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 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 ;-)


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