WIP Wednesday

I have now cast-on for Alisa. I need one that matches the pattern now that it has become a fully polished pattern. My prototype sadly is not exactly like the Alisa. I am loving the knitting. It is going so smoothly and I can’t wait to wear it. I am pushing for a finish while I am in Texas. Maybe I can get some shots on the beach to add to the pattern pages. The colors kind of go with this segment of PS3: Earth. The linen color is a browny white so Brown it is. The second sock is chugging along. The goal is to be done on Friday or before so I guess my needles need to click along for the next two days. Well I am in the midst of packing, I already packed for my retreat weekend. I drop that off last night at my meeting. Once I leave for Texas, I don’t come back home till after David even though I leave Texas a good 12 hours earlier. I am headed to a retreat with a group of women that I lead. I am not the only knitter but I am a bit of an oddity because I don’t care if people see me knitting. I have had so many women ask if they can sit with me and knit because they don’t feel weird since someone else is doing it. I have several bloggers that I will get to meet up with while I am in Texas. Plans are finalizing because I don’t want to fill my time with knitter meet-ups all the time, but I would love to. Now what knitting to pack to impress the other knitter’s. What kind of knitting impresses another knitter? What kind of knitting impresses you? Do you even care? Look for a new weekly post...

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A big thanks & coffee swap topic 2

Since some of us is beginning to see glimpse of Spring, while others are still getting snow have you change what projects are working on? Since I am a beginning designer, I don’t always work in the season. I have to work with wool when it is hot and cottons and silks when it is cold. Have you put away the hats, scarfs and mittens, and brought out the cute tank top sweater projects and lacy wraps? I have put away my heavy scarfs and hats, but still have fingerless mitts and a wool ear band to wear when I go walking in the morning. My tank tops are still being worn over or under long sleeve shirts. Have you change yarn to something more lighter and cooler, not so heavy and bulky? I do have one project waiting in the wings for myself. I am knitting the skirt from the Spring 2008 Interweave Knits in a silk linen blend. The socks are ones that I received from a secret swap partner from a group on ravelry. You knit someone a pair of socks as a symbol of the prayers your have said on their behalf. Many of you know I have been struggling with one particular pair of socks, the pomatomus socks that I am knitting are for this swap. I am officially late. I just reached the heel of the second sock so I hope to be done soon. My partner was sitandspin over on ravelry. I don’t think she has a blog but she was a wonderful partner. I had a blast getting to know her this swap. She also included this in my package. The small yarn balls are leftovers from my socks. The large skein of Tempted is the same brand as my socks. I love the feel of my socks. I got the package Saturday morning as I was walking out the door for a local political convention and I put them on immediately and wore them for the next 3 days. So comfy and smooth on my feet. The blue yarn is silk yarn that my partner spun for me. It is so pretty I don’t yet know what to do with it. Maybe make a little something...

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FO Friday – Arwen is finally done

Look at those rain drops just hanging out. So Bud came for 2 days of her Spring Break and I roped her into posing in her Cardigan for Arwen / Christmas present 07 / Big Green Monster. I know a few of your have heard me harrumphing about this project and that I was super frustrated because I am so much faster than 3 1/2 months for a sweater. Well I love the results but I really hate knitting those reversible cables. Some people hate twisted ribbing but I have found I love twisted ribbing because it requires less hand movement and I can speed through a project. That alone proves that every pattern has someone who really really loves it while some hate it with a passion. The elfen godess allowing the rain to kiss her Pattern: Cardigan for Arwen by Kate Gilbert Interweave Knits Winter 2006 also on KG’s siteYarn: Knitpicks Swish Worsted 13 skeins (100% Superwash Merino Wool) 50 grams/110 ydsNeedles: Knitpicks Harmony US 8 Mods: I lengthened the sweater to 23″. I knit the back and BO but the once the fronts had reached the shoulder BO, I unpicked the back BO and did a 3 needle BO. I liked that result so much better. I then knit the sleeves and seamed everything up. Lastly I did the hood all in one piece and then grafted the top together. I wish I had seen this mod because I might have done it instead for an easier fit, but Kate Gilbert does have a new version on her website which she added somethings like sleeve mods and length and has fitting tips. Facts to remember: I hate reversible cables but love the look. I remember reading an article by Lily Chin about 7 years ago on reversible cables and I thought the idea was genius. I wanted to do all cable projects in reversible cables. Well loving the idea and actually doing them is two different stories. I now have done them and I still love the idea but not sure if I ever want to do them again. I still am intrigued by the Inside Outside socks from the STR 2007 sock club. I also need to remember that I might know that the measurement is right and will fit the person but they might like some ease in the sleeve. My SIL is a 13″ bicep circumference and it is a bit snug. It is great with a tank on but anything with sleeves creates arm bumps. This is also something I need to be better about in my patterns. I think I add enough ease to the sleeves and at times they are just right. (I also suspect that CYC bicep measurements are a bit slim) Things I Love: The cables, the hood, the length and well how cute she looks in the sweater I decided to knit her Thanksgiving of 2006 because what would any teenager who loved the Lord of the Rings, taught herself elvish (reading, writing and speaking) and has several movie replicas of Arwen want, but this cardigan. Reaction of the recipient: She loved it and it fit perfectly after a good blocking. Thank goodness for gauge swatches that don’t lie. Yes you read that. I did a swatch...

