Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I started Rogue over the summer, but worked on it slowly due to it being too hot to have a heavy wool/alpaca blend sweater on my lap. I finally finished it last week and took it along on a weekend trip to Long Island, which is where the photos were taken.
Pattern is Rogue.
Yarn is Jaeger Shetland Aran in black.
Size is 48".
Needles were US 8 for knit rows, US 7 for purl rows (and US8 for the in the round sections as well).
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
This sweater was in progress when I joined this KAL, and now that it is done, I can start a new cable sweater for me. I hope to cast on for it this week.
This sweater is my own design. I used the Saxon braid featured on the cover of Nicky Epstein's Knitting on the Edge, flanked with 3x3 cables to get the needed width. The yarn is Green Mountain Spinnery's Mountain Mohair, which is wonderful to knit with.
My husband is modeling it on my blog: primetimeknitter.typepad.com.
I just joined this KAL and I'm very happy to be here. I love knitting cables!
My first project for this KAL is the Karoke Cable Scarf from Knit Pixie. I'm using Gedifra Fashion Trend Stripe in color 4612 on size US 7 (4.50 mm) Bryspun needles.
This pattern is very easy to memorize and fun to knit. I like the way the cables turn into each other. The scarf is quite narrow (3" unblocked) but I'm only using it as an accent rather than a functional scarf. I think I might make a few more of these for Christmas gifts for some of the teenagers on my gift list.
Thanks for letting me participate in this KAL. I love looking at everyone's great cable projects.
Sue It's a Knit Thing
Monday, October 29, 2007
It’s the Here and There Cables Scarf from Scarf Style that I started waaaay back in April and got bored of for awhile. Lots more details and pictures on my blog.
Thanks for the inspiration!
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Here is my progress on the "Cable Ready Bag" I'm making my Mom for Christmas this year. I bought the handles yesterday and chose rattan since they pick up the dark brown of the yarn that I'm using. I am so glad I joined this KAL. It's really interesting to see what everyone is making!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I have been at a loss regarding what to do with a horded stash of beautiful Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran yarn in Wild Plum (410).
I picked up a whole bag (ten huge balls) of this stuff on major discount last winter (because it was a discontinued yarn), for (are you sitting down?) $1 a ball; that's a veritable wealth of wool, at 175 yds per 100g ball, 1750 yards of luscious purpley tweed with flecks of green, pink and rust, for the measly sum of $10.
According to Yarndex, its jewel shades provide the perfect background for the small heathered, contrasting nubs in the tweedy effect. Its weight and texture also highlight cables and textured designs extremely well... As a singles contruction, it will break fairly easily if you pull at it, and it's a little rough to knit with, but it does make a nice sturdy garment. It also softens up nicely when washed.
Nothing seemed quite right for it, then a couple of days ago I was delving in the archives at Knitty and came across Ester from Spring 2007. Oddly, this design intrigued me when it came out, but as it was spring, my fancy turned more to other lighter fare in anticipation of summer and I totally forgot about it. Well, lo and behold, the yarn called for in Ester is Rowan's Scottish Tweed Aran, which is mighty similar to my Yorkshire Tweed Aran, and so off I went swatching.
I am getting a good gauge match with the pattern's called for 4.5 mm needles. This is a very very fast knit and I was just zooming along here until the day before yesterday. I am just about to cast on at both sides for the upper part of the body - which will of course take longer as it is a lot wider. I am sort of stuck though, trying to decide which size to make it. For the width I cast on originally, there are three possible sizes and I'm not certain which one will work best for my personal body shape.
Given the interesting construction of this garment, I get this intuitive hunch that it's not just about size, but also about shape - and I want this to be both comfortable and flattering (is there anything as disheartening as whipping up a lovely sweater for yourself only to find that while it does indeed fit, it is not really fitting?). I think a visit to Ravelry is in order to visit with others have made this up. Hopefully there will be some rather Rubenesque figures for me to see how this thing shapes up.
Monday, October 22, 2007
I'm glad I found this KAL, I'm crazy for cables. I just finished my first adult sweater, the Central Park Hoodie. I had lots of advice from the Ravelry group and the CPHKAL. I did the body in one piece, grafted the hood, short row shaping on the shoulders. I also learned cabling without a cable needle, woo hoo!
I'm currently working on a bunch of Cherry Garcia neckwarmers, and yesterday discovered I had turned one of the cables the wrong way at the beginning, so I got to use Yarn Harlot's tutorial in fixing a wrong cable.
I have some Fetchings for my daughter OTN as well. I'm catmum on Ravelry, there are pictures of other cabled projects from the past.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
As you can see, this picture was taken during the festival. I used Cascade 220, about 5 1/2 skeins. I made a mistake and crossed the cable every 8 rows instead of 10, but it still looked good, so I made it consistent theoughout the whole garment. For my buttonholes, I used the One-row horizontal buttonhole technique.
As you can see from the Kid-in-the-candy-store smile on my face, I am extremely happy with this knit. So happy, that I decided to make a second one using Aruacania Naturewool. Here is my CPH2. I decided to make it all in one piece. Currently, it is about 8 inches long.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Here is my first cable project this fall. The popular Central Park Hoodie. And it deserves it's fame what a comfy, cozy sweater. I love it.
I knit this in Briggs and Little Heritage, the color is their Anniversary Twist. The yarn is rough, definitely not for next to the skin, but so far there has been no signs at all of pilling, this is one hard wearing sweater. I don't prefer the rougher yarn, but it's great for a jacket.
There are a few more pictures and details on my blog.
I have another cabled project on my needles, Anastasia. Hopefully, this one will be done before to much more time passes.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
in the interest of actually finishing items this Fall, before starting more,
I show you what is on the needles at the moment, that involves cables.
clockwise from top left: Colchique, Drops Cardi 88-4, Karabella cardi in Newport Cotton, Dickinson pullover from IK Fall 07 in Debbie Bliss Alpaca silk, Kilkenny (a Lorraine Condotta design), And Calla, in Plymouth Royal Bamboo
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Friday, October 5, 2007
I'm looking forward to having this done in time for the weather to turn!
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Christie and Jen, thank you for starting the 2007 Fall Cable KAL!
I'm Nicki, and currently live in Austin, TX. My Ravelry ID is loopette.
I cast on one of my projects this morning: The Irish Hiking Scarf in Liisu Supersoft Merino, 'cranberry', for the Red Scarf Project. It's going pretty quickly, which is a satisfying feeling after fiddling with lace projects most of the summer.
What is everyone else casting on for this adventure?
My first project for this KAL has been a WIP since January, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I've designed this myself, and so there has been a lot of trial and error. And I still need to fiddle to get the sleeve length right. This sweater is for my husband, and I've used schematic for a similarly shaped sweater from an old VK issue (the men's issue with Kaffe Fassett on the cover) to help me with the measurements. That has worked out well, except that it asks for a 20-inch sleeve. The sleeve in this picture is 17 inches, and so I may need to make it longer. But it shouldn't take more than a few weeks for it to be done, and I can start a cable sweater from scratch for me.