Author: bluegirl - Date: 30 Sep 2012 10:37 - Tags: recreational knitting
Just another finished knit to share.Ruched Yoke Tee
If you check out the link above you will notice that I am wearing mine backwards. I like it better this way on me.
I knit this summer delectable out of a now discontinued yarn, Rowan Calmer
. I have mixed feelings about this yarn, which I guess does not really matter anymore since it will soon be unavailable. I love the feel and stretch and comfort of the finished product, but this yarn was pretty painful to knit. I had a lot of hand fatigue, which I think was due to the elasticity, which made me want to keep tightening up on each stitch.
I have enough Calmer for another sweater and like the result so much that I know I will knit it sometime down the road. And yes, the additional yarn is BLUE, not green!
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This is how long it took me to finish this.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 01 Apr 2012 11:16 - Tags: recreational knitting
Pattern: Colorstyle, designed by Robin Melanson
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight- Lots of colors and some discontinued
Needles: US 4 (3.5 mm) & US 5 (3.75 mm)
This is not the first time this little cardigan has been on the blahg. This was one of my seriously Languishing projects
I have a very important tip for this little number that could have made it easier and more fun. Do not start the colorwork chart where the pattern calls for, which is the side of the sweater. I recommend that you start it in the middle of the steek in the front. This will create a lot less sewing in of ends, hence the fun. The sweater pattern is written for both a cardigan and a pullover, so I think to keep the pattern more succinct the editors decided that they would start the color changes at the side, where you would need them if you were knitting a pullover.
I decided not to do the embroidery. I started it and did not like it at all in my yarn choice. The plies of the Blue Sky Alpaca just did not want to stay together and it made the little details look loose and sloppy. Also, once I finished the steek in the front and armholes, sewed in the sleeves and picked up for the neck and button bands, I really just wanted to be done. I would have persevered though if I thought it would look good, but thank goodness that Alpaca just wanted to untwist. Thank you Alpaca!
This was my first steek and I learned a ton from it. I took a steeking class from Chris Bylsma after having started this project and I would have changed the way I started if I had known what I learned in that class before starting. I used my sewing machine to secure the stitches and then the scissors to cut. I would have used Chris' crochet hook method and will do so when I conquer my next steeked project.
Here's one more shot for good measure.
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Not really, but I do feel mighty glamorous in my Swirl (find out more details here
I promised pictures and here they are.
Here are some pics where I am wearing my swirl upside down.
Author: bluegirl - Date: 17 Mar 2012 15:29 - Tags: recreational knitting
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The knitting storm of 2012 really got my knitting back on track. I had hardly been knitting at all due to some tendonitis and some neck pain and I was starting to wonder if I would ever want to pick up the needles again. Several days without the distraction that electricity provides and sure enough the needles sunk their pointy little tips right into me. Thank you needles.
I decided to knit Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
, which is a delicate little shawlette that is just a delight. I found some wonderful Shibui Sock yarn
in Mulberry in my plentiful stash and fired up the battery operated head lamp and got to work. This shawl absolutely reminded me of why I love knitting.
I also decided to cast on and swatch for my very own Knit, Swirl!
from the amazing book of swirl sweaters by Sandra McIver. Again, I went to my stash and promptly fell down on 22 sks of Schulana Cashmere Moda
. I have bee saving this yarn for something special and when I saw these amazing sweaters I decided that it was time to break out this most decadent yarn. I decided that Plum Perfect
was just perfect for me. I like how you can wear it as a longer swirl sweater and also a more fitted, cropped jacket.
I cannot explain how quickly my swirl knit up. There is something a little magical about working on it.
I am already starting to plan and think about my next swirl, but in the meantime I have some new designs and submissions to work on and a sweater I have been antsy to share from my Japanese Knitting Class last September. May the knitting needles sink their pointy little tips into you too!
Author: bluegirl - Date: 12 Feb 2012 13:02 - Tags: recreational knitting
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