Sunday, September 30, 2007
Hi, I'm Jen from CT. This is the first KAL I've ever joined. I'm using the Lion Brand "Cable Ready Bag" pattern substituting two strands of Caron Simply Soft Shadows (color: Pearl Frost). This is going to be a Christmas gift for my mom.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Nantucket Cable Sweater
Hi, I'm Judith from NJ. I've had this Plymouth pattern for years. Finally started the sweater for myself using RYC Cashsoft DK, which I love.
I've also found a pattern for the Lion Brand Cable Luxe Tunic that I want to knit using some cashmere I've been saving.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
I really hope I can pull of this Christmas surprise!
I cast on 9.15.07
This is the back, and I've already gotten up to the first repeat on the front. This just may be finished and wrapped in time for Christmas. This is for son#1.
Future DIL is getting the Selbu mittens I just finished, and son #2 is getting the hat I just finished...better come up with something else too for son#2.
Monday, September 24, 2007
...and I have already started it with a bang ;)
The Aran Accent Vest from the Patons CABLES booklet, knit in Tess Designer Yarns Merino Worsted. I worked on this for quite a while yesterday, and I am about 3/4 through the first cable repeat. This is more cabling than I have ever done, and I am thoroughly enjoying the process. I see many more Arans in my future.
I will be updating this vest's progress on my blog, LollyKnitting Around until I finish.
I'm also knitting a red cabled cardigan of my own design. It will have cables from just under the bust down, and gradually widen over the hips. This is what the cables are looking like on it.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
My first finished project for the Fall Cable 2007 is Bristow.
The buttons were sewn on this morning but I was almost finished when I accepted and joined this KAL as well as received my invitation to Ravelry More photos and details on my blog and Ravelry
My next project will either be my second Must Have Cardigan or a new Aran Cardigan. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone's projects!
Shirley - www.Artseycrafts.blogspot.com
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
This is my second Fall Cable KAL and after much thinking, I have decided on three projects. I am about to finish one that I started less than a month ago, so that will be my first cable-y project. It is the Relax Cushion, from Jo Sharp's Home book.
The other projects for the KAL are from two vintage magazines. The first one is a Cable/Lace Cardigan from a Fleisher magazine, dating to the early 60's. I am using a Portuguese yarn, Rosarios 4 Cantabrico, in denim blue.
The second project that I will try to finish is a cabled sweater, from a Bernat Handicrafter, dating to 1958. I am hoping to use Jaeger Shetland from my stash but I only have 5 skeins and the yarn is discontinued (anyone have an extra ball for sale/swap, in the grey tweed? please?!) so I may have to rip it but I am willing to risk it as I think this yarn and pattern are a perfect match!
Come see the progress at The Crafty Weasel!
So far, I've found two cabley things that need my attention. One is the Wanderlust hoody that I started during last year's KAL and the other is the Journey sock. I'm still using Debbie Bliss merino chunky for the sweater and plan to use some Indigo Moon merino for the socks.
I'm sure I'll find more great things to do as the weather gets colder and I look forward to seeing what everyone else has on the needles!
I did finally buy some batteries, but now I can't find the actual camera *sigh*. I'm cleaning out my library so with any luck it'll show up sometime soon and I can show off my progress in pictures and not just words.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
I will update the exisiting posts with the apprpriate labels, if you have questions, please feel free to email me at the fallcable address and I can walk you through it.
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm going to be knitting the Cycling Aran from Hello Yarn in Cascade's Eco Plus Wool. I chose the navy color because a while back when I showed him this pattern he really liked a version he saw in navy. He doesn't even know I'm knitting him a sweater, so it's going to be hard to keep it a secret. The plan is to work on it when he's not around or only when I'm out of the house.
Hope it works!
Saturday, September 15, 2007
This was originally published in Knitter's Magazine, Fall 1999, which is out of print, but it is also in Knitter's "Arans and Celtics". If you're looking for a cable sweater design, this book has many nice patterns. I made the woven cable sweater for my son from it, and if I can get him to model the sweater, I'll post it.
