Thursday, May 22, 2008

My trusty little computer's decided to take a vacation. Blank screen, that's all he's showing me these days. No speedy connection, no digital uploading, no printing anything.
Apologies to anyone waiting for the Golden Cardigan (don't worry, I do have a printout to retype!) or for pics of the finished Smocked Cardigan.
It's going out to be fixed, and hopefully by next week I'll be able to reload all my camera software and find the PDFs again - but in the meantime, all I've got is email and some limited surfing capability. (This old computer works, but freezes after a few image laden pages)
Looks like a holiday weekend for everyone around here - human or not.
:-) enjoy the long break - from me and from work!

Monday, May 19, 2008

All done with the knitting. Now the big decision on buttons.

Am leaning towards the white pearly ones, but we'll see.

There's a lot of finishing to be done on this sweater. In addition to the usual, you have to knit and attach the button bands seperately. I liked this - even though it's more work, it left me with the freedom to see the finished sweater and lay button options down before I chose the final number of holes to knit. Definitely a bonus when mine all come in different amounts.

(All three of these options have 6, so I can leave the final call till later.)

Still to seam and smock, but I'm thinking it'll be done in a day or two.

I'm dying to finish up right now, but my coloring talents are being requested...

ah well. later.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Just a couple.

I got a new box from Ebay and realized my little button collection has outgrown its home. So here are the pairs, all paired up and organized by color. This little project proved extremely helpful when Alison and her Wee One showed up yesterday to pick some contenders for her just-about-finished Vintage Cardigan.

Zoe played host to the Wee One - that is, until they were both drawn by the siren song of the buttons into this room with us. In the end, Alison found 3 bunches that might work - you can go to her blog and vote for your favorite!

In the meantime.....

I've even got a little knitting done over the past two weeks (since you all know I haven't been blogging!) Here is the in-progress Smocked Cardigan. One sleeve is done and the second's a few inches underway.

I'm a little impatient to do the little smocks, but I've told myself I have to wait till I finish the big knitted parts - otherwise, I may never get this puppy out of the way. It's hard to work on a dark colored wool sweater in the late spring.

But once it's done, I think I'll have the remainder of my test knitter comments so I can put that Golden Cardigan out for you all!

And you can can enjoy some summer knitting in the summertime!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Isn't this a spot where you want to sit and hang out?
We took a long weekend at the beach. Notice the smocked cardigan next to the chair, and the glass of white wine behind it. I'd like to say I spent a lot of time knitting in this spot, but I didn't do a lot of actual work with the needles. In fact, I think the half finished sweater enjoyed a few more hours on the porch than I did!

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Today it's gorgeous out, so Maya's finally getting to sport her new Circley tank.
The pattern is done and I'm hoping to get it on my PDF page in the next day or so.
I wrote it up for a size 8, 10, and 12. The shape is long and slim fitting, as she hoped.
Kind of a tunic tank.

Maya here is modeling her size 8 in Provincial Rose.
Rocking the look with some cutoffs, rubber band bracelets and her messy hair.

It turned out just like she wanted - and it took less than two skeins of Cotton Fleece!

And then, rather than add to the stash, we also made up a heavily modified version for Zoe.
Where M is tall and skinny, Z is a bit rounder.

To compensate, I started hers with the same number of stitches as i did for Maya's - and i did a few less decreases. Honestly, I could have made it a bit wider still - and yep, shorter,
but hey.

She loves it anyways.
And I didn't add the extra skeins back into the stash, did I?

Check back on the sidebar later and the pattern should pop up soon.

Friday, May 02, 2008

The radio silence around here is not due to a lack of knitting - or even of knitting content, but to the fact I've been doing all the back end stuff on my current projects.

Kristen, my first finished test knitter is wearing her Golden Vintage Cardigan and the others are down to details, so I am working out some sizing kinks I hadn't fully thought out in the beginning and working on making the pattern perfect for the rest of you.

The jump from hats and wraps to full on cardigan sizing is a whole mess of detail, and it's been fascinating to see how much of my knitting is done by Spidey Sense. Instinctively I know what I want to do and I have a feel for what I like. However, putting it down on paper or figuring out actual math? -- well, let's just say it takes a few hours of silence and concentration or details get easily flubbed.

And silence around here? I have 6 hours a week without kids. Yep, 6. Before bedtime.
After that, I'm not doing math - because I'm having a drink. (Maybe that needs to change....?)

But thanks to about 5 (6,7, 8?) emails today with Karen and Colleen, all your Golden Vintage armpits will be flubless. I haven't spoken to Alison today, so she's either about to be inundated with armhole emails or has already figured this one out and made hers correctly to begin with.
Sorry to all 3 of you - and many many thanks!

Kristen finished her sweater and has posted it up on Ravelry. We created an XS for her, so the sizing was all different anyways and she bypassed the above mess. She used a different yarn, created a much more fitted shape, and made a few custom mods to the neckline and buttonband. A little less vintage, a little more funky. I think it looks great on her.
My favorite thing about Ravelry is seeing how everyone customizes their knits!


In other knitting news, I have been writing up Circley to post as a free pattern and working away on the Little Smocked Cardigan too. All I have is the second front and the sleeves to go.

Inspired by an awesome idea Kamicha is working on, I spent most of Lost and the Office last night frogging back a cotton tank for a go at a new thing as well. I love the shape of her drawing!
Carol, you just might recognize the yarn for this one....

So, call it knitters A.D.D. Tying up loose ends.

Or chalk it up the fact I have a bunch of free time today and a desire to get everything organized before I either sit down with my new IK, or begin this new amazing design from Weaverknits.
The Lauren jacket!