Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Turbulence U-Neck Sweater

Here's my Turbulence U-Neck sweater. I have used Duo Silk Merino from Design Club dk held double. I made the body a little longer, and added a bit of waist shaping, but those are the only modifications. This is my third FO from Knitting Nature. Next up is the Hex Coat, which I hope to start some time this Spring.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Another Sunflower Tam

This hat is just so much fun to make-and it goes so quickly too.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Hemp Basalt Tank

Knitting Nature was a Christmas gift from my mother. A note inside the book said "comes with yarn for one pattern." I set my mind in motion Only one pattern? How could I possibly choose? And on the college student budget, I realized that this gifted yarn might be the only "good" yarn that i would get to knit into a pattern in this book for a while. After long debate, I decided on the yarn first. Hemp yarn. AllHemp6 by Hemp for Knitting/Lanaknits. In a rather lovely sapphire (not a color I often wear or knit with, which made it even nicer.)
My original plans to knit the roundabout tank were foiled. The hemp curled all over the place and wouldn't lie flat. (Moral: don't use a round yarn in place of a ribbon/tape yarn.)
And then the more I looked at the Basalt Tank, the more I realized that the hemp yarn was speaking to me to be used. And so here it is.....my wonderful boyfriend took the pictures, so blame him for the bad lighting.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Basalt Tank

I love this book. This is the first book I've picked up recently that found several projects to get to quickly. Even had the perfect yarn for the Basalt Tank.

I am making the smallest adult size (cast on 188) and I'm doing fine up to Row 26. At the end of row 24 I had 17 stitches in each section. The pattern, page 18, first group - actually all of them - say to Repeat row 2, which is a decrease row, but to maintain 17 stitches per section.

Should the pattern say repeat row 7 or should it be a purl row. If I purl, it would create a garter stitch, which is what the pattern looks like.

I do hope you get this quickly! I'm eager to get moving. The top is really going quickly!

Jenny Tabrum

Monday, February 12, 2007

I finally finished something!

After working (or rather NOT working) on my Ogee Tunic for months I picked up the Knitting Nature book again and was struck by an uncontrollable urge to knit the Sunflower Tam. Which I did. It turned out great except I didn't check my gauge (I know I know ... rookie mistake) and it's too large for my head. But it made a nice gift this morning. I just wanted to knit it, you know?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bubble Pullover Head-Scratcher

Hi All,

It's taken a while, but I've finally started the Bubble. I am knitting it in Jaeger Matchmaker, black, and hit gauge on size 9 needles. My finished Pentagon seems very, very small --- but it more or less matches the schematic --- so I guess I'll keep going! This is a fun, structural knit, and I can't wait to see how it comes together.

Did anyone else have the same reaction of thinking their Pentagon 1 came out alot smaller then they'd imagined it would?

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Debut project: Asymmetrical Cardigan

Knitting is definitely one of my most precious hobbies, and I'm lucky ;) to have two daughters and three grandchildren - with a fourth on the way! - to pass my creations on to. After having browsed the Knitting Nature book, my oldest daughter ordered an Asymmetrical Cardigan, and here it is, modeled by one of my colleagues at work!

I have to admit that I had my doubts both in regards to the shape and the amount of yarn, but what looked pretty weird during the making turned out to be an awesome jacket. Finding buttons is one of the hardest things with knitted jackets, but I reckon this one will be worn open most of the time, so I guess the buttons aren't really that important.

I spent 11 balls of a yarn called Merino Maxina, using 5,5mm needles. The project took me nearly two months - in between several pair of socks, a kid's sweater, and the start of another jacket. I have pictures of all of those, plus a few pictures of the Asymmetrical Cardigan during the process, at my hobbyblog.