Monday, December 31, 2007

Vintage Cable Sweater

It's finally done! Come see all details at The Crafty Weasel!

Happy New Year to You All, Fellow Cablers!

Thursday, December 20, 2007


Wow... I am so impressed with everyone's projects! Thanks for all the inspiration.

I took a little detour from my cabled cardigan and knit up a Shedir for a friend's mom.

I'd strongly recommend this knit... pretty easy, but just enough attention needed to keep it interesting. The final project looks fantastic (according to me and the recipient!).

More pics and the details on my blog.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Clessidra is done!

I have been computer-less for a few weeks, and just LOVE all the new posts I came back to. Everyone's been working hard! I have finally finished my first cabled project for the fall, Clessidra from Knitty. Although I have never taken so long to make a pair of socks before, these have been very fun to knit and I am so happy with the results!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Vintage Cabled Sweater Update

This has been a slow knit, in part because we moved and in part because the pattern is actually a tad labour-intensive. Nonetheless, the vintage cabled sweater is a fun knit and I think it's looking gorgeous. I can't wait to finish!!

The Crafty Weasel

Monday, December 17, 2007

The front to Fern is done. There is a close up on my blog.

Little Blue Pullover

This is a child's pullover which I knit for my 7-yr old niece. Instructions are from "Arans & Celtics - The Best of Knitters" although I used charts from the matching cardigan. I have also finished the matching Teddy Bear sweaters and will post photos in a day or two.

More photos and details about the pullover are on my blog.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

Annie's Butt Skirt

I still haven't even bought the yarn for Cables Milano yet.

Instead, I am knitting the cover skirt in Annie Modesitt's book, Romantic Hand Knits. In her book, she called it An Affair to Remember Tulip Skirt. In her blog, Annie called it the "Butt Skirt". It does have 4 small 4x4 cables and diagonal traveling cables.

I tried it on before I hit the lace section, about micromini length on me. The diagonal detail is really very flattering. I was worried about the negative ease, but Annie knows what she is doing.

You can follow the thread on my blog about the creation of this skirt. I modified the pattern slightly, substituting Cotton Ease for the Amaizing yarn, using a decorative elastic instead of a knit casing, and adding a lining for modesty and comfort.

Nantucket Progress

This is my current cable project:  The Nantucket Jacket from Interweave Knits Winter 2006.  I have finished the back and right front.  I will cast on the left front and hopefully finish that this week.  Here's a couple of pictures of my progress.  I am knitting it from Swish Worsted in Bordeaux on 9 needles.

Right FrontBack
I knit it a little short and then stretched it for blocking.  I blocked the back as soon as I finished to check to be sure that this worked. 

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Happy new year

This is my new cabled project for my husband:Purple v neck sweater.

This is my new fingerless mittens.Name of pattern:Shedir Fingerless Mittens.its my design

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tate is done!

It's taken 3 months of snail-pace knitting, but I'm finally done with my Fall Cable 2007 KAL project - Tate, a cabled pullover from Jaeger JB34.

This was originally written for either Jaeger Trinity or Jaeger Aqua, and to make my own cold-weather version I used RYC Cashsoft DK, which is a wool-cashmere blend. I'm happy to say it's worked out well - Cashsoft made the pullover a lot springier than it would have been in Trinity or Aqua, but there's enough ease figured into the pattern such that it's not too clingy. Given the preponderance of 3x3 ribbing here, a good wet-blocking is essential.

Here are a couple of modelled shots of Tate in action. One of the reasons why I like this pattern is that the central cable motif works well with open coats and jackets.

This is a very easy pattern and I highly recommend it. The main mod I made was to knit the central cable on only the front of the pullover instead of on the back as well (as written in the pattern). More details on the overall experience and my mods on my blog.

Happy knitting and happy festive season!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Does it count?

I have had a very busy semester this fall. I was going to knit a cable pullover, but I really couldn't find the time to do it. So instead of a big project, I knitted a pair of baby booties(my first pair of baby booties). The pattern does have cable in it. So, it, kind of, counts as my fall cable project, right? hehehe :D

The yarn was Bernat Organic Cotton in color Mineral Spring. Very nice cotton yarn, smooth to knit with.

Cable Ready Bag....Completed!

Here is my completed project for the Fall Cable KAL 2007. I need to add a lining to it, but for the most part it's done.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Fern to the armholes

I'm a bit past the armholes on Fern. Poor thing, I keep putting her down to work on self imposed Christmas projects. I continue to believe I will finish her by the end of the year.

