Thursday, October 25, 2007

Splish Splash

Well, my Tilted Duster has taken a trip to the frog pond. I had gotten as far as seaming up the sides and shoulders, had picked up 174 stitches along the cast on edge and knit up about 6 rows of the skirt, when I finally decided to take stock of the nagging feeling I'd had. This thing was just going to be a bit too small - a bit too snug for my liking. Even though I had gone up a size in needles to compensate for some extra ease, I still did not like the amount of ease, well, actually - lack of ease that was going on. So - I've started over, using size 10 needles (where my guage was right on anyway) and I'll just make the larger size so I'll have enough ease. Afterall, this is meant to go over a top, so I do need a little extra room.

It's a quick knit, so starting over shouldn't set me back too much.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Tilted Duster

I started the Tilted Duster yesterday & just love it. The color I chose is absolutely gorgeous - Sapphire Heather in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes. This is going to be a fast knit. I've already completed the back & right front and am more than half way though the left front. I only hope I got the sizing right. I did my guage swatch and was right on, but went up a size in needles to get a slightly looser fit than the 36" size I'm knitting. If I just go up to the next size in the pattern, that would be too big at 40 1/2", so we'll see how it goes.

Pattern: Tilted Duster by Norah Gaughan
Source: Interweave Knits, Fall 2007
Date: Cast On 10.21.07
Yarn: Knit Picks Wool of the Andes, Sapphire Heather (100% Peruvian Highland Wool)
Needles: Size 10 1/2 US (6.5mm), Clover Bamboo circular needles, 29"
Cast On: Long tail

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Embossed Leaves

I finished the Embossed Leaves socks from Favorite Socks. I've wanted to make this sock since I first saw it in the Winter 2005 issue of Interweave Knits, and the wait was well worth it. This was a fun, easy, quick pattern. I was not too happy with the yarn itself, but the color is perfect.

Pattern: Embossed Leaves by Mona Schmidt
Source: Favorite Socks, 25 Timeless Designs from Interweave Knits (and also Interweave Knits, Winter 2005)
Date: Cast On 10.01.07 // Cast Off 10.20.07
Yarn: South West Trading Company TOFUtsies (50% superwash wool, 25% soysilk, 22.5% cotton, 2.5% chitin)
Yarn Note: Chitin is fiber from shrimp & crab shells & is naturally antibacterial
Needles: Size 1 US (2.5mm), Addi Turbo circular needles, 47"
Method: Magic Loop, 2S1C, cuff down

FootNote #1: Cast On: Long-tail cast on
FootNote #2: Leg: 2 1/2 pattern repeats
FootNote #3: Heel: Eye of Partridge; 32 rows
FootNote #4: Gusset P/U: 18 sts each side
FootNote #5: Foot: did not add extra stitch for foot (kept it at 64 sts)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

I'm In - I'm In - I'm In!!

I'm in!!!!!! I finally received my invitation to Ravelry - HOORAY!.

I signed up back on August 29, and got my invitation yesterday, so it took about 6 1/2 weeks. I was #29,807 on the list. Wow.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

A Lacey Summer's End

My Summer of Love Lace socks are complete.

Pattern: Summer of Love Lace Socks by JC Briar
Source: Rockin' Sock Club - August 2007
Date: Cast On 09.19.07 // Cast Off 09.30.07
Yarn: Socks That Rock Yarn, lightweight, Flower Power
Needles: Size 1 US (2.5mm), Addi Turbo circular needles, 47"
Method: Magic Loop, 2S1C, cuff down (after cuff is knit side to side and then joined)

FootNote #1: Cuff: K2, P2 ribbing ; 17 rnds
FootNote #2: Leg: Stockinette; 13 rnds
FootNote #3: Heel: Eye of Partridge; 32 rows
FootNote #4: Heel Turn: 12 rows
FootNote #5: Gusset P/U: 16 sts each side
FootNote #6: Shape Gusset: 20 rnds
FootNote #7: Remainder of Foot: Stockinette; 32 rnds (foot total including gusset-52 rnds)
FootNote #8: Toe decreases: 21 rnds
FootNote #9: 3 needle B/O (16 sts)