25 February 2007

Simple Knitted Bodice (part II)

The one thing I've learned about creating handcrafts through the years is that if you don't love it, rework it otherwise you'll never use it.

So I ripped out most of the body of the SKB today. It needed another inch (maybe 2, maybe 1.5) so the lace panel didn't pull up towards the bust, but there wasn't quite the need for short-row bust shaping.

I also found that my gauge does differ between my KnitPicks Options (which I'm in LOVE with, let me tell you!) and when I switch to my Brittany Birch DPNs (which I love, too, but they have a more limited use). So, it's time to do a KP order for some DPNs in sizes I use a lot and see if that helps any with the gauge issue. Not a big deal with SKB or Somewhat Cowl, but I suspect that Tubey (especially because I'm working it on Lion Brand Microfiber - an acrylic) might have issue with the grippy-ness of the birch DPNs.

Meanwhile, I'm still trying to figure out a good way to let my sweater do it's thing when I'm working on the sleeve so I don't have to untwist it every row. I'm wondering if I could jerry-rig a lazy susan to fit on my lap while I do that. *shrug*

24 February 2007

Simple Knitted Bodice

I cast off the first sleeve this evening. I had to order some more SRK Irise from my former LYS, Sew EZ Too, in Spokane, WA.

Let me say that the folks in the "Yarn Room" at Sew EZ Too are fantastic. I called with the name of the yarn and the colorway. Rather than just letting me order it from that, she asked me to describe the color and the yarn, just so I would be getting the proper yarn.

Will update with a photo tomorrow. So far, I'm liking it. I think, if I made another iteration, there are a few more modifications I'd make. I need to figure out where/when/formula for short row shaping through the bust and how much I should do and how it all works. But all in all, it should be suitable for a coffee meeting, or a lecture, or any number of things. And it's in warm neutrals, so it should match the eventual gold jewelry for my (soon to come) nose piercing.

While I'm waiting for the yarn I ordered, I'll be working on Tubey and finishing those "this is taking me forever" bamboo socks. The next pair of socks are either going to be another pair of Grumperina's Jaywalkers or Cookie's Monkey Socks out of Knitty. That, or I'll start in on a pair of Endpaper Mitts because I'll need the colorwork practice for the Deep V Argyle Vest.

The knitting never stops.

23 February 2007

Halfdome (Knitty)

Originally uploaded by AK Neve.
Knit out of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran for a friend who may or may not be speaking to me at the moment.

This was knit for his birthday that is coming up in less than a week.

Knit on Knitpicks Options needles.

(I knit this a while ago and kinda forgot a lot of details. Sorry!)

I'm alive...

And knitting as frantically as I can. I've updated what's on the sticks, but I need to pull the URLs to link to. I'm working Tubey in an (ew?) acrylic - Lion Brand Microfiber - because Hancock Fabrics is closing down the store in the town I live in ... I picked up a lot of notions and sewing stuff for a song, and the yarn was 30% off, so I had to. I think it's an acceptable slip in the No Yarn for a Year thing... It was on sale and I had an immediate project for it.

I'm hoping to get some FOs up and posted soon. The Somewhat Cowl was frustrating me, and I haven't quite gotten to the point where I want to tackle it again.