Pattern: Clementine Shawlette, Spring 2007 Interweave Knits Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy, Happy Forest colorway Yardage: About 350 yards - less than one skein Needles: 3.5 mm, US size 4, random bamboo jobs I got on Ebay
I'm thrilled with this pattern. It's fast, fun to knit, and the end result works really well as either a shawl or a scarf. I'm also thrilled with the yarn, a lovely gift, in that it's every bit as smooshy as the name would imply, and the colors are to die for.
This was a less-than-two-week project from start to finish, and it's very rhythmic. Once you get past the shaping at the bottom, it's suitable for TV knitting (although there are some small mistakes on the second half thanks to some exciting moments on the DVDs I was watching.)
I knit a modified OSW recently, so I'll share it here.
It's hard for me to get a shot of the whole thing with my point and shoot, because it stretches out pretty far when it's laid out, but I'm really happy with it. It's a holiday gift for a red haired friend who said she wanted "sleeves - but with a back part", and I think it succeeds in being sleeves and in being in colors that will look fabulous with red hair.
Oh yeah. I win at life. I finished my gianormous wool blend coat of doom in the middle of summer. (Actually, though, this was on purpose. I wanted it to be ready for when it actually get cold, since last year I was unprepared and froze. Still, it's been funny working on a giant coat in the middle of the heat.)
The important stuff: Willow is a pattern in Rowan's book A Yorkshire Fable, and it's written by Kim Hargreaves. The called-for yarn, Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Chunky, is no longer made, so I substituted RYC Soft Tweed for the main color and Misti Alpaca Chunky for the accents. I made the 34 inch size, but even though I got gauge with the Soft Tweed, I'd recommend going down one or two sizes to anyone who makes this in the same yarn. It's so stretchy that the coat bags out on me. I don't have any modeled pictures yet because my husband isn't home to take any, but you'll have to trust me that this thing is gigantic. Technically, there is supposed to be a belt, and I did make one, but it does not look good with the coat, like I'm trying to put a nipped waist on a mattress.
Chunky yarn knits up super quick. I started this just before I left on vacation at the end of June, and the actual work was probably only about two weeks time, though I wasn't working solely or solidly on this project.
More pictures, and of course, the whole saga is on my blog.
Edit: Now with modeled pictures. I'm adding these to ask for advice in shrinking the sweater. Better to frog or to full? Clearly it needs to be smaller.
This is the bolero from the cover of Erika Knight's Simple Knits for Little Cherubs - a cloying title, but a nice book. This pattern wasn't so nice, though, in one respect - there's a major error on the sleeves, which the knitter is instructed to make twice as long as they really should be. Once that was worked out, though, I was able to spend my time being impressed with the construction, which is simple but really clever. The front panels are knit separately and then joined so that all the seams are down the sides. The yarn is random stash yarn that wasn't labeled when it was given to me, but I suspect it of being Lion Brand Wool-Ease.
I just finished the Cable Footies, which are officially my very first socks ever. They're OK, but I'm not thrilled with them, thanks to my own mistakes and the fact that they're a little too big. I also think they'd look better in a very slightly varigated yarn.
I'm so glad to have this done - it's taken what feels like forever. I started this sweater last August, I think. My husband wanted me to make him a sweater, and we found the perfect sweater in Elizabeth Zimmerman's seamless hybrid. Still, I managed to mess it up enough times that there was a lot of unraveling and fixing and ordering of new yarn, and all in all, I'm surprised that at the end of it I want to make another of these some day. I think it looks great on my husband, though, and even with all of my frustrations, I had a great time. The yarn is Knitpicks' Telemark in Aubergine, and the facing hems are done in Colonial Blue. It's very warm, and, again to my surprise, I liked working with a small gauge yarn to make a big sweater. The body was pretty boring, but it was the kind of mindless knitting that could be done without looking or thinking. Oh, and I love blocking so much I want to marry it. The sweater was too short and had an ugly crease across the chest before it took a bath, but post blocking it's as perfect as I'd want it to be.
I had a bunch of Rowan Cotton Glace sitting around in my knitting cabinet following the unraveling of my Vintage Knits lace camisole, and two weekends ago, on a whim, I cast on for a tee shirt. It turned out to be one of the fastest knits I've ever done, and I had this nice little top to wear this Saturday. I was limited by the fact that I had only five and a half skeins of the yarn, and the color I used is discontinued, so the top is a little shorter than I would have liked, but I really enjoy it. This is my first raglan, my first top down project, my first project with darts - lots of firsts here, really. Fortunately, everything went as planned.
Here are a couple more pictures.
I'm really happy with this one. It's named for a red-spotted purple butterfly because the fluttery quality made me think of butterflies when I finished.
It seems silly to post this again so soon after I posted about it on Craftster, but I figured it fit with the vintage theme. When I was coming up with the design for this jacket, I looked through a book I have on the history of fashion and I consistently found myself drawn to the fitted waists of women's jackets. I originally had intended something a little more princessy, and thus named my design Maude Louise, after some of the princesses pictured in the book. The end result looks less like my sketches and more like something from the thirties or forties, but I really am enjoying it immensely. I'm still writing up the pattern, because I am slow and inexperienced in that realm. Anyway, enough rambling - here's Maude Louise:
It's knit in Knitpicks' Andean Silk, and went through many transitions, including an ill thought out shawl collar.
I have yet to add either buttons or embroidery, but I made one for my mother for her birthday. It's in Manos del Uruguay, and since that's thinner than the Lamb's Pride, I did about five extra rounds on the body of the clutch and made the handle with seven repeats. I'm surprised at how much yarn I still have left over! I'm making a floaty scarf in Kidsilk Night to go with it, and I'll tuck that inside.
OK, so we're just going to call this done. I keep trying to fiddle with this and make it perfect, but I think I need to let go and move on.
Maude Louise has been an ongoing project for some time now, and was the very first thing I've designed from the ground up that wasn't some sort of variation on a rectangle. I'm writing a pattern now, and hopefully that will be up on my blog before too long. It's been a lot of knitting, unraveling, and then searching for the perfect buttons, and to be honest, I'm still not thrilled about the collar area, but here she is! I didn't want to post anything on Craftster until I was really done.
The yarn is Knitpicks' Andean Silk in Leaf. I think it took about 10 skeins, but I'm not 100% sure, because of all the unraveling and changing of certain areas. I have a lot of partial skeins leftover, so I'm estimating on the ten skeins thing.
Despite all the imperfections I can see, I love this jacket. I'm wearing it everywhere lately, and it's very comfortable. It's also fantabulous to be able to have something that actually fits my very, very long arms. No new entries in the blog until I finish the pattern, but if you're interested, you can read about the trials and tribulations involved right here. I was hoping to get more pictures, but our camera went all temperamental and half the pictures we got were blank, so I'm afraid this is it.
Here's a link to the current pattern, which is in one size. I'll try to have the other sizes up shortly, and will update again at that point.