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Yada Yada Sock Kit Swap

Yada Yada Sock Kit Swap Originally uploaded by rchrispy I received this lovely little package yesterday from my pal who does not have a blog but does have a ravelry presence. The swap was within the Christian Book Club Group on Ravelry and was a book swap plus items to create a sock (yarn and pattern). My pal also included handmade cards, stitch markers and two samples of...

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WIP Wednesday

Please excuse the dust here on the blog. My husband launched my website early. It reroutes you back to the blog from the blog button, but I want it to live over on the website. Those of you on RSS will not have to worry, feedburner will get you to the right place. I did find out that I need to get rid of my widgets or create my own versions of the widgets for my sidebar. So there will be a bit of changes going on here in the web world. PS. If you live in Houston, TX and want to meet up this month, let me know. Would ya look at that!! I have a sock done. Does anyone know which sock this is and why I am so happy to be 1 sock down and one to go? If you can’t say off the top of your head check back a few weeks or even into February. Since Spring is here and PS3 has switched elements to Earth, I cast on a nice Spring Green Baby Sundress for my pastor’s wife who has been afraid to use my other present because it was wool. This one is Cotton-Ease from my stash. Ugh. Oh well I have heard good things about the new Knitpick’s Comfy. I need to try it out and it might become my baby present yarn...

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What’s in your pantry? coffee or a bun?

Hey Coffee Pals, We were asked today to go visit each others blogs and tell something about someone who liked the same roasts as us. Well I could not stop at one since I found some lovely ladies. I started out by opening everyones blog into a tab and reading them. Well I started at the end of the alphabet and moved forward. I was a bit shocked by all the Starbuck lovers. I can’t stand the taste of the coffee. Oh well to each his own. Though I secretly hoped for starbuck loving pal because it is easy to find here in the land o starbuck. Vicki P amazed me with her Kauni sweaters. I love her photo collage of cutting the steeks. Christy T has the cutest crocheted stuffed animals I have seen. Chan has a funny picture of all her dogs pileing up on one person. My dogs try this but only when someone is on the floor. Thanks my lovely hostess for encouraging us to look at a few more blogs. I loved it and I added a couple blogs to my already large blog...

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Did we miss the official FO?

No you did not miss the FO posting of Wicked. She has been done and worn 4 days this week since she was finished. Basically she was worn every day that she was not drying from being blocked. I just had a minor problem with lighting. Monday was beautiful, but the weather went down hill from there. I was happily snuggled up on the couch this week with my knitting and a roaring fire. Today was the first time that all the necessary factors happened together – good weather, a photographer and a model. I tried that self-timer thing. Not so good especially with a tripod that slips with every second that it is left alone. Pattern: Wicked , worsted-weight version by Zephyr Style Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted 3 skeins (100g/216 yds) in Burgundy. (100% merino wool) Needles: Knitpicks Harmony US 8 Mods: Well not many, but a few for fit. I knit the size 32-35″ for my 39″ bust. Yes that massive amount of negative ease looks fabulous on me. I have tried many different formulas over the past year and this one works the best. It also explains why all my guesses of what size I was when I started knitting sweaters worked out. I added short rows to accommodate my DD friends on my front side and wrote a tutorial. I switched skeins of yarn every round. If I had wanted less pooling, I should have switched between all 4 of the skeins that I used. I knit in the optional waist and hip shaping plus added the pocket. Because my hips are wider than the patterns recommendation, I did an extra set of increases to get to the next size hip circumference. I also did not stitch down the sides of the pocket because I felt the opening was a bit small for my liking. Facts to remember: My hips like as much negative ease as my bust so I should not have added the extra hip increases. Also my seed stitch gauge is so much off from my ribbing or stockinette gauge that I need to remember to go down a needle size or two to maintain an even gauge. My seed stitch flares and might as well have been another set of hip increases. Things I Love: I love the feel of the Malabrigo; I am so happy I chose this yarn for this sweater. I love the pocket. I was a little unsure about if it would add visual weight to my tummy. Not so, it snuggles in nicely and does not distract and adds some nice visual interest plus it distracts the viewers of where skeins 1 & 2 ended and skeins 3 & 4 started. I never want to take off this sweater. It has been worn with jeans and a t-shirt and then dressed up the next night for a fundraiser dinner where I dressed up. This wicked is definitely better behaved than my drunken brawling mohair...

