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I am knitting up a storm on projects I can’t share, so I thought I would share a few projects I have made over the years instead.
First example (Ravelry project link):
This was about the fourth sweater I ever knit. The pattern is by Adrienne Vittadini and was published in Vogue Knitting, Holiday 2003 (Ravelry link here).
The sample was knit in a lovely soft wool, alpaca, mohair blend, but I made mine in a cotton, linen blend, as I wanted a summer sweater. I think the lace pattern read better in the softer yarn, and I was a little overly ambitious. There is one glaring mistake in the lace, but overall I was and am happy with it.
I recently got rid of one of the first sweaters I ever knit. I loved that sweater and wore it all the time. I was the asymmetrical cardigan by Norah Gaughan published in the holiday 2004 issue of Vogue Knitting (Ravelry link, unfortunately there is no photo).
It is knit by casting on the stitches for one side of the front, then knitting over the shoulder for the sleeve and down the back. Then the stitches for the other sleeve are cast on and the sides are knit horizontally. The two pieces are then sewn together and the stitches for the ribbing are picked up and knit.
It really is a brilliant design, and I loved the sweater, but I was not as good a knitter as I am now. I think it was the third sweater I ever knit, and there are some issues with it (sorry about the quality of the photo):
Yes, the right sleeve is about 5 inches (13cm) longer than the left — hmm.
I didn’t know then, as I do now, that knitting stretches a lot more long the stitches than the rows. I followed the pattern, but sometimes that isn’t enough: sometimes you need to understand what is happening.
I didn’t get quite the results I dreamt of, but I still loved the sweater, and why would I want to go through life without experimenting?
As you can see Kristi has a taste for more tasteful colours than me. This one was in knit in Berroco Bonsai in Raku Brown (Ravelry link) and my original sample was knit in Phildar Phil’Bambou in red (Ravelry link), which is a lovely yarn, but it doesn’t have as much memory as the Bonsai.
I am very excited to get this sweater back in a year.
Image copyright: St Range Photography
It is strange to see my pattern modeled by someone else. I remember Stefanie Japel mentioning feeling that way on her blog, and it is true — the first time it is definately odd, especially as I didn’t knit the sample.
Pictures of my personal version coming soon. . .
Earlier this week I felt completely defeated — I was unable to bring myself to do anything but watch television while being firmly ensconced on the couch, but today — today I feel I can get back on the horse. The house is finally cleaner than it has been in months and things I like seem possible again.
I have managed to knit the whole front and back of my sweater using the lace pattern from the Gibson Girl pullover by Shirley Paden to the arm hole decreases without actually working out a pattern (please calm yourselves, I wasn’t planning on making the pattern public anyway), so I have two panels and have not given much thought to what I should do with them.
I did however, decide to deal with the original project that the yarn was intended for. In my project basket, like a biography of the Tudor monarchs, the first betrothal often does not go through, and my yarn is linked to several possible partners before the final outcome is clear. The original pattern was the Bubble Pullover by Nora Gaughan from Knitting Nature.
There was nothing wrong with the pattern or the sweater: I just fell more in love with my own idea for the yarn than I was with that one (though I look at the this version (non-Ravelry link) and wonder if I was mistaken — I may just be smitten with the idea of being slim, pretty and having a pixie hair-cut). However, the die is cast, I have never frogged a project that I have got as far with as my lacy Gibson Girl takeoff. I am somewhat impressed with the audacity of those on Ravelry who rip apart a project at the drop of a hat. I never have the nerve, but I ripped apart this project today:
As you can see I didn’t get very far with it in the first place.
Now I have some weird ramen noodle yarn to play with. I will aim to use it in a part of the sweater that won’t get too much wear as I find the yarn is never really the same after being knit and ripped apart again.
Well I confess that I have been having a vile week. I have a nasty cold, the weather is nippy, and all my current knitting projects are harder than I feel like dealing with right now.
I have made some headway on the eight petal rose sweater:
I was just starting to really get the hang of manipulating three balls in intarsia and suddenly the number exploded to seven, so now it is hard again.
However, I have reached the cool colours, which surely should count for something:
I have no great plans for bringing in the new year. My cold stymies any thoughts of general enjoyment, but I am considering my options in the resolution department. I am stuck on finding and following an exercise plan that works for me, but surely I can come up with something more original than that?
I started my eight petals rose sweater yesterday night, and here is is all tidy and giving a sense of calm serene intarsia working up as simply as anything:
I knit a little longer than I wanted to as I really wanted to get to the first design change. There is something satisfying about the moment when the design starts to show. The next exciting thing will be when the cool colours start balancing the design.
I came home yesterday to a parcel notice and rushed to the post office to pick it up, and my Icelandic yarn had arrived.
I love the ability to buy things from where ever I want on the Internet – it makes me feel so cosmopolitan.
Here is a picture of the yarn:
I am very pleased with it. It is very woolly, if you are someone who doesn’t like animal fibres and thinks wool is itchy, then this yarn is not for you, but I like woolly clothes so that is not a problem. Actually it is not at all scratchy (to me), but it is not soft either. It is almost like spun crêpe paper. The closest yarn I can think of is Noro Kuryeon sock yarn, but this is quite a bit finer.
The impetus for this international yarn acquisition is this book I mentioned before:
Icelandic Knitting Using Rose Patterns by Hélène Magnússon.
I am going to knit this sweater:
I have been wanting an oversize sweater, and this just seems too lovely to pass up. It is going to be my first major project involving intarsia. I was just never so attracted to patterns that used it before.
I think this sweater is a very good example of a project where substituting yarns would greatly change the effect, and after listening to yarn store staff a couple times — I know that whatever yarn they carry in the same gauge is not always an acceptable substitute for me.
And see I am so committed I have already worked my swatch:
It is even the the right gauge on the first try (stitches and rows) — that never happens. I will cast on for the sweater today.
I am not ignoring you. I am just not knitting much I can post about now, but I have several ideas in the percolation through to the materialization phases, which I can’t share yet.
I am also still working on this sweater:
It still looks remarkably like it did when I last took pictures as I have unraveled the waist shaping twice.
I am looking forward to it though, it is wonderfully squidgy.
What with the season changing and the weather getting cold this weekend, I have been in a bit of a rut with my knitting, but I have pulled some yarn out of my stash (ah, the joys of a well stocked stash — you must take the good with the bad you know) and have started whipping up something this week.
I have been thinking about the stitch pattern on this sweater (The Gibson Girl Pullover by Shirley Paden: Knitting Daily link, Ravelry link) since it was published in the summer 2004 Interweave Knits issue:
I showed my sister and said I wanted one, and she said “of course you want one.”
But, as much as I want it, I don’t think I want exactly that one, partly because it is cold outside, so I am running with it:
Here is the bottom of my tunic length, very close fitting, sweater in Mission Falls 1824 wool. I think it will have three-quarter length sleeves, because that’s what I like.
It’s liberating to knit whatever I like.
I kept having to up the needle size to get the lace pattern to work properly, so now the sweater is knitting up in a whiz.