Archive for July, 2008

Molly Ringwald

July 30, 2008

Pattern:  Molly Ringwald – Knitting daily, or Knitscene Fall 2006

Yarn:  2.5 skeins of Gloss, Knitpicks.com

Needles:  #4 US Knitpick Options Circulars

Modifications:  I did some research before jumping into this project and had read several people’s notes about the loosenss of the top with all the ruffling.  I took that into consideration when choosing the yarn on top of which, the smallest size is a 34″ bust.  Gloss is a fingering weight yarn and I took the chance that by using a thinner yarn and smaller needles I would be able to knit a top that fit my bust size and without doing a swatch beforehand, I think I did a pretty good job.  It is a 3×1 rib, so I cast on 92 stitches and ommitted all selvedge stitches because once again, I knit this top in the round.  The decreasing and increasing was a little tricky and I’m not entirely convinced it looks that fantastic but I thinkit works. Because of my modifications, I didn’t have to add the single crochet along the edge to keep it tight.

Notes:  Of all the tops I’ve knit, this is definitely my favorite.  I went outside my comfort zone and went with a bluish-grey color.  I love everything about it, the color, the style, the design, the fit.  It is absolutely PERFECT!  I have some Gloss in Cabernet and I think I’m going to knit another.

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Raspy

July 30, 2008

Raspy

Pattern:  Kim Hargreaves, Rowan Denim People

Yarn:  8 balls Cotlin (Cotton/Linen blend) – Knitpicks.com

Needles:  #4 US Knitpick Options Circulars

Modifications:  It has been awhile since I finished this sweater so I’ll try and remember all the modifications.  I enjoy knitting in the round whenever I can, and considering this sweater was so simple, I decided to use circular knitting.  Instead of setting in the sleeves I used a chapter out of the Cobblestone experience and set aside stitches for the underarm, which I kitchener stitched to the body of the sweater.  I added a couple more waist decreases, omitted several bust increases, and lengthened the entire sweater. I chose not to do the boat neck because I really don’t like them.

Notes:  I’m so-so on this project.  I like it enough and I’m sure come winter, it will get some wear.  I like the fact that I used a yarn that can be machine washed and dried.  The dropped stitches make it look interesting and kind of trendy.  Overall it was a very simple pattern, even a beginner could turn this sweater into an “in the round” project.

Just can’t make up my mind

July 30, 2008

Sleeves or spaghetti straps?  I think I’m leaning more towards the sleeves but I really like the straps.  ACK.  That’s it, I’m just going to have to make two Molly Ringwalds.

Complete but not really

July 24, 2008

I have a couple of projects that I’ve finished, but not exactly finished.

The second hemlock ring blanket is done but I haven’t blocked it.  If you’ve made one and blocked it, you probably understand my hesitation.  It’s quite an undertaking, probably moreso than actually knitting it.

I finished Raspy but after trying it on I realized I needed to rework the neckline so that the back has more height than the front.  I’m also not completely sold on the sweater.  It’s nice enough, maybe once it is washed and dried it will be more appealing.  Even though I made modifications, it is still pretty loose and I’m not a huge fan of loose fitting clothes.

I did start Molly Ringwald.  She’s lovely so far and I love the color.  I realized while going through all my works, I don’t knit with blue or green nearly enough.

And the rockets red glare

July 4, 2008

Well everyone except us.  Firecracker/works ban in our town due to the burn ban which is at high or maybe even something above high like eminent or whatever.  Either way the consequences are dire if you’re caught, the imperative word being “caught” with fire inducing contraband.  It wasn’t spelled out in the letter taped to our front door but it is Texas and if the laws to be have no problem putting mentally ill people to death, I’m pretty sure they won’t have any qualms putting burn ban breaking criminals to death.

Oh and Happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy your fireworks and your firecrackers and all that jazz while we here in central TX go without.  We are so deprived.

Funniest thing ever

July 3, 2008

Knitting with lace weight mohair blend yarn. Hahahaha.

It’s funny because it’s certifiably insane to knit with lace weight mohair yarn.  In fact, I’ll go out on a limb and say it’s certifiable to knit with any weight yarn that has mohair.

It’s going to be real purty though!