Sunday, September 30, 2007

The Museum of Fine Handknits

Well if I were in a museum of fine art, I'd certainly stop to look at handknit accessories.


just me? shoot.

Those are two of the first hats I ever made--the left was gifted, the right donated. Hooray for the holidays!

I Hate Ribbing....

So there has been some definite progress on this thing since last week--but there's actually been more than this picture shows...

Despite me not wanting to do so, I had to rip out about 6" of my sweater after an unsuccessful attempt at a waistband. So, just to show my sweater who's boss, I got rid of the waistband all together! hah! Oh, and I switched to size 5 needles so there'd actually be some shaping to this darn thing! Now there will just be straight ribbing down the torso. And now, after much thought, I've grown to like it. I've almost knit back to where I started dismantling, and the sweater and I are now back on speaking terms.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Progress can be fun

Progress! I have been able to knit a few rows here, cable a few there, and as a result have gotten another inch or so onto my sweater! I actually have made it to the waistband portion of Forecast! I've switched to my size 8's to give it a more fitted look--overall I'm pleased with the way it's coming out. Hooray!

Today I had a professor of mine talk about the "crazy" niche markets that there are in the tourism industry. He included groups like the ghost chasers, civil war re-enacters, and of course, the KNITTERS. what?! When did we get lumped with the crazies? Not saying that the others are, but are we really that strange? Really? He went on to tell me that when I'm not busy knitting (in class) that I should make pilgrimage to "The World's Largest Ball of Twine" to contemplate knitting the world's largest sweater.

Intriguing. Yes?

Monday, September 24, 2007

Are those arm holes I see?

An updated progress photo--

We've got arms!

Even though I love the original pattern, I've made several adaptations to the original design. Many of the changes were after seeing the finished product on Pinku.
The pictures and descriptions from that blog inspired me to start knitting this sweater at 2:30 in the morning last week Monday. Please tell me I'm not the only one this happens to...

The biggest alteration I've made is that I'm doing a 9 stitch braided panel instead of the original bobble cable pattern. It's not that I don't like's just that...okay, I just don't like bobbles. This sweater is being knit out of Nashua Handknits in Evergreen which is a fantastic Wool/Alpaca blend. Because it's a chunky weight yarn, my gauge for this sweater was considerably larger than the pattern. This hasn't been a problem, its just required some extra trying on throughout stages. Once I finish the body portion of this sweater, I'm going to begin the ribbing on the sleeves much higher up. I'm hoping that this will give the sweater a puffy-sleeved look at the top similar to the Elizabeth Bennet cardigan in Stefanie Japel's book Fitted Knits.

A Day's Worth of Coffee

First post, how exciting.

Sooooo apparently I'm blogging...? I'm not quite sure what even means, but I'm okay with it!

I created this monstrosity to share with you (not sure who "you" is exactly) the knitting projects I'm working on and everything else that seems relevant. My apologies ahead of time. The current project consuming my free time is this

This is the beginning of the sweater "Forecast". Which I started this past Monday. It's actually a little further than that--after spending the bulk of my afternoon at a Dunn Bros, I was able to divide the sleeves and continue with the body portion. More pictures to come soon.