You can see what has been distracting me on my regular blog.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

First Cabled Hat

Unoriginal Hat for Maggie Finally a cabled project. The Unoriginal Hat knit in an unknown 100% purewool colorway. It was worsted, I just doubled it and knit away! This is being given away, but glad I tried it on, I need to add about 1" of ribbing to make it longer.


Classic Cable Scarf

I finished the 2nd of the 4 cabled scarves I am making for Christmas gifts. I used Cascade 128 in a deep pink. The pattern is from Knit Ponchos, Wraps & Scarves by Jane Davis. It's the Classic Cable Scarf but I did two cables instead of the three in the pattern.

Now I have to decide on patterns and yarn for the last two scarves.

Sue It's A Knit Thing

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Cable Mittens!

My submission to the KAL is complete! For my birthday, my sis got me 101 Designer One-Skein Wonders. It is a great book- lots of easy, small projects to use up yarn! I chose the Elegant-and-Easy Cable Mittens for the Entire Family pattern. My cable is a little off; when I wear the mittens, it twists towards the thumb. I didn't follow the pattern at all- I just used the cable from the book and started knitting from the top down. For my first pair of top-down mittens, they turned out pretty good, I think.

These mittens took two balls of SWS, actually- I wanted to knit each from its own ball (less tangles, and I don't own a ball winder), and I was afraid of running out. However, now I have two half balls of SWS leftover- perhaps I'll make a cable hat to go with my new mittens?

Sivia's Journey Cable Socks

My December socks are the Journey Cable socks designed by Sivia Harding. I used Indigo Moon's hand dyed merino. This was a surprisingly quick and fun knit.
They're destined to be a Christmas gift for a friend.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

tango, knitting and cat(s)

We had all three, and more in Ashland. The tango festival there is definitely unique; I like these small ones much better than the massive mob scene varieties, such as Portland a couple years ago: 600+ people is just too many.
The last milonga here in Ashland was at the Black Sheep Pub. Very colorful and casual, with a nice size dance floor. A cozy fire, a little Guiness, a few dozen tango dancers, a DJ playing classic tango, AND one of the women was knitting socks between dance sets!
The drive home was overcast, with atmospheric views of Mt. Shasta.

When we arrived home, the cats all pretended not to know who we were, the usual treatment by cats who imagine they have been abandoned (even though they had an excellent catsitter who spoiled them rotten). However, within the hour they were begging for dinner and a warm lap, so I guess we are forgiven.
I did get some travel knitting done: finally finished the Gentleman's Socks in Austermann Step yarn for Sean.

They turned out pretty nicely: very stretchy fit, the yarn was nice to knit with and feels good on the foot. Now I need to make the same pair for my #1 son. Lots of other small gifty projects to finish, and need to cast on for Sean's Petrol Vest.
I'm also almost done with some other small gifty projects, but have more queued.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Mitts Finished

I finished my orange mitts. Theses are for a friend of my eldest daughter for Christmas. They are knit in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock. They were fun to knit, but when I was finished I found myself twisting all my stitches on other projects. I am working on my sweater again. I had put it aside for awhile to finish some socks, but it is getting colder finally and I would like to finish it soon.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

cabled skiband completed

I really wanted something to cover my ears without having to wear a hat. I chose a stitch pattern (lattice cable) from the Vogue Knitting book, added a few garter stitches to each edge and knitted away. I did a provisional cast on so I could graft open stitches at the end. The yarn has some angora in it and is very soft. I love how it turned out.

Chevalier Mittens

The minute I saw the pattern, I knew I had to make the Chevalier Mittens....mmmm - they are so pretty AND warm with the nice long cuffs.

For all the details and more pictures, see this blog post.

Second cabled scarf for Christmas

I am almost done with this cabled scarf. It's the second of the four cabled scarves I'm making as Christmas gifts. It's the Classic Cable Scarf from Knit Ponchos, Wraps & Scarves by Jane Davis although I only repeated the cable pattern twice, not three times. I'm using Cascade 128 in a deep pink (9478).

Sue It's a Knit Thing

Monday, November 26, 2007

Cables and Lace socks

I have finished another cable project. These are my Dancing Tulip Socks knit these in Spritely Goods Sylph in the Manzanita in Bloom II colorway.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Wee cables

While I was waiting for my bigger cable project to finish blocking so I can finally start seaming, I cranked out a baby Shedir for my honorary niece-to-be. I cannot say enough good things about this pattern. Love love love.

