March 7, 2007

Retro Prep the Third



Pattern: Retro Prep from Fall '02 Interweave Knits
Yarn: Elann Peruvian Highland Wool
Needles: US 4, 5 and 6 Addi Turbos
Notes: I used the stripe pattern from the Angora Striped Raglan in Ann Budd's Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns. I did the same garter stitch edging for the buttonbands and neckline from Meg Swansen's Cardigan Details video.

Sadly, I'm not loving it. The colors are meh. I did a half-assed job picking up the edging, particularly around the collar. The fit, however, is awesome.

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March 6, 2007

Tunnel Vision is Boring to Watch

Sorry to be so dull as I am consumed with processing my fleece in all my spare time. It's all prepped now and ready to comb. I will get to that tonight once I get the kids in bed.

Last night at Purlygirls I pulled out the not-centered ribbed neckline edging and button band on Retro Prep the Third and started a simple garter band with mitered corners at the neckline just like my FI Yoke Cardi (I know you've seen it before but damn I love that sweater). I completed the buttonholes after screwing up the calculations. Note: When figuring out how many stitches go between the buttonholes you must subtract the number of stitches used to create the buttonholes. Oops. No matter. I had already pretty much decided to put in the buttonholes but not sew on any buttons right now. I haven't found ones I like and I never button my cardigans anyway. Why take the time and money to add buttons I won't use? If I change my mind the holes will still be there.

Has anyone seen one of these Murval bags in person? Is it as totally cute as this picture?


Click for more info.


And cheap!

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February 27, 2007

Fleece With Photos


A good sign.


Her name is Rose. It was meant to be. I love the crimp and color variations.


I finished up another quick Dulaan hat last night.

I also steeked Retro Prep and picked up for the edging. I'm not sure I like the way it looks in ribbing. I might rip it out and do garter stitch. No picutres of that. Sorry.

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February 26, 2007

Weekend Wrap Up

Just a quick post to say that I'll get a photo of the fleece I bought yesterday up as soon as I can. It's a multi-colored Corriedale with many of shades of gray. It's small--only 2.5 lbs. It was lots of fun to fondle all the fiber and especially fun to watch the little lambs. Unfortunately it was pouring. Note: Next year wear boots. I still have lots of dried sheep slurry on my shoes from slogging around near the barn.

I finished my secret project. Finally! It's soaking right now. I'll block it and photograph it. Once it's been received I'll post pictures.

Tonight I'm cutting the steek on Retro Prep the Third at Purlygirls. Before I machine stitched it on Saturday I double-checked to make sure I stitched in the right spot. That's when I discovered that I had placed the neck two stitches off center. There was a bit of ripping and reknitting.

Oscar recap: No big surprises this year. No outfits I completely hated except Sally Kirkland who has obviously gone completely off her nut. There were only a few outfits I absolutely loved. Kate Winslet looked gorgeous. I loved her hair, make-up, jewelry and her gown. The color and cut were so flattering and fresh looking. Reese Witherspoon looked fabulous. I loved the dash of color at the hem of her dress and the way it flowed. Rachel Weisz also looked so elegant in her champagne-colored Vera Wang. For the men, George Clooney was the reincarnation of Cary Grant. So dashing. And what happened to Philip Seymour Hoffman?? He looked like he'd been licked by a goat just moments before coming on stage.

I've got to run. More soon!

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February 21, 2007

Yoked

I knit yesterday until my arms nearly fell off and completed the yoke on Retro Prep the Third.



When I picked out the colors, three years ago, I was trying to work a bit outside my comfort zone. Sadly, these colors together are still out of my zone so I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this. I'll mostly likely set this aside until I can cut the steeks at Purlygirls on Monday night.

I did rip out the unfinished portion of my gift knitting that I ran out of yarn on. I restarted and I think I should be fine this go around.

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February 20, 2007

Back in Sick Bay

My younger guy has what the big one had last week. He's crashed out on the couch all day and I'm home from work.

Retro Prep the Third is two-thirds up the yoke. The yoke always seems to take me longer than I think it will. So I say with a little hesitation that I might finish knitting the yoke today. But I was thinking of holding off from cutting the steek until Purlygirls next Monday. It's so much fun to cut your knitting in front of people who have never seen it before. I love that terrified look in their eyes.

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February 9, 2007

Repeating

I am not a pattern repeater. I can't think of a single pattern I have knit multiple times. Except Retro Prep. I love this stripey little sweater. It's light-weight making it ideal for all but two or three months of the year here in Seattle. It's simple. It fits well. I knew when I first knit it that it was in the style of Elizabeth Zimmermann. I only realized when I knit it a second time (only the bottom half this time) that it was an Elizabeth Zimmermann percentage sweater down to every last digit. The pattern doesn't reference Zimmermann at all which I think is really inappropriate. Now I'm knitting it again in yarn I bought three years ago with a sweater like this in mind. At that time I didn't know about seamless bottom-up construction or steeks.



After all the trauma of getting this sweater started it has been smooth sailing. The body is complete to the armpits. One sleeve knit up in just a few days. The second sleeve was started last night. I'm teaching a class on EZ's percentage system at the shop. I need to have the body and sleeves ready to demonstrate how to join it all up. I was worried about being ready in time but now I see I'll have the sleeves done in a day or two and I'll have to then put it all aside and wait. I could knit a closet full of these sweaters. I'm sure I will eventually. There's still yarn in the stash earmarked for it.

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