Monday, September 8, 2008
I am looking to knit up the sweet indulgence robe and am deciding on a substitute yarn. Any recommendations? I'd love to see any pictures of this robe that you may have knitted.
What about this: Laines du nord mulberry silk (double or triple stranded)?
Sunday, August 10, 2008
I am about to embark on Tuscany! I am super excited. I sub'd the yarn for a Karabella cashmere. (I know, this is blasphemous, but I fell in love with the yarn...and the pattern looks like it will be perfect for it!)
Anyway, I will be making 2 of them (Christmas gifts) and I was wondering how many hours it took some of you out there to make Tuscany? (Obviously, everyone is different, but if I could get a rough estimate it will help me plan better. I always bite off more than I can chew when it comes to gifts for the holiday season!)
Can't wait to post progress pics once I get started!
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I also have a big lot of sheepy yarn (Araucania Nature Wool) up for grabs, but for more details about that you should really visit my blog since that is an animal fiber and in here, that's not cricket.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Here is a close-up:
Hi All! I just wanted to post this finished Tuscany that I have been working on for what seems like forever (I'm always amazed how long a project takes when I have other projects on the needle, I may never learn). I've been working on this since last year, since it's pretty much the same thing over and over I worked on other projects at the same time. This Tuscany is a thank you present for my mom, she is taking me on 2 week Mediterranean cruise. I thought that the pattern was so pretty and I made it with 2 skeins of Handmaiden Seasilk in color Capri because of the sea cell/cruise link and the color Capri and where we are going on vacation.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
I finally started my CPH! After skulking around the KAL forever, I've finally gotten around to casting on. It's Cascade 200 Heathers #9406 celery (I think). So far, so good! I couldn't hit gauge, so I've divided my gauge into the stitch count and seem to be doing well (knitted on sz 7 needles)
Friday, May 9, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
I also added a few rows of garter stitch at the long edge.
I enjoyed knitting this shawl and will probably make another, more delicate version.
I am currently working on Cables and O's using Cotton Glace. Here's my progress so far:
It seems to be a good balance between easily memorized and therefore an easy knit and not being too monotonous and boring. I am looking forward to wearing it. Someday.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
It's for a vegan coworker of mine - hence the yarn choice.
Can't say I loved the bamboo as much as the Silken, but it was still fun to work with. A great pattern as well.
For more info/stats, feel free to check out my blog.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I'm on my second project from the book the Tuscany Shawl (the first was the Cables an O's Sweater, which I still really love). I have never really knitted lace before and I wanted to try and I knew from what people were posting on Ravelry it seemed like a good first lace project. I have to say that after this first two or three repeats I got the hang of it. I really do appreciate the fact that every other row is a purl row. This is good because when I have had to rip back there was a solid row to rip back to, unlike some patterns that have you rip back to complicated yarn overs and such.
So here is a picture I took a couple of days ago, with about 5 1/2 repeats (I'm up to 7 1/2 repeats as of right now).
It pretty much looks the same just a bit longer, it's amazing how much knitting you can do in 5 hours before the Uber-Bowl. I'm using Handmaiden Sea Silk (not the Silken that was called for in the pattern) it's not as heavy as the original yarn but it's very nice. I'm using Addi Turbo's Lace needles in size 5 (32 inches long). It's going to be a gift for my mom, here is an up-close picture.
It's been so nice to see what everyone is working on, and to have the opportunity to add to the site.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Here is my finished Tomato. Overall I'm very happy with it, except that I am planning to redo the neckline, making it in corrugated ribbing. I knit the 35 1/2" taking into account the cotton and negative ease. I moved the herringbone pattern below my bust taking the cue from Sandi Wiseheart from Knitting Daily. I also use the CC on the very bottom of Tomato, for the ribbing on the arms, and then use the MC after the CC on the arms. A modeled version of my final Tomato to come soon....
Friday, January 4, 2008
Monday, December 17, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Amy doesn't usually shamelessly advertise knitty.com here, so I will do it for her - terrific article - especially for the color-challenged such as moi...
Happy Holidays, everyone:)
Joan a/k/a fuguestateknits
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
I used Rosarios 4 Bio Bamboo (100% bamboo) and I must say, I am extremely pleased with the result. It is so soft, and a bit drapey, though I think it turned out lovely! I used 4 mm needles to get anything near the gauge recommended for the pattern.