Details at my place.

Monday, November 19, 2007


I got something done for this knitalong.
These are my variation on the Firestarter socks. I did them in Blue Moon lightweight STR in a rare gem colourway.
This is a great pattern. It's done toe-up with a really interesting heel. The fit is good too. Definitely a terrific pattern if you want to make socks that are more fun to knit than just the basic pattern!

Small Cable Project

I am working on another mitt. Another for my daughter to gift. She would like to keep this one herself if it were a different color. Her friend goes to the "other" high school in town and their colors are orange and brown. This will work nicely for her. I am knitting it in Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock in orange.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Gathered Pullover

Gathered Pullover

Here is my minimal cable project, the Gathered Pullover from the current (winter '07) Interweave Knits. I used Knit Picks Merino Style yarn in "Moss" and US size 8 needles (5 mm). The cable detail in the middle is the most fun I've had knitting cables and provides some shaping in what's otherwise a long tube. All in all, a great knit. More photos & details at my blog.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Elizabeth... where are your cables?

Hey everyone... I've just joined the KAL and am happy to be here. Making me even happier, I've just reached the cable portion of the Elizabeth Bennet cardigan from Fitted Knits.

What you can't see the cabling yet?

Look, very baby cables at the very bottom of the bodice.

The stockinette stitch bodice almost killed me so I'm very excited to move onto something a bit more exciting now. The remainder of the peplum is all cabled and there is quite a bit of cabling on the sleeves as well.

I've been very inspired by all of your photos and hope next time I post I'll have something more eye candy like for you to see.

A few more in progress photos can be found on my blog for those of you who want more of the boring details (e.g., knit in Cascade Cloud 9, a wool & angora blend).

Cable Baby Blanket

I just finished a baby blanket for a co-worker. I made some alterations. The pattern has a few errors in it. And I didn't feel like knitting a 5 foot long baby blanket, so it is about 42" long. I still need to block it. It is knit in Plymouth Encore on size 5.5mm needles.

Saturday, November 10, 2007


Hey all! I've finished a couple of quick cable projects:
These are the fetchings from knitty:
If you'd like to see more pictures or get more info, you can find it here. Thanks! Tiennie

Gathered Pullover nearly done

I can't believe how quickly this sweater knitted up. This is the body of my Gathered Pullover, from the Winter issue of Interweave Knits. My sleeves are done, so all I have to do now is pick up stitches at the neckline for a stockinette border, sew in the sleeves and block.

Gathered Pullover-body

Friday, November 9, 2007

Palindrome Scarf Completed!

And it was just in time for a very special birthday girl. My MIL loves her new accessory, and I loved creating this scarf for her.

I made it a keyhole scarf so it would be easier on my MIL's hands. I used size 8 needles, and Simply Soft Dark Sage yarn...the yarn was picked by my MIL...honest, I wasn't being cheap!

Finally, a cable

I am working on a cabled sock for a co-worker. The yarn is Louet Gems sportweight and it is very nice to knit with. The pattern is from Knitting on the Road - the Whitby pattern.

I am also working up some swatches for a sweater I want to knit in Donegal Tweed. I haven't seen just the right sweater, so I am thinking about designing my own. I want it to come to mid thigh, have a hood or high collar in case of windy weather, and it will be a cardigan. I haven't yet decided about tie or buttons. Here are two of the cables I am thinking about, in the two colors I am thinking about. This is the Reef Knot. I thought about one of these on each side in the front, with small rope cables framing them. (I couldn't get a really good photo, sorry)

This cable is the double X cable. Both cables are from Barbara Walker's treasuries. I thought I might use three of these on the back of the swetaer, again with small rope cables framing the larger cables.

What do you think? Is that too much? should I choose one and use it front and back? Should I omit the rope cables? Opinions, anyone? Please?

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Mod Cables Hat

So I’m seriously loving this KAL. I think I’ve finished more projects since joining than I have in months! The latest is this hat:

Mod Cables Hat
Mod Cable Hat

I posted the pattern to my blog - Life in Cleveland.

One Christmas gift done!

Pattern: Karaoke Cable Scarf by Midnight Knitter

Size: 71 1/2" x 3 1/2" unblocked

Yarn: Noro Kureyon Color #102

Needles: Brittany US 9 (5.5mm)

This scarf took one week of knitting. The colors in the second picture are truer to the actual scarf.