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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Trepidation

I'm procrastinating on blocking the body.
Deb, you used Rowan cash-soft right? Did you have any issues with the body growing during blocking?
the body on this fits me great right now. If it grows during blocking it is going to look like a sack of potatoes. And quite frankly, I'm prepared to rip the whole thing out and re-knit rather than have that happen.
Pair that fear with the fact that I'm not overly enamored of the drape of the sweater, I think it should be softer, and I'm just hung up on this one, going nowhere.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Officially one sleeve short of a sweater...

I finished my first sleeve last night. eeeeeeeee!!! That's the noise I made because I was so excited. I even pinned it to the body to try it on. It looks great! I'm pretty sure this is my favorite sweater I've made - probably because these finer knits look so much better than a big bulky sweater on my frame. I'm always worried about the fit, but this has, so far, turned out perfect! I made some mods to the sleeves because I didnt' want them as big at the bottom. Following what some of you did, I cast on about 10 less stitches. Due to my different gauge, this meant that after completing the cuff, I didn't do any decreases at all, just knit until it was the right lenght to do the increases. I was worried it wouldn't turn out well, but it's perfect! Yay! I even cast on and managed to get the hem complete last night - and swatched for my next project, which needless to say, is on bigger needles. I love the smaller needles and finer yarns, but I need something a bit faster for this next project.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Newbie with heaps of catching up to do!

Hi everyone! I know I'm waaaay behind the times with this one, but I live in Australia, and seriously, my copy of IK only just arrived last week. So it's time to get started! It's good to see that many of you are still going, but there are also quite a number of success stories to draw inspiration from. Congrats to those who finally made it!

I noticed that many of you have had problems substituting yarn, and trying to find something suitable seems to be even harder over here. I traipsed across town yesterday and purchased some gorgeous Eki Riva alpaca 4 ply, which according to the ball band should get perfect guage. Somehow in my swatching efforts last night I was only getting 25st, but I think that might have something to do with the dodgy needles I was using, plus the fact that it is currently 43 degrees celcius (don't even ask me to try to convert that, but it's damn hot).

The yarn is sooo lovely, but I'm thinking it might be a bit too delicate for a jumper - I'd hate to be too scared to wear it for fear of causing damage! I've read through the posts for an idea of what other people have been using, most of which aren't available over here. Realistically, the only other 4 ply (other than horrible sock yarn) that I would be able to get is the Rowan 4 ply Soft, and there is only one place in Melbourne that stocks it (yet another trip across the other side of the city), and I wouldn't be able to check it out for another week. It would also cost quite a bit more money, as the yardage is somewhat less than the Eki Riva.

I guess I'm asking for advice really on people's experiences of alpaca, and how well it holds up. I'm sure it would look really stunning, but how practical is it for a jumper? I'm dying to make a final decision so I can get started. All comments gratefully appreciated!

Monday, January 09, 2006

meekly raising her hand, still knitting

Well, I have the body done, but set it aside to work on the Colchique Irlandais that I was loving working on, and then set both aside for Christmas gift knitting. 8 scarves later and the promise of a hat, plus my ISE scarf that is 25% done....I expect to be able to get back to this by the end of the month. I'll probably finish just in time for Spring, which arrives here in St Louis sometime in February.
I'm knitting it out of the Debbie Bliss baby cashmerino and I'm thinking that the resulting fabric is a little heavier and stiffer than I had hoped. I did find buttons though.

progress pics when I get around to taking them. Right now I must finish my ISE scarf - no small task as its a lace pattern with a 24 row repeat. Then my sons hat I promised him.

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Anyone still knitting?

Well, I've got most of my body done. Finished up the back the other night, but haven't picked it up since to work on the front. The holidays and other knitting have intervened, so I really don't have much to show for the past few weeks. Also finally picked out some buttons, so hopefully they will arrive soon.


How's everyone else's progress?