Sunday, August 10, 2008
I did finish a couple of months ago, but have just now re-took the picture. I just need to sew it & put on buttons. I would just love to make this out of wool!! I will probably wait til it really gets cold to actually finish. Thank you for this knit along, it helped me and encouraged me that I could make another one!!
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
The buttons I used were hand made by a New Hampshire craftsman. They are pewter, and have the Tree of Life on them. I'm going to steam block this a bit, as it's a bit more rumply than the last on I made with machined yarn, but after that it's ready to wrap and gift.
Sunday, April 6, 2008
I have just got to row 80, where you work on the centre 90 stitches - but I have only 80 stitches. I distinctly remember increasing 10 stitches in row 57, but pulled a couple of rows out around there and must have lost the increases by mistake.
I can see that it's going to make the jacket smaller, but I don't know if it's in a critical place. I'm knitting 5 stitches to 1 inch, so it was going to be large for a newborn anyway....
So, advice please from people who have a finished article. Do I go back to row 57 or carry on regardless?
And I thought it was going so well.....
Friday, April 4, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Where is everyone?? I feel like I am talking to myself ;)
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Getting so close! I'm going out button shopping in a few minutes. I am working on lengthening the arms, then it's seaming the shoulder, adding buttons, and I think I'm done!! I wonder if there's a way to add some fullness to the sleeve though, I might work on that. What's the best way to seam garter?
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Thanks so much for letting me be a part of this kal. It has helped to read where others had problems and the answers.
All the sweaters are beautiful, I hope to catch up soon (17 dec. down, 3 to go).
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I tried it on my girl by pinning the sleeves at the top. they're a little snug, but i think they're going to get a little more width from the trim? not sure how this works as this is very different from the Baby Pattern here.
Anyway, going with 2" at the neck seems to be ideal. it fits very well and the intended recipient is already very excited. she keeps thanking me for making it for her, which urges the knitter to continue at breakneck speed!
so off to knit!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When I did the baby surprise jacket, it was 1". That fits my 5 year old well, though it's close to being too snug at the neck. Considering that the adult pattern has you go back and add some more rows all around, plus the fact that I want to add a collar or hood, I'm thinking to do 2" instead of 3".
has anyone done this yet?
This is the 2nd time i've gotten stymied by EZ's use of inches instead of stitch counts. the last time i was eventually able to figure out the percentage she was talking about - so i'm going back to the pattern to see if i can calculate it. but i thought i'd ask if anyone's done that already before i dive in.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Well, I sat down with it today and think I might have messed it up. Are there two sections of the jacket that you put onto waste yarn?
I'm skeered to continue.
"Mark stitches at the inner corners of the neck and at the outer corners of the center-fronts and Purl these single stitches on the "wrong" side. On the right side, work a double-DECrease at the inner corners (...) and a double INCrease at the outer corners."
How many rows is she talking about doing this double decrease and double increase?
"increase one stitch at the beginning of each of these endless rows (how many is she talking about? Is she just meaning 2 rows in this section--one right side and one wrong side?) to make the neck fit well.
"after two ridges (two MORE? right?) make 7 buttonholes, evenly spaced along the appropriate edge. Work 4-5 ridges and cast off in purl on the right side (doing the increases and decreases this whole time? I'm really confused on how many rows she wants you to do those double decreases and increases???)"
Making great progress on the Surprise Jacket. This is the end of one skein of yarn, plus 2 stripes of a matching near-solid. I have assembled the jacket "inside out" for this photo, because I am trying to decide which side I like best. the "right side" can be seen in the back of the jacket - the stripes of the near-solid are clearly delineated. The "wrong side" is shown on the sleeves and front, in the garter stitch it makes a more gentle transition from the variegated to the near-solid. I'm leaning towards that, but I'm not sure. Luckily I have all the time in the world to decide. What do you think?
Friday, March 21, 2008
So, here I am, not quite finished with my decreases. I have done 2 yarn changes so far.
And here is a close up of the corner to see the colors a little better.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I had already started on my BSJ when I heard from Marnie about this KAL. So, I do have a bit of a head start. Here's a little history, though:
I'm making a new born size for a friend who is expecting her second child. She already has a little boy, and will be having a girl. The mom to be does not like traditional girl colors, but since I am making the new born size I thought it was important to have some gender identifying color.
