Archive for June, 2007

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Soldiering On

June 29, 2007

The end is in sight.

 I’m about to start the last section on the Puff Sleeve cardigan…which is actually a rather large lace pattern, so it’s really not that close to being done but *damnit it’s close enough for me to call it a milestone.* I think this might be the first thing I’ve made that will actually look cute on me. The green works really well with all the clothes I own, so I’m pretty happy with my yarn choice.

 The thing is…I expected a lot better from a company like Rowan. I’m using Rowan Pure Wool DK…it’s not cheap stuff, but I keep finding parts of the yarn that have a bit of extra fluff, knots, and broken plys. One ball (the first one I used) was a damned mess, with parts being overspun and two (two!) knots in it. If I wanted to deal with this shit I’d’ve bought the bargin basement stuff at the local Michael’s.

Speaking of weirdly spun yarns, my love-hate relationship with Kuyeron is still in full swing. Sometimes it’s like a bulky weight and then dwindles to sock yarn. It’s a bit distracting…and makes me worry about its strength as a blanket. Well…people have made it before and it hasn’t gotten a bad rep, so I guess I’ll stop worrying

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Sidetracked

June 26, 2007

Well the good news is that I’m finally past the yolk on the Femenine Puff-Sleeved Cardigan. It looks pretty good so far and, as best I can tell, fits under my arms. So now that I got past the Raglan Increases of Doom, clearly I pushed through to the body section and waist shaping, right?

 NOPE! I got totally sidetracked on, of all things, my extremely long term project that I plan to complete some time between the next ice age and the Second Coming: Lizard Ridge.

I plan on accumulating the Kuyeron for Lizard Ridge slowly over time so the cost is more reasonable. Like, if I’m shopping at a store that carries it, I’ll grab a skein. I love how crazy the blanket is to look at and always like a nice, homemade blanket.

The panels are so long! I thought they were going to be so much smaller. I’ll bet when finished it’ll cover a bed! Now I’m super excited about making the blanket. Gotta reign that in though since I have so much else to do before I can devote real time to this beast.

Since there’s so much stockinette in my future, it’s nice to have a side project going on at the same time just in case I go through a phase where I can’t even look at my cardigan but still want to knit. The short rows are a lot of fun, and I’m so easily distracted that the colorways of the Kuyeron manage to trick me in to thinking I’m not doing the same 12 rows over and over again.

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Something to write about

June 26, 2007

I finally have something that seems to merit a knitting blog. I recently discovered the magic of the top-down-raglan sweater. This seems like the perfect way for me to get in to creating the kind of sweaters that I really want to knit for myself…
But GOD FORBID I start off easy. No no. For my first self designed sweater, I’m making a zip-front hoodie. The main body is a nice minty-green, and there will be a contrasting side stripe in a soft yellow. But again! Too easy! That contrasting strip will be decorated with this cable pattern. Also, I’m making it out of the super-affordable Knitpicks Merino style, so even if I completely fuck it up and end up with a three armed monstrosity, I’m only out like 20 bucks.
Knitting is one of the few crafty, creative things that I have any skill at all with. Knitting cable patterns is a bit tricky, but I seem capable of keeping my head on straight and just following the chart. I love the look and texture of cables, but quite frankly most cable knit sweaters look like large potato sacks. This is a way of adding a little cabling to something I’m actually going to wear.
I tested out the cable already and it’s not too far out there that I’m going to screw up on it when it’s show time. Take a look:

It’s got a nice level of complexity to it without making me want to stab myself. That’s a pretty good likeness of the color, as well. I’m really excited to get started on this. I’ve almost got the math figured out, too.

BUT! First I need to finish the puff-sleeve cardigan I’m working on. I just need two more raglan increase sets and I can finally get to work on the body. I hope those will be done by tomorrow if not tonight.