March 30, 2009

Uncharted Territory

I have 14 skeins of Debbie Bliss Cathay that I got from Little Knits. I was going to make Delicate Cardigan by Debbie Bliss but then decided it was too short for my taste.

Then I saw this sweater (ravelry link) which was adapted from Wendy Bernard's Something Red...but I wasn't wanting to do the math to make it work.

So, I got a copy of Nicky Epstein's Knitting Over the Edge from the library and my copy of Ann Budd's sweater pattern book and I started creating.

I'm trying for a v-neck cardigan which tapers in at the waist - a button or two and a little detailing here and there.

Here's the stitch I chose for the hem.

We'll see how it goes - it will be knit from the bottom up, raglan sleeved. I have my wonderful tubing so I can keep trying it on.

I'll keep you posted.

March 27, 2009

Now all I need is a tan to go with it

Presenting another Finishing Friday project - Lutea Lace Shoulder Shell. Now all I need is a tan, warm weather and perhaps an ice cold margarita to go with it!
This project was done with some Berroco Touche I bought ages ago to make a Sahara which I ended up frogging. As I was knitting this it really didn't look good on the needles. Looks best on the body. It was a good knit with some short row shaping for the V-neck and I added extra increases in the waist to make it more fitted.
Okay, that brings me to 5 sweaters finshed this year! Wow!

March 25, 2009

Ingenue Times Two

Okay, all attempts to get the two Ingenues were thwarted by my 13 year old son pretending to be a photographer. He was saying "work it baby" and moving around and snapping shots - we were howling. So, this is the best shot of the two Ingenues.

I called Anna my godsister today and told her it was ready...still a little damp at the neck from the blocking but she wanted it right away. So, she came up and put it on immediately. After raving about how much she loves it she turned to me and said "I think I want one in white now". Too funny but she's going to have to wait. I'm into spring and summer fibers now.

March 24, 2009

Anna's Ingenue

When my godsister, Anna, saw my Ingenue she wanted one of her own. The deal was she'd buy the yarn and I'd make it for her as her birthday gift. Well it is done and blocking and hopefully will be in her hands by tomorrow. I know it isn't the same as seeing it on someone but I wanted her to be the first to wear it.

I used the Ella Rae Classic from Little Knits - perfect substitute yarn for this sweater. I also made a few mods from mine - I added few more increases on the sides and I made the sleeves longer as per her request. This took 5 1/2 skeins.

Yesterday, Jennifer, came over to knit, have some lunch, and visit. She asked what you might be asking after reading this - what is a godsister? My godsister is my godmother's daughter - we didn't know what to call each other years ago and this is what we came up with. I also have a godbrother.

By the way, thanks for all your kind comments about my Slinky Ribs.

March 20, 2009

It's Finished AND It's Friday!

Well, my Slinky Ribs is done and I'm very much in like with this sweater...after a day of wearing I might be in love. It is the perfect layering piece - wear a scoop neck underneath if it is a bit chilly and yes even though it is the first day of spring it is chilly. Or I can wear it with a cami when it is a bit warmer.

Wendy's design is wonderful and I really enjoyed knitting this and making it my own. Next time I might make the ribbing go a bit further down - some end right in the middle of the girls which isn't the best thing.

March 16, 2009

I didn't fall off the face of the earth!

As you might know, I'm a substitute teacher and I got a 3 week job subbing for an elementary school librarian. While it is a great gig, I'm out of the house 3-4 days for 3 weeks. So blogging falls by the wayside.

One day last week my prize book arrived. It uses yarns from Cherry Tree Hill and consists mostly of scarves, shawls and socks to achieve the Just One Skein title. A few items caught my eye....

I know I could resize this cover top for Miss America. I think she'd like it. I certainly can't wear a halter top but she can if I make it appropriate.
This cute sock and hat set would be cute for the next baby I need to knit for.

I really liked this scarf...hard to see the patterning here but it is lovely.
I have been knitting - I get an hour break each day and I bring my knitting with me. I didn't photograph anything as it is boring knitting - I'm working on the sleeves of both Ingenue and Slinky Ribs. They both are grey which is beginning to get to me...too much grey. I think I'll cast on something pink this weekend!

March 10, 2009

I'm pulling my hair out over this!

I'm this far along on my Slinky Ribs - I'm on the second sleeve. I've done the 4 inches of k2p2 ribbing before going to p2k6 section and I realize that I don't have the right number of stitches! No fudging this time, no making it work - I have too many stitches and I can't get the sequence of ribbing I need.

So, I have to rip out all this ribbing including the short rows. I could scream! I could cry! I could pull my hair out.

Okay, I can also be a Pollyanna and tell myself to be glad I didn't have 8 inches of k2p2 and realize my mistake. I think I'll wait until tomorrow to rip.

March 9, 2009

You know you are sick when...

You can't even knit. Saturday I woke up with a cold and by Sunday I didn't want to do anything but sleep. I couldn't even bring myself to that is bad! I've been using my new knit mug to drink lemon tea with honey. Fortunately, I'm not teaching today so I can lay low for the day. Perhaps I can bring myself to knit a bit...

I'm dreaming of spring and spring colors and wanting to find something to make with this.

March 5, 2009

Lucky Me!

Today Jennifer came over to sit and knit and had a Starbucks bag in hand. She promptly told me she doesn't bring hostess gifts for sit and knit but she saw this while in a Starbucks and knew I liked them and she got it for me! My own knit mug. I was so excited as I wanted to buy one for myself but couldn't bring myself to buy a mug when I have plenty of mugs. But to receive it as a gift makes it VERY special. Thank you Jennifer! You know I will think of you and our time knitting together every time I have a cup of tea.

See how nice it looks next to my knitting? I'm still on the body of Ingenue.

Here's the first sleeve on my Slinky Ribs.

March 4, 2009

WIP Wednesday

My order from Little Knits arrived so I cast on for my godsister's Ingenue. Here's how far I got by yesterday morning...thanks to a leisurely Sunday and a snow day on Monday. I've already finished the raglan increases and have joined the body.

Every time I see this neck stitch I fall in love with it all over again. This pewter grey really makes it pop.

I also finished one sleeve of my Slinky Ribs (sorry no photo) and have picked up the necessary stitches for the 2nd sleeve.

Hopefully, Jennifer (aka Major Knitter) will be over tomorrow so we can sit and knit and I can have some more progress on these two. Funny, both things I'm working on right now are grey.

March 1, 2009

Woo Hoo! I won a Prize!

I entered my FOs for February into Finish or Frog on Ravelry and found out that today I won 2nd place prize.

I'll be getting a copy of Special Little Knits from Just One Skein. Can't wait to check it out. Thank you deborasoule on Ravelry.
I just cast on for another Ingenue - hopefully I can post it as an FO in March!