I just placed the order with kpixie on 12/26 afternoon, and it's here today! Yeah!! Very happy, no complaints, no complaints at all. This is for Stitch Diva's Sahara. Love in first sight! My sister and I are planning to knit this one together, a mini two-person knit-along. Actually we both tried to sign up for the supposedly "official" KAL for this sweater, but it doesn't seem to be in operation, for whatever reason... Anyway. I guess we can always start whenever we want.
Tracy, wanna start on the first day of the new year?
Thought I should report the progress on my Illusions Cable Scarf. I am about half way done. I bought 4 balls of Rowan Cashsoft DK, I just started the 3rd ball last night. So far so good. I still couldn't memorize the pattern, and had to put it in front of me as I knit (I guess I am getting old, memory power is not as good...) But a quick glance is all I need to start the next row.
A bit too much flash in this picture, shows too much blue.
This picture is closer to the true color - a very soft lavender.
這張比較接近原色 - 很柔的淡紫色.
Oh, and thank you for your suggestions on possibly using double strands of Ultramerino 4 to knit this scarf. I pondered over it for a while, but decided that it may break the bank (you see, I already bought 4 skeins to make the scarf. If I am to get another 4 skeins (at $11 per skein), this will be a very expensive scarf! So I decided to switch. Plus, this gives me the perfect opportunity to use the lovely Ultramerino 4 for my very first pair of socks!
Hello! After being gone for more than one week, I am back. We just got in last night from Maui, a pre-Christmas vacation. Although I had a good night sleep, I still feel a bit tired from the trip. I'll share some pictures after I get a chance to go through them.
Before I went on the trip, I sent out my beloved Tiger Eye Scarf and Cable Clutch Bag to my friends so that they would receive the packages before Christmas. I also added Soak Wool Wash, body cream, and candies/chocolates.
I also dug out my rubber stamping supplies and made two cards.
I miss rubber stamping! It used to be all I do during my free time before the baby came. And now, it is just not as convenient as knitting. To actually be able to make anything, I need to bring out all these supplies (and these are just "some" of the things I have...) As you can see, it takes both space and time (to make cards and to clean up too.) Knitting can be done anywhere, and any time, be it 10 minutes in the car or 2 hours watching TV - more doable with a baby around. I am happy though to find out that my ink pads did not dry out - yeah! I haven't touched them for at least a year and half now...
This bag is for a dear friend of mine, I am naming the bag after her. I wanted to knit her something for this Christmas, but couldn't decide on what to make for a long time. Scarf being the obvious choice, is the first option being ruled out. Ashley doesn't like to wrap things around her neck, so much so that she doesn't even wear turtlenecks. So, scarves are out. Gloves - well, one rarely needs to use gloves in the comparatively mild winters of San Francisco (and I don't know how either... haha...) I thought about socks, but didn't want her to be my first guinea pig as I have never made socks before. Maybe it's time to start my sock adventure.... Anyway. So I decided on a cable clutch bag/purse, seeing that cables are on everything this winter. The cable patterns I picked are rather basic. They are from Barbara G. Walker's A Treasury of Knitting Patterns. The bag itself is very simple, two identical rectangles sewed together. Add a lining, a zipper, some beads, done! Add more beads or sequins and you can use it as an evening bag.
I have never bought yarn that are enclosed in individual cases, looks quite precious...
從沒買過這種每一球毛線還用一個小盒子裝, 看起來好珍貴的樣子 (其實價錢還真是有點貴...)
Gauge: 28 sts & 36 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch using 3.25 mm needles
cn: cable needle RC: Right Cable LC: Left Cable CC: Center Cable RS: Right Side (public side) WS: Wrong Side
Right Cable (twist to the right) - 4 row repeat Rows 1, 3 (WS) - p1, k2, p4, k2, p1. Row 2 (RS) - k1, p2, k4, p2, k1. Row 4 (RS) - k1, p2, sl 2 sts to cn, hold in back, k2, k2 from cn, p2, k1.
Left Cable (twist to the left) - 4 row repeat Basically the same as Right Cable, except the cable needle is held in front in row 4. Rows 1, 3 (WS) - p1, k2, p4, k2, p1. Row 2 (RS) - k1, p2, k4, p2, k1. Row 4 (RS) - k1, p2, sl 2 sts to cn, hold in front, k2, k2 from cn, p2, k1.
