Thursday, May 20, 2010

K'done: Ruby Red, pulloverized

Just in time for summer, ha!

Pattern: Ruby Red, by Anna Mikuskova
Yarn: Fleece Artist Silk Merino (Knitty-Noddy special), in Ruby Red
Needles: 4 mm / US 6

I made a few modifications to this one, the most obvious one being I knit it as a pullover, rather than a cardigan. I also knit from the top down, rather than the bottom up, as I was worried about running out of yarn - which was totally justified, as in the end I had less than one gram leftover! I only used Lattice Pattern A, so the crosses at the neckline and sleeve hems matches the detail on the front and back - as written in the pattern, those should be set against a purl background. I also added in some waist shaping. And I lengthened the sleeves, making them with a slight bell, rather than the puff-into-a-cuff shape as written.

I really enjoyed making this, and I expect I will really enjoy wearing it - which might not be so far off in the distance, since this coming weekend is supposed to have some cooler temperatures to it. It pleases me to no end to see that all my little tweaks and changes worked out the way I thought they would, it makes me feel like I'm beginning to understand something about sweater construction. I could have made the neckline notch deeper, but it's not ridiculously modest either, and my light blocking technique seems to do nothing for the way the neckline is curling at the notch, but that's okay, because it doesn't look goofy or anything.

I'm pretty pleased. One more picture.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Woot - oh, wait

I just bought the pattern for Hannah Fettig's Wispy Cardi.

This sweater has been on my mind for about two months now. I have some Scarlet Fleece Silk & Ivory that I want to use to make it. Yes, I realize it's the wrong weight, so I'll end up with a more substantial sweater than the designer intends. I still think it is a good plan. I'm not so much into the gauzy for-looks-only sorts of layers. I'm a functional layerer. This is a good plan.

Now, though, I want to start. Right. Now.

Problem - I have a bazillion things on the go right now.

I'm working on a sweater for my sister. I have the second of a pair of socks that is probably about an hour and a half or so away from being totally done. I also need to make a scarf for my sister - her birthday gift was a skein of Fleece Artist Sea Wool with the understanding that it would become a scarf of her choosing. I think she is eager to receive her scarf.

Still, summer is right around the bend. Scarves are hardly appropriate.

A cardi for me? Totally appropriate.

I will have to finish her sweater first though. I need a 4 mm circular needle, and both of mine are being used for her sweater right now. I really don't think she'll understand if I slap hers onto waste yarn so that I can cast on for mine.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

K'done: Hedera Socks

Lacy eyelets and twisted stitches. Yes, please.

Pattern: Hedera, by Cookie A
Yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed, in Timber
Needles: 2.75 mm / US 2

I knit these toe-up, and in doing so I ended up with upside down ivy in the lace. A proper reversal of the lace would require more rejiggering thought than I was willing to put in. I also knit these with a short row heel, instead of the flap heel the pattern calls for.

While I am happy with the end result, I am also very happy to have these socks off the needles. I don't know what it was. Maybe the fact that the pattern has you go from a yarnover to a purl, and from a purl to a yarnover followed by knit stitches. I get wonkiness here - the eyelet hole from the yarnover immediately before the purl is larger than usual, and the eyelet hole from the yarnover immediately following the purl is smaller than usual. Probably it'll all block out once I wash these, and really, once the whole sock is done it looks fine, I think - but probably it just irked me a little. Every. Single. Time. So by the time I was done, I had a whole bunch of negative feelings gathered up in small increments.

Oh well. Not sure if I'll ever knit another pair, but I still like the ones I got in the end. Onward!