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  • knitting1105 6:47 pm on February 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Fair Isle on a sleeve 

    The directions for this sweater clearly state the sleeve increases—where to place them (separated by 2 stitches), how many, and how frequent.  What they leave out however, is how to best do this.  My preferred method is to have the 2 stitches between the increases always be in the main color.  This accomplishes several things.

    • Because you are knitting a tube, one end of the row lines up with the beginning of the next row, and the pattern appears askew under the arm unless you have a separation between the start and end of a row.
    • If you try to carry the pattern around the entire row, when you do the increases, the pattern can get a bit funky, and not flow well.  If the increases are separated by stitches (2 in this case), then the pattern flows well, and each increase just takes the next stitch in the pattern repeat.
    • This also gives the illusion of a seam down the back of the sleeve,and has a very neat appearance.

    Here is a detail of the sleeve fair isle portion:

    • Bets 8:47 am on February 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this great tip! I will try to do this when I get to my Trondheim sleeves.


  • knitting1105 1:03 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Cutting my Steeks 

    I have finished all of the body, one sleeve, and the second sleeve is almost complete on my Vancouver sweater.  I had a quiet morning, and thought that this was the best time to sew and cut the steeks.  I still get nervous doing this.  A lot of faith is put into sewing those lines.  I am not sure that I could ever rip them out, they get so imbedded in the knitted fabric.  Which is good, in that they will serve their purpose of keeping the yarn in place for years to come.

    So, now the sweater finally looks like something that I could sew together.  I will work on weaving in the ends in the sleeves and body first, then set the sleeves in.  I really do not like setting in sleeves.  I was never overly fond of it with sewing either.  You have to watch carefully to make sure that the ease is the same around the whole sleeve.  I might do the collar before setting in the sleeves, as it is fairly big, and would require a lot less moving around of fabric.

    The front steek cut for the V-neck:

    My yarn marking for the sleeve sides, I could not sew straight without this…

    Cutting the Sleeve opening:

    Finished with all the sewing and cutting:

    And showing how the sleeve will look next to the body:

    Looks like I WILL finish this in Olympic time.  Now, I hope it fits…

    • Bets 7:10 pm on February 24, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Absolutely beautiful! Thanks for the great pics too 🙂


    • Ada G. 4:36 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Can you tell me where you got your 60″ circular needles? Are you in Vancouver?


      • knitting1105 4:59 pm on February 25, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I got the 60″ circulars via mail from KnitPicks.com. The only place that I could find them. I usually like wooden needles, but these worked fine. Not in Vancouver—Chicago (the city they SHOULD have picked for the Summer 2016 games).


    • Kentucky Farm Girl 7:57 pm on February 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      OMG, I would pass out if I had to cut that beautiful sweater. Can’t wait to see it finished!


      • knitting1105 8:19 pm on February 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        It does take a leap of faith. I would recommend having the glass of wine AFTER sewing and cutting!


  • knitting1105 1:52 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    One Week’s Progress 

    I have been mostly home, and mostly sick for the past 7 days.  I used the time when I could not do much else to work on the massive amount of stockinette stitch on the Vancouver sweater that I am making for Ravelympics.  After one week, I have finished the main body with the colorwork at the top (saved that for later in the week with a clear head), one sleeve ready to start color-work today, and the other sleeve well under way.  It looks like I might just finish this in the 2 weeks time required.

    The pattern, while it appears to be accurate, is not very clearly written.  I found myself rereading it several times whenever I started a new part.  They also left all of the math for us to do, so you have to figure out exactly how many stitches should be left on the front and back of the sweater.  At the V-neck, I kept the first stitch on both side in the main body color (green), so that it will be easier to pick up for the collar after sewing and cutting the steek.  I also marked the sleeve cut with a cotton thread running down the body, that way I will not have to rely on counting when I am ready to sew.  I think that I am going to sew and cut early this week so that I am not rushed with it.  Right now, the body looks really wonky, as it is pulled in at the front where the V-neck will be.   Looks like it is made for a giraffe at the moment..

    • MrsPeterson 9:47 pm on February 21, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh man, I love these colors. Thin Minty!


    • mariajhmom 1:55 am on February 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m making this sweater for my husband for my Olympic project. I did the sleeves first, because that’s my least favorite part. Yours is looking gorgeous, and I agree with you about the pattern.


  • knitting1105 11:12 pm on February 17, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Knitting, Olympics and a Cold 

    I have made great progress on my Dale of Norway Vancouver sweater for Ravelympics.  Unfortunately, it is because I have been home, mostly in bed, with a cold since Sunday.  I have felt pretty crappy at times, so it was good that the beginning of this sweater was lots and lots of stockinette, with ribbing at the sides.  I have cast off the center stitches for the V-neck, and am almost ready to start the fair isle yoke.  The pattern was a bit confusing at the part where the V-neck started.  In an attempt to accommodate the people who did not want to steek the neck (and why not, it is easier, and you have to steek for the armholes anyways), they gave very convoluted directions.

    Here is my progress to date:  17″ of the body done, and only Wednesday night.  Might I finish this yet?  I hope it is not at the price of being home sick in bed.

    • Kentucky Farm Girl 1:38 pm on February 20, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! Just discovered your blog, and this is awesome! I’m a frustrated beginning-almost-intermediate knitter and I’m drooling over your beautiful projects. Can’t wait to peruse your site more.


