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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Pink Heart Vest - on: October 12, 2007 04:25:17 AM

Pattern: No pattern, my own. I just winged it. Lucky it turned out Smiley I call it a pink heart vest because those little white stitches look like hearts (haha genius aren't I?)

Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Aran 10 ply in colour Woodrose. The yarn is quite a sturdy yarn, made of crepe construction, and very similar to the colonial / classic yarns they produce. It's not as soft as I would like it, but is definitely a yarn to use if you're looking for something that will last you awhile. Sadly, my corporate days are over for the time being, so this vest (and all my work clothes are now being retired).

Needles: Straights, 5.0mm. In hindsight I probably should've just knit this in the round. Silly billy. And a smaller needle for the ribbing - Unfortunately I can't remember what it was, but it was definitely circular.

12  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My finished Patti Cardigan on: August 12, 2007 04:35:13 AM
Just finished my Patti Cardigan - hooray.

Anyways, a little bit about the project:

The pattern is "Patti" from Rowan Studio 1 and is written and designed by Sarah Hatton. The pattern is supposed to be 3/4 length sleeved, but mine is full length sleeved. This wasn't done on purpose - for some reason, my sleeve length just ballooned even though my gauge was correct (if not a little smaller!!!)

I knitted it in the required yarn, Rowan Felted Tweed in a teal colourway as I got inspiration from another craftster's finished object.

The project required 8 balls of yarn, and I used 7.5 for the knitting and almost all of the rest for seaming (had to reseam about 6 times because of the sleeve sizing issue)

The pattern is very easy to knit and I would highly recommend it to people who are still starting out as it only requires garter stitch and stockinette stitch.

The bottom half takes a little longer to knit because you have to knit double the amount of stitches from the pleats, but all in all, it took me about 1 month to make.

I knitted this in the smallest size, for a size 32-34. However, I had to make modifications at my seaming stage because it was too big for me (i'm a 32). I took in the sleeves by about 6 stitches from each edge, and set the sleeves about 6 stitches in from where it should have been set. I think that the "small" is better suited for the 34.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Phildar Swing Jacket on: July 28, 2007 12:52:54 AM
After 6 months of ripping, re-knitting and stress, I've finished my Phildar Swing Jacket and I am very pleased with the results! Smiley

(errmmm.. and please excuse the COMPLETE mess that is in my room :S I travel quite a bit and never really unpack so it's always a mess)

Project Details:

The pattern came from a Phildar Catalogue (I think it was Autumn or Winter though I can't remember exactly) and I knitted the smallest size (size 34 I think?)

I used 3.5 hanks of 200gm New Zealand Naturally 10ply, and found that the texture and structure was just right for this project. I had originally started with Bendigo and although I got gauge, the finished structure of the fabric was quite floppy and didnt come across as a "jacket".

While the instructions were easy to follow, I absolutely recommending people read a paragraph or two ahead as there were always times when I would knit 10 rows only to find a sentence after a schematic saying "at the same time" and then have to frog back .. *frustrating*.

The biggest problem for me was finishing it. I couldnt find buttons and bias binding to match so I ended up making my own buttons and bias binding. The buttons were made of polymer clay, and the bias binding was modified using Quilter's Binding.

A couple more piccies are available on http://knit-knat.blogspot.com/2007/07/phildar-swing-jacket.html
14  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / When is the new Vogue Knitting out? on: July 01, 2007 03:22:50 AM
The website still has the March preview up - surely its time for a new edition???
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yes.. another first sock! on: June 13, 2007 07:38:51 AM
I'm a little embarassed.. while everyone else is knitting fantastic entrelac socks (ie. Eunny Jang's) or socks with cables and all kinds of fancy lace, I've just finished my first sock ...

The pattern is from Silver's Sock Class and I would highly recommend it to anyone who doesn't know how to knit with dpns and who wants to learn to knit a sock.

The yarn is Lana Grossa which my SecretPal got me in a sock knitting set - I had told her I wanted to desperately learn how to knit with dpns and so *voila* this is it.

Overall , i'm quite pleased, but I would've liked the striped to be matched up nicely rather than have started at different points in the colour change.

16  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tweed Yarns on: May 06, 2007 01:09:30 AM
I hope this question doesnt sound too silly, but I was wondering whether tweed yarn is any different from a normal wool blend yarn?

I know that tweeds have those flecks in them, but does it knit up more structured or feel different afterwards?

I want to start a cardigan that calls for Rowan Felted Tweed (a mix of wool, alpaca and viscose) but I wanted to make it in a plain red wool.

If I made this sub, would it change the drape/structure of it?
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / New VK Preview is up! on: February 26, 2007 12:23:52 AM
Just letting you know Smiley

There's some cute baby things (not much use to me hehe), and I like the grey sweater dress but that's all.. I think i'll give this a miss
18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Tennis/Cricket Vest or Sweater on: February 15, 2007 02:26:16 AM
Does anyone know of a good tennis or cricket vest/sweater . Preferably one where I can buy as a standalone pattern , or if it's part of a book, then at least if there's a couple of nice patterns in the same book (so I dont waste my $$) ...

19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn in Nepal on: January 14, 2007 02:33:16 AM
I am going to Nepal at the end of March till mid-late April and I have heard lovely stories about Himalayan yarn and pretty silk yarns from nepal.

Has anyone ever bought yarn in nepal - were they quite easily accessible; any tips on where to get it (ie. would the markets have them??) and what were the prices like?

If it helps - i'm going to be in Kathmandu for a couple of days before heading off on a trek to Everest Base Camp then returning back to Kathmandu.
20  KNITTING / Knitalongs / Amelia Raitte's "My Fashionable Life" Knit A long on: December 02, 2006 09:17:13 PM
I absolutely adore the knits on Amelia Raitte/Anna Bell's "My Fashionable Life" site


Would anyone like to do a knit along of the projects on there with me?

To start, I have just finished her Cherry Cardi - and I love it Smiley I used Jo Sharp Summer Soho Cotton DK in Currant which is an eggplanty colour - not as purple as in the photos.

My next project is going to be her Jess Jacket and then her Pippa.

Anyone want to join?
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