09 June 2007

Ugh!

I'm hating the Kiri shawl in Handmaiden Sea Silk. The variegation causes the pattern to be lost, and I do have those four skeins of Kid Silk Haze that I bought for the project that I should just use and be done with it...

Now to find a fingering weight shrug pattern that I don't hate.

Unless someone gives me a damned good reason not to frog the Sea Silk Kiri shawl, it's going to happen when I get back from my trip.

Sunshine Top by Lily Go

Date Started: 25 May 2007
Date Completed: 05 June 2007
Pattern: Sunshine Top by Lily Go, pattern written for fingering or DK weight yarn in 40".
Yarn: SWTC Bamboo in Cobalt from DiscontinuedBrandNameYarn.com, about 3.6 skeins.
Needles: US6 Addi Natura (Bamboo) 32" circulars.
Modifications: I didn't get gauge, but the top-down construction of this top made it easy to modify and keep knitting until the raglan sleeves were wide enough. The pattern calls for 3/4 length sleeves, but I opted for a t-shirt length sleeve for summer wear. I added in short rows (1.75") to fit my bust. I also reduced the seed stitch cuff on the sleeves to 6 rows (from 3" as called for in the pattern).
Thoughts on the knit (or what I'd do differently next time): I don't like where the waist panel hits on me, but I suspect that has more to do with my rolly belly than the design. I'd also CO fewer stitches so the neckline comes up a bit further on my shoulders. I'd also turn the bottom hem into a shirt-tail hem with short rows.

The pattern was easy to follow and Lily sent out an errata as soon as she had one. She also offered to help with any aspects of the pattern that may have been confusing.

06 June 2007

Have I turned into a sheep yet?

There is a summer contest going on at Skeins Her Way which I read about on Kozy Kitty's Blog. (I swear, these contest notifications are the only reasons I'm reading her anymore after being tagged. Honestly. Okay, it has nothing to do with the cute kitty photos, or the awesome Sahara she just finished. Nope. It's the contests. I swear. Because I'm still vexed about doing that tagged blog thing... And if you took any of this seriously, please see your doctor about getting on a chill pill. Thanks!)

A requirement of the contest is to list your summer knitting goals on your blog so here goes:
(I'm going to whimper a bit first... Okay, I'm ready.)

  1. Finish Kiri shawl in Sea Silk
  2. Finish Soleil in Bamboo
  3. Figure out the magic formula for short row sleeve caps
  4. Design my own summer top to use with the Rowan 4-ply that my mom gifted me with (or rework one of Eunny Jang's insane gorgeous designs that she hasn't shared the pattern for).
  5. Make needle pouches for all the DPNs that don't fit in the KnitPicks Options binder. (Hey, it's knitting related.)
  6. Start (and mostly finish) Rogue cardigan for fall wear.
  7. Sort out, for once and for all, how to adjust all those patterns that call for worsted weight to make them work for DK or sport weight.
Not sure who's going to read this off my blog, but if you do this, when you leave a comment at Skeins Her Way, tell her you found it here!

(Boo! Hiss! It looks like I didn't get around to reading the fine print that says it's already over. Ah, well. At least now I have my summer goals innumerated for all to see!)

Attention all Booze Hags!

A friend of a blog-friend, Pheelya, is having a contest for her birthday on her blog. To enter--click on the hot link and leave her a comment. You MUST say that you read about the contest on MY blog! Apparently, there's lewtz up for grabs.

Here's the deal - to enter Pheelya's contest, you have to leave her a comment telling her your favorite project, yarn, whatnot... Or, my favorite part, what you love to drink. Being a former law student, I know all about the booze. (Oh, yeah. My time as a bartender helps.) Here's the hitch, you have to tell her that you found out about it from my blog, then you have to post a blurb like this one on your blog with a link to the contest.

I know. It's really really hard to do. That's okay. You don't have to. I'll settle for less competition for the lewtz.