  • knitting1105 1:42 pm on February 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    My 2010 Ravelympics Sweater 

    I have started my sweater for the 2010 Ravelympics.  For the non-knitters reading this, Ravelry is a knitters social networking site.  I call it “Facebook for Knitters”, but it is more than that.  You can post projects, look at others, get ideas, help, learn new techniques, find patterns and see how others knit them up, etc.  They are hosting the second Ravelympics.  In 2008, I made my Polar Bear sweater in 2 weeks!  So, this time I decided to attempt another Dale of Norway Fair Isle sweater.  The one I chose was the Vancouver, designed for this Olympics.  Dale has a long tradition of designing sweaters for each Olympic.  I really liked the V-neck on this pull-over, and the stranding at the top only.

    I did not get to start until Saturday.  I figure that I need to use up at least one skein of yarn a day.  I am not sure if I can complete this.  The last one was done while on vacation, and I have real life going on here now.  I chose a beautiful soft green color for the body, with stranded accents in brown and natural.  Here’s my progress to date:

    • Diane 10:57 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I love the color and the style–it will be another beautiful project.


  • knitting1105 9:41 am on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Oh Henry! 

    Was it worth it, I am not sure yet.  Ask me much later.  This scarf took way too long for my tastes.  The pattern Henry, was simple and straight-forward.  The problem was small needles, dark light weight yarn (Malabrigo sock yarn), and 500+ stitches per row.  The end result is a very dense fabric that has the look of a woven scarf instead of a knitted one.  I think that the pattern definitely appeals to men who shy away from wearing many overtly hand-knit things in public, especially with a nappy winter trench coat.  The scarf is undeniably soft, and the drape of the fabric is wonderful.

    Mistakes are very hard to correct in this pattern.  At one point I found that I had a mistake, and had to unknit several rows.  That proved, by experiment, to be a better solution than taking the scarf completely off the needles.  Whenever I finished a band of the herringbone pattern, I would show it hopefully to my husband and say:  “Is this wide enough for a scarf for you?”.  He would always hold up his hand, and I watched in horror as he spread his fingers wider and said:  “just about this much more”.  I finally put my foot down when the yarn was running out, and I would have had to search my stash for the 1/2 skein that matched this.  I think that the size is good.  If I ever considered making this again, it would not be with a sock yarn, and with bigger needles.  I had issues with my thumb and left hand hurting whenever I worked on this for too long.

    Moral of the story: When you read on Ravelry about people taking one year to knit a scarf, take heed.  I was very smug, thought I am such a fast knitter that I started this 2 weeks before Christmas thinking that I could finish it up for his stocking.

    I still need to block this, but it is cold, and my husband gave his scarf to a dear friend who was stranded here last weekend on his way to DC.  He is wearing it as I write.

    • Debbie S 4:56 pm on February 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, dear! I just put in a sock yarn order to make this very scarf. You’re scaring me, here!

      You did a great job and it looks terrific. I hope mine turns out as nice.

      Debbie (aka KYFarmgirl on Rav)


  • knitting1105 3:50 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    Epic Shawl 

    I finally finished my shawl “Dusk” from the book The Fine Line by Grace Anna Farrow.   I washed and blocked it a couple of days ago, and finally got someone to photograph it.  I will have to do a better photo when I am dressed up with it.  This is truly an epic shawl as my friend Manning called it.  And, it counts as #2 of UFO’s completed for this year!

    Here it is pre-blocking.  My dining room table is 54″ square, and it covers it:

    And blocking:

    And more, there is a LOT to this shawl:

    • Barbara 4:35 pm on February 7, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s really beautiful (as well as huge!) You must be so pleased with it, and to have finished it finally. I love the colours – I like the darker colours towards the edge, dusk becoming darker.


    • Diane 10:59 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Your perservance was worth it! This is gorgeous and I am anxious to see it in person.


  • knitting1105 3:50 pm on February 2, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    10 in 2010 

    Last year I made a New Years Resolution not to purchase new yarn.  I did pretty good with that one, but fell off the wagon a couple of times.  This year, I made no resolutions.  However, the other day I was looking at my Ravelry page, and the unfinished projects are shown first, so they stare right at me every time that I open up my page.  For many of them, I am not sure why they were abandoned—sometimes it was frustration at the pattern, yarn or fit, and other times it was boredom, or an exciting new project that I couldn’t wait to start.  I am definitely a process knitter, the finishing is not my favorite part.  Having finally finished the Ladybug sweater, I thought, why not complete some of these great old projects.  Therefore, the ides 10 in 2010—the goal being to finish up 10 projects that have already been started during this year.  So, ladybug counts as number 1.

    Here are snippets of the other projects that I have to finish:

    • Liesl 8:50 am on February 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Lots of very pretty knitting! I vote for the Poetry in Stitches sweater to rise to the top of the queue! 😉


    • Shiomi 11:45 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Do you have the Viking sweater pattern? I found it on Ravelry, but the link is broken, and it is so very perfect that I need to make it!


  • knitting1105 11:44 am on February 1, 2010 Permalink | Reply  

    In the nick of time 

    I went to my sister-in-law’s baby shower in Michigan over the weekend.  Therefore last week was a rush of activity to finish 2 sweaters.  The first was the Baby Kimono that was in the previous post.  It was quick, but on size 1 needles, not as fast as I had thought.  The second was to take the Ladybug sweater that I knit last winter, and finally weave in all of the ends and sew it together.  It was 2 solid days of finishing.  There were a lot of ends.   I spent all the time in the car that I was not driving, working on the collar and sewing hems.  Then, I stayed up with our friends until 11 pm to finish setting the sleeves in.

    My brother was particularly fond of this one, as he LOVES the color orange.  I think that this is one of Dale of Norway’s best baby patterns.  Then again, there are so many others that I am anxious to knit up.

    • Diane 10:56 pm on February 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      This is adorable and will be treasured for years just as the kimono sweater will be to. You do such beautiful work!


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