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  • November Knit Goals

    I'm prone to being a scatterbrain, so I try to make a short list of things to accomplish each month (lest I have 27 different non matching socks).

    Same as last month: Sleep more. Study more. Knit more. Sleep more.

  • Sweater-a-Month 2008

    Cabled Hoodie: Cascade 220 - Needs seams

    Urban Aran

    Mariah: Ella Rae Classic


    Tubesque: Noro Garden + ???

    CeCe: Silky Wool

    Lucy in the Sky

    Rogue: Handspun - Needs seams

    Elizabeth Zimmermann's Bog Jacket

    Ribbi Cardi: Cotton Ease (Blue/White)

    Ruffled Surplice (spring 07 Interweave): Yard TBD

    Red Carpet Convertible

    Silk Corset Top: Alchemy Synchronicity

    Eyelet Rib Cardi (inspired by Spring 07 Interweave)

    Bella Paquita: Shelridge? Karabella? Sublime?

    A top down set in sleeve sweater (a la Barbara Walker)


    Vintage Pink (Raspberry) Cardigan - FINISHED!!

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Archive for June, 2007


Posted by Amber on June 22, 2007

So I got my Ravelry.com invite this morning.

Color me unimpressed.  It’s basically because I don’t use Flickr (and I don’t want to use Flickr, and you can’t make me use Flickr!), and without Flickr, you can’t upload pictures of your own projects and you can’t add a new yarn pictures (I’m aparently the first person on Ravelry to use Claudia Handpaint! I must find these other Claudia users.).  So the queue is the only fun thing to look at, because I can see other people’s pictures. 

Don’t get me wrong – I respect all the effort that went into the design and the coding, but the default views seem to be the “picture” pages, rather than the list view, and it just looks broken compared to other people

I’d probably be equally unimpressed if they were billing themselves as the greatest blog aggregator ever, but then only let you import blogs from Typepad.  Oh well.  Looks like the blog sidebars and an excel file will continue to be my main organization methods, at least until it’s out of beta.  A shame, after all the hype, too.  I was really looking forward to it.  And it’s still very fun to play with (my compulsive desire to make lists is very satisified), I just really like pictures.


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FO – Simple Knitted Bodice!

Posted by Amber on June 22, 2007


Photo by Jess. Thanks Jess!

Pattern: Simple Knitted Bodice by Stefanie Japel

Yarn: Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool (65/35 wool/silk), Black. On the yarn… I like the feel when washed, but I picked out so much vegetable matter! I haven’t picked this many sticks out of my yarn since working with Chestari – and that at least smells like a barn (I figure the closer it is to the sheep, the more willing I am to forgive VM).

Needles: 3 and 5 (pretty much every 3 and 5 I own: Bamboo, addi, knitpicks. DPNS, two circs…

Gauge: 5.5 st/in on US 5. Much math was done.

Now, I love my sweater, but I didn’t think out my yarn sub completely. The biggest thing I didn’t think out completely is the placement of the chevron lace. See, on everyone else in the world, the purl ridge starts under the bust – more or less at the bottom of one’s bra band.

Now, the pattern has you work to a point, put the sleeve stitches on a holder, and work 6 (or more, depending on your size) more rows, then join in the round, then immediately go into your purl ridges. Now, apparently a lot of people noted that it was kind of sack-y – if you knit to specs the armpit was a fair bit below the actual armpit (and not just in a not binding way), so then doing only a few rows would be enough to have that first purl ridge start at the bottom of the bra band.

(I’m going to get so many spam hits for the number of times I use the word bra in this post!)

So my sweater armpit ended in a normal place for a regular fitting shirt (not sweater). And I did 6 more rows, and blindly joined in the round. This is the one place I went wrong. I should have knit about 3 inches more – the distance from the armpit of the sweater to the bottom of my bra. Maybe some short row bust shaping, maybe not. But at least three more inches. This is about right, since I had to add 5 inches after I finished the hip increases. Measure, measure, measure!

I can see myself making it again, in a different yarn/different material. Maybe I’ll make the long sleeve version for winter.

