon my messy floor!
The pattern called for size 3 needles, but I have skinny calves and was nervous about the socks being too big, so I used size 2 and that seems to have worked out perfectly.
This is the first knitted item I've truly designed by myself... and all things considered, I'm pretty pleased with how it came out. It's using Knitpicks Shine Sport (about 8 balls). I do wish I'd gotten more of the green, because I would have made the crocheted ruffle longer - I might buy some more later and add onto it.
I actually knit the entire thing inside-out, somewhat unintentionally. It worked out okay, though. I don't think I used the best increase method in the world - I purled into the front and the back of the loop - it could be cleaner-looking.
I'm pretty happy with the way the shaping came out, though (in the sense that I was kind of holding my breath on the "let's throw in two triangles on the sides and see what happens!" thing).
(whooooa, natural light! )
...and yeah, that's really bad image-quality, but at least it shows what the skirt looks like at its full width (drawstring undrawn, bottom spread out).
I fell in love with the book Sensational Knitted Socks when I saw it, and I've just finished knitting my first pair from it. (Not my first pair of socks overall, just the first from this book.) This is the pattern from page 64...
Yeah...I really recommend this pattern. The repeat is pretty easy to keep track of, but it's complex enough that it kept my interest. These were on size 1s, and the last time I made socks on 1s, they were in stockinette, and that was BOOOORING! These felt like they went much faster.
So, I made my friend a pair of fingerless gloves. Just finished recently, though I started them in January. Yes, it's getting a bit too warm, but I was kind of in a slump this winter and wasn't knitting much; so, better late than never, right? At least she'll be able to use them come the fall.
Yay! She seems to like them. And fingerless gloves might just be my favorite things to knit (socks would be the only real rival). Admittedly, being lazy, I prefer making fingerless *mittens*, but she wanted gloves, and I should be less lazy, so yeah.
Now comes the creepy part. A few weeks ago, I went to Pittsburgh to visit a different friend. Just today I decided I should wash the clothes that I took with me. As I went through the backpack where these clothes were, I found...this:
Umm...whoa. The only explanation I can think of is that I must have started knitting the second glove, lost track of the first one without realizing I'd lost track of it, and then started the "second" one (and finished the pair, which I gave to my friend!) without it ever occurring to me that I'd made three.
I'm only 21 - I'm not supposed to be this absent-minded yet, am I?!
I apologize for being annoying about this, but I am really, really clueless about what is going on with my Butterfly. I undid the second repeat on the body and did it again, meticulously, along with a third repeat, but I have the exact same problem! Here is what's hopefully a better picture than the last one:
I'm wracking my brains to try to think what's going wrong. The only spot where things didn't *quite* work out the way they seemed like they should have was at the end of the fifth row. The only reason I had enough stitches to complete the fifth row was because I had the extra two from my selvedge. Otherwise, I would have run out. I didn't worry about this too much because the extra (and missing, after row 5) stitches end up getting added back in at the end of row 7.
I'm thinking...how many stitches am I supposed to have at the end of every row? Is this somehow causing my problem? I'm doing the extra-small, so I have 87 stitches at the beginning (not counting selvedge). This means I do 14 iterations of the six-stitch repeat every row, followed by one additional half an iteration. Since the first row starts (and therefore ends) with a (yfwd, k1, fwd), this means at the end of the row I should have 89 stitches. Right? End of 3rd row, it should be the same number. End of 5th row, I should have two fewer stitches since it ends with (K2tog tbl, K1, K2tog) - that would mean back to 87. Yet for some reason, I find myself with 85 at this point. How? (I'm totally thinking out loud right now, if you can't tell...sorry...) It must be something in the 3rd row! But what? I *think* I'm doing the dec2 correctly - it's the same as in the frill, right? I always end up with 6 stitches in between the markers, so I'm very lost. Ack, ack, ack. Any advice? I'm not inclined to just undo and redo it again unless I actually have a plan for something to do differently, now that I know it's not just lack of attention and care like I thought it was...
Okay, guys, I started the main part...but something's wrong. I'm sure I just screwed up the pattern. It wouldn't look like this and still somehow be right, would it? Can anyone who's finished (or at least gotten farther than me) tell where/how I messed up, or at least how far I should undo? I've done two repeats of the 8-row pattern, and this just ain't lookin like diamonds. I was thinking I could just undo the last 8 rows, but maybe I screwed up before that.
Here's the other thing: after reading someone's wish that they'd added some extra stitches on the edges, I added two on each side and was knitting them in stockinette. My problem is that at the ends of the pattern rows, things haven't always come out right. I'll be missing a stitch or have an extra. I've just kind of fudged it, figuring that if anything looks funny, it'll just be at the very edge where it'll get sewn into the seam. But is it possible that this is what's messed me up in the pattern...?
Okay, cool, thanks. I'm not using KSH, anyway. I think I'll just give it a go.
Here are pictures of my progress - that is, I've finished the frills for the front and think I'm giving myself tendonitis by knitting so much so quickly. But this strikes me as one of the types of projects where I've *got* to do it as quickly as possible, otherwise I'll lose interest. (The only sweater I've ever completed was on size 4 needles, and I did it in a week.)
Again, colors not very pretty cause of the flash.
Also, it seems a bit of a shame to me that so much of the detail of the frills is lost when they're stacked....ah well.