I'm just about finished with another Lavold sweater, Liv, from Designer Book 1, and so I think I've mastered some of the idiosyncrasies of the pattern and learned how to adjust it, since I don't get the suggested gauge. And it makes sense to do another for which I already have stash yarn and buttons. I'll be knitting Thora in Filatura di Crosa's Zara, charcoal gray.
Thora doesn't have as much cabling as I'm used to, but it will be my first attempt at a saddle shoulder.
Friday, September 14, 2007
Here is an old photo of what it looks like. I have finished the collar, but I haven't done the ribs on the pockets or the sleeves.
The yarn is Mountain Mohair from Green Mountain Spinnery, which I've used before for cabled sweaters. In fact, I have some in their raspberry color that I hope to start for me in a month or so. I thought I'd use a pattern from VK, but I've been reconsidering another design of my own.
This one should occupy me for the next couple of weeks.
If you want to see more details about this sweater, check my blog: primetimeknitter.typepad.com.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
It's the Cabled Coat from the 25th Anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting. I found the pattern on Ravelry, immediately fell in love and bought the magazine that same day.
I would prefer my coat to be a little shorter, ending at the collar's edge. This means less yarn and more work trying to rearrange all of Norah Gaughan's hard work designing this thing. I'm pretty confident I can make it happen.
As far as yarn is concerned, my original plan was to use some gray All Seasons Cotton, but nixed that since I already have a gray cabled sweater [from our first Cable KAL]. I then decided on some Chocolate Ecological Wool, but found the color in person a little too drab for such a fabulous coat.
I finally decided on some natural colored Debbie Bliss Merino Aran from my very own stash. I think is a great choice for this sweater. I swatched up a bit yesterday and the gauge was spot on. Now I just have to wait for the Knitpicks Options needles I ordered to arrive and I'll get down to business.
I'm too excited to start this!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Hey everybody! Allow me to introduce to you my very first "serious" cable knitting project. I say "serious" because I've knit a hat with cabled ribs, but as far as I'm concerned, that doesn't really count!
I've had a rough start. After the first chart repeat the cable pattern looked like this;
Wha? Something was definitely amiss. I put it aside for a while and knit a swatch from the chart. Still wonky. I knit more swatches with different interpretations of the chart. I compared the chart to other charts. Having never knit cables before, the chart was not exactly second nature to me. I did however decide I was at least a good enough knitter to recognize that there was something wrong with the pattern.
The 2007/2008 collection of patterns on the Drops sight are first editions and they do warn against errors. The site had a contact to report errors so report I did. Naturally, I figured out the mistake 5 minutes before they got back to me! (It was a cross in front/cross in back mix-up if you're curious). I will say, the Drops people were very quick to get back to me and corrected the pattern on their website right away. I'm a freakin' hero!
If anything good came of the rigmarole, it was all that swatching (I had knit a gauge swatch with the yarn, but that was just in plain stockinette). It forced me to "understand" the cable, rather that just blindly following the chart. Plus, I got frustrated with the cable needle and looked up how to cable without one. I'll be a cable master in no time!
Friday, September 7, 2007
I am signing up for the second year in a row. This year, I was inspired by Cables Milano in the Fall 2007 issue of Knit N Style.
I showed the picture to DH and he immediately replied that he would wear it if I made it.
"Even in LA? It looks kind of warm."
"I would wear it. You don't see sweaters like that everywhere."
I went through the stash because I am in stash reduction mode right now. He rejected every single suitable yarn in the stash. OK then, I have an excuse to go shopping.
You can see my Fall 2006 cable project here.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Also, as noticed by the the previous post, we don't have a button for this year. If anyone is so inclined to offer up a blog button, Christie and I would appreciate it greatly! We can also use the button to pretty up our Ravelry group header as well.
Cable on, everybody!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
... so I guess I started the KAL early.
The back is done! Almost exactly one skein of Lion's Fisherman for the large size. And tonight I made it past my first bobbles. Bobbles are stupid fun to knit, yes, but even more fun to wear. I'm jazzed about knitting again, thanks Christie! Now if only I could learn to do makeup as well as the model.
And although there is an "official" start date, if you have a project on the needles that you would like to post about, please don't wait!