Up next: I have no idea! I just picked up yarn last weekend for my Eyelet Rib Cardi (based on IK’s Eyelet Rib Bandeu). I’m going to use Ella Rae’s Silkience in a pretty plum color. But I also want to get started on my mom’s Ribbi Cardi (in Cotton Ease – blue and white). And then I also bought Annie Modesitt’s Red Carpet Convertible [click the link! read the story! buy the pattern!]. I mulled about the internet for a while thinking about yarns, and finally decided on Webs’ Valley Yarn Goshen (Cotton/Modal/Silk). In blue. But the yarn probably won’t be here for a day or two more. Maybe I’ll just go make socks. Socks are good.

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OMG! New Knitty!

Posted by Amber on June 12, 2007

Hip in Hemp – I usually don’t get knit skirts, but (shhhh!) I kind of like this one.  But doesn’t hemp get saggier and saggier as it wears?  Anyway, I think I’d do mine in two colors (like, white and blue) and alternate the stripes a bit (like, 3 blue, 3 white, 3 blue, 3 white, 6 blue, 3 white, 3 blue 6 white… and so on) just to make it a little different. 

Zinzin – Hey – Olga works at Stitch DC!  Yay for Olga!  I love all the shaping details, but would never in a million years be confident enough to wear this out of the house.  I needs my bra!  And what if a tie came loose?  However, adding a complete back with some ties over that to cinch it up – that I could get behind.  Think of the ties on Intolerable Cruelty. 

Coachella – Now that is an interesting construction for a top!  I don’t know that I could wear it (why are so many special bras needed for knit tops??), but I love the idea.  I like the drape in the front, but the more I look at the back, the more I think I’d like it as a halter top.  Not that I wear halter tops, but still. 

Askew – I um… I like the idea of the line and the slight asymmetry, I just don’t really need a shirt that points … there.    

Tangerine Twist – I kind of like this.  I think I’d do the collar a little different, and maybe do lace instead of garter to offset the cable.  And it would go straight down or have waist shaping, rather than taper (I think as is, it would really highlight my hips.  Now, I [heart] my hips as much as the next Shakira loving girl, but I don’t think a tapered shirt is the way to go about expressing my love for them). 

Sophie – This reminds me a lot of the old pattern The Cherries.  But with a higher neck and some detailing.   

‘Vog On  –  I like the pattern.  Not so much the cuff, but I really like the stitch pattern.  And the shoes.  Love the shoes.  Next time I’m in NYC I’m totally dragging my friends around to find the store that sells them so I can try them on.  As for the socks, I’d do a picot cuff rather than picot cast on.   

Coupling – Another stitch pattern I like.  Although I didn’t need to know about that survey. 

Breeze – And another stitch pattern I like! But I’d make the socks a little taller, for all seasons wear. 

Sweetpea – Another stitch pattern I like!  They’re everywhere in this issue.  But I’d just start with 60 stitches, and have a cleaner looking cuff.  I think I’m going to make these with some Claudia Handpaint I have at home. 

Unmentionables – I was going to be all snarky about knit pants, except that last winter when my heater went all wonky and I was always freezing, I’d think to myself “My wool hat is making my head warm.  And my wool socks are keeping my toes warm.  And my wool sweater is keeping my upper body warm.  And my wool mittens are keeping my hands warm.  And my ass is freezing.”  I doubt I’d use cotton fleece, but I won’t completely discount making the pants a little longer and having wool pants next winter.  But just for inside my house.  Not for cavorting outside. 

Wisp – Reminds me of Convertible but niftier.  I really like the cowl/smoke ring style.    

Prickly-girl – Sweetie, sit up straight.  You only have one back and you have to make it last!  Anyway, it’s not like I have a kid to knit for, but it’s still cute. 

Zodiac – If doctors say that the crib should be free of hazards during sleep, why does your kid have a stuffed lamb in there?  Also, I’ll bet money that this pattern causes a rukus among Attachment style parents who think it’s best for kids to sleep in bed with parents. 

