April 29, 2004

The button band for Must Have is going slowly. I'm only on row two and thinking I might take all the stitches off the needle to ascertain whether or not I hit that magical number of stitches picked up.

Wouldn't that be great?! And sort of a tiny knitting miracle, too, eh?

Perhaps I will use my Bernina to make the buttonholes.

So, what kind of button do you think I should look for for Must Have? I'm hoping to find some nice ones at MDSW, but could use some help on what to look for.

Should it be a black button?

Should it be a bone button?

Should it be a metal button?

Should it be a wood button?

Or something else?

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Posted by Leigh at 03:56 PM | Comments (11)

April 27, 2004
Must Have Must Have Done

Look who has arms!

Almost done...almost done...almost done...tonight--the button band!

Though, I have to say, I'm a little worried about that button band. It's so long! And can you tell that I blocked the heck out of the sweater body? It was knit to 13.5 inches long/45 inches wide (gauge problems) and was blocked to 17 inches/42 inches wide. I'm very happy with that. I like a yarn I can bully around a bit. That Magpie wasn't very cooperative.

Oh, but my point was, since I blocked the sweater so much, will that nice ratio of picking up 3 stitches to every 4 work? Should I pickup using a smaller needle or stay with the same used to knit the body since I did this crazy blocking? Uh oh, now I'm starting to worry. Help?

Is the pucker at the bottom from setting the sleeve in wonky?

Posted by Leigh at 04:37 PM | Comments (18)

April 25, 2004

Rogue is done. Well, really, she was done about 2 weeks ago, but I've been lazy in getting the pictures taken. All that knitting and ripping and reworking just about wore me out.


I'm pretty happy with it. There are a few things I would (dare I say "will?") change on this were I to make a Rogue II:

--I would make it longer (though this is probably a sad result of not achieving row gauge with the Magpie).

--I would make the sleeves flare out slightly.

--I would use a fuzzier yarn. Magpie is lovely, but it shows all those increases too much for my liking. (It's not my knitting, it's the yarn...and I'm saying this sarcastically in case one might think I'm totally full of myself!) A little fuzziness covers my tracks nicely.

--I might make it a cardigan and I might lose the hood because the hood is so heavy it drags the sweater up around my neck, and this also causes the sweater to pull up in the front, making me look like I'm 5 months pregnant and in complete denial trying to get away with wearing my normal clothes.

--And I would do the sleeve cap decreases on the edge instead of 3 stitches in.

Magpie is just lovely tough all around. I tried blocking a few more inches into the length but its elasticity foiled me. It sprang right back into shape after drying.

Posted by Leigh at 04:11 PM | Comments (28)

April 23, 2004
My Grand Master Plan

Yes. Do you know it is my intention to finish up all my current projects before MDSW? WIP them into shape, if you will.

BUT, it does not help if I keep adding new projects to the melee.

Yet another article of clothing for Becky!

I have one week to finish:

A lot of things.

Don't ask me why I wish to start May with a clean slate. It just sounds good to me. If you walk up to the room that was once Becky's nursery (and is now where I keep junk 'n' stuff) you will see assorted pieces of about 7 sweaters lying about just waiting for seaming.

So, that means one thing.

There will be an explosion of posts come May. May-be.

We'll see.

For now,
here's a piece of Anouk just off the needles. (Cascade Pima Tencel is my new favorite yarn. It's more addictive that Rowan's All Season's Cotton. I love it. I love it. I love it!

Posted by Leigh at 09:02 PM | Comments (8)

April 15, 2004
Spinning OD

You know it's time to put down the spindle, when, one night, after you dragged your very put-upon self up the steps to see yet again why the kids were up yapping when they should be sleeping, and you stopped by the stash closet and half-heartedly opened the door to console yourself and you suddenly decided to do some Spring Cleaning, when you spy some old Noro yarn bits you ripped from the colorways (in a fury of disgust might I add) and you think, "Maybe these wouldn't be quite so bad if plied to themselves."

I think I'll be tired of spinning by MDSW. Perhaps that will keep me from buying too much.

Posted by Leigh at 04:02 PM | Comments (6)

April 08, 2004

Add another one to the lineup of Becky projects I want to make:


That baby is so cute! She gets me everytime.

Rogue is almost done! The second sleeve only needs a few more rows done on the cap shaping and then it's time to seam. Maybe tonight?