Bio Bamboo is wonderful stuff, but I think they were out to lunch when they printed the label. The yarn label's gauge is 27 sts and 32 rows = 4 inches with 5 mm needles, but I couldn't even get that gauge with2.75 mm needles (I got 25 sts and 30 rows). And I always knit to gauge. So I wouldn't trust the label, and recommend ALWAYS knitting a gauge swatch with this one.
I knitted it in a lovely soft pink Rowan Classic Cashcotton 4 ply yarn, which was a bit finer than the recommended yarns, but worked OK.
It's still drying, though inside now. It was unseasonably warm today (23C, 75F), great for laying it out on the porch.
Sunday, November 4, 2007
It actually looks better up close and personal. It fits and I'm glad. The O's part kind of give a little "air conditioning" - perfect for a lightweight sweater. I used cotton and linen and besides the striping, also made a change by crocheting a band around the neck and the button/buttonhole bands.
Now, on to the next:)
Thanks for hanging in there with me, fellow blogsters!
in Ellicott City, Merlin
Monday, October 22, 2007
I've been lurking here for awhile. I signed up for the KAL shortly after I got the book because I knew I would knit several patterns from it. I had plans to post about my progress on my Tomato sweater (which I am calling Bob because of Bob the Tomato on Veggietales). But I knit it and was almost finished other than the ribbing on the neck and sleeves and realized I didn't have a square neck I had a V neck because I hadn't added in the stitches for the bottom of the neck before joining in the round. So obviously it didn't fit either. :) So I had to rip way back and am not just past the color work again. So frustrating. But this is my first piece of color work so my second time around I learned to do it with a color in each hand and I love it. Here are my pics. Go check out my blog for more info or to comment if you would like. I can't post pictures right now so you will have to go to my blog for pics too. :) Happy knitting everyone!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
I'm not giving up! I'm going to a conference this weekend - maybe I'll take it with me and make a dent in the sleeves. I have short arms, but fortunately not this short!
So near and yet so far!!!
I used Cotton Ease in the discontinued colors Mint and Blueberry.
This was my first sweater, and my first attempt at 2-color knitting! Although this wasn't a hard pattern, I started this back in July! I'm glad I finally finished it :) I think I should have added a bit more ribbing to the sleeves, and bound-off the sleeves and body directly from the ribbing rather than adding the extra row of plain knitting.
I love what everyone is making! I really like Tuscany and the River Rock Scarf, so one of those may be my next project from the book :)
Monday, October 8, 2007
Saturday, October 6, 2007
1) After completing the sleeve increases, the pattern says to repeat rows 19–24 or 7–12 (depending on size) of charts R3 and L3 until the sleeve is the right length. You should repeat rows 17–24 or 5–12 to keep the pattern correct.
2) Row 23 of chart L3 is missing a cable crossing. The position and type of the cable crossing should be obvious to anyone who has gotten that far on the sleeve.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
After a last big concentrated knitting effort (nothing but knitting for the last 4 days) I'm finally finished my Cables and Os sweater and one week before my deadline for the special event (Wicked in L.A) I wanted to wear it to. I loved this pattern, it was the first time I had knitted the entire body in one piece and the first time that I knitted both sleeves at the same time. I chose the exact same yarn and the same color that the pattern called for because I really liked the way it looked. Generally speaking I'm not a huge fan of cotton but this yarn (60% cotton 40% linen) was great to work with and I would highly recommend knitting this pattern with this yarn. If you want to read more about it please come on by the blog or if you are on Ravelry I'm CraftyCupcake. It has been great to see everyones projects, they have all been very beautiful, happy knitting and KAL-ing to all!
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
I am not a fast knitter. This has been going on for weeks, maybe months if I add in all the geeking/research, but it's beautiful. Thanks to Deb White's clever design, there was no post-knitting assembly to do, so I finished it in time to accompany my daughter to the UK for her year of study abroad.
To college-student-proof it, I used Cascade Pima Tencel, double stranding throughout, except for the bottom edge and the cuffs, where I triple stranded.
For the record, despite the washing instruction on the label, the robe is machine washable and dryable and doesn't shrink. Which translates to: work the robe to the post-blocking gauge and measurements.
More detail than you would ever want to know is scattered through my blog.