Grow with me – Doesn’t the “baby” size just look like it doesn’t fit her?  Like, it will eat her in a minute?  I have my own hang ups with body image from wearing clothes that didn’t fit right when I was a kid (like, age 10, not age 1, but still) because I’d get these crazy growth spurts.  Here’s a good way to fix the problem of kids growing faster than you can knit: Don’t knit for them.  Or knit them toys.  Who doesn’t like toys?  Or knit a lot to improve your speed so that if it’s so important that you make them stuff, you can knit it in a size that fits and you can make it fairly quickly.  But just make it for the kid to wear for a while when she’s 2, and don’t try to adjust it to “fit” (it doesn’t) when she’s smaller. 

Grrr – Some people treat me like I’m not a real knitter because I don’t knit many household items (I’ve knit pillows, that’s it).  Everything else I make is a wearable (sweater, hat, mitten, sock). So if I had a kid and needed to make bath time exciting, I’d get them a Poof with a Toy Built In and call it a day (I had such a deprived childhood – I was expected to take a bath without a fight with just a washcloth and maybe 1 rubber ducky). 

Chapeau Marnier – Cute.  I usually prefer ribbing on my hats, but I could go for a bow.  Now, to spin a consistent fingering weight!   

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How productive!

Posted by Amber on June 9, 2007

Today I made about 62 yards of fairly usable yarn!  I see… a hat in my future.

(Oh, Amber, Judy – let me know if you want to road trip to Mannings sometime… me thinks I need a wheel.)

Then when I got home, my knitpicks order was waiting for me!  More yarn!  Selbuvotter! Needles (including my 60″ cable and size 5 tips, which means I can start trying my Simple Knitted Bodice on!)

I also had a big box of pants waiting for me, but that’s less related to the topic of a knit-blog.  But still- yay pants!

Yays all around today!

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More blog stats than you can shake a stick at!

Posted by Amber on June 1, 2007

Since switching to wordpress I can now see how people are finding my blog. Even if they don’t comment (comment people! I’m secretly a 16 year old fan fic writer, and it hurts me and I’m going to stop posting if you don’t comment!)

Anyway, I’m feeling very listy today and I’d like to take a minute to address my recent search terms:

ribby cardi cotton ease …Is lovely, but needs a zipper before it meets the internet.

knit pattern shawl collar jacket… I love my Shawl Collar Jacket from Artisokka.com! It’s awesome, and you should knit one, too!

discontinued cotton ease colors… I have them and you don’t! Haha! (I have blue, black, and wee bit of sugarplum (purple) left)

no reply from magknits… I’ve heard that’s a problem, but I’ve never sent a message to test the replylessness of magknits.

one piece knit from the top down raglan… I love sweaters like this! I made one using the formula here – but check your stitch count/gauge before blindly casting on extras when you split the body/sleeves. And add some waist shaping, otherwise it’s a little on the boxy side.

siena cardigan interweave… I have not made this. But I did see it over at Sweater a Month KAL recently. Also, try searching Sienna (with two ‘n’s).

picovoli too small… Yes, but I’m hoping for some bloom in the wash, which is why I haven’t talked about it since binding off over a month ago.

elizabeth lavold + february sweater… Huge fan of EL’s yarns, but I can’t comment on how well they’d work for [Elizabeth Zimmermann’s] February [Baby] Sweater. I think silky wool is machine washable, so I bet that would look really nice!

knitpicks kimono styled sweater… In the queue! I’m planning on EL’s Silky Tweed, but I also saw one done in Knitpicks’ Merino Style, and it looked great.

(I have so many things to tell you about!  My Neighborhood Fiber Co yarn came!  But I can’t pick a pattern!  I finally put my Samus together! It still needs a zipper.  I finished Ribbi Cardi #2, and it’s waiting for a zipper.  My Picovoli came back from India Sweatshop  mom’s house (but I still need to block it).  I cast on for my entrelac socks, and they look awesome!  I started the Simple Knitted Bodice (with silky wool … had a math crisis, and then a lost stitch crisis, but I’m back on track now!), I learn how to spin my own yarn in 10 days!  I can barely contain myself!)

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