Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Leaf Green
Needles: US 4 (I'm usually not a loose knitter, so I was surprised that I needed 4's.)
Start date: 5-26-07
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
I am using Ella Rae 100% wool in a deep purple. I have used the superwash blend and been very happy with it.
As I was looking at the pattern in preparation for making it, I don't like the length of the sleeve. I will either make them longer to come to my wrist (with long arms I don't want to look like I outgrew it) or 3/4 or short. I like the short sleeve version made by another person. Also, my coworker tends to have the heat on all year, which drives me crazy.
Because I can try it on as I go, I will be able to see which way I like it best.
I will read through all of the present posts to check on ideosyncrasies that others have found in the pattern.
Wish me luck. Everyone's posted pictures are gorgeous.
Friday, May 11, 2007
Sunday, May 6, 2007
As you can see, I started swatching for the cable down raglan yesterday. I really am bad with finding gauge and I'm very paranoid about it, so once this gets swatched up, I will send it to my friend and she double checks it for me. I know, a little drastic but at least it rules out the gauge factor if it doesn't fit right?
Anyway, so far it looks like 7 needles will do the job but I will post the findings later.
have a wonderful Sunday
Saturday, May 5, 2007
I'm knitting this up in Araucania Nature wool that's long been in my stash. While I totally love the subtle variegation of this yarn, unfortunately even skeins of the same dyelot are quite different in shade. As you can probably see from the photo, the first skein was darker than the others, but I only realized this when I started on my second skein. At that point I just decided to soldier on. Ah well, it... gives it character?
(Apologies. Not sure how to get this right side up.)
I was off gauge quite a bit on both rows and stitches, so I knit one size up from what I would have otherwise, and also added one more repeat of the diamond cable. I also made it substantially shorter than the 17 3/4 ins called for from armhole to hip, ending at 14 ins. I just felt like that would be an awkward length, and I couldn't cast off before a whole additional repeat of the diamond cable. Wait, I'm confused - should I do one more repeat? Opinions? Also, the right and left cables as written started a bit low for my taste. I wanted an empire-waist kind of situation, so I started them only 4 inches below the armhole rather than the 6 indicated for my size. Boy, I sound picky.
This has been a real pleasure to knit, and I sooo appreciate the seamlessness. In fact, not having to do finishing might mean I bang this out fairly quickly, because that's usually where I stall. Sometimes for months or years. Onward, to sleeves!
PS In case any of you are curious, fortunately I do in fact have a fully functional right arm. I guess it's just camera shy? My cat, however, is not.
Friday, May 4, 2007
My name is Toya and this is my actual blog I have been following this knitalong for a while and seeing that I got my Brown sheep cotton fleece in Willow leaf (after Anna's version came out so beautiful), I decided to give it a go. I plan to swatch for it,,,, hopefully this weekend and post again.
If there was any errors, can someone let me know? I'm a new knitter so I need all the help I can get.
Have a great day and thanks Anna for allowing me to join.
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
I really like Tracey's short sleeved CDR, so I think I might end my sleeves around the elbow...What's funny is that I have to go back to Boston again in a week (yikes, another flight!), so maybe I'll actually finish!