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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Zephyrstyle Tree Jacket on: September 11, 2007 06:55:22 PM

Pattern: Tree Jacket by Zephyrstyle

Yarn: Valley Yarns Colrain in Chestnut, 9 balls for the size small knit to a tighter gauge

Needles: US 6

Notes:   I love this sweater!  I wasnt sure about it until after blocking.  Colrain grows significantly after blocking, so I knit the 34″ size to a tight gauge (5 st/in), and I ended up with a sweater that is 32″ around the bust.  It fits perfectly!  I love the slightly spiral lace on the body, which allows the sweater to fit almost like it has waist shaping (I chose not to add any.)  The cowly neck was not working until after blocking either, but now it is just perfect!  I made my sleeves 1 inch shorter than the pattern calls for in the garter stitch section, figuring that they would grow, and I think that was a wise choice.  They would have been long otherwise.

If you are making this sweater, I would recommend a pretty drapey yarn.  Colrain is a merino/tencel blend, and works pretty well for this purpose.  An alpaca would be nice as well (but I am allergic) but I would not knit it out of a straight wool.  It needs a softer yarn in order to hang nicely.
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Camisa from Knitscene on: July 08, 2007 01:07:13 PM

Pattern: Camisa, from KnitScene Fall 2006, designed by Kat Coyle

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Candy Apple, less than 3 skeins for the x-small size

Needles: US 6 and a size F Crochet hook

Notes and mods: I followed the pattern for the 32.5″ size nearly exactly, with the only change being fewer repeats on the basketweave section to compensate for my row gauge.   I also chose to do the top half in stockinette rather than reverse stockinette, because I'm tired of reverse stockinette sweaters now.  Blocking made all the difference here - preblocking it was all weird and lumpy, with the basketweave pattern actually standing out from my body.  I blocked it a bit longer, and now it fits perfectly!  I love the sleeves, which are kind of like tiny wings on me, and this sweater adds curves where I dont actually have them its very nice!  I dont usually knit with red, because its hard for me to find the correct shade not to clash with my hair, but this red is very nice, and I actually have another red sweater planned soon.  I had issues with the crochet edging.  I dont care for crochet edgings as a rule, and it took  me forever to get the slip stitch to behave (to be fair, I needed a smaller hook but couldnt find one, so I made do.)

I really recommend knitting this sweater - it was super easy!

3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / I made a bedjacket! on: June 08, 2007 02:41:02 PM
Pattern: Bedjacket from Knitting Lingerie Style

Yarn: Brown Sheep cotton fleece in Peridot, 4.5 skeins

Needles: US 6 for the body, Size F Crochet hook for the edging.

Notes: After many tears, Ive finally finished the bedjacket to my satisfaction. I chose to knit the 2nd size on smaller needles, because I wanted a size in between the two smallest, and also because I prefer cotton fleece knitted to 5 st/in. I left out the chain stitch called for in the finishing, because I could see that it would be tedious and I didnt see that much of a difference. I love the picot edging, which made such a difference in the finished look of the jacket. Seaming this baby was a nightmare. It was knit in 9 separate pieces. I am very proud of my seaming here, especially on the armholes. Finally - non bumpy armholes! I am using a shawl pin as a closure, because I do not like it fastened on the side. The collar design, which uses short rows for shaping, is just beautiful. I really think this jacket would be flattering to all different body types. The pattern was (as far as I could tell) error free. There are more photos and details on my blog.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Sahara sweater on: February 17, 2007 11:56:34 AM
I finished my version of Sahara from Stitch Diva!

I am so in love with the color!  More pics on my blog.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Wicked Sweater on: February 04, 2007 04:30:15 AM
I finished my Wicked sweater!

I actually finished it up a week ago, but I've had so much trouble getting the fit the way I wanted.  I'm really happy, because this is the first pullover I've been really happy with - last night I wore it out without once thinking people were noticing I made my own clothes!  There are more pics etc on my blog below.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Finished Rusted root sweater! on: October 02, 2006 01:05:16 PM
I finally finished my "Rusted root" sweater.  Pattern is from Zephyrstyle

and a multidirectional scarf

I'm really happy with both - especially my first top down sweater!
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