Monday, January 16, 2006

Finished

I was was VERY afraid I had GROSSLY miscalculated sizing, but my sweater sizing improved greatly after washing. I did modify the sleeves by picking up 38 stitches on the inside cuff right at the point where reverse stockinette becomes regular stockinette. I knitted 2 rows and then purled 13 rows. This gives the sleeves a little flare without having to attach any gauzy material. My arms are quite long anyway so the extra couple inches feels much better.
I tried waiting for better lighting, picture wise, but it never came.....

Thursday, January 12, 2006

All finished!

It has taken me some time because of Christmas obligations, but I have now finished my Greek Pullover!






I knitted the sleeves at the same time, and sewing up was very speedy!



    I decided not to add the frilly extras at the moment for a few of the following reasons:

  1. Because I want to get on with my next exciting projects!

  2. Because I don't want to have to go shopping around for the right colour of chiffon

  3. Because I quite like the Pullover as it is


  4. Because I know that on me slightly frayed bits of chiffon at my cuffs will end up very frayed and filthy!>



I have worn this already and am actually wearing it as I am writing this!

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Monday, January 09, 2006

Well, the body is done! I was uncertain how loose/tight fitting I wanted it so I went 2" more than actual bust measurement. Hopefully I guessed correctly. Now I have moved onto the arms, and they are coming right along. I'm knitting both at once to be VERY sure they are exactly the same. Seems to work well. Am I really supposed to wash and block before assembling?
I am also using the Kid Classic in nightly, and am very pleased with my color choice. No pictures today though, I left the house too early for there to be enough light to do my project justice.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Just started

I am pleasantly surprised by this yarn, it's so soft! I was nervous because it had nylon in it (unnatural fibers being the devil to me) but I think it will turn out okay.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

Completed Sweaters

I count that there are five of a possible thirteen sweaters been completed in the KAL...Mine is knitted but not yet sewn up...how are the rest of you guys and gals doing?

Monday, December 05, 2005

I´m also done



So I´m also done! Here is my Greek Pullover. I knit it in the laceweight from handpaintedyarns in Uruguay. I had to do some math because my gauge was totally different, but it all worked out. The ruffles are made of tulle..

Okay, I think I'm done.




What? Where is the ruffle made out of Habu yarn I recently spoke of, you say? Well, I tried to start it last week, and the yarn frayed like crazy the minute I cut the end off it. I don't know how anyone knits with it. I'm glad I can return it and get a credit at my LYS. I had planned on making a trip to the fabric store today to get some chiffon, but then after reading other's posts, and not being totally sure about the ruffle to begin with, I decided to wear the sweater as is today while running errands to see if I liked it the way it is. I do, so I guess I'm done! I do like the sweater, but I wish I had made the smallest size. My gauge was small when I did my swatch, so I made the next size up. The neckline is so big that I had to go out and buy a strapless bra to wear with it (not before this picture was taken, though, which explains any purple you may see peeking out around the shoulder seams). Does anyone else have that same thing going on? I don't think it looks too big, but I usually wear my things a bit tighter. I love the style of the sweater, though, and I love the yarn - the feel and the color. It'll definitely make an appearance at a holiday party or two in the next couple of weeks!

Sunday, December 04, 2005

finally finished (without ruffles)



I had to do a couple of modifications and redid the neckline several times because the single crochet looked really awful in my tweedy yarn. Anyway, a little more detail can be found at my blog, I got inspired to start one along the way ;-)

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Finished!

I still can't believe what a quick knit this was for me. Sweaters usually take me an eternity to finish, but some free time after Thanksgiving plus the great pattern and my new found love for the yarn I chose (KnitPicks' Andean Silk in Hollyberry) all came together quickly. Unfortunately I've had an awful time getting good pictures of the true colors. For some reason the chiffon reads too pinky on my camera, but in reality it's a much closer match to the yarn.

Now for the downsides. The Andean Silk knit up buttery soft in my hands. Unfortunately it's a little itchy when it's actually on. I washed it and that helped, but on a scale of 1-10, one being slightly uncomfortable and ten being "Agh!!! Get it off me!" I'd put this at about a 2. I also have some issues with the ruffled hem. I like the cuffs, but I'm not much of a ruffle girl and the waistline is not where I want to go puffy-ruffly. I'm going to knit up another one in Cornflower Andean Silk, but I'll skip the ruffles and add more length. I'll probably skip the reverse sts too and use a picot hem and maybe lace at the cuffs instead of the chiffon. The unraveled chiffon is a nice effect, but I'm noticing that it keeps on unraveling. I'm afraid I'll eventually be left with just tangled fringe. But all in all I had a great time knitting this one and look forward to wearing it to a special Christmas party this year. Posted by Picasa

Monday, November 28, 2005

Done (except ruffles)!

I finished my sweater this morning and it turned out very nice. I don't have pictures yet b/c it's a dreary Sunday so I never really got dressed for the day until I went to the gym to swim, so I've either had bedhead or goggle eyes all day. Neither of those make a pretty picture. I don't have ruffles on the sweater either. I may do something different than chiffon - some of my friends suggested this funky Habu yarn at our LYS, so I'm going to check it out tomorrow. Hopefully I'll have pictures later this week, in the next couple of days.

Thursday, November 24, 2005

All done... except the ruffles.

Posted the end result of my Greek Pullover in my blog on Tuesday, but somehow seem to have forgotten to post it in the KAL blog! Anyway - this is my Greek Pullover, minus ruffles, because I haven't had time to get the chiffon yet:

And another one:
Apologies that the pictures are a bit dark...

The yarn I used was the one the pattern called for: Rowan Kid Classic. The colour is 'Nightly'. I only needed four of the five balls that were recommended.

I have already worn the pullover once and am quite pleased with it. If anything, I would probably make the body and the sleeves a bit longer, but the ruffles might sort this out anyway.

Blocking!

I know I haven't been very active on this blog, but I have been working on my Greek Pullover. See?



This progress was made thanks to a knitting retreat last weekend during which I parked my butt on the corner of a couch in a hotel room and knitted non-stop from Friday night to Sunday morning. (Well, that's not entirely true. I did go for a 12-mile run Saturday morning. And I did stop to eat once in a while.) Before the retreat, the back was the only piece done. The I-cords are also done, but they weren't before this picture was taken last night.

Instead of doing chiffon ruffles, I may use some yarn from my LYS that everyone at the retreat who is familiar with this yarn was suggesting. It's Habu, and supposedly very big and frilly and funky. They were telling me that this grey color would be PERFECT with this sweater. Sounds cool. I'll have to go there next week and check it out.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Well, all the pieces are done...

Hi, I finished all the pieces a couple of weeks ago and did a three needle bind-off for the shoulders. Then I did something that happens more often than I'd like to admit: I put it down and started a new project... I even went to my neighborhood craft store and bought chiffon because I was so excited that the finish was in sight! So I'm going to try to finish next week, I'm a grad student and I have the whole week off for thanksgiving so it should be a cinch, right? ;-)

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Hi all...

I'm new and my yarn just arrived today. There are no stores around me that carry Rowan yarns and I recently fell in love with KnitPicks Andean Silk in Hollyberry, so I decided to give that a try for the Greek Pullover. Has anybody else done the same with good results?