Center Cable (Horseshoe Cable) - 10 row repeat Rows 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 (WS) - k3, p12, k3. Row 2 (RS) - p3, sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in back, k3, then k3 from cn; sl next 3 sts to cn and hold in front, k3, then k3 from cn. Rows 4, 6, 8, and 10 (RS) - p3, k12, p3.
CO 52 sts.
Set-up rows: Row 1 (WS) - P4, k3, p1, k2, p4, k2, p1, k3, p12, k3, p1, k2, p4, k2, p1, k3, p4. Row 2 (RS) - Knit the knit st, purl the purl st - k4, p3, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p3, k12, p3, k1, p2, k4, p2, k1, p3, k4. These two rows are the set-up rows. The greens are for RC and LC, the blues are CC.
Continue until desired length or in this case, total of 42 rows. Work 3 set-up rows ending with WS. BO all sts. Work two identical pieces. Block and sew up. I used crochet to add edging along the top rim - 1 row sc and 1 row rev sc. Sew beads in during assembling if desired.
Yarn: Rowan Calmer (75% cotton and 25% acrylic/microfibre), #485 kiwi, 5 balls Pattern: www.knitty.com Needles: Addi Turbo US size 8 (5 mm) / 24" (60 cm) circular US size 8 double pointed needles Size: Chest circumference 32" Start: August 9, 2006 Finish: December 2, 2006
線材: Rowan Calmer (75% 棉 and 25% 壓克力纖維), #485 奇異果綠, 5 球 圖樣: 網路免費圖樣 from www.knitty.com 針號: 5 mm / 60 cm 輪針和棒針 尺寸: 胸圍 32 吋 開始: 2006/08/09 完成: 2006/12/02
After I finished the Tiger Eye Scarf, I was in such a good mood, I dug out Tempting II from the corner of my closet and decided to give it another chance. It was not quite as painful as the first time around. I followed my sister's modification:
* k2tog all around the yoke, instead of (k2tog, k1) per pattern - although I felt the decrease was probably a bit too much, after I finished the sweater. I would try this next time (if there's a next time, haha!) - (k2tog, k2tog, k1) repeat. * Join the neckband to the yoke on every row (ssk on RS, p2tog tbl on WS) instead of every other row
This cut down the number of stitches to be joined to the neckband and also the number of rows for the neckband. I like it!
I also did the neckband as a 9-st k1-p1 ribbing. It's a bit too narrow for my taste, but the only buckle I could find was not wide enough for a 11-st width. Oh well... I have spent enough time looking for the buckle (time I'd rather spent knitting), this will just have to do. Since the stitch and row counts were much smaller this time, the neckband did not take long. I was thinking - if it still doesn't work out this time, I will just frog the whole thing and make it into something else since I have reworked this neckband "3 TIMES"!!!
Anyhoo. I wouldn't call it a satisfying knit. The sleeves are a bit too long to my liking - should have knit only 2.5" instead of 3" per pattern. The k1-p1 ribbing was just DULL. I don't really like the way the neckband join looks - not very neat. I also regret that I didn't pick a darker color, as the unevenness of the stitches are so obvious in this light green. Is it this yarn? The stitches on my other FOs did not have so many unevenness... Well. It's done. And I do like the shape of the garment. But I can probably only wear it if I can manage to somehow keep pounds off me... haha!
I finished about 7" of Illusions Cable Scarf (one of the TKA projects, designed by Black Dog), kind of thinking about aborting it... The stitch pattern is beautiful, the yarn is a pleasure to knit with, but... it is too fine! I wanted three cables when I first saw the pattern, but I didn't want a wide scarf, thus I picked a light-weight yarn. So light weight, that it is "sock" weight - Artyarns Ultramerino 4. The color is beautiful. But the knitted fabric is a bit too light for a scarf, I came to realize. It doesn't have the "warmth" that a scarf is supposed to have, although it is 100% merino... Anyways. I am debating if I should switch... Maybe it was a bad idea to use sock yarns for a scarf...