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WIP Wednesday

Since I finished wicked on Saturday, I needed something to work on Easter while visiting friends. I finished up the first endpaper mitts pretty quickly. I thought I had a lot further to go on this one. I was amazed to work on it so little and finish up one mitt. I might have gotten further that day, but I forgot that Ham gives me severe migraines and had some for Easter dinner. Since I still had a little over 1 skein of malabrigo left from knitting my wicked sweater, I decided to make something else for Malabrigo March. I finally decided on A Better Bucket since I really like to wear them all year round. This should be a yummy snuggly hat that keeps the rain out of my face. The other little start there is my swap sock. I had to rip it out at the beginning of March for the second time. I really did not want to think about it for a while so I placed it in time out. Today I decided that I needed to get it done since the swap ends at the end of the month. My pal gave me a bit more time since this thing was frustrating me too much after knitting it twice. I have been working on getting my next pattern out to my test knitters so these pitiful attempts are all I have to show you. Once next month starts I will be knitting my final sample of Alisa (rav link), the pattern I will be releasing at the end of the month. You will get to see the pattern as it develops. I will be donating the first couple of months of proceeds to ravelry and then later a portion of the proceeds will go to...

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Wicked is done: a bust dart tutorial

Edited: to add PDF download link. Short Row Bust Dart Tutorial: Top Down: The top down method of construction is the easiest to figure out short row placement. Now since you are knitting top down, you will have been trying the garment on as you go. After separating the sleeves off, check to ensure the exact spot of the fullest part of your bust. All of us have a different height of bust. This height should not change often but will change as you age and as your bras lose their elasticity. Make sure that you have 2 markers on the garment, one at each side seam. Knit to the apex of your bust, which tends to be 2 inches from the underarm join. Try on the garment so that you can place 2 more stitch markers (preferably locking stitch markers). Mark the apex of each bust wearing the bra you will most often wear with the garment. Take off the garment and check that the bust markers are equally spaced from the side seams. A=_____ stitches Now measure your torso length from shoulder to waist on your back and front. Subtract your back length from the front length. This number will be the depth of your short rows B=_____ inches Multiple your depth difference by the number of rows per inch in your gauge. C=_____ rows Divide by 2 to find out the number of short row sets. D=______ sets Now take A and divide it by D + 1. E=_______ stitches between short rows turning points I have learned that starting out with the smallest number of stitches between the Wrap & Turn (W&T) and proceeding to the largest number of stitches between the W&T, causes you to have a seamless pick up of the wraps. So you would pick up the wraps as you knit or purl past them to the next W&T point. Make sure when picking up the wraps that you put them in order with the stitch in front of the wrap before you knit or purl them together. To the left is a wrapped stitch before I start picking it up and knitting together with its wrap. To the right is the wrapped stitch picked up and placed in the right order, the wrap behind the knit stitch. To the left: The second stitch from the left is a picked up and knit wrapped stitch. You can just barely. To the right: This is how your short rows will look, after you have done all of them a wedge will have formed. Example:I have a gauge of 18.5 st by 28 rows = 4” square. A= 24 stitches (between side and bust on each side)B=2” (this was the measurement when you subtract the back from the front length)C= 14 rows (2 x 7 stitches per inch)D= 7 sets (14/ 2 equals the set numbers)E= 3 stitches (24/ 7+1 equals the number of stitches between each wrap) So you would knit past the second bust point marker to E (ie 3 sts), W&T on the next stitch. Purl across to E stitches past the first and second bust point marker. (you never do a W&T between the bust point markers), W&T. Knit to wrap, pick up the wrap, knit E-1 so that you...

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