Friday, August 31, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
I'd be willing to email my Excel sheet with the colorized chart to anyone who'd like it IF you can prove that you have the pattern.
For proof? . . . Tell me the number of stitches you need to cast on for each of the sizes . . . that should do it!
Send me an email at chappysmom AT gmail DOT com
(Although please note that I'm offering this to members of the knit-along ONLY.)
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Got my yarn....
Got my chart colorized in Excel....
Got my yarn organized into pairs in ziploc bags for organization's sake....
Got my swatch started....
....And, in fact, finished. It's washed and drying as we speak, and I'll measure it in the morning. I started with #2 Suzanne's Ebony needles, but quickly switched down to Addi Lace in US size #1 since my gauge is always notoriously loose. I think I might actually be close to the 30/4 inches required, though, which is something of a miracle. (When I knitted the Celtic Dreams aran last year, I ended up using size 3 needles with aran-weight yarn to get gauge.)
Now I'm just worrying about whether I've got enough yarn, since I plan on modifying the neckline to be not quite so low, and to make fewer decreases for the waistline since, well, my waistline isn't exactly as concave as it should be. (I really need to do more situps.)
But, basically, I'm ready to start! So, hello, everyone.
Cross posted to my blog...
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
It's done.....well, I think I'll give it a steam press to set it now that I know it fits. After steaming, I'll clean up the neckline steek and tack it down. But other than that, it's done!
This is me trying to replicate one of the photos in the Simply Shetland 4 book......
This sweater is my favourite fair isle.....I love it.
More photos and thoughts on this design at Shades of Shetland.
This sweater has to be close fitting -- no ease to speak of -- or the neckline won't sit close to the body. Don't make your sweater too large.
I started Autumn Rose on Friday, June 29 -- so this was an 8 week knit for me -- don't forget, I got a head start on most of you. But I can attest, the pattern is error free, follow the written instructions as well as the charts, and you'll be okay!
Monday, August 20, 2007
I'm new to the group but not to this sweater. I've been swatching like a crazy woman for the past few days trying to decide on colors. I wasn't too happy with all the red in the original so I'm trying to make a mostly blue and brown color scheme. I'm not really liking any of them yet though.
Here are the swatches
I knit only half of each chart cuz I'm lazy and knew I would be doing quite a few of these. I've photoshop'd them to get an idea of what the entire motif would look like.
I'm loving all the other sweaters I'm seeing here and can't wait to see how they fit as people start finishing up. Thanks for allowing me to share with you all!
Cross posted to my blog.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Saturday, August 18, 2007
More info on my blog
Photos and details on my blog Shades of Shetland.
I'm knitting the 43" size and I'm pretty sure that I've used significantly less yarn that called for in the pattern.....but in the frenzy of knitting, I might have missed some balls somewhere.....I'm going to weigh my sweater to get a better idea of how much yarn I've used.
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Personally, I'm a 43" chest and I'm making the 43" sweater, because it is a very deep wide neckline, and even though I will be wearing a little something underneath, I want it to be snug fitting across the chest -- to keep that neckline in check.
I'm 13 rows from the shoulder -- so I'll be cutting my neckline steek VERY SOON......and I'm very excited (terrified) to see how the neckline looks.
I do have a question for those of you with the schematics already- or consider it a request for your knitterly advice. I am torn between two sizes, and there is a significant difference in kit cost depending on which I choose.
Arguing for the smaller size (37), this is a very form fitting sweater. I wouldn't want to knit something that will be loose. I envision wearing it with a little silk or cotton cami, for work and for play. In general, I choose to knit a size 36-38, depending on the pattern. I believe my Bobble Blue was a 36, for example.
On the other hand, the larger size (39) is much closer to my actual bust measurement, and I know that with the fair isle this will be a much heartier fabric and not as forgiving as a simple stockinette, or stretchy like a rib or cable pattern.
How did you select your size? What sort of ease do you think is built in? I welcome your comments! I'm leaning towards knitting the 37, but purchasing the yarn for the 39- worst case, I'll have extra and can make some of the cute mitts Eunny designed.
Monday, August 13, 2007
The first page has a close-up of the Autumn Rose fabric, and it is just exquisite! And here's the main picture with the pattern:
It's probably the most challenging project in the whole book, and I must admit to feeling just a teensy bit nervous about it, but if there's one thing I've learned in knitting it's that if I take things a step at a time, I always seem to get there somehow. Now I just need to last until my yarn arrives!!
Rules for Knitters:
1. Be nice.This should be obvious. But in case you need clarification: Don't insult people, their backgrounds, their religions, their knitting, their work, their ideas, their hometown, their photographic ability, or anything else. If we all respect each other and our differences, this will be a great KAL.
2. Even if you are just a knitter, not a retailer, please try to refrain from mentioning particular retailers by name in your posts and comments. We really want to avoid favoritism or free advertising and keep the focus on the knitting itself. If you know of a retailer who sells the materials for this project who does not appear on our list, please email us at inlovewithautumnrose AT gmail DOT com and we will add them. You don't need to mention it yourself.
3. When you post, please don't steal bandwidth. If you are using a picture from another site or blog, please download it to your own computer first, and re-upload it to blogger. Don't just link directly to it.
4. Please do post! What will make this KAL fun, interesting, and informative for everyone is if we can inspire and help one another by showing our work, asking questions, answering them, and just generally keeping up each other's enthusiasm.
5. Have fun!!
Rules for Retailers:
1. If you are a supplier of the book and yarn needed for this project, you can email us at inlovewithautumnrose AT gmail DOT com, and we will add your name to our alphabetical list of retailers. If you have a special deal or discount to offer, please indicate that on your own website.
2. We will not advertise for any retailer beyond listing your name. You are responsible for keeping your website up-to-date with information about special offers, products, and ordering options.
3. If you are a retailer and also an individual knitter participant in the KAL, you may not at any time advertise your products when you post to the blog. If you do, you will not be allowed to participate in the KAL anymore, and your name will be removed from the list of retailers.
4. If we get enough participants to warrant holding one or more contests, and you choose to donate a prize, email us and we will mention who donated the prize in the post about the contest. You will also be mentioned on the Prize Page, along with all other prize donors, whether private or retail.
One final word:
We can't anticipate every possible issue, so if something comes up that requires a new rule, we will add it here. Thanks for following the rules and making this an enjoyable experience for everyone!
Friday, August 10, 2007
But we had to be patient. Eunny had just sent it off to be published, and the book was not going to come out until the end of the summer. Well, finally, that time has come, and the book is here! If you want to see a slideshow with two nice views of Autumn Rose (as well as pictures of all the other projects), click here.
If you don't have the book yet, we have a list of known retailers in the sidebar. You can visit their websites for more information about prices, availability, and discounts. As we learn of more options (or if you tell us about any--via email, please, not the comments), we'll add them.
How to join the KAL:
If you would like to join the Autumn Rose Pullover knitalong, please email us at inlovewithautumnrose AT gmail DOT com. We will send you an invite, and you can join the blog as a contributor. We will probably also be creating a Flickr group, but one thing at a time.
So, start your engines, order your books, buy your yarn, and LET'S GET KNITTING!!!!