Posted by Leigh at 02:24 PM | Comments (11)

April 07, 2004
Rambling Rainbow Crockpot Dyeing Story

There is a wonderful lesson on crockpot dyeing over at The Dye Pot. Michelle makes the most amazing hand-dyed and handspun yarns.

So, last night, inspired, the desire to dye something came upon me (sort of like the desire for Peanut Chews does). Anyway, and as luck would have it, I'd bought some Bluefaced Leicester off ebay and some fiber-reactive dyes from Prochem so I was ready to go.

I must tell you first, that I'd already gave rainbow crockpot dyeing a try a few weeks ago when my dyes first came. I was not very successful. I mixed up my dyes, put them in bottles that sort of look like the ones you squeeze vinegar on your boardwalk french fries with...and squirted away.

Of course, I couldn't resist looking in the pot and in the process stirred things up too much.

And when yellow, red, blue and black mix together you get brown! Fun!

So, anyway, last night, I felt I should try again. To make a long story short, it came to the point where I knew I shouldn't but did anywa--I peeked in the pot! I swear I didn't touch anything but I noticed the same thing happening--brown! So, I panicked and dumped the whole thing out and rinsed the roving till the water ran clear. What I was left with was sort of pretty Monet-Waterlilies colors on the roving that had been on top in the crockpot and darker grey/black shading on the roving that had been on the bottom of the crockpot.

I split the dark from the light part and decided to dye over the dark parts with red and blue and maybe salvage it, making a dark and light reddish purply something or other.

So, this is how they turned out:

Waterlilies waiting to be spun...

This picture is more colorful than it really is...
Click to see the yarn it makes

I'm pretty happy with what they turned out to be.

Posted by Leigh at 02:36 PM | Comments (13)

April 05, 2004

I discovered something while knitting this. I like circular sleeves way more than the flat variety.

I have to confess that I knitted this sleeve probably the eqivalent of 2 times! And yet, I only have one complete sleeve. The first time I began and knitted through the entire cable pattern then stopped to adore it. It was awfully skinny. Why hadn't I noticed this before?

So, I paged through all the pages of the pattern and found that I'd FORGOTTEN TO INCREASE around the cable pattern. Sheesh. Rip

I began again and then started getting picky about the increases and decreases. I think I've become so incredibly persnickety about the increases and stuff because the lovely, smooth, worsted-spun Magpie shows everything--good and bad. Guess I like having a little fuzziness in a yarn.

Here's a pix of the sleeve cap shaping, which was done flat.

Any advice on how to attach a circular sleeve to a body (done in the round too)would be greatly appreciated!

Posted by Leigh at 07:23 PM | Comments (6)

April 03, 2004

Cross it off the list--Hortensia is done!

Thanks again for all the helpful ideas on what to do with the too-tight neckline.

And now for Rogue.

I have been working on it every night. Knitting the sleeves has been so much fun that I've knitted the first sleeve up to the end of Chart ? (you know--the sleeve chart) 2 times.

The first time I forgot the all-important increases by the cabled section.

And now, second time around (literally), I'm kind of mired at the top of the cable section, where the centered double decreases are forming a line up the, well, center of the top of the triangle. Is that right?

Posted by Leigh at 11:23 AM | Comments (15)

April 01, 2004

Bad knitting karma over here at Woolflowers.com. Click away before you catch it.

I had finished off Becky's blue Hortensia pullover. I thought, "Yay, another finished project! Cross one off my lineup of Becky knitting projects!"

I was high on Closure all evening.

The next morning, Becky wakes up, sees her new sweater lovingly laid out on her rocker and wants (yes, wants) to put it on. She tries. She squeals. It won't go over her head.

Together we try. We tug. I take it off her head and stretch the neck like it never should be stretched. We try again to pull it over her head.

I give up. Not even close! It's just too small. Even if we managed to get it on, we might not be able to get it back off. Scary.

What to do? Should I make a cut in the back, overcast the edges with the sewing machine, crochet around that and sew in a button? Could be bulky. Could be a pain in the butt.

Should I rip out the collar and try to do a looser cast off--like K1, yo, k1....rep to end then rib and kitchener cast off?


Update: I took Amy's advice and ripped out the collar cast off and put the stitches on a piece of yarn. It fit over her head so that's got to be a good sign, don't you think?

Now, I'm off to check out the Elizabeth Zimmerman sewn cast off that Wendy just recommended. I appreciate all the advice!

Posted by Leigh at 12:15 PM | Comments (16)

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