I am a novice spinner, having just started to learn in November, and this is the first project that I have spun the yarn specifically for. I picked a hand painted superwah-merino roving that had pinks, cranberry, grey, and a deep green. (I got it here) I then seperated the roving into different color sections and spun up two different yarns from it.
This is the pink girly colored yarn, but sorry I never took a picture of the other before I got to work. The yarn is fingering weight, and I am using size 3 needles to get 6 sts to the inch.
Here is the BSJ starting to take shape. The colors are not exactly true in this photo. The first stripe starts out with a light bubble-gum pink, moves into a deep cranberry, and then goes back to bubble-gum. The second stripe is a blend of deep green and cranberry with hints of grey.
I have actually knitted more than this, but since you all are just getting started I will share more of my progress pictures later.
Thanks for letting me join in!
Monday, March 17, 2008
The color is Malayan Orchid and if you can't see well it has pinks, deep pinks, reds, browns, and natural in it. I have one skein of natural and I was thinking to ad a little brown, too. I have a partial skein of Chocolate, which is a mix of browns, some of which are found in the Malayan Orchid, some which are not.
They look nice together. But I also found a skein of Mountain Colors Rosehip. The yarn is the same.
I feel like the red keeps it warm and rosy, and since I have a full skein of the red I won't need to add the natural, which, since I intend this to be a spring jacket, will help with the filth factor.
So that's what I'm doing. I'm going with the Rosehip and the Malayan Orchid. I haven't even looked at the math yet. I think I should swatch.
I am doing the same long tail cast-on I have always done. Morwenna, what kind of cast-on do you usually do? It sounded like long tail was new to you, so I am wondering if I am thinking of something else.
And yes, I am probably over-thinking this, as I tend to do. lol
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Also, I read somewhere that EZ said 'no ends to weave in'. Is that because you are to felt your ends together when you change, or is there some magic going on that I am not getting??
I'm at the point where I'm done with the double-decreases. I've only perused the pattern once and love the mindless knitting this pattern affords. I know with EZ patters, it's all about unwavering faith as you blindly knit on...but sometimes I need to know before I get too far along, ya know?
Saturday, March 15, 2008
i'm trying not to feel put out!
To keep your marked stitch constant, knit to the stitch before the marked stitch. Slip that stitch, then knit the marked stitch and the one after it together, and pass the slipped stitch over. Transfer the stitch marker to the new stitch that's on the needle (the one that you just passed the ss over).
I'm doing a few different things this go-round.
First, I'm following the directions for cast-on this time, and made sure to do long-tail cast on. This is so you can knit up stitches to lengthen the sleeves, and you won't be able to detect the join at all.
Second, I'm placing markers every [K] stitches. This is mainly because I hate counting stitches, especially when I'm watching TV while knitting. So this way, I know I'm done with my decreases when I've eliminated the markers on either side of my decrease-mark stitch. Then, when I do my increases, I'll just keep adding in markers after I increase [K] stitches on either side of the marked stitch. Does that make sense? It'll be a hell of a lot easier than having to count hundreds of stitches every time, and the markers will coincide with the Key Number.
And now I'm going to try to catch up on LOST while I knit - abc.com has all the seasons up on their player right now!
Back to the measurement....it says that the [K] is 1/3 of the body width (not circumference). So when measuring the width of the sweater, is it just across the front (or back), and not all the way around? I am thinking it is all the way around, because it says "If the width is 18", 21" or 24", you are in luck" But I want to make sure.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I made this surprise jacket following the Baby pattern in the Opinionated Knitter, using Elsbeth Lavold cotton patine on size US 5s. the only modification I made was to cast on the increased number of stitches after the cuff shaping. I wanted to pick up and knit sleeves down from this point, but i haven't done that yet.
here it is on my son, 6 months old at the time:
it's little long for him, but fits well. the sleeve length is great for a crawling baby, the width since i left out shaping is a bit extreme.
here's the same sweater on my 4.5 year old:
the sleeves fit her well as short sleeves, and the sweater fits her as a close-fitting sweater that hits right at her natural waist. perfect for ballet class.
Is the cuff shaping necessary? It seems like some of the finished BSJs I have seen definitely appear to have straight unshaped sleeves. Any blogging on this topic is much appreciated.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Tap, tap, tapping my foot......